Projects WILD and WILD Aquatic
Projects WILD and WILD Aquatic resources
Taking STEM Outside: WILD Project-based Learning in Your Schoolyard

Project WILD and Aquatic WILD are time-proven effective activity guides that support teaching in and learning about the environment. Learn about wildlife and nature with hands-on experiences you can share with your students. Easily add any Project WILD or Aquatic WILD activity to your curriculum. Each lesson is tested in real classrooms to ensure effectiveness and excellent student participation.

Upcoming Workshops
Educators will be introduced to a variety of nationally developed resources that support authentic learning (Project-based Learning Model, Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes, Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator Guide, Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills, Landscape Investigation Guidelines) as well Project WILD and Aquatic WILD.

Training will include using a project-based learning model and field investigations to create relevant learning opportunities for students that support STEM-based learning. Trainers will work with educators to incorporate activities from the resources into inquiry based learning and to conduct real field investigations with their students. Educators will be encouraged to develop site based projects to study and/or improve their local natural resources. This can include service learning opportunities like development of outdoor learning areas or habitats.

Participants are encouraged to bring information about their school site or a nearby natural area for use with workshop activities. Teaching partners/groups are encouraged to facilitate planning/implementation of projects.

For more information, contact Barb Gigar at Barb.Gigar@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-494-3891.



Exploring Iowa's Natural Resources Online Course

September 4 - December 30, 2018
Cost: $305 – Materials, 3 License Renewal Credits; $455 – Materials, 3 Drake Graduate Credits
Online Registration: AEA PD Online
Registration Deadline: August 31, 2018

Learn how to build a project-based learning unit so you can immediately incorporate the course resources and tactics into your teaching.

This course guides you through several resources that use a STEM-based approach to explore natural resources including:

  • Outdoor Observation Skills
  • Field Investigations
  • Schoolyard Biodiversity
  • Project Based Learning Model
  • Project WILD
  • Aquatic WILD
    Contact Information


    Training Specialist
    Barb Gigar
    barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov
    515-494-3891


    Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children

    Growing Up WILD builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife
    and the world around them. Provide an early foundation for your students with this collection of activities written by educators and wildlife professionals and reviewed by early childhood education experts.

    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.

    Correlations to Iowa Standards
    Alignment to Iowa Early Learning Standards
    Alignment to Iowa Learning Standards
    Alignment to Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards
    Alignment to Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards

    Upcoming Workshops
    Reconnecting Children with Nature: Growing Up WILD Early Childhood Training
    This workshop leads you out the door and provides hands on activities and resource materials to help you lead your own nature explorations. Learn easy ways to help your children appreciate nature. Specially written for children 3-7, Growing Up WILD activities include sections to address many learning areas: math, science, language, literacy, health living, play, and creativity.

    Date: June 2, 2018
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Central Park (12515 Central Park Road, Center Junction, IA 52212)
    Online Registration: Iowa Child Care Providers Training Registry - click on Search Trainings, then search Jones County
    Registration Deadline: May 25, 2018
    Cost: Free - sponsored by Early Childhood Iowa (Jones & Cedar Counties)
    For More Information: Julie Orris, jorris@iastate.edu, 319-465-3224.


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