The Bird Conservancy offers teacher staff development in western Nebraska, including pre-service and in-service trainings in Project WILD, Flying WILD and other topics.
Project WILD is the nation’s longest standing wildlife education program. It has reached more than 1 million educators and 53 million youth. This interdisciplinary program teaches learners “how to think, not what to think,” and assists in developing problem-solving and decision-making skills. Hands-on, inquiry-based activities engage students in learning about wildlife and the environment. The K-12 curriculum and activity guide are easy to use and well-organized and cover major themes including: habitats, ecosystems and niches, adaptations, interdependence, biodiversity, cultural perspectives, human impacts, wildlife management and taking action.
Flying WILD is a supplemental curriculum and activity guide introducing students to the study of birds, habitat issues and community service projects related to birds. Activities are geared toward grades 5-8.
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills. It is for ages 3-7.
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in pre-K to grade 12. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.