Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide --training educators in the many facets of the program.
Our class of ten included teachers, MDC personnel from the Conservation Nature Center, city employees, college students and Master Naturalists. It was taught by Jay Barber of MDC and Carl and Janet Haworth (facilitators from Master Naturalists).
We were introduced to the large number of teaching exercises by experiencing some of them as well as hands on teaching of each other. It turns out that this group is not a lot different than 6th graders, just slower and a lot more wise cracks.
A morning exercise was to observe nature outside and write a poem in five minutes based on what we saw. One format option was a cinquain, five lines of defined length and content. There were lots of beautiful results.
irritating, distracting, annoying, bloated
Blood sucking opportunist sucker diptera
Smacking squashing falling dying dead