Students participated in a BioBlitz where they honed their species identification techniques and showcased what they learned through writing, photography, and drawing.
Photograph by Rahayu Oktaviani
The joy of children seeing certain species is contagious, and it helps me to keep doing my work.
National Geographic Explorer, Herpetologist
Students went on nature hikes, created masks of species they saw along the way, and made a movie highlighting local endangered species and habitats.
Photograph by Cortni Borgerson
Children are the key to conservation. We can forge a generation of citizens that are socially active and environmentally aware.
National Geographic Explorer, Anthropologist
Students learned about endemic species, practiced identification techniques with rangers, and performed conservation themed skits.
Everyone was very happy with the experience and many students were asking about how they can become scientists and rangers!
National Geographic Explorer, Conservationist
Students went on night hikes, set camera traps, created conservation murals, and presented them to the community.
In my experience, girls don’t want to get dirty and collect specimens in the field. But these girls were hands on with everything from bats to bugs. They were warriors!
National Geographic Explorer, Biologist
By Dallas Zoo’s Career Camp participant
Nobody knows they exist
Because all they do is sit
That's not true for this creature
So let me be your teacher
Though they may be small
Their personality is not at all
They blend in with their surroundings
Which is the forest they live in
People come and take their home
Now they have nothing to own
Eventually there will be none left
And the last one will be alone
So let's not continue this theft
Instead contribute to them around you
And be aware of what you can do
Every person can make a difference
To these amazing critters
“My intention is to use my photos and the selected quotes to inspire people to become more conscientious by getting their mind turning, but not limiting the direction of thought. I want to provide the launch pad from which the viewer’s mind can take flight. Conservation is a process that relies on the contributions of the individual as stepping stones in the direction of relief. Through exposing people to the sights of nature and the many species who share this earth, I hope to inspire at least one action in the direction of positive change.”
— Jillian S., 17, from Cincinnati, Ohio