Malott Family R.O.A.R Corps

Malott Family R.O.A.R Corps

October 14, 21, and 28 & November 4, and 8

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


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 and 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 and 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, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.

Track A: Herp Heroes

Track B: African Ape Allies


Dates, Times, & Pricing

FREE for current middle schoolers (Grades 5–8)

Choose a track…

Track A: Herp Heroes – What do salamanders, frogs, turtles, snakes, and toads have in common? They are all herptiles—a collective name for reptiles and amphibians! Chicago is home to a number of herptile species and they need our help, since pollution and the pet trade are reducing their populations. Join us to learn more about how you can help save herps!

  • Saturday, October 14: Research & Observation Day, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 21: Action & Restoration Day, 10 a.m.–noon

Track B: African Ape Allies – African apes like chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas face many threats, from habitat loss to poaching, which affect their chances for survival in the modern world. Sign up to be an ape ally today!

  • Saturday, October 28: Research & Observation Day, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4: Action & Restoration Day, 10 a.m.–noon

NEW! Wrap-Up Celebration: Wednesday, November 8 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

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