**As of March 2020, San Diego Zoo Global still plans to proceed with both Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science in Escondido, CA and Volcano, HI. We will update this website with more information should anything change.**
Applications for our 2020 Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science, a program of the Munitz Academy for the Teaching of Science, have officially opened! Tentative dates, as well as application and registration links for our 2020 workshops are listed below.
A spring 2020 Wildwatch Kenya School Challenge is coming March 2nd for our Teacher Workshops alumni!
Spring 2019 Wildwatch Kenya School Challenge: Congratulations to our high school winner, Clark Magnet High School (California) biology class of Teacher Workshops Alum Zovig Minassian, with over 60,000 images processed! And congratulations to our middle school winner, Valle Del Sol Middle School (California) 6th grade class of Teacher Workshops Alum David Budai, with over 72,000 images processed!
Fall 2018 Wildwatch Kenya School Challenge: Congratulations to our high school winner, Steele Canyon High School (California) math class of Teacher Workshops Alum Joe Gelaro, with over 73,000 images processed! And congratulations to our middle school winner, Los Lunas Middle School (New Mexico) 8th grade gifted seminar class of Teacher Workshops Alum Amanda McCleary, with over 41,000 images processed!
Spring 2018 Wildwatch Kenya School Challenge: Congratulations to our winner, Waiakea High School (Hawai’i) AP Environmental Science class of Teacher Workshops Alum Whitney Aragaki, with over 85,000 images processed! Thank you!
Teacher Workshops Overview
Our professional development workshops for middle school and high school science teachers began with 12 participants in the summer of 2006. A dozen high school life science teachers from all over Southern California were invited to the Beckman Center for Conservation Research, housed behind the scenes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, to experience a week in the life of a conservation scientist. The pilot program focused on the conservation history and recovery of the California condor, and was designed to bring topics of conservation science into local classrooms.
Over a decade later, we have built a nationally recognized and fully accredited program with a stellar reputation for giving teachers access to unparalleled information and experiences. To date, we have trained more than 1400 middle and high school science teachers and informal science educators from all 50 states and 22 countries. Participants spend their days in intensive study in the Conservation Education Lab and their evenings at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, engaging with staff members and acquiring invaluable new skills to take back to their home campuses. During the workshop, teachers work together to frame content standards in the context of wildlife conservation and explore ways to challenge students to apply textbook knowledge of life science to current biodiversity challenges. Participants engage in activities that focus on critical issues facing endangered species using a variety of advanced technical tools and techniques; all activities support the Next Generation Science Standards and can be implemented back in the classroom. Our grant-funded scholarships for this residential program include all meals and lodging, and a $500 stipend paid upon completion of the full program.
While our program started in 2006 with an audience of solely formal life science teachers, today we welcome applications from both informal and formal educators. For formal 6-12+ educators, our emphasis is now on site teams of 2-3, with at least one science teacher “anchor”, and 1-2 non-science teachers interested in incorporating conservation in their subjects and engaging in cross-curricular projects centered on student action and wildlife conservation!
In 2018, we piloted workshops in three new locations: Hawai'i, Michigan, and Kenya. We are tentatively planning to deliver a workshop in Hawai'i again in 2020, but applicants for this workshop are restricted to the islands of Hawai'i and Kauai. As always, we welcome applicants from every state and country to our traditional workshops based out of San Diego. We also opened a registration option in 2018 for educators with access to professional development funds that can cover the cost of attending the traditional workshop which will continue in 2020. Educators who wish to register for the workshop and guarantee their spot will pay a $2,000 fee which includes all of the same experiences and accommodations as applicants. This link can be found at the bottom of the page.
Program Time Commitment & Coursework
Accepted participants can expect to spend ~8 hours completing online assignments via Google Classroom prior to their in-person dates.
For our traditional San Diego based workshops, in-person dates include lodging, meals, conservation science modules, evening special experiences, and Safari Park exploration. A typical day starts with breakfast at 7am, and wraps up for personal time by 8pm.
In-person dates for Hawai'i Teacher Workshops also include lodging, meals, conservation science modules, and a trip to Keauhou Bird Conservation Center! A typical day starts with breakfast at 8am, and wraps up with dinner at 6pm.
2020 Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science, a program of the Munitz Academy for the Teaching of Science
Applications and registrations for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park based Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science are now open! Applications will close on April 12th, 2020, with decisions going out by the end of April. Registration will remain open through the summer. Tentative dates are listed below, and all are subject to further funding.
Apply here to Hawai'i Teacher Workshops in Volcano, Hawai’i Island - ONLY for Hawai’i and Kauai Island middle school educators.
Apply here to Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science in Escondido, California - Open to ALL applicants
If you have your own funds to cover the $2,000 registration fee for Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science and want to guarantee your spot, please click here!
If you are interested in donating to this program, please contact Brooke Truesdale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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