Education and outreach form the essential cornerstones of any successful conservation endeavor. At the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, the Beckman Center for Conservation Research is the only dedicated conservation education lab in the world.
The lab aims to make the Institute’s scientific staff and facilities available to challenge, engage, and inspire students of all ages. Here students, teachers, and others have direct experience with research scientists, gain access to powerful research tools, and are involved in lessons that connect them to the science of conservation in new and exciting ways.
The approach provides the opportunity to share a full, in-depth look at the work of conservation biology and the many fields of study that help guide conservation decision-making.
All programs are developmentally appropriate, relevant to real-world problems, and emphasize understanding through inquiry.
For more information on Conservation Education programs available to school groups, download our flyer (pdf)
Master’s Degree Program
Passionate about conservation? Get your Master’s degree with the Zoo!
Summer Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science 2013
The Conservation Education Division at the Institute offers summer workshops for teachers. Interested high school and middle school life science teachers from around the nation are encouraged to download the application packet and apply. This year, 2013, we are offering up to three high school workshops and two middle school workshops.
Wild CSI Summer Camp 2013
Help solve real-life conservation issues with cutting-edge science, the latest research, and your critical thinking skills at our Wild CSI Summer Camp!
Conservation Education Staff
- James Danoff-Burg, Ph.D.,Director of Conservation Education
- Maggie Reinbold, Conservation Program Manager
- Robin Keith, Conservation Program Specialist
- Corrin LaCombe, Conservation Education Research Coordinator
- Luis Ramirez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate
- Samantha Young, Senior Research Technician
- Kimberly Kutina, Research Technician
- Kirstie Ruppert, Research Technician