Calling all conservation-minded kids!

Could your drawing, story or poem make you a Conservation Champ?

Monday, January, 25 – Wednesday, February 10 


We are excited to share the First and Second Place winners of the Kid Conservation Champs contest sponsored by our partners at Xcel Energy! Lucy’s painting of a Loggerhead sea turtle was chosen by Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Conservation Champions from a plethora of wonderful and creative entries as the First Place winner, and Elliott’s creative essay and painting of Coral is the Second Place winner!

At Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, our Conservation Champions travel the globe to help protect wildlife far and wide, bringing conservation lessons back to share with our visitors. But you don’t need to leave home to help protect the animals and plants you love. Taking small steps to save energy can make a big difference for the environment we all depend on.

Thank you to all of our contest participants and our conservation partners Xcel Energy!

Create a drawing or write a story or poem about a plant or animal you want to protect. We’ll be sharing some of those submissions on Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s website and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s and Como Friends’ Facebook pages, with a final contest winner to be selected by a panel of Como zookeepers and horticulturists and announced on February 12.

How to Enter the Kid Conservation Champs Contest:

  • Draw a picture or write a story or a poem (8.5×11 sheet of paper) about an animal or plant in its natural habitat that you think is a vital part of our planet to protect.
  • Include first name, first letter of last name, and grade in school on the paper.
  • Scan or photograph image and send attachment via email to, and fill out the form below.

Criteria for choosing winners:

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Conservation Champions (see a Conservation Champion story here) will review and judge submissions based on creativity, imagination, color, and ability to use the space to its full capacity. Children 13 and under are eligible to complete the illustration and their first name and last initial must be included on the drawing. Parents/Legal guardians must submit the entry via email by taking a clear photo of the drawing or scanning and submitting the attachment.


  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory exclusive Zookeeper and animal experience via Zoom or similar digital tool.
  • Energy prize pack for the family. (Ecobee Smart Thermostat ($199), one (1) Google Nest Home Max ($229), and one (1) 4-pack of energy-efficient lightbulbs ($7).


Open: Monday, January 25, 2021
Closed: 3pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Deadline: February 10 at 3 p.m. is the last day Como can accept submissions for the Kid Conservation Champs Drawings and Poems. A winner will be announced on February 12

By saving energy at home you can protect and preserve the animals and plants you love in their natural habitats. Xcel Energy has the tools and resources available (through programs, energy experts, rebates and energy saving tips) to help you save energy and money.

Xcel Energy has a bold vision of providing carbon-free electricity by 2050. But they can’t do it alone. We need everyone to take steps at home to conserve energy. This sweepstakes is a creative way to highlight the ways in which we can save energy at home while also protecting the environment around us. When we all take small steps to conserve energy the long-term effects benefit the animals and plants around the planet.

By doing your part, (turning off the lights, unplugging appliances when not in use, removing lint from the dryer, and more) at home. We, at Xcel Energy, can focus on our jobs of providing clean, reliable, less expensive energy. And together we can get to a brighter, cleaner, energy future for all of us, including the animals and plants we share the planet with. You. Us. Together.

Now it’s your turn. Help us get to a carbon-free future and protect the animals and plants around the world. Start today by saving energy and money with Xcel Energy. Visit to learn more.

Kid Conservation Champs Contest Entry Form

    Once your form is submitted, send in your child’s submission by emailing the attachment to with the subject line [Your first and last name & child´s first name -Kid Conservation Champs]

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