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WCS's Online Teacher Academy offers something for everyone!

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The Wildlife Conservation Society's award-winning Online Teacher Academy is pleased to offer a variety of learning experiences to suit your needs and interests.

Entirely online, our Courses provide a unique opportunity to examine the life sciences of zoology, ecology and conservation, through topics such as predators , marine biology , habitat ecology ,  conservation biology ,  and climate connections.

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Realizing it isn’t just “what we teach”, but also “how we teach it”, our courses also provide training in effective science education practices, including inquiry. Pedagogical studies will help you become better equipped to facilitate scientific learning and promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and curriculum.

  • Enhance your teaching and use of technology in the classroom
  • Learn from virtual and interactive simulations, videos, and presentations from WCS scientists.
  • Graduate credits available
  • Interact with educators around the world
  • Receive excellent resources

For more information, visit http://www.wcs.org/e-learning or call +1-718-220-5136.

To complete registration for our upcoming onsite courses please go here!

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Available courses

  • Get to Know Your New York Seascape with Dr. Merry Camhi
    New York sits on the edge of a vast sea. Indeed, our salty waters are home to an ecological treasure trove of marine wildlife supported by a fascinating array of habitats. Yet few New Yorkers are aware of this biodiversity, or the ongoing and emerging threats that these animals and their habitats face in the increasingly busy coastal and ocean waters of the New York Bright.  Join us as we share the wonders of the New York Seascape, talk about some of the research that WCS is conducting on local sharks and eels, and learn how you and your students can make a difference to improve the health of the ocean in our own backyard. 

    Self enrolment: [Live Webinar - June 2nd 2016 - 7pm EST] Get to Know Your New York Seascape with Dr. Merry Camhi
  • Access all Archived Webinar Recordings. All Webinars provide professional development for K-12 teachers. 

    Self enrolment: Webinar Recordings
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are fundamentally altering the Earth’s climate, and impacting ecosystems around the globe. As temperatures warm and precipitation patterns change, fish, wildlife and plants will need to adapt, move to find optimal conditions, or risk local or global extinction. As our scientific understanding of climate change grows, conservationists are turning their attention to how we can protect wildlife and their habitats as climate changes. Dr. Molly Cross will share examples of how wildlife are being affected by changes in climate, and how governmental agencies and conservation organizations are taking action to protect wildlife in a time of rapid and uncertain change.

    Self enrolment: [Webinar Recording - 4/7/15] Protecting Wildlife in a Changing Climate
  • Chris Golden is an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in the interface of ecosystems and human health, especially in the context of biodiversity loss and land use change. The National Geographic Society named him one of their 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his groundbreaking research on ecology and public health in Madagascar. Most broadly, he is interested in local people’s dependence on natural resources for obtaining adequate health. This lecture will cover a few case studies of the ways in which teachers can convey to their students the myriad pathways by which protecting our environment can translate into protecting our own health. The lecture will cover several forms of environmental change (such as climate change, ecosystem transformation and biodiversity loss) and several forms of health (such as nutrition, infectious disease, non-communicable disease and mental health). By participating in this lecture, teachers can expect to have a better knowledge (and get access to literature) to prepare materials for their students.

    Self enrolment: [Webinar Recording - 3/3/15] The Potential for Environmental Conservation to Improve Human Health
  • More than 82% of Americans live in towns and cities according to the US Census Bureau.  People cluster together because of the advantages density brings for culture and economic productivity, but a consequence of urban development are a set of ecological problems, that range from stormwater management to greenhouse emissions to invasive species.  Imagining a city that lasts requires thinking of the city as an ecosystem, and that in turn requires simultaneously considering lifestyle, land use, and advancing climate change in a scientific and quantified framework.

    During this webinar Dr. Eric W. Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist at WCS and the author of "Mannahatta:  A Natural History of New York City," will describe the development of the Mannahatta2409.org project and its relationship to creating prototype better urban environments, and then WCS Professional Development Coordinator, David Johnston, Ph.D. candidate at Montclair University and former New York City school teacher, will describe how it can be deployed in the classroom.

    Self enrolment: [Webinar Recording - 2/3/15] Mannahatta2409.org: A Teaching Tool for Investigating Nature in Cities
  • PREVIOUSLY RECORDED --- 3/29/2011

    Learn about wildlife science, research and conservation. Discover WCS field work as you listen to conservation stories from our field researchers. Explore interesting ways to bring these engaging topics to students.

    Self enrolment: [Webinar Recording - 3/29/11] Ocean Giants: Sharks
  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    With the help of the award-winning K–3 curriculum, "Pablo Python Looks at Animals," teachers and their students will expand their knowledge of animals and develop age-appropriate early childhood science skills through a focus on animal sizes and shapes, textures and patterns, color, sounds, movements, diets and more - all topics covered in the early childhood curriculum. Students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills are improved through interactive activities focusing on literacy, mathematics, creative arts, and music. "Zoo Animals" is highly motivating and aligned with New York State and New York City standards. Please note: Priority will be given to teachers of grades K-3. (Grades K-3, 3P credits)

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    What is animal behavior and how do scientists study it? In this course, participants will learn how and why animals can be used to motivate and enhance student learning. Through this introduction to animal behavior, participants learn the basics of behavior, why it is important, and how it is studied. Participants will hear the inside story of animals at the zoo and discuss: mating, territoriality, agonistic behavior (aggressive & submissive), altruism (self-sacrifice), social/dominance hierarchy (pecking order), evolution and conservation. Participants will practice developing good investigable research questions, learn the implementation of techniques to observe animals, and will practice collecting and reporting relevant behavioral data. Finally, the use of resources such as video and the internet will be discussed. All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    What is animal behavior and how do scientists study it? In this course, participants will learn how and why animals can be used to motivate and enhance student learning. Through this introduction to animal behavior, participants learn the basics of behavior, why it is important, and how it is studied. Participants will hear the inside story of animals at the zoo and discuss: mating, territoriality, agonistic behavior (aggressive & submissive), altruism (self-sacrifice), social/dominance hierarchy (pecking order), evolution and conservation. Participants will practice developing good investigable research questions, learn the implementation of techniques to observe animals, and will practice collecting and reporting relevant behavioral data. Finally, the use of resources such as video and the internet will be discussed. All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Wishing that you could find a way to capture your students’ excitement for the bugs, spiders and other multi-legged creatures around the world?  In this course, you will learn how to foster positive attitudes towards the amazing world of insects and the important role they play in the environment.  Learn how to cover the language arts, math, and life science standards in new hands-on ways.  You will explore the biology behind these amazing animals, from life cycles to coloration.  We’ll show you how to make our Butterfly Garden an educational adventure, and help you transform classroom activities into a very buggy adventure!  

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Predators are often called “charismatic megafauna,” as they have a unique ability to engage, excite and inspire people of all ages. In this workshop, you’ll have the chance to observe the Bronx Zoo’s lions and tigers up close; you’ll learn about the role of predators in their ecosystems and in the cultures around the world. You’ll explore different techniques for presenting life science across the disciplines and learn about the tools used by conservation biologists who study predators. Please note: Participants will receive a copy of the WCS book Teachers for Tigers.

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Research shows that increasing inquiry based science instruction in the classroom has positive impacts on student achievement.  During this workshop you will learn about the different types of inquiry activities, experience models of using scientific inquiry to explore the natural world, and build your confidence and skill in restructuring some of your classroom lessons to be more inquiry based.  You’ll discover how different scientific inquiry methods address multiple intelligences, differentiation, and creating relevance for your students. But no worries becoming a natural inquirer at the zoo is fun, you’ll leave the course enthusiastic and empowered to bring the same excitement and sense of discovery to your classroom. 

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Here is a creative way to integrate math, language arts, and social studies with your science lessons.  Habitat Ecology is a hands-on learning program that will help you explore the defining characteristics of habitats as well as how plants, animals, and indigenous people have adapted to survival in these diverse conditions. You’ll learn instructional strategies to help your students learn no matter what their level or language skill.  You’ll receive materials to help you encourage students to explore the richness of ecology– both in the classroom and in a local park, nature center, or zoo.  We’ll also discuss ways to use alternative assessments to promote student led discussion and authentic learning.  HELP is just a workshop away!  All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.  

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Get outside, get dirty, do hands-on practical science at the New York Aquarium.  This course will cover techniques in field studies, animal collecting, ecological monitoring and water chemistry while giving participants an introduction to marine ecology. A diversified teaching approach will reinforce and extend both science process and content skills, and will meet the new NYC Department of Education Science Scope and Sequence. Multi-faceted teaching approaches will utilize team and independent investigations, audio-visual presentations, crafts and games, interactive learning strategies, and handle biofacts and live invertebrate animals. Teachers will sharpen inquiry skills with research design and projects; expand their knowledge of animal collecting tools, monitoring equipment, and microscopes. Field trips will focus on salt marshes, and sandy and rocky shores.  

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    In this course teachers will explore New York City as an ecosystem and as a resource for teaching through analyzing urban population growth patterns, touring Lower Manhattan, analyzing street tree health and creating visions for a ‘greener’ Manhattan. Using inquiry-based and constructivist techniques teachers will learn how humans have altered the natural ecosystems around us to create new urban ecosystems through hands-on explorations as well as web-based technology.

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Research shows that increasing inquiry based science instruction in the classroom has positive impacts on student achievement.  During this workshop you will learn about the different types of inquiry activities, experience models of using scientific inquiry to explore the natural world, and build your confidence and skill in restructuring some of your classroom lessons to be more inquiry based.  You’ll discover how different scientific inquiry methods address multiple intelligences, differentiation, and creating relevance for your students. But no worries becoming a natural inquirer at the zoo is fun, you’ll leave the course enthusiastic and empowered to bring the same excitement and sense of discovery to your classroom. 

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Wishing that you could find a way to capture your students’ excitement for the bugs, spiders and other multi-legged creatures around the world?  In this course, you will learn how to foster positive attitudes towards the amazing world of insects and the important role they play in the environment.  Learn how to cover the language arts, math, and life science standards in new hands-on ways.  You will explore the biology behind these amazing animals, from life cycles to coloration.  We’ll show you how to make our Butterfly Garden an educational adventure, and help you transform classroom activities into a very buggy adventure!  

  • THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT. PLEASE CONTACT teacherinfo@wcs.org or 718.220.5136 to transfer to another course or receive a refund.

    This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    What is animal behavior and how do scientists study it? In this course, participants will learn how and why animals can be used to motivate and enhance student learning. Through this introduction to animal behavior, participants learn the basics of behavior, why it is important, and how it is studied. Participants will hear the inside story of animals at the zoo and discuss: mating, territoriality, agonistic behavior (aggressive & submissive), altruism (self-sacrifice), social/dominance hierarchy (pecking order), evolution and conservation. Participants will practice developing good investigable research questions, learn the implementation of techniques to observe animals, and will practice collecting and reporting relevant behavioral data. Finally, the use of resources such as video and the internet will be discussed. All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.

  • In this course, participants will use the animals and environment in the Zoo as inspiration to design and complete Common Core classroom lessons and activities with their students. 

  • In this course, participants will use the animals and environment in the Zoo as inspiration to design and complete Common Core classroom lessons and activities with their students. 

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    With the help of the award-winning K–3 curriculum, "Pablo Python Looks at Animals," teachers and their students will expand their knowledge of animals and develop age-appropriate early childhood science skills through a focus on animal sizes and shapes, textures and patterns, color, sounds, movements, diets and more - all topics covered in the early childhood curriculum. Students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills are improved through interactive activities focusing on literacy, mathematics, creative arts, and music. "Zoo Animals" is highly motivating and aligned with New York State and New York City standards. Please note: Priority will be given to teachers of grades K-3. (Grades K-3, 3P credits)

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Research shows that increasing inquiry based science instruction in the classroom has positive impacts on student achievement.  During this workshop you will learn about the different types of inquiry activities, experience models of using scientific inquiry to explore the natural world, and build your confidence and skill in restructuring some of your classroom lessons to be more inquiry based.  You’ll discover how different scientific inquiry methods address multiple intelligences, differentiation, and creating relevance for your students. But no worries becoming a natural inquirer at the zoo is fun, you’ll leave the course enthusiastic and empowered to bring the same excitement and sense of discovery to your classroom. 

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    With the help of the award-winning K–3 curriculum, "Pablo Python Looks at Animals," teachers and their students will expand their knowledge of animals and develop age-appropriate early childhood science skills through a focus on animal sizes and shapes, textures and patterns, color, sounds, movements, diets and more - all topics covered in the early childhood curriculum. Students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills are improved through interactive activities focusing on literacy, mathematics, creative arts, and music. "Zoo Animals" is highly motivating and aligned with New York State and New York City standards. Please note: Priority will be given to teachers of grades K-3. (Grades K-3, 3P credits)

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    What is animal behavior and how do scientists study it? In this course, participants will learn how and why animals can be used to motivate and enhance student learning. Through this introduction to animal behavior, participants learn the basics of behavior, why it is important, and how it is studied. Participants will hear the inside story of animals at the zoo and discuss: mating, territoriality, agonistic behavior (aggressive & submissive), altruism (self-sacrifice), social/dominance hierarchy (pecking order), evolution and conservation. Participants will practice developing good investigable research questions, learn the implementation of techniques to observe animals, and will practice collecting and reporting relevant behavioral data. Finally, the use of resources such as video and the internet will be discussed. All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Here is a creative way to integrate math, language arts, and social studies with your science lessons.  Habitat Ecology is a hands-on learning program that will help you explore the defining characteristics of habitats as well as how plants, animals, and indigenous people have adapted to survival in these diverse conditions. You’ll learn instructional strategies to help your students learn no matter what their level or language skill.  You’ll receive materials to help you encourage students to explore the richness of ecology– both in the classroom and in a local park, nature center, or zoo.  We’ll also discuss ways to use alternative assessments to promote student led discussion and authentic learning.  HELP is just a workshop away!  All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.  

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    What is animal behavior and how do scientists study it? In this course, participants will learn how and why animals can be used to motivate and enhance student learning. Through this introduction to animal behavior, participants learn the basics of behavior, why it is important, and how it is studied. Participants will hear the inside story of animals at the zoo and discuss: mating, territoriality, agonistic behavior (aggressive & submissive), altruism (self-sacrifice), social/dominance hierarchy (pecking order), evolution and conservation. Participants will practice developing good investigable research questions, learn the implementation of techniques to observe animals, and will practice collecting and reporting relevant behavioral data. Finally, the use of resources such as video and the internet will be discussed. All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Research shows that increasing inquiry based science instruction in the classroom has positive impacts on student achievement.  During this workshop you will learn about the different types of inquiry activities, experience models of using scientific inquiry to explore the natural world, and build your confidence and skill in restructuring some of your classroom lessons to be more inquiry based.  You’ll discover how different scientific inquiry methods address multiple intelligences, differentiation, and creating relevance for your students. But no worries becoming a natural inquirer at the zoo is fun, you’ll leave the course enthusiastic and empowered to bring the same excitement and sense of discovery to your classroom. 

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    During this exciting workshop teachers will: learn about the role of predators in the ecosystem; explore different techniques for presenting life science across the disciplines; learn about the tools used by conservation biologists who study predators; compare the images of tigers and other predators across cultures; and create a Conservation Strategy to save global tiger populations.  All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.  Teachers will also receive the WCS curriculum Teachers for Tigers, supplemental instructional resources and Animal Behavior video.

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Wishing that you could find a way to capture your students’ excitement for the bugs, spiders and other multi-legged creatures around the world?  In this course, you will learn how to foster positive attitudes towards the amazing world of insects and the important role they play in the environment.  Learn how to cover the language arts, math, and life science standards in new hands-on ways.  You will explore the biology behind these amazing animals, from life cycles to coloration.  We’ll show you how to make our Butterfly Garden an educational adventure, and help you transform classroom activities into a very buggy adventure!  

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Get outside, get dirty, do hands-on practical science at the New York Aquarium.  This course will cover techniques in field studies, animal collecting, ecological monitoring and water chemistry while giving participants an introduction to marine ecology. A diversified teaching approach will reinforce and extend both science process and content skills, and will meet the new NYC Department of Education Science Scope and Sequence. Multi-faceted teaching approaches will utilize team and independent investigations, audio-visual presentations, crafts and games, interactive learning strategies, and handle biofacts and live invertebrate animals. Teachers will sharpen inquiry skills with research design and projects; expand their knowledge of animal collecting tools, monitoring equipment, and microscopes. Field trips will focus on salt marshes, and sandy and rocky shores.  

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    Here is a creative way to integrate math, language arts, and social studies with your science lessons.  Habitat Ecology is a hands-on learning program that will help you explore the defining characteristics of habitats as well as how plants, animals, and indigenous people have adapted to survival in these diverse conditions. You’ll learn instructional strategies to help your students learn no matter what their level or language skill.  You’ll receive materials to help you encourage students to explore the richness of ecology– both in the classroom and in a local park, nature center, or zoo.  We’ll also discuss ways to use alternative assessments to promote student led discussion and authentic learning.  HELP is just a workshop away!  All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.  

  • This is the online complement to our onsite workshop. To complete your regsistration for this course please click here.

    During this exciting workshop teachers will: learn about the role of predators in the ecosystem; explore different techniques for presenting life science across the disciplines; learn about the tools used by conservation biologists who study predators; compare the images of tigers and other predators across cultures; and create a Conservation Strategy to save global tiger populations.  All activities align with NY State Standards and help promote student learning.  Teachers will also receive the WCS curriculum Teachers for Tigers, supplemental instructional resources and Animal Behavior video.


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