Lectures & Presentation

Winter Lecture Series

Our exciting winter Lecture Series features an array of fascinating topics. The best part: you can tune in from the comfort of your own home! We hope you can join us on these virtual expeditions where we will learn from the experts about Brookfield Zoo's rich history, incredible animals, and innovative conservation programs. 



Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick

Date and Time: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Price: Suggested donation of $10
Location: Online. We will be using Zoom to broadcast this lecture.
Speakers: Andrea Friederici Ross and Ellie Carlson

Andrea Friederici Ross recounts the tumultuous life of Edith Rockefeller McCormick in her new book Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick.  Edith was an unusual woman: fiercely intellectual, unapologetically opinionated, and often prickly.  She also donated the land that made Brookfield Zoo possible. Join us for a two-woman show as Ellie walks off the page as Edith and joins Andrea to discuss her book and the extraordinary life it portrays.



 

The Dolphins of Sarasota Bay – Lessons from 50 Years of Study

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Price: Suggested donation of $10
Location: Online. We will be using Zoom to broadcast this lecture.
Speakers: Randy Wells, Ph.D., CZS Vice President Marine Mammal Conservation

Learn about the 50-year history of the CZS’ Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, which conducts the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.  Join Dr. Wells, one of the program’s founders, as hear about the biology, behavior, ecology, social structure, life history, health of, and human impacts on, the long-term resident community of Sarasota Bay dolphins. 



 

The Zoo Beyond the Exhibits: Maintaining a Leadership Role

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Price: Suggested donation of $10
Location: Online. We will be using Zoom to broadcast this lecture.
Speakers: F. William Zeigler, CZS Senior Vice President of Animal Programs

Learn about the behind the scenes efforts of the Animal Program department, including our Nutrition, Veterinary Services, Behavioral and Animal Care Husbandry staff, in maintaining our leadership role in the zoological profession for animal health and welfare. The lecture will cover major programs involving our 2,600 animals comprised of 470 species. From daily care, enrichment, and preventative health to local and international conservation efforts you’ll get an in-depth look at what you do not see when visiting the zoo.



 

The Reign of Wolf 21

Date and Time: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Price: Suggested donation of $10
Location: Online. We will be using Zoom to broadcast this lecture.
Speakers: Rick McIntyre, acclaimed author and Wolf Expert


Rick McIntyre, the acclaimed author of the Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone Book Series, has recorded more sightings of wild wolves than any other person in history. Having spent over 8,500 days in the field observing wolves in Yellowstone National Park, McIntyre is considered one of the world's foremost experts on wild wolf behavior.

Join us as Rick speaks about his new book The Reign of Wolf 21.  This true story is about a wolf pup whose father was shot and killed the day he was born.  He and his seven siblings were raised by a single mother then a young adult male joined the pack and helped her care for those pups.   Later 21 left home and joined a neighboring wolf pack as their new alpha male.  He had an especially close relationship with female 42 that lasted for many years.  When she died he was never the same and did something especially poignant at the end of his long life.



 

The Illinois Monarch Project: Helping Pollinators, Empowering People

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Price: Suggested donation of $10
Location: Online. We will be using Zoom to broadcast this lecture.
Speakers: Andre Copeland, CZS Interpretive Manager and Iris Caldwell, Program Manager, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois Chicago

Join two leaders of the Illinois Monarch Project and learn about the state-wide action plan to add 150 million milkweed stems to the Illinois landscape by 2038. The success of this effort depends upon the contributions of individuals and organizations all across Illinois—from farmers in central Illinois, to balcony gardeners in downtown Chicago.



 

Connecting One Landscape for Wildlife and People

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Price: Suggested donation of $10
Location: Online. We will be using Zoom to broadcast this lecture.
Speakers: Ryan Lutey, Vital Ground Executive Director, and Mitch Doherty, Vital Ground Conservation Program Manager

The Chicago Zoological Society is a long-standing supporter of the Vital Ground Foundation and its mission “To protect and restore North America’s grizzly bear populations for future generations by conserving wildlife habitat and by supporting programs that reduce conflicts between bears and humans”. We invite you to join our friends from the Vital Ground Foundation as they update us on their efforts and to reveal why they believe “Where the Grizzly walks, the land is healthy and whole”. –Vital Ground Foundation



 



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

Cancellation and Refund Policy

 
 
K-12-Professional-Development-Training.jpg

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.

 

 
AIP-Logo.PNG

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!