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

Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, 2020 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day)

Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $420 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and Washington state-approved STEM clock hours.

Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2020
Registration due date:
July 17, 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 join us at the zoo and learn from our experienced staff on how to better utilize science and engineering practices to engage your audience in impactful environmental experiences. Throughout this flagship course, our experts will lead you through the inquiry and engineering process while offering support on tailoring the process to classrooms, zoo grounds, schoolyards, and other outdoor settings. Key experiences include making onsite observations or defining problems, developing comparative questions or setting criteria and constraints, devising investigations to answer those questions or iterating on designs, and communicating results. By the end of the course, you will leave with the tools and information 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.



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