There are many ways for you or your child to get involved in nature and conservation through related activities, clubs or even working towards a future career in wildlife and exotic animal management or education. You can explore various aspects of wildlife, exotic and environmental education through the Wildlife Waystation, and through other opportunities to learn or get involved in California, as well as nationally or even internationally!

Wildlife Waystation Educational Opportunities for Youth

Group shot of some young Rangers
  • Wildlife Rangers: At Ranger classes,participants will meet Waystation animals and learn more about their care, as well as make enrichment items for our animals. At each session, kids also create a take-home craft, and research and report on a wild animal of their choosing. The Ranger series is for children 5 years of age and up. The average age of attendees is 5 to 10 years of age. Classes are held from 10qm to 12pm on the 2nd Saturday of every month from September to June. Visit Wildlife Rangers for additional information on classes and registration.

National Organizations and Educational Opportunities for Youth

Some young future Rangers walking in the woods

Photo credit: Tom Woodward

  • Kids Planet Play games and travel through the Web of Life while learning about wildlife and habitat.
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service Conservation Kids Take time to learn about some of the species that USFWS is working to conserve and why they need our help. Investigate the planet’s most unique and at risk species through interactive games, quizzes, and activities.
  • San Diego Zoo KIDS Explore animals from the zoo and around the world through interactive games and activities, and learn about ways to get involved in wildlife conservation.
  • Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.
  • National Geographic Kids: Green Tips gives you simple, every day ways to get involved with saving the planet, interactive games, learn about recent animal rescues around the world and more!
  • Project Giving Kids is a nonprofit all about connecting busy kids and families to fun, meaningful and age-appropriate service activities through a unique website experience. Project Giving Kids started with a color wheel full of causes kids care about, and the belief that kids could be powerful drivers of the entire process. It continues with you and your family.
  • International Elephant Foundation: Kids in Conservation Learn about some of the ways kids have gotten involved with the International Elephant Foundation to help protect and conserve elephants across the globe.
  • 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 Organizations and Educational Opportunities for Youth

  • Tree People is a nonprofit organization working to grow a green and climate-resilient Los Angeles, California. They work with communities to transform LA’s landscapes into living, healthy watersheds, and also have deep roots working with policymakers to demonstrate new green solutions for a sustainable city.
  • Zoo Magnet High School The Zoo Magnet Center is a small high school magnet program in Griffith Park. The challenging college preparatory experience is focused on animal studies and biological sciences.
  • STAR Prep Academy 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 many other students in the Los Angeles area: environmental science classes, animal husbandry, international retreats,an exciting array of foreign language courses and more.
  • Sewer Science Program The City of Los Angeles provides water quality-related educational programs to local schools. Through the Sewer Science Program, the city encourages students to learn more about water quality and their impact on the environment.