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Educator Workshops

Transform your teaching. Transform their learning.

Maine Audubon provides custom educator workshops that can help you:

  • Provide more STEM activities in your classroom
  • Reach Next Generation Science Standard
  • Incorporate the outdoors into your instruction

We also offer workshops on topics such as incorporating Community Science into your curriculum, using your schoolyard and local area, and more.

If your school or organization would like us to be part of your professional development, we would be glad to work with you to set up a workshop for you around Project WILD or any other environmental topic.

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Overview of Project WILD Workshops

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:

  • Program overview
  • Participation in Project WILD activities
  • Information about Maine wildlife
  • Curriculum/program plans for using Project WILD with students

Participants will also receive:

  • Additional curriculum materials
  • State-specific materials about natural resources and environmental issues
  • Details of additional training opportunities
  • Suggestions of individuals and organizations that can serve as resources

We are currently working with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to provide Project WILD educator workshops at Maine Audubon centers and locations around the state. Correlations of Project WILD activities to your state’s content standards are generally available upon request.

Basic Project WILD Workshop

This workshop is designed for all educators regardless of what grade level they teach or whether they provide formal, non-formal, home school, or scouts education.

Through hands-on practice, educators will gain the experience and confidence needed to integrate Project WILD into their teaching. Participants will be introduced to Project WILD materials, activities, and teaching strategies around the theme of wildlife and habitat.

Growing Up WILD Workshop

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 Workshop

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 Workshop

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 Workshop

This workshop will provide formal and informal educators at all levels with information and activities on diverse water topics, empowering those educators to 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. These are all great classroom resources.

You will also learn about the Water Education Portal, where you share ideas and 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 on Friday was 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