Conservation Hero

Conservation Hero

Conservation Hero

You can be a hero for wildlife, wherever you are! From here to the coast and beyond, join us as we partner with local organizations, professionals, and heroes like you to do our part to take care of our natural neighborhoods.

Get started by pledging to BYO (bring your own) reusable items to help reduce single-use plastics. The BYO campaign runs from Earth Day 2022 to Earth Day 2023.


Take the Pledge - Become a Conservation Hero



The easiest step you can take to become a Conservation Hero is right in front of you. Take part in the Zoo's year-long Earth Day campaign, Bring Your Own, to help lessen our impact on the environment or help us clean our waterways by joining us for one of our clean-up events.

Bring Your Own Campaign

The easiest step you can take to become a Conservation Hero is right in front of you! Get started by pledging to BYO (bring your own) reusable items to help reduce single-use plastics. The BYO campaign runs from Earth Day 2022 to Earth Day 2023. Throughout the year, the Zoo will partner with local organizations, as well as heroes like you to take action, in starting ocean-friendly habits by "bringing our own" wherever we can, to help our Earth's lakes, oceans, rivers and other waterways.

Take the pledge to start earning your Conservation Hero status and stay tuned to the Zoo's social media channels for additional ways we can conquer single-use plastics together.

Take the Pledge - Become a Conservation Hero


Nebraska Lake, River and Stream Clean-ups

Join us this Summer at different locations in the Omaha area to clean-up our local waterways. We are teaming up with Diventures and Keep Omaha Beautiful to collect debris before they reach the oceans. Zoo staff will be on-site from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Supplies will be provided. 

Cleanup Locations

May 21 | Standing Bear 
June 11 | Levi Carter Lake* 
July 9 | TBD 
August 20 | Standing Bear 
September 17 | Levi Carter Lake 
*Staff on-site from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

For questions, contact Caitlin Leary at (402)-738-2092 or


Located near the Standing Bear Lake Boat Ramp parking lot. This is located along Papio Lake 16 Rd S. Please look for "Cleanup This Way" signs for further direction. 

Citizen Science Programs

Another way you can achieve your Conservation Hero status is by teaming up with your friends, family and other loved ones for a local citizen science effort. With any citizen science effort, you engage in the process of collecting and sharing observations from the physical world. By contributing information of your own, you are helping researchers fill gaps in their data and perhaps give them valuable insight from a particular area they may not have been able to study on their own.

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Private Workshops

Workshops are for groups or families and are available by reservation three weeks in advance. Minimum participants in a reserved workshop is 5 people with minimum age of 6 years old. Cost is $16/person unless reserved with another education program then adults are free. Cost includes supplies and equipment use. Workshops run 2 hours in length and can be reserved any day of the week.

Contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 or to inquire about topic availability and reserving your spot today. 

Available Topics Include

Amphibian Conservation

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, together with other zoos and organizations, has launched the Amphibian Conservation Initiative to address the decline of amphibians on a global scale. This initiative includes the establishment of facilities and the training of staff, capable of quarantining amphibians and carrying out captive breeding programs. Once threats have been lowered or resolved, offspring of the amphibians will be released back into the wild.

Salamander Conservation

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park needs your help! We are on the lookout for tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum), a species that was last spotted in this area almost 10 years ago.We are looking to you for help in collecting data to see if they are still in eastern Nebraska.

Butterfly Conservation

Approximately 3 percent of butterfly species are threatened with extinction. This decline in butterfly populations is attributed primarily to habitat loss due to urbanization and agriculture. As populations continue to decrease, a growing need to more closely monitor species is developing. Because there is little distinction between some types of butterflies, identification and classification proves to be a challenge. Very few Lepidopterists (scientists who study butterflies and moths) exist; therefore monitoring population sizes and ranges of butterfly species is a daunting task.

SECORE Conservation

Coral reefs are declining worldwide due to global warming, ocean acidification, sedimentation, eutrification, African dust storms and mechanical damage, just to name a few. Caribbean scleractinian corals have declined as much as 90% in many locations. The Caribbean Elkhorn Coral, Acropora palmata and the Caribbean Staghorn Coral, Acropora cervicornis, are the two major reef building corals in the Caribbean. Both of these species are on the IUCN Red list of Endangered Species and both are listed as critically endangered. There is a reproductive bottleneck that is making it increasingly difficult for these corals to reproduce sexually in the wild.  


Resources for Workshop Topics