Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Make the School Year a Wild One with Wolves
It's back to school time! It's always hard saying goodbye to summer. Spending more time outdoors in Nature's playground is essential and something we all can treasure. In order to be wise stewards of the very environment that sustains us, however, education is key. And so is heading back to school!
It is environmental education which can best help us as individuals make the complex, conceptual connections between economic prosperity, benefits to society, environmental health, and our own well-being. Ultimately, the collective wisdom of our citizens, gained through education, is the most compelling and most successful strategy for future conservation initiatives.
Through wolves, the Wolf Conservation Center teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World. By providing science-based information, the WCC allows wolves and humans to better coexist in our fragile environment, improves our efforts to successfully restore endangered wolves to their ancestral homes in the wild and offers direct exposure to an elusive predator people might not ever see in the wild. The WCC education and Ambassador-wolf programs open the door to understanding the importance of a healthy planet. They are designed to conform to New York State Standards for Science Education and touch on a variety of disciplines from biology to history.
Schools can experience the WCC’s educational message in three formats:
• Onsite programs at the WCC facility in South Salem, NY;
• A visit to your school - offsite programs with WCC traveling ambassador wolf Atka.
• Classroom learning, though our innovative “Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Wolf Education – Tracks to the Futurehttp://nywolf.org/curriculum,” enables middle students to learn and master many of the required Common Core State Standards in Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies while using wolf conservation as an integrating theme. The Curriculum deepens the educational experience the Center can provide and expands the organization’s geographic reach.
To learn more about the WCC education programming and how to get your school/students involved, please visit www.nywolf.org.