Youth Engagement


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!

We have two different clubs that are broken down by grade level. Middle School EcoClub (grades 5-8) meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. High School EcoClub (grades 9-12) meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Please click the orange boxes below for exact dates for each club.

General Information:

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

Location: Gary K. Clarke Education Center at the zoo, enter through the front zoo admission gate

Cost: $125/child for the entire school year (cost includes a t-shirt)

Age: Middle School EcoClub: Grades 5-8; High School EcoClub: Grades 9-12

For questions, contact the education department:

Phone: 785-368-9137

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


Topeka Zoo Youth Council

We are a group of students dedicated to promoting leadership, providing volunteer opportunities, and knowledge about conservation within our community.

Topeka Zoo Youth Council Members:

  • Are expected to promote the mission of the council, and uphold our values with integrity and respect.
  • Are ambassadors of service
  • Are required to attend regular meetings
  • 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 Youth Council. Shawnee County residents in grade 8  through grade 12 are eligible. Please click here to apply!