Are you interested in the environment?

Becoming a Bear Ambassador is an opportunity for young adults to engage locally, statewide, nationally, and globally towards protecting our environment. To apply, you must be a tenth-grade student in good academic standing attending school in the state of Virginia.

Time Commitment

Participants will attend (4) 45-minute meetings via Zoom during the school year and share the information with your classmates – this can be in the form of an article in the school paper, a small presentation during an assembly or morning announcements, or the school newspaper, etc. Meetings will be held Sundays at 4 pm.

  • Volunteer 101
  • Zoo 101
  • Species Survival Planning
  • Global Conservation Initiatives


Bear Ambassadors will have the opportunity to shape the future of the Virginia Zoo. A day of celebration at the completion of the program includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo to meet staff and animals!

To apply or for more information

To apply to the Bear Ambassador project, please complete the form below. Any questions please contact

Bear Ambassador Application

Become a Bear Ambassador!

Thank you for your interest in the Bear Ambassador program. To apply for this exciting opportunity, please answer the following question in a 4-paragraph essay or 2-minute video form and return by OCTOBER 6, 2023. “What aspect of climate change do you feel will impact our planet the most over the next 10 years, and what role do zoos play in alleviating the impact to our planet?”
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