Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium provides high quality professional learning 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 learning opportunities are aligned to the new Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science and Next Generation Science Standards. Please call 402-738-2092 to register for upcoming workshops! 

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Upcoming Educator Workshops

Art and Conservation 2021

Art and Conservation: Putting the A into STEM

This series of professional development sessions will be centered around the Zoo’s formal curriculum pieces.  Each session will explore how you can incorporate specific lessons into your classrooms whether you teach kindergarten or highschool biology.  All lessons are aligned to Nebraska Career and College Readiness Standards.  These lessons were designed by teachers for teachers!  Art teacher Rebekah Pilypaitis of Bryan High School will join us and teach participants techniques to help students incorporate different art mediums into science, technology engineering and math.  Join us for a professional development like no other! Registration is limited so grab your sketch book and meet us at the Zoo for a wild good time! (participant will need to bring their own art supplies)

Workshops are $20

 November 13th: Madagascar Over


Madagascar is home to unique amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, and mammals.  Over 80% of Madagascar’s animals are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else on Earth.  To date, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has named 21 new species of lemurs.  The lessons found in the Madagascar curriculum explore the unique plants and animals of this island by having students analyze DNA, study dichotomous keys, research deforestation and explore how conservation issues impact culture and economics.  With this education guide not only can apply these concepts to daily lessons but inspire students to conserve and educate in hopes that many more generations will have an opportunity to appreciate this diverse island. 

Please call 402-738-2092 to register for upcoming workshops! 



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Collaboration with Nebraska Forest Service 2021

Join us for a joint professional development session with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and The Nebraska Forest Service.  Jack Hilgert of NFS and Jackie Halsey of OHDZA will help you “Fall” in love with engaging students in environmental, conservation and citizen science.  Gain access to Project Learning Tree Curriculum from the NFS and Pollinators curriculum from the Zoo! Exploring nature can be fun and engage while also meeting the curriculum standards of the modern classroom.  Participants will leave the session ready to "Fall" in love citizen science and explore how you can take your classroom outdoors.  This workshop will take place at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari located in Ashland, Nebraska on October 23rd from 10am-2pm.  Registration is $30.00 and includes copies of curriculum and admission to the park.  Spots are limited.  We hope to see you there for a tree-rific time! 


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Enhance Your Field Trip to the Zoo

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