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Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. The program emphasizes wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. In the face of competing needs and pressures affecting the quality and sustainability of life on earth, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world.
The activities found in Project WILD instructional materials are intended for use in both classroom and informal settings and are designed to support state and national academic standards appropriate for grades K-12. The activities can easily be adapted to meet the learning requirements for academic disciplines ranging from science and environmental education to social studies, math, and language arts. Educators may choose one or more Project WILD activities to teach a concept or skill. The activities may be integrated into existing courses of study, or an entire set of activities may serve effectively as the basis for a specific course.
Project WILD's primary audience is educators of kindergarten through high school students. However, this does not limit the usefulness of Project WILD to formal educational settings. Volunteers working with young people in pre-school and after-school programs; representatives of private conservation, industry, or other community groups who are interested in providing instructional programs for young people or their educators; and personnel involved in preparation of future teachers are all among those who effectively use the instructional resources of this program.
Over 1 million educators in the U.S. have participated in Project WILD workshops since the program began. These educators in turn have provided instruction using Project WILD to more than 48 million youths.
As with all good educational materials, Project WILD is concerned with providing information as well as helping students evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. In short, Project WILD's mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment. All curriculum materials are backed by sound educational practices and theory and represent the work of many within the fields of education and natural resource management from across the country. www.projectwild.org
About the Activity Guides
The focuses on wildlife and habitat. It is organized into topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities, or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.
Each Project WILD activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided as well as an index cross-referenced by topics and skills.
Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide
The Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. It is organized in topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD Aquatic activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.
Each Project WILD Aquatic activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-reference by topics and skills.
Growing Up WILD
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and an award from the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation.
The activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children:
- Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
- Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities in a full-color 11"x17" activity guide.
- Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections and "Healthy Me" dovetailing with the Let's Move Campaign.
- Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
- Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
- Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.
Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus.
Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals.
About the Flying WILD Curriculum Guide
Comprehensive, Quality Bird Education
The main purpose of the Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds is to provide activities that teach middle-school students about birds, their migration, and what people can do to help birds and their habitats. The Guide's many activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to initiate service-learning projects that help birds and their habitats. The Guide helps middle-grade students, teachers, and community volunteers implement a bird festival at their school.
Within the Guide's pages you will find a wealth of activities, ideas, and tips for hosting your own school bird festival, from recruiting committees and pre-festival donations to after-festival lean-up and follow-up evaluation. In conjunction with the Flying WILD program, the Guide creates a unique opportunity for students, teachers, and the community to come together to learn about birds through innovative, hands-on, minds-on activities.
The Guide features three sets of activities, each designed to be led by
- A teacher;
- A volunteer; or
- A student.
Fun and fascinating activities involve volunteers at various levels of ability and participation. All 43 activities focus on learning about birds through contests, quizzes, and hands-on projects-and 19 of those activities are designed to be led by the students themselves. Join the fun while learning about what you can do to help protect migratory birds.
The Project WILD activity guides are available when you participate in a Project Wild Workshop. Realizing that a workshop may not be available at a time or date that you can participate, all of the current activity guides have been placed in the Maine State Library, and are available to borrow via their system. If you wish to borrow a guide to use as a reference, please contact the Maine State Library directly at: http://www.maine.gov/msl/ or 287-5600. The Flying WILD and Growing Up WILD guides may be purchased directly from the national web site for each.
- Project WILD: K-12 curriculum & activity guide
- Project WILD Aquatic: K-12 curriculum & activity guide
- Growing up WILD: exploring nature with young children, ages 3-7
- Flying Wild: an educator's guide to celebrating birds
- Taking Action: an educator's guide to involving students in environmental action projects
- Wild School Sites: a guide to preparing for habitat improvement projects on school grounds
WILD LINKS: Activity correlations for over 140 Project WILD activities to Maine Learning Results in math, science, language arts, social studies and visual/performing arts are available. WILD LINKS was developed by Maine classroom teacher consultants in partnership with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and funded by an Outdoor Heritage Grant.
Maine's Project WILD Basic, Project WILD Aquatic, Wild School Sites, Growing Up WILD, and Flying WILD Teacher Workshop fees are $25 per person.
- include background information about Maine's wildlife and natural resources,
- provide hands-on WILD experience with activities that address every subject and skill area, and
- assist participants with integration of WILD activities into their curriculums.
WILD workshops are conducted on a statewide basis by trained volunteer facilitators. Workshops may be scheduled year 'round at a variety of locations.
A workshop can be scheduled for an entire school district, an individual school, as a part of college methods courses, at conferences; on in-service days, professional days, early-release days, weekends or during vacations.
WILD workshops are designed so teachers become familiar with the activities and their multidisciplinary use in the classroom.
- Teachers actively participate in a wide array of WILD activities
- learn of other Maine conservation education resources
- receive current Maine wildlife information and a variety of posters, prizes and resources directly supporting wildlife and conservation education in your classroom
For more information, contact: Lisa Kane, Project WILD Coordinator; Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 284 State St. 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 (207) 557-0118 or email Lisa Kane.
Combined Workshop (Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, Project Wet)
For K-12 educators, curriculum resources, integrated lesson plans, 7 contact hours or CEU's available. Dress for outdoor activities. Bring own lunch; snacks and water provided.
- Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
- Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
- Where: Monson Community Center
- To Register: Call Dawna Blackstone at 695-3085 or register by email. Registration deadline is Friday, March 21, 2014
- Fee: $50.00 per person (normally $100 - AMC Education Grant funding a portion)
Project WILD Basic Workshop
Open to home school parents, scout leaders, and other outdoor educators. Need at least 18 people to run this workshop. Bring own lunch and beverage; snacks provided. Dress for going outside. Participants receive the activity guide along with a variety of Maine wildlife posters and publications.
- Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
- Time: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
- Where: University of Maine Cooperative Extensioin, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan
- To Register: Go to Maine Audubon and click on Register for a workshop. Registration deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014.
- Fee: $25.00 per person