"In this Special Report, you will read about children who are acting out the life cycle of a Laysan albatross, gaining traditional and scientific knowledge about fish in Alaska, finding ghost crabs on Texas Gulf Coast beaches, and measuring water quality in Florida.Such experiences will stay with children all their lives. Research tells us that such "wild nature" adventures during childhood are associated with environmentally-friendly behaviors in adulthood. Environmental education is fundamental to nurturing a strong land ethic. We can all help connect children to America's great outdoors." Dan Ashe, Director, USFWS
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CondorKids: helping kids fall in love with the California CondorMore
Flying WILD's focus on migratory birds is designed to inspire young people to discover more about the natural world. It encourages middle school students to get involved in activities that promote environmental learning and stewardship. The Flying WILD program places special emphasis on reaching urban schools with student populations that traditionally receive few opportunities to participate in environmental education initiatives.
To access their website go to http://www.flyingwild.org/.More
The Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum has been revised! This an arts-based educational program.More
From the National Wildlife Federation, "Learning about wildlife helps you appreciate Living with Wildlife. We don’t all see the same plants and animals when we walk outside every day, but we are all connected to our habitats in similar ways. The lesson plans and activities below cover topics that relate to habitat and the different kinds of wildlife you may encounter across some of our nation’s many diverse areas."
Outdoor Skills Education Handbook: A Guide for Developing and Implementing School-Based Outdoor Skills Education from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.More
Whole Kids Foundation
Plant the seed now so you’ll be ready when Whole Kids Foundation accepts new School Garden Grant applications September 1-October 31, 2014. Preview sample application questions to get all your carrots in a row before the due date. We were thrilled to award 511 grants to last year's applicants. Maybe your school is next! Current grant period is closed.More
Refuge Friends groups are being asked to get involved in helping U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) in monitoring the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes throughout the Refuge System. To find out how Friends can get involved and access education programs go to https://www.usanpn.org/fws/More