Youth Engagement

Writing Contest

Raise awareness of conservation issues by writing a fictional story about real-life problems happening to plants and animals, such as habitat loss, poaching, pollution, climate change, the pet trade, and more! These do not have to be sad stories, they just need to incorporate real scenarios that wildlife face.

Age Categories: Kindergarten-2nd grade; 3rd-5th grade; 6th-8th grade; 9th-12th grade; Adult

Prizes: Choice of a behind-the-scenes animal tour or a painting done by a zoo animal!

How to submit: Drop story by the zoo or email to RRost@Topeka.org.  Deadline: April 14, 2019

EcoClub

EcoClub provides an opportunity for children and teens who are interested in the environment to meet and share ideas and interests on how to positively impact the planet. We will meet live animals, talk conservation, and develop projects to help our community and our world!

General Information:

Time: 5:15-6:45 pm on the following dates

Location: Gary K. Clarke Education Center, enter through the gravel staff parking

Cost: $75/child for the entire school year

Age: Grades 5-12


For questions, contact the education department:

Phone: 785-368-9137
Email: RRost@topeka.org

Please R.S.V.P. before attending. You may join at any time during the year

 

 

Topeka Zoo Youth Council

As a Topeka Zoo Youth Council member, you are a role model to other youth who want to be leaders in their communities.

Topeka Zoo Youth Council:

  • Are ambassadors of service
  • Are required to attend regular meetings, as outlined in the Topeka Zoo Youth Advisory Council Agreement
  • Are encouraged to keep in touch with each other and to provide encouragement and support
  • Communicate with the Council Supervisor and other appropriate parties on a regular basis

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Youth Council. Shawnee County residents in grade 8 (second semester) through grade 12 are eligible. Download an application here.