Projects WILD and WILD Aquatic


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. 

For more information or to find a workshop near you, contact Barb Gigar at barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-494-3891.

Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards
Correlation of Next Generation Science Standards with Project WILD Activities
Correlation of Next Generation Science Standards with Aquatic WILD Activities

Suggested Activity Lists
Early Grades (K-4) Suggested Activity by Activity
Early Grades (K-4) Suggested Activity by Social Studies Standard
Early Grades (K-4) Suggested Activity by Science Standard
Middle Grades (5-8) Suggested Activity by Activity
Middle Grades (5-8) Suggested Activity by Science Standard
Middle Grades (5-8) Suggested Activity by Social Studies Standard
Secondary (9-12) Suggested Activity by Activity
Secondary (9-12) Suggested Activity by Social Studies Standard
Secondary (9-12) Suggested Activity by Science Standard

Upcoming Workshops
Exploring Iowa’s Natural Resources On-line Course (K-12 Educators)
January 15 – May 1, 2017 
The goal of this course is to help you utilize a STEM-based approach that incorporates local natural resources as unifying themes to implement Iowa Core concepts in your curriculum. You will work in small groups and individually to create a network of contacts and resources to teach natural resource concepts. Group and individual assignments will build on each other throughout the course.

Participants will build a project-based learning unit for their personal teaching situation, so you can immediately incorporate the course resources and tactics into your teaching, regardless of grade level or educational setting.

Registration deadline is January 9, 2017  - you must register electronically (Activity #: 22007499991702). Registration fee: $305 (3 license renewal credits); $425 (3 Drake graduate credits). This course is being offered by AEA PD Online, a joint initiative by all of Iowa's Area Education Agencies. This course therefore uses AEA PD Online's alternative fee schedule for license renewal and graduate credit. Transcripts and credit will be issued by AEA PD Online instead of Heartland AEA.

Exploring Iowa's Natural Resources blog
Learn fun ways to incorporate natural resources into your classroom.

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
Grades K-2 Alignment to Iowa Core Curriculum
Grades K-2 Alignment to Iowa Core Curriculum

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. 

Growing Up WILD received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

Addresses CDA Content Area 2—Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development.

Check back soon for upcoming workshop dates and locations.

Lesson Plans
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