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Wildlife Education

The Department's wildlife education program provides support to educators in meeting the wildlife related Science Standards of Learning.

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. 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 a cross-reference by topics and skills.

  • K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide is the original guide featuring 122 activities emphasizing terrestrial species and their habitats. A wide range of ecological concepts are covered including: food webs or energy flow, adaptations, interdependence, carrying capacity and habitats. Available in a six hour workshops.
  • Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide provides a look at aquatic wildlife and their ecosystems. This guide with 49 activities supports the watershed and Chesapeake Bay related SOLs as well as the wildlife concepts mentioned above. Available in a four hour workshop.
  • Science and Civics - Sustaining Wildlife (9-12) contains both government and civics activities along with science activities. It is designed to serve as a guide for involving students in environmental action projects aimed at benefiting the local wildlife found in a community. It involves young people in decisions affecting people, wildlife, and their shared habitat in the community. The structure of Science & Civics makes it a suitable curriculum guide for teachers providing a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) for their students. Available in a five hour workshop.
  • Flying WILD, a new conservation education guide featuring interdisciplinary hands-on classroom activities along with information for engaging students in a school wide bird festival. Key concepts include migration, adaptation, the importance of habitat, and bird conservation efforts. Designed originally for middle school teachers and students, the guide contains activities suitable for anyone who wants to teach about birds. Available in a four hour workshop.
  • Growing Up WILD - Exploring Nature with Young Children A curriculum guide for educators of 3-7 year olds 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 nature and lifelong social and academic skills. Available in a three hour workshop.

Project WILD teacher in-service workshops are offered free of charge across the Commonwealth. Project WILD workshops activities are also suitable for use in youth programs such as Scouts and 4-H. Workshops specifically designed for youth group leaders are available.

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More Information

For information about Virginia's Project WILD Workshops or other general wildlife education materials, contact:

Suzie Gilley, Project WILD Coordinator
(804) 367-0188