Birmingham Zoo has won the 2019 Education Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the ZooSchool program.
ZooSchool is a weeklong-program for seventh graders from the Birmingham City Schools, focusing on conservation, the environment and the Zoo.
Children observe, watch demonstrations, discuss what they’re seeing and look for solutions, considering how people impact the animals’ habitat positively and negatively. ZooSchool fulfills state education standards not only in science, but also in English and language arts, mathematics and social science.
“Our unique approach uses innovative curriculum, hands-on learning and critical thinking to create an environment for every student enrolled in our ZooSchool program to build a personal connection to conservation,” says Chris Pfefferkorn, Birmingham Zoo President and CEO.
ZooSchool is supported by Spire.
The nine-year-old program has served more than 2,000 students to date.
The award was presented at the AZA conference in September in New Orleans.