Teachers’ and Educators’ Corner

Teaching about nature is a vital component to connect people with wildlife and wild places. As teachers and educators, you already do so much to work toward building skills and knowledge in our youth and communities. Here at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife we want to help you to incorporate nature and wild lessons into your already existing curriculum and lessons. These resources are available to help you create meaningful connections to nature, help nurture a sense of awareness and responsible behavior, and increase knowledge, skills, and a commitment to wildlife and wild places. Whether you are a school teacher, daycare provider, nature center employee, sportsmen club member, scout leader, or another interested educator, these resources are here for you.

For more information or if you have a question please contact Laura Craver-Rogers, MDIFW Education and Outreach Supervisor at laura.craver-rogers@maine.gov or call 207-592-0750.

Outreach Requests

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staff have many different skills and knowledge. They are often asked to attend, speak, and present at fairs, shows, special events, and to classes. If you are interested in having a biologist, educator, warden, or other MDIFW staff attend your event or speak to your group please reach out to us.
There are a variety of topics we can discuss:

  • Wildlife biology or fisheries
  • Natural history of Maine’s wildlife and fishes
  • Outdoor skills (hunting, fishing, map and compass, birding, etc.)
  • Habitat management (reasons and methods used)
  • Career experiences of MDIFW staff
  • And more!

Please contact Laura Craver-Rogers, Education and Outreach Supervisor, at laura.craver-rogers@maine.gov or 207-592-0750 for more information.

**COVID-19 Update - There may be some restrictions on outreach at this time.**

Additional Resources

There are many great resources on the MDIFW webpage, but here are a few suggested areas to use with your classes.

  • Participate in a Citizen Science project! There are many ways that you and your students can be a part of real scientific research.
  • Learn about fish and wildlife and how different species are managed. This information can be used to help with reports, scout badges, in science class, language arts, and other interdisciplinary units.
  • Habitat Outreach Program. Take a look at habitats of different species across the state of Maine with this interactive map as part of the Beginning with Habitat program.  This could be part of a local conservation learning project or even specific species for a school project, scout badge, or personal learning opportunity.
  • Learn about or visit a Wildlife Management Areas. Learn about the wildlife management areas near you, and possibly plan a visit there to take a closer look at different habitats and animal species.
  • Check out our blog for recent project updates.
  • Listen to the Department’s podcast, Fish + Game Changers, at mefishwildlfie.com/changers.