Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Blank Park Zoo offers teacher workshops

The Blank Park Zoo invite educators to professional development opportunities that will be held at Blank Park Zoo on the dates listed below. The workshops are good for one hour of license renewal credit and teachers will be eligible to schedule a free classroom animal program. The Blank Park Zoo education department is willing and able to travel to districts across the state with our classroom programs (animals included!).

Participants in our workshops engage in relevant inquiry investigations that are connected to the Next Generation Science Standards and Iowa Core, learn research-based instructional practices, and gain knowledge and ideas that will be useful in their classrooms. Lessons are flexible, allowing teachers to adjust for their students’ abilities; and relate to all age groups in several subject areas (science, literacy, mathematics, social studies, and the arts).

Dates and Topics
Sept. 29-30 - Ecosystems
Jan. 5-6, 2018 - Climate Change
Jan. 19-20, 2018 - Wild Genes
Feb. 16-17, 2018 - Conservation: People and Animals
March 2-3, 2018 - Patterns in Nature
April 6-7, 2018 - Wonders of Water

Click here to fill out a workshop registration form.

For questions, call the Zoo Education Office: 515-974-2557 or 515-974-2546

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