Conservation Educator Academy

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Welcome to the
2018 Conservation Educator Academy

The Conservation Educator Academy is a professional development opportunity presented by the Indianapolis Zoo and Ball State University. Teachers from K-12 schools learn about conservation of wildlife and habitats, science practices, and strategies for teaching science as inquiry. Participants develop inquiry-based lesson plans that they use in the classroom and will share with the education community.  

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We are off and running!
This year's theme is "Sharing One World."

All around the world, humans and wildlife come into close contact, whether in farms, suburbs, or urban settings, wild animals and people must adapt to each others' presence in order to co-exist. The 5th cohort of teachers in the CEA will learn about conservation efforts in these human/animal interactions, including in the new macaque exhibit that will open in spring 2018. 

Academy sessions will meet from 8:30-4:30 each day, and participants will earn 40 PGP points. Come join us to develop inquiry-based lesson plans based on the Zoo's science practices, go behind the scenes to learn from zoo researchers and staff, and hear about important conservation projects from guest speakers.

Register online at, or call 317-630-2000 to save your spot! Cost is only $40 per person.