Conservation Camp Memes

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This past summer 6th and 7th graders participated in Como’s popular “Camp Conservation”. Campers explored the field of conservation, got to know Como’s zookeepers and horticulturalists, and met the species they are working to protect, such as the Sumatran Orangutan, Wyoming Toad, and many species of orchid. They also discovered simple ways they could help endangered plants and animals at home and in their community, and had fun working on a photo project to encourage Como visitors to conserve and protect the planet. Campers learned tips and tricks from a professional photographer, and then explored the zoo grounds with iPads  photographing Como’s animals throughout the camp week. These photos were inspired by the conservation stories they heard during camp. At the end of the week, campers selected their favorite photo and paired it with one of ten conservation quotes and phrases such as:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

“Conserve. There is no Planet B.”

Using an app, they created an internet meme. These memes are currently being displayed on screens in Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s Visitor Center. You can also check them out below. If you know any youth interested in conservation, tell them about Como’s summer camps. Camp Conservation will be back in the summer of 2017! For more information on what Como is doing to protect wildlife, check out the link below:

http://www.comozooconservatory.org/about/conservation/#/conservation

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