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Archery in the Schools

The National Archery in the Schools Program in Massachusetts is an archery program developed for educators to provide students in grades 4–12 with an exposure to a fun, alternative sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Taught primarily by physical education teachers, the program also includes social studies, mathematics, and physics. This program is a partnership between MassWildlife, National Archery in the Schools, the Archery Trade Association, and local sporting groups. Training is provided by MassWildlife to educators. Schools may borrow archery kits for two weeks free of charge. Funding may be available for schools to buy a kit of their own. For more information, call (508) 389-6305.

Project WILD in Massachusetts

An international program of wildlife education workshops designed for educators of a wide range of ages, from pre-school to high school. Hours spent may be used toward professional development or other continuing education credit. Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council. For information on attending or hosting a workshop, call (508) 389-6310.

  • Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature With Young Children (Ages 3–7 Years). This workshop is designed for early childhood educators with activities that build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Educators experience a wide range of activities that provide a foundation for developing a child’s positive impression about nature.
  • Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshops are interdisciplinary, hands-on learning opportunities for educators of K-12 level students focusing on terrestrial and aquatic wildlife and ecosystems. The curriculums encourage problem-solving and decision-making skills concerning the environment. Scout leaders, youth group leaders, homeschoolers, and both formal and non-formal educators find the materials and workshops valuable.
  • Flying WILD is a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. Targeted for the middle-school level audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical, hands-on classroom and outdoor field-investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation, and natural history. Project-based classroom applications, service learning, and community involvement are encouraged.

North American Conservation Education Strategy Resources

An array of tools and resources developed by state fish and wildlife agencies support conservation educators who offer fish and wildlife-based programs that guide students in grades K-12 on their way to becoming involved, responsible, conservation minded citizens. The strategy resources deliver unified, research-based Core Concepts and messages about fish and wildlife conservation, translated into K-12 academic standards to shape students’ environmental literacy, stewardship, and outdoor skills. Resources in the tool kit include: landscape investigation, schoolyard biodiversity, field investigation, fostering outdoor observation skills, applying systems thinking, and much more. Download these free resources at fishwildlife.org; click on Focus Areas, then Conservation Education For more information, call (508) 389-6310.

Junior Duck Stamp

The Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Conservation and Design Program; Connecting Youth with Nature Through Science and Art is a dynamic arts and science curriculum for educators designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in K-12. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students to visually communicate what they have learned by creating an entry to the state’s JDS contest. Guidelines and curriculum for students, educators, homeschool, and non-formal groups designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math, and technology can be downloaded at www.fws.gov/juniorduck. Co-sponsored by the USFWS with support from the Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council. For more information,
go to mass.gov/dfw/jds or call (508) 389-6310

The acrylic painting of Canada Geese by Michelle Gong was selected as Best of Show and represented Massachusetts in the National Junior Duck Stamp Competition where she placed in the top 15.

Photo by Bill Byrne/MassWildlife.