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Nature-centered Science for PreK-2

February 16 - February 17


This course will engage participants in science investigations focused on nature and conservation and introduce them to the concept of Nature Play, where they will take away ideas for nature activities, discover the developmental value of playing outside and how such opportunities help children build skills needed for STEM learning, and learn ways to incorporate nature play opportunities indoors. Art, language arts, math, and social studies will be integrated throughout.

Location: at the Zoo
When: 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday
Cost: $50 per person (does not include license renewal fee)

The Blank Park Zoo invites educators to participate in our unique, fun-filled, and informative workshops.

Each workshop is worth one hour of recertification credit through Heartland AEA. Information regarding credit registration will be provided prior to each workshop. All workshop activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Iowa Core for science, with connections to literacy, math, and social studies.

By attending one or more of these workshops, teachers will be eligible to schedule a free classroom animal program at the zoo, or a discounted program in their classrooms. A free program may also be done via Zoom or other electronic means.

Registration and prepayment are required.

Click here to register.


February 16
February 17
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Blank Park Zoo
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Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315
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