Date and time

Saturday 13 and/or Sunday 14 November 2021


£17 for one day or £30 for the whole weekend!


Chester Zoo and Virtual


We invite you to join us on 13 and 14 November for our FIRST EVER Chester Zoo Youth Symposium to celebrate and bring together young people from across the conservation world. This is a great opportunity for people who are completely new to conservation as well as those who are already active in it!
We’re SO excited to announce this year’s INSPIRING and PASSIONATE young speakers who will share their experiences, knowledge and good practices to strengthen the youth environmental movement and EMPOWER young people to develop solutions and take positive actions for nature.Find out more about our speakers!

Lizzie Daly

Lizzie is a Welsh wildlife biologist, broadcaster, filmmaker and conservationist and a Teaching and Outreach Fellow at Swansea University.

She has worked as a presenter on Cbeebies, CBBC, National Geographic, BBC Two, Animal Planet and BBC Earth. In 2018 Lizzie hosted the renowned Panda Awards at WildScreen. In addition to broadcasting work, she continues to publish her own wildlife films on @LizzieDalyWildlifeTV. Lizzie is also very proud to be an academic teaching and outreach fellow at Swansea University and aims to continue to push boundaries when building the bridge between scientific understanding and reaching wider audiences.

With a lifelong passion to conserve elephants, Lizzie has always had a research interest in elephant behaviour to better understand their movements across a changing landscape. She’s studying her PhD at Swansea University studying African elephant movements. Lizzie is a conservationist with a fierce passion to care for our oceans and protect our wild spaces. She is an ambassador for Orca, the Marine Conservation Society, the Jane Goodall Institute UK and an ambassador for Norwich Science Festival.

Chantelle Lindsay

Great North Wood Project Officer, wildlife conservationist and advocate for promoting inclusivity in the environmental sphere.

Joe Wilkins

Conventions and Policy officer for Reserva: The Youth Land Trust representing global youth policy.

Julia Migné

Director of Conservation Optimism, conservationist and science communicator.

With a mixture of motivational in-zoo and virtual activities, there’s LOTS of ways to get involved in our first EVER Youth Symposium this Autumn!
There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to meet our own inspiring young conservationists here at Chester Zoo, including some of our keepers, researchers, scientists and volunteers.

Across both days we will…

Explore the opportunities and resources available to help young people convert their interests and concerns into positive action for nature.

Showcase youth driven conservation projects.

Celebrate individuals and organisations.

Share knowledge and stimulate debate.

Open up opportunities to collaborate and network.

Challenge the way forward for young people and conservation action.


Check out the daily programme!

Our workshops

Choose from a variety of motivation workshops:

  • Girls on the fells, presented by Keziah Taylor and Shannon Horrocks from Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
  • Reintroduction of the White-Tailed Eagle to the UK – conservation during lockdown, presented by Helen Mountford from Roy Dennis Foundation and Forestry England.
  • How to Set Up and Run an Equitable Youth Board for Conservation and Education, presented by Sumaya Raihan, Ella De Feo-Mayers and Nathan Cowling from Hanwell Zoo.
  • Environmental Action at St John Plessington, presented by Eloise Langley-Moore and Alyx Williams from St John Plessington Catholic College.
  • Amplifying Unheard Stories: Why I Created ‘Pangolin: The Conservation Podcast’ presented by Jack Baker, a independent conservationist.
  • Rewilding the tropics: Future perspectives on habitat restoration, presented by Tom Jameson, a independent conservationist.
  • Trust’s youth leadership ambitions, as well as examples of youth action from across the wider Wildlife Trust movement, presented by James Melling from Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
  • Youth governance, the power of involving young people in decision making within an organisation, and community led initiatives, presented by Eleanor Lampard from The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
  • You, Me and The Deep Blue Sea, presented by Victoria-Emma O’Bryen, a independent conservationist.
Our themes for this year’s Youth Symposium are:

Conservation action

From research and habitat restoration through to campaigning and volunteering we want to showcase individuals and groups taking direct action to help prevent extinction.

Youth-led conservation movement

Highlighting how young people with a shared love of conservation can come together to elevate youth voices and allow young people to take direct action for nature.

Strengthening participation in conservation

We can all play a role in conservation, this will focus on successful collaborations and approaches to involve a wide range of young people in conservation.

Youth governance in conservation

Focusing on the principles, practices and culture of youth voice & participation.

Join us at the Zoo!

Registration cost includes entry to Chester Zoo, access to incredible workshops, presentations and guest speakers. Registration also includes lunch and refreshments.

Registrations costs:

Saturday 13 November £17
Sunday 14 November £17
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 November £30

This event has now SOLD OUT

Join us online!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the zoo. There are lots of virtual ways to get involved in the symposium.

We’ll be posting on social media across the weekend so you can keep up with everything that’s going on! Our inspiring speaker presentations and Chester Zoo sessions will also be available to watch online after the event.

More details coming soon!

We are PASSIONATE about bringing together young people and although this event is aimed at a specific age range, we acknowledge the need to exchange knowledge and collaborate across ALL organisations and generations.

So we welcome attendees of any age to come and join us to hear from our young speakers. All keynote speaker presentations will be available to view online through a FREE live link (more details to follow).

NOW is the time to ACT FOR WILDLIFE. Conservation is CRITICAL; species are under threat. TOGETHER we can make a BIG difference. Take action TODAY and join us in PREVENTING EXTINCTION.