Abstract # 506 Event # 2:

Scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, 2003 09:00 AM-12:00 PM: (Calgary Zoo) Workshop


ALL ABOUT PRIMATES! A WORKSHOP FOR K-12 TEACHERS (SPONSORED BY THE ASP EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THE CALGARY ZOO)

S. Howell1, K. Strange2 and J. Burns3
1Primate Foundation of Arizona, P.O. Box 20027, Mesa, AZ 85277-0027, USA, 2Calgary Zoo, 3Stony Hill Farm Environmental Education Center
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     This workshop represents a joint effort between the ASP and the Calgary Zoo to introduce K-12 teachers to primatology. The purpose of the workshop is to provide teachers with skills and information necessary to incorporate primatology into their current curriculum. We will provide basic information on primates related to their diversity, geographic distribution, behavior, and conservation. We will acquaint teachers with available audiovisual and on-line resources. We will provide lesson plans and suggest ways to incorporate primatology into existing science curriculums. The Calgary Zoo environment will also afford the unique opportunity for active learning about the behavior of primates and teachers will receive hands-on training in behavioral observation, data collection methods, and analysis. ASP members will be on hand throughout to share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm. While the workshop is geared to K-12 teachers, undergraduate and graduate students in primatology as well as young professionals are welcome to attend and will find it a valuable overview to the field of primatology.