Professional Learning

Zoo Atlanta offers a variety of professional learning events for educators throughout the year. Each of these experiences harnesses the unique animal ambassadors at the Zoo as the anchoring phenomenon for exploring grade-specific topics. These standards-focused programs will take each teacher participant through the curriculum, as well as provide brief planning time to discuss how to adapt the program to their classroom. Each professional learning opportunity is connected to a specific grade level learning target; however, the concepts may be adapted to fit additional grade levels and subjects. Lunch is provided, as well as a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo.


Two-Session Professional Learning: How Regions Influence Native Plant and Animal Populations at Zoo Atlanta and How the Environment Influences Art & Culture at the Carlos Museum at Emory University.

Session One: How Regions Influence Native Plant and Animal Populations at Zoo Atlanta

Explore the various environmental regions of Georgia and the ways that the climate, topography and relationships to water sources influence the life forms native to each region. Educators will gain a higher understanding of life cycles and energy flow throughout trophic levels in these regions, as well as more insight into the life cycles of the plants and animals in these regions.

Grades 2-5

  • Applicable GSE: S2L1, S3L1, S4L1, S5L1
    • Workshop will also address ways to adapt concepts to apply to standards in other subjects and grade levels.
  • DATE: Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $15 for BOTH sessions. Also, as a part of the program, each participant will receive a Classroom Experience Case with materials and resources to utilize in their classrooms as well as a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo.

Session Two: How the Environment Influences Art & Culture at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

Educators explore how natural environments drive speciation, and how unique environments influenced the growth of civilization, art, religion and culture. Teachers will learn to read works of art and see what they can tell us about the natural environments in which they were created.   

These experiences, designed for elementary school teachers, addresses specific Georgia Learning Standards and provides teachers with the associated curriculum to implement into their classrooms. As a part of the program, each participant will receive a Classroom Experience Case with materials and resources to utilize in their classrooms, as well as a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Grades 2-5

  • Applicable GSE: Science:  S2L1, S2E3 Art: VA2.CR.1, VA2.CR.2, VA2.RE.1, VA2.CN.1, VA2.CN.2, VA3.CR.1, VA3.CR.2, VA3.RE.1, VA3.CN.1, VA3.CN.2, VA4.CR.1, VA4.CR.2, VA4.RE.1, VA4.CN.1, VA4.CN.2, VA5.CR.1, VA5.CR.2, VA5.RE.1, VA5.CN.1, VA5.CN.2 
    • Workshop will also address ways to adapt concepts to apply to standards in other subjects and grade levels.
  • DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $15 for BOTH sessions. Also, as a part of the program, each participant will receive a Classroom Experience Case with materials and resources to utilize in their classrooms as well as a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo.

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Evaluate Energy Transfer and Predict Outcomes

Explore through experimentation how heat radiation is transferred through various materials and the ways this process is utilized by reptiles and other animals to maintain homeostasis. Educators will understand how heat radiation and absorption rates are important in determining animal habitat design and predicting animal location. During this professional learning, educators will engage in scientific data collection and experimentation that can be directly implemented in the classroom for students to hypothesize and draw conclusions between heat transfer via radiation and animal location.

Grades 3-6

  • Applicable GSE: S3P1, S4P1a, S6E4b
    • Workshop will also address ways to adapt concepts to apply to standards in other subjects and grade levels.
  • DATE: Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $50 and includes lunch and a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo

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Halloween Science Spectacular!

Embrace the science of the season! In this professional learning, educators will explore Zoo Atlanta’s Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience to discover the science behind some of the season’s spookiest sounds. Educators will learn to utilize the science of vibrations to re-create these creepy seasonal sounds to make a swamp-jazz band!

Grades K-2

  • Applicable GSE: S1P1d
    • Workshop will also address ways to adapt concepts to apply to standards in other subjects and grade levels.
  • DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $50 and includes lunch and a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo

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STEAM Teacher Series
Presented by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum and Zoo Atlanta

Enhance your STEAM curriculum during these five interactive sessions for grades K-12. Each session will be held at a different institution and focus on the connection between conservation and art. Register for all five sessions or just one.

Grades K-12

  • Applicable GSE: Bring your curriculum maps to adapt to your classroom standards!
  • DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $50 and includes lunch and a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo

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Activate Prior Knowledge and Demystify Classification!

Demystify scientific classification and evaluate how both living and non-living things are organized. In this professional learning, educators will dive into these concepts and complete a series of projects on how everyday objects are organized. They’ll then apply that knowledge to the ways living things are organized with the Zoo’s living resources as a guide. This professional learning will give teachers the tools to engage students in critically analyzing objects and using that information to both validate and predict categorization.

Grades K-2

  • Applicable GSE: SKL1, S2P1a
    • Workshop will also address ways to adapt concepts to apply to standards in other subjects and grade levels.
  • DATE: Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $50 and includes lunch and a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo

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RESERVATIONS:  

  • Participants must register in advance for all Professional Learning opportunities.

PAYMENT:

  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Refunds will not be given unless the registration is cancelled prior to registration deadline.

CANCELLATIONS & RESCHEDULES:

  • Cancellation requests received in writing (via email education@zooatlanta.org) prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline.
  • If the workshop needs to be rescheduled, refunds will be issued to those who cannot attend the new date.
  • For severe inclement weather, please contact Education Reservations at 404.624.5822.

PARKING:

  • Parking is free, but limited, in the Cherokee Avenue parking lot.

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