Professional Development

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.

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 welcomed its first cohort in the summer of 2014.


WCS Webinars are a unique opportunity to learn about the science of studying wildlife, research and conservation. You will learn about WCS field work as you listen to conservation stories from our field researchers. Discover interesting ways to bring these engaging topics to students.

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.

Conservation Education Fellowship

Our Conservation Education Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for college students, recent graduates, and graduate students to explore conservation education in depth. Fellows study global conservation issues and learn the skills they'll need to foster a wildlife classroom that invites student-directed learning.

Teacher Advisory Council

Are you interested in becoming even more involved in the Zoo's conservation education initiatives? The Zoo's Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) may be the opportunity for you.

School Partnerships

An integrated model of professional development that creates Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and happens over a sustained period of team within schools leads to change in teacher practice and therefore increased student achievement.

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!