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.


According to the USDA, nearly 35% of the world’s food crops and 75% of flowering plants depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.  However, many of these pollinators like bees and butterflies are declining.  This workshop will focus on STEM based lessons to help your students understand the importance of pollinators and ways to take action locally.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to tag monarch butterflies (providing weather and migration patterns cooperate).  This workshop is appropriate for all grade levels.  All lessons are aligned with Nebraska Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Saturday, September 12th
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $15             
Lunch included.  Reservation required.

Native Nebraska

From bison to owls, Wildlife Safari Park is home to many of Nebraska’s native plants and animals. In this workshop we will tour the park engage in hands-on lessons and activities that you can do with your students both at Wildlife Safari Park and back in the classroom. Don’t forget your hiking shoes!

Saturday, October 3rd
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Held at Wildlife Safari Park (located off Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 426) Cost: $10.00 Reservations are required. 
Please bring a sack lunch or snack

Early Childhood Workshop – Bringing the Zoo to You

You don’t have to visit the Zoo to observe wildlife.  Slow down and immerse yourself in nature and notice the details that often get ignored. Nature is a living classroom in itself.  Discover new and innovative ways to connect your children with nature and wildlife through art, songs, movement, science, and literacy. Through hands-on exploration, we will discover and create ways to enhance classrooms and curriculum.  This workshop is available for early childhood providers and parents. 

Saturday, November 7th
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $15.00
Reservations are required.  Lunch is provided.

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