Miami Zoo Conservation Action Center named FRPA award winner

Zoo Miami’s Julia Klumb and Cristina Heredia accept the FRPA award in Orlando on September 1.
(Photo courtesy of Zoo Miami)

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 presented in honor of the exceptional work done by Zoo Miami to advance the parks and recreation profession in innovative programming for environmental resilience and sustainability.

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

The Conservation Action Center, presented by the Marc and Robin Osheroff family, is an immersive and interactive exhibit experience that introduces guests to conservation stories, both globally and locally. Guests can find out 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 quickly they can pick up the “crap” in compost bins in “What is this?” And eliminate environmental threats in “Habitat Whack-A-Mole”. They can touch a “robot frog” and see how they help save frogs in the Amazon. They will explore the “Finding Shared Habitat” home to see how their daily actions at home impact their ecosystem and find out how environments come to life as they engage in action for wildlife.

The Conservation Action Center tells powerful and personal stories of animals and people. Guests can learn about their connection to conservation and see how they are helping save species.

The Florida Recreation and Park Association annually recognizes parks and recreation agencies, employees, volunteers and partners who have made an impact in their community.

Applicants must submit information and details in support of the application and a volunteer committee made up of their peers reviews and evaluates the applications. The FRPA Awards are presented at the FRPA Annual Conference in August. Winners receive a plaque and recognition in the FRPA Journal.

For more information on the awards program, visit

Zoo Miami, a park in Miami-Dade County, is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General admission to the zoo is $ 22.95 / adult plus tax and $ 18.95 / child (ages 3-12) plus taxes. Children under 2, zoo members and parking are free. Zoo Miami’s opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 4 p.m. For tickets, reservations, and operations updates, visit or call 305-251-0400.

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Sam D. Gomez