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October 11, 2023

King Conservation Leadership Academy: Celebrating Urban Green Spaces

Organized by Brookfield Zoo
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King Conservation Leadership Academy: Celebrating Urban Green Spaces Chicago's motto is "Urbs in Horto," which translates to "City in a Garden." This is a nod to the historical commitment of the city and surrounding Cook County to natural green spaces. In delivering the mission of the Chicago Zoological Society, the community engagement team of the King Conservation Leadership Academy can guide the explorations of community gardens, parks, preserves, and other natural spaces to "inspire conservation leadership by connecting people to wildlife and nature." Over the course of this session, our team will highlight several unique sites from in and around Chicago that host some of our programs and showcase the rich diversity of healthy green spaces ready for you to discover. Graig Mason, Senior Manager, King Conservation Leadership Academy Graig Mason joined the Chicago Zoological Society in June 2022, where he oversees the development and delivery of the programs of the KCLA Community Engagement team. This includes general Community Outreach programming, several programmatic structures Zoo Adventure Passport (ZAP!), and the project-based middle school programs of the King Conservation Science Explorers (King Explorers). Mr. Mason has more than 17 years of experience in K-8 elementary public education, as a middle school science teacher, principal, and director of curriculum for all content areas. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology, Psychology, and Secondary Education from Augustana College and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Shelly Hope, Community Engagement Coordinator Shelly Hope has served as a facilitator of experiential learning opportunities with the Chicago Zoological Society since August 2015, fostering connections between people, nature, and wildlife. She is responsible for the development and delivery of community-based programming throughout several Chicagoland neighborhoods inc
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