Courses are open to all educators and other professionals. These courses are presented 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 course, Washington state-approved clock hours will be available to those participants not taking the course for credit. The courses are held at Woodland Park Zoo (unless otherwise noted) and include presentations by guest speakers, tours of zoo grounds, group discussions and hands-on activities.

Find out more about our courses which are offered throughout the year by clicking on the courses listed below.



Foundations of Inquiry

Western Pond Turtle

This course will engage participants in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based teaching and learning while gaining a new familiarity with Woodland Park Zoo as an informal science education setting. Through making observations on zoo grounds, developing comparative questions, devising investigations to answer those questions and communicating results, participants will experience the full process of inquiry and will learn how to guide this process with their audiences. This type of first-hand, experiential learning encourages independent and critical thinking, increasing students’ awareness and concern for the local environment and its inhabitants. We will engage in activities that demonstrate the applications of inquiry and will discuss case studies that illustrate the use of inquiry to improve science learning and engage students/citizens as leaders in their communities. Participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities and come away with information and techniques for applying inquiry skills and assessment in classroom and informal education settings.

This course typically runs for 5 days in one week in the summer from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day.  This class can be taken for credit, clock hours or audit.  Registration is now closed for summer 2018.


Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions

Get involved in conservation solutions in your own community and around the world! Participants in this course investigate environmental stewardship, research science and conservation opportunities and solutions in their local communities, practice inquiry-based learning, develop a conservation project to be used in their classroom or community, and reflect on ecological and carbon footprints. Participants will consider local and global conservation issues affecting wildlife, and then focus in on three major opportunities for educators and students to take action: 1) reducing our carbon footprints to slow the impacts of global climate change, 2) making sustainable consumer choices to conserve resources and support wildlife conservation 3) engaging in place-based education to understand and care for the natural world in our own backyards.

This course typically runs for 5 days in one week in the summer from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day.  This class can be taken for credit, clock hours or audit.  Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August. Registration has closed for summer 2018.


Next Gen Science @ Woodland Park Zoo

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Course fee for 6 STEM clock hours/audit: $78 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and Washington state-approved STEM clock hours.

Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2018
Registration due dates: August 17, 2018 

A school field trip to the zoo can spark curiosity and provide an opportunity for students to observe animal-focused phenomena, from animal play to remarkable adaptations for survival. During this Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focused course, participants will explore strategies for facilitating science learning experiences at the zoo. Experiences on zoo grounds, discussions, and activities will support participants in developing skills for engaging students in STEM practices.



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.