Professional Development


Advanced Inquiry Master’s Program Information Sessions

Woodland Park Zoo is thrilled to offer the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), an exciting web-based Master’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with experiential learning and field study with the zoo. The Advanced Inquiry Program is designed for individuals who are interested in creating social and ecological change. In this groundbreaking program, students learn how to use inquiry as a tool for co-creating a better and more sustainable future. Attend an informational forum about the Advanced Inquiry Program to learn more!

Information Forum Dates:

Wednesday, November 15th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo's Education Center

Tuesday, November 28th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (via webinar)

Or, Thursday, January 18th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo’s Education Center

Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Registration: To RSVP, email or call 206.548.2581.


BEETLES Leadership Institute

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 11:55am

Date: August 12-August 17
Location: Portola, CA

BEETLES helps outdoor science programs take full advantage of the rich opportunities for science learning in the outdoors. Learning science outdoors can be a unique, often transformational experience. Outdoor instructors need different tools and approaches than those designed for classrooms or other contexts. All our resources support the ambitious goals of the Next Generation Science Standards, and are designed to help create more student-centered and nature-centered experiences. We’ve tested and implemented these resources with programs all over the U.S (and beyond!). Now, we’re excited to invite you to our seventh Leadership Institute.

The Leadership Institute will build participants’ leadership expertise to incorporate effective practices into professional learning experiences for their staffs. We’ll model a variety of resources for professional learning and student experiences, as well as provide opportunities for program leaders to share expertise and build their own capacity for program improvement. Throughout the week, we aim to inspire exploration, deep understanding, wonder, and critical thinking in program leaders.

This Institute is open to 2 leaders (one person in a director/administrative role and one education director/lead instructor responsible for staff professional learning) from each of 20 selected programs across the country. We encourage leaders from underrepresented groups and programs who serve underrepresented groups to apply.

Our commitment to you:

  • 6 days of shared professional learning
  • Access professional learning sessions and student activities that demonstrate and support research-based professional learning concepts
  • Ongoing support for implementation during the next year (via regular webinars and an online community)
  • A community of national environmental education leaders willing to share resources and expertise
  • Delicious meals and lodging
  • All free of charge, including a travel stipend

Your commitment to us:

  • 6 days of sharing your time, focus, creative energy, and expertise
  • Attendance by 2 influential leaders at your organization
  • Make and carry out a plan to implement BEETLES approaches and resources in your program
  • Participate in BEETLES-related evaluation and research activities

Join us for deep experiences, thought-provoking discussions, camaraderie and a beautiful California setting.


By the Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle WA

From beetles to bacteria, this course will explore the hidden roles that small yet remarkable creatures play in the ecosystems they inhabit. During this Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focused workshop, participants will explore how the consumers and decomposers in our backyards and schoolyards move energy and matter through the food web.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo

Most appropriate for teachers of grades K-8

Clock hours: 6 Washington-state approved STEM clock hours will be available

Registration: Online registration opens Wednesday, November 1, 2017. See to register.

Continue the Discussion at the NCSE Annual Conference

18th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment
The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Resilience in a Changing World

January 23 - 25, 2018
Washington, DC

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) advances informed environmental policy and decision-making through science. Our work and programs include interdisciplinary research, scientific assessment, information dissemination, training and curriculum development. We engage scientists, educators, policymakers, business leaders and officials at all levels of government. NCSE is a non-profit organization established in 1990 and has a longstanding reputation for non-partisanship. We invite you to explore our work and join our community. There are special rates for students and university staff.

Find out more at:

2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
February 4-6
Tempe, AZ

Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network are pleased to host the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. Join your peers from February 4-6 in Tempe, Arizona for the largest national gathering of higher education presidents, chancellors, trustees, and other senior leaders committed to accelerating climate solutions.

Working together with business, state and local leaders, the higher education sector can and will shape the future of America’s global climate leadership. After the US Administration’s announcement to withdraw from the international Paris Climate Agreement, Second Nature, the Climate Leadership Network, and other sector partners stepped in to fill the void through the We Are Still In (WASI) coalition.

To achieve the Paris goals, approximately $1 Trillion per year in climate solutions 

investments are needed. As investors, endowments have another powerful, but often under-utilized, voice in driving climate solutions, setting an important example, and offering exciting educational opportunities for students.

The Summit will turn the WASI cross-sector alignment into performance and action. It will relate big ideas to tangible actions with senior leadership teams leaving the event well prepared to tackle some of the biggest climate challenges — individually, collectively with other campuses, and across sectors.

The Summit will: 

  • Provide real examples of successful implementation of climate solutions on campus – with relevant details in different tracks for key audiences (e.g., presidents, trustees, CFOs, advancement officers, CIOs, sustainability officers)
  • Showcase examples of cross-sector collaboration on climate solutions between higher education, sub-national government, business, and local community
  • Demonstrate how integrating climate risk and climate solutions into the investment process ensures strong financial returns and fulfills fiduciary duty
  • Highlight the educational importance of integrating climate leadership with the mission of academic institutions
  • Provide attendees with an understanding of the top priorities and opportunities for climate action in 2018 on individual campuses, collectively as a sector, and in alignment with other sectors
  • Allow cross-sectoral leaders to recognize the important role higher education can play in leading and convening local collectives as a result of national goal-setting
  • Embolden attendees with new tools and skills that they can bring back to campus to help solve the grand challenges identified at the Summit


SCIENCE ACTION CLUB (SAC): Activity Leader Training – Bug Safari

Science Action Club is a high-impact science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program for youth grades 5-8 in out-of-school time. Through hands-on games and projects, youth in Science Action Club investigate their local environment and use citizen science to document discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect our planet. Participants will be trained to implement 12 one-hour club activities from the Bug Safari curriculum. The curriculum training is accompanied by a guidebook and a kit to serve 20+ youth.

Most appropriate for afterschool educators of students in grades 5-8

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) at Woodland Park Zoo)

Clock hours/STARS hours: 5 Washington state-approved STEM clock hours or STARS continuing education hours will be available at no extra fee.

Registration: Please review the Application Preview: Application Preview link will be available by 12/1/17 at Then click on the Apply link from the Application Preview website to go to the application form.


NOAA Climate Stewards Book Club- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
November 27, 2017 8:00 pm Eastern Time. To join the discussions dial the following toll free number: 866.662.7513 then enter the passcode: 1170791#

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer

Join the NOAA Climate Stewards Book Club
During the 2017/2018 academic year NOAA Climate Stewards is hosting a book club - anyone can participate! Scroll down to see the dates and titles of the items to be discussed. 

For more details, or if you have questions, contact