Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Ready for a change of pace? Take a teacher workshop at Brookfield Zoo!

Our expert educators will inform, entertain, and engage you as you explore a wide range of topics. The following classes carry ISBE credit (CPDUs) at no additional charge. Many provide optional graduate credit for an additional fee.

Refund Policy
All class fees include a $40 nonrefundable registration fee for 1-hour graduate classes and a $75 nonrefundable registration fee for 3-hour graduate classes. Class fees, minus the nonrefundable registration fee, can be refunded or transferred to another teacher class if we receive notice of this request at least two weeks prior to the date of the original class.

Have you checked out our new Advanced Inquiry Program Master’s degree? It’s fun and exciting, includes travel abroad, and is very affordable. Check it out at www.czs.org/aip

For questions, contact Lanis Petrik at 708-688-8372 or Lanis.Petrik@czs.org., or Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or Julie.Wozniak@czs.org


2014  Summer Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo


Be A Scientist!

July 21-25, 2014 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. all days.) Grades 3-12, $350, 45 CPDUs, 3 optional graduate credits ($300 through Aurora University.)

Your students will study the lives of amazing scientists and then plan their own expeditions! Map skills, math skills, content knowledge about countries, species and ecosystems all contribute to their plans. Construct this interdisciplinary project for use in your own classroom and take an imaginary journey to places like the savannahs of Kenya, the rain forests of Bolivia or the vanishing forests of Asia.




Ocean Explorers

July 28- August 1, 2014 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. all days.) All Grades, $350, 45 CPDUs, 3 optional graduate credits ($300 through Aurora University.)

Our most popular summer class is back! We focus on ocean animals: bottlenose dolphins, penguins, seals, sea lions, and more. Have a private visit to Stingray Bay and talks from animal care staff and scientists. Carry out a behavioral observation and develop inquiry questions for use with your students. The fee includes curriculum materials.