Barbara Van Dyke (BarbaraVD@AOL.COM)
Mon, 15 May 1995 21:48:18 -0400
To those of you wondering about Project WILD, I took it a couple years ago
through my state's (Maryland) Department of Natural Resouces. I paid no fee
at that time, and I believe that is pretty much the way it is. I have found
the course invaluable for use with my troop (Brownie Girl Scouts) as well as
with my daughter's class.
Here's a few quotes from the preface of the the Project WILD resource book:
"Project WILD is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environment and
conservation education program emphasizing wildlife."
"Project WILD is based on the premise that young people and their teachers
have a vital interest in learning about the earth as home for people and
wildlife. The program emphasizes wildlife--because of its intrinsic,
ecological and other values, as well as its importance as a basis for
understanding the fragile grounds upon which all life rests. Project WILD is
designed to prepare young people for decisions affecting people, wildlife and
their shared home, earth."
The workshop as I remember it was comprised of a sampling of a number of the
activities from the resource book as well as ideas on how to use the book
itself. The book contains dozens of activities on lots of different
subjects. The best part of the book being the indices in the back sorted by
grade level, school subject (i.e. social studies. science, etc.), topic (i.e.
habitat, energy, conservation), indoors or outdoors, and skills ( i.e.
writing, observation, problem solving).
My advice: call your area's Department of Natural Resources or Fish and
Wildlife department ask if they have an office that handles Project WILD and
sign up for the course. Our council, Girl Scout Council of the Nation's
Capital has occasionally offered the workshop at outdoor leadership blitz
In the meantime, if you are looking for some interesting, different and fun
nature activities for various ages try Joseph Cornell's books "Sharing Nature
with Children" and "Sharing the Joy of Nature". I understand he is
associated with an organzation that has workshops also. I found the books at
an Audobon Society shop. I think they also can be found in the American
Camping Association catalog.
Hope this info. was useful.
Barbara Van Dyke
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City