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.
New Online Training Available
Project WILD educational materials (guides) are available to those who attend instructional 3-6 hour workshops offered by certified leaders (Facilitators). These workshops give teachers, naturalists, scout leaders and other environmental educators tools to apply within their own classroom or program, including the activity guide.
Although we are unable to provide in-person workshops at this time, we do offer new online resources for those interested in getting trained in Project WILD and Growing Up WILD via Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). Each course is $20 per person. The books are priced separately.
Project WILD online course (K-12 educators)
This self-paced course will take you through six Project WILD activities. Through readings, videos, and hands-on components, you will become familiar with Project WILD pedagogy and comfortable using the guide. As a student in this course, it is expected that you: Can commit approximately 10 hours to complete readings, assessments, and assignments. Complete Lessons 1-5 and their associated assessments. Recommended for computer, laptop or tablet.
- The cost for the Project WILD online course is $20.00.
- The cost for the Project WILD guide is $30.52.
Total: $50.52 (per person) for Project WILD course and guide.
Growing Up WILD online course (Pre-K educators and leaders)
This self-paced course will take you through three activities from the Growing Up WILD guide (ages 3-7 yrs). As a student in this course, it is expected that you: Can commit approximately 10 hours to complete readings, videos, assessments, and assignments. You will learn about the history, pedagogy, and hands-on nature of our activities. You will see examples of educators implementing activities and children learning in an outdoor setting. Complete Lessons 1-4 and their associated assessments. Recommended for computer, laptop or tablet.
- The cost for the Growing Up WILD online course is $20.00.
- The cost for the Growing Up WILD guide is $26.00
Total: $46 (per person) for Growing Up WILD course and guide.
For more information and to sign up for courses, visit the Project Wild online course store
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.
Minnesota Project WILD
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.
- Project WILD national site
- Taking Action Opportunities - Trail Camera Curriculum
- (MNDNR is unable to supply support or equipment for this curriculum at this time)