Project WILD

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What is Project WILD?

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The program is designed for educators of kindergarten through 12th grade students. Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance student learning in all subject and skill areas.

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Project WILD activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study. Each activity has been classroom tested and includes objectives, methods, background information, materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subjects, skills, duration, group size, setting and key vocabulary. A glossary is provided, as well as cross-references by topics, school subjects, grade level and skills.

How To Get Project WILD Materials

Project WILD educational materials are available to educators who attend instructional 6-hour workshops offered by certified leaders and supported by a network of volunteers. These guides are distributed free of cost, by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, to participants at Project WILD workshops. Project WILD's core curricular materials; the Project WILD K-12 and the Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guides, are NOT for sale.

Project WILD workshops are useful to classroom teachers as well non-formal educators including: scout and club leaders, nature center, museum, zoo and aquarium staff, park rangers, and home parents. There are two types of FREE one-day workshops offered: Project WILD and Aquatic WILD.

Please see our schedule for dates of upcoming workshops!

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Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops are a minimum of six hours long. Participants get hands-on experience in at least five activities and receive the appropriate Project WILD activity guide.

The basic materials include two activity guides for K-12th grade educators: the Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat, and the Project WILD Aquatic Education Activity Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems.

WILD activities are organized around a conceptual framework, which addresses three sections. Each section is divided into topic areas that correspond to the conceptual framework.

  • Ecological Knowledge
    • Wildlife Populations
    • Habitats, Ecosystems, and Niches
    • Interdependence
    • Changes and Adaptations
    • Biodiversity
  • Social and Political Knowledge
    • Cultural Perspectives
    • Economic, Commercial, and Recreational Considerations
    • Historical and Geographic Development
  • Sustaining Fish and Wildlife Resources
    • Attitudes and Awareness
    • Human Impacts
    • Issues and Trends
    • Wildlife Management
    • Responsible Action and Service

Please examine the following sample lessons.

(free Adobe Acrobat Reader ® required to view activity guidesPDF)

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Activity Guide

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Activity Guide

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(Spanish Supplement of
Project and Aquatic WILD)

Project WILD and Aquatic WILD Activities
Correlated to the Sunshine State Standards

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