Wildlife Trunk/Safari in a Box
Are you looking for a Wildlife Adventure right in your classroom? The Wildlife Trunk is a kit filled with a variety of animal pelts, skulls, tracks, scat replicas, wildlife fact sheets, activities, DVDs, videos and posters all neatly packaged in a large tote trunk. A guide to animal skulls, wildlife classroom activities and Project WILD materials are included. You must pick up and return the trunk to the location from which you borrowed it.
The Sables Club, a part of the Maine Chapter of Safari Club International, has fund-raised for most of these trunks in full or part. The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has also funded many of these kits through a grant.
This convenient, hands-on, activity based teaching kit will help your students understand wildlife identification, management and proper conservation practice. The trunk is a great tool for homeschool groups, for use in school conservation fairs, Envirothon practice, and by scout groups and classroom teachers.
Wildlife Trunks have been placed at locations statewide. Please contact the facility nearest to you to arrange to borrow the trunk. A small deposit may be required to ensure full return of all materials in the trunk. Length of time the trunk may be lent will vary with the facility. If you need more information, please contact Lisa Kane, IFW Education Coordinator, at MDIFW Headquarters in Augusta at (207) 557-0118.
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Ashland Regional Office
Attn: Traci Bushey
PO Box 447
Ashland, ME 04732-0447
Telephone: (207) 435-3231 ext. 1
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center
PO Box 188
Bryant Pond, ME 04219
Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center
Rich Bouchard, Facilities Coordinator
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
One Tanglewood Road
Lincolnville, ME 04849
cell: 207-322-3437 fax: 207-789-5220
Smithfield Plantation Trustees
c/o Diane Clay, Chairman
Litchfield Town Office
2400 Hallowell Road
Litchfield, ME 04350
Telephone: (207) 268-3247
Town Office (207) 268-4721
Phippsburg Sportsmen's Association
272 Main Road
Phippsburg, ME 04562
Telephone: (207) 443-9426
Greenland Point Center
PO Box 333
Princeton, ME 04668
Wells Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve
Attn: Suzanne Eder, Education Director
342 Laudholm Farm Road
Wells, ME 04090
Telephone: (207) 646-1555 ext. 116
Note: The trunk available at the Bangor Office is slightly different than the others listed above. Furbearer Fundamentals is a teacher resource that contains a three-week (or longer), multidisciplinary unit of study that focuses on furbearers found in the northeastern United States. It can be used in its entirety or broken into parts that can be used individually as supplemental educational materials and activities. The informational materials and activities are designed for middle school students, but may be modified to reach both younger and older students. The Furbearer Fundamentals Kit contains pelts, rubber tracks and scat, skulls and reference books, various informational resources on furbearers and regulated wildlife management including: the web site conservewildlife.org on CD, videos on regulated trapping, the Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation booklet and the Trapping in the 21st Century pamphlet.
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Envirothon students use activity sheets to become more familiar with
Students in an art class created scale drawings of skulls from the safari trunk kit.