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Project WILD is a nationwide program that assists PreK-12 educators in teaching about wildlife and their habitat. The materials are available through Project WILD workshops lead by certified instructors. More than 165 hands-on activities provide interactive learning for youth groups, home schools, camps and nature centers.
Project WILD Activity Guide focuses on terrestrial wildlife, habitat and responsible human actions. Multidisciplinary activities focus around major themes, including ecosystems and niches, interdependence, changes and adaptations, biodiversity, wildlife issues and trends and wildlife conservation.
Aquatic Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide explores the wonderful world of water and the aquatic habitats it supports. Students learn about specially adapted wildlife that call our ponds, streams, wetlands, lakes, rivers and oceans home.
Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife serves as a guide for involving students in environmental action projects. Students focus on benefitting the local wildlife found in and around their community. Young people are involved in decisions affecting people, wildlife and their shared habitat.
Schedule a workshop
Schedule a workshop in your communityAnyone can host and attend a workshop! Select a local teacher, nature center staff member, scout leader, parent or you, as a local coordinator to make workshop arrangements.
- Contact the nearest instructor.
- Select a workshop date and location. Locations should allow for using the outdoors as a classroom.
- Market the program locally and recruit a minimum of 10 participants.
- Workshop coordinators receive one FREE enrollment to the workshop that they help organize.
- Requires less travel.
- Provides opportunities to emphasize local resources.
- Can be targeted to specific grade levels or groups.
Other Workshop Options
- Register for a scheduled workshop
Project WILD & Aquatic WILD (6 hours) - $35.00 - effective January 1, 2013
Project WILD & Aquatic WILD and Project Learning Tree (8 hours) - $45.00
Project Learning Tree, Project WILD & Project WET & Aqautic WILD (12 hours) - $65.00
Graduate credit can be arranged for combined courses upon request.
Supplemental Workshop Resources
Wild Science & Civics - $15.00
WILD School Sites (Building schoolyard habitats) - $5.00
Taking Action (Involving Students in service projects) - $5.00
WILD School Yards
Many Project WILD activities can enhance outdoor learning and exploration on the schoolyard, playground, or in your local neighborhood and community.
WILD Schoolyard ActivitiesProject WILD activities
WILD in the City
WILD in the City includes a set of urban wildlife fact sheets to guide explorations of animal habitats within urban areas, including White-tailed Deer, Bats, Great Horned Owl and Canada Goose. Contact Project WILD firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy.
WILD School Sites
Being able to see and work in nature areas increases students' enthusiasm for learning and positively impacts their self-esteem. WILD School Sites is a short movie that helps bridge the gap between the classroom and the outdoors, enabling students to apply lessons learned inside to the world outside. With it, you can watch schools create their own nature areas and see how science, social studies, math, arts and other subjects are reinforced in school nature areas. This resource is available by contacting Wisconsin Project WILD.
An Educator's Guide to Involving Students in Environmental Action Projects. This guide is made up of summaries of successful projects from around the country. It includes basics of project planning, conflict resolution ideas, benefits, implementation and evaluation. This guide is available by contacting Wisconsin Project WILD.
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Resources for educators
Become a trainer
Trainer = Facilitator
A facilitator is someone who is certified to conduct program workshops. Facilitators help workshop participants, usually educators, gain an understanding of how to use the Project materials. Facilitators involved workshop participants in activities so they will become familiar with the materials and use them after the workshop to educate students in grades PreK-12.
Primary facilitator responsibilities
- Attend a facilitator training for the program you want to facilitate
- Conduct at least one workshop per year to remain an active facilitator
- Structure a positive, hands-on workshop experience that allows each member of the group to participate in activities, motivates each participant to use the program materials in his/her educational setting, and so far as possible, achieves each persons reason for being at the workshop.
- Complete and submit all necessary workshop paperwork to the state office no less than three weeks after a workshop
- Collect and submit payments to the state office within the designated timeframe following a workshop
- Participate in continuing facilitator education events annually
- Promote and present the program information locally to the best of your abilities.
To adequately perform the above responsibilities, facilitators need to:
- be objective and knowledgeable in your presentation of the materials and in environmental education;
- represent the program and the DNR in a professional manner;
- be motivated and able to dedicate the time to organize and conduct high quality workshops in your area;
- have speaking and teaching skills adequate to conduct interactive and engaging workshops; and
- show enthusiasm in environmental and conservation education to inspire others to use the course materials.
- Become trained in the program you want to teach and become familiar with the materials by using the activities with a variety of audiences.
- Submit an application (request an application at email@example.com)
- Potential candidates will be contacted to attend a two day training session.
- Alternatively, potential candidates may be trained through an approved mentorship option.
- Once a facilitator has been trained, she or he will receive a certificate and be ready to conduct workshops.
- To remain in active status, certified facilitators must use their training and conduct at least one workshop per year.