Science in the Outdoors: Hidden Food Webs

Saturday, January 20, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo
Most appropriate for teachers of grades K-8.

Cost: $78 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.

Clock hours: 6 Washington state–approved STEM clock hours will be available.

Registration: Online registration opens Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Registration due dates: Monday, January 15, 2018

From beetles to bacteria, this course will explore the hidden roles that small yet remarkable creatures play in the ecosystems they inhabit. During this Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focused workshop, participants will explore how the consumers and decomposers in our backyards and schoolyards move energy and matter through the food web. Experiences on zoo grounds, discussions, and activities will support participants in developing skills for engaging students in STEM practices including engineering design, planning and carrying out investigations, and developing and using models.


Science Action Club (SAC):
Activity Leader Training - Bug Safari

Owl Square

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo and the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project are excited to present an engaging, hands-on STEM curriculum opportunity! This curriculum is perfect for ALL educators – from those who are new to those who are experienced with leading STEM activities.

Cost: $25 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and continuing education credits (see below). This training is supported through a partnership between California Academy of Sciences, Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative and Woodland Park Zoo. SAC is highly subsidized by grant funding, thanks to generous program donors. 5 Washington state-approved STEM clock hours or STARS continuing education hours will be available at no extra fee. 

 Online registration opens Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 9, 2017

Registration Instructions:
1) Please review the Application Preview here:
2) Then click on the Apply link from the website above to go to the application form. The online application should be completed by a Program Coordinator or Director.

What is Science Action Club?
Science Action Club is a high-impact science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program for youth grades 5-8 in out-of-school time. Through hands-on games and projects, youth in Science Action Club investigate their local environment and use citizen science to document discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect our planet. Science Action Club is a national science project that allows participating youth to connect and share with other kids and scientists from across the country.

What is the curriculum?
Participating programs will be trained to implement 12 one-hour club activities from the Bug Safari curriculum. The curriculum training is accompanied by a guidebook and a kit to serve 20+ youth. Each kit, valued at over $600, contains tools and supplies for up to 20 youth. 

Who can participate?
Afterschool providers, libraries, science centers, museums, and camps - any providers serving youth in grades 5-8 in an informal setting. Previous STEM experience is NOT required. This is a great curriculum for ALL educators from new to experienced, but you must apply and be accepted to participate.

How do I apply?
Programs that wish to participate in SAC may apply for one or two curriculum units per school year. The online application should be filled out by a Program Coordinator or Program Director. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete—please plan accordingly. You will need to submit one application for each program location you wish to enroll.  If accepted, an educator from each program location will be required to register for and attend the Activity Leader Training scheduled for Saturday February 17, 2018 at Woodland Park Zoo and pay a registration fee of $25.


Perspectives in Environment & Culture:
Wildlife in our Communities

Three course sessions (participants are required to attend all sessions):
Saturday, March 3, 2018
 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Seward Park Audubon Center)
Monday, March 12, 2018 (7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for the National Geographic Live presentation “The Wild Life” with Bertie Gregory, Photographer and Filmmaker, at Benaroya Hall, Seattle) ( and Saturday, March 17, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo)

Cost for 2 graduate credits: $260 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $540 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 2 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, access to National Geographic Live programs and resources, materials and snacks.

Cost for 14.5 clock hours/audit: $210 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Zoo fees cover zoo admission, access to National Geographic Live program and resources, materials, snacks and clock hours. A total of 14.5 Washington-state approved STEM clock hours will be available.

Registration: Online registration opens Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Registration due dates: Thursday, November 30, 2017 (for those taking the course for credit). Monday, February 26, 2018 (for all others).

Through experiences on zoo grounds, presentations, discussions and activities, this course will explore our relationships with wildlife in our communities, both urban and rural. We will explore scientific methods for gathering information about wildlife in our communities and for understanding human-wildlife interactions. We will also examine strategies people use to coexist with wildlife in their communities. Participants attend the National Geographic Live evening presentation, “The Wild Life”, with Bertie Gregory, a photographer and filmmaker. Those taking the course for credit will participate in web-based coursework from late January through early May.



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

Need to make changes to or cancel an existing registration? Call 206.548.2424 x4. At this time changes and cancellations cannot be done through our online registration system.

Please note that a minimum of two (2) weeks notice of cancellation is required for a change in program date or a refund or credit of program fees. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds or credits for any changes or cancellations received less than two (2) weeks prior to the program start date.

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