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Project Wild

Project Wild

A pre-K through 12 environmental and conservation education program that provides professional development opportunities for teachers and naturalists, emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources interwoven with English language arts, math and social studies. A perfect addition to classroom units or nature center programming, using hands-on, engaging activities.

These workshops give teachers, naturalists, scout leaders and other environmental educators tools to apply within their own classroom or program, and a copy of a guide. To plan a workshop, please contact Natalie Elkins at miprojectwild@gmail.com or 517-284-6041. A workshop needs a minimum of 10 people. The cost is $35 per person for one guide covered in a workshop. Training for an additional guide may be added for $15.

Below is more information about what you can expect out of these different workshops (these can be combined to create your own custom workshop too):

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Workshops

Aquatic WILD guidebook cover image

Aquatic WILD

K-12 aquatic wildlife and habitat

Flying WILD logo

Flying WILD

Middle school: building toward a bird festival

Become a certified instructor

Taking a workshop gives teachers, naturalists, scout leaders and other environmental educators tools to apply within their own classroom or program, and a copy of a guide.

Looking to plan a workshop for your staff? Please contact Natalie Elkins at miprojectwild@gmail.com or 517-284-6041. A workshop needs a minimum of 10 people. The cost is $35 per person for one guide covered in a workshop. Training for an additional guide may be added for $15.

Facilitator (Train-the-Trainer) Professional Development

Certified educators can go on to attend a facilitator professional development workshop that enables them to host and facilitate their own workshops for new educators. Facilitators must hold at least one workshop every two years to maintain certification. Typically, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD partner for training every other year. This training counts towards the Michigan specific part of Strand 2 of the MAEOE EEC (Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education's Environmental Certification Program).

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, adapting on the fly, agenda building, marketing, local resources, and knowing the audience are all discussed.

Event: Project WILD and Project Learning Tree Facilitator Level Professional Development Training (Train the Trainer)

Dates: March 22-23, 2022Times: 10 am Day 1 - 4:30 pm Day 2, presence in the evening for group work is required.

Prerequisite: At least one educator level Project WILD or Project Learning Tree Certification including: PLT K-8, PLT Early Childhood, Growing Up WILD, Aquatic WILD, K-12 WILD or Flying WILD (any combo class with more that one is also valid).

Where: Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, MI

Fee: $50 to hold your spot, PLT and WILD will cover all meals and lodging. Check to MAEOE, and mailed to Natalie Elkins, 6349 Victoria Shore Dr. Laingsburg, MI 48848.

SCECH: 10 State Continuing Education Clock Hours will be offered at no charge

Details: This training will prepare educators (naturalists, curriculum coordinators, camp leaders, scout leaders etc.) to train other adults to run Project WILD and Project Learning Tree activities. It will focus on the best practices of environmental AND adult education, modeling activities, tying activities to grade levels and the NGSS/Michigan Science Standards, statewide and local resources, marketing ideas, field investigations, inquiry-based and place-based learning. Group projects and attendance for the entire session is required for certification-but it will be fun and engaging! This training counts for the Michigan-based half of Strand 2 of the Environmental Educator Certification Program (maeoe.com).

Registration: Sign up