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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.

SUMMER 2018 COURSES

 

Foundations of Inquiry

Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Course fee for 3 graduate credits: $1,425 Miami University / Woodland Park Zoo course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.

Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $390 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: March 30, 2018 (for those taking the course for credit); July 2, 2018 (for all others)

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, creating scientific investigations and communicating results, participants will experience the full inquiry process and will learn how to facilitate this process with their audiences. Course activities will demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will also discuss case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of inquiry in improving science learning and engaging people as leaders in their communities. Through this course, participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead and assess inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.

 

Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions

Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20, 2018 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Course fee for 3 graduate credits: $1,425 Miami University / Woodland Park Zoo course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.

Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $390 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: March 30, 2018 (for those taking the course for credit); July 9, 2018 (for all others)

Become a conservation leader in your own community and learn about wildlife conservation solutions from around the world! Participants in this course investigate environmental stewardship and conservation science and learn how to apply these topics in their local communities through inquiry-based teaching and learning. Course participants will consider local and global conservation issues affecting wildlife while focusing on three major opportunities for engaging in effective ecological change: 1) reducing our carbon footprints to slow the impacts of climate change, 2) making sustainable consumer choices to conserve resources and support wildlife conservation, and 3) engaging in place-based education to understand and care for the natural world. At the end of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of community-based conservation strategies and will gain skills that can be used to design actionable and empowering environmental stewardship initiatives. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August and will develop an action plan for a conservation project that could be implemented in their classroom or community.

 

Northwest Wildlife Conservation: Restoring Habitats and Species in Washington's Northwest Coast Ecoregion

Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. August 6 at Woodland Park Zoo, all day/overnight August 7, 8 and 9 in the field, return to Seattle by 5:00 p.m. August 10)

Course fee for 3 graduate credits (1 in summer semester, 2 in fall semester): $1,425 Woodland Park Zoo / Miami University course fee + $315 field trip supplement covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials, most meals (two lunches are on your own), transportation and lodging.

Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $705 Woodland Park Zoo course fee (includes field trip supplement). Fees cover zoo admission, materials, most meals (two lunches are on your own), transportation, lodging and Washington state-approved STEM clock hours.

Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2018
Registration due dates: March 30, 2018 (for those taking the course for credit); July 23, 2018 (for all others)

This course will focus on habitat restoration and species recovery in Washington’s Northwest Coast ecoregion, home to some of the largest remaining stands of temperate rain forest in the world. The course will explore recovery of iconic wildlife of the region, such as fishers and martens, as well as the unprecedented restoration of the Elwha River ecosystem. Participants will also explore field and community-based investigation techniques that scientists and community members can use to study and conserve local wildlife. Additional course themes include wildlife health, wildlife reintroduction and population management, restoration ecology and the roles of zoos and aquaria in conservation. On the first course day at Woodland Park Zoo, we will explore the fascinating plants and animals of Washington’s temperate rain forests through presentations, activities and observations of animals on zoo grounds. Over the next four days (three nights), we will travel to the Olympic Peninsula to explore the course themes through immersive field experiences in Washington’s Northwest Coast ecoregion (centered around the Port Angeles area). These experiences will include visits to local natural areas and talks with people involved in habitat restoration and wildlife research and conservation. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early November.

 

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.

INFORMATION

Registration

All registration confirmations are sent via email and will come to you from an address ending in @zoo.org. 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.

Having issues registering online?  Click here to download the registration form.

 

Contact

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.