The Conservation Ambassadors Board allows Chicago teens to learn about Lincoln Park Zoo conservation initiatives and plan projects to share this work with their peers and the general public, developing leadership skills and zoo-career knowledge in the process. Teens work on tasks related to promotion, finance, event planning, and learning activities. Zoo educators provide guidance and advice, but decisions are led by board members, who determine the specific details of each project.
To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a City of Chicago resident
- Be entering grades 9–12 at the time of application
Board members must be available for all training, event, and meeting dates. Specific dates will be provided to potential participants upon being offered an interview. Two absences may be accommodated in case of overlap with other extracurricular programs, but these absences must be communicated in advance to program staff and the board’s elected officials.
- Two-day training (Saturday and Sunday) takes place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in late September or early October.
- Planning meetings occur two Saturdays each month from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. There are no meetings over Chicago Public Schools winter or spring break.
- Each board member must attend one four-hour zoo event, to be determined at a later date, to speak on behalf of the board. Possible events include exhibit openings, board meetings, or fundraising events.