AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System in partnership with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is hosting a series of Project WILD workshops this summer for educators. Alabama 4-H will provide opportunities for new faces to get involved, and will also update volunteers and other educators with prior WILD experience on revised curriculum. Changes will include revisions to the Project WILD K-12 and Aquatic WILD activity guides.
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that emphasizes wildlife and their habitat through interactive activities as well as a classroom setting. It is also one of the most widely used programs among educators in grades kindergarten through high school.
Learners develop awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment that also result in informed decisions, responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.
The program consists of six activity guides: Project WILD K-12, Proyecto WILD, Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD, Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife, and also Growing Up WILD.
This year’s Project WILD K-12 and Aquatic WILD activity guides contain the following changes:
- Six new activities
- Field investigations
- Educator resources
- STEM extensions
- Career information
Doyle Keasal, an Alabama Extension environmental educator, said activities from the Project WILD curriculum will also be incorporated into all of Alabama 4-H natural resource programs in the future.
“Project WILD trains educators in some fantastic environmental and conservation activities,” Keasal said.
“We are very enthusiastic about our new partnership with AFWA and look forward to connecting more Alabamians with nature through Project WILD,” added Emily Nichols, an Extension specialist charged with guiding Alabama 4-H’s natural resources and environmental education programs.
In addition, participants will receive a copy of the resource guides as they are only available through attending a workshop.
Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook – May 30 and 31
Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook – June 6
5 Rivers Delta Research Center, Spanish Fort – June 8
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, Decatur – June 26
Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook – June 28
Participants can register through 4HOnline. In addition to online, those wishing to download and print registration forms can access them here:
Workshops are $25 for volunteers and educators. Facilitator workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Educator workshops will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.