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



Read the quarterly newsletter



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.





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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Meet the Leadership Council


Kristin Sonon - 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.”

Kevin Trella - 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.”

Steven Freygang - Immediate Past 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 - Immediate Past 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.”

Samantha Huckabee - Events
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 - Conservation
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.”

Carrie Ratner - Events
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?”

Kara Trella - Marketing
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.”

Alee Allen – Membership
Investco Financial Corporation

“I grew up spending my summers at the Woodland Park Zoo and feel fortunate to be part of a zoo that cares about educating and connecting the community to wildlife. Zoos provide a vital conservation lifeline and research opportunity that I’m proud to support.”

Sean Owens – Conservation
Cougar Mountain Zoo

“I support Woodland Park Zoo’s commitment to conservation through education. I have a lifetime of memories coming to the zoo and experiencing its development over time. As I start my career in the animal sciences field, I look forward to working alongside Woodland Park and Network for Nature to better all conservation efforts.”

Elizabeth Wilson – Marketing
Sammamish Rowing Association

“All my life I have loved nature and being in the outdoors. When I was 8-years old I visited Montana and begun to learn the importance of protecting Grizzly bear habitat. Fifteen years later, I now want to play my part in preserving and protecting our natural ecosystems, precious resources and stunning wildlife.”

Lauren Wyckoff – Fundraising

“My support for Network for Nature, and the Woodland Park Zoo, is based on my love for the environment, as well a dedication to educating and inspiring younger generations to be stewards of our environment. I think our future depends on people of my age, and younger, investing in conservation efforts, and I'm excited to be part of a leadership group focused on this issue.”