Teacher Professional Development

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The Education Division of WCS offers a variety of learning experiences for teachers. Whether on-site at one of our five WCS parks across the city, online from the comfort of your home, or through our partnerships, teachers can earn credit as they learn how to connect to wild nature.

On-site Professional Development

The Education Division of WCS offers teacher courses throughout the year, on weekends as well as during vacations, at all five WCS parks across the city. All courses provide new teacher credit and many can be taken for graduate credits from area colleges or P credits from the NYC Board of Education. 


Online Teacher Academy

Through convenient online and hybrid in-person and online programs, we are reaching new audiences of busy educators. Courses include books, kits, and other educational materials to use in the classroom. Our online courses are also a great way for you to connect your students to educators around the country and throughout the world!

Advanced Inquiry Program

Advanced Inquiry Program

The Wildlife Conservation Society and Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, are partnering to bring a groundbreaking new master's degree program to the New York metropolitan area. WCS welcomes its first cohort in the summer of 2014.


FREE Teacher Webinar & Student Webcast Series

Learn real ­world science through WCS research and experts. Receive training to introduce core science concepts to your students. Connect your students with science experts through interactive, TV ­style webcast programs.

River Otter

Urban Advantage

Urban Advantage is a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students' understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions such as zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and science centers. 

WCS Professional Development

Educational Research and Development

WCS Teacher Professional Development is heavily involved in educational research and development. We are committed to improve the teaching and learning of science for all educators. In fulfilling our commitment to science education, we have formed valuable collaborations and partnerships through grant-funded research projects.

Professional Development Education

Educational Materials

Throughout the world, our science materials are used by thousands of teachers and students spanning 5th to the 12th grade. They don't require you to be near a zoo or aquarium, just near a computer.

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Scholarship Opportunities in Science Education
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