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Courses are open to all educators and other professionals. The Perspective in Environment and Culture 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 Perspectives 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.

SPRING COURSES

 

Science in the Outdoors: Amphibians and Reptiles

beetle

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Most appropriate for teachers of grades K-5

Course fee for 6 STEM clock hours:
$83 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. This fee covers the cost of six (6) Washington state-approved STEM clock hours, course materials, zoo admission and snacks.

Online registration will be available Nov 12, 2019 - March 9, 2020

This course will explore the world of amphibians and reptiles, including taxonomic classification, life cycles, and physical characteristics and adaptaions of these fascinating animals. Information will be provided about Pacific Northwest species and conservation efforts focused on amphibians and reptiles locally and globally. During this Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focused workshop, participants will be introduced to tools that can help students develop their understanding of environmental science content and practices of scientific inquiry.

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Perspectives in Environment and Culture: Connectivity for Wildlife

Rhino Glenn at Assam Rhino Reserve

Three courses sessions (participants are required to attend all sessions):
Session 1: Saturday, March 21, 2020
(8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo)
Session 2: Monday, March 23, 2020
(7:00-9:30 p.m., National Geographic Live Presentation "Hidden Wild: Secrets of the Everglades" at Benaroya Hall, Seattle)
Session 3: Saturday, April 25, 2020
(8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m at Woodland Park Zoo)

Course fee for 2 graduate credits: $950 Woodland Park Zoo/Miami University course fee. This fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 2 graduate semester credits, course materials, access to National Geographic education resources, zoo admission and snacks.
Course fee for 14.5 clock hours/audit: $194 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. This fee covers the cost of fourteen and a half (14.5) Washington state-approved STEM clock hours, course materials, access to National Geographic education resources, zoo admission and snacks.

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, with questions about how to register for graduate credit. Registration for graduate credit closes on Friday, November 30, 2019.

Online registration is available November 1, 2019 - March 15, 2020 

How can we help organisms survive in an increasingly fragmented world? Through experiences on zoo grounds, presentations, discussions and activities, this course will focus on the topic of habitat connectivity and its importance in conservation. We will explore how habitat fragmentation has impacted wildlife as well as the conservation strategies that help mitigate these impacts such as wildlife corridors. Participants will attend the National Geographic Live evening presentation, "Hidden Wild: Secrets of the Everglades" with Carlton Ward, a conservation photographer. Those taking the course for credit will participate in web-based coursework from late January through early May. 
 

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Educator Workshop: Zoos and Conservation

Empower - the zoo releases an endangered turtle

Saturday, May 2, 2020 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo
Monday, May 4, 2020 (7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) at Benaroya Hall, Seattle - National Geographic Live presentation "Building the Photo Ark" With Joel Sartore

Course fee for 8.5 STEM clock hours/audit:
$116 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. This fee includes the cost of eight and a half (8.5) Washington state-approved STEM clock hours, course materials, zoo admission and snacks.

Online registration is available November 12, 2019 - April 27, 2020

Zoos are some of the most prominent conservation organizations in the country, but that hasn’t always been the case! Join us as we explore the different roles that zoos have taken in society from the menageries of the rich to the wildlife arcs of today. Through hands-on activities, zoo tours, and discussions, we will explore the current roles of zoos in conservation as well as ways to engage your students in thinking about the zoos and how they can help save wildlife. 

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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 x4 or by email.