Louise Bradshaw Biography

Louise Bradshaw has worked in the fields of conservation and conservation education for over 30 years. She is responsible for all activities of the Zoo's Education Department. Saint Louis Zoo educational programs and services reach nearly 2 million people annually.

Education functions include programs and services for teachers, adults, youth, school groups, scout groups and families; the Zoo's Interpretation unit including traveling and permanent exhibits; the Teacher Resource Center and Zoo Reference Library; Conservation Education Research, NSF and other federal grant-funded programs and the Zoo's 240 Docents, or volunteer teachers and 75 teen volunteers.

Louise Bradshaw's areas of interest include developing teacher training programs in partnership with conservation field projects in Kenya and Nicaragua, effective approaches to audience research at zoos and aquariums and models for increasing scientific and environmental literacy, most recently focusing on climate change literacy.

An employee of the Saint Louis Zoo since 1984, Louise is currently a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Research and Technology Committee, has served as a member and advisor to the AZA Conservation Education Committee, as education liaison to the Meso-American Caribbean Conservation Action Partnership and is past chair of the Regional Program Committee of the AZA.

She served for ten years as an instructor and course administrator for the AZA sponsored Conservation Education Training Course for Zoo educators. Louise holds a B.S. in Biology from Saint Louis University and a M.S.Ed. in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.