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EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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.

 SCIENCE IN THE OUTDOORS: Amphibians

 Saturday, March 14, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo

Most appropriate for teachers grades K-8

Cost: $72 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Clock hours: 6 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Registration due date: Monday, March 9, 2015     

This course will explore the world of amphibians, looking at taxonomic classification, life cycles, physical characteristics and adaptations of this fascinating group of animals. Information will be provided about Pacific Northwest species and conservation efforts focused on amphibians locally and globally. Ideas will be provided for engaging students in learning about amphibians in the classroom and in the outdoors, while meeting state learning standards in science. We will practice scientific field methods for observing and identifying amphibians, and will learn how to participate in programs to monitor and protect amphibians in our local habitats.

PERSPECTIVES IN ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE:

Conserving Big Cats

 Monday, March 23, 2015 (7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for the National Geographic Live presentation “On the Trail of Big Cats” with Steve Winter at Benaroya Hall, Seattle (www.nglive.org/seattle) and Saturday, March 28, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo)

Credit: 1 graduate semester credit
Cost:

Course fee for credit: $120 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $214 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 1 graduate semester credit, including zoo admission, access to National Geographic Live programs and resources, materials and snacks.

Course fee for clock hours/audit: $120 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Zoo fees cover zoo admission, access to National Geographic Live program and resources, materials, snacks and clock hours.

Clock hours: 9.5 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Registration due date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014 (for those taking the course for credit). Monday, March 9, 2015 (for all others).     

Through observations of animals on zoo grounds, activities and discussions, this course will explore the biology and behavior of large cats of the world, including snow leopards and tigers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of human-carnivore relationships from past to present and current conservation efforts aimed at ensuring the survival of large cats in the wild. Participants will receive resources and new ideas for using the topic of large cat conservation to engage students in learning that integrates science and social studies. Participants attend the National Geographic Live evening presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards”, with photographer Steve Winter. Those taking the course for credit will engage in online coursework from late January through early May.

ASIAN TROPICAL FOREST: Tigers and Sloth Bears

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Most appropriate for teachers of grades K-8

Cost: $72 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Clock hours: 6 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2015
Registration due date: June 23, 2015

Come explore Woodland Park Zoo’s newest exhibit! Join us in learning about the Asian Tropical Forest, which hosts a great diversity of wildlife, including tigers and sloth bears – some of the most charismatic and endangered animals on earth. This course explores the diversity of tropical Asian forests, with a focus on the roles of these species in their forest ecosystems and current conservation efforts to ensure their continued survival. Participants will explore current conservation in tropical Asia as well as strategies for using the zoo as a resource for science learning experiences that support new state standards.

FOUNDATIONS OF INQUIRY

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Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)

Credit: 3 graduate semester credits
Cost:

Course fee for credit: $360 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $603 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.

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

Clock hours: 30 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2015
Registration due dates: March 30, 2015 (for those taking the course for credit); July 6, 2015 (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, devising investigations to answer those questions and communicating results, participants will experience the full process of inquiry and will learn how to guide this process with their audiences. This type of first-hand, experiential learning encourages independent and critical thinking, increasing students’ awareness and concern for the local environment and its inhabitants. We will engage in activities that demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will discuss case studies that illustrate the use of inquiry to improve science learning and engage students/citizens as leaders in their communities. Through this course, participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities. They will learn to develop a comparative question, design an inquiry‐driven scientific study, and develop their skills in scientific writing and research. Participants will come away with information and techniques for applying inquiry in classroom and informal education settings, developing inquiry skills in their audiences and assessing inquiry-based learning. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through mid-August.

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN CONSERVATION SOLUTIONS

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Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)

Credit: 3 graduate semester credits
Cost:

Course fee for credit: $360 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $603 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.

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

Clock hours: 30 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2015
Registration due date: March 31, 2015 (for those taking the course for credit); July 13, 2015 (for all others)

Get involved in conservation solutions in your own community and around the world! Participants in this course investigate environmental stewardship, research science and conservation opportunities and solutions in their local communities, practice inquiry-based learning, develop a conservation project to be used in their classroom or community, and reflect on ecological and carbon footprints. Course participants will consider local and global conservation issues affecting wildlife, and then focus in on three major opportunities for educators and students to take action: 1) reducing our carbon footprints to slow the impacts of global 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 in our own backyards. At the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of community-based conservation, with a particular emphasis on current issues facing local habitats in the communities where they live. Students will also explore and begin to design stewardship strategies for empowering their own students or community members to generate solutions and take action. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through mid-August.

NORTHWEST WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

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Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7, 2015

(8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. August 3 at Woodland Park Zoo, all day/overnight August 4, 5 and 6 in the field, return to Seattle by 5:00 p.m. August 7)

Credit: 3 graduate semester credits
Cost:

Course fee for credit: $660 Woodland Park Zoo course fee + $603 Miami University course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits. Zoo fees cover zoo admission, materials, most meals (three lunches are on your own), transportation, lodging and clock hours.

Course fee for clock hours/audit: $660 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, most meals (three lunches are on your own), transportation, lodging and clock hours.

Clock hours: 35 clock hours will be available
Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2015
Registration due date: March 31, 2015 (for those taking the course for credit); July 13, 2015 (for all others)

Through both zoo-based and field-based experiences, this course will explore wildlife conservation issues in the Pacific Northwest as well as field investigation techniques that scientists and citizens alike can use to study and conserve our local ecoregions and wildlife. During a day at Woodland Park Zoo, we will explore the fascinating animals and plants of Washington’s North Cascades ecoregion through presentations, activities and observations of animals on zoo grounds. Over the next three and a half days (three nights), we will explore the North Cascades ecoregion in the field, focusing on case studies related to wolverine research, grizzly bear recovery, and other wildlife conservation efforts. Participants will practice three types of field investigations that provide rigorous, engaging inquiry experiences: descriptive studies, comparative studies and correlative studies. Field investigations contribute to scientific knowledge by describing natural systems, noting differences in habitats and identifying environmental trends and issues. These methods align the broader range of contemporary field science practices with national and state science standards which more typically focus on laboratory science methods. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through mid-November.

Earth Expedition - Borneo: Primate Conservation

Borneo I: June 13-23, 2015
Borneo II: June 25-July 5, 2015

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.

REGISTRATION FORMS        

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CONFIRMATIONS

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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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Adult Programs

Overnight Program

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional help, please contact the Individual Registration Specialist at 206.548.2424 or send an email.

 
 

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