The North American Conservation Education Strategy:

A Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence

The Conservation Education Strategy Tool Kit contains resources developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to support conservation educators who offer fish and wildlife based programs.  It includes resources developed as part of AFWA’s Conservation Education Strategy:

NEW!!  Making It Last Toolkit
This national conservation outreach strategy is an opportunity for each state agency to significantly increase awareness of its role in protecting and conserving wildlife among target audiences. This campaign toolkit makes specific recommendations on how states can approach and implement this effort using both nonpaid and paid media and includes a flexible creative approach, allowing states to use their own imagery and messaging relevant to specific goals.  

NEW!!  Natural Pathways
The Natural Pathways Project was conducted to meet the overarching objectives of the CE Strategy to maximize states’ investments in their conservation education programs as well as recruitment and retention programs; achieve excellence in conservation education; build NGO and community partnerships; and ultimately, enhance public understanding and appreciation of fish and wildlife management while shaping long-term conservation and sustainable enjoyment of natural resources.

Teaching about the Magnificent Monarch: Resource Recommendations for Conservation Educators
This guide is designed for classroom teachers and non-formal wildlife educators to support high-quality conservation education efforts that align with academic standards as well as the AFWA Conservation Education Core Concepts and Framework (Appendix A). The resources included in this guide represent the best-available resources for educators to use when teaching about monarch butterflies.

Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Practices
The Guide was developed to help K-12 teachers introduce their students to the methodologies used for scientific field research and guide them through the process of conducting field investigations using these scientific practices.

Photo Point Monitoring-:Using Technology in Field Investigations to Monitor Change Over Time
This Guide is intended to provide formal and informal educators  a tool to bring technology into outdoor experiences and field investigation.

Conservation Educations Foundations &  Poster of Top 11 Core Conservation Concepts
What environmentally literate citizens should be expected to know, feel and do related to fish and wildlife conservation.  

K-12 Conservation Education Scope and Sequence: an Educator’s Guide to Sequential Learning about Fish and Wildlife
A set of  expectations that translates the AFWA core concepts into both content standards and performance expectations and describe what all students should know and be able to do in three grade bands, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 in the areas of science, social science, and health and fitness. 

Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
The first step in conducting field investigations is learning how to observe. This guide helps teachers connect students to reading the "book of nature."

Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator Guide
Targeted to elementary and middle schools, provides guidlines for teaching students about biodiversity in their own schoolyards.

Landscape Investigation Guidelines 
Challenges K-12 students to engage in social science inquiry by applying spatial thinkng to real world situations that consider fish, wildlife and other natural resources as integral parts of landscapes.

Sustainable Tomorrow-Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12
Demonstrates how to use systems concepts and tools to apply systems thinking to environmental education curricula using lessons from Project WILD, Project WET and Project Learning Tree for grades 9-12

Outdoor Skills Education Handbook
Designed to help agencies and NGOs work with schools to deliver outdoor skills through health or physical education courses; includes everything a CE professional needs to know about communicating with school administrators, correlating to standards and more. 

Benchmarks for Conservation Literacy
Identifies in chart-form what students should know and be able to do at the 5th, 8th and 12th grade levels to guide them on their way to becoming involved, responsible, conservation-minded citizens. 

Stewardship Education Best Practices Planning Guide
Provides recommendations for strengthening and developing natural resources stewardship aspects of your programs.

CE Strategy Toolkit Flyer
Lists all of the CE Strategy Toolkit products with a short description of each

The toolkit is not a conservation education curriculum.  Rather, these resources are designed to work with your existing curriculum to enhance your ongoing conservation education programs, and to provide a tool for communication between the state fish and wildlife agency and state department of education.

Why a toolkit?  In today’s educational system it’s critical that any subject content address states’ education standards. The resources in this kit will help make those connections between your conservation education programs and science and social studies standards.

Technology for Field Investigations
Technology used by natural resource scientists and managers to ensure a healthy environment for all life has change dramatically, which educators
need to convey to K-12 students. The effort to reform science education in particular, through “A Framework for K-12 Science Education:

Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas” (National Research Council, 2011) emphasizes the need to reflect scientific and engineering practices in the workplace in K-12 science education.

State Science Standards & K-12 Field Science Practice
Value of Field Investigation Models to Natural Resource Conservation Education
Alignment of Outdoor Skills with National Standards and the Framework for 21st Century Learning
Literature Review of the Benefits of Outdoor Skills
Indicators and Data Sources for Assessing Conservation Education and Outdoor Recreation Participation 
Correlations of Outdoor Skills Programs to National Standards