Water in all its forms is one of the most dramatic of today's arenas in which informed, responsible, and constructive actions are needed. Aquatic WILD uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and professional training workshops but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology.
The Aquatic WILD program and curriculum guide is available to formal and nonformal educators who attend an Aquatic WILD training through our Project WILD state partners. For more information, please click on “Get Training.” If you’re already an Aquatic WILD educator, feel free to browse the many resources found to the right for unit planning, WILD Work, In Step with STEM, field investigations, and more!
What’s New for Aquatic WILD?
Ongoing updates to Project WILD and Aquatic WILD materials build upon developments in wildlife conservation needs as well as advances in instructional methodology in PreK through 12th grade education. A key milestone in the expansion of Project WILD is the new edition of Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide.
Included in the new edition:
Field investigation activities in Aquatic WILD enable students to learn methods and protocol for conducting scientific investigations, including how to formulate a research question, engaging in systematic data collection, and drawing conclusions.
In Step with STEM activity extensions make use of a variety of tools and instruments, from litmus tests to smartphone applications, and involve students in the application of technology, science concepts, and math skills as part of their problem-solving efforts (see the “In Step with STEM” box to the right for more information and resources).
"Working for Wildlife" is a new activity that explores occupations in wildlife conservation through a simulated job fair and interview process.
WILD Work career components are now included to tie real occupations in the fields of wildlife management and conservation with every lesson (see the “WILD Work” box to the right for links to wildlife occupation videos and resources).
Outdoor components have been built into activity procedures and/or extensions to maximize student time outdoors.
Activities on fish conservation and angling include "Gone Fishing," an activity that combines angling and student investigations of local fish species, and "Conservation Messaging," which involves students with video or online media in order to deliver a conservation message about a selected species or issue.
New reference information for educators includes planning for teaching units, methods for conducting site inventories, resource pages, and expanded grade level correlations.
New and expanded activities cover issues in urban water quality, water as a shared resource, the accessibility of water as a habitat component, and greater emphasis on field investigation.