Educator Workshops

Transform your teaching. Transform their learning.

Wondering how you can provide more STEM activities in your classroom? Need help reaching Next Generation Science Standards? Want to incorporate the outdoors in your instruction?

A Maine Audubon Educator Workshop is for you! Maine Audubon provides custom educator workshops for your school or group onsite or at a Maine Audubon Center. In addition to the Project WILD workshops listed below, additional workshops include such topics as Incorporating Citizen Science into your Curriculum, Cycles and Change, Using your Schoolyard and Local Areas and more.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Upcoming Workshops:

  • March 4: Winter Exploration and Children’s Literature Educator Workshop at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine, this  6-hour two part early childhood educator workshop focuses on engaging students in winter wonders and children’s literature.  Click here to learn more and to register.
  • March 31: Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop at the Maine Lakes Science Center, Bridgton, Maine, this interactive workshop includes two excellent bird oriented programs Flying WILD and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s program, Bird Sleuth. Click here to learn more and to register.
  • April 8: Growing Up WILD at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine, this  5-hour workshop introduces early childhood educators to Growing Up WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Click here to learn more and to register.
  • June 2: Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop at Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, Maine, this interactive workshop includes two excellent bird oriented programs Flying WILD and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s program, Bird Sleuth. Click here to learn more and to register.              

Project WILD

We are currently working with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to provide Project WILD educator workshops at our centers and locations around the state. All Project WILD workshops offer practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences.

Participants will receive a curriculum guide filled with award-winning activities, as well as a Contact Hour Certificate, IFW posters and supplemental materials from Maine Audubon.

Workshops include an overview of the program, participation in Project WILD activities, information about Maine wildlife and curriculum/program plans for using Project WILD with students. Workshops also include information about additional curriculum materials, training opportunities, individuals and organizations that serve as resources as well as materials about the natural resources and environmental issues within a given state. Correlations of Project WILD activities to your state’s content standards are generally available upon request.

Basic Project WILD

Whether you provide formal, non-formal, home school, or scouts education, Project WILD can assist you in teaching any subject, to any grade level. The basic Project WILD workshop focuses on wildlife and habitat. At these lively and engaging professional workshops, participants are introduced to Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students and to integrate Project WILD into their teaching.

Growing Up WILD

Growing Up WILD is a resource that is invaluable for early childhood professionals. With growing recognition of the need for young children to spend time outdoors, this guide provides practical suggestions for planning activities that are developmentally appropriate and includes all educational domains. Developed with the vision of changing the culture of early childhood education to embrace learning in the outdoors, Growing Up WILD is the first nationally distributed early childhood professional development program and activity guide that integrates environmental education into the early childhood curriculum.

Project WILD Aquatic K-12

The Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. It is organized in topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or several Project WILD Aquatic activities as the basis for a course of study.

Each Project WILD Aquatic activity contains objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-reference by topics and skills.

Flying WILD

Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. Flying WILD includes activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications.

Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable to all grade levels, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.

Project Wet

This workshop will provide educators at all levels, formal and non-formal, information and activities on diverse water topics so that those educators can reach children with objective, experiential, science-based water education.

Participants will receive Project WET’s award-winning Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, and other Educator Guides full of activities about watersheds, water quality, floods and water conservation, plus maps, posters and more.  There are over 40 full-color activity booklets about a range of water-related topics in the Kids in Discovery series plus children’s story books—great classroom resources!  You will learn about the Water Education Portal where you share ideas, lesson plans and join discussions about activities and water related topics. Project WET national and state standard correlations are available.

Teacher Testimonials

“I wanted to let you know how inspirational the workshop was on Friday to me. I have shared the information with many members of my staff, including the principal.” Catherine Hewitt, Wentworth School Scarborough

“I have participated in many workshops and what I like is that this one did what it said it would.” Monica Wright, Bath Middle School

“It linked me into ideas and ways to get my students doing ‘real science’ and collecting real/usable data.” Eli Wilson, Bath Middle School

“Thanks so much. It was a wonderfully inspirational workshop. I want to do EVERYTHING!!!!” Lori Safford, Carrabassett Valley Academy