What is Project WILD?
Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs, among educators of K-12 students, emphasizing wildlife and their habitats. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide - training educators in the many facets of the program. Project WILD is concerned with providing information, as well as helping students to evaluate choices and to make responsible decisions. Curriculum materials adhere to those strict efforts for balance and objectivity, backed by sound educational practices and theory.
How Do I get the Project or Aquatic WILD Curriculum & Activity Guide or request the materials?
Project and Aquatic WILD Curriculum & Activity Guides are only distributed to participants by attending a 6-hour instructional workshop offered by certified leaders. This is a National Project WILD mandate. Workshops are scheduled throughout the year all over the state and are offered for free or at low cost to participants. Visit our workshop schedule for a list of dates and scheduled workshops in your area. Remember to check back as workshops are updated and posted as they are scheduled. Project WILD supplementary materials, however, are for sale and can be purchased by sending an order form to the Project WILD National Office with a check or money order. For more information about workshops and obtaining materials, visit Get WILD.
What are the other programs of the Florida Project WILD/K-12 Programs?
Florida Project WILD/K-12 Programs also offers two other types of workshops - Schoolyard Wildlife Activities and Florida Black Bear Curriculum. Both curricula were created by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for Florida educators to teach about Florida's fish and wildlife and their habitats. To receive the curriculum educators need to attend a 4-hour instructional workshop offered by certified leaders. Visit our workshop schedule for a list of dates and scheduled workshops in your area.
How do I sign-up or participate in a workshop?
You can attend any one of our Project/Aquatic WILD or K-12 Program workshops that we have listed on our workshop schedule. Contact the person listed under "workshop information" to sign-up for the workshop, as space is limited. Workshops are free of charge or low cost to participants. Participants will receive corresponding curriculum guide, courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, after participating in a workshop.
You can also request to host a workshop in your area and Florida Project WILD will provide the activity guides and a certified leader to facilitate the workshop, free of charge. We require a minimum of 15 participants to facilitate a workshop. Contact the Project WILD Coordinator to request a workshop. Please give an 8-week notice and provide 2-3 possible dates, site location, city and county of the workshop request.
How do I request or host a workshop at my site?
Workshops can be requested by outside parties with an 8-week advanced notice of the date scheduled. This is to allow time to find a certified leader and for preparation of the workshop. We require a minimum of 15 participants to facilitate and/or host a workshop. Workshops and activity guides are provided free of charge courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Contact the Project WILD Coordinator to request a workshop. Please provide 2-3 possible dates, site location, city and county of the workshop request. Remember when scheduling time of workshops that Project WILD workshops are a 6-hour minimum.
Are Project WILD and the other K-12 Programs correlated to state standards?
Yes! Project and Aquatic WILD, Schoolyard Wildlife and Florida Black Bear curriculum are all correlated to the Florida Sunshine State Standards. FCAT friendly activities are also provided for limited Project WILD activities and all Schoolyard Wildlife activities. Project WILD and Schoolyard Wildlife correlations can be found on the Sunshine State Standards and FCAT section of our website. Correlations to the Florida Black Bear Guide are included in the curriculum.
Where can I request Project WILD and K-12 Program info and sample activities?
To request Project WILD, Schoolyard Wildlife or Black Bear Curriculum brochures contact the Project WILD Coordinator. Limited supplies of posters, snake brochures and Planting a Refuge for Wildlife can also be requested, one per customer. Sample activities can be downloaded on K-12 Programs website for each of the following programs: Project WILD, Schoolyard Wildlife or Black Bear.
Project WILD supplementary materials are for sale and can be purchased by sending an order form to the Project WILD National Office with a check or money order. For more information about workshops and obtaining materials, visit Get WILD.
What is a Project WILD facilitator?
Project WILD facilitators are certified leaders that are highly trained to teach Project WILD, Schoolyard Wildlife and/or Black Bear curriculum workshops. Florida's Project WILD program depends on the expertise and commitment of our volunteer facilitators. These volunteers represent a wide diversity of backgrounds and special areas of expertise including teachers, college professors, park rangers, naturalists, biologists and more.
How can I become a volunteer facilitator for Project WILD and other FWC K-12 Programs?
Project WILD volunteers are certified leaders trained as facilitators to teach Project WILD, Black Bear and Schoolyard Wildlife workshops for teachers and non-formal educators. Facilitators receive specialized and advanced training opportunities to enable them to teach workshops. To become a facilitator you must first attend or have attended at least two K-12 program workshops - one of them being a Project/Aquatic WILD workshop. Second, you will need to attend Leadership Training - a three-day weekend (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon) training program offered in the winter. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to be invited to attend Leadership Training contact the Project WILD Coordinator with your name and address. Visit the workshop schedule for the date of next scheduled Leadership Training.
What is facilitator training?
Facilitator training is also known as leadership training. Leadership training is a weekend (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon) training program that certifies participants to become Project WILD facilitators. Training consists of learning from the best-experienced, seasoned facilitators that share the ins-and-outs, tools and techniques of being a successful facilitator. Participants learn proven ways to teach the material as well as the "how-to's" and logistics of putting a successful workshop together including scheduling, agenda planning, teaching techniques and leadership skills.
Can I reprint Project WILD activities or K-12 Program activities for curriculum I am developing?
If your organization would like to include Project WILD activities in materials you are developing, a written request for permission must be submitted to the Project WILD National Office. All requests must be received by the Project WILD National Office in writing on organizational letterhead and include the purpose of the request and anticipated number of copies to be distributed. Permission to reprint will only be granted by Project WILD based on a thorough review of complete draft of materials submitted with any given request. Reprint is limited to no more than three total activities for any individual, organization or group (three total from Project WILD and/or Aquatic). Permission will only be granted one time in five years.
All Project WILD materials are protected by United States copyright laws. No part of such content may be reproduced, disseminated, published, or transferred, in any form without the prior written permission of the Council for Environmental Education. For requests to reprint activities from the Schoolyard Wildlife Activities Guide or Florida Black Bear Curriculum Guide contact the Project WILD Coordinator. Requests will be granted as long as activities are not altered and recognition is given to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and any other contributors.