Q: What are WILD Education, Project Wild and Below Zero?
A: WILD Education is a professional development program that trains educators to become certified instructors of Project WILD and Below Zero . It is aimed at both formal and informal educators, including certified teachers, resource specialists, naturalists, conservation officers, and youth group leaders.
Q: How can I get a copy of the Project WILD or Below Zero activity guides?
A: Our activity guides are not for sale but are available as part of our one-day introductory workshops. We want to make sure that everyone who receives the guides is familiar with some of the activities and how to integrate them into their own educational context. After your workshop, you’ll be ready to start using the activity guides right away.
If you are a teacher candidate, contact your Faculty of Education to find out if any WILD Education workshops will be offered to teacher candidates at your university this year. Workshops for teacher candidates are usually closed to the public and may not be listed on our workshop calendar.
Q: How can I find out about WILD Education workshops in my area?
A: View our workshop calendar to find upcoming workshops. If you can’t find one near you, sign up to our workshop mailing list. You will be automatically notified by email when a workshop is happening in your area.You will be automatically notified by email when a workshop is happening in your area.
Q: How long is a workshop?
A: Workshops featuring one program usually run six hours. Workshops covering two programs are usually eight hours. Workshops may be completed in a single day or split across two or more shorter sessions.
Q: How much do the workshops cost?
A: Cost varies depending on location. In Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, the average cost for either a Project WILD or Below Zero introductory workshop is $50 (plus tax). Combined WILD Education introductory workshop (covers Project WILD and Below Zero) is $70 (plus tax). For workshops in other provinces and territories, contact your provincial coordinator for details.
Q: What exactly happens at a workshop?
A: Workshop agendas vary depending on the facilitator and on participants’ needs, but the goal is for participants to experience a sampling of activities from the WILD Education program(s) featured at the workshop, to get to know how the activity guide is structured, where to find information and to share strategies for adapting the activities to different contexts.
See a sample WILD Education workshop agenda
Q: Can I bring my children to a workshop?
A: No. Childcare services are not provided at the workshops, and parents who are concerned about making sure their children are safe and entertained throughout the day will be less focussed on the workshop and get less out of it. Further, as our workshops as professional development for educators, other participants will not be expecting children and may be distracted by them. Finally, while children would likely enjoy participating in the Project WILD activities, the time spent briefing and debriefing the activities and discussing the program itself would probably be a bit dry for most children.
Q: I would like to host a WILD Education workshop for educators I work with. How do I request a workshop?
A: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a workshop for a group of educators. Our Education Coordinator will put you in touch with a facilitator in your area who will work with you to plan a workshop.
Q: How can I become a WILD Education facilitator?
A: Once you have completed a WILD Education introductory workshop, you can become a WILD Education facilitator and organize training for other educators. Our weekend-long facilitator training is offered periodically in different locations across Canada. Sign up to our workshop mailing list to be alerted to upcoming facilitator training in your area.
A: You can download lesson plans and resource materials on a variety of environmental themes from our Resource Centre. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to register as a user of CWFEducation.ca. From there, you'll be able to access great programs and resources for everyone — all grades, subjects, and ages.
CWF publishes two magazines that make excellent teaching resources. WILD is jam-packed with fun wildlife stories, games and pictures for youth ages 5 to 13. For older students, Canadian Wildlife (available in French as Biosphère) celebrates the country’s unique wildlife and habitats and explores conservation issues affecting our natural world.
Q: What do I do if my question isn't listed here?
A: For more information about WILD Education, email email@example.com. For general information about the Canadian Wildlife Federation, visit our About CWF page.