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 specialties 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. 

Fall 2019: Plants and People

This class meets 3 times:

Saturday, October 5 and
Saturday, November 2 and
Saturday, November 23

Plants and People is an interactive class that takes you into the Chicagoland areas to learn about how plants and people depend on each other. It combines classroom work with field science. Course methods include investigations, lecture, and discussions. Local travel is required. Teachers receive 21 PDCH’s. Specific information on each day will be sent to students upon registration.

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

Itinerary:

October 5 at Legends South Farm in Chicago, IL. Learn about the value of community gardening and lend a hand at keeping the garden pristine.
November 2 at Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie in Wilmington, IL. Explore how humans have used this land and how it is being restored.
November 23 at Brookfield Zoo to learn about the local tree initiative, the role of pollinators, and human-plant relations from the experts in these fields.

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.

June 2020: Foundations of Inquiry

Exact dates TBD -- Check back soon!

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 2020: Regional Ecology: Biodiversity of Northern Illinois

Exact dates TBD -- Check back soon!

Through field-based experiences and in-class discussions, students will explore the rich diversity of ecosystems found in Northern Illinois and major conservation issues that threat their biodiversity. In-situ exploration of high-quality regional woods, wetland, and prairie provides insight into the interdependence and diversity among the Northern Illinois ecosystems and its biodiversity. Teachers receive 28 PDCHs.

This course requires local travel and walking. Students must be able to meet this participation requirement.

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

July 2020: Great Lakes Ecosystems

Exact dates TBD -- Check back soon!

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.

2019 Itinerary:

Day 1 - Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL.
Day 2 - Indiana Dunes, Porter, IN.
Day 3 - Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL.
Day 4 - Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, Stickney, IL. and the TARP Mainstream Pumping Station, Hodgkins, IL.

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!