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.
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: $100/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:
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!
Teen EcoTourism Trip to Yucatán Peninsula
Join the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center on the trip of a lifetime! For the second year in a row, we are offering an eco-tourism trip for teenagers!
Location: Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico
Dates: Summer 2022 (Please note this trip has been rescheduled from 2021 to 2022)
Grades: Open to students in 8th-12th grade (for 2021-2022 school year)
- Swim with whale sharks
- Snorkel beautiful coral reefs
- Participate in jaguar and sea turtle research
- Explore archaeological Mayan site of Chichén Itzá
- Meet a local Mayan family and learn how to cook with them
- Swim in cavernous sinkholes called cenotes
- Learn about environmental impact of urban development
This trip is booked through Holbrook Travel, a premier travel agency.
Contact the Education Department at 785-368-9137 with questions.