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.



NatureStartTM Professional Development

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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



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.