Where Learning Rules and Curiosity Is Cool
As a part of our larger commitment to learning, we offer a variety of youth programs for kids and teens to grow their passion for animals and nature. Our approach to learning prioritizes creating an environment that’s fun, collaborative, and inclusive. Scholarships are available for most of our programs, as part of our commitment to serving everyone who wants to participate.
For Families & Kids
Sign up for one of our seasonal camps, where kids chase their curiosity while discovering the awe-inspiring world of wildlife. Half-day, full-day, and multi-day options are available throughout the year.
LEAP: Learn, Explore, and Play
Encourage curiosity in nature with active sessions designed for the youngest explorers, ages 2–4, to learn through play.
Family Nature Days
Play with natural items like stumps and seeds, brush up on your bird-watching or hiking skills, or venture out on a family scavenger hunt—all at a park near you.
Malott Family Zoo Intern Program
Chicago high school students, ages 15–18, work as interpreters on zoo grounds, educating guests about animal science and conservation during an eight-week, paid internship. Applicants must be entering grades 10–12 or their freshman year of college.
Malott Family Research Apprenticeship Program
Chicago high school students, ages 16–18, spend eight weeks working alongside zoo researchers and engaging in authentic scientific research during this paid apprenticeship. Applicants must be entering grades 11–12 or their freshman year of college.
Conservation Ambassadors Board
Share zoo conservation work by planning special events for your peers. This program is a full-school-year commitment, with participants meeting two Saturdays a month from September–May. This is an unpaid service-learning opportunity for students in grades 9–12.
Camp Teen Volunteer
Chicago high school students, ages 13–18, spend five weeks assisting with the day-to-day running of Conservation Camp for grades preK–8. This is an unpaid, service-learning opportunity for students entering grades 9–12 or their freshman year of college.