On Wednesday, June 19, the Calgary Zoo will be hosting over 400 students for its first annual Conservation Champions Festival. Every year, the zoo’s Outreach Education team inspires more than 40,000 youth through our conservation education programs. This inaugural celebration will recognize the efforts of thirteen classes from the 2018-2019 Chevron Open Minds Zoo School program and honour their commitment to taking small actions that lead to big change for wildlife and wild places. Ten elementary schools will be showcased at this year’s event, sharing their conservation journeys from booths set up on park.
Each class took on a year-long inquiry project as part of the program. Projects ranged from a grade one/two class developing a play depicting the plight of the Mountain Bongo to grade six students examining urban planning impacts on wildlife. Classes held fundraisers, delivered awareness campaigns and engaged their schools and communities in conservation action.
The Conservation Champions Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with the opening ceremony kicking off at 10:45 a.m. Join us to cheer on our Conservation Champions and learn how they are taking action to sustain wildlife and wild places!