Zootopia

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Environment

Location: 11554 Stoney Brook Ct. Beaumont CA 92223 USA

Mission: Our mission is to raise awareness, empower with knowledge and inspire actions that will restore balance for nature, the planet and all of its inhabitants. Our goal is to reduce humanity’s environmental footprint. We do this through wildlife and environmental education programs for children and families in Ventura and North Los Angeles counties of Southern California.  We also provide our programs to children and families in the foster care community at full scholarship.
Geographic areas served: Ventura and Los Angeles counties

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the director for a preschool in Ventura. We invited Zootopia for our Parent Participation event at our school. She expressed that she normally does children that are older and this age group may not have the attention span but would give it a go anyways. She was Phenomenal!!!!! She engaged all the children from 2s to 5. (Which is not very easy to do)She was fun, patient, informative, helpful and so so much more. I have NEVER been impressed with anyone or group that has done "shows" educationally or otherwise for preschool children like I am with Carrie and Zootopia!! All the children sat through the entire event anxiously waiting for their turn and the chance to touch or pet the animals. She answered all of their questions. This is something the children will never forget and truely enjoyed. The parents loved her too. I would recommend Carrie/Zootopia to ANY children's educational event! They simply are the best educational children’s show out there!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Carrie presented a wonderful presentation at a birthday party we attended. Very interesting and educational. My 3 year old was just as entertained as the 12 year olds!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Birthday party setting

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep up the great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Carrie came out to do a "Field Trip" for our Amazing Animals week with our Summer Camp. She was so engaging and the kids were so engrossed in her presentation, that the staff didn't need to supervise, just enjoy the show. This was one of our best field trips yet, combining the live animals with games and crafts. We can't wait to do it again next year.

We have also worked with Carrie at kids events in our area and she is usually the biggest hit! What a great way to educate the kids and have fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching how the kids respond to Carrie.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Carrie of Zootopia hosted a "Planet Superhero" birthday party for my son's 7th bithday. Not only was the rambunctious group kept entertained and engaged for 2 hours with cool animals to touch/hold/discuss, a fun interactive game, and an earth-friendly craft project, but they learned so much about how to care for our planet. My son (and all his friends) had a wonderful bithday experience and I felt really good about the theme. On a side note, many parents and older siblings were so intrigued that they stayed and participated too!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the children interact/learn about animals and how to care for the earth

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes necessary.

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1 person found this review helpful

My daughters (ages 8, & 9) & I were camping at McGrath State Beach near Ventura, Ca. in July 2010 & if Carrie Sylvester, founder of Zootopia, would not have been in the park that weekend, our trip would have been pointless! We learned so much about our environment, local animals, recycling - the experience was amazing! She showed us slide shows, we did craft projects, they had live animal interactions - ALL of which were not only extremely fun but VERY educational! Not only was if fun for myself & my kids, the other adults I was with, my Aunt & Uncle, also had a fantastic time learning & participating!Carrie also spent time one on one with everyone who had questions! She took the time to answer our questions and was extremely friendly! Zootopia is definately something that I will always remember & certainly look forward to in the future!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

McGrath State Beach Camping Park!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learing about my environment and local animals, endangered species, and recycling ALL while have fun!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely amazing & friendly & very informative!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do great things!

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not having enough exposure!

One thing I'd also say is that...

zootopia and it's founder Carrie Sylvester are absolutely amazing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Zootopia is the best opportunity for kids and families to make a difference in the world by acting at a local and personal level. Educating & empowering children and families to be leaders in creating the future of our planet is a critical and timely mission in today's world. Zootopia is the place for everyone to find something that they can do to know that they are part of what makes our future bright.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform what it means to be green. Kids and families would have access to making a difference in everyday life that not only was 'green' but also was easy, fun and a family experience. Families are the place that real change and leaders are created.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This is Carrie's long time dream and it is such an inspiration to the industry to see her enthusiasm and determination to provide the best care for her animals and the most current education on the issues facing our planet. Carrie combines her love of animals and passion for environmental education in a very professional, yet entertaining way, and I look forward to seeing this grow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truely dedicated to making a difference, one interaction at a time. Every interaction is an opportunity to educate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I love it! I think this is awesome and should be in schools! This is a basic training that all our kids should know, how to take care of the planet and ourselves. All the people I know involoved in Zootopia are caring, loving people that want to do the right thing and genuinely want to help by teaching about the planet.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the kids that have so much fun and get so excited to learn about the animals and the planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Carrie from Zootopia presented an animal show at my kids' camping. She was fantastic. Her show was fun and eductional and it was the highlight of the entire camping. She is very good to engaging children and she is so passionate in what she is doing. What a blast!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fabulous, fun, impactful!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

huge impact!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

We discussed the importance and values of going green and how all living things, humans are connected and rely on each other. For example, there was a demonstration where a "tree" of animals was constructed from blocks, each stacking on top of the other. We showed the children that by removing one animal from an ecosystem, even one deemed as commonly "lesser" (such as a rabbit), how the ecosystem as a whole, humans included, are negatively impacted. This lesson was very simply but carried an extremely important message which I felt stuck well with the audience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The depth of information I learned from the demonstration. While a great deal of information was taught, it was easy to understand and never once overwhelming. The staff obviously has had years experience in education and this really shows.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The upbeat attitude of the staff members. The staff members deeply care about their mission and are clearly running their organization to perpetuate their beliefs and better our world rather than seek personal gain.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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