Adult Education

Great Lakes Ecosystems, Indiana Dunes

 

Curious about carnivores? Wild about water? Interested in inquiry? Join us for our all-new Adult Education series featuring a variety of topics and specialiies designed to inspire and engage. These multi-day classes feature industry professionals and hands-on learning. Some classes take place right here at Brookfield Zoo and feature presentations by our own zoo professionals and offer unique perspectives on the exhibits you already know and love. Some classes also involve exciting field trips and inspiring "in-situ" learning opportunities. If you are a teacher, you can even earn Professional Development Clock Hours (PDCHs) from these courses. Click on the name of each course below to learn more about each of these exciting series. 

June 24-27: Foundations of Inquiry

Monday, June 24 (12:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and Tuesday, June 25 - Thursday, June 27 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day)

The course will provide participants with the tools needed to make science fun, enjoyable learning experience for students while further increasing their competence and confidence in science. The course will include pre-inquiry assessment tools, individual inquiry investigations, interdisciplinary learning and inquiry techniques, and critical thinking skills. Participants will carry out original inquiry investigations. If you are a teacher, you are eligible to receive up to 24 PDCHs for taking this course.

Cost: $250 per person
Location: Brookfield Zoo - Conservation Leadership Center (every day)
Be Prepared: We will be out in the Zoo each day - rain, shine, or heat. So, come prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, comfortable shoes, and a water bottle.

July 8-11: Carnivores

Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day)

Carnivores have long fascinated humans as a remarkable group. This course will provide a foundation for understanding issues concerning carnivores. The Carnivores class explores such issues as carnivore trafficking, and the health, nutrition, enrichment, habitats, and care of carnivores in human care. If you are a teacher, you are eligible to receive up to 24 PDCHs for taking this course.

Cost: $250 per person
Location: Brookfield Zoo - Conservation Leadership Center (every day)
Be Prepared: We will be out in the Zoo each day - rain, shine, or heat. So, come prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, comfortable shoes, and a water bottle.

July 22-25: Great Lakes Ecosystems

Monday, July 22 - Thursday, July 25 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day)
All Grades, $250, 24 PDCHs

The focus of this laboratory-based course is the study of the Great Lakes watershed area. It combines classroom work with field science. Course methods include investigations, lecture, discussion, and selected readings. Students investigate the history, geology, flora, fauna, varied ecosystems, and human influence on the Great Lakes area. Field trips are made to Fort Sheridan, Indiana Dunes, Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, and TARP Mainstream Pumping Station and one face-to-face day at Brookfield Zoo. If you are a teacher, you are eligible to receive up to 24 PDCHs for taking this course.

This course requires local travel and a large amount of walking and step climbing. Students must be able to meet this participation requirement.

Itinerary:

July 22 - Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL.
July 23 - Indiana Dunes, Porter, IN.
July 24 - Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL.
July 25 - Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, Stickney, IL. and the TARP Mainstream Pumping Station, Hodgkins, IL.
Note: This form must be completed and returned to agnes.kovacs@czs.org no later than July 5 in order to attend the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant and TARP tours.

Cost: $250 per person
Location: Varies - See itinerary
Be Prepared: This class will take place - rain, shine, or heat. So, come prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, comfortable shoes, and a water bottle.

 


Have questions? Contact the Education Department at
adventuresinlearning@czs.org!

Cancellation and Refund Policy

 
 
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Brookfield Zoo has developed many tools to assist educators in sharing information about animals, science, and caring - the things that form the basis of conservation at the zoo and in the wild. We encourage educators to use the information gathered by the zoo to share concepts about data gathering and scientific research, and to use the zoo's charismatic animals to help inspire excitement for learning. Be informed, entertained, and engaged by special classes just for teachers. Plus you can earn PDCHs and optional graduate credit through Dominican University.

 

 
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The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a conservation-focused, inquiry-driven learning experience that combines web-based graduate courses through Miami University with exciting face-to-face experiential and field study at Brookfield Zoo. Students in this national degree program contribute to social and ecological change in their communities. The opportunity to earn credits from international travel is another exciting part of the program. And the best news of all – it’s affordable!