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Education Events

Education Events celebrate learning in our community by connecting educators with resources, recognizing young people who are making the world a better place, and providing opportunities to explore the wonder of the Detroit Zoo.

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Teacher Professional Development

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Join us for dynamic workshops on a variety of topics as you connect content area experts and your teaching colleagues at the wildest place in town. The Detroit Zoo is committed to providing engaging, relevant, and exciting learning opportunities to teachers while offering SCECH’s that meet state requirements.

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Virtual Learning Labs

Virtual Learning Labs explore science concepts and skills, while sharing information about the animals the DZS cares for during a live, interactive session. Programs include a virtual visit to a habitat at the Detroit Zoo, an opportunity to interact with DZS staff, and a math or literacy activity. We are able to accommodate all classrooms’ learning settings; we understand that plans change from moment to moment. The 45-minute sessions are held weekdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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In Person Learning Labs at the Detroit Zoo

A classroom visit to the Detroit Zoo is a memory students carry with them long after they board the bus to go back to school. Learning Labs elevate students’ learning by providing immersive experiences that help students take on the identities of scientists, conservationists, and future zoologists as they connect with natural world.

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Web-Based Curriculum

Web-based curriculum is learner-driven and resource rich, providing
opportunities to engage with real data and multimedia assets to match an immersive learning experience with schedule flexibility.

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Day at The Zoo

The Day at the Zoo program provides students an opportunity to explore and discover the Detroit Zoological Society when school funding is not available. School groups who are awarded funding through the DATZ program will receive admission, a transportation stipend, and an educational program. The Detroit Zoological Society’s Day at the Zoo (DATZ) is funded by generous donors, including those who have contributed to the David K. Page Fund.

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