Carolyn Laskowsky – Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA
A conservation program presented for students studying California. Featured wildlife topics include The Redwoods, Death Valley, Coastal Mammals, Monarch Butterflies? Western Migration Route, protection of National and State Parks, and saving the California Condor.
Come Visit the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest
Barbara Bunting – Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo, New York, NY
Come visit the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest, the largest African Rain Forest ever built. Experience total immersion with 400 plant species and the wonderful primates that inhabit the Congo Rain Forest.
EEEEK! Why Your Zoo Should Display Arthropods
Randy C. Morgan, Associate Curator of Entomology – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
Five great reasons for exhibiting live arthropods at your zoo are discussed. Exemplified by the acronym E.E.E.E.K!, these are: Ecological dominance, Educational value, Economic practicality, Emotional appeal, and Keeping can be easy.
Extinction Graveyard Exhibit from Design to Educational Value
Jill Ohlsen, Michael Johnson, John R. Williams – Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden. Evansville, IN
To better educate zoo visitors regarding the worldwide tragedy associated with current extinctions, an Extinction Graveyard Exhibit was installed at Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden. This exhibit consists of grave markers representing nineteen species.
Following “The Red Ape”
Juanita Kempe and Dillu Ashby – Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA
This talk will provide docents with the current information about orangutans, including the threats facing them with extinction by acts of their human cousins. It will also include some of the other interesting animals of Borneo, Sumatra and surrounding areas.
Have Slides – Will Travel
Jane Hall and Mary Lou Drake – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
The story of how a request from teachers to learn about Zoo careers evolved through on-site slide programs into unique outreach to senior citizens in their group homes, educating and enriching their lives and ours.
How Docents Can Take Root in Education
Jared Bixby, Linda Cottle, and Schanee Anderson – Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, KS
How do you combine hundreds of elementary students, local environmental and educational groups, and your Docent organization in a fun-filled day of hands-on learning about culture, the environment, and animals? ROOTS and SHOOTS DAY!
In Restoring the Balance, Think Green! The Changing Role of Zoos in Plant Conservation
John Clark, Research Associate, CREW – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
Plant conservation is vital for a balanced ecosystem. Habitat conservation is the main focus; however, many endangered species require extreme measures for survival. The Cincinnati Zoo is developing techniques to propagate and preserve these species.
Internet Tools and the Docent
Robert Sloane – The Philadelphia Zoological Garden, Philadelphia, PA
This program will include the structure of the zoo?s website and the methods used in responding to questions received from around the world.
Keeper’s Eyes Around the Clock
Madge Van Buskirk and Arlene Thorwarth – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
Education for both volunteers and the public is a valuable by-product of the staff-directed behavioral observations collected by a team of experienced Zoo Volunteer Observers (ZVOs) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Living Desert: Infect Tech Kids with the Natural World
Carin Berglars and Jackie Wagner – The Living Desert, Palm Desert, CA
How can we as docents create in today’s “Tech Kids” a thirst for intimacy with the natural world? Can we do more than pique their curiosity? We have ideas!
The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project: Providing Health Care to a Wild Gorilla Population
Kenneth Cameron, DVM, Veterinary Services Department – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project provides health care to the highly endangered mountain gorillas of Central Africa. Dr. Ken Cameron served as Project Field Director for two years and shares his experiences in this unique field conservation project.
Rae Leah Sidwell – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE
Experience the joy and wonder of a campout with 40 to120 kids in the Zoo. Learn the how, why and where, of campouts, Doorly style. Listen to the memorable moments of campout leaders.
Lowry Park Zoo Hospital’s Role in the Manatees’ Struggle for Survival
Madeline Hall, Nita Henderly, and Marlene Kraatz – Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, FL
Come on down south and see how we help sick and injured manatees survive?from arrival at our hospital to their release back into the wild. Programs, tours and brochures are working to educate the public.
Our Bear Affair, A Special Relationship Built at the Calgary Zoo
Cathy Page – Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Historic Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Learn how docents and researchers work together to spread the word about needs and challenges of grizzlies in the Banff National Park area. Take home tips on how to create your own successful outreach initiative.
Science and Technology Weekend at the National Zoo
Sandra Fenley – National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.
Celebrate National Science and Technology Week in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Find out why this spring event can be a rewarding way to educate and entertain your younger visitors.
Small Wonders – Our Buggy Friends
Frances Stafford and Becky Shelley – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
Whether pollinating, recycling, or being food, insects are vital to the Web of Life. Other lessons taught by docents at the Insectarium include adaptations, classification and relationships. From gross roach colony to awesome butterfly aviary, that?s our award-winning ?Insect World.?
Taking the Zoo Into Your Community
George Dyer – Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, CA
This paper will explore the many possibilities of taking the Zoo education programs into the community, schools, libraries, city summer programs, civic groups, day care centers and hospitals.
Zoo Animals Invade Social Studies Class
Nancy Heckel and Connie Smiley – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
Zoos lend themselves to the teaching of many subjects, not just science. We will show ways to incorporate the teaching of other subjects with animals in order to motivate learning. We will concentrate on the teaching of economic concepts in Zoo operations.