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Nominate a Young Conservationist!

Do you know an outstanding youth who is an advocate for wildlife and conservation? Nominate him or her for the Young Conservationist Award.

Young Conservationist Award


As part of the celebration of Zootopia, Zoo New England’s annual fundraising gala, Zoo staff is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Young Conservationist Award. The nominated youth should be between the ages of eight and 18, have demonstrated a positive commitment to Zoo New England and its conservation mission, and have engaged in some outstanding action to support this. The award, which includes a $2,500 scholarship, will be presented at Zootopia on May 12, 2018 to further the recipient's project, conservation work and education. The winner and two adults will receive complimentary tickets to Zootopia to participate in the awards ceremony. This year’s presentation marks the sixth award presented to an exceptional youth committed to conservation.

“We are always incredibly moved when we hear stories about how the Zoo and the animals inspire and empower people, particularly kids, to make a difference in their community,” said John Linehan, President and CEO of Zoo New England. “Our past award winners have been truly exceptional young people with a passion for wildlife and conservation. We are looking forward to once again presenting this award in recognition of an outstanding youth making a positive difference on behalf of wildlife, conservation and the environment.”

Nominations for the Young Conservationist Award are being accepted through Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Email questions to

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About Zootopia

Zootopia is a fundraising gala event that will “bring the Zoo” to the Royal Sonesta Boston for an unforgettable evening. The event, which will be held May 12 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m., begins with a cocktail reception and auction followed by a spectacular dinner and dancing. Attendees are encouraged to wear animal-inspired attire.

Proceeds from Zootopia will directly benefit Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo and will help to further the Zoos’ mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders.

To purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit our event page.

Pictured here: 2017 Young Conservationist Award winner, Scarlett Timm