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education North Lbrcoltz Park West, Chicago, Illinois 60614, In the absence of a staff Curator of Education, the Lincoln Park Zoo has thus far relied upon the volunteer Docent Committee of the Zoological Society to act as the zoo’s educational arm. The docents began in 1969, with a small announcement in the Society’s newsletter asking for volunteers for a ‘once-aday guided tour summer programme’. Following a six-week orientation course given by the zoo director, Dr Lester E. Fisher, by March 1970 22 docents were conducting groups of fifth grade (age ten years) school pupils around the zoo. Each volunteer agreed to serve one day a week, from 1000-1400 hours -the time when most schools in the Chicago area utilise their buses for field trips. A 45-minute walking tour, generally of the Lion, Primate and Reptile Houses, eventually became the standard procedure. During 1971bylaws were written and a more formdised structure emerged. A member of the Science Department of the Chicago Board of Education became Docent Educational Adviser and counseled docents on how more closely to attune their tours to the work being performed in the elcmentq school science classroom. The succcss of this initial effort encouraged the offer of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1977 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1977.tb00929.x
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Abstract

North Lbrcoltz Park West, Chicago, Illinois 60614, In the absence of a staff Curator of Education, the Lincoln Park Zoo has thus far relied upon the volunteer Docent Committee of the Zoological Society to act as the zoo’s educational arm. The docents began in 1969, with a small announcement in the Society’s newsletter asking for volunteers for a ‘once-aday guided tour summer programme’. Following a six-week orientation course given by the zoo director, Dr Lester E. Fisher, by March 1970 22 docents were conducting groups of fifth grade (age ten years) school pupils around the zoo. Each volunteer agreed to serve one day a week, from 1000-1400 hours -the time when most schools in the Chicago area utilise their buses for field trips. A 45-minute walking tour, generally of the Lion, Primate and Reptile Houses, eventually became the standard procedure. During 1971bylaws were written and a more formdised structure emerged. A member of the Science Department of the Chicago Board of Education became Docent Educational Adviser and counseled docents on how more closely to attune their tours to the work being performed in the elcmentq school science classroom. The succcss of this initial effort encouraged the offer of

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1977

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