2020 Hawai'i Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science Application
The Community Engagement team at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, the largest zoo-based research team in the world, has offered a professional development program called Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science every summer for the past 14 years. Each year we bring science teachers from around the nation to our research headquarters in San Diego, CA to learn about headline scenarios in wildlife conservation, but had always wanted to branch out and establish programs in other areas in order to make our curriculum more accessible to educators.
In 2018 we piloted our first ever Hawai'i based Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science where we brought 21 teachers from around the Big Island together for four days of conservation science and inquiry. In 2019 we continued this work, engaging another 23 educators from the island, and in 2020 we will be back! We are excited to continue growing this partnership in 2020 with Hawai'i' and Kauai island's middle school educators!
Our program is meant for educators who engage 6th-8th grade students on the islands of Hawai'i and Kauai, but is also appropriate for informal educators and administrators who support these age groups. Even if you don't teach science in a formal setting, this program has something for you, and we hope you will apply!
Our program date for this summer's Hawai'i based Teacher Workshops is June 8-11th.
We ask that you apply with a partner from your school or organization so that you have built-in support when you want to try new things. At least one person on your team of two should teach a life science, the other can teach any subject at all, we welcome cross-curricular teams! Each team member must fill out their own application.
Grant-funded scholarships for this residential program include all meals and lodging for the duration of the workshop, in addition to program fees, special experiences, and materials, including a visit the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, operated by San Diego Zoo Global. We will spend all four days and three nights of the program, Monday, June 8th-Thursday, June 11th, at the Kilauea Military Camp in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. To help offset transportation and childcare costs during the workshop, we are also excited to offer a $250 stipend to all participants!
When making acceptances, we strive for a diverse representation of years of teaching experience, formal and informal educators, science and non science subjects, and Title 1 and non Title 1 schools, while also weighing responses to the personal statement question found at the end of the application. If our applicant pool for certain categories is exceedingly large, participants will be selected on a random, lottery basis.
Acceptance decisions will be sent via email by early May.
Please fill out the following form to apply to our 2020 Hawai'i based Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science! This should take approximately 10 minutes.
What is an email address you check frequently?
This email address is how we will contact you to let you know if you have been accepted to the workshop. This is our only way to keep in touch with you! Please add our email (
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Do you have a partner applicant?
Have you found a partner at your site who is also interested in conservation? We can only accept up to 2 educators per school/organization due to funding restrictions, thank you for applying as a pair. You can also apply as a solo applicant, although we do recommend finding a buddy to apply with!
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