Bring Your Sleeping Bag!
Steve Daughtrey, Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE
These zoo visitors need their sleeping bags, teddy bears and pj’s. Zoo camping can be a fabulous experience for kids of all ages with programs that educate and thrill campers. HDZ hosts thousands of campers during theme-based seasons that have become a mainstay of the education program with the help of nocturnal docents.
ACT WILD!???? | PowerPoint presentation slides in PDF format
Julie Huff, Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE
Get up and do it! Teaching can involve a whole range of skills when the students perform instead of just listening. Learn about using performance-based classes as an intriguing way to catch the interest and attention of children with techniques that can apply to many animal and habitat situations.
Long Range Planning Committee Report as printed in proceedings book | PowerPoint presentation slides in PDF format
Diane Cooney – Cameron Park Zoo, Waco TX, Dave Heim – Brookfield Zoo, Jan Nash – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Val Olcott – Memphis Zoo, Ellen Rogalin – Minnesota Zoo, Tim Sutton – The Zoo at Gulf Breeze, Janis Weltzin – Woodland Park Zoo
What should we do now? Last year, the committee tabulated results from the national survey of AZAD members. The committee will share these overwhelming and varied responses with discussion
The Blue Quarter: Outreach And The Community
Creating a History of your Zoo
Joan Scheier, Central Park Zoo, New York City, NY
Put it in a pamphlet, put it in a newsletter, put it in a book! No matter how you design it, you can create a history of your zoo that is interesting and useful for the zoo and community groups.
One Life Told Three Ways
Dianne Gates, Tautphaus Zoo, Idaho Falls, ID
Take one animal and approach it three different ways! Using the American kestrel as an example, this program will show docents techniques for presenting animal information to audiences. Designed especially for Zoomobiles, these ideas have broad applications for all your classes.
EdZoocation and a Multi-faceted Approach to Animal Adaptations
Frances Stafford and Diane Cummings, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Cincinnati, OH
Combine the resources of businesses, schools and the zoo to benefit inner-city children!? You can develop a comprehensive appreciation in children of animals and their habitats through a multidisciplinary curriculum that links school classrooms and the zoo.
The Clock is Ticking-Extinction or Survival?
Kilbee Brittain and Patricia Meyer, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles, CA
Zoo Disrupted ecological balances= species loss! You can increase your ability to teach conservation through this presentation, which explains how disruptions affected Yellowstone and the Southern California Channel Islands.
Making a Difference with Bowling for Rhinos
Patty Pear three, National Coordinator, AAZK Bowling for Rhinos
So, if you bowl a few games, do you save a rhino? Participation in this national program directly leads to successful conservation efforts in Kenya. Learn how you can get involved by having fun with bowling.
Living on the Edge: Participating in the Front Lines of Conservation
Wally Van Sickle, Idea Wild
Walking the walk and not just talking the talk. Practical suggestions and information for you to actually participate in diverse animal conservation projects in developing countries.
In The White Quarter: Programs And Projects At The Zoo
Prey_per Mache as Animal Enrichment
Bruce Campbell, Chaffee Zoological Gardens, Fresno, CA
Get creative and inventive with mock prey animals! Enrichment involves not only study of elements which work in a prey creation but also fun and interest for docents or other groups who create these projects for the zoo.
Pancakes, Ping-pong Balls and Spinach-Making Zoo Classes FUN!
Robyn Bohls, Kathy Detwiler, Susan Teeters, Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, Tulsa, OK
Fun, fun, fun, and educational concepts on top! Games, crafts, and simple techniques can improve the fun factor and expand classroom techniques beyond lecturing and touring.
Using your Senses: Interpretation and challenged visitors
Sherrill Jackson, Detroit Zoological Institute, Detroit, MI
The zoo experience is not the same for all visitors! Using amphibians and an AKA Award winning exhibit as the example, docents have developed an approach for visitors with special challenges.
Rhinos: Horn to Horn
Lowell Wilder, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita. KS
Boy meets girl-never simple in the zoo world! The basic integration steps involve many elements and as many staffers when the zoo prepares a new female rhino to meet the public and a male rhino.
The BIG Zoo Lesson: Hands-On, Minds-On Learning at the Zoo?
Dennis Laidler, Margaret Holtschlag, Potter Park Zoo Lansing, MI
One entire week in class – AT THE ZOO! The BIG lesson brings teachers, parents, and students to the zoo for an in-depth approach to conservation education based on Jane Goodall’s model, and the results benefit all involved.
The Red Quarter: Docent Development
Welcome to the Information Age: Finding and Using Library Resources
Dorothy Barr, Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA
All the information you need is OUT THERE – out where? You can increase your basic animal knowledge and avoid incorrect information if you know how to find sources and evaluate them.
Animal Observers – Docent Assisted Observations
Susan Gilbert, Oakland Zoo, Oakland, CA
Watching the animals doesn’t mean just looking at them! Animal observations can assist keepers and provide data for important zoo research. Learn techniques and applications for using docents as animal observers.
Docent Training at the Denver Zoo – Docent Training Curriculum and Scope and Sequence
Dr. Joy Wilson, Vickie Ballance, Denver Zoo, Denver, CO
Redesign the zoo-redesign the docents! New zoo design has revitalized the Denver Zoo and the docents are rising to the challenge by reorganizing their training in a non-taxonomic approach, which is based instead on interpretation skills. Consider applications of these new approaches at your own zoo in your docent training.
A Cup of Flour and a Pinch of Salt
Learning techniques are just like recipes! Stir up some chocolate chip cookies and stir up some education in a program that connects content and interpretive techniques.
Facts at Your Fingertips | PDF format of PowerPoint program
Jere Noerager, Houston Zoo, Houston, TX
Every job requires good tools! In addition to formal training, Houston has developed easy to use docent tools to help access information and do the job right. Have the right information handy for your day at the zoo.
The Yellow Quarter: Organizational Development
Name That Tune: Coordinating to become a Coordinator
Check proceedings book at your zoo.
Peg Pease, Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE
Somebody has to run the show; why not you? Every docent group needs good leadership. Learn to prepare yourself to lead your group with fun and organization.