Paul Whitfield (paul.whitfield@DAFBBS.COM)
Sat, 20 May 1995 09:59:13 LCL
I am, in my non-Scouting life, a professional ecologist - and more precisely a
hydrologist - [ie - I study water]. In my Scouting life, I am the ARC for
Environment and Outdoors in Fraser Valley Region. Project Wild is one of the
very best courses anyone can take to build the skills to enable you to help
others learn about the environment, ecology, and the way the natural world
works. I have taken the course twice - and have copies the manual in my three
offices. Not a week goes by that I don't consult the book - in my Scouting
office at home my copy have been moded to a three ring binder and materials
have been added to it. Its a bit messy and dog-eared.
In 1993 I led a group of professional environmental scientists who ran a
program at the Canadian Scout Jamboree - 'Environmental Citizensip'. All of
these people took 'Project Wild' training in preparation. The material in
'Project Wild' allows us to create a situation where learning will take place,
and provides that basic information needed to support the activity - you do not
have to be a professional to use it. On the other hand, a professional who is
trying to teach about the environment should have this material, and the
training that goes with it, close at hand.
In my work in Scouting I have used Project Wild activities frequently, some of
them are so good they can be adapted to deal with other things. Recently, we
took an ethics game from 'Project Wild' and changed the context to a 'servicing
dilemma' with good success.
I recently came across the following description of the Project Wild book.
Title: Project Wild
Publisher: Western Regional Environmental Education Council,
Grade level: early elementary, late elementary, middle school,
description: Project Wild is a close cousin of Project Learning
Tree and is organized state by state in a similar
way. To obtain a copy of the activity guide, an
educator must attend a workshop which includes
introduction to the materials and teaching
Materials: a 386-page activity guide
Subjects: language arts, mathematics, social studies,
science, music/art/drama, physical education
Abstract: An interdisciplinary, supplementary environment
and conservation education program emphasizing
Strengths: User-friendly activities to develop environmental
Weaknesses: Does not emphasize energy in the ecosystem.
Field testing: yes
Awareness and Appreciation
Ants on a Twig
Interview a Spider
Wildlife is Everywhere
Microtrek Treasure Hunt
The Beautiful Basics
Everybody Needs a Home
Habitat Lap Sit
What's for Dinner?
Litter We Know
Spider Web Geometry
We're in this Together
Learning to Look, Looking to See
Diversity of Wildlife Values
Wild Words...A Journal-Making Activity
Museum Search for Wildlife
Let's Go Fly a Kite
Make a Coat!
Drawing on Nature
Photos Keep it Happening!
Wild Edible Plants
Wildlife as Seen on Coins and Stamps
What Bear Goes Where?
Urban Nature Search
Forest in a Jar
The Thicket Game
Seeing is Believing...or the Eyes Have it!
There are also a number of cross references available - If anyone has them in
machine readable form I would love to get a copy. In Canda, there is a cross
reference to all the program levels of Scouting. I understand the same exists
in the US. Also the same for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts may exist.
Sorry to take up so much band width - Project Wild is one of my passions!
ARC Environment - Fraser Valley Region - Scouts Canada
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