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. 

June 2021: Foundations of Inquiry

June 21-24 or June 28 - July 1
This course engages students in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Through making observations, developing comparative questions, devising investigations to answer those questions and communicating results, participants will experience the full process of inquiry and will learn how to guide this process with their own students and in their own communities. This type of first‐hand, experiential learning encourages independent and critical thing. Through this course, students will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities.

If you are a teacher, you are eligible to receive up to 24 PDCHs for taking this 4-day course.


Cost: $250 per person
Location and time: Covid-permitting, onsite classes will take place at the zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If Covid restrictions apply, meetings will be online from 9 a.m. to approximately noon.
Be Prepared: We will be using Zoom to connect online. Please watch your email in the days prior to the class for link and login details.

July 2021: Carnivores

July 6-9, 2021
Investigations of animal behavior comprise a rich field of study that began as a means to survival for early humans. It has now become a captivating field of scientific study in its own right. This course focuses on species in the order Carnivora. Students in this course investigate animal behavior through direct observation of the zoo’s diverse animal species to explore key questions about how and why species act the way they do in different situations.

If you are a teacher, you are eligible to receive up to 24 PDCHs for taking this 4-day course.


Cost: $250 per person
Location and time: Covid-permitting, onsite classes will take place at the zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If Covid restrictions apply, meetings will be online from 9 a.m. to approximately noon.
Be Prepared: We will be using Zoom to connect online. Please watch your email in the days prior to the class for link and login details.

July 2021: Great Lakes Ecosystems

July 13-16, 2021
The focus of this laboratory-based course is the study of the Great Lakes watershed area. It combines classroom work with field science inquiry and research. Course methods include investigations, lecture, discussion, individual and group projects, and selected readings. Students investigate the history, geology, flora, fauna, varied ecosystems, and human influence on the Great Lakes area.

If you are a teacher, you are eligible to receive up to 24 PDCHs for taking this 4-day course.


Cost: $250 per person
Location and time: Covid-permitting, in-person classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course requires local travel and a large amount of walking and step climbing. Students must be able to meet this participation requirement.
If Covid restrictions apply, meetings will be online from 9 a.m. to approximately noon.
Be Prepared: We will be using Zoom to connect online. Please watch your email in the days prior to the class for link and login details.

Fall 2021: Plants and People

September 11, October 2, and October 23, 2021
Join Brookfield Zoo in exploring the power of inquiry to generate knowledge and illuminate the relationships between plants and people. Interact with ecologists, botanists, and classmates, while developing great ideas for using natural and cultivated plant communities.

If you are a teacher, you are eligible to receive up to 18 PDCHs for taking this 3-day course.


Cost: $250 per person
Location and time: Covid-permitting, in-person classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course requires local travel and some physical work. Students must be able to meet this participation requirement.
If Covid restrictions apply, meetings will be online from 9 a.m. to approximately noon.
Be Prepared: We will be using Zoom to connect online. Please watch your email in the days prior to the class for link and login details.

 


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!