Teacher Professional Development

March 16

Zoo Atlanta offers a variety of professional learning events for educators throughout the year.

Each of these experiences harnesses our unique animal ambassadors at the Zoo as the anchoring phenomenon for exploring grade-specific topics.

Sponsored by

Cox Media logo

Programs are standards-based, but may be adapted to fit additional grade levels and subjects. Teachers will enhance their STEM curriculum and discuss how to incorporate Project Based Learning into their curriculum while exploring the Zoo to identify cross-curricular concepts. Participants will receive a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo.


Back from the Brink

Grades K-5

In recent years, global awareness has been raised about the number of animals disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. Thankfully, human actions and conservation efforts have met with many successes. As the bald eagle, grey wolf and California condor here in the U.S. have recovered major numbers, other countries are fighting to save endemic species and spreading awareness to citizens who choose to preserve wildlife.

Get an inspirational look at how scientists, citizen scientists, researchers, engineers and other concerned citizens are using new technologies and creative measures to save animals. Find out how zoos help to repopulate areas when threats are lifted. Educators will gain higher understanding of unique challenges and utilize the engineering design process to brainstorm creative learning experiences for students. Bring your curriculum maps for collaborative planning.

Grades K-5

  • Applicable GSE: SKL1a, S1L1, S2L1, S3L1 a-c, S4L1, S5L1
    • Workshop will also address ways to adapt concepts to apply to standards in other subjects and grade levels.

UPCOMING DATES: March 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (with a break for lunch on your own)

COST: $75 includes a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo

Through generous funding from the Cox Foundation, Scholarships are available for Title 1 teachers in Metro Atlanta (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties). Spaces are limited. Cost of program includes lunch.



  • Advance registration required.
  • Programs will take place rain or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly with clothing and shoes that allow you to be comfortable during the Zoo exploration portion of the program.
  • Cancellations received more than 7 days before the program date will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received less than 7 days before the program date will not receive a refund.
  • Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.
  • Parking is conveniently located in the lot on Cherokee Avenue and in the new Grant Park Gateway parking facility on Boulevard. These are paid public lots owned by the City of Atlanta and managed by AAA Parking. Rates are $3 an hour for a maximum of $12 a day.


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