Summer Teacher Programs
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 Laura Seger at (314) 646-4530 to receive more details about credit options.
This summer, teacher workshops are available for one or two credit hours depending 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 II: Conservation Concepts
For Teachers of grades 3 - 8
The zoo keeping profession continues to transform into a highly specialized career with deep roots in science and math specialties. Using the different ways the Saint Louis Zoo and its zoo keepers assist with global conservation, this workshop will provide activity ideas that you can incorporate into your classroom to complement your math and science curriculum. We will explore local and worldwide conservation principles through topics like animal behavior, adaptations, ecology, statistics, multiplication, fractions, and more! Through group discussions and tours we will also develop ideas about how to use the Zoo’s WildCare Institute and Zoo grounds as a fun and exciting resource tool. You will receive a take-home packet with activity ideas and background information.
- Zoo tours, as well as classroom visits from live animals.
- List of additional Zoo resources.
- Activities that can be readily implemented in the classroom.
Limited to 20 participants.
Instructor: Lisa Lidgus, Naturalist Instructor
Fee: $100 Zoo lab fee; one-hour graduate credit offered through a local university (see credit option description above).
Code Date Day Time T701TZ July 1-2 M-Tu 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For Teachers of grades 6th - 12th
Join us at the Saint Louis Zoo and the Saint Louis Science Center to discover interesting and exciting ways to incorporate Evolution into your curriculum. Evolution is the unifying concept of biology and a major concept of science education standards in Missouri. However, it can be very challenging to teach. Are you interested in updating your repertoire of evolution-related teaching materials and activities? This 4-day workshop will include a field component, hands-on activities for teaching evolution to multiple ages, as well as background information and resources to keep you current on the latest advances in our understanding of the mechanisms of evolution. Come and learn how to make evolution fun and relevant to your student’s lives.
- Background information provided.
- Lesson plans and resources for use or easily adaptable for the classroom.
- Hands-on fossil field experiences led by Ron Giesler and Zoo Education Staff.
- Latest information on current Evolutionary understandings.
- Content related to Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations:
6th Grade – III 2G; IV 3Aa, c; V 2Db
8th Grade – V 2Db
- Content related to Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations:
III 1Ea; IV 3Aa, b; IV3 Ca, b, c
Limited to 12 participants.
Instructors: Michael Dawson, Naturalist Instructor, Saint Louis Zoo, Ron Giesler, Director of Earth Sciences, Saint Louis Science Center
Fee: $150 Zoo Lab Fee; two-hour graduate credit offered through a local university (see credit option description).
Code Date Day Time T604EV June 4-7 Tu-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.