Teacher Resources

Learn to use the Zoos' rich educational resources to meet your teaching objectives, prepare students for MCAS and plan inquiry-based classroom activities at every grade level.

Educational Kits

We’ve developed a series of educational kits including detailed curricula and everything you’ll need to conduct hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons in your classroom! Kit contents include lesson plans, craft materials, educational games, books, CD's, models and biological artifacts (e.g. fur, feathers, quills, skulls, footprints, etc.).

Kit topics include:

  • Animal Classification
  • Birds
  • Life Cycles
  • Sierra Madre
  • Tracking and Winter Wildlife
  • Vernal Pools
  • Watersheds

Each kit can be rented for $30 for the first two weeks and $10 for each additional week, for up to four weeks. We require a $50 deposit, which will be reimbursed after the kit has been returned and inventoried. After making a reservation, kits can be picked up and dropped off at an established time at Stone Zoo. For more information or to reserve a kit, contact us

MITS Boston Region 2014 Summer Professional Development Institute

Hybrid Institute for Grades 3 - 8 Educators

Innovation: Modeling Solutions to Inspire Classroom Practice

  • Lead the innovation revolution! Spend the week becoming a scientist, a designer and an engineer!
  • Investigate science concepts in new and innovative ways as you dive into the worlds of ecology, architecture and civil engineering.
  • Investigate animal behavior, habitat diversity and landscape design as you explore how humans study and create innovative and enriching environments for animals and humans.
  • Unearth new and exciting research on animal behavior, ecosystems, properties of water, the water cycle, green building and landscape design.
  • Conduct behavioral and ecological studies of exotic animals at the zoo.
  • Use your newly acquired knowledge to design your own animal behavior studies to use with your students in the classroom or schoolyard.
  • Explore the properties of water, the water cycle and watersheds as you gain a deeper understanding of the history of our modern municipal water systems and then engineer your own water pump system.
  • Visit Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway to uncover principles about green landscaping.
  • Working in design teams to understand intersections between the natural and designed systems of the city, identify an urban design problem and then create real-world solutions using scale models that can easily be adapted to your classroom.

Through online learning and face-to-face interactions this course incorporates a variety of tools, and activities will be incorporated into your classroom to help you build a better understanding of both STEM content and STEM teaching-practices.

Download MITS 2014 Program Brochure (pdf)

Course Dates:
June 14 Introductory Session (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.); June 30 - August 8, online; July 21 - 25 on-site (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Registration Fee (50 PDPs):
$375/individual; $325/team of two or more teachers from same school district

Graduate Credit Offered (4 credits, 90 PDPs):
Cambridge College - $200; Framingham State University - $225

Learning By Design, Zoo New England and Waterworks Museum

Visit www.mits.org to register

Teacher Professional Development

At the Zoo

Learn to use the Zoos' rich educational resources to meet your teaching objectives, prepare students for MCAS and plan inquiry-based classroom activities at every grade level.

  • Learn hands-on classroom activities
  • Expand your scientific knowledge
  • Enjoy guest speakers
  • Get the "inside scoop" during behind-the-scenes tours of the Zoo
  • Learn about discounted Zoo programs for local schools

Franklin Park Zoo Spring 2015 Teacher Workshop:
Energy and Ecosystems: Concepts and Practice

Join us at Franklin Park Zoo as we guide you through lessons and activities focused on energy and ecosystems. You will learn how to trace energy through the ecosystem from non-living things like the sun, to biotic decomposers such as fungi and insects, and everything in between.

Food chain and food web models will be created using Zoo animal behavior as a guide. We will examine in depth how animals are active members in their ecosystem through an investigation of ecosystem dynamics. Participants will develop strategies including how to start a discourse with students about energy and how to develop a common vocabulary when discussing science topics.

Teachers will create lessons and activities tied to the old and projected new standards. We will work through activities and lessons together to develop best science teaching practices for the elementary and middle grades.

This workshop session is offered as a hybrid. Both online and face-to-face components are required to receive PDPs. The class will begin online March 20, 2015. Face-to-face meetings will occur on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and again Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Franklin Park Zoo. In between face-to-face meetings, online coursework will be required, averaging 1 - 2 hours a week.

$50 per person, pre-registration required



At Your School/In Your District

Zoo New England offers Professional Development workshops at your school or in your district. Workshops can be tailored to your specific needs. Contact us for details.

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College-Level Programming

Zoo New England staff are available to teach a course or an individual class to graduate and undergraduate students. We offer lectures as well as classes at the Zoo to supplement in-class learning. Programs can be tailored to specific course goals. Contact us for more information.

Adult Lectures & Classes

Zoo New England offers year-round adult lectures and workshops featuring the latest news and discoveries from the world’s experts on animal behavior, intelligence, ecology, evolution and conservation. Learn more.

Discounts for Teachers

Teachers receive 50 percent off the regular admission price (with proof of valid credentials) at both Franklin Park and Stone Zoos. Discounted memberships for teachers are also available, giving you unlimited access to both Zoos for a full year.

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