Teacher Workshop Credit Options

The Saint Louis Zoo is pleased to announce that graduate credit options are available for summer teacher workshops. Participants can register for the workshop by paying the Zoo lab fee. Participants may enroll for graduate credit from Lindenwood University by paying the associated tuition fee (reduced). Please contact Chris Blair at (314) 646-4545 to receive more details about credit options.

This summer, teacher workshops are available for one credit hours based on workshop duration and out-of-class requirements. We hope that you find workshops that meet your professional development needs and are able to participate in more than one.

Teaching About Zookeeping Part I: Keeper Basics

For Teachers of grades 3rd - 8th

The Zoo keeping profession has transformed into a highly specialized career with deep roots in science and math specialties. Using a zoo keeper’s day to day work (feeding, training, enrichment, etc.), this workshop will provide activity ideas that you can incorporate into your classroom to complement your math and science curriculum. We will look at topics like animal behavior, adaptations, ecology, exhibit design, statistics, multiplication, and much more! Through group discussions and tours we will also develop ideas on how to use the Zoo grounds and exhibits as a fun and exciting resource tool. You will receive a take-home packet with activity ideas and background information.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Inquiry-based and STEM-focused activities that can be readily implemented in the classroom.
  • Zoo tours, as well as classroom visits from live animals.
  • List of additional Zoo Resources available.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: Lisa Lidgus, Conservation Education Liaison, Chris Blair, K-12 Programs Coordinator

Fee: $100 Zoo lab fee: one-hour graduate credit offered through local universities (see credit option description).

T625TZ June 25-26 W-Th 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CLOSED

Herpetology Connections for the Classroom

For Teachers of grades 6th - 12th

Join us at the Saint Louis Zoo to discover interesting and exciting ways to incorporate the study of reptiles and amphibians into your classroom curriculum. You do not need to have a background in herpetology for this course. All you will need is an interest and a desire to bring herpetology concepts into your classrooms. This 2-day workshop will include classroom activities and a field component. This program will focus on incorporating GIS science, designing and implementing your own local Bioblitz, and integrating citizen science programs such as Frog Watch into a classroom setting and curriculum.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Hands-on field experiences led by education department staff and other Zoo staff.
  • Lesson plans and hands-on activities for use in the classroom.
  • Information about and experience of reptile and amphibian adaptations.
  • Latest information on current conservation practices that affect populations of herps worldwide.
  • Background information and resources for citizen science projects to make the classroom connections.

Limited to 12 participants.

Instructors: Michael Dawson, Conservation Education Liaison, and Zoo Education Staff

Fee: $100 Zoo lab fee: one-hour graduate credit offered through local universities (see credit option description).

T609HC June 9-10 M-Tu 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. CLOSED

2014 Sustainability Institute - Water Education: The Ripple Effect

For teachers of grades PK – 12th

Speakers and hands-on workshops will focus on issues of sustainability within the context of water. Educators will explore how they can bring awareness to our youth, helping them learn to be responsible and to take action for a safer and more-sustainable environment.

Presented by Webster University, Missouri Botanical Garden, U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Saint Louis Zoo.

Fee: $150 for three day institute (graduate credit available).

Tuesday – Thursday, June 24 - 26, 2014

For registration and credit information, call (314) 246-8054, email diefenlo@webster.edu or visit Webster University .