Professional Development

The Greenville Zoo's education department is excited to offer professional development opportunities. Workshops are open to all educators. Explore new curriculum, participate in hands-on activities and build your knowledge of the natural world.  Workshops are available at the Greenville Zoo. Each professional development session is available for continuing education credits or professional development growth points. 


Wild Design - February 16, 2018

9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$30 per person
8-person minimum; 30-person maximum
Middle and High School

Participants will uncover techniques in developing a STEAM unit in partnership with the Greenville Zoo.  Developing a curriculum that fits your school's needs, Wild Design uses a project based learning approach to incorporate multiple subjects into building your own zoo.  Did you know planning a zoo incorporates genetics, wildlife biology, engineering, accounting, and graphic design?  Discover how you can tie all these and more into one unit.

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Nature Tech - March 16, 2018

9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$30 per person 8-person minimum; 30-person maximum
Upper Elementary and Middle School

Bridging nature and science has never been more exciting!  bring the wild to you or take the lab to the field.  During this course, educators will discover various techniques for incorporating technology into the world of nature for a multi-disciplinary approach in the classroom.  

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Private Workshops: Looking for something else?

Our curriculum development team can tailor a teaching workshop or team-building workshop for your facility that can give you the confidence to tackle that exciting project, expand on a teaching style, or even just gain a better understanding with a new subject.  Let us bring the workshop to you!  We can meet you at your school, childcare development center, co-op, or community center.  

Zoo Campus Private Workshops
30-person maximum | 5 hour maximum per day

Offsite Private Workshops
30-person maximum | 5-hour maximum per day | Distance fees apply

Call the education department to book your organization's workshop and to discuss pricing (864) 467-4850.

NatureStart Course

The Chicago Zoological Society has selected Greenville Zoo to be the regional training sight for early childhood educators in NatureStart™ . Participants must complete all three in person training sessions to receive certificate of completion for over 18 hours of professional development.

Young children learn through play. The Chicago Zoological Society’s NatureStart™ model uses children’s innate curiosity about the natural world as a way to foster learning. By inviting children to explore and play in the natural world, they gain knowledge and skills, and become inspired to protect their planet and its inhabitants.

2018 Sessions (must attend all three sessions)
September 22: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
October 6: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
November 10: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lunch and snacks provided 10-person minimum; 25-person maximum
$500 per participant

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2019 Sessions Dates to be announced (must attend all three sessions)
Lunch and snacks provided 10-person minimum; 25- person maximum
$500 per participant

Call the Greenville Zoo Education Department for details and registration (864) 467-4850.