Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner

Location: Discovery Center

Date: October 10, 2018

The Conservation Leadership Awards is an exclusive dinner hosted by the Chicago Zoological Society Trustees and Women's Board to recognize individuals and organizations for their collective impact on conservation efforts that are transforming our vision of how we INSPIRE conservation action, ENGAGE our communities, and RESTORE wildlife populations and people's connection to nature.

For more than 80 years, the Society has provided a safe haven for the species of the world, and has been a destination with compelling exhibits and programs, a source for transformational conservation efforts, and an incubator for future conservation leaders. Each year, at the Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner we celebrate the achievements of those who share our vision to INSPIRE, ENGAGE, and RESTORE. This year, we celebrate the following:

Edith Rockefeller McCormick Partnership Award | Openlands

Openlands, a non-profit organization, is at the forefront of the urban conservation movement in the greater Chicago region. Since 1963, Openlands has had an emphasis on people, places, and policy. This emphasis is the framework and driving factor of the organization.

Corwith Hamill Lifetime Achievement Conservation Award | Emily and Robert King

Mr. and Mrs. King are exemplary leaders, driving the establishment of new education, conservation, and science initiatives nationally and internationally. Through their partnership with the Society, they established the King Conservation Science Scholars program, which develops college and career-ready diverse teens whoa re prepared to resolve environmental and technological issues facing our country.

George B. Rabb Conservation Medal | Joel Sartore

Joel is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, and contributor to National Geographic magazine. He documents endangered species and landscapes around the world and is the founder of the Photo Ark, a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear- and to get people to care while there's still time.

Seating for this event is limited.

Tables of ten at $50,000, $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000.

Individual tickets are $500.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact: or 708.688.8393

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

New Penguin Encounters!

Join us for a unique close encounter with Humboldt penguins at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.