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. 

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To register for any of the workshops below, click here.

Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social & cognitive skills.

Participants will recieve:
- Growing up WILD Activity Guide
- Supplemental educational resources to help engage young children in nature, STEM and fun!
- Knowledge and skills to promote learning thru nature exploration
Tuesday, February 6th
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
$5 (Light snacks provided)

To register for this workshop, click here.


STEM for Elementary

Most educators are familiar with the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), but what does that actually mean for our classroom?  What does a quality STEM lesson look like?  Increase your confidence in planning and teaching STEM through meaningful experiences with a Zoo twist!  This workshop will be geared towards informal and formal educators who work with elementary aged children.         

Saturday, February 10th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$15 (Lunch provided)

Enhance Your Zoo Field Trip

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.     

Saturday, March 31st
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$15 (Lunch provided)