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 Science in the Outdoors: Empowering Student Scientists


Saturday, March 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo
Schoolyards and our own communities can be amazing windows into the diversity of plant and animal life. In this Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focused workshop, we will explore how to help students develop a deeper understanding of local ecosystems and organisms through observing and documenting nature in their neighborhoods! Participants will be introduced to citizen science resources and tools that can help students develop an understanding of envionmental science content and the practices of scientific inquiry. Engaging in citizen science activities and associated lessons can support students in developing a personal relationship with science and in identifying as someone who can do science! This workshop can also help prepare you to engage your class in the 2019 City Nature Challenge which runs April 26-May 5. This course is most appropriate for educators of students in grades K-8.

Course fee for 6 STEM clock hours: $78 - This fee includes the cost of 6 Washington state-approved STEM clock hours, course materials, zoo admission and snacks. Online registration is available November 1-March 6.




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.



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.