WILD Education is a family of conservation education programs sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation that emphasize natural resources. These popular conservation education programs were introduced in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1992 with the introduction of Project WILD through a partnership with the Department of Environment and Conservation. Project WILD was subsequently followed in 2003 by Below Zero, a similar program which focuses on winter conditions and frozen environments. Sanctioned by the Department of Education for grades K-6, WILD Education is designed to be infused into mandated curriculum subjects, such as art, health, math, music, physical education, social studies, and science.
The programs are designed to provide educators with the information and activities they need to integrate environmental education into their existing curriculum The backbone of the programs are activity manuals containing a wide variety of environmental education activities. Each activity contains all the information needed for successful completion, including objectives, method, background, a list of required materials, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade level, subjects, skills, duration, group size, setting, and key vocabulary.
The programs are based on the premise that young Canadians have a vital interest in learning about their natural world, how their actions affect the sustainability of life on our planet, and how they can become responsible inhabitants of the Earth.
The programs assist learners in developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment needed to make informed decisions and to take constructive action for wildlife, habitat, and the environment.
WILD Educations offers a one day workshop designed to inform educators about the program's philosophy and illustrates how to integrate the activities of Project WILD and Below Zero into existing curricula.
The Project WILD and below Zero Guides are only available to workshop participants.
Workshop participants become familiar with WILD Education materials, activities, and strategies. They gain experience needed to use WILD Education with youth and to integrate program materials and activities into their teaching or to make the activities the basis for a whole course of study.
To book a workshop for your school or group, contact
Salmonier Nature Park now offers Facilitators' Workshops in WILD Education. If you would like to become a WILD Education Facilitator, watch our webpage for upcoming workshops.
National Wildlife Week is held during the week of April 7-13, 2013. Wildlife Division staff will be delivering an outreach program to schools, introducing two new educational programs entitled “Eastern Coyotes of Newfoundland and Labrador” and “Consumptive Wildlife Uses and Management Strategies.”