FIELD Edventures serves as the state coordinator for both Wisconsin Project WET and Project WILD for both of these National curriculum resources.
Interested in teaching about wildlife and water conservation with your learners? Interested in teaching these concepts with an outdoor focus that puts the learning in the student’s control? If yes, we can help you find a workshop and become a trained Project WET and Project WILD educator.
FIELD Edventures shares this training program with inquiry to enhance learning and wonder in the outdoor classroom. Attend a workshop for:
Lesson plans ideal for K-12 formal or non-formal educators
Hands-on, outdoor activities
Student centered learning
Explore big ideas and essential questions
Teach students how to think, not what to think
Design learning experiences that integrate environmental education into your core curriculum
Each guide gives PK-12 educators the tools you need to integrate water conservation or wildlife education into every school subject.
Wisconsin values its water resources! With almost 15,000 lakes, 33,000 miles of rivers and streams and 5.3 million acres of wetlands within its borders, Wisconsin needs to protect these waterways. Project WET is a nonprofit water education program and publisher for educators and young people ages 5-18. The program is organized nationally, but delivered on a statewide basis. It is designed to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and over 65 teacher-tested activities.
The Project WET Guide is designed to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources.
How Project WET Works
Project WET believes in training. Trained Project WET Facilitators conduct high-quality educator workshops throughout the state that meet Wisconsin teacher standards. A Project WET Workshop is an exciting, engaging and powerful learning experience, where educators of all disciplines receive the latest Project WET materials, learn to teach water education activities and walk away inspired. Attendees also receive Wisconsin-based support materials to compliment Project WET activities. We can match you with a facilitator in your area.
Project WET Beliefs
- Water moves through living and nonliving systems and binds them together in a complex web of life.
- Water of sufficient quality and quantity is important for all water users.
- Wise water management is crucial for providing tomorrow's children with social and economic stability in a healthy environment.
- Awareness of and respect for water resources can encourage a personal, lifelong commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.
Connect with Project WET
- Project WET Channel
- Water Education Blog
- Project WET Store
- Learn more about hosting a workshop or becoming a facilitator
Trained Project WET educators
Access the Water Education Portal (use the code in your WET 2.0 book for access!)
Developed specifically for teachers working with young children (ages 3-6) and in coordination with early childhood experts and educators, Getting Little Feet Wet is Project WET’s early childhood curriculum. Getting Little Feet Wet contains 11 interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds. Each activity offers both Pre-K and K-2 options and is correlated to respective educational standards.
Getting Little Feet Wet is available both as a digital and printed book. In the digital book, readers can click on suggested resources, specific materials and additional links to go directly to a webpage with more information on the resource or product. Alternatively, readers of both the printed and digital versions can click on the link below or go to www.projectwet.org/earlychildhood/resources to find links to the suggested resources.
Project WILD is a nationwide program that assists PreK-12 educators in teaching about wildlife and their habitat. The materials are available through Project WILD workshops lead by certified instructors. More than 165 hands-on activities provide interactive learning for youth groups, home schools, camps and nature centers.
Project WILD Activity Guide focuses on terrestrial wildlife, habitat and responsible human actions. Multidisciplinary activities focus around major themes, including ecosystems and niches, interdependence, changes and adaptations, biodiversity, wildlife issues and trends and wildlife conservation. Spanish-language versions of activities from this guide can be found in Proyecto WILD.
Aquatic Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide explores the wonderful world of water and the aquatic habitats it supports. Students learn about specially adapted wildlife that call our ponds, streams, wetlands, lakes, rivers and oceans home. Spanish-language versions of activities from this guide can be found in Proyecto WILD.
Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife serves as a guide for involving students in environmental action projects. Students focus on benefiting the local wildlife found in and around their community. Young people are involved in decisions affecting people, wildlife and their shared habitat.
Many Project WILD activities can enhance outdoor learning and exploration on the schoolyard, playground, or in your local neighborhood and community. Project WILD Schoolyard activities
Taking Action: An Educator's Guide to Involving Students in Environmental Action Projects. This guide is made up of summaries of successful projects from around the country. It includes basics of project planning, conflict resolution ideas, benefits, implementation and evaluation. This guide is available by contacting Wisconsin Project WILD.
How Project WILD Works
Project WILD believes in training. People are introduced to Project WILD materials at workshops conducted by a statewide network of facilitators in Wisconsin. We can match you with a facilitator in your area. A Project WILD Workshop is an exciting, engaging and powerful learning experience, where educators of all disciplines receive the latest Project WILD materials, learn to teach wildlife education activities and walk away inspired. Project WILD’s core curricular materials, the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, the Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, and Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife, are NOT for sale. These guides are distributed free of cost to participants through workshops offered by certified trainers.
Other Project WILD materials are for sale and can be purchased with a credit card in the on-line store or with a check or money order by sending an order form to the Project WILD National Office.
Project WILD Beliefs
As with all good educational materials, Project WILD is concerned with providing information as well as helping students evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. In short, Project WILD's mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment. All curriculum materials are backed by sound educational practices and theory and represent the work of many within the fields of education and natural resource management from across the country.
Connect with Project WILD
The following links for educators by topic area are proivded by the national Project WILD organization and correspond to the Project WILD conceptual framework.
- Wisconsin Wildlife & Habitat
- Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
- Angler Education
- Department of Natural Resources K-12 Publications
- Animals on EEK! (Environmental Education for Kids)
Engage your youngest learners with Growing Up WILD activities, explorations, and more! Growing Up WILD is an early childhood curriculum (ages 3-7) from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to engage the child's sense of wonder about nature and foster curiosity to explore outdoors.
- Features field tested lessons and experiences.
- Includes outdoor exploration, art, music, reading, math, wellness, and science!
- Supports developmentally appropriate activities.
Flying WILD introduces students in the upper elementary and middle school grades to bird conservation. This occurs through a standards-based classroom activity guide and through environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD encourages schools and nature centers to work closely with conservation organizations, community groups, and businesses involved with birds to implement school bird festivals – events which students take a leading role in teaching their classmates and community about migratory birds.
Unfortunately due to the uncertainty of COVID and restrictions on size of group gatherings, there are no workshops planned at this time. Please fill out this Workshop interest Form to receive an email when one is scheduled for your area.