Malott Family R.O.A.R Corps

Malott Family R.O.A.R Corps

Spring Cohort: April 20 and 27, & May 4, May 11, and 15


Current 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 wrap up the series with an evening celebration at the zoo!

Registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.

Track A: Beaver Backers

Track B: Penguin Protectors


Dates, Times, & Pricing

FREE for current middle schoolers (Grades 5–8)

Choose a track…

  • Track A: Beaver Backers – Did you know that beavers are one of the few animals that can actively change an ecosystem? The ponds and wetlands created by beaver dams serve as important habitats for many animals. Unfortunately, this ability gives them a bad rap and puts them in conflict with humans. “Wood” you like to be a Beaver Backer? Sign up now!
    • Saturday, April 20: Research & Observation Day, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 27: Action & Restoration Day, 10 a.m.–noon
  • Track B: Penguin Protectors – What’s black, white, and mostly found in the Southern Hemisphere? Penguins! There are 18 different species of penguins and 11 of them are globally threatened, according to the IUCN Red List. Penguins face many threats depending on where they live, from commercial fishing to climate change. Join the Penguin Protectors today and make a difference for our feathered friends!
    • Saturday, May 4: Research & Observation Day, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 11: Action & Restoration Day, 10 a.m.–noon

Wrap-Up Celebration: Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30–9 p.m.

  • Celebrate your success! Enjoy an evening at the zoo in celebration of your team’s hard work. The evening will include animal activities, a campfire, and the opportunity to share your projects. Each middle-schooler is welcome to bring two (2) guests to this event. One (1) guest must be an adult.

Health & Safety

If you or anyone in your group feels unwell prior to arriving, shows any signs of contagious illness or fever, or has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not attend the program.

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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