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Project WILD Sponsors & Program Partners

Principle Sponsors

State sponsors

International Sponsors

Associate and Contributing Sponsors
Program Partners

Principal Sponsors

Project WILD is a program of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). Project WILD's sponsors share a long history of conserving wildlife through education.

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest.

The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations.

Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.

State Sponsors (Project WILD - USA)

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 Cooperative Extension System

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

(Arizona) White Mountain Nature Center

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

California Department of Fish and Game

(California) Humboldt State University

(California) Chico Creek Nature Center

(California) Santa Ana Zoo

(California) Fresno County Office of Education

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

District of Columbia Department of Energy and 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 and 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 Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Missouri State University

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 Department of Conservation Natural Resources

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife

South Dakota 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

(Washington) Pacific Education Institute

(Washington) Franklin Conservation District

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Green Schools Network

Project WILD Wyoming


Project WILD International Sponsors

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.

Czech Republic

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.


Associate and Contributing Sponsors

Associate Sponsors

American Fisheries Society

National Wildlife Federation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Contributing Sponsors

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation



Program Partners


Headquartered in Houston, TX, ConocoPhillips is the third largest integrated energy company and the largest refiner in the United States. The company pledges that wherever they operate, they will conduct its business with respect and care for both the local and global environment. The company strives to protect the safety of the environment they work in and to eliminate all incidents of environmental harm from its activities.

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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,

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

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

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

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


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