Welcome Educators! 

Explore this page to find professional learning programs, resources, and tools to inspire conservation leadership and inquiry-based learning for you and your students.


The Brookfield Zoo Chicago's Professional Learning and K-12 Academics team develops pre-K-12 educator professional learning programs and resources that bring science alive through multi-disciplinary connections and student-centered learning. We invite you to share in our mission to inspire conservation leadership by deepening understanding, nurturing empathy, appreciation for nature and wildlife, and learning with us!



K-12 Teacher Training

Teaching Safari

K-12 educators can apply for this FREE innovative onsite program combining professional learning with exploration of nature and animals (35 PDHs or 2 graduate credit hours available upon completion.)

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Teacher Classes

Our online and onsite Teacher Classes center on conservation‚Äč and nature to support professional‚Äč practice in a variety of grade ‚Äčlevels and subject areas.

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Virtual Content  

Learning Resources

Explore our collection of free educational resources such as our videos and downloadable content to extend your learning, enhance your zoo visit, or bring Brookfield Zoo Chicago into your classroom. 

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Self-Guided Field Trips

Connect your students to wildlife and nature with a field trip to Brookfield Zoo Chicago!
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Field Trip Enrichment

K-12 educators can register themselves for a free, one-hour online Field Trip Enrichment session to gain strategies and downloadable student activities to deepen student observation, questioning, understanding, and conservation awareness during your field trip.

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