Back to School Week: Training the Trainers

Project Wild Curriculum & Activity Guides.

This is Passport to Texas Back to School Week

Texas educators can help nurture future land stewards by teaching students conservation education curricula in partnership with Texas Parks and wildlife. It all starts with a workshop.

Most of the workshops [involve] actually doing the activities themselves, and then discussing them among themselves as educators.

Kiki Cory coordinates Project Wild, part of the conservation education programming available from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Project Wild and Aquatic Wild are K-12; they are actually used in a lot of college for teacher training. And then Growing up Wild is for 3 – 7 year olds.

Although the new school year is here, teachers have not missed their chance to receive training.

Once school starts, the end of August first of September, we have a quiet time so that the teachers can get their feet back on the ground and into their classrooms. But, by the end of September, we start seeing workshops pop up again, and they pretty much go year-round.

The beauty of these conservation education programs, like Project Wild, is that the concepts may be woven through all educational disciplines—from art to science.

The activities can be games, or they can be art projects, or they can be research projects; they’re all interdisciplinary. Elementary teachers love that because they can mix them in.

Bring the Texas outdoors to your classroom; learn how when you click the Education tab on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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