For over 40 years, the Council for Environmental Education (CEE) has been a nationally recognized leader in environmental education, providing programs and services that promote responsible stewardship of natural resources.
CEE is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization founded in 1970 whose mission is to provide environmental education programs and services that promote stewardship of the environment and further the capacity of learners to make informed decisions. To accomplish its mission, CEE supports programs and partnerships for environmental education. A hallmark of CEE's co-sponsored programs is its commitment to balanced, non-biased environmental education. CEE's programs are among the most long-lived and successful environmental education efforts in the nation.
Having grown from its origins in the 13 western states, Project WILD is now officially sponsored throughout the U.S. and around the world. Typically, state wildlife agencies work in cooperation with state departments of education for state-wide implementation. This state-level partnership between the public agencies responsible for education and wildlife is unique and a model for others. Listed below are the state sponsors of WILD. Feel free to contact the Project WILD Coordinator in your state for more information.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
California Department of Fish and Game
(California) Humboldt State University
(California) Chico Creek Nature Center
(California) Placer Nature Center
(California) Santa Ana Zoo
(California) Fresno County Office of Education
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
District of Columbia Department of the Environment
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Kansas Association for Conservation Environmental Education
Kentucky Association for Environmental Education
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nevada Division of Wildlife
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Ohio Division of Wildlife
University of Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Utah Society for Environmental Education
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Virginia Division- Izaak Walton League of America
(Washington) Pacific Education Institute
(Washington) Inland Northwest Nature Connection
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Project WILD Wyoming
International organizational sponsors must obtain license from the Project WILD office before using the materials in their country. The materials are adapted to suit the wildlife and ecosystems of the country and, in most cases, are translated. Project WILD works with the international sponsor to design a program that meets the needs of that country and, when necessary, provides training to the sponsoring organization staff.
Project WILD is sponsored in all Canadian provinces through the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF). The Canadian Project WILD Activity Guide, published in both English and in French, combines the activities found in the American version of the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide and the Project WILD K-12 Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guide. As in the United States, the materials are made available exclusively through workshops for educators. Agreements between the CWF and participating provincial and territorial governments and other agencies have steadily expanded the implementation of the program nationwide since 1984. Visit Project WILD Canada.
The Czech Republic became a sponsor of Project WILD in 1992, through Czech JUNAK, the association of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, which is one of the largest nationwide organizations for youth in the country. In sponsoring Project WILD, Czech JUNAK works in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic. With the Center in Uherske Hradiste and the ecological group of its Central Committee, Czech JUNAK translated and adapted Project WILD for the scouting program. Having identified a nationwide need in the country for an interdisciplinary environmental education program, Project WILD is distributed through a network of twelve environmental education centers throughout the country. The first seminar for employees of the distribution centers was held in April, 1995. One year later, 89 seminars had already been held for 1,737 educators who in turn taught an average of eight classes per year involving an average of 25 children in each class.
The Centre for Environment Education in Ahmedabad sponsors Project WILD in India. The Centre is a national institution supported by the Federal Government of India's Department of Environment, Forest, and Wildlife. The Centre conducts teacher training programs during which Project WILD activities are introduced. The Centre works with students who visit Sundarvan, a nature discovery center, and carries out selected activities with students visiting the Ahmedabad Zoo. In 1997 the Centre produced a publication entitled The Green Teacher: Ideas, Experiences and Learnings in Educating for the Environment, which introduces selected adaptations of Project WILD activities. In early 2000, supported by the National Ministry of Education, the Centre published Wild in the Zoo: An Information and Activity Manual on Educational Opportunities at a Zoo. These publications are disseminated through teacher workshops organized in collaboration with local grassroots organizations and zoo authorities. The Centre also produces a newsletter, News EE, which brings environmental education information into the farthest regions of the country.
Iceland became a sponsor of Project WILD in 1992 through Namsgagnastofnun, the National Centre for Educational Materials, Iceland (NCEM). The organization is financed by an annual parliamentary appropriation and provides materials to compulsory schools free of charge. NCEM translated and adapted Project WILD to fill a need for a national curriculum for compulsory schools to teach natural sciences for students age seven to nine years. Project WILD materials are provided through workshops conducted by personnel from the Department of In-service Education at the Teachers' Training College, NCEM, and the Department of Educational Development at the Ministry of Culture and Education. Project WILD is also compulsory for all first-year teacher students, approximately 120 annually, at The University College of Education. The country is divided into nine educational regions, with a total of 220 primary and secondary schools, 3,900 teachers, and 42,000 students. Between 200 and 500 teachers and future teachers receive Project WILD training annually.
Project WILD is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Japan, which introduced the program in 1999 with a focus on enhancing environmental education in national government parks and urban parks. During its first year as a program sponsor, the Foundation has translated both the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide and the Project WILD K-12 Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guide into Japanese. Also, the Foundation trained 83 program facilitators and an additional 420 educators through eleven training courses held in three national government parks. The Foundation added Science & Civics: Sustaining Wildlife to its program in 2005. Visit Project WILD Japan.
Project WILD in Sweden has been sponsored by the Inservice Training Department of Umea University. The Swedish government, supported by the National Board of Education, provided a multi-year Inservice Program for teachers and adapted and translated Project WILD according to the national guidelines for compulsory school grades 1-9. Project WILD is now used in tandem with other materials developed by the university's "Forest in School" program.
American Fisheries Society
National Wildlife Federation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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Founded in 1971, the North American Association for Environmental Education is a network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the fields of environmental education throughout North America and in over 55 countries around the world to promote a healthy, sustainable environment through education. For NAAEE, the goal of environmental education is not only teaching, but preparing "people to think together about the difficult decisions they have to make concerning environmental stewardship, and to work together to improve and try to solve, environmental problems." The association promotes not only a coherent, cooperative, nonconfrontational, scientifically-balanced approach to the full integration of environmental education, but also the integration of this approach into all aspects of curriculum.
For more information about NAAEE, please visit their website, www.naaee.org.
National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, inspire, and assist individuals and organizations of diverse cultures to conserve wildlife and other natural resources and to protect the Earth's environment in order to achieve a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable future.
Through a joint partnership, the Council for Environmental Education and the NWF produced the Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Guide. Reaching out to the nation's teens as up-and-coming stewards, the guide involves students in grades 9-12 in an environmental action projects that will benefit their local wildlife community. For more information about Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife, check out our Service Learning link at the top of the page.
To find out more about NWF, visit www.nwf.org.
National Environmental EducationFoundation (NEEF)
The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF), chartered by Congress in 1990, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental education in its many forms. NEETF's mission is a stronger future through environmental learning and improved health, education, business, and ecological protection through innovative learning.
To learn more about NEETF's goals and programs, you can view their website at https://www.neefusa.org/.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) promotes healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants by generating a new commerce that makes conservation part of every bottom line decision. A national non-profit grant-making and grant-seeking organization, the foundation connects the skills, resources, and goals of private and public partners to develop innovative conservation activities. NFWF aims to triple each dollar for on-the-ground conservation while maintaining the lowest overhead in business.
For more information about NFWF and its programs, visit www.nfwf.org.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, and their habitats. As part of their effort in conservation, education, and the promotion of the sound management of elk, the foundation provided CEE with a generous grant for the 1994 production of the WILD About Elk guide.
If you are interested in discovering more about elk and what you can do to help the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation accomplish its goals, take a peek at www.rmef.org.