Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Zoological Park. Office of Education
Subject Files, 1984-1993
This accession consists of the National Zoological Park's (NZP) Office of Education (OE) records. These records consist of OE's general administrative files, files concerning the activities of OE's Chief Judith White, and files that concern the development of OE's educational programs. The Office of Education is no longer extant. Its functions have either been dissolved, absorbed into the office of the NZP's Associate Director for Interpretive Programs, or continued by the Education Department of the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ). Judith White was instrumental in developing many of the National Zoo's educational programs, as well as serving as the President of the International Association of Zoo Educators (IZE) and as Chair of the Council of Museum Education Directors. There are several folders that contain correspondence, memoranda, and drafts that outline her involvement with IZE. The general administrative files of OE contain budgetary information, correspondence, annual reports, long-range planning, and a file of memoranda that outline the Office's history. A major portion of the records concern the educational programs developed by OE and Judith White. Many of the programs such as: HerpLab, BirdLab, ZooLab, and ZooAnimals were animal related educational programs directed toward Kindergarten through 6th grade audiences, but there were programs for High School students and teacher workshops. The files also contain a section devoted to the OE's programs with the District of Columbia Public Schools.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- White, Judith
- National Zoological Park (U.S.). Birdlab
- Public Schools of the District of Columbia
- National Zoological Park (U.S.). Herplab
- International Association of Zoo Educators
- National Zoological Park (U.S.). Zoolab
- Zoo Animals: A Closer Look (Program). (1987: Washington, D.C.)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-009, National Zoological Park. Office of Education, Subject Files