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Courses are open to all educators and other professionals. The Conserving Big Cats course is presented with support from National Geographic and as part of the Advanced Inquiry Program Master’s degree (AIP). Students enrolled in AIP 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.

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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Saturday, March 14, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo

Most appropriate for teachers grades K-8

Cost: $72 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Clock hours: 6 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Registration due date: Monday, March 9, 2015     

This course will explore the world of amphibians, looking at taxonomic classification, life cycles, physical characteristics and adaptations of this fascinating group of animals. Information will be provided about Pacific Northwest species and conservation efforts focused on amphibians locally and globally. Ideas will be provided for engaging students in learning about amphibians in the classroom and in the outdoors, while meeting state learning standards in science. We will practice scientific field methods for observing and identifying amphibians, and will learn how to participate in programs to monitor and protect amphibians in our local habitats.

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Monday, March 23, 2015 (7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for the National Geographic Live presentation “On the Trail of Big Cats” with Steve Winter at Benaroya Hall, Seattle (www.nglive.org/seattle) and Saturday, March 28, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo)

Credit: 1 graduate semester credit

Course fee for credit: $120 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $214 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 1 graduate semester credit, including zoo admission, access to National Geographic Live programs and resources, materials and snacks.

Course fee for clock hours/audit: $120 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Zoo fees cover zoo admission, access to National Geographic Live program and resources, materials, snacks and clock hours.

Clock hours: 9.5 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Registration due date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014 (for those taking the course for credit). Monday, March 9, 2015 (for all others).     

Through observations of animals on zoo grounds, activities and discussions, this course will explore the biology and behavior of large cats of the world, including snow leopards and tigers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of human-carnivore relationships from past to present and current conservation efforts aimed at ensuring the survival of large cats in the wild. Participants will receive resources and new ideas for using the topic of large cat conservation to engage students in learning that integrates science and social studies. Participants attend the National Geographic Live evening presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards”, with photographer Steve Winter. Those taking the course for credit will engage in online coursework from late January through early May.

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Earth Expedition - Borneo: Primate Conservation

Borneo I: June 13-23, 2015
Borneo II: June 25-July 5, 2015

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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