Conservation Action Challenge

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Clock Icon 7 p.m.
At the Zoo
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$4.25 for members
Age Icon Families with Children Ages 6–12
but all are welcome!


Are you ready to take action with us? Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation Action Challenge program helps you develop family-friendly, eco-conscious habits that support wildlife, both locally and globally. Each month will focus on a small step, such as choosing forest-friendly products, and feature a virtual program with zoo staff, ranging from special animals chats or feedings to tours of zoo buildings and grounds to games and activities. Sign up for one month or join us each time.

Together, we’ll develop new habits and work to make the world better for wildlife!

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How It Works

During the first week of the month, you’ll receive access to a packet of resources about a conservation issue, such as invasive species, climate change, or single-use plastics. The packet will contain a specific activity for you to complete over the month. Some months, we’ll ask you to change a household habit, like making more vegetarian meals; other times, we’ll ask you to write postcards to decision-makers. We’ll provide all the info and materials to make it fun and easy. Then, at the end of the month, you and the rest of the participants can join us for a Zoom program to reflect on what we learned and how it helps wildlife. As an added bonus, each challenge you complete earns you points that unlock prizes, like reusable straws and other eco-tools, zoo swag, or gift certificates to future programs.

Digital Resources

$10 per household ($8.50 for members)

Participants can purchase a supplemental packet of digital resources aimed at education, action, and fun. Resources may include journal pages, scavenger hunts, postcard templates, recipes, word searches, and much more.

Become a Member

Lincoln Park Zoo members enjoy invitations to exclusive zoo events, free and reduced parking, and discounts on purchases and family programs—like Conservation Action Challenge!

Become a Member

Gift Cards for Zoo Programs

Share the love of wildlife by purchasing a gift card for select Lincoln Park Zoo programs! Purchase one for your child’s class or the animal-lover in your life. Gift cards are valid for virtual and in-person camps (prek–8), Malott Family Penguin Encounters (ages 6 and older), Monthly Action Plan (family program), Zoo Investigations (preK–5), and Zoo Explorers (preK–8).

Gift cards are available for $25, $50, $75, and $100.

Why It Works

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the thought of living “greener”? It can be hard to know exactly what you should do that will be easy, cost-effective, and impactful. Many times, we find that people want to make good choices for wildlife—they just don’t know where to start. That’s where Lincoln Park Zoo comes in. This program provides the background you need to understand a given conservation issue and points you toward an action that has been vetted by zoo educators and scientists as having meaningful change for species. The activities vary, but the bottom line is that when we each do a small action, our impacts add up in a major way.

Target Audience

While the program is designed for families with children ages 6-12, anyone can attend who wants to become a better steward of the Earth!


If we cancel a program, full refunds will be issued. If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, a refund will be issued, less a 12.5 percent processing fee. We cannot offer refunds for cancelled registrations once the materials have been sent out.

Monthly Schedule

Check back for topics and registration details for later months!

September: Choose Sustainable Palm Oil

  • Challenge Activity: Submit your favorite palm oil-free recipe or create a piece of rainforest-inspired artwork!
  • Virtual Program: Thursday, September 30

October: Choose Sustainable Seafood

  • Challenge Activity: Design a postcard or purchase sustainable seafood!
  • Virtual Program: Thursday, October 28

November: Make Climate-friendly Choices

  • Challenge Activity: Keep a household energy journal or send a letter!
  • Virtual Program: Thursday, November 18*

*Note: not the last Thursday of the month due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Take Action With Us

The zoo is on this journey with you. We are auditing our internal practices and, just like you, setting goals and getting better each and every day. For Wildlife. For All. Together, we can start a movement that makes a difference—join us!

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Red wolf in exhibit