ZOO CLOSURE NOTICE: Due to our annual Zoo To Do fundraiser event, the Wilds of Africa (including Giants of the Savanna) will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 4. Zoo North will be open to guests. Because of the closure, Zoo admission on Saturday, Nov. 4 will be just $5. We're so sorry for an inconvenience!
Teachers Lounge :: Educator Workshops

Educator Workshops

Looking for new ways to ignite learning in your classroom? We can help! Our innovative teacher workshops will spark your imagination! A great way to discover how to keep your students engaged in math and science while earning professional development hours!

All educator workshops run from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

Participants will earn six (6) SBEC/TEEAC approved Continuing Professional Education credits, unless otherwise noted.

Preregistration is required at least two (2) weeks in advance.  Registrations are

non-refundable and not transferable.


2017 Upcoming Educator Workshops


 Texas Horned Lizard Teacher Expedition 

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Dates: July 1 – 3, 2017 

Cost: $275; $325 with Zoo Van Transportation

Extend your professional development experience in the field with the Dallas Zoo, July 1-3, 2017. Earn 14 hours of CPE as you participate in hands-on activities and learn how herpetologists collect field data on the Texas horned lizards. Take this new knowledge and experience back to the classroom and initiate project-based learning and take action to help protect the Texas horned lizard.

Take action and join us on this adventure by collecting data and educating other teachers, students, and their families in your community about these magnificent animals.

More about Texas horned lizard conservation: Texas horned lizard conservation

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Registration includes: two lunches and two dinners, program activities, night hikes, and 14 hours of professional development credit.


Lodging is not included. Book your room for two nights, arriving Saturday, July 1, departing Monday, July 3 at the Holiday Inn Express in Snyder, Texas. We have booked a block of 12 rooms with a group rate of $80/night. Breakfast is included. Booking information available in the program confirmation letter.


Past 2016 – 2017 Workshops

Growing Up Wild

Recommended Grades: PreK – 2 

Become a WILD One in this engaging and interactive early childhood version of Project WILD. Help students develop positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. You will receive a curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop.

Preschool in the Aquarium

Grades: PreK

Venture into the world of water at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park where you will engage in hands-on activities, interactive exhibit tours, and learn about aquatic habitats and marine animals. Take away lessons that will inspire discovery, exploration, and water conservation.

Preschool in the Aquarium – Bilingual

Our Preschool in the Aquarium program is now available in the a Spanish-English Bilingual format!

Operation Zoo: Problem-Based Learning

Recommended Grades: 3 – 12

Initiate problem-based projects and become immersed in real Zoo issues like exhibit design, behavioral research, and animal enrichment. Teachers will explore problem solving techniques and inquiry-driven learning, using real-world scenarios applicable in the Zoo and in the classroom across grade levels and content areas.

Project WILD Aquatic

Recommended Grades: 3 – 12


Become a WILD One with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. Incorporate water-related themes in science, math, environmental studies, language arts, and social studies. You will receive the Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop. This workshop is held at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.

Project Learning Tree – Early Childhood

Recommended Grades: PreK – 2


Connect students to the forests and the great outdoors through observations, movement, music, and science. Help students discover their outdoor learning potential. You will receive the PLT curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop.

Project Learning Tree

Recommended Grades: 3 – 12


Connect students to the world of forests and plant the seeds for them to gain the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to sustain forests, habitats, and use of natural resources. You will receive the PLT curriculum and guidebook upon completion of this workshop.

Animals and Art

Recommended Grades: K-12


Engage your students in art, science and wonder!  In this interdisciplinary workshop, you’ll discover ways that animals create their own art and explore how artists across the ages have used animals as inspiration. Take home your own project and a ton of inventive ideas that blend science and art, including how to make animal enrichment items in your classroom.

Creating Wild Spaces

Recommended Grades: K-12


Discover best practices for connecting students with nature and creating an indoor or outdoor green space that can be a multidisciplinary education facility as well as a haven for native plants and wildlife. Experience how the horticulture team at Dallas Zoo manages native Texas plants on Zoo grounds, creates browse gardens for animals, composts, collaborates with Master Gardeners, and even uses vegetables grown on site for catered events at the Zoo!

Lone Star Safari

Recommended Grades: 3-12


Bring Texas alive in your classroom and at the Zoo with a variety of hands-on activities as you explore wildlife in the eco-regions of the Lone Star State.  Learn about wildlife conservation efforts here at the Zoo and throughout Texas, as well how you and your students can help all the wildlife in our great state.


Cancellation and Refund Policy:  Program enrollment at the Dallas Zoo and/or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is a non-refundable final sale.  If you cancel a program with the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, an education program credit may be issued based on circumstance.  Credit will not be issued for cancellations made within two weeks of your scheduled program.  Changes to your reservation must be received in writing.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deem appropriate.  In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at Education@DallasZoo.com or 469.554.7300.