Zoo Miami’s Conservation Action Center Named as 2021 Annual Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) Award Winner for Innovative Programming: Environmental Resiliency and Sustainability

The Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) has selected Zoo Miami’s Conservation Action Center as the 2021 recipient of the Innovative Programming: Environmental Resiliency and Sustainability award. This award is given in honor of the outstanding work done by Zoo Miami to advance the park and recreation profession in Innovative Programming for environmental resiliency and sustainability.

“Zoo Miami, the leading conservation and education wildlife advocate of Miami-Dade County parks, is honored to be awarded with the Florida Recreation and Park Association Award for the Conservation Action Center!  Since we opened in January 2021, we are proud to share our local and global conservation work with our community of supporters!” said Will Elgar, Zoo Miami Director.

The Conservation Action Center, presented by the Marc and Robin Osheroff Family, is an immersive, interactive exhibition experience that introduces guests to conservation stories, both globally and locally.  Guests can learn what they have in common with a polar bear and crawl through a larger-than-life python while learning about the impacts of invasive species. Visitors can see how fast they can scoop the “poop” into compost bins in “What’s the Poop?” and whack out environmental threats in “Habitat Whack-A-Mole.” They can touch a “robo-frog” and see how they help save frogs in the Amazon! They’ll explore the “Finding a Shared Habitat” house to see how their everyday actions at home impact their ecosystem and experience how environments come to life as they pledge to take action on behalf of wildlife. The Conservation Action Center tells powerful and personal stories of animals and people alike.  Guests can discover their connections to conservation and see how they are helping to save species!

The Florida Recreation and Park Association annually awards park and recreation agencies, employees, volunteers and partners that have made an impact on their community. Nominees must submit information and details supporting the nomination and a volunteer committee made up of their peers reviews and rates the submissions. The FRPA Awards presentation takes place at the Annual FRPA Conference in August. Winners are presented with a plaque and recognition through the FRPA Journal. More information on the Awards Program can be found at frpa.org/awards.

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