Be a force for nature.


Woodland Park Zoo’s Network for Nature is a group of young professionals passionate about animals, conservation and creating connections with others to help advance the zoo’s mission. By joining our network, you will be supporting both local and global education and conservation efforts to save animals and their habitats.


Learn about the benefits of joining the network



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Advance the mission of Woodland Park Zoo and inspire a powerful conservation movement through peer networking events, corporate connections and community engagement.



Increase community involvement (build a network) of peers in the 25-45 age group demographic in Seattle.


Accelerate conservation action by participating in a conservation movement. Take action with increased knowledge to inspire others to share our habitat successfully with wildlife and future generations.


Build a younger Woodland Park Zoo donor base and connect to new corporate sponsorship opportunities.


Event Planning
Host social events that benefit and spread our mission to new audiences representing the 25-45 age group demographic in Seattle.


Provide Insight
Gather feedback on zoo conservation, advocacy, event planning, fundraising, and marketing efforts. Woodland Park Zoo’s Network for Nature is a test audience for messaging, campaigns, new events, etc.




All-Member Happy Hour

Tuesday, April 23

Connect with your fellow members over an after-work beverage and taco! All are welcome to a happy hour at Eighteen15, located in Residency Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown (1815 Terry Ave, Seattle). Added bonus: 20% of food and beverage sales will be donated to the Saving Species Impact Fund!

Hippos and Mojitos

African Village
Friday, May 31

Mix it up and mingle with Seattle’s premier mixologists! Spend your evening in the zoo’s African Village while sipping on specialty mojitos created by mixologists from Bastille, Cortina, Oliver’s Lounge and Tavolàta. Toast to your commitment to save wildlife while enjoying mouth-watering bites and special animal encounters—including hippos! Tickets for free for NFN members (email to claim your ticket), $75 general and $125 VIP. Learn more and buy tickets here.

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Jungle Party

Woodland Park Zoo
Wednesday, July 10

Spend the evening volunteering with your fellow NFN members and help the zoo prepare for its largest fundraising event of the year—Jungle Party!

Member-Only Towboat Cruise

Lake Union
Thursday, August 8

It’s our annual member-only celebration! Enjoy delectable appetizers and refreshing beverages while taking in the spectacular views of the Seattle skyline. Raise a glass with your fellow Network for Nature members during an evening cruise around Lake Union aboard a Western Towboat vessel.


Woodland Park Zoo
Friday, September 6

Socialize with NFN members in the Northern Trail, which will be our home base. Roam the zoo to experience cuisines from around the globe, each represented in the zoo's various habitats, with wine/alcohol pairings and a heaving helping of interesting and engaging conservation messaging. This event is FREE for NFN members, $75/person for non-members.

NFN at WildLights

Woodland Park Zoo
Wednesday, December 11

An evening that is sure to dazzle and delight for NFN members and their families. Enjoy the wild and wonderful light displays and warm up with s’mores or cocoa! This event is only open to NFN members and their families or guests.


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Steven Freygang - Co-Chair
Sammamish Rowing Association

“I support the incredible power of Woodland Park Zoo to connect people to wildlife. This connection, especially in an urban setting, is essential to achieving meaningful conservation work.”

Alex Ratner - Co-Chair
Moss Adams

“Woodland Park Zoo is a place where wonder lies around every corner. The excitement you get from connecting to animals can be seen on the faces of kids and adults alike. This type of connection is what drives people to change their behavior - to be more mindful of the environment and to be more driven towards conservation.”

Brittany Carey - Networking Events Co-Chair

“I support Network for Nature because I believe in educating future generations on conservation and sustainability and I am passionate about enabling my generation to feel connected to the zoo and the city it benefits through making real and valuable relationships with like-minded individuals.”

Samantha Huckabee - Networking Events Team
Seattle Public Schools

“Woodland Park Zoo was one of my favorite places to go with my family when I was a small child. Now, I want to ensure that families have the same access to a world class zoo for generations to come.”

Cady Moris - Networking Events Team
Holland America Group

“I support Woodland Park Zoo because of the zoo's commitment to global wildlife conservation. I am extremely proud that my hometown zoo is taking meaningful action to address widespread species extinction though their educational programs and participation in Species Survival Plans with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.”

Win Platt - Fundraising Chair
Northbound Brand

“I am an avid animal lover and truly believe that zoos connect local communities to nature. Not to mention provide invaluable conservation support to animals in the wild.”

Carrie Ratner - Networking Events Co-Chair
Thomas Fragnoli Construction

“Woodland Park Zoo is an amazing place that brings wonder and enjoyment to people of all ages. I have seen, from my kids to my grandparents, the pure joy that the zoo brings to people. What better way to foster a symbiotic relationship between animals and humans living on earth?”

Kristin Sonon - Member Engagement and Recruitment Co-Chair
Western Towboat Company

“Woodland Park Zoo provides not only the best in natural habitats and resources for its animals, but a place of community, safety, conservation and growth for every species in their care. Supporting Woodland Park Zoo and the community it cultivates is something our family is proud to be a part of.”

Kara Trella - Marketing and Social Networking Chair
San Jose State University

“Zoos are a place to educate the community on conservation efforts and be pulled into the present moment where you can truly feel in awe of this diverse planet and our place within it. As an animal lover, I support Woodland Park Zoo’s commitment to their mission inspiring people to learn, care, and act.”

Kevin Trella - Member Engagement and Recruitment Co-Chair
Synchronoss Technologies

“I have always felt connected to animals and conservation efforts to protect and maintain natural habitats. Being able to produce next level efforts in this fight has deepened my resolve to help support the zoo.”