Malott Family R.O.A.R Corps

Malott Family R.O.A.R Corps

Spring 2023

Times Vary


Middle Schoolers (Grades 5-8)


Want to be a wildlife conservation champion? Are you passionate about protecting the planet? Lincoln Park Zoo invites you to join the Malott Family R.O.A.R. Corps, where you can learn to make a difference through Research, Observation, Action, and Restoration! During an in-person Research & Observation session, you’ll dive deeper into conservation topics through activities and challenges, chats with zoo experts, brainstorming sessions, and inquiry-based learning. We’ll culminate with an Action & Restoration Day, in which you and your friends’ real-world conservation projects or activities will be implemented!

Choose one of two topic tracks and kick off the series with an evening celebration at the zoo!

Dates, Times, & Pricing

FREE for current middle schoolers (Grades 5–8)

Choose a track…

Track A: Saving Songbirds – North American songbirds face numerous threats from habitat loss to collisions with building glass. Many of these songbirds visit Chicago during migration. You can step up to save songbirds and help these important members of our ecosystem!

  • Saturday, April 15: Research & Observation Day, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22: Action & Restoration Day, 10 a.m.–noon

Track B: Lion Leaders– Lion populations in Africa have drastically declined in the last 25 years, due largely to conflict with humans. This decline has made lion conservation a top priority for zoos around the world. Join the team and become a lion leader!

  • Saturday, April 29: Research & Observation Day, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 6: Action & Restoration Day, 10 a.m.–noon

Kickoff Celebration: Thursday, April 13 from 6:30–9 p.m.
Get ready to R.O.A.R.! Enjoy an evening at the zoo filled with animal activities, team-building games, and a campfire. Learn more about preparing for your sessions and meet zoo staff. Each middle-schooler is welcome to bring two (2) guests to this event. One (1) guest must be an adult.

Registration Links

Register for Track A

Register for Track B

Feedback From Past Cohorts

“I think that this was a really fun way to make friends while also showing that I am a friend to Mother Nature through activities that have helped my understanding of what even the youngest of us can do to help our planet.” 2022 Fall Cohort Participant

“This program has fueled my desire to care for the earth and be part of the activism that helps to protect our home.” 2022 Fall Cohort Participant

“I plan to become a wildlife biologist when I grow up, so it helped me learn how to prepare for such a career.” 2022 Fall Cohort Participant

Still have questions?

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