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The UNLESS Contest

The Future of Conservation

The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS Contest, now in it’s 10th year, has empowered thousands of K-12 students to take action for wildlife. This year-long, project-based contest encourages students to create real solutions to environmental issues in their lives. Join us for next year's contest to amplify your students’ voices and help them change the world - registration opens October 1st!

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Philadelphia Zoo's UNLESS Contest has been awarded the prestigious National Innovation Education Award at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success.

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The UNLESS Contest helps teachers meet a variety of local and national curriculum standards.

  • Environment and Ecology: 3.3.8.A2; 4.1.7.E; 4.1.8.D; 4.1.8.F; 4.2.6.C; 4.3.2.A; 4.4.6.A; 4.5.2.D; 4.5.6.D; 4.5.7.C; 4.5.7.D; 4.5.8.A; 4.5.8.C; 4.5.8.D
  • Science and Technology and Engineering: 3.1.C.; 15.2.8.L; 15.4.8.A; 15.3.8A; 15.3.8.G
  • English Language Arts: 4. Writing; 6. Creative Communicator A; 7. Global Collaborator C; CC.1.2: Reading Informational Text; CC.1.2.2.A; CC.1.2.2.L; CC.1.5: Speaking and Listening; CC.1.5.8. A; CC.1.5.8. D; CC. G; CC.2.4.4.A.2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.10
  • Mathematics: M04.D-M.2.1.3; CC.2.4.5.A.2; M05.D-M.2.1
  • Next Generation Science Standards: HS-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems; HS-ESS2-6 Earth’s Systems; ESS3 Earth and Human Activity; HS.Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; 4-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity; 5-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity