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.