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.

Project WILD & Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop
Project WILD & Aquatic WILD are curriculum guides designed with the teacher in mind. Activities provide easy-to-follow instructions and lessons that meet Nebraska State Educational Standards. Additionally, the guide provides hands-on, engaging activities for all learners.

Project WILD & Aquatic WILD are:
• Interdisciplinary lessons which can be used for any subject – science, technology, engineering, math, reading, P.E., art and social studies!
• Easy to use & designed for both classroom and informal educators.
• Fun and engaging for all K-12 students.
Workshop Participants will receive:
• Project WILD and Aquatic WILD Curriculum & Activity Guides,
• Knowledge and skills to engage children in hands-on learning
• Prizes!

Tuesday, June 9th
10 a.m.- 3p.m.
Cost: $15
Lunch included.  Reservation required.

Weather and Climate Observations Workshop: Fun and Educational Activities for the Classroom

This workshop will explore weather and climate science and give teachers activities that can be used to stimulate students’ interest in climate sciences. Lessons are aligned with Nebraska State Science Standards and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). Participants will:
•    Make a wind vane to take back to the classroom
•    Receive step-by-step guides to make other weather observation tools
•    Receive information on how to sign your class up to be real citizen scientists
•    Leave with more knowledge on real life impacts caused by increased greenhouse gases
•    Learn effective methods for teaching about the importance of water and conservation

Wednesday, June 10th
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost: $15
Lunch included.  Reservation required.

Amphibian Conservation Workshop

Join us for a hands-on workshop addressing the current decline in amphibian populations at Wildlife Safari Park.  By surveying amphibians in the area, discover how you can encourage awareness and empower students to take action locally with this growing problem.  This workshop will provide you with field experience and inquiry-based lessons all aligned to Nebraska Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

Tuesday, June 16th
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. 

Pollinator Workshop
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.

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For more information or to receive email updates on Educator Workshops, please call (402) 738-2092 or email