CLIMATE and WILDLIFE

Teaching about climate change is a challenge.   Project WILD materials and training can help!

Using wildlife as an integrating context helps make teaching about climate change more concrete. Use best practices in climate change education and gain access to quality, science-based, wildlife management principles that address this complicated issue. Your students will be outdoors, interacting with one another and the community, and learning from trusted sources.

Using Project WILD to Teach about Climate Change

Project WILD activities are ideal for exploring subjects that are complex and interdisciplinary.  Using simulations and systems thinking, students explore the ecological, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues and phenomena. They work collaboratively to understand and articulate multiple viewpoints and stakeholder interests in order to find constructive actions geared toward environmental stewardship. The resources listed below will help educators select and implement Project WILD activities as part of their climate change education curriculum. 

 


 project Wild: Climate & wildlife

Formal and nonformal and nonformal educators can now receive professional development training that focuses specifically on integrating topics on Climate Adaptation into their curriculum.  As part of the training, educators will receive the 64-page booklet titled Climate & Wildlife: An Activity Module for Grades 6-12 Educators.  This resources features a collection of eight activities from Project WILD publications that connect closely to the the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy.
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The activities include content on the following subject matter: 
    •     Shifting phenology and ranges,
    •     Interdependence of species,
    •     Balancing ecological, cultural, recreational, and commercial uses of land and resources,
    •     Community messaging and engagement,
    •     Assessing species vulnerability, and
    •     Reducing non-climate stressors to species and ecosystems.

See how the activities in the module align

Professional development for using the Climate & Wildlife module  will be offered starting in January 2022. Training will be offered into the spring in five states:  Kansas, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas.  Additionally, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies will soon be offering a self-paced online course for educatrors on Climate & Wildlife.

To inquire about Climate & Wildlife professional development training opportunities in your state, contact your Project WILD State Coordinator

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National fish, wildlife, and Plants climate adaptation strategy

The Strategy describes eight goals that help federal, state, and tribal agencies collaborate and adapapt management practices for species and landscapes impacted by climate change.  These goals also provide a framework for student learning about  climate adaptation.   

For links to the Strategy, a fact sheet, and other related resources, visit the  National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Network page.


"You can't go back and change the beginning,

but you can start where you are and change the ending." ~ C.S. Lewis

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Acorn woodpecker. Photo credit: George Andreiko, Arizona Game & Fish

Make it Happen!

  1. Find a Project WILD Coordinator near you.
  2. Take part in an an amazing workshop, where you'll learn about local educator resources.
  3. Take action! Create a habitat on your school site: build nest boxes, conduct a stream clean-up, or plant native plants.

Resources