Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife provides educators with activities and action projects for involving high school students in stewardship efforts targeting local wildlife found in a community. The program involves students in decisions affecting people, wildlife, and their shared habitat in the community.
Examples of student projects include taking action to provide more trees along streets or in local parks, resolving a water pollution problem that affects migratory water-fowl, or proposing solutions to a land-use dispute. Science and Civics helps students develop knowledge and skills for addressing many environmental issues and equips students as they learn to balance the quality of life for people with the needs of wildlife. Projects are broad in scope and connect concerns at the national level to actions needed at the local level. Concepts relating to “Habitat Explorations” include biodiversity, watershed stewardship, and the community. The “Participatory Democracy” strand of activities focuses on laws, legislative process, and civic engagement efforts that relate to the environment. Because the action component of Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife is tied closely to the curriculum, this unit is appropriate for service-learning, senior projects, and performance-based assessment.
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