Birmingham Zoo
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Teacher’s Lounge

Teacher’s Night at the Zoo

2018 date coming soon!

ZooTeach – Professional Development Series for Educators

The Birmingham Zoo will host a series of professional development opportunities during the 2017-2018 school year. Workshops will focus on a variety of topics designed to spark imagination and innovation in your classroom. Continuing Education Credits are available. For more information or to register for any of the workshops please check here or contact

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:30am – 3:30pm
    Cost: $25 | Recommended Grade Levels: 6th-12th

    • Get the tools you need to effectively teach evolution and fulfill your curriculum requirements. The purpose of this workshop is to inform and discuss the most up-to-date concepts of natural selection, common ancestry, and diversity so you can confidently cover the topics in your classroom.
    • Registration ends Monday, Oct 2, 2017 – Maximum 25
    Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 9:00am – 3:00pm
    Cost: $30 | Recommended Grade Levels: ALL

    • Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an award-winning, nonprofit water education program. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids. All participants will receive a Project WET certification.
    • Registration Ends Friday, October 27, 2017 – Maximum 25
    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm
    Cost: $25 | Recommended Grade Levels: ALL

    • See the Zoo in a whole new way! This workshop will engage you in utilizing the Zoo and its animals as a resource to integrate engineering concepts into your curriculum. Information provided will be guided by Alabama College and Career Ready Standards and Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEP’s).
    • Registration Ends Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Maximum 25
    Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm
    Cost: $25 | Recommended Grade Levels: Upper Elementary

    • The HABITAT ECOLOGY LEARNING PROGRAM (HELP) is an exciting interdisciplinary curriculum designed to encourage students to use language arts, life sciences, social studies, and math to explore the richness of ecology. Lessons learned in this workshop can be used as stand-alone activities or incorporated into your existing program as an exciting, motivational supplement.
    • Registration Ends Wednesday, January 23, 2018 – Maximum 25
    June 11-15, 2018 8:30am – 4:00pm
    Cost: FREE | Includes $100 Stipend Recommended Grade Levels: 6th-12th

    • This workshop is designed to frame content standards into the context of wildlife conservation and explore ways to challenge students to apply their knowledge to current biodiversity challenges. We will do this by offering you content knowledge from experts in the field and first-hand experiences using the Birmingham Zoo as your classroom.
    • Registration Ends Friday, April 27, 2018 – Maximum 20
    Cost: Varies

    • Make your teacher workdays or staff meetings both fun and educational! Schedule a date to bring a Birmingham Zoo workshop to your school or bring your staff to the Zoo for a day of engaging professional development. Birmingham Zoo education staff will present you with standards based hands-on material on a variety of topics relating to animal behavior, adaptions engineering, and conservation.


Bring the Natural World to Your Classroom

The Birmingham Zoo has a library unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Need to check out a cheetah? Want to borrow a bobcat? Lease a leopard? We’ve got you covered. Our library of biofacts – skulls, study skins, eggs, antlers and more –  are available to you at any time. Please take a look at our online catalogs below to see if we can help you inspire passion for the natural world in your students.

Items may be checked out for a 2 week period free of charge. Check out and return hours are 9am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday. A valid driver’s license and credit card will be kept on file for the check-out period.







Teachers please note:  We are happy to support student inquiries into animals, animal care, conservation and other related topics to the best of our availability. Please be aware when making assignments that involve contacting the Zoo that our staff is unable to respond in person or by telephone to interview requests. Students may send 3-5 questions via email to Due to the large number of requests, we aim but cannot guarantee to answer inquiries within 10 business days. We are also unable to accommodate job shadowing requests but you may refer students to our ZooKeeper for a Day program.


K-2 Inquiry Guide


K-2 Inquiry Guide