Zoo Adventure Passport & King Conservation Science Explorers 

KCLA-Logo.JPGChicago Zoological Society’s Community Outreach Team, part of the King Conservation Leadership Academy, connects zoo families in the Back of the Yards, Cicero, Fuller Park, Melrose Park, Pilsen, and West Belmont/Cragin neighborhoods to science, nature, and the arts by spurring curiosity, nurturing storytellers, and inspiring the social and emotional wellbeing of our participating families. Our free programing connects families from “cradle to gray.” Participants in NaturePlay, Zoo Adventure Passport, and King Conservations Science Explorers learn tangible skills for their lives, family, and community while creating a deep connection to wildlife and nature around them.




Learning program for families with children ages 10 and under.

Zoo Adventure Passport (ZAP!) families learn and work together with Brookfield Zoo staff and global experts through Zoom and in person around the amazing Monarch butterfly migration. Monarchs & Me: Caring for Monarchs, Caring for our Communities - Participating families will experience up to 10 monthly virtual gatherings and learn from international experts hailing from Mexico all the way to Canada. There will also be in-person opportunities for the whole family to participate in that focus on helping care for monarchs while caring for our communities. This is a multi-generational program. All family members are encouraged to attend.

ZAP families have experiential learning opportunities that may include:

• Spoting wildlife in and around their neighborhoods.
• Learning about the care and health of our zoo animals.
• Caring for and harvesting from the Mother Fladger Community Garden in the Back of the Yards community.
• Learning from experts in their field like biologist Felipe Martinez-Meza, Director of the Reserva De La Biosfera Sanctuario Mariposa Monarca, who connected us with Monarchs from a global perspective.



Learning program for children in grades 6-8

The King Coservation Science Explorers program offers curious middle school aged children a safe place to learn, grow, and investigate nature and science around their community and world. King Explorers will use conservation action to create a positive impact on our local and global ecosystem. Participants are encouraged to explore their unique STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) interests with Chicago Zoological Society’s encouraging staff. Explorers will participate in a hybrid program with a mix of in person and virtual programs with field trips. King Explorers may have the opportunity to:

• Work with scientists and animal care specialists
• Participate in community science projects
• Explore the outdoors in field trips around the Chicagoland area
• Investigate our local Chicago ecosystem
• Connect with gobal conservation projects


Questions? Contact us at outreach@czs.org


The Early Learners Programs of the King Conservation Leadership Academy are supported by: The King Family Foundation, The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.; BNSF Railway Foundation; FedEx, The Gerald A. & Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation, Inc.; The Julius N. Frankel Foundation; The Edmond and Alice Opler Foundation; Peoples Gas Community Fund; The Schmidgall Family Foundation; and, The Dr. Scholl Foundation. King Conservation Science Explorers is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant MA-10-18-0018-18.