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Woodland Park Zoo's Center for Wildlife Conservation Boardroom
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Facilitated by Khavin Debbs

Location: Woodland Park Zoo Center for Wildlife Conservation Boardroom - 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Target Audience:
Education professionals (admin, educators, coaches etc.) working with children ages 2-10
Caretakers including nannies, au-pairs, and babysitters
Environmental Specialists
Outdoor Recreation and Professionals (those who work in the parks, archeology, marine biologists to name a few)
Social workers
Community Based Organizations
Researchers interested in this topic


History, false narratives, and stereotypes have all played a part in the exclusion of people of color from outdoor, wild spaces. This seminar explores ways to engage with communities and families to ensure that everyone has access to the wonderful environments this world has to offer. This session will offer tools and solutions for decolonizing outdoor spaces.

Why I Should Attend:

The outdoors are for people of all creeds, countries and colors. Yet, many kids of color are not encouraged to go outdoors because the outdoor world is represented as an elitist one.  

The nuances of nature and the outdoors are ones that everyone should get to experience. Nature has the ability to teach us both struggles and pain. Knots and the power of perseverance.  Nature has the ability to heal.

In our current society, where youth as a whole do not spend significant time outdoors, and play-based learning is being replaced by standardized testing, we'll spend this half-day session not only furthering our understanding on how stereotypes have prevented urban and children of color from connecting to nature, but we'll also work towards solutions on how we can connect children to outdoor and conservation-related fields in sustainable and developmentally appropriate ways without traumatizing them or their families.  

What's Included:

Included in this session is one free admission to the zoo!

Please note: Admission to the zoo is only for that day. No-reentries are allowed. Admission is non-transferable.

Cultural Sharing:

The presenter and Hilltop would like to invite everyone to bring a dish (cultural or anything else) to share since there will be a lot of discussion around cultural sharing and creating spaces to engage community in a more authentic way.  Food is usually one of the ways that our community show caretaking and support of each other, and we would like to pass that invitation on to all of those in attendance.

Please note: The Zoo is a nut-free and shell-fish free facility!  

About the Presenter

Khavin Debbs (he/him) is the partnership and operations manager at Tiny Trees Preschool in Seattle, WA.

This event is FREE for for all eligible City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, ECEAP and City of Seattle DEEL Early Learning Staff.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Part of the Hilltop Educator Institute event series. Check out our other events!

The 2019-20 Educator Discussion Series is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing equity, social justice, and partnership within and outside the city of Seattle!

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Thank you to the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) who has provided free registrations for all eligible City of Seattle DEEL early learning partners in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP), the SPP Pathway Program, ECEAP and City of Seattle DEEL Early Learning Staff for each workshop this year!

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Many thanks to the Bertschi School. We deeply appreciate your willingness with which you have and continue to sponsor our efforts to make our community a more inclusive place to live in:
The Bertschi School

Many thanks to the Hearing, Speech, Deaf Center whose generous support made this series possible:

The Speech, Hearing, Deaf Center

Many thanks to SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM for your partnership on making our vision of improving equity of outcomes across race and class more achievable:
SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM

Many thanks to Woodland Park Zoo for hosting this workshop! Your partnership has allowed us to improve our skills in science, learn more about ways we can protect and restore biodiversity, gain a greater appreciation for the diversity of life on Earth, and allowed us to see the firsthand excitement that nature can bring:
Woodland Park Zoo logo

Tickets are non-refundable one week before the event date.  Refunds can be requested from Brown Paper Tickets up until one week before the event.  If you become unable to attend the event after the refund deadline, please feel free to transfer your registration to another attendee.  Simply have your guest sign-in at the event using the name given at registration.
Saturday Dec 07, 2019 9:00 AM - Saturday Dec 07, 2019 1:30 PM | Free - $75.00


Woodland Park Zoo's Center for Wildlife Conservation Boardroom (View)
N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N. (south entrance of zoo)
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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