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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 Taking STEM Outside: WILD Project-based Learning in Your SchoolyardEducators 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.
Date: June 12-13, 2017Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Location: Fossil and Prairie Center, RockfordCost: Re-certification - $110; Graduate (Drake) - $180To 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, 2017Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Location: Marr Park Conservation Center, AinsworthCost: Re-certification - $110; Graduate (Morningside) - $160; Graduate (Drake) - $175To 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, 2017Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Location: Thomas Jefferson Elementary, NewtonCost: No credit: $75; Re-certification - $110; Graduate - $185To Register: Heartland AEA website - Click on "Professional Development" tab at the top of the page. Select “Heartland AEA PD Catalog” and search for Activity # ST001747251801Registration Deadline: 7/18/17
Date: August 1-2, 2017Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Cost: No credit: $75; Re-certification - $110; Graduate - $185Location: Arrowhead Park, NeolaTo 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 StandardsCorrelation of Next Generation Science Standards with Project WILD ActivitiesCorrelation 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 wildlifeand the world around them. Provide an early foundation for your students withthis collection of activities written by educators and wildlife professionalsand 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 TrainingThis 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,
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.