Creating the next generation of conservation stewards.



Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo's learning programs advance the zoo’s mission by inspiring and cultivating an informed community of conservation stewards. As the center for excellence in conservation learning and innovation in Washington state, our learning programs are guided by a robust science and outcomes-based framework for inspiring conservation.


Strategic Initiatives

  • Connecting children to nature
  • Deepen science education and increase ecological literacy
  • Providing pathways to conservation
  • Intensify the impact of zoo experiences
  • Empower conservation leaders
  • Strengthen our leadership through education research


From early learners to seniors, on and off grounds, our developmental approach to lifelong learning is to foster empathy for nature, build conservation knowledge and skills, and increase people’s personal ownership for action that benefits wildlife and habitats.




Playing a leadership role in deepening science education and increasing ecological literacy is core to Woodland Park Zoo’s vision of creating the next generation of conservation stewards. The zoo accomplishes this through educator professional development; learning experiences on zoo grounds, in classrooms, in schoolyards and local natural areas; strategic partnerships; and extensive educational resources.

Our programs for educators and students support academic requirements in the sciences, offer field-based opportunities and foster inquiry to ensure that all students have sufficient knowledge and skills in science for success and sustainability in the 21st century.