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Montana Education Programs

 

Join our team!

Interested in doing a year of AmeriCorps service in Missoula, Montana? The National Wildlife Federation's regional educational team is seeking our next 2023 member to lead our Garden for Wildlife™ program for Montana. Read the attached member description linked here, and if interested, please email a cover letter and simple resume to Naomi Alhadeff at alhadeffn@nwf.org.

 

Rain barrel painting workshop 

Even in the spectacular natural setting of the Northern Rockies, many kids spend more time indoors looking at electronic screens than outside. The National Wildlife Federation in Montana works with schools, teachers, and communities across the state to engage students with the natural world.

 

Garden for Wildlife

Volunteers filling garden boxes Our Certified Wildlife Habitat® program engages people to make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the basic elements that all wildlife need. If you love gardening and connecting with people in your community, the National Wildlife Federation can help you certify your community as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat™ through our Garden for Wildlife™ movement. A Community Wildlife Habitat™ is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community—in backyards, on school grounds, and in public areas such as parks, places of worship and businesses.


The Northwest, including Montana, boasts over 12,000 Backyard Habitats, nearly 250 Certified Schoolyard Habitats, and the most certified Community Wildlife Habitats™ in the nation. Montana has two actively engaged communities in Missoula and Billings.
Follow us on Facebook at Missoula's Community Wildlife Habitat and get involved or you can follow us on Instagram @gardenforwildlifemissoula.

Teachers and Educators

Eco-Schools USA

Eco-Schools USA engages PreK-12 schools in a 7-step framework to help combine environmental learning with hands on experiences. The program provides resources and curriculum to meet your state’s education standards. Visit our Eco Schools USA page or email NWF’s Montana Education Manager, Naomi Alhadeff to learn more.

WildlifeXing Program

The National Wildlife Federation has partnered with Miistakis Institute in Calgary, AB, Canada to expand the WildlifeXing Program along the Hi-Line region of Montana. This community-science based approach engages rural communities by training community volunteers to use the WildlifeXing app as a means to support agency wildlife-transportation mitigation efforts. An additional 8-lesson high school education unit engages students in wildlife biology and connects data collected in the classroom with management decisions. 
To learn more visit the WildlifeXing website or email Naomi Alhadeff at alhadeffn@nwf.org.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are numerous professional development opportunities available for educators to become familiar with Eco-Schools USA, WildlifeXing Program, Project WET, Project Learning Tree, and Project WILD. These workshops train educators on diverse wildlife and water related topics for the classroom to connect global challenges to local solutions. They provide educators with the knowledge to teach wildlife-based conservation principles in the classroom or outside of the classroom. NWF staff works with schools, teachers, and educators to bring these workshops to you. Participants receive project guides, additional resources or supplies, and Montana certified Renewable Units.
If you’re interested in hosting or attending a professional development workshop, please email Naomi Alhadeff at alhadeffn@nwf.org.

Montana License Plate

Get Outside license plate

Calling all Montana residents! Did you know that, on average, kids spend more than 50 hours a week indoors in front of electronic devices? That's more hours than an average full-time job. Help us build our programs to promote better health and teach our future conservationists. By purchasing a National Wildlife Federation "No Child Left Inside" license plate, you contribute to our youth education and habitat programs. And here's our challenge: pick a day, turn off the TV, unplug those video games, leave your phones at home ... and get outside! Twenty dollars from every plate purchased goes directly to programs that give Montana's children opportunities and encouragement to get outside and play.
Montana residents can visit the Montana Motor Vehicle Division website and scroll directly to the National Wildlife Federation's "No Child Left Inside" plate.

Meet Our 2022 Montana AmeriCorps Member

Kassie, Americorps memberMeet Kassie Robakiewicz, our Montana AmeriCorps member in 2022! Kassie serves as our education and outreach associate through the Big Sky Watershed Corps program. Kassie is from Greensboro, North Carolina and recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in December of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a double minor in Sustainability and Non-Profit Leadership and Management. She is excited to be part of the National Wildlife Federation because she is looking to be challenged personally and professionally in the environmental conservation field and wants explore her passion of engaging with different groups of people. In the past 3.5 years, she has lived on the coast of North Carolina, the coast of Italy, and on the island of Hawaii shaping her hobbies around water related sports such as surfing, but she is excited to trade the sand in for mountains this upcoming term and try new adventures and activities. To contact our current AmeriCorps member please email mteducation@nwf.org.
Photo courtesy of Kassie Robakiewicz.

More Montana Resources

Montana Mason Bee Box Instructions and Information
Information about mason bees and how to care for a mason bee condo.

Montana Bat Facts and Bat Box Building Instructions
Learn about the many bats in Montana and instructions on how you can build your very own bat house!

Monarch Curriculum (English and Spanish available)
This curriculum was developed to complement the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat® programs, and to guide the construction of a school's monarch recovery garden and monarch observations.

Monarchs & Milkweed
Information about planting milkweed in Montana, the Rocky Mountains, and the Northern Plains. 

Montana Native Plant Guidebook
This guidebook, developed for the National Wildlife Federation, is to be used to lead native plant walks in the Missoula area for the general public and school programs.

Deer Resistant Ornamental Plant Guide - Montana
Find out what to plant so your garden doesn't become a tasty treat for deer!

Missoula County Flowering Plant Guide
Learn more about when common flowering plants in Missoula County are in bloom. PDF from the Missoula County Weed District and Extension Office.


For more information about the National Wildlife Federation’s Montana Education Programs, please contact Naomi Alhadeff at alhadeffn@nwf.org.



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