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Conservation in Classrooms


Engage your classroom in wildlife conservation!

Wildlife conservation provides numerous opportunities for students to develop skills and expand their knowledge in meaningful ways. No matter what age group or subject you teach, with a little effort conservation can become a rewarding component of your curriculum.

Interested in engaging your classroom in conservation, but not sure where to start? Here are some simple ways you can get your classroom involved in conservation:

Quarters for Conservation

Quarters for Conservation

There are two ways your classroom and school can participate in Quarters for Conservation:

1) Bring your school group to Woodland Park Zoo

When you visit the zoo as a class pick up your free tokens at the Guest Services window by showing your chaperone sticker. You’ll receive one token for each member of your group, including adults. Examine the Quarters for Conservation kiosk just inside the entrance to the zoo and learn about the six different conservation projects you and your students can help the zoo support. Each student and adult can vote for the project they care about most by putting their tokens in the kiosk. Each token represents a donation of 25 cents from the zoo entry fee.

2) Coins for Conservation

Brings the mission of Quarters for Conservation from the zoo into your classroom. Students learn about six local and global conservation programs supported by Woodland Park Zoo, build a classroom conservation kiosk to collect coins in, and then raise support for the conservation program of their choice.

ZooParent Group Adoptions

Become a classroom of ZooParents

Adopt an animal as a classroom and support the conservation of one of the many important species that Woodland Park Zoo works to conserve. ZooParent classrooms receive educational benefits and resources that help the classroom stay up-to-date on the species they choose to support. With every donation, $5 will directly support conservation efforts at the zoo and around the world!

Find out more about ZooParent group adoptions


Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat

Building a schoolyard wildlife habitat is a fun way to get students outside and learning about their local ecosystem. Help conserve local species by providing native plants, food, shelter, and water on school grounds. A schoolyard wildlife habitat fosters environmental stewardship amongst students and provides an outdoor classroom in which students can perform ongoing observations and citizen science. Our partner, National Wildlife Federation, has numerous resources on how to get started planning your schoolyard wildlife habitat. Wildlife Habitat Certification provides students with recognition for their efforts and a sign they can proudly display. Once your schoolyard habitat is complete your school is also eligible to receive a bronze level Eco-Schools USA award.


Create your own conservation campaign

Challenge your students to design and implement their own conservation campaign. Conservation campaigns can take multiple forms and can involve many types of actions that raise awareness and support. After researching a particular conservation project or theme students can plan methods for getting the word out about their chosen topic. Campaigns can include actions like coordinating a special conservation outreach event, writing local politicians and media, creating informational posters to display, or even putting on a theatrical performance. We’ve gathered ideas and stories of cool classroom conservation campaigns here.