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WILD School Sites

The WILD School Sites program is an offshoot of Project WILD. The goal of WILD School Sites is to assist educators and their students in taking responsible action to improve their communities for people and wildlife - beginning on school or educational grounds. This program highlights an A to Z process of understanding the basic steps involved in creating or enhancing schoolyard habitats and outdoor classrooms.

Students and teachers learn about the importance of biodiversity while creating outdoor teaching sites and/or habitat. The development of a WILD School Site strengthens the integration of state Core Curriculum Content Standards into science, social studies, math, language arts and other subjects during the learning process. The activities are supplementary and to not displace any subject. Gaining community support is also an important component of the program.

Being able to see and work in natural areas increases students' enthusiasm for learning and can positively impact their self-esteem.

Photos of WILD School Site Projects

WILD School Sites materials include "Homes for Wildlife: A Planning Guide for Habitat Enhancement on School Grounds". The guide contains hands-on activities for K-12 students via service-learning and provides information to help teachers lead projects with their students. WILD School Sites materials complement not only Project WILD but Project Learning Tree, Bridges to the Natural World and other education programs.

The activity guide is only available through workshops. The workshop process not only provides teachers with more information than they might receive by simply reading the guides, but also develops a commitment to use the materials.

Workshops can be held on a weekday, weekend, or after school over the course of 2 days. They can be held at environmental education centers, nature centers or schools. Workshops are a minimum of 5 hours and are conducted for groups of 12 to 20 participants.

The cost of a workshop is nominal and includes the WILD School Sites guide and other teaching materials (provided by NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife). Please contact the state Project WILD Coordinator for details at 908-637-4125 ext. 122 or via e-mail at Liz.Jackson@dep.state.nj.us.

WILD School Sites Application Form (pdf, 29kb)

Interested in becoming a workshop leader for Project WILD or WILD Aquatic?

Facilitators are trained through a mentoring process. Candidates receive "on-the-job" training working with a previously certified "facilitator." Workshop leaders can receive a $200 stipend for the workshop. Teachers, naturalists and other educators are encouraged to participate.

Become a workshop facilitator! (pdf, 43kb)

For more information on schoolyard habitats, visit the National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitat web site.

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Last Updated: April 9, 2013