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Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps

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As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.


Calling all teens! Are you interested in making a difference for wildlife? Then Conservation Corps at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is for you. Conservation Corps is a hands-on program for high school students interested in conservation, science, public speaking, and community service.

Conservation Corps members spend one day a month teaching Safari Park guests about animals and sharing conservation stories through the use of artifacts, biofacts, props, interactive games, and other activities. A second day each month is spent performing a hands-on conservation project making a difference for wildlife.

Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information meeting with a parent/guardian. If selected, applicants must be available for an interview and, if accepted, must be available to attend a mandatory two-day training program.

Once selected for the program and upon successful completion of program training, members participate at least two days per month. Each session runs five months (January through May and August through December). A uniform shirt is provided. A limited number of applicants are selected each session.

The information meeting is free and mandatory for any teen (accompanied by a parent/guardian) who is interested in applying for Conservation Corps. Applications for the program are distributed only at the information meetings.

Conservation Corps Details

Age Range: High school students

Commitment: Two-day training session, then two days per month for five months.

Program Fee: $180 per student

Sessions: August-December 2019 and January-May 2020

Fall Info Session Date:
We are evaluating the possibility of running Conservation Corps for the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back for information as it becomes available.

With any questions, call 760-738-5057