Teacher Professional Development

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. Programs are standards-focused, 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.


A small diamondback terrapin swimming underwater.How Regions Influence Native Plant and Animal Populations

Explore the environmental regions of Georgia. Get an in-depth look at how climate, topography, and water sources influence 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 plants and animals. High interest content paired with STEM based activities will have your students engaged and eager to learn about our great state. Bring your curriculum maps.

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.

Session One: September 30 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (with a lunch on your own)
Session Two: November 11 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (with a lunch on your own)

$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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