Save A Species: Wildlife and Human Impact

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This blended online and in-person course, eligible for CTLE and P-Credits, is designed to provide secondary science teachers with the content and pedagogical framework to implement a student-centered unit on human impact on the environment including climate change, ecology, or conservation biology. Participants will engage in a course-long project in which they create an evidence-based conservation plan for a chosen species. Through interactive experiences with experts at the Central Park Zoo and virtual webinars, participants will build a deep understanding of ecosystems, human-caused threats to key organisms, and how wildlife biologists address mounting concerns around biodiversity loss. Special emphasis will be placed on how climate change may exacerbate conservation challenges across the globe. Throughout the course, teachers will also experience new pedagogy, assessment, and literacy strategies that they can apply to a wide variety of classroom settings.

Location: Central Park Zoo and Online
Date & Time: February 15-March 21, 2020; February 15, February 29, and March 14 in person from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Price: $250
Course is eligible for: 45 CTLE Hours & 3 P-Credits


For more information about On-Site Professional Development, please contact: or (718) 220-5136

Meet Your Instructor

Jeanie Yeo

Jeanie Yeo

As an advocate of education based on nature and mindfulness, Jeanie Yeo has always been passionate about making personal connections with the natural world and teaching others the value of those bonds. Her graduate thesis at Sarah Lawrence College utilized nature and wildlife to implement a curriculum that engaged students’ curiosity and challenged them to seek answers to their own questions. As a Coordinator of Professional Development at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Jeanie hopes to inspire teachers to become compassionate, critical thinkers and activists who will instill in their students the same appreciation for the complexity and interconnectedness that humans and wildlife both share.

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