Inspiring a diverse, inclusive movement of conservation advocates.
The goal of WCS Education is to inspire a diverse, inclusive movement of conservation advocates. We do this by sparking connection with animals and nature; enhancing scientific literacy through hands-on investigation; and engaging constituents in stewardship and action to conserve wildlife and wildplaces.
Representation in science matters, and we are committed to disrupt notions of who scientists are, what they do, and who can be one. As one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, WCS employ thousands of scientists whose backgrounds and experiences are as diverse as the biodiversity they protect. By centering these stories in our programs, we inspire all New Yorkers to see themselves in science.
We provide deep, lasting interactions with wildlife in our parks and beyond, inspiring connection and wonder for animals and nature.
We challenge learners to observe, question, predict, and test to make sense of the natural world, enhancing scientific literacy through inquiry-based learning.
We champion real-life conservation challenges, solutions and changemakers, motivating our audiences to take action to protect wildlife and the environment.
We bring conservation action to life through our programs. Every year, we reach close to one million students, educators, families, youth, adults and zoo and aquarium visitors through education activities at our five New York City parks.
WCS is dedicated to serving a broad constituency that mirrors the diversity of our surrounding neighborhoods and our city. As such, we have launched key initiatives to engage all New Yorkers in science and conservation:
WCS is committed to advancing the fields of informal and formal science learning through rigorous program evaluation and educational research. Read more about our current research efforts here.
A special thanks to the supporters of our work:
21st Century Fox Ameriprise Financial The Association of Zoos & Aquariums The Barker Welfare Foundation The Borrego Foundation Club de Naturaleza Cannon USA, Inc. Chevron Corporation City Council Member Fernando Cabrera City Council Member Andrew Cohen City Council Member Costa Constantinidis City Council Member Chaim M. Deustch City Council Member Ruben Diaz City Council Member Mattieu Eugene City Council Member Julissa Ferreras City Council Member Barry Grodenchick City Council Member Eric Ulrich City Council Member Paul Vallone City Council Member Daniel Garodnick City Council Member Vanessa Gibson City Council Member David Greenfield City Council Member Corey Johnson City Council Member Brad Lander City Council Member Farah Louis City Council Member Alan Maisel City Council Member Francisco Moya City Council Member Annabel Palma City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez City Council Member Ritchie Torres City Council Member Mark Treyger City Council Member James Van Bramer City Council Member Jumaane Williams The Charina Endowment Fund Citi Foundation Coca Cola, Inc Con Edison, Inc New York City Deparment of Education The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development The New York State Department of Health
The New York State Parks Recreation & Historics Preservation The Dimon Family Foundation Douglass Kruse & Betty Welchel Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield The Emre Fund The Gray Foundation HealthPlex Institute of Museum and Library Services Investors Foundation John N. Irwin III The Dale & Laura Kutnick Foundation The Laura J. Niles Foundation The Lemberg Foundation Loretta Stadler | Defenders of Wildlife Lyda Hill Philanthropies The MacGrath Foundation MacMillan Publishers, Inc Mattel Children's Foundation Richard and Ronay Menchel M.J. Murdock Charitable Rust The Moonlight Community Foundation The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation The National Science Foundation National Grid New York State Assembly Member Joe Lentol New York State Parks and Recreation The Henry Nias Foundation The Nichols Foundation Patagonia, Inc. Philippe B. Visser The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation The Safari Club International Foundation The Pinkerton Foundation The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) TD Bank The Wortman Foundation Barbara Zucker
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