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Jr. Conservationist Club at Franklin Park Zoo

Whether you work as a zookeeper, veterinarian, horticulturist, educator, or researcher, the conservation of our world’s biodiversity is central to the mission of everyone at Zoo New England! Jr. Conservationists will learn about how we inspire guests to become conservationists, how we care for our animals here at the Zoo, and our wildlife advocacy and conservation work in and around Boston, and all over the world.

Each standalone Jr. Conservationist Club session focuses on a different theme, and participants will learn both about the animals in our Zoo and our local conservation projects. Programs are offered to children ages 11-13.

Please note, we offer a 10% discount if you register for all five sessions.

Session 1: March 3 – Zoo’s Then and Now

In this session, Jr. Conservationists will learn about Franklin Park Zoo’s unique history, how zoos have changed and adapted over the years to become conservation advocates, and about the conservation work Zoo New England is championing today! Join us for this session to learn about our zoo’s past and to get a closer look at the life of a conservationist at the zoo!

Date: March 3, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Capacity: 12

Price: $65 for members, $75 for non-members
Save 10% if you sign up for all five sessions.

Register

Session 2: March 10 – Human and Wildlife Connections

In this session, Jr. Conservationists will learn about the interconnectedness of everything on our planet! Today we’ll get a close look at how our animal care staff builds positive relationships with the animals in their care and investigate the ways that we are connected to wildlife in our local communities!

Date: March 19, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Capacity: 12

Price: $65 for members, $75 for non-members
Save 10% if you sign up for all five sessions.

Register

Session 3: March 17 – Field Conservation Skills

In this session, Jr. Conservationists will practice the field work skills that our conservation teams use to protect local wildlife every day! We will also learn ways to encourage people to learn about and protect local wildlife in their own communities!

Date: March 17, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Capacity: 12

Price: $65 for members, $75 for non-members
Save 10% if you sign up for all five sessions.

Register

Session 4: March 24 – Adaptations

Animals have developed some amazing ways to survive and thrive! In this session, we'll observe and analyze some of those adaptations both in our zoo animals and in the animals that call Franklin Park home! We'll also explore how local animals have adapted to urban populations and what helps different species thrive in changing ecosystems!

Date: March 24, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Capacity: 12

Price: $65 for members, $75 for non-members
Save 10% if you sign up for all five sessions.

Register

Session 5: April 7 – Habitats and Horticulture

Both natural eco-systems and Zoo habitats rely heavily on plants to be healthy places for animals to thrive! In this session we'll get a closer look both at what goes into zoo habitat design, how Zoo New England supports local eco-systems outside of the zoo, and a day in the life of a zoo horticulturalist!

Date: April 7, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Capacity: 12

Price: $65 for members, $75 for non-members
Save 10% if you sign up for all five sessions.

Register

Safety & Cancellation Information

Safety Information:

  • Classes will be limited to 12 participants and held indoors, with certain activities and zoo walks that will be held outdoors.
  • Lots of important conservation work happens outside! Please come to this program with warm clothing and a rain jacket and be prepared to go on zoo walks and nature walks in all types of weather!
  • Face masks are optional during this program. We encourage thorough hand-washing and provide opportunities to wash and sanitize hands throughout the duration of the program.
  • Due to new COVID-19 regulations, we are not able to offer opportunities to touch any of our ambassador animals that we will be meeting.
  • Parent/guardian and unregistered sibling/friend attendance is not permitted.

Cancellations:

  • Cancellations may be made more than two weeks prior to the program and will receive a 75% refund
  • A transfer to a similar program may be possible if requested at least 48 hours in advance. A small fee will be charged for any change in your registration.
  • No refunds will be given to no-shows
  • To cancel or request a transfer please contact the Education Department at youthprogram@zoonewengland.org