K-12 An Educators Guide to Celebrating Birds
Reconnect children with nature.
Build science, math and literacy skills with birds.
View the 2012 Spring Flying WILD Educator Training schedule by clicking here.
Through a partnership with the Council for Environmental Education (the national office for Flying WILD and Project WILD) the Ward Museum offers Flying WILD training and materials in the Mid-Atlantic region. Each workshop participant receives the program publication, Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds along with other teaching materials.
Flying WILD is an exciting education program that introduces students to bird conservation through school bird festivals, hands-on classroom activities, and community service projects. Flying WILD provides interactive, interdisciplinary, standards-based activities to help students understand the importance of migratory birds and their conservation. Activities are grouped as teacher-led, student-led, or volunteer-led. View a sample lesson by clicking here: Sample Student-led Activity (PDF)
Flying WILD Educators and Facilitators can now borrow 6 Flying WILD Educator Kits for free, each filled with materials needed to perform an activity from the Flying WILD guide.
All 43 activities in the guide focus on learning about birds through contests, quizzes, and hands-on projects. The Flying WILD curriculum provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers, and the community to come together to learn about birds through innovative and interactive activities at a school-wide bird festival.
The Guide also provides simple suggestions and practical how-to steps for
• planning ahead to meet the public's needs
• organizing your festival stations
• fund-raising ideas (before and during the festival)
• building publicity
• creating educational exhibits
• hosting art displays
• staging performances
• program follow up
• stewardship activities as a next step
• program evaluation
• acknowledging students and volunteers
… and much more.
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children. Designed for ages 3-7
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.