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Teacher Appreciation Day at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

This story comes to us from the Smithsonian National Zoo:

On Saturday November 6th, one may see a school of fish, a colony of leaf cutter ants, a pride of lions, or a troop of teachers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) invites pre-kindergarten through high school educators from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia) to participate in its 2nd annual Teacher Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At this free event, teachers will be able to participate in workshops and tours where they will learn about planning Zoo field trips and FONZ’s educational material. Participants will also have the opportunity to watch Zoo staff prepare an exhibit and share their ideas and requests for future Zoo programming with Zoo educators.

“This day is a way for us to thank teachers for the incredible time and effort they devote to their students,” said Joe Sacco, Associate Director of Education for FONZ. “It is also a great way to inform teachers about the educational resources at the Zoo, and it allows us to have a dialogue with them about how to better meet their needs.”

Teachers can register at Amazonia to receive their participant card and a “Member for the Day” pass. This pass includes discounts for parking, shopping, and dining at the Zoo’s Mane Restaurant. Registration is on-going throughout the day; however, space will be limited to 20 teachers per workshop and 12 teachers per tour. Therefore, an early arrival is recommended. Families of educators are welcomed, but not all of the activities are family friendly. Children and families will not be allowed to participate in the workshops or tour. For additional information, please contact Elise Bernardoni, Senior Education Specialist at BernardoniE@si.edu or 202-633-4455.