What does a quality, professional development WILD Workshop Include?
There are two levels of WILD workshops. An EDUCATOR workshop will give teachers, naturalists, scout leaders and other environmental educators tools to apply within their own classroom or program---and a copy of a guide.
EDUCATORS can go on to attend a FACILITATOR workshop, that will enable participants to host and facilitate their own workshops for new educators. Facilitators must hold at least one workshop every two years to maintain their certification, or return to a Facilitator Workshop to be reinstated. Project Learning Tree and Project WILD partner for Michigan's Facilitator Workshops every other October. The next class will be fall 2017.
Facilitator training offers a brief review of many activities and the highlights of the guides, and focuses mainly on planning for a high-quality, professional development experience for adult learners. Professional speaking tips, dealing with difficult participants, and knowing the audience are all discussed.
WILD Workshops primarily model engaging life science lessons and activities--woven through other parts of the curricula using ELA, Math and even Engineering.
Watch portions of a workshop, including educators practicing their teaching skills, on YouTube as past participants demonstrate their interpretation of Growing Up WILD activities!
Growing Up WILD (for 3-7 year olds) Activity Guide 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 nature and lifelong social and academic skills. Visit the national Growing Up WILD page for more info, sample activities and a great intro video!
Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide This guide focuses on wildlife and habitat. 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 of 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.
This is the primary activity guide and contains 124 different activities and is usually the basic guide provided during a workshop. Check out this free Project WILD K-12 activity sample!
Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide
This guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. This newly updated guide is tied to STEM and connects career opportunities to each activity through wetlands and aquatic systems.
Like the K-12 Guide, this guide contains the same direction and information for each activity. Check out this free Aquatic WILD K-12 activity sample!
Science and Civics
This is Project WILD's high school curriculum, 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 program consists of four major components: 1) Awareness: alerts students to the impact of human and individual activities on habitat quality and quantity; 2) Participatory Democracy: develops principals related to government structures and is appropriate for government and civics units of social studies courses; 3) Habitat Exploration: studies biotic and abiotic parameters of a site and is appropriate for ecology and environmental science units of science courses; and 4) Taking Action: guides both science and social studies students in designing, implementing, and communicating projects to enhance a particular site. Check out this free Project WILD Science and Civics activity sample!
This is an exciting program coordinated through the Council for Environmental Education, not through the state coordinator, that introduces middle school students to bird conservation through classroom activities and school bird festivals. Flying WILD also supports educators by providing standards-based opportunities to engage students in real-world learning, helping them understand the importance of migratory birds and their conservation. Contact the National Flying WILD Coordinator at www.flyingwild.org/.