Earn a Master's degree

Learn more about our Advanced Inquiry Program for educators.



Courses are open to all educators and other professionals, including pre-service teachers. Students enrolled in the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) Master’s degree or other students taking the courses for credit will be given priority enrollment. If there is space in the course, Washington state-approved clock hours will be available to those participants not taking the course for credit. The courses are held at Woodland Park Zoo (unless otherwise noted) and include presentations by guest speakers, tours of zoo grounds, group discussions and hands-on activities.

All courses are offered as part of the Advanced Inquiry Program Master's degree. 

Zoo Expeditions: Animal Behavior and Conservation - Mammals
Earth Expedition - Borneo: Primate Conservation


Zoo Expeditions: Animal Behavior & Conservation - Mammals

Saturday, October 11, October 25, November 22 and December 6, 2014 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day)
Cost: Course fee for clock hours/audit: $330 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Clock hours: 28 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens June 1, 2014
Registration due date: October 5, 2014 (for all others)     

From the tiniest shrews to tall giraffes, mammals have diversified into a wide variety of forms, exploiting an equally large variety of ecological niches. Join us to explore mammal diversity during this fall course at Woodland Park Zoo. Participants in this course will investigate wildlife behavior and conservation, with a focus on mammals, through direct observation at the zoo. We will explore key questions about how and why mammals act the way they do in different situations. This course will provide a foundation for investigating animal behavior and wildlife  conservation using strategies that can be applied in school and community settings to increase understanding about animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Opportunities will be provided for comparative studies on topics including mammal social structure, reproductive behavior and animal communication. This course will provide a foundation for understanding zoo-based and field-based animal behavior research methods and how these methods contribute to wildlife conservation solutions.

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Earth Expedition - Borneo: Primate Conservation

Borneo I: June 9-19, 2014
Borneo II: June 21-July 1, 2014
2015 dates TBD

Join Woodland Park Zoo and Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for an Earth Expedition to Borneo in Southeast Asia! This program is focused on primate conservation with an emphasis on building an alliance of individuals with firsthand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding. The course will be available for 7 graduate credits through Miami University at a substantially reduced course fee.
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AIP Informational Forum 

Want to know more about Woodland Park Zoo’s Master’s Program for Educators? Attend our informational forum about the Advanced Inquiry Program! Join other classroom and informal educators from around Puget Sound to learn more about this Master’s degree opportunity.

Thursday, November 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo's Education Center 

This informational forum includes snacks and a live animal presentation! For more information or to RSVP, please email aip@zoo.org or call 206.548.2581. 


Already know exactly what you are registering for and just need the registration form? View the registration forms for:

- school visits to the zoo
- outreach programs to your classroom\school
- educator professional development


All registration confirmations are sent via email and will come to you from an address ending in @zoo.org.  Please make sure to read your confirmation and all attachments.  Please contact us if you do not receive a registration confirmation.


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If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional help, please contact the Individual Registration Specialist at 206.548.2424 or send an email.


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