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Welcome to Co-sponsored in Michigan by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Copyrighted, printed and supported by the Council for Environmental Education (CEE) Growing Up WILD Early Learner… Project WILD K-12…Science and Civics 9 -12…. Project WILD Aquatic K-12…Advanced Workshops
Today… Activities, Guide Familiarity, Curriculum Connections and Meeting Standards and Resources Available
Why are we here? To give today’s children a chance to reverse current trends.
Children between the ages of 8 and 18 years spend an average of nearly 6. 5 hours a day with electronic media. Rideout, V. and Hamel, E. (2006). The Media Family: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Their Parent. Kaiser Family Foundation. (Note: Remember this was published in 2006 think of how much bigger Facebook, Iphones and Ipads have become since then)
Children under 13 spend only 30 minutes per week outside in free style play. Louv, R. (2007). Mother Nature: Raising Healthier Kids. (interview with) USA Today.
Children who play outside in natural settings are less likely to suffer obesity an less likely to contract diabetes. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2007. CDC funds registries for childhood diabetes. Press Release from CDC/ National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion.
Studies have shown that stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Even a view of nature helps reduce stress in highly stressed children. Children with these views also demonstrate increased attentional capacity. Wells, N. M. & Evens, G. W. (2003). Nearby nature: A buffer of life stress among rural children. Environment and Behavior (32) 6, pp 775 -795.
Children who have regular opportunities for free/unstructured play in the outof-doors demonstrate greater levels of creativity, cooperation, conflict resolution and leadership. American Institutes for Research, (2005). Effects of Outdoor Education Programs for Children in Califormia. Submitted to the California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA
Students who play and learn in outdoor settings perform better on tests, have higher grade point averages (GPAs) and cause fewer classroom disruptions. Chawla, L & Escalante, M. Student (2007). Gains from Place-Based Education. University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences.
Project WILD is: • An interdisciplinary conservation education program emphasizing wildlife. • One of the most wildlyused conservation and environmental education programs. • Is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning more about the natural world.
Project WILD is International • • • 47 States (not AZ, HI, IL) Puerto Rico District of Columbia Canada Czechoslovakia India Japan Iceland Sweden
Project WILD’s Mission Provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. – Teaches students of all ages HOW to think, NOT what to think!
DNR Mission • "The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the State's natural resources for current and future generations. "
Project WILD’s Goal Assist learners in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions. – Take students from AWARENESS to ACTION
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Project WILD is… • Interdisciplinary and supplemental • Designed for students K-12 • Utilizes multiple learning styles • Aligned to current content standards of science Social Studies Art Math PE Science ELA Music
Educational Stages Solutions Participation Skills Attitude Knowledge Awareness
Teaching HOW to think, not WHAT to think! • Present facts • Maintain Objectivity • Provide Guidance • Evaluate Choices • Make informed decisions
Who Uses Project WILD? • Classroom Teachers • Preschool/Daycare Educators • Museum/Science Center/Nature Center Teachers • Youth Organizations • Home school • University Professors • Resource Agency Educators
The Guides • Over 100 Project WILD activities • 50 WILD Aquatic activities • Interactive • Multidisciplinary • Only available through workshops • Includes conceptual framework • Cross-referenced • Correlated to standards
Three Sections of the K-12 Guides • Ecological Knowledge • Social and Political Knowledge • Sustaining Fish and Wildlife Resources
Organization of Activities • Objectives • Method • Background information • Materials • Procedures • Evaluation suggestions • Recommended grade levels • Subject areas • Duration, group size and setting • Key terms
Delivery Network for Education Project WILD State Coordinator
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Co-sponsored in Michigan by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) and the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Copyrighted, printed and supported by the Council for Environmental Education (CEE)
Project WILD Contacts • Your Facilitator – YOUR NAME – YOUR EMAIL • Michigan Project WILD – Natalie Elkins – www. michigan. gov/michiganprojectwild – [email protected] gov • National Project WILD – www. projectwild. org – [email protected] org