Project WILD's core curricular materials, the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, the Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, and Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife, are NOT for sale. These guides are distributed free of cost to participants at Project WILD workshops.
Project WILD supplementary materials, however, are for sale and can be purchased by sending an order form to the Project WILD National Office with a check or money order.
Project WILD's state coordinators and their facilitators (who are trained to lead workshops) conduct workshops (usually six hours long) for educators within their state. The Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, the Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, and Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife are provided to those who participate in Project WILD Educator workshops.
At these lively and engaging professional workshops, participants are introduced to Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students and to integrate Project WILD into their teaching.
Project WILD workshops vary according to local needs and resources. However, workshops typically include an overview of the program, participation in Project WILD activities, information about the wildlife in your state, and curriculum or program plans for using Project WILD with students. Correlations of Project WILD activities to your state's content standards are generally available upon request.
As a part of Project WILD's commitment to environmental education, workshop leaders connect educators to other national and statewide programs that offer quality environmental education resources. Project WILD workshops include information about additional curriculum materials, training opportunities, individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve as resources as well as materials about the natural resources and environmental issues within a given state.
Contact your Project WILD State Coordinator for a list of scheduled workshops and registration information.
In addition to the basic Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops, some states offer advanced workshops for previously trained Project WILD educators. These may include Schoolyard Habitat Design and Development, Facilitating Environmental Action Projects, and WILD About Elk. Advanced workshops may also highlight a particular wildlife species, ecosystem, or issue in the local area.
Facilitators (or educator trainers) are a core group of individuals committed to educating others about wildlife and wildlife-related issues. They are on the front lines providing six-hour Project WILD professional development workshops to educators in their cities and communities. During workshops, they model Project WILD activities and share their extensive knowledge about wildlife and conservation education.
Many facilitators are professional employees of institutions (nature centers, museums, aquariums, universities, parks, zoos, etc.) that already provide professional development opportunities to educators as a regular part of doing business. Other facilitators are volunteers, among them enthusiastic classroom teachers, dedicated retired persons, and others who conduct workshops in their spare time out of a desire to educate and share their expertise with others.
To become a Project WILD facilitator, you must first participate in a six-hour Project WILD Educator Training Workshop. An advanced 12-hour Training Workshop is usually required in most states.
In addition to conducting workshops, facilitators are responsible for maintaining regular communication with their Project WILD State Coordinator to learn of new wildlife "happenings," advise of upcoming workshops, order Project WILD guides and other materials, and submit required program paperwork including completed workshop evaluations. Facilitators are also expected to work with their State Coordinator to advertise and promote their upcoming workshops.
If you would like to become a Project WILD Facilitator, please contact your State Project WILD Coordinator to find professional development workshops in your area.