Conservation Champions Club at Calgary Zoo

Conservation Champions Club

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Conservation Champions Club


    Conservation Champions Club

    Ignite your passion for conservation and become a Conservation Champion with The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s tailor-made program for teens aged 14 to 17! Embark on a thrilling year-long adventure from September to June, seamlessly blending virtual learning with hands-on experiences to immerse young minds in the world of wildlife preservation. Dive into a wealth of resources, expert videos, and dynamic discussions within our virtual classroom. Cultivate your conservation enthusiasm by tackling monthly ‘big questions,’ engaging in exciting fieldwork, and refining your skills under the guidance of passionate conservation and environmental educators. From developing scientific literacy to actively participating in community service-learning projects at prestigious conservation sites, this transformative journey is crafted to inspire and empower. Upon completion, proudly display your Certificate of Completion, a testament to your commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Join us on this exhilarating journey and emerge as a true Conservation Champion!


    This free program is available to enthusiastic young minds aged 14 to 17 who have an interest in learning about the natural world and conservation. To participate, participants are required to actively engage with the virtual classroom resources and participate in leadership development activities. Participants must also commit to attending the monthly field trips, taking place from September 2024 to June 2025. Specific dates are outlined in the application form. Join us in this educational journey by checking out the application details and get ready to delve into the world of conservation!

    Program Timeline

    Conservation Champions Club

    Apply for the Program

    May to July

    Applications for the 2024-2025 Conservation Champions Club will be open from May to July 26th.

    Applicants Selected

    Early August

    Applications will be reviewed in the week of July 29th to August 2nd. Successful applicants will be notified about their acceptance to the program in the week of August 5th.

    Teambuilder at the Zoo

    Saturday in August

    Conservation Champions will be invited to a team-building event, where they will meet their peers, engage in fun conservation-based activities, and learn how to navigate the virtual classroom.

    Conservation Champions Club Field Trip Photo

    Conservation Champions Club

    September to June

    Conservation Champions will embark on a conservation learning journey, building their conservation and scientific literacy, exploring various conservation careers, and engaging in community service-learning projects.

      Zoo Camp


      Become a Conservation Champion!

      Join us in supporting our mission of sustaining wildlife and wild places! Apply for the 2024-2025 Conservation Champions Club program today.

      Zoo Camp


        Service-Learning Project

        The Conservation Champions who participated in the 2022-2023 Conservation Champions Club made a difference for our community by building 21 bluebird nest boxes for mountain bluebirds.

        In collaboration with Zoo School, grade 5 students from a local school painted six of the nest boxes with natural colours. These nest boxes were placed on fences and trees around the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area.

        Thank You

        The Conservation Champions programming was generously supported in part by the Shaw Charity Classic and the Birdies for Kids program.