EDUCATION MISSION AT WOODLAND PARK ZOO
The identified purpose of education at WPZ is to advance the zoo’s mission by inspiring and cultivating an informed community of conservation stewards. As the Washington hub for excellence in conservation education, WPZ programs are grounded in a robust, science and outcomes-based framework for inspiring conservation. The guiding framework for program development is:
- Connecting children to nature
- Developing ecological literacy
- Providing pathways to conservation
From early learners to senior learners, and 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.
Education Strategic Initiatives include:
Connect children to nature
Intensify the impact of zoo experiences
Deepen science education, increase ecological literacy
Empower conservation leaders
Strengthen our leadership through education research
Education departmental structure:
Strategically aligned to create the next generation of conservation stewards, the following five teams are the core of Education at WPZ:
- Volunteer & Education Services
- Child & Family Programs
- Zoo Experiences
- School & Community Engagement
- Education Research
EDUCATION YEAR IN REVIEW
For more information, this document showcases our yearly programs and accomplishments in Education and how our efforts are strategically aligned to create the next generation of conservation stewards.
Read the 2015 Education Year in Review
QUESTIONS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?
Contact the Class Registrar or call 206.548.2424 x4