The North American Conservation Education Strategy: A Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence The award-winning North American Conservation Education Strategy (CE Strategy) delivers unified, research-based core concepts and messages about fish and wildlife conservation, translated into K-12 academic standards to shape students’ environmental literacy, stewardship and outdoor skills. The Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence includes the many resources developed by AFWA as part of the CE Strategy, including the following publications
Field Investigation Guide
Schoolyard Biodiversity Guide
Landscape Investigation Guidelines
Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
System Thinking Guidebook
Project Based Learning Model
Outdoor Skills Education Handbook
Virginia Animals and Their Habitat Unit A second-grade cross-curricular unit that integrates the content areas of science, language arts, mathematics, and history and social science; and addresses 40 grade-two Virginia Standards of Learning. Students will develop an understanding of Virginia animals and their habitats through active research, investigation and data collection, mathematical analysis, and communication. The unit utilizes inquiry, student teamwork, project-based learning, student journals, and fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. The unit is enhanced when paired with Project WILD materials.
Migration (Science SOL 2.7, 3.4, 4.8, and LS.11)
The Department has placed satellite transmitters on several species of birds in order to learn more about their migration patterns. Although the transmitters are no longer transmitting data and have fallen off the birds, the information returned from these transmitters is valuable in managing both winter and summer habitats for these species. Flocks of these species follow similar routes every spring and fall.
Tundra Swan Study
Peregrine Falcon Study
Management and Recovery
Black Duck Study
Pintail Duck Study
Biodiversity (Science SOL 3.6, 4.8, LS.9, LS.12, BIO.8, BIO.9)
The Species Richness maps for mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians display the biodiversity of species within VA. Compare these maps to locations of Virginia’s human populations.