The following curricula have been developed to fit current state standards and help educators incorporate Michigan's wildlife into the classroom.
Go Wild for Michigan's Wildlife (K-5th grades)
Share the wonders of Michigan's wild inhabitants with young learners to build appreciation for these unique critters and the places they call home with these lessons and materials for your classroom. Materials include four lesson plans, wildlife posters for the classroom, and sets of Go Wild for Michigan's Wildlife Critter Cards for students. (Note: sets of the Critter Cards for students are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.)
The Teacher Guide and Critter Cards, are provided via email to educators who register.
This curriculum is free of charge and open to K - 5th grade educators in Michigan.
A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear (6th - 8th grades)
Are you looking for a fun way to integrate Michigan's unique flora and fauna into your curriculum while still meeting the educational standards required? You and your class have an opportunity to begin an adventure that will allow you to experience A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear.
Throughout the school year, students will learn about the life cycle of the Michigan black bear, general black bear biology and behavior, as well as how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear population. You and your students also have the opportunity to track movements of a Michigan black bear throughout the school year by looking at actual location data from collared bears. New this year - additional bear locations have been added!
Participating classes also have the option to enter the Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear Contest. Classes use what they have learned to tell a story about a year in the life of a black bear. The contest winners are awarded prizes for their classrooms.
An educator guide with six lessons, including activities, maps, and videos, are emailed to eligible teachers who register.
This free curriculum is available to all interested 6th, 7th and 8th grade educators in Michigan. Please register by September 30th.
Elk University (9th - 12th grades)
The elk success story in Michigan is truly special and unique. Elk University - Educating Tomorrow's Wildlife Managers, designed to fit into your busy semester while meeting educational standards. This program touches on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife disease, and social considerations for wildlife management. Students will learn about how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy elk herd for current and future generations.
Registered 9th-12th grade educators will receive an electronic educator guide, with activities and videos, sent to their email.
This curriculum is free of charge and open to all interested 9th-12th grade educators.
Michigan’s Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl Curriculum (6th, 7th and 8th grades)