Are you Aware?
Lauri Pecsok – Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, Cleveland, OH
Do you know about National Wolf Awareness Week?? Does your state participate?? Does your zoo?? Join me to learn some fun ways you can help educate the public about this awesome animal and others that are in danger.?
Biodiversity ? Why Should We Save the Creepy, Crawly, Unlovable Critters?
Diane Cooney – Cameron Park Zoo Docent, Waco, TX
An interactive outreach program for teens.? See how we involve middle and high school students as advocates for some of our less universally loved education animals.? ?Survivor? for animals?
Chimp Challenge:? It?s Play with a Purpose for Non-Human and Human Primates
Annette Abramson, Joanne Oliva-Purdy, Annette Blank, Susan Grady, Beth Penn, Mary Ellen Smith, and Donna Young – The Baltimore Zoo, Baltimore, MD
Chimp Challenge is a Behavioral Enrichment Program for our seven-member chimpanzee troupe and an Educational Program for our zoo visitors.
Comet’s Trail – A Manatee’s Journey
Sue Kiebler – Columbus Zoo. Columbus, OH
Comet is a Florida Manatee who was orphaned at an early age, brought to Columbus as part of the zoo’s dedication to conservation, and released on February 26, 2000.? This is Comet’s Trail – A Manatee?s Journey.
Coral Reef Conservation and the Role of the Shedd Aquarium, the Role of the Public
Nancy Slodki – John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
Coral reefs are considered to be the most threatened ecosystem on Earth. Details of the Shedd Aquarium?s worldwide efforts in reef conservation will be explored. Local efforts that can protect reefs will also be discussed.
Docents on Safari
Jan Ryan-Finlayson and Dixie Decker – Hogel Zoo, Salt Lake City, UT
Explore the logistics of planning and executing out of town outreach programs with two experienced safari docents from Utah?s Hogel Zoo.? Share in the adventure, fun and surprises of living and traveling with some of our favorite animals friends.
Farm (Sex) in the City
Bettie Farace and Roberta Phillips – Minnesota Zoo. Apple Valley, MN
Why ?Farm (Sex) in the City??? The Wells Fargo Family Farm at the Minnesota Zoo gives visitors a chance to reconnect with their agricultural roots.? Endangered animals?cloning?food processing?an interpretative challenge!
From Lust to Dust:? Explaining those awkward subjects ? sex, poop, illness and death
Ellen Rogalin and Betty Goodman – Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
Almost all living things share the same life experiences ? sex, disposal of wastes, illness and death.? These may be difficult to explain, but they are also important for they provide a common bond between ?exotic? zoo animals and zoo visitors.
Getting People Batty about Bats
Dorothy Barr and Roger Harrod – Rosamund Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, Syracuse, NY
Bats are among the most misunderstood, yet beneficial, animals on earth.? Using different media we will discuss common misconceptions, the diversity of bats, and how to engage and educate people in fun, interactive ways.
Migration Sensation: International Migratory Bird Weekend at Brookfield Zoo
Aggie Blesy, Nancy Schulze, Vi White, Vicky Wegner – Brookfield Zoo. Brookfield, IL
This two day event features migrating wild birds and the ways people can help them.?? The ?how tos? for a successful presentation are addressed: planning, displays, activities, and recruiting interpreters and guides.
Our African Connection: Tourism
JoAnne Bartlein, Aggie Hartigan, Cecily Macdonald, Flo Smith, Nora Zanarini – Milwaukee County Zoo, Ross Park Zoo, San Antonio Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo
Join us on safari in Kenya where tourism dollars are creating jobs for the African people.? You?ll get to see some of the wildlife the people are helping to preserve.
Photographing Zoos, or Capturing Your Memories on Film
Steve Baginski – Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL
Visiting Zoos. Every Zoo has good things to photograph. Learn about the trials and tribulations of photographing at Zoos and how to overcome them.
Programs to Make Your Community CARE!
Leonard VonBenken, Barbara VonBenken, Sharon Mulligan – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, OH
Learn about Overnight Programs, programs in which the participants learn about African animals or Minnesota gray wolves; Distance Learning, a classroom videoconferencing method of teaching students anywhere; and The RainForest Connection, an interactive classroom program for fourth and sixth graders.
Save the Elephants: Don’t Buy Ivory Soap
Katie Slivovsky – Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL
What happens when we talk to small kids about big problems?? Some researchers say it does more harm than good.? Come learn about the latest thinking in what conservation messages are appropriate for children and why.
Saving the Boreal Toad
Gretchen Lloyd – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO
The boreal toad is highly endangered in Colorado.? These toads live at an altitude of 10,000 feet in wetlands around high mountain lakes.? Several agencies are trying to determine why these toads are disappearing.? There is a concentrated effort by federal, state, and local groups, including the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, to save this member of the amphibian family.
The Teddy Bear Clinic
Betty Erdman, Rogene Snyder, Karen Bohaboy, G.S. Reginald – AKA “BAR” – Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE
Teddy Bear Clinic’s Purpose – instill in people’s minds the need to care for all animals, stuffed or real. Procedure: owners bring stuffed animals for check-up, repair, cleaning. Result – renewed animals, Certificate of Health , DOCENT FUN! Come – find out!
Using Biofacts as a Hook
Burleigh Lockwood – Chaffee Zoological Gardens, Fresno, CA
What can we learn from Biofacts?? We can tie morphology to ecology.? We can demonstrate taxonomic differences and similarities.? We can examine homologous structures – – presenting information to the public without boring them to tears.
Wee Care Too
Kimberly Kalkstein and Vickie Schuckmann – Louisville Zoo, Louisville, KY
Learn how to make your zoo presentations more hands-on and exciting. We will demonstrate how to keep your students interested and involved with lunchbox activities, film canisters and more.? Door prizes!
Zoo Case – Nature on the Go
Glenn Carson and Linda Faulb – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO
Classroom programs are improved when students learn about ecology through self-discovery.? Presentation shows how biofacts and student participation can provide a stimulating, fun learning experience.? Learn how a suitcase may contain simple nature exploration kits.