Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. Designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade, Wild capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities.
The mission of Project WILD is to provide wildlife-based education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. The goal of Project WILD is to assist learners of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife the environment upon which all life depends.
Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. Project WILD is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. The program emphasizes wildlife - because of its intrinsic and ecological values, as well as its importance as a basis for teaching how ecosystems function. In the face of competing needs and pressures affecting the quality and sustainability of life on earth, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.
The two activity guides, Project WILD and Aquatic WILD, offer teachers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities for grades K-12. They are easy to use and no special background knowledge or equipment is needed. Teachers really appreciate the guide's cross-referencing index of activities by grade level, subject area, skill, setting and topic. The objectives, methods, background information, step-by-step instructions, and ideas for expanding the lesson are stated in each activity. Each guide also includes: ways to evaluate student learning, a glossary, resource list, bibliography and topic index. The Aquatic Guide defines wildlife as any non-domesticated animal with the qualifier: that depends upon aquatic environments for its survival. The Aquatic Guide includes activities for freshwater and saltwater environments. The interdisciplinary nature of the activities allows them to be easily integrated with existing curriculum.
Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program. Workshops are coordinated throughout Minnesota to introduce Project WILD materials to teachers and other environmental education leaders. Interested educators around the state may also receive training as workshop facilitators. Only after attending a workshop will participants receive a Project WILD Activity Guide. The workshops are open to classroom teachers, scout, 4-H and other youth leaders, park and nature center personnel, and environmental educators.