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.


Upcoming Workshops 
Taking STEM Outside: WILD Project-based Learning in Your Schoolyard
Educators will be introduced to a variety of nationally developed resources that support authentic learning (Project-based Learning ModelField Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific ProcessesSchoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator GuideFostering Outdoor Observation SkillsLandscape 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.

Date: June 12-13, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fossil and Prairie Center, Rockford
Cost: Re-certification - $110; Graduate (Drake) - $180
To Register: AEA 267 website - Click on “Professional Learning” and select “AEA 267 Class Registration” to create an account or login; Course #15630.
Registration Deadline: 6/5/17

Date: June 14-15, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Marr Park Conservation Center, Ainsworth
Cost: Re-certification - $110; Graduate (Morningside) - $160; Graduate (Drake) - $175
To Register: Grant Wood AEA website - Click on “Educators” and select “Professional Development,” then “User Sign-on” to register or create a user account.
Registration Deadline: 6/7/17

Date: July 25-26, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Newton
Cost: No credit: $75; Re-certification - $110; Graduate - $185
To Register: Heartland AEA website - Click on "Professional Development" tab at the top of the page. Select “Heartland AEA PD Catalog” and search for Activity # ST001747251801
Registration Deadline: 7/18/17

Date: August 1-2, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: No credit: $75; Re-certification - $110; Graduate - $185
Location: Arrowhead Park, Neola
To Register: Green Hills AEA website - Click on "My Account" tab at the top of the page to create a student account or log in to register.
Registration Deadline: 7/18/17

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 

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.



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