Normally we like to think that teachers are calm and in control, but the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is hoping to help teachers go WILD this fall and winter.  The type of WILD that IDFG is talking about is Project WILD for teachers.  Project WILD is an international program that helps teachers to use the timeless love of wildlife and nature that humans have as a hook to educate children about all types of subjects ranging from art & music to science & math. Teachers in eastern Idaho are especially fortunate because IDFG is offering a number of different types of workshops locally this year.

In addition to the Introductory Project WILD workshop that will be offered in Idaho Falls on December 6 & 7, the Department is offering a special WILD About Turkeys workshop in Pocatello on November 7 & 8.   These workshops start late Friday afternoon and then go all day Saturday.  They can be taken for fun or for one college credit.  A new workshop called WILD About Winter is being held at Harriman State Park at the end of January and will be worth two college credits because it will start later on Friday afternoon the 24th and run through noon on Sunday the 26th.  This workshop is more involved because it requires teachers to either ski or snowshoe into where the class is being held and will involve a two night stay.

To learn more details about these workshops visit the education section of the IDFG website at: http://tinyurl.com/d9pskfv

If you have questions about any of these workshops call Gregg Losinski, Regional Conservation Educator at 208-525-7290 or email at glosinski@idfg.idaho.gov.

The Turkey and Introductory Workshops cost $25 each for materials and can be taken for 1 college credit at an additional charge.  Both are also available for Idaho STARS credit! Workshops are open to anyone who works with kids!  Participants not only get 2 guide books full of activities and lesson plans, but the latest info on fish & wildlife living right in your own backyard.

Logo courtesy Idaho Department of Fish & Game

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