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ZooED Spring Updates - 2023

Hello ZooED Teachers,

 

Happy New Year! This is your spring semester ZooED email with procedures for orders, Zoomobiles, Zoo field trips and bus stipends.

 

ZooED Orders-DUE BY 3/31/23

To ensure you receive materials before the end of the school year, we are accepting ZooED orders now through March 31, 2023. The order form will reopen for summer school in May.

 

We require that each trained teacher place their order individually so we can accurately track participation. This will ensure that you will receive the benefits of Active Participation in ZooED.

 

ZooED material order forms can be found in the Teacher Portal of the ZooED website.

 

You will receive an email when your order is ready. Orders can be picked up in the Zoo’s Education Office during office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:45pm. Arrangements for times outside of office hours can be made. Orders for multiple teachers may be picked up by one person and it can be anyone you choose.

 

FYI for Meet the Animal ZooED

We are in the process of updating and rewriting all the Meet the Animal units, these new units will roll out in Fall 2023. As we go through the spring and summer, we will be using up the supply of student guides that we have on hand. We will not be reordering the current units. We are doing our best to keep the website up to date as we run out of student guides, some may be available as a pdf. You will be notified if any of your requested units are out of stock.

 

ZooED Training Sessions

If you have any untrained team members, the last teacher training sessions of the 2022-23 school year are on January 28, February 7, 16 and 25. More information about these sessions and the registration form can be found on the ZooED website. Teacher training sessions for summer school will resume in late spring. Watch the website for those dates.

 

Zoomobiles and Field Trips

Zoomobile and Field Trip booking is done through the Zoo’s website. To find information and the request form, click on the Education tab on the far-right side of the banner. On the drop-down menu click on either Zoomobile or Field Trips. There you will find more information and the request forms. Once you have submitted your request, a Zoo representative will confirm dates and details.

 

Field Trip Bus Stipend

Bus stipends are available to Active ZooED teachers. To be considered Active you must start the ZooED program with your students prior to coming to the Zoo. Please make sure you place your order for materials a minimum of 3 weeks before starting ZooED with your students to allow time for your order to be filled and picked up.

 

You may schedule your field trip and submit your bus stipend form at any time. The bus stipend application will not be processed until you have picked up your ZooED materials. We encourage you to schedule your field trip as soon as possible as dates will fill up quickly this spring. Also please note, the stipend is a refund of expenses, we do not pay for buses directly.

 

Bus stipend request forms must be emailed to zooed@fotzkc.org on or before the day of the field trip. Retroactive or late requests will not be honored.

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