Speaker Profile


Dr Patricia (Trish) Patrick

Dr. Patrick earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in environmental science education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2006. Her speciality is in preparing Informal Science Educators and the influence of families on learning.


She was a professor at Texas Tech University for 5 years. During her time at Texas Tech, in cooperation with the Houston Zoo, she developed a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction for Informal Science Education. She has published 10 articles related to informal science learning, with a focus on sociocultural theory. Her work focuses on the importance of social and cultural interactions and the importance of those interactions within families. She published the book Zoo Talk and has a new book, Preparing Informal Science Educators, coming out in 2016. She has been a guest speaker at the Chester Zoo (England), University College London Institute of Education (England), Sao Paulo Zoo (Brazil), and San Diego Zoo Global where she spoke on topics, such as, questioning skills, preparing informal educators, reflective practice, and the future of conservation education.