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Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 2022


One day for £17 OR Both days for £30


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We can’t wait to welcome you along to this year’s Youth Symposium Friday 11 November – Saturday 12 November 2022 and we are inviting young people aged 16 – 30 from across the country to come along to share their experiences, knowledge and passion for conservation!


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

Both days Single day

Last November we hosted our very first Youth Symposium, with young people across the world of conservation sharing their stories. Take a look at our 2021 highlights:

Our Youth Symposium 2022 Programme

Download the full programme here

Introducing our keynotes…

Friday 11 November

Jasmine Isa Qureshi
Jasmine (they/she), is a writer, Journalist, until recently a Researcher for the BBC Natural History Unit and BBC Earth, Wildlife Film-maker, Ambassador for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Engagement Officer for the youth led nature organisation ‘Focus On Nature’, Activist, Marine Biology graduate and Speaker/Presenter.

Careers in Conservation Panel
Join a variety of our speakers from across the fields of wildlife conservation and sustainability as they share their stories, experiences and provide advice for young people interested in a career in conservation.


Saturday 12 November

Sophie Pavelle
Sophie is a writer and science communicator. She is Communications and Campaigns Coordinator for Beaver Trust and presented their award-winning documentary Beavers Without Borders. She is an Ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts and sits on the RSPB England Advisory Committee. She writes for New ScientistThe MetroBBC CountryfileBBC Wildlife and Coast Magazines. Her first book Forget Me Not: finding the forgotten species of climate-change Britain is out now (Bloomsbury).

Youth Governance in Conservation Panel
Join a variety of our speakers from across the fields of wildlife conservation and sustainability as they share their stories, experiences and discuss youth governance across the conservation world.

We have a range of speakers joining us across the weekend, SHARING their stories and PASSION for conservation. Here’s a TASTER of some of the inspiring speakers.


Chester Zoo Youth Board: Young Governance and getting our voices heard in the conservation sector.

Join our Chester Zoo Youth Board to find out more about their work, how the Youth Board was established and how they help the zoo to achieve it’s mission. This workshop will include  TIP TIPS for young governance, some of the challenges we’ve faced and what the benefits are for organisations investing in the power of youth.

Loud Speaker: Young people’s voice.

We understand the importance of giving young people vital communication skills and instill the confidence they need to tackle life’s challenges. This session covers the power of speaking with passion, authority and authenticity.

Marine Conservation Society: Our ocean and what can we do to protect it?

Join Katie MacFarlane, Youth Engagement Officer, to discuss Marine Conservation Society’s work and how can we, as individuals and as organisations, play a key part in protecting our blue planet. How can we use our voice?


Changing the world from your bedroom: How to create an impactful online presence.

Jack Baker (Creator of ‘Pangolin: The Conservation Podcast’ & Top 50 Zoo & Aquarium Influencer) will share how he created a global podcast series, explain why it’s important to share your story online, and provide advice on how you can create impactful online content that will get you noticed!

Career in Conservation: volunteering and starting out

Rhiann Stock will share how volunteering in conservation offers valuable experiences for starting out in a career in conservation. Through her talk she’ll shed light on wildlife recording and raise the awareness of Local Record Centres in the youth community. Getting involved with wildlife recording contributes massively to conservation and helps build on important identification skills.

St John Plessington Catholic College: How they teach Environmental Action at their school

Join Samuel and Tiffany, Lead Eco Ambassadors at St John Plessington Catholic College. They’ll talk about the importance of pupil voice and the impact this has had in influencing action at their school. They will also discuss their plans for the coming year and the legacy that they plan to leave behind.

Conservation Optimism: Staying optimistic in the midst of the climate and ecological crises.

It can be hard to stay optimistic when learning about the climate and ecological emergency but there are strategies that can be used when things get tough. This talk led by Julia Migné, Director of Conservation Optimism, will touch on resilience and optimism, and take the audience on a deep dive exploring some of those strategies.

Ocean Generation: Who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Join Caterina, from Ocean Generation, who’ll highlight the AMAZING and multifaceted “role of the ocean”. From providing us the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink and even controlling our climate, to weather patterns, irrigating the planet and regulating global carbon levels! Explore ‘Our Impact’, the challenges our oceans face and how we can make better decisions to protect it.

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.