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 stories do not have to be sad; they simply need to raise awareness of wildlife issues. They can be written from any point of view—including from the animal’s perspective. There are no page limits required.
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!
Free zoo entry: Anyone who submits a story will gain free entry into the zoo for our Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20th. Every submitted story will be on display on Earth Day from 9:00-3:00 and winners will be announced at 2:00.
How to submit: Drop story by the zoo or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: April 14, 2019
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!
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:
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.