Teacher Classes

Teacher classes

All classes offer PDCH. Graduate credit through Dominican University is optional for most classes. Dominican University will accept up to 6 hours of credit from these class options as electives in their MaEd program.

Teachers, sign up and pay for three classes at once in 2018 and receive a 25% discount !

Cancellations, Rescheduling, and Refund Policy:
The following policies are in place because making our Teacher Classes the best possible experience they can be requires months of planning, preparation, and investment of staff resources. Upon making a reservation, we reserve a space for you. In doing so, we are barring others from signing up as we have limited seats available.

All class fees include a $100 non-refundable deposit. Class fees, minus the non-refundable deposit, can be refunded or transferred to another teacher class if we receive notice of this request at least 14 calendar days prior to the date of the original class.

During registration, you agreed to and paid a processing fee. The total processing fee imposed by The ACTIVE Network, LLC or its applicable subsidiary, (collectively ACTIVE) includes sums charged by ACTIVE as consideration for providing its software and services (including without limitation promotional and marketing services) to the activity organizer (Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo). These sums, as part of the total processing fee, are in addition to any actual costs incurred by ACTIVE from third party providers for each transaction. These fees are nonrefundable as they do not belong to the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo.

Participants who do not show up for their registered class or choose to leave early on one or more days will not be granted a refund.

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2018 Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

We are planning for a great 2019! Please check back for our 2019 schedule.

December 14 & 15: Animal Behavior and Training: You Catch More Flies with Honey: Educating Animals Through Play

Friday, December 14 (4:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 15 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
All Grades, $175, 13 PDCHs, 1 optional graduate credit ($100 through Dominican University; Course number: EDU 824)

Find out about the work done in zoos to ensure quality of life for their animal residents. Meet staff who help encourage natural behaviors and the craftspeople who create animal “toys” and environments. From the Dolphin Experience to training predators to show their teeth on command, training and enrichment programs improve animal husbandry and the environment in which animals live.

NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function, and Stability and Change.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Asking questions; defining problems; developing and using models; using mathematics and computational thinking; obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.
NGSS LS4C: Adaptation
NGSS LS1A: Structure and Function


Have questions?
Contact Jennifer Noncek-Eastman at 708-688-8437 or jennifer.noncek-eastman@czs.org or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or julie.wozniak@czs.org.