2019 Zoo Expeditions: Habitats, Adaptations & Evolution


Dates & Times: This course meets 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on four Saturdays: September 21, October 5, November 2 and December 7.

Course fee for AIP students: $1,425 Woodland Park Zoo/Miami University course fee. This fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, course materials, zoo admission and snacks. 

Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $390 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. This fee covers the cost of Washington state-approved STEM clock hours, course materials, zoo admission and snacks.

Registration: Online registration opens June 1, 2019
Registration due dates: June 30, 2019 (for those taking the course for credit); September 18, 2019 (for all others)

In this course, participants will explore habitats, evolutionary theory and adaptations based in the dynamic setting of Woodland Park Zoo – home to a diverse collection of plants and over 300 species of animals. Through inquiry investigations, zoo tours, group activities and discussion, participants will explore key questions about species diversity and the relationship between species and their habitats. This course will examine the implications of evolution for species survival in modern times. Course participants will investigate the conceptual basis of the life sciences and implement strategies for engaging audiences in developing inquiry science skills. Those participants taking the course for credit will have online coursework from late August through early December.


NatureStartTM Professional Development

kids at a flax table

Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27, 2019 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 
All sessions are held at Woodland Park Zoo. Participants are required to attend all sessions.

Course fee:
$550 - This fee includes zoo admission, NatureStartTMToolkit, 18 STARS hours of interactive training, course materials and lunch each day. 

Registration due date: October 22, 2019

This training is relevant to anyone who works with young children (0-8 years old) in a formal or informal setting

The Chicago Zoological Society is offering a regional model of its NatureStart™ professional development course. This competency-based training is for teachers and staff from Head Start programs and for informal educators from zoos, aquariums, museums and nature centers who provide programs for young children and families. Together, educators will build skills for developing and facilitating nature play experiences for young children in all settings. The NatureStart™ training team will provide you with ongoing support to help ensure successful implementation of nature-based early learning practices at your organization. 

Additional information about NatureStartTM from the Chicago Zoological Assocation



If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional assistance please contact the registration office by phone at 206.548.2424 x4 or by email.