Project WILD and Aquatic WILD are time-proven effective activity guides that support teaching in and learning about the environment. Project WILD uses wildlife as the basis to teach concepts while Aquatic WILD helps us explore and understand water, aquatic habitats, and animals that depend on aquatic environments for survival.
In the mid-1990s, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) developed supplements to both Project WILD and Aquatic WILD with Iowa-specific information, links, book lists, and additional information.
Much information is now available on the Internet for Project WILD and Aquatic WILD educators. So, we have searched to find the most reliable websites with information about animals, habitats, and resource management to supplement the Guides. We have organized them here.
- The 2018 updated Project WILD Guide has these great online resources for individual activities, including In Step with STEM, WILD Work, student pages, and additional resources.
- If you are still using the previous Project WILD Guide, this PDF has all the ‘copy me’ pages!
- The Aquatic WILD Guide also has great online resources for individual activities, including In Step with STEM, WILD Work, student pages, and additional resources.
- Thanks to Wisconsin’s Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Project WET for developing a children’s environmental literature bibliography (last updated 2005) and is available as PDF for download from their site or as a PDF here.
Download these handy resources for sharing with other teachers, staff, administrators, and parents!
- Benefits to taking children outside (This includes a separate page of bibliography)
- Considerations before stepping out the door
Links to local resource people!
- Find staff (likely a naturalist) from your local Iowa county conservation board or search the Iowa Association of Naturalists website for listing of resource people by type of agency, Guide to Interpretive Services.
Iowa Supplement to Aquatic WILD
This supplemental information will help Iowa educators, both formal and non-formal, prepare for using Aquatic WILD activities with their students. The first supplement was completed by the Iowa DNR Aquatic Education Program in 1989, with updates in 1998 and 2002. The Council for Environmental Education did a major update to the Aquatic WILD guide in 2013.
The information is divided into groups to learn more about Iowa’s water resources, the plants and animals that depend on aquatic resources, the aquatic ecosystem, and how people interact with the land and water.
The document linked below identifies how activities in Aquatic WILD Guide correlate to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Student Performance Expectations (PEs).
Iowa Supplement to Project WILD
This supplemental information will help Iowa’s formal and non-formal educators prepare for using Project WILD activities with their students. The first supplement was completed by the Iowa DNR Aquatic Education Program in 1996, with an update completed in 2002. The Council for Environmental Education is currently working on a revision to the Project WILD guide, with an estimated completion in Fall 2017.
The information is divided into groups to learn more about Iowa’s wildlife over time, the places that animals call home, how wildlife is managed, and how people interact with wildlife.
The document linked below identifies how activities in the 3rd edition (whitetail deer, bear, butterfly on cover) of the Project WILD Guide correlate to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Student Performance Expectations (PEs). The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is working on correlations to the 4th edition Project WILD Guide.