What do hide-and-seek, charades or a field investigation to count insects have in common? They are just a few of the ways children can learn about wildlife through Project WILD curriculum available through the territorial youth department.
Since Project WILD launched in 1983, more than 100,000 formal and informal educators have attended workshops to receive training and materials. In 2018 the project was updated so every activity includes STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities, related career options and an outdoors component.
Project WILD uses hands-on learning experiences to teach kids environmental education. It not only provides information but helps students evaluate choices and make responsible decisions. In short, Project WILD’s mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think about wildlife and the environment.
Perfect for afterschool programs, camps or character-building programs, Project WILD can assist leaders in teaching a broad range of subjects to any grade level, K-12. Activities may take the form of games, mock town-hall meetings, song writing or field investigations.
Materials are available to those who attend instructional workshops offered by certified leaders and supported by a network of sponsoring state, national and international agencies that now includes The Salvation Army.
Last year, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies recognized the unique needs posed by our divisions that fall within several states and the spiritual focus inherent in Salvation Army training and programming. An agreement was reached whereby designated personnel within the Central Territory may train its leaders to use Project WILD in corps and camp programs.
“It allows us to provide workshops with specific insight into how activities tie in with camp programs, character-building or Bible lessons,” said Jerrie Miller, territorial director of camping, community centers and outdoor ministries, who coordinates Project WILD. “It is exciting to see leaders realize how fun and easy it is to use Project WILD materials to expand and enhance what they are already doing.”
To learn more or attend training, email [email protected]