What is Project Wild?

Assocition of Fish and Wildlife Agencies logoProject WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. The program is designed for educators of all types who work with children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Project WILD activities can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. The activities are designed to be hands-on and are focused on teaching students how to think and not what to think. Project WILD includes two curriculum guides which have been recently expanded to include STEM extensions, career connections, and field investigations that encourage inquiry.

Kid-tested, Teacher Approved

Since its inception in 1983, more than 1.3 million educators have been trained in the Project WILD curriculum. Project WILD curriculum materials adhere to strict efforts for balance and objectivity and are backed by sound educational practices and theory. The Project WILD curriculum has been field tested on multiple occasions, and there are over 40 studies demonstrating its effectiveness in student learning. Click on the yellow button below to go to the National Project WILD website to read about evaluation materials.

Best of all the material has been aligned to educational standards! To see curriculum alignments, please click on the green button below. 

Links to ProjectWILD National Website
Links to MD's Project Wild & GrowingUp Wild workshop schedule
Links to Facilitator Resources webpage
Links to Field Investigations webpage
Links to Teacher Toolbox
Sample Activity

Why go WILD?

Project WILD is a great way to incorporate environmental education into your existing lesson plan, regardless of the subject matter that is being taught. WILD activities can be done indoors or outdoors, are flexible enough to fit almost the needs of almost any educator, and are comprehensive enough so that minimal preparation is required by the teacher. Project WILD is ideal for classroom teachers, environmental educators, park and nature center personnel, Scout, Campfire and 4-H leaders and others who work with young people. Educators who attend a Project WILD workshop with a certified facilitator may be eligible to receive up to 1 MSDE continuing education credit.

Cover of ProjectWild GuideHow to go WILD: Attend a Workshop

The only way to receive Project WILD materials is to attend a professional development workshop. During the workshop, participants will model activities and will learn about resources and ideas to teach about local wildlife. Upon workshop completion, participants will receive one or both of the curriculum guides. The Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide focuses on terrestrial wildlife and habitat, and the Aquatic WILD Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. To find a workshop near you, check out our Workshop Schedule page. In addition to open workshops, we can also visit your facility and train your staff for free. A minimum of 15 participants is required. Please contact Kerry Wixted (Info below) for more information. 

In addition to educator workshops, once a year, a train-the-trainer facilitator workshop is held. Facilitators are a core group of volunteer educators that are qualified to lead Project WILD workshops. Educators who attend the Facilitator Workshop learn tips for successfully conducting their own workshops. Facilitators will receive all the resources needed to plan and conduct their workshops, plus ideas for making their workshops fun and relevant. To see a list of Facilitator materials, please click here.

To get more information on upcoming workshops, or to schedule a workshop for your organization, please contact:

Kerry Wixted
Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave, E-1
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-8566
Fax: 410-260-8596​

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