We can help make learning easier and more exciting by bringing subjects like science and environmental education to life. Explore the professional development opportunities and online resources below, and check back often for valuable new opportunities and information that'll help you make learning a "wild" endeavor in your classroom!
The Zoo’s knowledgeable school programs team can facilitate professional development for your school or district on a variety of topics including Next Generation Science Standards, Inquiry, Climate Change, Project WILD, Growing up Wild and Project Learning Tree.
Spotlight on Summer Field Institute:
Presented by Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Providence Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership with support from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Since the summer of 2014, we have been working with Providence Public Schools to provide a unique professional development experience for teachers in their district. To date, we have worked with dozens of teachers at a variety of elementary schools.
Each summer teachers give up a week of their vacation to join us for a weeklong Field Institute. These passionate teachers immerse themselves in field biology, conservation, and outdoor learning to later bring these experiences back to their students. Covering a variety of topics including New England biodiversity, endangered species, citizen science, and using outdoor learning spaces, this institute was designed to help give educators the knowledge and confidence to truly inspire their science curriculums! Hats off to these teachers for finding ways to bring authentic learning experiences to their students!
Here is what some of the teachers had to say about their experience:
“It was fantastic! The PD I have ever experienced. I have learned more than imagined. What teachers can bring back to their classrooms is incredible. I can’t imagine any colleague who would not benefit from this! I know my science curriculum will change for the better!”
“It has been a life-changing experience that’s helped me to be even more aware about the conservation efforts taking place locally and internationally and I feel even more inspired to be a part of it. This experience impacted me as a person and as an educator.”
“As an amateur conservationist, I resonated with all the ideas and information [about] conservation and things we all can do in small ways to help heal our planet.”
Visit the animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo from your home or classroom with Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia. Paws for a Minute is a collection of one-minute videos featuring a range of animals housed here at the Zoo. Each video profiles a specific animal, and demonstrates a number of physical and adaptive features and behaviors. Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia is an online PreK-12 content library that provides FREE access to tens of thousands of media-based resources for educators, students and parents – visit the website at ri.pbslearningmedia.org.