Youth Advisory Council

The Topeka Zoo and Friends of the Topeka Zoo are proud to announce a new youth program being offered at the zoo….the Topeka Zoo Youth Advisory Council!  As a Topeka Zoo Youth Advisory Council member, you are a role model to other youth who want to be leaders in their communities, just like you. This is an opportunity and a challenge to practice important leadership skills, and to guide and inspire other future leaders. The example that you set, through your motivation, your energy, and your commitment, will affect not only your fellow Topeka Zoo Youth Advisory Council members, but also our engagement with youth around the community.

Some of the skills and expectations are:

  • Be ambassadors of service
  • Each Council Member will be responsible for planning and organizing their service projects, and for documenting these events.
  • Council members are required to attend regular meetings, as outlined in the Topeka Zoo Youth Advisory Council Agreement.
  • Council members are encouraged to keep in touch with each other, and to provide encouragement and support.
  • Keep a written journal of all activities completed during their time as a Council member.
  • Communicate with the Council Supervisor, and other appropriate parties on a regular basis.

Shawnee County residents in grades 9 through 12 are eligible.  We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Council.  Download an application here.

Return your application and letter of recommendation to: Friends of the Topeka Zoo, 635 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66606 or  For more information, call 785-368-9180 or visit

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