From the tiny minnow to the majestic grizzly, wildlife and humans are integrally connected. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment. This results in the making of informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment.
Project WILD is a proud member of the No Child Left Inside Coalition (NCLI). For more information about NCLI's Get 'Em Outside campaign see their online video by clicking here.
Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. The program emphasizes wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. In the face of competing needs and pressures affecting the quality and sustainability of life on earth, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world.
The activities found in Project WILD instructional materials are intended for use in both classroom and informal settings and are designed to support state and national academic standards appropriate for grades K-12. The activities can easily be adapted to meet the learning requirements for academic disciplines ranging from science and environmental education to social studies, math, and language arts. Educators may choose one or more Project WILD activities to teach a concept or skill. The activities may be integrated into existing courses of study, or an entire set of activities may serve effectively as the basis for a specific course.
To learn more about these activities please visit our Curriculum and Resources page.
Project WILD's primary audience is educators of kindergarten through high school students. However, this does not limit the usefulness of Project WILD to formal educational settings. Volunteers working with young people in pre-school and after-school programs; representatives of private conservation, industry, or other community groups who are interested in providing instructional programs for young people or their educators; and personnel involved in preparation of future teachers are all among those who effectively use the instructional resources of this program.
Over 1 million educators in the U.S. have participated in Project WILD workshops since the program began. These educators in turn have provided instruction using Project WILD to more than 48 million youths.
If you are an educator (formal or informal) interested in finding out more about Project WILD, please visit our Just for Educators page.
Project WILD would not exist were it not for the dedication and commitment of teachers, wildlife biologists, interested citizens, school administrators, and other education enthusiasts.
Project WILD's materials are provided to educators across the U.S. and in seven other countries through practical, interactive workshops conducted by a network of representatives of sponsoring state wildlife, natural resources, and educational agencies. The dedication and commitment of many volunteers make Project WILD possible at the state and local levels.
Visit our Project WILD Coordinators page to find out who you can contact for more information about Project WILD in your state.