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

Backyard Wilderness

View our newest Lozier Giant Screen Theater® movie, Backyard Wilderness, showing through the spring.  During this interactive workshop, we will delve into lessons developed around the main themes of the movie: ecosystems and adaptations.  This workshop is open to all educators (formal and informal), but is geared towards those that work with students in grades 3-8.

About the Movie
Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, Backyard Wilderness 3D displays unique wildlife imagery and behavior, all captured by cameras mounted inside dens, nests and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms. We follow Katie, a young girl, and her family, who are absorbed by an array of electronic devices. At first, oblivious to the natural world just outside their home. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this newly discovered world.

Saturday, January 12
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$20 (includes lunch and movie screening)
 

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Enhance Your Field Trip to the Zoo

Field trips provide wonderful experiences for students to learn outside of the classroom, but they can take a lot of work to plan!  Let Omaha's Zoo & Aquarium help make the experience even more meaningful for you and your students.  In this workshop, we will go beyond the tried and true scavenger hunt and explore ways to connect a Zoo field trip to classroom curriculum, prepare you and your students for the experience, and how to follow-up back in the classroom.  This Educator Workshop for elementary educators and early childhood educators.

Elementary (K - 6)
Saturday, February 16
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$20 (includes lunch)  

Early Childhood (Birth - K)
Sunday, March 2
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$20 (includes lunch)

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Reflecting on Practice for Informal STEM Educators

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is excited to host Reflecting on Practice: A Professional Learning Program for Informal STEM Educators.  Discuss, reflect, and apply current research on learning and teaching to advance your organization's mission and enhance visitor experiences.  Click here for more information on the program flyer.

March 19-21, 2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$50 (valued at $500)
 

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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.

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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.

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