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Educator Workshops

Looking for new ways to ignite learning in your classroom? We can help! Our innovative teacher workshops will spark your imagination! A great way to discover how to keep your students engaged in math and science while earning professional development hours!

All educator workshops run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants will earn six (6) SBEC/TEEAC approved Continuing Professional Education credits, unless otherwise noted.

Registration closes one week prior to the workshop date. Registrations are non-refundable and not transferable.

Cost for Single-Day Workshops: $45/non-members, $42/members

Spring 2018 Educator Workshops

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Wilds of Africa
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12

Investigate the science of African wildlife through hands on, inquiry based activities. Learn about wildlife conservation and updates with our conservation science staff that you can use at the zoo and in your school.

  • April 28, 2018

The Zoo, The World, and You!
Recommended Grades: PreK – 2 

Explore the natural world that you share with amazing animals! By moving, classifying, and observing, you will learn how animals survive in their ecosystems. Take away lessons that will inspire discovery, exploration, and conservation!

  • May 5, 2018

Project Wild
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12 

Become a WILD One to assist learners of all ages and experiences to learn how to make informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which all life depends. Additionally, you will receive a Project WILD curriculum and guidebook to use in your classroom or community activities.

  • May 19, 2018

Texas Horned Lizard Teacher Expedition
June 8-10, 2018
Cost: $300/non-members; $270/members

Extend your professional development experience in the field with the Dallas Zoo. Earn 14 hours of CPE as you participate in hands-on activities and learn how herpetologists collect field data on the Texas horned lizards. Take this new knowledge and experience back to the classroom and initiate project-based learning and take action to help protect the Texas horned lizard.

Take action and join us on this adventure by collecting data and educating other teachers, students, and their families in your community about these magnificent animals. All field work will take place between 8-11 a.m., and 3-8 p.m.

Registration includes: two lunches and two dinners, program activities, night hikes, van transportation and 14 hours of professional development credit. Lodging is not included. Please call the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Snyder, Texas at (325) 573-0376 by May 9 to book your room under the Dallas Zoo block of rooms at a rate of $85 per night.


Summer Science Institute
Dates: June 11-15, 2018 (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Cost: $150/Non-members; $135/member

Transform your classroom into a science resource center through participating in the Summer Science Institute at the Dallas Zoo! This five-day collaborative workshop will give you the tools to incorporate hands-on and engaging learning experiences into your science curriculum while earning 30 CPE credits. Along with these tools, you will expect to get a closer look at our animals behind the scenes and animal demonstrations/feedings.

Price includes: Behind-the-scenes tours, materials, lunch, admission and parking.

Past Workshops

North American Wildlife Expedition
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12

Get ready to journey through North American ecosystems at the Dallas Zoo! Explore the various biomes of North America by describing and classifying native organisms and their communities. Further understand and appreciate your role in the environment of your own city, state, and continent!

The Zoo, The World, and You!
Recommended Grades: PreK – 2 

Explore the natural world that you share with amazing animals! By moving, classifying, and observing, you will learn how animals survive in their ecosystems. Take away lessons that will inspire discovery, exploration, and conservation!

Growing Up Wild
Recommended Grades: PreK – 2 

Become a WILD One in this engaging and interactive early childhood version of Project WILD. Help students develop positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. You will receive a curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop.

Aquatic Adventures
Recommended Grades: PreK – grade 2

Join us as we voyage through the waters of the world! We will participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate the relationship aquatic animals have with their environment. Gain vital knowledge and resources that you can take back to your classroom.

Operation Zoo: Problem-Based Learning
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12

Initiate problem-based projects and become immersed in real Zoo issues like exhibit design, behavioral research, and animal enrichment. Teachers will explore problem solving techniques and inquiry-driven learning, using real-world scenarios applicable in the Zoo and in the classroom across grade levels and content areas.

Project WILD Aquatic
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12

Become a WILD One with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. Incorporate water-related themes in science, math, environmental studies, language arts, and social studies. You will receive the Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop. This workshop is held at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.

Project Learning Tree – Early Childhood
Recommended Grades: PreK – 2

Connect students to the forests and the great outdoors through observations, movement, music, and science. Help students discover their outdoor learning potential. You will receive the PLT curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop.

Project Learning Tree
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12

Connect students to the world of forests and plant the seeds for them to gain the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to sustain forests, habitats, and use of natural resources. You will receive the PLT curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop.

Operation Aquarium
Recommended Grades: 3 – 12 

What does it take to operate an aquarium open to the public? Join us as we dive into project based learning at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Through hands-on experiments, up-close learning, and data analyzing, you will glimpse into the various careers that make the aquarium operate at a high level.

Creating Wild Spaces
Recommended Grades: K-12

Discover best practices for connecting students with nature and creating an indoor or outdoor green space that can be a multidisciplinary education facility as well as a haven for native plants and wildlife. Experience how the horticulture team at Dallas Zoo manages native Texas plants on Zoo grounds, creates browse gardens for animals, composts, collaborates with Master Gardeners, and even uses vegetables grown on site for catered events at the Zoo!

Cancellation and Refund Policy:  Program enrollment at the Dallas Zoo and/or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is a non-refundable final sale.  If you cancel a program with the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, an education program credit may be issued based on circumstance.  Credit will not be issued for cancellations made within two weeks of your scheduled program.  Changes to your reservation must be received in writing.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deem appropriate.  In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at Education@DallasZoo.com or 469.554.7300.