Children Observing Butterfly at Brookfield Zoo

Investing in Science

An investment in conservation leadership is an investment in the future. That’s why the Chicago Zoological Society places a high priority on developing and supporting conservation leaders of all ages and backgrounds.

Our outreach efforts range from scientific discovery programs for toddlers and volunteer and internship opportunities for high school and college students to professional development and recognition programs for environmentally minded researchers and educators.

Many of today’s conservation leaders at zoos, aquariums, and research facilities around the country and around the world have links to CZS. The time and resources we invest in our youth volunteers, interns, and staff encourage them to continue to pursue and develop careers in wildlife conservation. Additionally, we inspire conservation leadership through our interactions with visitors and participants in our school and family programs.