Creating the Next Generation of CONSERVATION STEWARDS by pptfiles


									           2009 education year in review

      Creating the Next Generation of

                 The purpose of education at the zoo
              is to inspire and cultivate an informed
                  community of conservation stewards

                                              RYAN HAWK
                                         Creating the Next Generation of
    Woodland Park Zoo would like
    to thank the generous donors         CONSERVATION STEWARDS
    in 2009 who helped make our
    education programs possible:
       Grousemont Foundation             The purpose of education at the zoo is to advance the zoo’s mission by inspiring
       Paul G. Allen Family Foundation   and cultivating an informed community of conservation stewards. As Washington
                                         state’s hub for excellence in conservation education, our programs are grounded in a
       Apex Foundation
                                         robust, science and outcomes-based framework for inspiring conservation. The guiding
       Peach Foundation                  framework for program development is:
       The Boeing Company
                                         •	 Connecting children to nature
       US Bank
                                         •	 Developing ecological literacy
       Wyco Fund
                                         •	 Providing pathways to conservation
       Bellevue Rotary Club
       JP Morgan Chase                   From early learners to senior learners, and on and off grounds, our developmental
                                         approach to lifelong learning is to foster empathy for nature, build conservation
       Wells Fargo
                                         knowledge and skills, and increase people’s personal ownership for action that benefits
       John C. and Karyl Kay Hughes      wildlife and habitats.
    Many thanks go to the following      EDUCATION STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
    partners who contributed
    to the strength and quality of
                                         Five strategic initiatives focus our zoo education work:
    our education programs in 2009:      1. Connect children to nature
       Earth Corps
                                         2. Intensify the impact of engaging experiences
       Facing the Future
                                         3. Deepen science education, increase ecological literacy
       Kent School District
                                         4. Empower conservation leaders
       Miami University of Ohio
       National Geographic Society
                                         5. Strengthen our leadership through education research

       NationalWildlife Federation       Strategically aligned to create the next generation of conservation stewards,
                                         the following five teams are the core of education at WPZ:
       Neighborhood House
       Seattle Aquarium                  •	 Volunteer & Education Services
       Seattle Audubon Society           •	 Child & Family Programs
       Seattle Children’s Theatre        •	 Zoo Experiences
       Seattle Tilth                     •	 School & Community Engagement
       University ofWashington,
                                         •	 Education Research
       Learning in Formal and Informal
       Environments (LIFE) program       This 2009 Education Year in Review, organized around our strategic initiatives,
                                         showcases our programs and accomplishments in 2009 and how our efforts
       University ofWashington,
       Museology graduate program        are strategically aligned to create the next generation of conservation stewards.
       Washington Department
       of Fish andWildlife
       Washington Native Plant Society

                                                                                                                RYAN HAWK

One can make a difference: Zooper Day Camp participants

CONNECT CHILDREN TO NATURE                                                                           “Camp,attendingwas excited
                                                                                                      After          Zooper Day
                                                                                                            my son
                                                                                                     about the prospect that he
What better place is there for children to develop empathy and respect for animals                   could make a difference
and nature than at the zoo? Of the more than 1 million people who visit Woodland Park                in the world and increase
Zoo each year, more than 70% are families with children. Seventy-five percent of these               habitats for animals by
families have children under the age of 8. With our early childhood program offerings,               taking small steps like more
                                             Zoomazium, our naturalistic exhibits and
                                             many natural areas, we provide a wide
                                                                                                     recycling.  ”
                                                                                                       Parent of a Zooper Day Camp child
                                             variety of venues for children and their
                                             caregivers to connect with nature.

                                                          As we watch “screen time” replace “green
                                                                                                     “welike that treatlearns how
                                                          time” and witness increased health and
                                                          development issues in our communities’
                                                                                                      that being gentle is reinforced.     ”
                                                                                                       Parent visiting
                                                          children, the zoo’s work, connecting         Zoomazium with child
                                                          children to nature and empowering their
                                                          caregivers to do so, becomes even more

Bug hunt in Zoomazium’s Backyard
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                                   ZOOMAZIUM PROGRAMS
    Zoomazium Programs             Zoomazium, an indoor facility designed for children birth to 8 years of age
•	     56,079 young learners       and their caregivers, successfully mixes spectacular multimedia features with fun,
       and their caregivers were   interactive nature-themed areas and programs devoted to play, discovery,
       reached through formal      and learning. Coupled with the adjacent wooded area, Zoomazium is the zoo’s
       programs at Zoomazium,      hub for connecting children and their caregivers to nature.
       from engaging puppet
       shows to animal             ZOOMAZIUM PROGRAMS INCLUDE
       encounters                  Animal Encounters — Each day, children can get up close with live, furred,
                                   feathered or scaly animals. They might meet the star from a puppet story, practice
•	     Over 3,100 children         observation skills to discover who’s in the Mystery Box, or design a play space
       actively engaged in         for a curious creature and watch as it explores.
       Nature Exchange trading
•	     481,712 children and        Nature Exchange — Staff at Nature Exchange loves to hear about the exciting
       their caregivers visited    things children see in nature and at the zoo. Children bring in drawings, photos,
       Zoomazium                   research or cool nature items and earn points to trade for the natural items in our
                                   ever-changing collection.
•	     22,727 children touched
       an animal in Zoomazium
                                   Puppet Shows — Animal puppets tell stories and sing songs that develop empathy
•	     1,227 early learners        toward the natural world and foster caring and respect for animals. Children
       and their caregivers        are invited up to dance and meet the puppets after the show.
       participated in
       Zoomazium’s Backyard
                                   Shake, Rattle & Roar — Toddlers strengthen sensorimotor and language skills
                                   by singing, dancing and playing instruments to animal and nature-themed music.

                                   Zoomazium’s Backyard Programs — Children connect with nature as they explore
                                   this outdoor natural area. Opportunities include balancing on the log balance
                                   beam, learning cause and effect by building with tree cookies, or creating natural
                                   artwork at the sorting table. Additional activities such as Bug Hunts, Spider Web
                                   Walks, or Scavenger Hunts are offered in the afternoon for Nature Exchange

                                   CLASSES AND CAMPS
                                   Early childhood classes are designed to increase children’s connections with
                                   wildlife and build empathy in our young visitors. New programs this year, such
                                   as Young Explorers, are designed to facilitate caregiver-led nature exploration
                                    as we inspire parents and caregivers to take children out into nature.

                                   Summer camp programs, such as Kinder Camp (ages 3-4) and Zooper Day
                                   Camp (ages 4-9), helped to increase children’s awareness of the natural world
                                   and their connection to wildlife. 2009 summer camps included “One Can Make
                                   a Difference,” which focused on positive aspects of conservation and children’s
                                   relationship to wildlife. Children learned what they could do to make the world
                                   a better place and participated in a habitat restoration project.

Zoo U (Zoo University) engages 10-14 year olds in in-depth programs about natural
history and conservation. During 2009, 115 teens and tweens attended Zoo U’s Animal      Classes and Camps
Behavior and Wildlife Conservation programs. Wildlife Conservation culminated            •	 5,739 zoo visitors
in a habitat restoration project in which Zoo U participants mentored younger campers.      participated in fee-
                                                                                            based classes, camps,
ZOO EVENING AND OVERNIGHT ADVENTURES                                                        overnights and other
Zoo Adventures offers both evening and overnight themed experiences for children            programs
and adults. Adventures include guided tours on zoo grounds to areas daytime visitors
do not get to see, education games, live animal programs and lots of fun. During 2009,   •	 1,548 children and their
Zoo Adventures programs underwent the first stages of a redevelopment aimed at              caregivers participated in
connecting children with nature. Changes to the program involved more hands-on              early childhood classes
exploration and outdoor experiences.                                                     •	 1,600 children ages 3-14
                                                                                            attended camps
                                                                                         •	 155 seniors participated
                                                                                            in Senior Zoo Walkers
                                                                                         •	 Fee-based programs
                                                                                            generated $442,000 in
                                                                                         •	 54 donations were made
                                                                                            to the Classes and Camps
                                                                                            Scholarship Fund,
                                                                                            allowing 36 children to
                                                                                            attend camps on partial
                                                                                            or full scholarships

                                                                                         Evening and Overnight
 RYAN HAWK                                                                               Adventures
                                                                                         •	 2,385 participants came
                                                                                            to Zoo Adventures (379
                                                                                            stayed for the evening
                                                                                            and the rest spent the

    Visitor Programs                         Intensify the Impact of
    •	 475,207 zoo visitors                  ZOO EXPERIENCES
       participated in visitor
       programs presented                    Woodland Park Zoo plays a vital role in promoting and supporting conservation,
       by education staff and                locally and around the world, by creating engaging experiences that inspire people
       volunteers.                           to learn, care, and act on behalf of wildlife and wild places. Through zoo experiences,
    •	 52,534 zoo visitors                   we build empathy and create meaningful, personal connections to nature and animals.
       participated in                       This deeper understanding strengthens ecological literacy and is a crucial step in
       presentations offered by              moving people towards taking conservation action. Engaging zoo experiences include
       zookeepers.                           global habitat immersion, opportunities to interact with and get close to live animals,
                                             and chances to learn from staff, volunteers and global conservation partners. These
    •	 214,736 zoo visitors got              experiences make Woodland Park Zoo unique, bring guests in the gate and keep
       close to or touched an                them coming back.
       animal during an Animal
       Encounter program                     INSPIRATION TO ACTION
                                             2009 was a successful year for visitors to learn about what the zoo is doing and what
    “ (I) love that (my 3 year old)
    can get so close; most of the
                                             they can do to save wildlife and habitats. Sixty-three percent of visitors remembered
                                             seeing and/or hearing something about what Woodland Park Zoo is doing to help
    zoo animals she can’t see                wildlife, and were able to cite at least one example. Just under half (46%) saw or heard
    very well. We couldn’t get               something about what individuals can do to help wildlife during their visit and could
    her away from the window;                cite at least one example. More importantly, our programs and experiences inspired
    she can watch them forever.          ”   over 30,000 people to support our Partners for Wildlife through donations or purchase
                                             of conservation commerce items during their visit. An additional 1,000 children took
     A visitor who had experienced the
     new penguin exhibit                     a backyard habitat pledge and received materials to create habitat for animals in their
                                             yard or community. Clearly, visitors are moti-vated to “Share the Habitat” with wildlife
                                             around the world and in their own backyards.

                                             At our new penguin exhibit education staff, including a Peruvian penguin researcher,
                                             answered visitor questions and encouraged the purchase of sustainable seafood as a way
                                             to help penguins and other ocean animals.

                                             ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
                                             From millipedes to snakes and lizards, zoo visitors had daily, up-close, one-on-one
                                             encounters with presentation animals and the opportunity to touch provided by staff
                                             and volunteers. For a small fee, visitors had the opportunity to feed the giraffes
                                             or budgies. At the Family Farm Contact Area, visitors learned about and touched
                                             sheep and goats.

                                             AFRICAN SAVANNA PROGRAMS
                                             Maasai cultural interpreters shared their firsthand knowledge of African savanna
                                             wildlife, and habitat and conservation issues with zoo visitors. These interactions
                                             strengthened understanding of the relationship between people, animals and habitats
                                             and helped to draw clear links between zoo animals, exhibits and field conservation
                                             efforts. Visitors also had the opportunity to make a beaded bracelet and learn about
                                             African beading traditions through our “Upapi” program. This program generated
                                             $23,000 in support of our Maasai Association Waterhole Restoration Project.
Deepen Science Education,                                                              Student Programs
INCREASE ECOLOGICAL LITERACY                                                           •	 Over 73,925 students/
                                                                                          visited the zoo for
Our student programs support academic requirements in the sciences, offer field-          programs or self-guided
based opportunities, and foster inquiry to ensure that all students have sufficient       visits, with 25,729
knowledge and skills in science for success and sustainability in the 21st century.       (35%) of these coming
The zoo accomplishes this through teacher professional development, student               from King County
programs on and off zoo grounds and extensive educational resources. Playing              schools with 30% or
a leadership role in deepening science education and increasing ecological literacy,      more students on free or
statewide, is core to Woodland Park Zoo’s vision of creating the next generation          reduced-rate lunch.
of conservation stewards.
                                                                                       •	 12,418 students in King
                                                                                          County and statewide
                                                                                          participated in outreach
                                                                                          programs, with 6,775
                                                                                          (55%) of these coming
                                                                                          from Washington schools
                                                                                          with 30% or more
                                                                                          students on free or
                                                                                          reduced-rate lunch.

                                                                                       “Please continuestudents and
                                                                                       program — my

                                                                                       parents benefit from this
                                                                                       so much and I incorporate
                                                                                       so much into my studies all
                                                                                       year long! It is imperative
                                                                                       to teaching my students
                                                                                       about endangered species
                                                                                       and the value and ethics
                                                                                       regarding animals! Their
 Docent Judy Mukai at a Discovery Station                                              discussions would amaze
                                                                                        Teacher whose students participated
                                                                                        in a school program

    Teacher Programs                Our teacher programs are focused on empowering teachers with the skills they need
•	      280 teachers participated   to be successful in the classroom and include a strong foundation in ecological literacy,
        in professional deve-       skills in inquiry-based learning and principles of field investigation. Our professional
        lopment opportunities       development programs for educators give them the knowledge, skills and resources
        offered by Woodland         to bring meaningful environmental education to their students and ensure that teachers
        Park Zoo (including 10      are supported, trained and prepared to be effective, and to creatively inspire learning.
        teachers involved in the    All program activities and materials provided directly address the state’s academic
        Student Achievement         learning requirements, as well as national science standards for inquiry-based
        from the Ground             science learning.
        Up project); 30% of
        these teachers teach in     WE OFFER
        Washington schools with     •	 Teacher workshops
        30% or more students        •	 Summer Institute
        on free or reduced-rate
                                    •	 Educator newsletter (online)
        lunch programs
                                    •	 Teacher curriculum packets (all online in a downloadable format)
•	      23 teachers were active
        members of our Zoo          •	 Teacher Advisory Council
        Teacher Advisory Council    •	 Zoo Day for Teachers
•	      38 teachers attended        •	 Teacher resources for the classroom and for use during zoo visits (both loan
        the new Zoo Day for            resources and downloadable resources at
        Teachers in August
        2009 (this new format
        replaced the Educators’
        Open Houses held in
        previous years)
•	      Participating teachers
        impact over 7,950
        students annually
        (assuming each teacher
        reaches an average of 25
        students per school year)

“the organization and content
  I’m always impressed with

    of your workshops. It is fun
    for me to not only think
    about my students’ learning
    but my personal growth as
    well. I learn tons!  ”                                                                                        JENNY MEARS
     Teacher who participated
     in one of our workshops         ECSC Institute 6-09 Giraffe Feeding

                                                                                          Student Programs
                                                                                          •	      25,729 received free
                                                                                                  zoo admission and
                                                                                                  bus transportation to
                                                                                                  participate in School-
                                                                                                  to-Zoo programs, ZEST
                                                                                                  programs and self-guided
                                                                                                  visits supported through
                                                                                                  King County Parks Levy
                                                                                                  funds. This was a 27%
                                                                                                  increase in participation
                                                                                                  over 2008 levels.
                                                                                          •	      15,697 participated in
                                                                                                  School-to-Zoo staff-
                                                                                                  guided programs
 Closeup encounter with a scorpion
SCHOOL-TO-ZOO PROGRAMS                                                                    •	      3,398 participated in ZEST
These programs are zoo-based science programs for K-5 grade students. School-to-                  docent-guided programs
Zoo programs directly complement the NSRC/STC science kits taught in grade K-4            •	      1,387 participated in
classrooms and include the award-winning second grade Forest Explorers program.                   Homeschool Days
The King County Parks Levy provides schools in King County (including Seattle) with
30% or more students on free and reduced-rate lunch programs with free admission,         •	      105 participated in Career
programs and bus reimbursement.                                                                   Days

Facilitated by zoo docents, these programs involve students in exploration of different   “are mostly low-income, non-
                                                                                            The families in our district
areas of the zoo and conservation issues through on-grounds zoo experiences and,
in some cases, a classroom component.                                                     English families. The majority
                                                                                          of my students had never
HOMESCHOOL DAYS                                                                           been to the zoo before, and
Three of these days were offered in 2009 for homeschool students and parents.             probably can’t afford to go.
Students and their caregivers came to the zoo for a day of special tours, hands-on        The school programs funded
workshops, and activities focused on birds in our backyards and around the world.         by Woodland Park Zoo allow
                                                                                          our students the opportunity
CAREER DAY                                                                                to get to go to the zoo. We feel
Offered once each spring, on Career Day, middle and high school students spend a day      so fortunate that we get to
at the zoo learning about various zoo and wildlife careers through panel discussions      bring our students.          ”
with zoo professionals, talks, tours and activities including meeting one of our animal        Teacher whose students participated in
ambassadors.                                                                                   a ZEST-Northern Trail program

                                           WILD WISE
 Outreach Programs
                                           Wild Wise is an interactive multimedia presentation that explores the habitats, wildlife
•	      Wild Wise instructors              and ecosystems of Washington state. Offered for 4th-7th grades in their classroom,
        presented programs to              students learn to hone their observation skills as they “visit” Washington habitats by
        a total of 5,685 students          making observations, taking field notes and sketching wildlife. Outdoor explorations
        statewide including                and guided field trip experiences at local parks and greenbelts
        3,880 students in King             are extended program components for many groups.
        County and students in
        Clallam, Douglas, Kitsap,          UP CLOSE
        Mason, Okanogan, Skagit,           During 2009, the Save Our Amazing Raptors (SOAR) program transitioned into
        Snohomish, Wenatchee               the expanded Up CLOSE animal outreach program that brings animals (birds of prey,
        and Yakima counties; of            reptiles and arthropods) into King County schools. New supporting materials (teacher
        these 4,803 (84%) were             packets and pre-visit sheets) are provided to teachers to accompany the expanded suite
        from schools with 30%              of animals presented in Up CLOSE programs.
        or more students on free
        or reduced-rate lunch.             READY, SET, DISCOVER
                                           This program, piloted in the 2008-2009 school year, expanded and continued this
•	      2,884 of Wild Wise
                                           school year with support from The Boeing Company. Ready, Set, Discover integrates
        participants experienced
                                           programs on and off zoo grounds to engage 4th and 5th grade students in outdoor,
        an outdoor exploration
                                           inquiry-based science learning to improve science skills and to foster stewardship
•	      Up CLOSE served 6,733              of the environment. During the pilot year supported by a No Child Left Behind grant
        participants; of these             from Washington State Parks students participated in Wild Wise indoor and schoolyard
        1,972 (29%) were from              programs as well as a full-day field trip to a state park to explore and have fun in nature.
        schools with 30% or                The year wrapped up in spring 2009 with students visiting Woodland Park Zoo’s
        more students on free or           Nature Exchange in Zoomazium to share their nature discoveries with zoo staff. For the
        reduced-rate lunch.                09/10 and 10/11 school years, this program will involve 14 low-income King County
                                           schools (over 1,350 4th and 5th grade students; primarily Kent School District).
•	      In spring 2009, we
                                           Fourth graders engage in an Ecosystems program on zoo grounds and three Wild Wise
        completed the pilot year
                                           programs (in the classroom, on school grounds and in a local park). In the second
        of Ready, Set, Discover
                                           phase, 5th graders engage in two Wild Wise programs (an inquiry-focused schoolyard
        involving six low income
                                           program and a field investigation program at a local park) and then visit the zoo and
        King County schools
                                           Nature Exchange to share the results of their investigations with zoo staff. Teachers
        (over 660 students). The
                                           received outdoor exploration kits (binoculars, field guides, plant presses, cameras,
        program continues and
                                           etc.) to use throughout the school year as well as training on the kit contents to help
        has expanded to double
                                           facilitate yearlong outdoor learning.
        the number of schools.

“and impressed with the
  We were very happy                       STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FROM THE GROUND UP
                                           Student Achievement from the Ground Up continued with four schools in north
 presentation and we will                  central Washington who are using photopoint monitoring to track ecological changes
 recommend this program                    in their local natural areas. A training workshop was held in March 2009 in
 to all our educator friends!              Leavenworth for the participating teachers and landowners to review photopoint
 Thank you!      ”                         monitoring protocols and learn new plant data collection protocols. A videoconference
                                           was held in May 2009 between two of the schools and Woodland Park Zoo staff
     Teacher whose students participated
     in an Up CLOSE program                to share the outcomes of the project over the 2008-2009 school year. Due to Wild Wise
                                           budget limitations, Woodland Park Zoo’s participation in this project is on hold during
                                           the 2009-2010 school year.
                                                                                     “with afelt really proudproject
                                                                                                              to work

EMPOWER CONSERVATION LEADERS                                                          throughout the summer and
                                                                                      I was pleased to actually be
                                                                                      able to see them in the wild as
Empowering people of all ages to take action to protect wildlife and habitats         opposed to just caterpillars in
is critical to saving the world’s wildlife, and the zoo is uniquely well-qualified    the lab. The silverspots looked
to encourage such conservation actions. The zoo’s global focus, reflected in          awesome. It was incredible to
our bioclimatic zone exhibits and our field conservation projects, enables us to      see the vast diversity between
engage visitors in action on behalf of animals around the world — from East           them all when they all looked
Africa to Papua New Guinea — and right here in the Pacific Northwest. From            quite similar as larvae. I would
volunteering at the zoo to taking a hands-on conservation workshop, our in-depth      love to have this experience
programs provide youth and adults with the skills and experience necessary to be
conservation stewards and empower them to become conservation leaders.
                                                                                      again. ”
                                                                                       Brenna, Zoo Corps intern who
                                                                                       participated in the release
                                                                                       of endangered Oregon
                                                                                       silverspot butterflies

                                                                                     “years and visiting Woodland15
                                                                                       I have not visited a zoo for

                                                                                      Park Zoo was such a joy. I
                                                                                      met one of your volunteers
                                                                                      in the Tropical Rain Forest
                                                                                      and that is when my visit
                                                                                      became an exceptional
                                                                                      experience. Sally walked with
                                                                                      me for over an hour showing
                                                                                      me different exhibits and
                                                                                      areas. She offered interesting
                                                                                      information throughout our
                                                                                      stroll and I learned things
 Zoo Corps interns help staff of The Nature Conservancy record data
 while releasing Oregon silverspot butterflies raised at the zoo.
                                                                                      about the zoo I would not
                                                                                      have discovered on my own….
                                                                                      If all of your volunteers are
                                                                                      like Sally, you will entice
                                                                                      many to keep returning to the
                                                                                      zoo. I know I will. Thank you
                                                                                      Sally for such a wonderful and
                                                                                      enjoyable day.   ”
                                                                                       A zoo visitor

                                                 BACKYARD HABITAT WORKSHOPS
 Backyard HabitatWorkshops                       Each year, two Backyard Habitat workshops are offered to the general public, including
•	      240 residents                            teachers, zoo members, and zoo staff and volunteers. Each workshop consists of three
        participated in backyard                 evenings and a full day working with staff and volunteers from Woodland Park Zoo and
        habitat related evening                  our Backyard Habitat partners: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, National
        opportunities, including                 Wildlife Federation, Seattle Audubon Society and Washington Native Plant Society.
        126 that participated                    The spring 2009 session was hosted and co-presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation
        in Duwamish River                        at Camp Long in West Seattle, while the fall 2009 session was held on zoo grounds.
        boat tours, and 38
        participated in more in-                 In the Backyard Habitat workshop sessions, participants learn about the benefits
        depth Backyard Habitat                   of native plants, how to analyze the particular conditions of their site, specific ways
        workshop sessions                        to attract wildlife to their yard, and how to overcome challenges that could arise
                                                 in the process. Participants also receive a notebook of brochures and packets
“speaker [at the Backyard
  I was so inspired by every                     of information on everything from invasive species removal and pesticide and herb-
                                                 icide reduction to appropriate native plants and feeders and nest boxes for wildlife.
 Habitat workshop series]. I
 left every class feeling ready
                                                 After the workshop, Woodland Park Zoo staff continues to foster relationships with
 to get started immediately
                                                 participants through Evening Clinics that focus more in-depth on backyard habitat
 putting to use what I just
                                                 topics and through a blog dedicated to keeping participants informed of backyard
 learned! Additionally,
                                                 habitat events and resources available in their community. The 2009 Evening Clinics
 I felt that the speakers chosen
                                                 included a Gardeners for Global Warming session presented by staff from National
 were credible and well
                                                 Wildlife Federation and a Water Features for Wildlife session presented by Woodland
 known in their field.
                                                 Park Zoo and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff. Zoo staff also engaged
 THANK YOU!!!            ”                       with community members at a zoo booth at the annual Tukwila Backyard Wildlife
     – Backyard Habitat Participant
                                                 Festival in May 2009.

                                                 In 2009, for the first time, Woodland Park Zoo partnered with the Duwamish River
                                                 Cleanup Coalition for two boat tours of the Duwamish River. The boat tours were
                                                                                                  offered to past Backyard Habitat
                                                                                                  workshop participants, as well as
                                                                                                  zoo members, staff and volunteers.
                                                                                                  The boat tours helped to connect
                                                                                                  our community of backyard habitat
                                                                                                  stewards to efforts happening in
                                                                                                  the greater Duwamish ecosystem.
                                                                                                  Participants learned about the
                                                                                                  cultural and natural history of the
                                                                                                  river, pollution hotspots and habitat
                                                                                                  restoration opportunities.

                 Backyard Habitat participants with horticulturalist David Selk
Volunteers form a community of individuals whose desire to save animals and their          Volunteers
habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences extends the zoo’s        •	 761 volunteers and nine
                                                     resources in meaningful ways.            service groups gave over
                                                     In 2009, all new volunteers              70,835 hours to the
                                                     were required to participate             zoo, valued at over $1.1
                                                     in a common training experience,         million.
                                                     creating a knowledgeable and
                                                     well connected corps. Through         ZooCorps
                                                     their service they extend the
                                                     zoo’s resources in the following      •	 85 Zoo Corps
                                                     areas:                                   volunteers developed
                                                                                              their ecological literacy
                                                      •	   Education/Visitor                  through training and
                                                           Experience                         service at the zoo
                                                      •	   Animal Care                        and participated in
                                                      •	   Horticulture                       meaningful and inspiring
                                                                                              habitat restoration and
Docent Sandy Moss with raptor                         •	   Zoo Corps teen program
                                                                                              conservation experiences
Zoo Corps is for youth ages 14-18 and in 9th-12th grade. This teen development             •	 19 Zoo Corps interns
program underwent major restructuring in 2009 to improve the quality and depth                received paid positions at
of experience for participating teens. The program starts with 40 hours of compre-            the zoo for a portion of
hensive skills and content training. After completion of training, teens in future years      the year
will be ready and obligated to give a minimum of 50 hours of service at the zoo
during the summer months and two shifts a month throughout the school year.
Teen volunteers work in a variety of zoowide activities, including presenting
programs, leading play activities in Zoomazium, assisting with classes and camps
and supporting Woodland Park Zoo conservation programs through project and
restoration work. The in-depth conservation education training they receive and their
involvement and stewardship at the zoo help to form a strong conservation ethic,
provide conservation stewardship skills and experience and empower Zoo Corps
teens to become future conservation leaders. Teens in their junior or senior year
of high school can apply to become paid interns. In addition to mentoring and training
teen volunteers, presenting public programs and working in the commissary, interns
spend half of their work week in a focus area to get a more in-depth look at a career
of interest. Interns with a focus in early childhood education worked alongside
education staff in Zoomazium and assisted in summer camps. Interns with focus areas
in Animal Management worked in units such as Giraffes, Tropical Rain Forest and
Raptors learning about animal care alongside the keepers. Silverspot butterfly interns
helped raise endangered butterfly larvae and had the opportunity to participate
in butterfly release and habitat restoration trips to the Oregon coast.

Education Research
•	   1,500 people were
                                  Strengthen our Leadership
     surveyed, interviewed        THROUGH EDUCATION RESEARCH
     or observed by the
     Education Research team
                                  Woodland Park Zoo is known for its visitor-centered approach to creating memorable
•	   An impressive 91% of         experiences as exemplified by its unusual commitment to full-time evaluation staff.
     summer zoo visitors          The Education Research team is responsible for conducting ongoing evaluation
     went through the new         and research into the effectiveness of the zoo’s education programming. Through
     penguin exhibit during       interviews, focus groups, and surveys involving thousands of visitors each year, the
     their visit, and this        team aims to evaluate overall visitor satisfaction about their zoo experiences and
     exhibit led the list of      provide the zoo’s education, interpretive and conservation staff with meaningful data
     favorite zoo experiences     regarding the impact of their programs on the many audiences they serve.
     for children and adults
     alike.                       EDUCATION RESEARCH RESULTS
•	   80% of all zoo visitors      In 2009, the zoo’s Education Research team surveyed, interviewed or observed
     shared the perspective       over 1,500 people, from families enjoying their first visit to the new Humboldt penguin
     of WPZ that the zoo          exhibit to kids attending summer camp at the zoo. All in an effort to gain a clearer
     teaches people of all ages   sense of the impact the zoo’s animals, exhibits, programs and people have on
     about the environment        the audiences we serve, and to identify ways that the zoo can become an even better
     and how they can help        place to play, explore and get involved.
     save wildlife.
                                  A few Education Research highlights of 2009 concerning visitor responses to the zoo’s
                                  new Humboldt penguin exhibit:

                                  •	 When asked what they liked about the exhibit, visitors cited the underwater
                                     viewing, the chance to observe penguins from a variety of perspectives engaging
                                     in natural behaviors, and the kid-friendly exhibit features, from the bubble-shaped
                                     windows to the blow hole spraying up streams of cool water.
                                  •	 A study of visitors’ conversations about the penguins found that people are
                                     responding to the birds in a way that suggests a high level of emotional engagement.
                                  •	 Among visitors participating in the daily “Penguins in Peru” programs over the
                                     summer, three-quarters picked up information at the program on how to make good
                                     seafood choices using the Seafood Watch card, which provides information
                                     on sustainable seafood. A follow-up online survey conducted three months later
                                     found that 90% of these visitors had used the card at least once.

Partnership BetweenWPZ and the University ofWashington
2009 marked the first full year of the New Directions in Evaluation initiative. Funded
                                                                                              “be working with the New
                                                                                                We’re really excited to

by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the project             Directions project. We’d love
is a partnership between the University of Washington’s Museology Program, the                to understand more about
Learning in Informal and Formal Environments Research Center (LIFE) and Woodland              the people who come to our
Park Zoo. Goals of the project are to:                                                        museum: where they come
                                                                                              from, why they come here.
•	 Prepare future professional evaluators, and future museum professionals who value,         So working with students
   understand and support evaluation.
                                                                                              who are learning, themselves,
•	 Encourage dialogue about the place of evaluation within museums.                           about how to use effective
                                                                                              evaluation methodologies is a
•	 Encourage a commitment to and integration of evaluation in museums in Seattle and
   the Puget Sound area.                                                                      huge benefit to us.    ”
                                                                                                Julia Swan, Public Relations &
•	 Test approaches to using media and technologies to more effectively study the nature         Outreach Coordinator, Burke Museum
   of the visitor experience.
Project PIs are Dr. Kris Morrissey, director of the Museology program at the                  “class, result ofnewfound love
                                                                                                As a
                                                                                                      I have a
                                                                                                               taking this
University of Washington; Dr. Tom Satwicz, visitor lecturer in the Museology program
                                                                                              and appreciation for audience
at the U.W.; and Kathryn Owen, education research supervisor at Woodland Park Zoo.
                                                                                              research and evaluation
                                                                                              in informal learning
Highlights of the first year of this initiative include:                                      environments. I loved the
                                                                                              first class so much I decided
•	 38 students participated in the program; over 20 went on to conduct directed               to sign up for the second
   fieldwork projects in evaluation after taking the Intro to Audience Research course.       class where we had hands-on
•	 Teams of museology graduate students, working in collaboration with project staff          experience working on two
   and partner institutions, conducted evaluation projects at a variety of Seattle-area       different evaluation projects,
   institutions: The Burke Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Pacific                 and I subsequently decided
   Science Center, Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo.                                    to do my thesis research
•	 Four students conducted evaluation projects for their Masters’ theses.                     which involved an evaluation
                                                                                              of an exhibit at Woodland
•	 Participating students presented at national conferences of the American Association       Park Zoo. We’re lucky to
   of Zoos and Aquariums, Association of Science and Technology Centers and Visitor
                                                                                              have Kris Morrissey and
   Studies Association.
                                                                                              Kathryn Owen; they’ve been
•	 Presentations by national leaders in the field of education research and visitor studies   evaluators for a long time,
   were held at the zoo and the U.W.; speakers included Dr. Phil Bell, director of the        and they have great friends
   UW Institute for Science and Math Education; Drs. John Falk and Lynn Dierking,             in the field that we’ve been
   cofounders of the Institute for Learning Innovation and pioneers in the field of           able to talk to and work with
   visitor studies; and Randi Korn, director of RK&A, one of the most-established
   museum planning, evaluation and research firms in the country.
                                                                                              as well. ”
                                                                                                Karin Hoffman, recent graduate of
                                                                                                UW Museology program and New
                                                                                                Directions participant.

     Education Leadership Team
                    Stephanie Stowell
                    Director of Education

                     Becky Barker
               Education Programs Manager

                     Linda Farrell
               Education Services Manager

                     Margaret White
            Child & Family Programs Supervisor

                    Katherine Steen
                Zoo Experiences Supervisor

                       Kim Haas
         Volunteer & Education Services Supervisor

                   Katie Remine
       School & Community Engagement Supervisor

                    Kathryn Owen
              Education Research Supervisor

Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through
conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring
               people to learn, care and act.


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