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Project WILD

What is Project WILD?

Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD, and Growing Up WILD are all interdisciplinary and provide hands-on, inquiry-based activities at relevant grade levels. They can be used indoors and out in urban, suburban and rural environments. Educators find the curricula beneficial because the activities use a variety of teaching methods: discussion, role-playing, guided imagery, to accommodate various learning styles.

Project WILD and Aquatic WILD

Project WILD is an award-winning education program focusing on wildlife and designed for teachers and youth leaders of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The guides help students learn basic concepts about wildlife and their needs through developing problem-solving skills and exploring responsible human actions toward wildlife and the environment.

Aquatic WILD, completely rewritten in 2013, is focused on wildlife in aquatic ecosystems. This revamped activity guide boasts STEM activity extensions (In Step with STEM) and connections to career readiness (WILD Work), as well as offering field investigations. It is correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts.

Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops are offered in three- to six-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.

WILD and Aquatic WILD correlations to NYS Learning Standards in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social studies are available. Please email to request copies. These files are MS Excel spreadsheets.

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.

Flying WILD!

Flying WILD is an exciting environmental education program designed for middle school students. 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, and key bird education resources. 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.

For information on any of the WILD or to schedule a workshop, contact the NY WILD State Co-coordinators:

Betsy Ukeritis and Drew Hopkins