Explore topics in environmental education that highlight the zoo’s conservation work, learn how to put them to use in the classroom, and share methods for doing so in both an in-person and a remote learning landscape.
Participants will earn CPDUs for attending and will receive a discount code for a private Zoo Investigations program for their class. Plus, all participants will be entered into a raffle to win prizes, such as instructional tools and books, that can be used in the classroom, as well as coupon codes for future Lincoln Park Zoo programs and experiences.
Saturday, October 24
Recommended for middle and high school educators
Virtually Engaging with Nature
In the age of all things virtual, how can educators leverage online tools to connect students with nature? Review tools that can be used synchronously, asynchronously, in-person, or remotely to engage students with nature, conservation, and the zoo.
Art and Science : Wildlife Across the Curriculum
Conservation conversations can happen outside the science classroom! Learn how Lincoln Park Zoo educators have worked with art, English, computer science, and even physical education teachers to promote empathy for wildlife. This session will include an overview of four arts-based zoo programs, as well as lesson plans for empathy-building activities to take back to the classroom (suitable for both in-person and e-learning formats).
Urban Wildlife Local and Global
Learn about interactions between urban development and Chicago’s natural ecosystem, including local coyote populations, and discover how researchers are using wildlife data to inform urban planning and design for native species. Guest speaker: Liza Leher, assistant director of the Urban Wildlife Institute.
Saturday, November 7
Recommended for K–5 educators
I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me of
Practice activities that will strengthen students’ observation skills and explore journaling to help them learn more about the nature in their neighborhood.
Diversity and Inclusion Through Science
Through the principles of universal design and proven practices for diverse learners, explore how to cultivate an accessible classroom and curriculum that benefits a wide range of learning variations. Participants will engage in this differentiation applied to a lesson plan and activity. This will consider both in-person and remote learning models.
Green Time: Reconnecting with Nature Play in a Virtual World
Put down the screens and get outside! Explore the benefits of nature play for both educators and students, then implement nature play in the classroom, in person or virtually, with a packet of activities and resources.
Credit card payment is necessary at the time of reservation.
Virtual Educator Workshops will take place via Zoom. Links to each event will be sent out to registered participants approximately two days in advance.
Please note that cancellations made with less than 48-hours notice are subject to a 12.5% cancellation fee.