Professional Development

Workshops are open to all educators. Explore new curriculum, participate in hands-on activities and build your knowledge of the natural world.  Workshops are available at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park, located off Nebraska's I-80, Exit 426.

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STEM for Elementary

Most teaches know what STEM stands for (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Beyond the acronym, what does a good STEM lesson look like?  Join us for a two-day workshop geared specifically towards elementary teachers to dive into STEM.  On the first day, we will explore different lessons and learn to identify features of a good STEM lesson.  We will also begin to develop a more concrete understanding of STEM.  On the second day, we will focus on helping you transform traditional science activities into robust STEM lessons. 
September 30th and October 21st (two-day workshop)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$30 (Lunch included)

THE ENVIRONMENT: Inquiry & Documentation of Children, Teachers, & Families

It has been said that the environment should act as a kind of aquarium which reflects the ideas, ethics, attitudes and life-style of the people who live in it.  

              – Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of Reggio Emilia educational philosophy

Please join the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) in collaboration with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Omaha STEM Ecosystem, for an early childhood educator initiative focused on the fundamental values of the Reggio Emilia approach. Jennifer Kesselring, NAREA board member, will be the featured speaker. Transform your learning environment, learn the importance of documentation, and tour Reggio inspired early childhood classrooms at the Zoo. To register for this workshop, visit

Saturday, October 21st
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Held at Omaha's Zoo & Aquarium
Lunch provided

Penguins Below the Equator

Enhance your unit on penguins with the help of Omaha's Zoo & Aquarium!  We will help you transform your curriculum to reflect 3-Dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Create a cohesive unit that includes observations, data collection, and engineering design, while exploring adaptations, habitats, conservation, and more.  This workshop is geared towards educators who work with elementary aged students. 

Saturday, November 4th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$15 (Lunch provided)

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