• The Saint Louis Zoo’s Education team is excited to offer professional development opportunities to increase teachers’ knowledge of and skill in teaching STEAM-related content.  Each course will take place one day only, Saturday, November 18!  Each course will start at 9:30 am.  The day will consist of a two-hour classroom component, time for lunch and exploration on your own from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and then two more hours in the classroom from 1:30-3:30 pm.  (Please note: the program participant must pay any parking fees.)

    Due to a generous grant from The Boeing Company in 2017, each course will be FREE for participants.  Participants will receive a backpack of supplies to be utilized in his or her classroom as well! (You must attend the entire course to receive the backpack of classroom supplies.)

    Each professional development course session is limited to 20 participants total.

    Pre K – 2nd Grade
    Engaging Young Scientists

    Learn to identify and encourage young children to use and understand the science process skills, the foundation of all science learning. Explorations that are easily done in the classroom and schoolyard, that also focus on local habitats and connecting children with nature, will be the focus. Citizen Science projects that allow your students to collect actual scientific data for scientists, will also be investigated.

    • November 18, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Online Registration

    3rd - 5th Grade
    Engineering for Animals: Wildlife Habitats

    This course will focus on how animals build their habitats, how we as humans learn from that, and how we use it at the Zoo to guide our habitat design process.  This course will also include a component about supporting native and migrating wildlife (bird feeder, toad abode, bat houses, etc.).

    • November 18, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Online Registration

    6th - 8th grade
    Engineering from Animals: Biomimicry

    This course will focus on how animals can serve as inspiration to meet human needs, highlighting inventions that already exist and discussing some that are potentially in the works. Learn how to encourage your students to harness the power of animal inspiration.

    • November 18, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Online Registration

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

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

    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

    These professional development opportunities range in cost from $50 to $100 dollars per contact hour (plus travel costs-if applicable). The fee for these programs depends on materials, participant numbers, and presentation methods. Sessions can run from 2 to 6 hours in length, depending on the need. Multiple day sessions can also be arranged for a more in-depth experience. Please call (314) 646-4530 for more information.