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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.

MA Association of Biology Teachers Workshop, March 7

Gorillabox2MABT will be holding a two-hour workshop at the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a visit to the Tropical Forest Pavilion and general admission to the Zoo. The workshop, led by Jen Gresham (Director of Education, Zoo New England), will use the Western Lowland Gorillas’ Species Survival Plan (SSP) to focus on endangered species and how zoos manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered species populations.  

The program will address the following points:

  • What is the SSP Program and how do the affiliated zoos carry out their goals?
  • What are the determining factors/criteria for a species to be selected to be part of the breeding plan?
  • What has led to gorilla species decline in the wild?
  • What are the program goals for gorillas?
  • How are mating pairs selected?
  • The importance of maintaining genetic diversity.

Participants will be provided with maps, sample stud-books, family trees, population graphs, and other artifacts to learn about these magnificent creatures and the effort to conserve their species. The last half hour of the program will be used to focus on incorporating what was learned into your own classrooms followed by a visit to the gorilla pavilion. Participants are welcome to tour the Zoo at their leisure.

The program will address topics related to evolution, genetics, populations, human impact, and conservation found in the College Board’s AP Biology Big Ideas 1 and 4 as well as MA DESE Science standards for both middle school and high school biology.

The cost will be $5.00 for MABT members and $25.00 for non-members (cost of membership plus the program).  Pre-registration will be required. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Please download and complete the registration form, and send to:

Shelly Pagnotta, MABT Treasurer
15 Crosswoods Path,
Walpole, MA 02081

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

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

Register

 

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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