There are many ways for you to get involved in nature and conservation. Look into wildlife activities and clubs in your area, or begin working towards a career in wildlife education, conservation or exotic animal management. Explore the following ways you can get involved with programs and activities in your area!
National and International Organizations for Teens & Adults
- The Student Conservation Association is a national organization that works to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. If you are under 18 years of age, explore SCA’s Youth programs, and for those over 18 years of age, explore SCA’s Young Adults program.
- City Year aims to close the gap between what schools and teachers can provide and what students truly need to receive in order to succeed. However, in high-poverty communities there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can prevent them from realizing their potential. City Year has 25 locations across the United States, including Los Angeles, as well as locations in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
- The Ecology Project International is a nonprofit, educational organization that combines travel to remarkable places, rigorous and exciting field science, conservation efforts, and authentic cultural exchange to improve our students’ awareness, understanding, knowledge, confidence and academic skill sets.
- The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, works to save wildlife and wild places across the globe through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.
California Educational Opportunities and Organizations for Teens & Young Adults
- The Zoo Magnet School is a small high school magnet program in Griffith Park. The challenging college preparatory experience is focused on animal studies and biological sciences.
- The STAR Prep Academy is a private middle and high school for students who seek an individualized approach to learning, based on their desired areas of specialization. Students are exposed to a wide range of hands-on opportunities not afforded any other students in the Los Angeles area: environmental science classes, animal husbandry, international retreats, an exciting array of foreign language courses and more.
- Learn how you can become a certified naturalist in the California Naturalist Program. The mission of the California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California’s natural resources through education and service. Classes offered in multiple locations.
- The Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College takes place on a five-acre facility on the Moorpark College campus and focuses on: Animal Training, Wildlife Education & Zookeeping. The aim of the program is to expose students to most/all situations they might encounter as animal professionals. Other similar animal programs in the United States
- Surfrider Foundation is a volunteer based, environmental non-profit group dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Explore the California chapters or find a chapter near you!
- Tree People is a nonprofit organization working with communities to transform the Los Angeles landscapes into living, healthy watersheds, and also have deep roots working with policymakers to demonstrate new green and viable infrastructure solutions for a sustainable city.
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