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

Registration is now open!

We are inviting 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 are also calling for INSPIRING and PASSIONATE young speakers to sign up and share their EXPERIENCES through workshops and presentations with audiences at the symposium.
We are inviting young people aged 16 -30 to exchange experiences, knowledge and good practices to strengthen the youth environmental movement and EMPOWER young people to recognise their power to develop solutions and take positive action for nature. With a mixture of inspiring in-zoo and virtual activities there’s lots of ways to get involved in our first EVER youth symposium this Autumn.
There will 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.
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

Join us online!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the zoo, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved in the symposium online through our virtual live links.

More details coming soon!


Whether you’re a young researcher, activist, part of a youth-led organisation, educator, youth board, policy maker or young leader –  we want to hear from YOU! We’re seeking inspiring young speakers to share their knowledge and expertise on youth engagement in conservation to help future-proof our conservation mission of preventing extinction.

The deadline for workshop and presentation submissions is 19 September 2021.

All confirmed speakers will be finalised and notified by 10 October 2021. Successful speakers will be offered a free place at the symposium* (registration fees will be reimbursed if you have already registered). If you’re interested in presenting but can’t get to the zoo, we are giving presenters the option to present via a live link, so you can join us from anywhere in the world!

Please note that we cannot guarantee that all presentation and workshop submissions will be accepted.

If you are interested in presenting as a small group please get in touch at

*one free registration place available for the lead speaker.

Types of presentations

45 minute workshops – delivered at the zoo

Workshops are a great opportunity to present and discuss active and emerging areas of youth engagement in conservation.

Workshops are intended to bring together people from all backgrounds for a lively and interactive discussion and may cover a specific best practice, a specific project, or a topic of general interest to the young community. These will be delivered in smaller groups of up to 25 people.

15 minute presentations (including a 5 minute Q&A session) – delivered at the zoo or via live link

We know that there is some amazing work being led by young people taking place across the county so we are giving presenters a choice of either joining through a live streamed video link or an in person presentation at Chester Zoo.

Presentations are a great way to showcase projects, ideas and the impact young people can have in the conservation world. These will be delivered to groups of up to 50 people.

Successful presenters who wish to deliver via a live stream link will not need to register for the on-site symposium.

Download the presenter interest form and return to before 19 September.

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.