× The Zoo is closed. For more information, see the COVID-19 Update page.

Share this page:

Zoo 101: Challenges in Conservation

herd of elephants walking through grass

Zoo 101 is a project-based class that explores major topics in the inner workings of a zoo. Each session, Zoo 101 explores a different core topic in zoo management and is appropriate for students ages 11-14, or those students who have completed three full years of Zoo Homeschool programs.

About Challenges in Conservation: The 21st-century Zoo is a champion for environmental and wildlife conservation, but what does this really entail, and what is the real scope of the challenges conservationists face?

In this 10-week course, students will dig into the details of some of the major conservation issues facing the environmental science community. They will explore the causes and processes of these issues; the real impacts upon animals and the environment; case studies about specific species, habitats and solutions; and what zoos, conservation organizations and individual people are doing to make a difference. 

Over the course of the series, students will identify and research a specific problem and impacted species, develop and execute a conservation awareness plan, and report upon their work to an audience of their peers, families, friends and Zoo staff.

Conservation issues planned for coverage include (but are not limited to):

  • Wildlife trafficking
  • Ocean acidification
  • Genetic bottlenecking
  • Deforestation and habitat fragmentation
  • Extinction and loss of biodiversity
  • Physical pollution (e.g., single-use plastics, water run-off) and nonphysical pollution (e.g., light and sound)
  • Population sprawl and human-animal conflict

Zoo 101 is a 10-week, drop-off-only program. There will be no class on Sept. 27, Nov. 1 and Nov. 22.

Our registration system has changed! Simply click the "Register for this class" button below and log in using the same email address you use for your FONZ membership. Your member discount will be automatically applied.

Member cost: 

Non-member cost: 

Class Type: 

Age range: 11 - 14

Class Sessions

Date(s): Thursday, September 13 to Thursday, December 13 (class meets on Thursdays)
Time: 1:03 pm to 3:03 pm