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Learning about wildlife in the environment is just part of the goals of Projects WILD and Aquatic WILD. These activity-based materials teach young people about wildlife and the environment through hands-on learning. They allow student experiences to be the source of the teaching.
The activity guides are full of activities that may be immediately added to any K-12 curriculum. Materials are reviewed by science, curriculum, education and environmental experts for accuracy and educational value. Each lesson plan is tested in real classroom to ensure effectiveness and high-quality student involvement.
Project WILD and Aquatic WILD materials are available to formal and non-formal educators through workshops on request for groups of at least 15 educators and/or youth leaders. Workshops also are provided through several colleges and universities. Workshop participants learn about the natural world through hands-on experiences they can pass on to their students.
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Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program for Project WILD that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. With activities written by educators and wildlife professionals and reviewed by experts in early childhood education, the guide provides and early foundation for developing active, healthy children who appreciate nature and are prepared to enter school with ample learning skills. Activities have been correlated to national standards for early childhood education – NAEYC Criteria for Curriculum, Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and the NAAEE Early Childhood Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence. Additional correlations have been drafted to Iowa Early Childhood program and curriculum standards – Quality Preschool Program Standards, Iowa Early Learning Standards, and the Iowa Core Curriculum.
Growing Up WILD received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.
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Upcoming Workshops Reconnecting Children with Nature: Growing Up WILD Early Childhood TrainingThis workshop leads you out the door and provides hands on activities and resource materials to help you lead your own nature explorations. Growing Up WILD activities use age appropriate practices and concepts to build on children’s sense of wonder and invites them to explore nature and the world around them. Specially written for children 3-7, activities include sections to address many learning areas: math, science, language, literacy, health living, play, and creativity.
Addresses CDA Content Area 2—Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development.
– 1 p.m.
Dallas County Extension (28059 Fairground Road, Adel)
Registration: Iowa Child Care Providers
- Click on Search Trainings, then search Reconnecting in
the Title. Your enrollment will be complete when payment is made.
The fees for service will be used to
off-set direct expenses and to support Humans Sciences County Extension
October 1, 2016
Cost: $10 (includes lunch,
activity materials and 128-page guide)
Dress casually and
appropriately for outdoor activities.
information, contact Myra Willms at
October 8, 2016 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sidney Cowboy Elementary Café (1002 Illinois Street, Sidney) Registration: Iowa Child Care Providers Training Registry - Click on Search Trainings, then search Reconnecting in the Title. Your enrollment will be complete when payment is made. The fees for service will be used to off-set direct expenses and to support Humans Sciences County Extension Program. Registration Deadline: October 3, 2016 Cost: $15 (includes lunch, activity materials and 128-page guide) Dress casually and appropriately for outdoor activities.
For more information, contact Linda Marshall at 712-374-2351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Explorations for Early Learners blog Learn fun ways to incorporate nature into your early childhood classroom. Activities build on children's sense of wonder and invites them to explore nature and the world around them.