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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Power of Predators

Join Omaha's Zoo & Aquarium and Nebraska Project WILD to explore Nebraska predators.  From mountain lions to insects, to reptiles, we will investigate conservation efforts, food chains, owl pellets, predator/prey relationships and much more.  As well as activities and resources to supplement what you are already doing in your classroom.  This workshop is targeted at 2nd-6th grade formal educators.  To register for this workshop, please visit Nebraska Game and Parks.

Thursday, June 15th
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Evolution for Educators

Join Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium for a workshop on evolution and natural selection.  We will explore the scientific theory of evolution as the organizing principle of life science and what better place than the Zoo!  Participate in lessons aligned to Nebraska Science Standards in middle school and learn about free resources available through the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES).  

Wednesday, July 19th
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 (Lunch included)

Coming to a School Near You: The Great American Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a significant partial solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States and Nebraska is at the center of totality! Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Fontenelle Forest for a workshop where we will help you prepare to experience the eclipse with your students.  This workshop will cover the science behind a total/partial eclipse, how humans and animals react, and what to expect during the eclipse.  Plus, learn how to make simple and inexpensive viewing devices with your class.   This joint workshop will be held at Fontenelle Forest. 

Saturday, July 29th
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Held at Camp Brewster at Fontenelle Forest
Cost: $10

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)

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