Institute for Science Teaching Excellence


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.

Teacher Classes

Be informed, entertained, and engaged by these special workshops just for teachers. Plus you can get PDCHs and even college credit through Dominican University.

Professional Development Days

Spend the day choosing sessions that you want to know more about and will help you get ready for the upcoming school year! Topics include but are not limited to inquiry-based learning, engineering, NGSS, differentiation, meaningful classroom conversations, accommodations for English-language learners, phenomena-based instruction, and so much more! Participants earn PDCHs at the conclusion of the day.

Field Trips

Bring your lessons to life with a field trip to Brookfield Zoo.


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!