Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Ready for a change of pace? Take a teacher workshop at Brookfield Zoo!

Our expert educators will inform, entertain, and engage you as you explore a wide range of topics. The following classes carry ISBE credit (CPDUs) at no additional charge. Many provide optional graduate credit for an additional fee.

Refund Policy
All class fees include a $40 nonrefundable registration fee for 1-hour graduate classes and a $75 nonrefundable registration fee for 3-hour graduate classes. Class fees, minus the nonrefundable registration fee, can be refunded or transferred to another teacher class if we receive notice of this request at least two weeks prior to the date of the original class.

Have you checked out our new Advanced Inquiry Program Master’s degree? It’s fun and exciting, includes travel abroad, and is very affordable. Check it out at www.czs.org/aip

For questions, contact Lanis Petrik at 708-688-8372 or Lanis.Petrik@czs.org., or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or Julie.Wozniak@czs.org


Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo


Animal Travelers

November 21 (4:30 - 10:00) and November 22 (8:30 - 4:30). All grades, $140, 15 CPDUs, 1 optional Graduate Credit ($100 through Aurora University)

All over the planet animals are on the move. Thousands of wildebeest and zebras cross crocodile infested rivers on the Great Migration, flocks of geeese and cranes wing through the skies above Chicago, storks nest in Eurpoe and winter in Africa. There can be safety in numbers: a swarm of bees, a school of fish, or a herd of reindeer move throuhg the air, the sea and across the land. Explain the phenomena of animal movements and the challenes they face with games, animal observations and discussion.




Science Stories

December 6 at the Chicago Botanic Garden and December 7 at Brookfield Zoo. 8:30 - 4:30 both days. All grades, $140, 15 CPDUs, 1 optional Graduate Credit ($100 through Aurora University) PLEASE NOTE: this is a Saturday-Sunday class.

Throughout history humankind has created stories to explain scientific facts and events. Groundhog Day, Jack Frost, the myth of Persephone who brings spring, or the story of the beautiful Snow Queen are all explainations for waether. Folk tales like the African story of the Greedy Zebra tell us how animals got their colors, horns, body coverings, and shapes. Identiry patterns in nature, make observations to explain science and create stories to help students understand the natural world.