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Learn more about our Advanced Inquiry Program for educators.



Courses are open to all educators and other professionals. The Conserving Big Cats course is presented with support from National Geographic and 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.

ZOO EXPEDITIONS: Primate Behavior & Conservation  

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Four Saturdays in Fall 2015: September 26, October 17, November 14, and December 5 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day)

Course fee for clock hours/audit: $360 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.

Clock hours: 28 clock hours will be available

Registration: Online registration opens Monday, June 1, 2015

Registration due dates: Sunday, June 28, 2015 (for those taking the course for credit). Friday, September 18, 2015 (for all others).             

In this course, we will investigate primate conservation and behavior through direct observation at Woodland Park Zoo to explore key questions about how and why species act the way they do in different situations. This course will provide a foundation for understanding ethological research methods and primate conservation issues that can be applied and adapted to increase understanding about animal welfare and primate conservation in educational and community settings. Opportunities will be provided for comparative studies on topics including social structure, reproductive behavior and animal communication. Course participants will examine primate conservation issues and explore how zoos partner to support primate conservation in the field. This course will provide a foundation for understanding zoo-based and field-based primate behavior research methods and how these methods contribute to conservation solutions. Those participants taking the course for credit will have online coursework from late August through early December.

Earth Expedition - Borneo: Primate Conservation

2016 dates to be determined

Join Woodland Park Zoo and Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for an Earth Expedition to Borneo in Southeast Asia! This program is focused on primate conservation with an emphasis on building an alliance of individuals with firsthand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding. The course will be available for 7 graduate credits through Miami University at a substantially reduced course fee.


Already know exactly what you are registering for and just need the registration form? View the registration forms for:

- school visits to the zoo
- outreach programs to your classroom\school
- educator professional development


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.


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