• Programs are available for three to six hours, at the Zoo or at your site. All programs are a mix of hands-on activities and discussion. The following programs are available with a minimum of four weeks’ notice.

    Contact Laura Seger at Seger@stlzoo.org for questions and to book a program.

    Ladybugs, Leopards, and Literacy

    From the smallest backyard residents to the coolest cats in the wild, animals are a great way to get kids interested in literacy and science! Learn ways to integrate animals and nature into all aspects of your curriculum.

    The Young Scientist

    The smallest children can have the biggest questions. How can you help bring out their inner scientist? Learn how to harness their natural curiosity while introducing science process skills, citizen science, critical thinking and more.

    Outdoor Explorations

    Bring the outdoors in and the classroom outside! Research tells us that when children spend time in nature, they have better attention, are more creative and spend more time collaborating. We will share easy ways to connect to nature in and out of the classroom, no matter where your school is.

    STEAM

    Kids love to explore the world around them! Learn easy, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math experiences that naturally fit into an early childhood classroom.

    Seasonal Animal Explorations

    From changes in nature to animal migration, every season brings something new to explore! Travel through a year of hands-on activities and explorations as we learn about animals through the seasons.

    Professional Development Fees

    Group programs are available for three to six hours, at the Zoo or your site. All programs are a mix of hands-on activities and discussion. The programs are available with a minimum of four weeks’ notice. Prices start at $450.

    Contact Laura Seger at seger@stlzoo.org for questions and to book a program.

  • Throughout the school year, the Saint Louis Zoo Education Department can provide tailor-made professional development opportunities to enhance your science curriculum and help you meet your students' needs. Perhaps you are using a textbook and wish to find additional hands-on or inquiry-based activities, or you need supplemental information to properly address Missouri Grade Level Expectations. Maybe you have a kit-based curriculum and need professional development on kit use. The Zoo staff will work with your school or district to provide materials, programs, and training to meet your specific needs.

    The Zoo Education Department staff is experienced in providing programs that blend content, methods, and student activities into cross-curricular activities that connect literacy, math, art and social sciences to science topics. Each workshop is designed to improve teacher confidence and raise comfort levels. Groups requesting workshops need to provide detailed information about their wishes in order to properly focus the professional development. All teacher workshops address applicable Missouri Grade Level Expectations.

    General Topics Include:

    Life Sciences
    Biology
    Adaptations
    Animal Behavior
    Animal Groups (e.g. birds, insects, etc.)
    Classification / Taxonomy
    Evolution and Natural Selection
    Life Cycles

    Ecology
    Biodiversity
    Biomes, Ecosystems, and Communities
    Food Chains and Webs
    Habitat and Niche
    Organisms and Populations
    Conservation

    Teaching Strategies
    Cross - curricular Applications
    Inquiry - based Science

    Other topics can be requested.

    Frameworks Addressed
    III. Living Systems
    IV. Ecology
    VII. Scientific Inquiry

    Professional Development Fees

    Group programs are available for three to six hours, at the Zoo or your site. All programs are a mix of hands-on activities and discussion. The programs are available with a minimum of four weeks’ notice. Prices start at $450.

    Contact Laura Seger at seger@stlzoo.org for questions and to book a program.