Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on wildlife and habitat. The goal of Project WILD is to assist learners of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.
Project WILD was launched in 1983 by the Western Regional Environmental Education Council, Inc. and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 13 western states. In 2017, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies acquired the Project WILD family of programs. Project WILD's primary audience is educators of pre-kindergarten through high school students. This approach does not limit the usefulness of Project WILD to formal educational settings. Volunteers working with students in pre-school and after-school programs; representatives of private conservation, insdustry, and other community groups; and personnel involved in preparation of future educators are all among those who effectively use the instructional resources of this program.
Since Project WILD was introduced in 1983, more than 1.5 million educators in the United States have participated in Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops. Those educators, in turn, have reached over 100 million youth since the program was first introduced. This success, which has made Project WILD one of the largest wildlife education programs in the world, is possible only through the enthusiastic support of Project WILD's extensive and talented network of Project WILD sponsors, coordinators, and facilitators.
What's new for Project WILD? Ongoing updates to the curriculum guide are built upon changing wildlife conservation needs and management practices, as well as advances in instructional methodology in Pre-K through 12th grade education. Our 4th edition features the following:
- Field Investigation Activities - Research environmental topics or issues in local areas by implementing outdoor field investigations. Through new and expanded activities, students learn methods and protocol for conducting scientific investigations, including how to formulate a research question, choosing a vialbe study site, engaging in systematic data collection and analysis, and applying field ethics.
- "In Step with STEM" Activity Extensions - This component guides students through deeper investigations and use a variety of tools as part of their problem-solving efforts.
- "WILD Work" - A career component has been added to all activities to tie in real occupations in the fileds of wildlife management and conservation with every lesson.
- Outdoor Components - We are getting students outside with every activity!
Project WILD is based on educational standards, developed by scientists, and reviewed and field-tested by educators. We strive to prepare highly qualified teachers through effective professional development. To receive a Project WILD guide, you must attend a workshop offered by one of our highly trained coordinators or facilitators. Please click here to find out how to receive professional development in your area.