The Zoo offers a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers. Join us on one of the dates below or have us customize a program for your group!

  • Customized Professional Development
    Work with us to create your own single day workshop to three day experience. Choose from topics including:

    • Science at the Zoo: Data and analysis
    • Citizen Science
    • Nature Play
    • Conservation
    • STEM

To schedule your custom professional development, contact [email protected] or call 952-431-9243

  • ZOOMS Institute August 5-8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    See the Zoo in a whole new way! This four day workshop will engage teachers in utilizing animals and the Zoo as a tool to integrate engineering concepts into their curriculum, based on the Minnesota State Science Standards. Sessions focus on Engineering BY Animals, Engineering FROM Animals (biomimicry), and Engineering FOR Animals.Through hands on activities, expert talks and behind the scenes experiences, see how STEM is being used by aquarists, conservationists, and zoo staff to help care for and conserve wildlife both in the zoo and in the wild. Registration opens soon!

    Cancellation Policy

    75% refund through May 31
    50% refund June 1 – July 11
    No refund after July 12
  • Show Us Your Mussels Teacher Training Saturday, September 21, 2019
    Are you interested in learning more about native freshwater mussels and water quality? Would you like to learn more about the Minnesota Zoo and DNR’s conservation work? Join us for a FREE Professional Development including behind the scenes peaks and tours of the Minnesota Zoo’s native freshwater mussel program. In addition to receiving CEUs, participants will leave with more knowledge of these critically threatened species and resources to implement the Show Us Your Mussel Challenge for the 2019-2020 school year. To register email [email protected].