Antidepressants for Docents
Laura Davis, Betty Dunger, Judy Fox, Richard Fox, Sharon Mulligan, Jan Nash, Lauri Pecsok, Barbara VonBenken and Leonard VonBenken – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, OH
This presentation’s discussion format will help docents nurture themselves with positive reinforcement so that they are better able to “Nurture the Wonder” of nature and share that wonder with visitors.
The Art of Volunteering – A Psychological Perspective
Barbara Reynolds – Houston Zoo
This paper will discuss how volunteer services can lead us to new insights into ourselves. The art of volunteering enables us to express different aspects of ourselves including qualities we have ignored and latent talents and abilities while, at the same time, having fun. We can take effective action to make a positive difference and immediate impact on our world and community.
Beneath the Surface: Advanced Docent Training to Advance Public Knowledge
Keri Dearborn – Los Angeles Zoo
A well-trained docent is like an iceberg; beneath each informative tip lies an unseen mountain of knowledge. Discover the Los Angeles Zoo docent training program: become a bird, rediscover the senses, and fill an Ark. Class Schedule.
Dealing With Difficult People – Check proceedings book at your zoo.
Mildred Keso – Oklahoma City Zoo
Ever deal with Difficult People? Frustrated in Meetings? Communication Problems? Identifying difficult people and suggestions for dealing with them. Simple suggestions for everyday problems.
E3=For Every Positive Interaction There is an Equally Positive Reaction
Lorri Courtright and David Defide – Pittsburgh Zoo
Successful education depends on more than facts. An often-overlooked ingredient of presentation to zoo visitors is attitude. Our formula encouraged Pittsburgh docents to combine hidden talents with interactive learning, producing positive reactions for everyone involved.
Face It, We All Need a Good Fundraiser
Schane? Anderson, Curator of Education – Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, Kansas
Are you looking for a fun, educational way to earn some income for your organization? Try your hand, or at least your brush, at face painting.
From Ecophobia to Ecophilia: Teaching Kids to Love Nature, Not Fear It
Lourene Nevels and Ruth Solomon – Philadelphia Zoo
We don’t need to go to the jungle…We don’t even need live animals. Learn how we use hands-on examination of biofacts and an in-zoo animal observation of an endangered animal to raise children’s awareness of sometimes daunting issues of conservation, while enabling them to feel safe in and to love their natural world.
Hard Work Really Does Pay Off – Birth of a Sumatran Rhino
Debbie Harden and Diane Vogelsang – Cincinnati Zoo
Do you know how to get a Sumatran rhino pregnant? Well come hear how we did it and learn a few things along the way.
How to Babysit an Orangutan
Janet Rose – Houston Zoo
A Docent shares her 16 months experience as a Caregiver for a baby orangutan. Learn behind-the-scenes adventures with these magnificent, intelligent creatures and how one person can help make a difference.
Look Who’s Talking: What Puppets Have to Say
Jeff Casbeer, Janet Hughes, Betty Carter, Stuart Ingram, Ellen Schlette, Kitty Fojtik – Houston Zoo
How do you take the raw elements needed for a puppet show and create a world of learning and laughter for zoo visitors, both child and adult? Answer: a combination of preparation, practice and imagination. This presentation and paper will provide the tools to present an effective puppet show and “The 10 Commandments of Puppetry” that no puppeteer should be without.
Manatees Swim Free – The Columbus Story
Sue Kiebler – Columbus Zoo
Manatees Swim Free – The Columbus Story tells about Brooks’ and Trident’s adventures from Florida, to Columbus, to freedom in Florida. These Manatees were released and then tracked by GPS to assure their health and safety.
Nurture the Beast
Patricia Shoemaker – Houston Zoo
Conservation and education are two of the four big reasons zoos exist. We, as zoo personnel, decide which animals and conservation needs are highlighted in our educational programs. Tigers, elephants, and even California condors are popular conservation program topics. Guests, however, are well aware of the plight of these animals before arriving at the zoo. We have the power to make people aware of much more…the world outside of the cute and popular endangered or threatened habitats or wildlife. There are many more endangered animals such as the Aruba Island rattlesnake, babirusa, wattled curassow, and of course my favorite, the alligator snapping turtle that are in need of a great Public Relations Department. This paper will discuss the impact you can have on the public awareness of certain overlooked species through educational programming at your zoo. In other words, how to get people excited about “Nurturing the Beast.”
Nurture the Curiosity of Children with Special Needs
Jo Anne Travis – Saint Louis Zoo & Lois Erickson – Phoenix Zoo
Feel the wonder and excitement of children with special needs as they meet the animal kingdom at zoo camp and in zoo classroom programs developed especially for them. We’ll show you how. It’s fun!
Nurture the Future – Three Ways
Betty Erdman and Rogene Snyder – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Nurture the Future – Three Ways – XYZ – Explorers – Zoo Aides.
Stay young with Youth – Keep them busy while having fun – Make new friends – Aids decision-making – Creates goals – Possibly a guide to Zoo Careers.
Nurture the Wonder of Children between Continents
Evelyn Boren – Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo, a Phoenix school district and a school district in Kenya are working together to educate primary grade students regarding their home area, conservation, and the role zoos and national parks play in preserving our environment.
Nurturing Conservation at the Seneca Park Zoo
Christopher Greenlee – Seneca Park Zoo
Ever wanted to get more involved with conservation on a global scale? Learn how the docents at Seneca Park made the link to local and international conservation projects and how you can do the same and make a difference.
Project IMAGINE: Innovative Model for the Advancement of the Gifted Through Inquiry in Nature and the Environment
Ruth Murray – Bronz Zoo
Through Project IMAGINE Bronx Zoo volunteers have mentored over eighty middle-school students. This innovative, grant-funded program involves parents, teachers, and students from under-served neighborhoods. Under the supervision of their adult mentors the students become Junior Zoo Guides.
To Squish or Not to Squish a Caterpillar – Responding to a Spontaneous Event: Using PowerPoint Software to Train and Nurture Docents in Interpretive Techniques
Carrie Radebaugh – The Living Desert
Let’s brainstorm on how to share the delight of Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies migrating through your zoo by using PowerPoint software to nurture docents in exploring responses to visitors!
When We Grow Up…Educating Children About Endangered Species
Chance Ruder – Sea World of Texas
Young Chance Ruder shares a kid’s perspective on saving endangered species. He believes caring adults who tell the truth are essential for animal survival.
Wildlife Discovery Program at the Houston Zoo
Karyl Watz – Houston Zoo
The Wildlife Discovery Program, in operation since 1982, is a cooperative venture between the Houston Independent School District and the Education Section of the Houston Zoo. It is located at the Houston Zoo and services third grade students in Houston ISD.
The Wonder of Volunteering: What Do You Mean the Volunteer Week is Nine Days Long?
Ellen Rogalin and Betty Goodman – Minnesota Zoo
Have you ever wanted to be . . . a witty conversationalist? a teacher? a traffic cop? a tour guide? a chef? a peeping tom? a doorstop? a pooper scooper? a gardener? a tooth fairy? — Then volunteering at the Minnesota Zoo is perfect for you!
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Nurture the Wonder of Your Presentation through Biofacts
Burleigh Lockwood, Biologist – Chaffee Zoo Education Department
Enhance your presentation with teeth and toes, eyes and nose.
Nurture the Wonder of Your Presentation through Interpretive Skills
Schane Anderson, Curator of Education, Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, Kansas
How can good interpretive skills benefit our institutions? Discover the importance of having the skills needed to become a successful interpreter. Interpretation can foster higher learning, positive behavior changes, and an interest in conservation.
Do guests leave with an understanding of your mission? One of the most important and least nurtured fundamentals when dealing with guests is satisfying and anticipating his/her needs. During this workshop, the basic principles of interpretation will be presented in a hands-on fashion.
Nurture the Wonder of Your Presentations with Live Animals
Tyler R. Ahnemann – Houston Zoo
Every zoo and aquarium has live animals and most allow handling of animals in their presentations. However, handling animals in presentations is not in itself unique, educational, different or most importantly passionate. Learn new techniques to use and even more ideas to think about to make presentations unique.
Nurturing the Wonder of Your Presentation through Storytelling
Make your tours informative and fun at the same time by incorporating storytelling. Stories are a powerful communication tool. They can enliven and enrich your programs, can show the interconnections between animals, plants, and the environment, can spark imaginations, and can become stepping-stones for a quest for further knowledge. This workshop will provide tips and techniques for finding, learning, and telling stories.