Learn About the Program

Courses are open to formal and informal educators, pre-service teachers and other professionals. Some of these courses are 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 in courses offered for credit. 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 course listings below.


Inquiry Institute

Tuesday, August 4 to Thursday, August 6, 2020

This course will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities on August 4-6, generally between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with 30 minutes for lunch.

Course fee for 18 STEM clock hours/audit: This course is free.

Registration: Online registration opens June 30, 2020
Registration due date:
July 27, 2020 (or until all spots are filled)


As a center for informal science education, Woodland Park Zoo leverages inquiry-based teaching strategies to inspire guests to make conservation a priority in their lives. Inquiry Institute offers you the chance to learn from our experienced staff on how to better utilize science practices to engage your audience in impactful environmental experiences. Throughout this course, our experts will lead you through the inquiry process while offering support on tailoring the process to classrooms, zoo grounds, schoolyards, and other outdoor settings. By the end of the course, you will leave with tools and resources to support independent and critical thinking in your chosen audiences to improve their science learning.


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.