Educator Professional Development



Are you looking for interactive ways to teach your students about wildlife and wild places?

Zoos are naturally educational!  Our workshops will enhance your background knowledge while providing ideas on integrating the Zoo into your classroom.

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Arctic AdventuresCitizen Science and Climate Change

Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, 4 - 12

Date: October 25, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Workshop Cost: $25

Citizen science programs are a great way to get students involved in making observations and collecting data for real-life applications. We’ll use these programs to highlight the science of climate change and how our ever-changing climate has and will continue to effect life on earth. Lunch will be provided. SCECHs will be available for an additional fee.

 

Teaching for the 21st Century

Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators

Date: November 15, 2014, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Workshop Cost: $20

The Detroit Zoological Society is hosting a Teaching for the 21st Century Humane Education Workshop, presented by the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). The workshop will be facilitated by Zoe Weil, President of IHE. This professional development workshop is designed to train educators to effectively teach critical thinking about animal protection,  environmental ethics and social justice to enhance students’ understanding of how their choices impact themselves, other people, other species and the Earth. Educators will learn how to bring global ethical issues into the classroom through innovative activities and approaches that enable their students to become conscientious changemakers and effective problem solvers for a more humane, peaceable, and healthy world. Each participant will receive The Power and Promise of Humane Education and lunch will be provided. SCECHs will be available for an additional fee.

 

Humane Partners Professional Development Series

Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators

Dates: 3nd Thursday each month, November 2014 – May 2015, 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Workshop Cost: $30  

Become a Humane Partner of the Detroit Zoo! We’ll meet once a month throughout the school year to learn about humane education topics and how to integrate them into your curriculum. You’ll receive animal welfare and environmental stewardship materials, activities and resources for your classrooms. Topics include learning about the importance of broad-based humane education, animals that share our neighborhoods, Detroit Zoo rescued animals, how to reduce our ecological footprint, schoolyard gardening, alternative dissection and much more! All educators are welcome to attend. SCECHs will be available for an additional fee for participants who attend all seven weeks.

 

Nature Tales

Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, K - 5

Date: January 24, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Workshop Cost: $25

 Join us at the Detroit Zoo as we explore how to inspire environmental stewardship through literacy. Walk away with lesson ideas  and materials that can be easily implemented into your curriculum.  Lunch will be provided and SCECHs are available for an additional fee.

 

pdresizeWildlife-Friendly Gardens for Schools

Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, K - 12

Date: February 28, 2015, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Workshop Cost: $25

 Outdoor classrooms provide endless learning opportunities across the curriculum. Join us to find out how simple it can be to start a school garden and incorporate natural lessons to meet state curriculum guidelines. Participants will receive basic supplies. Lunch will be provided. SCECHs will be available for an additional fee.

 

Project WILD and Project Aquatic

Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, K - 12

Date: February 28, 2015

Project WILD and Project Aquatic: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $60

Project WILD only: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $40

Project Aquatic only: 1 to 5 p.m., $40

 Project WILD and Project Aquatic are designed to supplement science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education curriculum. This one-day workshop will demonstrate how to easily incorporate Project WILD and Project Aquatic in your classroom through hands-on activities. Each participant will receive the Project WILD and Project Aquatic texts. Lunch will be provided for all-day attendees. SCECHs will be available to all-day participants for an additional fee.

 

biodiversityGrowing Up WILD, Project Learning Tree Early Childhood

Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, Pre-K- 3

Date: May 9, 2015

Growing Up WILD and PLT EC: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $45

Growing Up WILD only: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $30 / PLT EC only: 1 to 5 p.m., $25

 Growing Up WILD and Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood are early childhood education programs that build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Lunch will be provided for all day attendees. SCECHs will be available to all-day participants for an additional fee.