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Adult Classes

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is not just for kids! Whether you want to spice up your resume or just pursue an interest in wildlife, adult classes at the Zoo provide an insider's look at animal behavior, conservation, and ecology. The Wildlife Studies Certificate Program (WSCP) offers adults interested in conservation and zoological research the opportunity to gain expertise about the issues and science important to wildlife and their habitats. Through the WSCP, adults learn about connections between worldwide ecological processes and the conservation and research done here at the Zoo. Courses are taught by scientists and researchers from the Zoo and other area science and government organizations.

To earn the certificate, participants must take a total of six classes, including three core classes and three electives. One class in each of three categories must be taken to satisfy the core requirements: animal behavior, conservation, and ecology. *The three electives may be chosen from any of these or other categories. Classes will occasionally be offered that do not qualify as a core class, but will count toward the elective requirement.

*The ecology requirement replaces the veterinary studies requirement. Current participants may fulfill the requirement with a class in either category.

Asian elephant
Apr. 05, 2017 to Apr. 19, 2017
Age Range: 18+
Status: Waitlist
scientist pipetting
May. 23, 2017 to Jun. 06, 2017
Age Range: 18+
Status: Waitlist
An adult cheetah and cubs eating from a plate in the grass
Aug. 06, 2017
Age Range: 18+
Status: Waitlist

Past Classes

lesser kudu
Apr. 07, 2016 to Apr. 21, 2016
Age Range: 18+
Status: Closed
bumble bee
Apr. 16, 2016 to Apr. 30, 2016
Age Range: 18+
Status: Closed
scientists holding first litter of IVF puppies
Aug. 10, 2016 to Aug. 24, 2016
Age Range: 18+
Status: Closed
Poison Dart Frog
Oct. 11, 2016 to Oct. 25, 2016
Age Range: 18+
Status: Closed
Cheetah
Nov. 09, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2016
Age Range: 18+
Status: Closed
a veterinarian uses a stethoscope to listen to a seal's heart beat
Mar. 07, 2017 to Mar. 21, 2017
Age Range: 18+
Status: Closed