Conservation Champions Festival

Conservation Champions Festival

Shaping champions for conservation who are inspired and empowered to make their world better for wildlife and wild places.

Conservation Champions Festival 2023

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s Conservation Champions program invites young people to join us in our mission to sustain wildlife and wild places.

Incorporating aspects of field study, inquiry and service learning, this program gives young people the opportunity to explore their passion and take action for the natural world around them. The program culminated in our Conservation Champions Festival on May 3 – 4, 2023.

From sea otters to swift foxes, polar bears to giraffes, students became conservation educators for the day. Student displays were featured throughout the zoo and each class shared their project and inspired visitors to take action for wildlife and wild places.

View the Garden of Champions Journal to see each class’s video on their conservation education project.

Garden of Champions Journal
Conservation Champions Logo

Program Information

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Become a Conservation Champion

If you are interested in joining our mission to sustain wildlife and wild places for the 2023-2024 school year, please complete the Conservation Champions Festival registration form.

Classes must be enrolled in a school program for the 2023-2024 academic year to register for the 2024 Conservation Champions Festival. School programs for the 2023-2024 year will be available for registration in Fall 2023.

Registration Form

Conservation Champions Festival 2022

Last year’s Conservation Champions Festival showcased 19 classes from 12 school who spent the year learning about a conservation topic of their choice. The festival had three parts:

Conservation Champions Online Classroom
January 10 – May 31, 2022

Conservation Champions Festival 
May 4, 2022

Conservation Champions: Garden of Champions 
May 1 – September 30, 2022

Conservation Champions Festival 2021

The 2021 Conservation Champions Festival celebrated the conservation action of 635 students in 31 classes from 19 schools around Alberta. The festival had two parts:

Conservation Champions ZOOmFEST
June 9, 2021

Conservation Champions FilmFEST
June 30 – September 30, 2020

Thank You

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

Wilder Institute


We are passionate about wildlife conservation

We are an internationally recognized leader in the science of saving endangered species. Your support of the zoo means you’re also being a conservation champion.