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About Project WILD

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsors a suite of Project WILD programs, each offering a special iteration of this outstanding, hands-on approach to learning.

What is Project WILD?

Project WILD is "Wildlife in Learning Design," a Kindergarten - 12th grade environmental and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources.  It can be used by classroom teachers, environmental educators, park and nature center personnel, and youth group leaders. It is interdisciplinary and supplementary and can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education.

TPWD offers Project WILD through hands-on workshops for educators. With an unbiased approach to basic wildlife management practices, Project WILD:

  • teaches young people how to think about wildlife, not what to think...
  • provides a set of fun, hands-on, easy to use educational activities...
  • trains teachers and youth group leaders in an outstanding six-hour, hands on workshop ..
  • includes helpful, scientific background information with all activities...
  • incorporates powerful techniques and methods for teaching problem solving and decision-making skills, and
  • is a program that is kid-tested and teacher-approved!

Correlations to TEKS and TAKS

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Why Project WILD?

Human population growth is increasing exponentially. As our planet grows more crowded every day, natural and wild places are rapidly diminishing . . . and so is wildlife. Project WILD explores how people can understand wildlife and habitat and make decisions that use natural resources wisely.

Who can use Project WILD?

  • Classroom teachers, environmental educators, park and nature center personnel, Scout, Camp Fire and 4-H leaders, and others who work with young people.
  • Activities work well with gifted students and impaired learners as well as mainstream students
  • Nature centers, museums, zoos, parks, camps, wildlife refuges and youth groups.
  • Project WILD can be used indoors and outdoors.
  • Teachers: Project WILD activities develop conceptual skills such as analysis, classification, description, estimation, evaluation, inference, hypothesis formation, and problem solving and are correlated with TEKS and TAKS! Educators also earn SBEC credit.

Project WILD Guides

The core of WILD is its activity guides. The Project WILD guide contains 124 activities concentrating on terrestrial wildlife, habitat and ecological concepts. The Aquatic WILD guide contains 48 activities emphasizing aquatic wildlife and habitats.. Proyecto WILD translates 34 of the most popular WILD activities into Spanish. Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife guide, for grades 9-12, has 350 pages of activities and resources. Growing Up WILD is the newest WILD program and is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature. Flying WILD emphasizes bird conservation and birding festivals. All are presented in lesson-plan format, which includes objectives, methods of teaching, background information, references available, a list of materials needed, and ways to evaluate learning.

The guides help incorporate wildlife-related concepts into classroom curriculum, and each activity is designed to teach one or more of the following concepts:

  • awareness and appreciation of wildlife,
  • human values and the wildlife resource,
  • habitat and ecological systems,
  • wildlife conservation,
  • cultural and social interaction with wildlife,
  • environmental issues and trends, alternatives and consequences, ecological
  • systems and responsible human actions.

Each guide also includes grade level, subject, topic and skill indices as well as a glossary of terms.

How was WILD developed?

Project WILD materials follow a conceptual framework that was developed through a rigorous process to ensure its accuracy, balance and educational validity. The materials were written by classroom teachers and other educators, university faculty, resource agency personnel, representative of private conservation groups and other community representatives. The activities were extensively field tested and evaluated for student achievement and scientifically sound materials. The program continues to be monitored and evaluated with changes made to the materials to respond to educator feedback and incorporate new information.

Who endorses Project WILD?

Project WILD is endorsed by the Texas Education Agency through the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC), and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC.) Project WILD has earned the endorsement of organizations including the California Board of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

In addition, Project WILD has received numerous awards including the 1984 Conservation Education Award from the Wildlife Society, a 1991 President's Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award for Education and Communications, and recognition from the North American Association for Environmental Education and National Wildlife Federation.

Additional Information

Project WILD Brochure

Growing Up WILD Brochure

See Project WILD activities in action and listen to comments from a host of educators.

Getting WILD About Environmental Literature (suggested reading list to supplement Project WILD activities)

National Project WILD Office

Staff Directory

Staff NamePositionPhoneFaxEmail
Kiki Corry Project WILD State Coordinator 512-389-4369 512-389-8673 kiki.corry@tpwd.texas.gov
Karen Marks Training Specialist 512-389-8833 karen.marks@tpwd.texas.gov
Genevieve Lung Program Assistant 512-389-8183 genevieve.lung@tpwd.texas.gov
Robert Ramirez Warehouse Fulfillment 512-389-4528 512-389-4372 robert2.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov
Nancy Herron Outdoor Learning Programs Manager 512-389-4362 nancy.herron@tpwd.texas.gov

How Do I Get WILD?

Get WILD by attending a Project WILD workshop!Project WILD workshop participants completing the

During a workshop you will try out several fun, hands-on activities and receive an award-winning activity guide chocked-full of fun, engaging activities!

Each workshop highlights selected WILD activities and how these activities can be integrated into existing curriculum or programs. Project WILD's core curricular materials include:

  • Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide
  • Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide
  • Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife
  • Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children

Workshop participants receive the appropriate curricular guide along with professional development credit from SBEC (State Board for Educator Certification) and TEEAC (Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee). All activities are correlated to the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.)

Check our schedule of current workshops.

Don’t see a workshop that fits your schedule or want to schedule an in-service for your school or organization? We’re happy to work with you to offer a workshop for your group. Please email us at education@tpwd.texas.gov or call during normal business hours at 1 (800)792-1112 ext 9-8183 or (512)389-8183

 Although Project WILD, Aquatic WILD and Science and Civics manuals are not for sale; supplemental materials are for sale and can be purchased by sending an order form to the Project WILD National Office.

Share WILD! Become a Facilitator

The Project WILD program relies on a corps of volunteer facilitators (trainers) to conduct the Project WILD family of workshops throughout the state. These individuals are 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 plus an advanced 12-hour Facilitator Training Workshop. Facilitators must also make a commitment to teach at least one workshop per year. In addition to conducting workshops, facilitators are responsible for maintaining and submitting required program paperwork and adhering to agency guidelines.

If you would like to become a Project WILD Facilitator, please email us at education@tpwd.texas.gov or call during normal business hours at 1.800.792.1112 ext 9-4369 or 512.389.4369. Facilitator trainings are offered on a periodic basis or arrangements can be made to host a training at your site.


Project WILD National Office

I am a WILD Facilitator

 

 

Welcome WILD Ones!

Here you will find simplified and updated pdf documents you can use to order Project WILD materials and report workshop information as well as extensions for some popular activities.

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Please let us know if there are additional resources you would like to see here, and again, thank you so much for all you do!

Project WILD Facilitator Handbook

Order and Reporting Forms

Directions to TPWD Warehouse located in Austin

Activity Descriptions: Project WILD and Aquatic WILD

Activity Supplements

Student Activity Pages for Project WILD, Aquatic WILDProyecto WILD and Science and Civics

Presentations and videos to use in your workshops

Additional Information:

Year in Review
National Project WILD

Aquatic WILD

 

The Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. The guide is full of 48 activities that emphasize hands-on, inquiry-based, and cooperative learning strategies with demonstrated classroom effectiveness. It is organized in topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Aquatic WILD activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.

Each Aquatic WILD activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-referenced by topics and skills. (See this sample activity.)

Aquatic WILD is distributed through the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Project WILD office. Educators, youth group leaders, and others can receive the Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide by attending a Project WILD workshop. It is a six-hour workshop and teachers are given SBEC (State Board of Educator Certification) and TEEAC (Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee) credit. Workshops are typically free of charge.

See the list of current workshops or contact us at education@tpwd.state.tx.us for information on how to schedule a workshop for your group.

Flying Wild

fw_cover.jpgFlying WILD, a companion piece to Project WILD, introduces students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects.

Flying WILD encourages schools to work closely with conservation agencies, community groups, and businesses involved with birds to implement school bird festivals and bird conservation projects.

To learn more visit www.flyingwild.org or check for upcoming workshops.

Growing Up WILD Overview

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Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.  Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

Growing Up WILD is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.  
Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities in a full-color 11”x17” activity guide.
Includes crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more. Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.

View the Table of Contents or a sample activity that exemplifies the Growing Up WILD's main goals, connecting young children with nature. Simple and accessible, the activity invites children to engage in a dramatic play fishing game and learn about fish, bringing wildlife "closer to home." Not only does the activity help students become aware of how fish use their bodies to swim through water, but it invites them to explore fish and their natural environments through games, song, math, reading and more.

See the list of current workshops or contact us at education@tpwd.state.tx.us for information on how to schedule a workshop for your group. 

Growing Up WILD Brochure

Copy Me Pages provide resources to support the procedures of several Growing Up WILD activities. These reproducible pages are available as easy-to-print PDF's.


    
 

Project WILD Overview

pw_cover.jpgThe Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat. The guide is full of 124 activities that emphasize hands-on, inquiry-based, and cooperative learning strategies with demonstrated classroom effectiveness. It is organized in topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study.

Each Project WILD activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-reference by topics and skills. (See this sample activity.)

Project WILD is distributed through the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Project WILD office. Educators, youth group leaders, and others can receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide by attending a Project WILD workshop. It is a six-hour workshop and teachers are given SBEC (State Board of Educator Certification) and TEEAC (Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee) credit. Workshops are typically free of charge.

See the list of current workshops or contact us at education@tpwd.state.tx.us for information on how to schedule a workshop for your group.

 

Project Wild: Proyecto WILD

py_cover.jpgThis guide contains thirty-three translated activities from the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide and the Project WILD K-12 Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guide. The Spanish Supplement is meant to introduce Project WILD to new audiences – teachers, Scout leaders, school volunteers, parks and recreation, nature center, zoo, museum staff and other non-formal educators who live in primarily Spanish-speaking communities.

Educators can request the Proyecto WILD manual when attending a 6-hour Project WILD or Project WILD Aquatic workshop. Workshops are typically free of charge.

Or you may purchase  the Proyecto WILD manual from the Project WILD National Office.

 

Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife

s-c_cover.jpgProject WILD's high school curriculum, Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife, is designed to serve as a guide for involving students in local environmental action projects aimed at benefiting wildlife. It involves young people in decisions affecting people, wildlife, and their shared habitat in the community.

The program consists of four major components:

  • Awareness: alerts students to the impact of human and individual activities on habitat quality and quantity
  • Participatory Democracy: develops principles related to government structures and is appropriate for government and civics units of social studies courses
  • Habitat Exploration: studies biotic and abiotic parameters of a site and is appropriate for ecology and environmental science units of science courses
  • Taking Action: guides both science and social studies students in designing, implementing, and communicating projects to enhance a particular site.

 

Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife is distributed through the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Project WILD program. Educators, youth group leaders, and others can receive the Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Curriculum Guide for Grades 9-12 by attending a Science and Civics workshop. The workshop is a minimum of 2 hours and teachers are given SBEC (State Board of Educator Certification) credit. See a sample activity.

See the list of current workshops or contact us at education@tpwd.state.tx.us for information on how to schedule a workshop for your group.

Talking WILD

What Texas Educators Are Saying about WILD

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"This is just what teachers need to overcome their discomfort in teaching science!! Thank you for providing such wonderful resources! This was a great day!" Bryan teacher

“This is a great workshop with lots of wonderful activities for teaching kids science.” Saginaw teacher

“This workshop exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.” Angleton teacher

“The Project/ Aquatic WILD materials are an excellent resource for educators who hope to better acquaint their students with natural processes and habitats.” College Station teacher

“Great ideas and activities for our students to make science come alive for them.” Damon teacher

“I am beyond impressed. I have been a teacher for six years and never had such a refreshing teacher workshop. Thank you for everything.”

“This information is very helpful in getting children actively involved in the learning process.”

“This was SUPER! Lots of great ideas for our classroom. Best use of my time in an inservice.“ Fort Bend teacher

“This was the best workshop I've attended. Thank you!“ Austin teacher

“This is the first time I actually enjoyed science!“ University teacher training student

 

Contact Us

Staff Directory

TitleStaff/EmailPhoneFax
Project WILD State Coordinator Kiki Corry (512) 389-4369 (512) 389-8673
Training Specialist Karen Marks (512) 389-8833
Program Assistant Genevieve Lung (512) 389-8183
Warehouse Fulfillment Robert Ramirez (512) 389-4528 (512) 389-4372
Outreach & Education Director Nancy Herron (512) 389-4362

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