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Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design)

What is Project WILD?

  • WILD Correlations to NYS Learning Standards in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social studies are available. Please email project.wild@dec.ny.gov to request copies. These files are in MS Excel format as spreadsheets.
  • The goal of Project WILD is to help teachers and youth leaders prepare students to develop problem-solving skills in exploring responsible human actions toward wildlife and the environment.
  • Project WILD is an award-winning education program designed for teachers and youth leaders of students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Project WILD helps students learn basic concepts about wildlife and their needs.
  • Project WILD is an interdisciplinary and supplemental education program that can be used to enhance all subject areas.
  • Project WILD is used indoors and out in urban, suburban and rural environments.
  • In NYS, Project WILD is administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC is responsible for managing the state's natural resources and maintaining a quality environment. Project WILD has reached over 35,000 educators and over one million students since its 1985 New York introduction.
  • Project WILD and Aquatic Project WILD workshops are offered in three-hour sessions and may meet the requirements for in-service training and college credits.
  • Project WILD and Aquatic WILD are FREE workshops funded in New York by the Return a Gift to Wildlife program.
  • Project WILD and Aquatic WILD activity guides correlate to the NYS Learning Standards.
  • Participants of workshops also receive additional resources materials relating to wildlife and the environment.

Flying WILD!

Flying WILD is an exciting environmental education program of the Council for Environmental Education (the creators of Project WILD) designed for middle school students. The materials introduce students to bird conservation through hands-on classroom activities and school bird festivals. Workshops are fun, dynamic sessions providing participants with a 358-page guide that includes 43 activities, everything you need to know to plan and conduct bird festivals, service-learning projects, and appendices covering cross-curricular connections, key bird education resources, glossary, and topic index. Activities are grouped as teacher-led, student-led, or volunteer-led, and list national science education standards, cross-curricular connections, and follow-up questions to assess learning objectives.
3 hours.

Growing Up WILD

Exploring Nature with Young Children Ages 3-7
Growing up WILD is an award-winning environmental education program for early childhood educators, teachers and youth leaders working with children ages 3 to 7. Participants are trained in hands-on activities from the Growing Up WILD. The Guide contains 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities which include crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and more. Activities are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards and the Head Start Domains. Minimum 3 hours.

*Note: We can work with groups of educators to purchuase manuals in bulk (50 or more) at reduced rates from the cover price. Please talk with the NYS WILD Coordinator for more details.

Benefits for Educators

  • Use a variety of teaching methods: discussion, role-playing, guided imagery, to accommodate various learning styles.
  • Receive user-friendly activity guides keyed to all curricular topics and subjects.
  • Exchange creative ideas with our peers in an enjoyable, hands-on workshop.

Benefits for Students

  • Discover relationships between classroom curriculum and the natural world.
  • Learn how to think, not what to think about wildlife and the environment by evaluating choices and consequences.
  • Develop skills and attitudes starting with awareness and appreciation and leading to responsible human action.
  • Enjoy themselves while learning.

Project WILD Background

  • Project WILD instructional activities were written by classroom teachers for teachers.
  • Project WILD is offered in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and in several other countries.

How to Get WILD

Project WILD workshops are available to teachers and youth leaders:

  • Free of charge
  • In three- and six- hour workshops
  • At locations across the state, or
  • At your school district

For information on Project WILD workshops contact the NYSDEC Center that serves your area or the State Coordinator for Project WILD, Gina Jack.

NYS WILD Coordinator

Gina Jack or Betsy Ukeritis
NYS DEC Bureau of Environmental Education
625 Broadway 4th Fl
Albany, NY 12233-4500