Box Turtles in Trouble: Going, Going, Gone – Awaiting permission to post
Lynda Cole, Founder and Director, St. Louis/Midwest Turtle and Tortoise Society
Box turtles are unique creatures. Come and explore the natural history of these animals, the natural and man-made dangers they face, and current conservation efforts. Lynda has some interesting rescue stories and “turtle-ographies” to share.
The Come Back Kid: The Black Footed Ferret Conservation Program
Gretchen Lloyd, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs)
This presentation will cover the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s involvement in the black footed ferret recovery project. Gretchen will identify the reasons the program was established and discuss the obstacles that were encountered. Were they overcome? Well, this talk is titled The Come Back Kid.
Connecting Children with Nature: What Zoo’s Can Do
Laura Seger, Education Specialist, Saint Louis Zoo
One of the main concerns of zoo educational programs is addressing and correcting the increasing disconnect between America’s youth and nature. Laura will discuss what the Saint Louis Zoo is doing to address the phenomenon of “nature deficit disorder” through new course offerings specifically intended to help parents and their children reconnect with the wildlife in their own backyard.
Heidi Riddle, Advisor, International Elephant Foundation (IEF), Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
Elephants in Arkansas? Most definitely! Studying the habits and physiology of their African and Asian elephants, the sanctuary’s mission is to ensure that knowledge and understanding of these endangered species benefits elephants both here and in their range states. After a brief discussion of research efforts, Heidi will take us on a virtual visit to the Seblat Elephant Camp in Sumatra, describing the dual efforts toward conservation and mitigation of human-elephant conflict taking place.
Enriching Our Visitors While Enriching Our Animals: Using Animal Enrichment as a Teaching Tool
Jill Garnett, Potter Park Zoo (Lansing, Michigan)
Enrichment activities have the potential to become an awesome educational tool. Docent activities set the stage for a creative learning experience, and once an enrichment is underway, the animals take center stage. The docents of the Potter Park Zoo are melding their involvement in the zoo’s enrichment program with their natural inclination to educate. Learn the variety of ways docents are working to reach their zoo public.
Dave Sansing, Toledo Zoo
We are looking for willing docents to take our puppets and plunge into the story of “Jump, Frog, Jump”! The Toledo Zoo began reworking their educational programs in 2003 with the help of an AZAD grant. One of the revised classes is Food Chains and Dave will present this new class about the web of life, which features interac
From North to South: A Bird’s Eye View
Jane Donnelly, Coordinator of Volunteers, Central Park Zoo
Facing the plight of habitat degradation at both ends of their flight, Boreal Forests in the north and Rain Forests in the south, migrating birds are among the first species to feel the effects. This presentation will educate docents about the need for conservation of both habitats. It will offer them a method of interpreting the facts and will include practical ways for people to become part of the solution.
The Gray Whale Watch Program of Oregon
Gloria Koch, Oregon Zoo
The gray whale’s migration is one of the longest of all mammals, averaging 6,000 to 7,000 miles each way. Oregon Zoo docents participate in the summer and winter migration watches. During the summer, approximately 200 gray whales stay along the Oregon coastline, often within 50 feet of the rocky shore. Imagine an aquarium not inside a building! The nearness of these animals to land draws a captive audience allowing docents to educate visitors about the whales, what conservation measures are in place and how people can help the Eastern Pacific gray whale.
Help Save Our Species
Diane and Dick Tyk, Milwaukee County Zoo
This program will cover how Zoo Pride, the Volunteer Auxiliary of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County, began fund raising for conservation projects. Diane and Dick will explain how Zoo Pride got started, how they select projects, and the tools and techniques they use to raise funds. They will also share some of the Auxiliary’s projects and success stories.
Humane Education 101
Kim Sneden, Curator of Education, Detroit Zoo
The Madeleine Berman Academy for Humane Education at the Detroit Zoo has a broad range of programs that offer formal and informal experiences so that audiences understand the need to treat other living creatures with respect, empathy and gentleness. This presentation will explore some of the issues facing animals today and give an overview of the Academy’s programming. It will highlight City Critters, an outreach program designed to help children discover that conservation begins in their own backyard as they learn to peacefully co-exist with (or avoid) animals who share their neighborhoods.
“No One Speaks English and Everything’s Broken” Development of an Invertebrate Exhibit in a Madagascar Zoo
Bob Merz, Zoological Manager of Invertebrates, Saint Louis Zoo
The project: create a sustainable, outdoor invertebrate-themed exhibit at a small, rural zoo in Madagascar. The challenges were daunting – a five week timeline, no electricity or running water at a barebones zoo, and the collection was limited to the bugs that could be captured on zoo property! Learn how the immensely imaginative staff applied their limitless enthusiasm to see this project through to completion.
On the Right Track: Innovative Zoo Partnerships that Protect Snow Leopards and Their Environment
Marissa Berryman, Snow Leopard Trust
How do you get a community of herders to value an animal that preys on its stock? The Snow Leopard Trust collaborates with over 40 zoos on projects in 5 countries. Learn how the Trust is using science, education and commerce to protect this beautiful cat.
Petals and Wings: Let’s Work Together
Donna Dupske, Manager of Educational Services, and Bob Noe, Docent, The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House (Chesterfield, MO)
All docents hope that childhood interest transitions to adult activism. Butterflies can be ambassadors for the great outdoors. As children learn to appreciate the butterflies, docents can help them understand what the butterflies need to thrive. This, in turn, grows into understanding the concepts of habitat: the neighborhood and its necessary neighbors.
Pinata Palooza – How To Turn Cardboard Into Conservation (and give the animals a treat, too!) (Workshop) – Awaiting permission to post
Theresa Pasquarella and Kimberlee Raymond, Lincoln Park Zoo
Are you ready to get your fingers dirty, or stand back and watch the fun? Then come join Theresa and Kimberlee and learn how to make exciting enrichment items for the critters back home at your zoo. The Lincoln Park docents will show a video of some of the unique piсatas they have created for their animals and share recipes for papier mache and other projects. (Docents from the Lincoln Park Zoo supplied piсatas for Zoo Day enrichment of the gorillas, tiger and Komodo dragon.)
Presenting a Special Event for Your Zoo (download as PDF)
Laurie Liggett, Sharon Turpin and Lisa Snyder, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden (Evansville, Indiana)
Have you ever wanted to put on a bash with a splash? Using examples from their experience, the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden docents will provide a detailed road map for putting on a special event at the zoo. Learn how to plan, what worked, what didn’t, and how they intend to improve upon “Donna the Hippo’s (55th) Birthday Splash.” (Birthday Bash T-Shirts will be available for purchase immediatly following the presentation)
Coleen Hackwell, Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Eve, a female Bornean orangutan at the Hogle Zoo, had to have a cesarean in 2005. When she came out of the anesthetic, she had no idea that the baby was hers. When the keepers determined that Acara needed to be hand raised, the Hogle Zoo docents jumped at the chance to help. Coleen will share the story of their nine months of raising Acara, including what procedures were followed, how the keepers and docents interacted with each other, and the amazing and touching results.
Rosie Rules !
Karen Holmes and Marilyn McCormick, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
You hand raise Bambio, a baby gorilla, and observe her difficulties interacting with adult gorillas when introduced to them at two years of age. Now her mother is expecting another baby and if mom again refuses to raise her new offspring, how can you avoid the problems Bambio is experiencing? This presentation will take you down the path the zoo staff and docents followed when introducing the next infant, Baina, and you will understand why they say, “Rosie rules!”
Sending Conservation to New Heights: The Little Rock Zoo BOP Program
Amanda Galiano and Kenley Money, Little Rock Zoo
The Little Rock Zoo’s conservation message soars on the wings of eagles…and the occasional vulture, hawk or falcon. In describing one of the only programs where volunteers are trained to handle and care for the birds as well as educate the public, the Little Rock Zoo Docents will share their “in your face” approach. Included will be some fun facts, stories and surprises, so you can get a real idea of what goes on when you BOP over to the Little Rock Zoo.
To Breed or Not to Breed
Vickie O’Neil and Kay Neubauer, Saint Louis Zoo
Artificial insemination and contraception are two concepts at opposite ends of the reproductive spectrum. Today, zoos are places where the future of some species will be decided, and hopefully, secured. Vickie and Kay will lead us through the evolution of reproductive management and discuss how artificial insemination and contraception play an important part in conservation efforts.
Tots Stop for the Story Stop
Rita McCall and Jackie Price, Kansas City Zoo
The Story Stop program was developed to introduce and promote a fascination and appreciation for animals among our youngest visitors (under age seven). This age group is not emotionally mature enough to deal with the complexities of conservation issues. The Kansas City Zoo docents will walk you through the development of their program. They will also share the results from the program evaluation, as well as changes planned for the 2007 season.
Voluntourism: Doing Great Things In Great Places For A Great Cause!
Representative Earthwatch Institute (Boston, Massachusetts) and Linda Reifschneider, Field Representative and Saint Louis Zoo Docent
Have you ever wanted to be Jane Goodall for a week? If you have ever had the desire to participate in and better understand conservation fieldwork, you must meet Earthwatch Institute. Earthwatch provides unique opportunities to travel within the USA or to remote corners of the world to volunteer your time and energy in support of conservation, community and environmental efforts. This session will explore how volunteer travel experiences can impact your conservation efforts and your message to the public.
Mary Lasko, Jo Anne Travis and Marianne Unanue, Saint Louis Zoo
The aim of this pilot program at the Saint Louis Zoo is to help young children (grades K-2) understand that all animals require food, water, shelter, and something to do with their time. The class explores different ways these needs are met at the zoo, in the wild (outdoors) and at home (household pets). The St. Louis docents will present We Care complete with costumes, puppets and animals.
(download as PDF)
Janet Steele and Mary Ramsey, Rio Grande Zoo
For twenty six consecutive years, the Rio Grande Zoo’s Zoo To You Van has traveled across the state of New Mexico and taught 850,000 people outside the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Staffed completely by docents, the Zoo To You Van travels to every corner of the state, offering conservation education programs featuring live animals, slide programs and biofacts. Janet and Mary describe the program in detail, touching on docent roles, administration, logistics, challenges and rewards.