Zoo New England Wants Nominations for Young Conservationist Award

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Do you know an outstanding youth who is an advocate for wildlife and conservation? Nominate him or her for the Young Conservationist Award.

As part of the celebration of Zootopia, Zoo New England’s annual fundraising gala, the zoo staff is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Young Conservationist Award.

The nominated youth should be between grades three through senior year of high school, have demonstrated a positive commitment to Zoo New England and its conservation mission, and have engaged in some outstanding action to support this. The award, which includes a $2,500 scholarship, will be presented at Zootopia on May 11, 2019 to further the recipient's project, conservation work and education. The winner and two adults will receive complimentary tickets to Zootopia to participate in the awards ceremony. This year’s presentation marks the seventh award presented to an exceptional youth committed to conservation.

“We are truly inspired by the amazing stories of how the zoos and animals influence and empower people, particularly kids, on making a difference in their community,” said John Linehan, President and CEO of Zoo New England, via press release. “Our past award winners have been remarkable young people with a passion for wildlife and conservation. We’re looking forward to once again presenting this award to an outstanding youth, who continues to make a difference on behalf of wildlife, conservation and the environment.”

Nominations for the Young Conservationist Award are being accepted through Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. Nomination forms are available at zoonewengland.org/engage/zootopia. Email questions to YoungConservationistAward@zoonewengland.org.

Zootopia is a fundraising gala event that will “bring the Zoo” to the Royal Sonesta Boston for an unforgettable evening. The 5-hour event will be held May 11, begins with a cocktail reception and auction followed by a spectacular dinner and dancing. Attendees are encouraged to wear animal-inspired attire.

Proceeds from Zootopia will directly benefit Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo and will help to further the Zoos’ mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders.