Tools and Resources for Educators

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Teaching about wildlife and conservation? Check out the resources below, and sign up for email updates about events and new activities great for educators.

National Wildlife Week Resources

We're helping educators across the U.S. celebrate National Wildlife Week, March 17-23, 2014. This year's them is Wildlife and Water--From the Mountains to the Rivers to the Oceans. Download all the resources for educators, including a poster, lesson plans and activities. Watch a recording of our National Wildlife Week webinar with presentations from wildlife experts on the featured wildlife. Learn about the featured wildlife, events and what you can do for wildlife during National Wildlife Week at

Schoolyard Habitats® Resources 

National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitats program helps educators develop outdoor spaces for kids to learn how to plan, create and maintain a wildlife garden with all the elements a habitat needs. Learn more about the program and check out these special resources designed specifically for educators: 

Leaf Pack Stream Ecology Kits

Explore the world of stream macroinvertebrates, and their value as indicators of water quality, with four different Leaf Pack Stream Ecology Kits for grade levels 3 and up, available for purchase through NWF.


Eco-Schools USA Resources

National Wildlife Federation is working to recruit thousands of K-12 public, private and charter schools across the U.S. to be a part of our Eco-Schools USA program. Register your school and learn how you can work toward greening your buildings, grounds and curriculum.

Young Reporters for the Environment Resources

National Wildlife Federation is hosting the Young Reporters for the Environment program, an environmental journalism competition for youth between the ages of 13-18 to report on topics related to the environment. Learn more about the contest and get resources to help your students compete:

Trees for Wildlife Resources

Trees for Wildlife is an educational program of National Wildlife Federation that provides adult leaders with fun, hands-on science-based activities to help young people learn about the importance of trees and how to plant and take care of trees for the future.

Helpful Links for Educators

  • Get To Know Your Wild Neighbors Contest - For over 10 years, internationally renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman has spearheaded a Canadian program that encourages youth to "get to know their wild neighbors." The contest inspires youth to discover nature, express themselves creatively, and learn to care for the environment through art, writing, and photography.

  • Ranger Rick Educators Guide - Ranger Rick® magazine is a great tool for building nonfiction reading skills and conceptual science understanding in children. Make the most of your Ranger Rick subscription with these monthly educational supplements.

  • Outdoor Family Fun Guide - Download this brochure of great take-home activities for students to share with their families—the perfect supplement to National Wildlife Week lessons. The brochure includes easy-to-do projects such as creating a pinecone birdfeeder, tode abode and bird bath.

  • Wildlife University - A fun, interactive way to learn at your own pace about endangered species and creating wildlife habitats.

Funding Resources for Educators

Additional Resources from NWF Partners

  • Kids Outdoors - Help families get outdoors close to home in the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia areas with local expert advice and outdoor activities. 

  • National Gardening Association - Learn about Youth Gardens that encourage children to make good food choices, build a love of nature, stimulate social interaction, facilitate cultural exchange, and more.

  • Get to Know Society - An organization that works to increase students' understanding of wildlife and connection with nature. Offers lesson plans for teachers.

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Educators' Page - This site offers curriculum resources and activities, ideas for community service projects, professional development opportunities, and more.

  • U.S. Forest Service Kids in the Woods - Learn about the U.S. Forest Service's programs to bring kids to nature—and nature to kids.

  • American Forest Foundation, Project Learning Tree - Find environmental education resources for educators, including activities and curricula.

  • Project Wet - Find water education resources for educators.

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