What is Project WILD?

Project 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.

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.

Information regarding the Project WILD curriculum can be found at the national Project WILD website. Project WILD activities have also been correlated to Schoolyard Habitats (PDF) as well as to the new Environmental Literacy standards here in Maryland. To read more information on how Project WILD correlates with the North American Association for Environmental Education's (NAAEE) Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning and National Science Standards, then please check out the Correlations to National Standards page on the national Project WILD website.

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, Camp Fire and 4-H leaders and others who work with young people.

To see a sample WILD activity and to check out various teacher resources for educators, please check out our Teacher Toolbox webpage.

Cover illustration from the Project WILD Aquatic GuideHow to go WILD

Attend a workshop! During workshops, educators will get a chance to try out a variety of WILD activities. The basic materials include two activity guides for K-12 educators: the Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide which focuses on terrestrial wildlife and habitat, and the Project WILD K-12 Aquatic Education Activity Guide which emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Both guides are available for free after attending a six hour training workshop.

In addition to training workshops, workshops are also held to train facilitators. Facilitators are a core group of educators that are qualified to lead Project WILD workshops. People who attend the Facilitator Workshop learn tips for successfully conducting their own Educator Workshops. Facilitators 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 check out our Facilitator Resources webpage.

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
kwixted@dnr.state.md.us
Phone: 410-260-8566
Fax: 410-260-8596

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