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Learn more about our Advanced Inquiry Program for educators.

 
 
 

EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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. 

Foundations of Inquiry
Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions
Northwest Wildlife Conservation      
Zoo Expeditions: Animal Behavior and Conservation - Mammals
Earth Expedition - Borneo: Primate Conservation

 

Foundations of Inquiry

Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18, 2014 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)
Credit: 3 graduate semester credits
Cost: Course fee for credit: $330 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $592 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.
Course fee for clock hours/audit: $330 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Clock hours: 30 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2014
Registration due dates: March 30, 2014 (for those taking the course for credit); July 7, 2014 (for all others)        

This course will engage participants in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based teaching and learning while gaining a new familiarity with Woodland Park Zoo as an informal science education setting. Through making observations on zoo grounds, developing comparative questions, devising investigations to answer those questions and communicating results, participants will experience the full process of inquiry and will learn how to guide this process with students. This type of first-hand, experiential learning encourages independent and critical thinking, increasing students’ awareness and concern for the local environment and its inhabitants. We will engage in activities that demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will discuss case studies that illustrate the use of inquiry to improve student learning and engage students as leaders in their communities. Participants will come away with information and techniques for applying inquiry in classroom and informal education settings, developing inquiry skills in students and assessing inquiry-based learning. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through mid-August.
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Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions

Monday, July 28 to Friday, August 1, 2014 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)
Credit: 3 graduate semester credits
Cost:Course fee for credit: $330 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $592 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.
Course fee for clock hours/audit: $330 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Clock hours: 30 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2014
Registration due date: March 30, 2014 (for those taking the course for credit); July 18, 2014 (for all others)        

Get involved in conservation solutions in your own community and around the world! In this course participants will consider local and global conservation issues affecting wildlife, and then focus in on three major opportunities for educators and students to take action: 1) reducing our carbon footprints to slow the impacts of global climate change, 2) making sustainable consumer choices to conserve resources and support wildlife conservation, and 3) engaging in place-based education to understand and care for the natural world in our own backyards. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of current issues facing wildlife and strategies for empowering communities to generate solutions and take action. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through mid-August.
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Northwest Wildlife Conservation

Monday, August 11 to Friday, August 15, 2014
(8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. August 11 at Woodland Park Zoo, all day/overnight August 12, 13 and 14 in the field, return to Seattle by 5 p.m. August 15)
Credit: 3 graduate semester credits
Cost: Course fee for credit: $630 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $592 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits. Zoo fees cover zoo admission, materials, most meals (two lunches are on your own), transportation, lodging and clock hours.Course fee for clock hours/audit: $630 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, most meals (two lunches are on your own), transportation, lodging and clock hours.
Clock hours: 35 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2014
Registration due date: March 30, 2014 (for those taking the course for credit); July 18, 2014 (for all others)        

Through both zoo-based and field-based experiences, this course will explore pressing conservation issues in the Pacific Northwest as well as field and community-based investigation techniques that scientists and citizens alike can use to study and conserve our local wildlife. This course will use the Oregon silverspot butterfly and its coastal habitat as a case study of how zoos partner with recovery projects to address the most common issues affecting species: habitat degradation, climate change/pollution and invasive species. On the first course day at Woodland Park Zoo, we will explore these regional conservation issues affecting Oregon silverspot butterflies through presentations, activities and observations on zoo grounds. The issues and recovery efforts will then be explored through field experiences over the subsequent several days on the Oregon coast, including visits to local natural areas and meeting scientists involved in conserving the butterflies and their habitats. Participants will practice three types of field investigations that provide rigorous, engaging inquiry experiences and contribute to scientific knowledge by describing natural systems, noting differences in habitats and identifying environmental trends and issues. Participants will also gain experience with community-based investigation techniques that contribute to understanding the human dimensions of conservation issues. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early November.
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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)
Credit: 3 graduate semester credits
Cost:
Course fee for credit: $330 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $592 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks. 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: June 28, 2014 (for those taking the course for credit); 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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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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