Professional Development

Professional Development

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium provides high quality professional development opportunities for both formal and informal educators.  Our aim is to develop a community of educators dedicated to professional growth in STEM and wildlife conservation.  We believe that science is learned through authentic experiences and real-world applications, and what better place than our Zoo!  All professional development opportunities are aligned to the new Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science and Next Generation Science Standards. 

Join our Educator VIP list to find out about special education events and professional development workshops in advance. Email educate@OmahaZoo.com with the subject of Educator VIP

Upcoming Educator Workshops

Nebraska Connections - Elementary Educator Workshop

In this workshop, we will dissect the new Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science (CCR-Science) adopted in September of 2017.  Specifically, we will focus on Nebraska Connections included in the standards, which aim to provide educators with relevant topics within our state to explore with students.  Using several Nebraska Connections, participants will engage in interactive lessons at Wildlife Safari Park. 

Join us for one day or both!  On day 1, we will be exploring Nebraska Connections in the life science standards.  On day 2, we will be exploring earth science connections to Nebraska.  

Life Science Nebraska Connections
Wednesday, July 10
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$20 (includes lunch)  

Earth Science Nebraska Connections
Thursday, July 11
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$20 (includes lunch)

If you would like to register for both days, make sure to select each day on the registration screen.  If you choose to only register for one day, make sure to select the correct day/topic.  These workshops will be held at Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, NE, I-80 Exit 426.

Register for a Workshop

Nebraska Connections - Secondary Educator Workshop

In this workshop, we will dissect the new Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science (CCR-Science) adopted in September of 2017.  Specifically, we will focus on Nebraska Connections included in the standards, which aim to provide educators with relevant topics within our state to explore with students.  Using several Nebraska Connections, participants will engage in interactive lessons at Wildlife Safari Park. 

July 17-18
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$40 (includes lunch)
 

These workshops will be held at Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, NE, I-80 Exit 426.

Register for a Workshop