Applications are now closed and will reopen in the fall of 2024.

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 9th or 10th 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!