W.I.L.D. Recognition

Since its 2016 inauguration here at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the W.I.L.D. Program and its staff has been recognized on local and regional levels.

Devine Quisenberry - 2017 Mayor’s Young Leaders Advisory Council Member


The Mayor's Young Leaders Advisory Council (MYLAC) was established in 2014 and is composed of 50 high school juniors and seniors. MYLAC gives youth with leadership potential the opportunity to learn more about city government and effective citizenship so they can make positive differences as young leaders. The Council also shares ideas with city officials and advises on issues facing Jacksonville youth.


Marquese Fluellen - 2017 NAAEE Global 30 under 30 Award Winner

Thirty young people, ages 30 and under, were recently recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The EE 30 Under 30 highlights the work of young professionals of various backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and communities who are using education to help protect the environment. 

In 2017, the program expanded its search beyond North America to include international candidates, through support from the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) and the US Forest Service (USFS). It shines a spotlight on the incredible efforts of young people around the world and motivates others to get involved in environmental education in their communities.  


Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens/W.I.L.D. Program - 2017 AZA Significant Achievement in Diversity Award Winner