Courses are open to all educators and other professionals. The Global Biomes course is offered 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 Global Biomes course, Washington state-approved clock hours will be available to those participants not taking the course for credit. The Science in the Outdoors course is offered for Washington-state approved clock hours only. Unless noted otherwise, all courses take place at Woodland Park Zoo and include presentations by guest speakers, tours of zoo grounds, group discussions and hands-on activities.



2019 Global Biomes: Island Life

Rhino Glenn at Assam Rhino Reserve

Session 1: Saturday, March 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo
Session 2: Monday, April 15, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Wild Seas: Secret Shores at Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Session 3: Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m at Woodland Park Zoo
Participants are required to attend all sessions.

From the Pacific Northwest to the South Pacific, animals, plants and people have diverse strategies for living the island life. Through experiences on zoo grounds, presentations, discussions and activities, this course will focus on the ecology and biology of island habitats and species. We will explore how human activity has impacted global island wildlife, from huge Komodo dragons to tiny Partula snails, as well as the conservation efforts that are helping these species thrive. Participants will attend the National Geographic Live presentation, "Wild Seas: Secret Shores" with Thomas Peschak, a marine biologist and acclaimed conservation photographer. Those taking the course for graduate credit will also complete web-based coursework from January through May. 

Graduate Credit Registration: This course provides 2 graduate credit hours for students enrolled in the AIP Master's program. AIP students register and pay course fees through their AIP Cohort Web Workshop. Students not enrolled in the AIP Master's program may also take this course for graduate credit. Please contact us by November 30 for additional information and instructions on registering for graduate credit. 

Course fee for 14.5 STEM clock hours/audit: $210 - This fee includes the cost of 14.5 Washington state-approved STEM clock hours, course materials, access to National Geographic education resources, zoo admission and snacks. Online registration is available November 1-March 20.



NatureStartTM Professional Development

kids at a flax table

Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, March 17, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Monday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
All sessions are held at Woodland Park Zoo. Participants are required to attend all sessions.

The Chicago Zoological Society is offering a regional model of its NatureStartTM professional development course. This competency-based training is for teachers and staff from Head Start programs and for informal educators from zoos, 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 training will provide you with the tools to:

  • Feel confident and competent to incorporate nature-based early learning opportunities
  • Understand how nature play and nature-based experiences meet essential needs for the whole child
  • Interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature

Upon completion, you will be able to assist your team in implementation of nature-based early learning competencies. The NatureStartTMtraining team will provide you with ongoing support to help ensure successful implementation of NatureStartTM practices at your organization.

Additional information about NatureStartTM from the Chicago Zoological Assocation

Course fee: $750 ($550 Early Bird price if registering by February 15) - This fee includes zoo admission, NatureStartTMToolkit, 18 hours of interactive training, and continental breakfast and lunch each day. 



Perspectives in Environment & Culture


Next Offered in Spring 2020
This course typically takes place over two Saturday sessions and includes a Monday evening presentation at Woodland Park Zoo and other Seattle-area locations. The course may be taken for graduate credit, Washington state-approved STEM hours or audit. Participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late January through early May. Online registration will be available beginning in November 2019. 

Through the lenses of geography, anthropology and biology, this course explores past, present and future human-environment interactions across the world, particularly those involving wildlife. The course may include an evening presentation by a National Geographic Live presenter as well as a full day at Woodland Park Zoo that builds on the content of the evening presentation (specific content is determined according to the presenter's area of expertise). Using a multi-disciplinary approach, participants will gain a deeper understanding of cultural interactions with the natural environment through experiences on zoo grounds, presentations and activities that can be used to engage students in exploring these issues. 


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.