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. 

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Butterfly Conservation and Monarch Tagging - Educator Workshop 

Learn how butterfly conservation can be used in any grade level and aligns with several Next Generation Science Standards. Through hands-on activities, be trained or brush up on transects, butterfly identification, data collection, and ecosystem dynamics. Become versed with the zoo’s Citizen Science programs and how your students can contribute real data to a butterfly database. This workshop will give you ideas for getting out of the classroom and into nature for an experience your students will never forget! This workshop is held at Wildlife Safari Park, near Ashland, NE (I-80, Exit 426).  To register for this workshop, click here.

Saturday, September 8th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$30 (Lunch and ID Field Guide provided)

Clean Creeks Conservation - Groundwater Educator Workshop

Could you tell if a creek or pond is clean just by looking at it? Smelling it? Do those creepy-looking bugs swimming on the surface indicate pollution? Turns out, it’s not always so easy to determine whether water is clean or polluted. But in any case, healthy humans depend on healthy water.  This “boots-in-the-creek” workshop will leave you with newfound skills as creek conservationist and resources to pass those same skills on to your students.  This workshop is held at Wildlife Safari Park, near Ashland, NE (I-80, Exit 426).  To register for this workshop, click here.

Saturday, September 22nd
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$10 (Lunch provided)

Penguins Below the Equator

Enhance your unit on penguins with the help of the Zoo! We will help you transform your curriculum to reflect three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the new Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science. 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.  To register for this workshop, click here.  

Saturday, October 27th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$15 (Lunch provided)