Museum staff provide training in internationally recognized environmental education programs for teachers. These programs can be conducted for teachers of all subjects and grade levels either in your school or at the Museum. These workshops are excellent for informal educators such as scout leaders, camp leaders, and youth leaders of any kind!
The museum offers environmental education programs, "Project WILD", "Project WET", "Growing UP WILD", and several other workshops with CEU credits available. Workshops are available statewide. For details, call (601) 576-6000. Check back here for future workshop information.
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife that is designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance all subject and skill areas and by addressing the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.
The program provides effective methods to teach problem solving and decision making, while teaching students how to think, not what to think. Materials include two activity guides for K-12 grade educators: the Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat, and the Project Wild Aquatic Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems.
Project WILD educational materials are provided to educators through practical, interactive 6-hour workshops. Contact Project Wild Coordinator...
Project WILD Aquatic is a conservation education program focused on aquatic wildlife and ecosystems for K-12 educators and their students. Project WILD Aquatic capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in aquatic wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance student learning in all subject and skill areas. Contact Project Wild Aquatic Coordinator...
Project WET is a program similar to Project WILD but with its own curriculum and activity guide for kindergarten through twelfth grades. It is a collection of innovative, water related activities that are hands-on, easy-to-use and fun!
Activities incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning, whole body movement, laboratory investigations, discussion of local and global topics, and involvement in community service projects. People's relationships to water are a major theme of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. Providing a thorough water education program, the guide also addresses water's chemical and physical properties, quantity and quality issues, aquatic wildlife, ecosystems, and management strategies.
Project WET activities promote critical thinking and problem solving skills and help provide young people with the knowledge and experience they will need to make prudent decisions regarding water resource use.
Project WET educational materials are provided to educators through 6-hour workshops.
Contact Project WET Coordinator.
Flying WILD introduces students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD encourages schools to work closely with conservation organizations, community groups, and businesses involved with birds to implement school bird festivals and bird conservation projects. This workshop is for teachers that work with grades K-12. Contact Flying WILD Coordinator....
Growing Up WILD features new activities designed to stimulate young children in new and exciting ways while connecting them to nature and many of its wonders. Growing Up WILD is a national early childhood initiative that builds literacy skills and environmental appreciation among early learners through participation in engaging wildlife-based educational activities. This workshop is suggested for teachers that work with ages 3-7. Click Here for details. Contact Growing Up WILD Coordinator...
Project WILD Council for Environmental Education:
Nicole Smith, Conservation Educator, was recently named Mississippi's Project WILD Facilitator of the Year. Nicole has served as a Project WILD facilitator since 2006 providing hands-on conservation programs and teacher workshops. She has used Project WILD to reach non-traditional users of the program, too, such as Scouts and families. Nicole's enthusiasm and knowledge of the natural world encourages all Mississippians to explore the outdoors with excitement and wonder!
Assistant Museum Director Angel Rohnke was recently named the "2015 Rudolph J. H. Schafer Outstanding Coordinator". Nominees for this award are considered on the basis of extraordinary efforts in communications, leadership, initiative, innovation, and longevity in the advancement of environmental education through Project WILD!