Professional Learning

Science Inquiry in your Class: a series of professional developments for educators

Come to Zoo Atlanta and learn how you can develop inquiry-based thinking skills in your students at any age. These grade-focused programs, will take each teacher participant through the design, implementation, and planning process of science-based research.

2018-19 STEAM Collaboration Series: Project Conservation

Enhance your STEAM curriculum during four interactive sessions.  Presented in collaboration by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art and Zoo Atlanta, each session will be held at one of the partner institutions and will focus on the connections between conservation and art. 


Bio-inspired Design and STEAM Careers

Explore how humans learn and innovate through research of and inspiration from animals and the natural world!  For example, did you know that flamingo beaks can pump water and strain food at such a high rate that researchers are studying the biomechanics in order to design a more efficient water filter?  As part of this program, participants will explore animal adaptations and functions, both in the classroom as well as out in the Zoo. Through brainstorming and design thinking, teachers will identify animal adaptations that can solve a human issue and collaborate in teams to create an inspired design. In addition, the program will explore how STEAM careers play a vital role in bio-inspired design. Each educator will leave with the tools needed to recreate the learning experience in their classroom. Time will be reserved to plan and adapt the lessons to your learners and classroom curriculum.

Grades K-5

  • Applicable GSE: SKL1, SKL2, S1L1, S2E3, S3L2, S4L1, S5L1
  • Workshop will also address ways to incorporate standards in other subjects.
  • DATE: Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $30 and includes a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 3, 2019


Grades 6-12

  • Applicable GSE: S6E6, S7L1, S7L4, SB5, SEV3, SEV4, SEV5  
  • Workshop will also address ways to incorporate standards in other subjects.
  • DATE: Saturday, March 23, 2019
  • TIME: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • COST: $30 and includes a planning ticket to come back to the Zoo
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019


Gorilla Conservation in the Classroom
A FREE online Zoo Connection Course

Get the tools to bring gorilla conservation to your classroom! Through this virtual experience, educators will learn how to connect Zoo Atlanta’s Gorilla Research and Conservation Program to their classroom curriculum. This workshop series will bring conservation action to life by focusing on the life history, research and conservation needs of gorillas. Some of our closest living relatives, gorillas are critically endangered due to habitat loss, human encroachment, disease transmission from humans and mining. Become part of the solution by learning how you and your class can get involved to make a difference for gorillas and other wildlife and wild places around the globe! This workshop series includes four virtual workshops, an online discussion board and collaboration with other educators across Georgia. In return for their full participation, teachers will receive curriculum, resources and a 15% off voucher to apply toward a Zoo School Program*. Space is limited and open to 6th-12th grade teachers.

*School Programs include Field Trips: Zoo Challenge, ZooMobiles and Wild Walks

Grades 6-12

  • DATE(S):
    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    • Tuesday, November 6, 2018
    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • TIME: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • COST: FREE; registration required and must commit to the following:
    • Must attend all four virtual workshops
    • Respond to prompts on the online discussion board
    • Complete an evaluation after the workshops
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018



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


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


  • Cancellation requests received in writing (via email 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 is free, but limited, in the Cherokee Avenue parking lot.

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