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.



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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.”


Brook Ahlegian - Advocacy and Education Co-Chair
Tara’s Tots

“I support Woodland Park Zoo because I am inspired by their conservation efforts, as well as their education programs that connect people to nature.”

Erin Ambrozic - Advocacy and Education Co-Chair
Highline Schools Foundation

“I believe Woodland Park Zoo is the place where my passion for conservation, education, and community intersect. I am passionate about the zoo’s educational mission: to foster empathy for nature, build conservation knowledge and skills, and increase people’s personal ownership for action that benefits wildlife and habitats. I’m excited about the opportunity to work for this mission through the Network for Nature.”

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.”

Ted Carstensen - Advocacy and Education Co-Chair

“As a Seattle native, I've been a fan of Woodland Park Zoo since I was a kid. It provides people of all ages with a unique opportunity to learn about wildlife and wild places otherwise inaccessible to most. The zoo's conservation work educates the community on the importance of protecting the world's unique habitats and the amazing animals that populate them.”

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.”

Jordan Stair - Networking Events Team
The Partners Group

“Woodland Park Zoo plays an important role in our local community as well as broader conservation efforts worldwide. Zoos are important because they protect animals whose habitats have been compromised, educate individuals on the importance of protecting wild animals, and provide resources that allow researchers to identify ways to repair and restore ecosystems.”

Kara Trella - Marketing and Social Networking Chair
Community Volunteer

“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.”

Paul Vlcek - Networking Events Team
The Partners Group

“My support for Woodland Park Zoo stems from my desire for adventure and my love of wild places. I believe that what makes any place wild is the animals that live there. The amazing creatures that the zoo brings to Seattle, and the zoo’s support of sustainable wildlife populations that are at-risk, drives my ongoing support for Woodland Park Zoo.”