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AIP - Graduate Research: Field Methods

Graduate Program - AIP

Title: Graduate Reserch - Field Methods

Term: Spring 2017

In Class days: March 11th & April 8th

Time: 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Course Description: This course provides students with an overview of biological and social field based research conducted in zoological, reserve, aquaria and other ex situ settings as well as in situ environments.

Students will gain proficiency in applying field methods to ecological questions and conservation practice and explore the multi-disciplinary nature of science, and hands-on conservation research. A premise of this course is that field methods are not only essential for ecological research, they can serve as the basis for participatory education, public engagement in science, and community-based environmental stewardship.

Field methods point sampling, capture/recapture, quadrat studies, pitfall traps, line transects, ethology, and others--are fundamental tools that allow investigators of all backgrounds to generate knowledge needed to become better informed environmental citizens.

Students will become familiar with a range of field methods and contribute to on-going research in their communities.

AIP: Graduate Research: Science Literature

Graduate Program - AIP

Title: Graduate Research: Science Literature

Credits: 1

Term: Spring 2016

In Class days: March 4th & April 1st 9:00-4:00


Course Description: Students will explore contemporary conservation issues by reading and discussing current literature based on conservation efforts. By delving deeper into multi-faceted conservation concerns participants will have the opportunity to explore how they would respond to controversial problems and conflicts. This course will provide participants the opportunity to think critically about the environment and the complex issues that arise when striving to secure a better world for animals. 


  • Current and foundational issues in biodiversity
  • Extended online discussions
  • Understanding the complexity of issues presented


Career Lab - Zoo Career Exploration for teens in high school

Date: November 12, 2016 9:00AM-1:30PM

*Registration for this event closes on November 8th, 2016 at 12:00PM

This event is for teens in high school only

Do you have a teen wondering what it s like to work at a zoo? Check out the Career Lab program for high school students interested in participating in a career exploration at Denver Zoo. During this engaging program we will dive in and explore all aspects of animal care and will learn that it really does take a committed team of staff to make this happen.  Participants will practice hands on learning through enrichment creation (creating an item that enhances an animal s environment to encourage its natural behaviors), special behind the scenes tours, and an overview of the many different careers in zoo animal care and how to get there. 


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