Growing Up WILD

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore the world around them. The Growing Up WILD workshop and activity guide is designed to help those who work with children age 3-7 in providing an early foundation for developing active, healthy children who appreciate nature and are prepared to enter school with ample learning skills. Skills addressed in Growing Up WILD include beginning an inquiry, word recognition, speech, observation, classification, sequencing, measuring, listening and cooperating. Growing Up WILD supports developmentally appropriate practice, allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially and culturally appropriate.

Project WILD

Project WILD provides educators of K-12 students with the tools, training and resources needed to engage students in active, hands-on learning about wildlife and the environment. The activity guides focus on developing students' critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills through the use of cross-curricular lessons that are designed to address diverse teaching and learning styles. A balanced approach to key environmental issues teaches students how to think, not what to think.

WILD about Reading

WILD about READING is an enhanced Project WILD workshop. All workshop participants will receive a supplemental curriculum to Project WILD authored by Oklahoma educators in addition to the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide and the Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide. WILD about READING was founded on the belief that human beings are a part of the natural world and that we have many literary lenses through which to view our interactions and relationships with wildlife. The workshop offers experiences with a wide variety of literature and opportunities to write, speak and listen that are designed to enhance Project WILD activities. It is full of possibilities for educators to explore connections between the environment and literacy.

Proyecto WILD

Proyecto WILD contains translated activities from the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide and the Project WILD K-12 Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guide. The Spanish supplement is meant to introduce Project WILD to new audiences - Scout leaders, school volunteers, parks and recreation, nature center, zoo, museum staff and other non-formal educators who live in primarily Spanish-speaking communities. Project WILD hopes that these materials will open the outdoors to a new generation of students. At this time we are not conducting Proyecto WILD workshops but any educator who completes a Project WILD workshop in Oklahoma can request a free copy of Proyecto WILD.

College Credit Workshops

Many universities and colleges in Oklahoma offer the opportunity to take Oklahoma Project WILD workshops for credit. Sometimes credit workshops are offered in conjunction with Project Learning Tree (PLT) or Project WET. In Oklahoma there must be 16 hours of class time for every hour of credit awarded. Participants in college credit workshops must also pay for the college credit in addition to the workshop fee. Contact the university or college listed for costs on credit classes. Credit workshops are indicated on the schedule. If offered for credit, the workshop cannot be taken in a shorter session in order to pay only the workshop fee; they are offered for college credit only.

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