2017 Kids4Nature Featured Projects

These three projects will share 50% of all Kids4Nature funds in 2017, with the allocation proportional to the number of votes received. The other 50% of Kids4Nature funds will be shared by our Conservation Partners.

African Penguin
As one of the most endangered types of penguin, these little birds need your help. Using KIDS4NATURE funds, the zoo supports SANCCOB in their efforts to rehabilitate and release wild penguins.

Blacktip Reef Shark
shark fot wayne zooOverfishing is the main threat to shark species around the world. KIDS4NATURE supports organizations that encourage responsible trade, consumption and sustainability globally.

Indiana Wetlands and Rivers
Thousands of Midwestern animals and plants depend upon Indiana wetlands, marshes, and rivers for survival. Using KIDS4NATURE funds, the zoo supports groups that protect these needed ecosystems through land acquisition and scientific study.


Kids4Nature invites every zoo guest to make a difference for wildlife conservation. Your vote at the Kids4Nature kiosk helps us direct our conservation commitment to projects locally and around the globe. In 2016, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo invested $167,000 to conservation projects. Every vote matters!

How Kids4Nature Works

On every visit, you’ll receive a recycled metal washer that represents 10 cents. Visit the Kids4Nature kiosk near the Lion Drinking Fountain and read about the three conservation projects. Cast your “vote” for your favorite project by dropping the washer in the wishing well. Your vote helps determine how much funding each project will receive.

Additional votes can be made with real quarters, nickels, and dimes – 100% of any added contributions will go toward the voted project. Total contributions are calculated from April – October.