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Educator Workshops

Looking for new ways to ignite learning in your classroom? We can help! Our innovative teacher workshops will spark your imagination! A great way to discover how to keep your students engaged in math and science while earning professional development hours!

All educator workshops run from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

Participants will earn six (6) SBEC/TEEAC approved Continuing Professional Education credits, unless otherwise noted.

Preregistration is required at least two (2) weeks in advance.  Registrations are

non-refundable and not transferable.


2014-2015 Educator Workshops



Animals and ArtRegister Online

Grade Focus:  PreK – 12th

Date:  April 18, 2015

Cost:  $30/Non-member; $27/Zoo member

Engage your students in art, science and wonder!  In this interdisciplinary workshop, you’ll discover ways that animals create their own art and explore how artists Frida Kahlo, Franz Marc, Walton Ford, and others, use animals as their inspiration.    Take home your own project and a ton of inventive ideas that blend science and art, including how to make animal enrichment items in your classroom.



Australian AdventuresRegister Online

Grade Focus:  PreK – 8th

Date:  May 2, 2015

Cost:  $30/Non-member; $27/Zoo member

Bring the TEKS alive as you explore Outback ecosystems!  Experience the Land Down Under through imaginative hands-on, inquiry-based activities that you can incorporate into your classroom!



NEW! Creating Wild SpacesRegister Online

Grade Focus: Kinder- 12th

Date: April 25, 2015

Cost: $30/Non-member; $27/Zoo member

Data shows that student learning increases when learning occurs in natural spaces. Spend the day discovering best practices for connecting students with nature and creating an indoor or outdoor green space that can be a multidisciplinary education facility as well as a haven for native plants and wildlife. Experience how the horticulture team at Dallas Zoo manages native Texas plants on Zoo grounds, creates browse gardens for animals, composts, collaborates with Master Gardeners, and even uses vegetables grown on site for catered events at the Zoo!



Growing Up WILDRegister Online

Grade Focus: PreK – 2nd

Date: October 11, 2014

Cost: $45/Non-member; $42/Zoo member

Art projects, songs, and movement stretch your students’ nature literacy and enhance their outdoor experiences. Receive a new interdisciplinary curriculum guide.



NEW! Observe to ConserveRegister Online

Grade Focus: Kinder- 12th

Date: May 16, 2015

Cost: $30/Non-member; $27/Zoo member

If you love animals and want to learn more about conservation, then this is the workshop for you! Participants will learn about animal behavior and enrichment at the zoo by participating in behavioral data collection and hands-on interdisciplinary activities. Teachers will explore how to support classroom learning by utilizing animals or zoo resources in their classrooms and get the chance to complete and design problem-solving activities based on animal behavior. We will investigate conservation issues surrounding the animals that call Dallas Zoo home, with a special look at native Texas animals.



Preschool in the ZooRegister Online

Grade Focus: PreK

Dates: March 28, 2015 and May 30, 2015

Cost: $30/Non-member; $27/Zoo member

We will provide you with powerful tools to enhance vocabulary and motor skill development in young children. Engaging stories, crafts, and interactive learning games introduce young children to the living world of animals. Includes a hands-on curriculum guide.



Project Learning TreeRegister Online

Grade Focus: PreK – 12th

Date: December 6, 2014 – Cancelled

Cost: $45/Non-member; $42/Zoo member

Bring the outdoors into your classroom with our Project Learning Tree workshop! Studies show that when environmental education and outdoor learning components are integrated into curricula, student achievement increases. With this in mind, Dallas Zoo offers Project Learning Tree to area teachers. PLT is one of the country’s most time-honored environmental education programs, encouraging educators and students to transfer lessons learned into environmental action. Provided curriculum resources serve as tools for the classroom, and will help teachers prepare their students to become leaders in environmental decision making.  PLT will help teachers enhance student critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. PLT materials are multidisciplinary and aligned with state and national education standards and more than half of all PLT activities can be conducted outdoors. Teachers receive the PLT curriculum and activity guide at the end of the workshop.



Project WILD Register Online

Grade Focus: Kinder – 12th

Dates: March 21, 2015  and  June 6, 2015

Cost: $45/Non-member; $42/Zoo member

Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. It is the most widely-used conservation and environmental education program among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. Instructional materials are designed to support state and national academic standards appropriate for grades K-12. Activities can easily be adapted to meet the learning requirements for academic disciplines ranging from science and environmental education to social studies, math, and language arts. Includes Project WILD Curriculum Guide!



Project WILD Aquatic (at Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park)Register Online

Grade Focus: Kinder – 12th

Dates: February 21, 2015

Cost: $45/Non-member; $42/Zoo member

Make a splash at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park with the Project WILD Aquatic workshop!  This interactive workshop emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. The workshop is organized into units based on the Project WILD conceptual framework, making it easy to integrate into existing curriculum or to be taught as a stand-alone unit.  Aquarium activities, a feeding demonstration, a tour, and animal ambassadors will help make this experience one of a kind. Teachers receive the Project WILD! Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guide at the end of the workshop.



Savanna ScienceRegister Online

Grade Focus:  Kinder – 12th

Date:  May 9, 2015

Cost:  $30/Non-member; $27/Zoo member

Spend a day in Africa as you investigate the science behind a Savanna ecosystem! This hands on, inquiry based workshop also includes activities developed with our elephant conservation science staff that you can use at the zoo or in your school!



NEW! ZBL: Zoo-Based LearningRegister Online

Grade Focus: Kinder- 12th

Date: March 7, 2015

Cost: $30/Non-member; $27/Zoo member

Problem-based learning and inquiry-driven curriculum team up in our Zoo-Based Learning workshop. Teachers will learn what it takes to problem solve at the Zoo through immersion in real zoo issues like exhibit design, behavioral research, and animal enrichment. Discover how the Dallas Zoo uses real science every day while gaining valuable knowledge and skills targeted to help incorporate inquiry and problem solving into the classroom, regardless of grade level or content area.



Cancellation and Refund Policy:  Program enrollment at the Dallas Zoo and/or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is a non-refundable final sale.  If you cancel a program with the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, an education program credit may be issued based on circumstance.  Credit will not be issued for cancellations made within two weeks of your scheduled program.  Changes to your reservation must be received in writing.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deem appropriate.  In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at Education@DallasZoo.com or 469.554.7300.