The Wildlife Center has a variety of online educational and distance learning opportunities for students of all ages. Our programs promote positive attitudes toward wildlife and emphasize how the personal choices we make affect the health of the environment.
Book a private virtual program with one of our educators or check out our additional online resources for your group of students. Be sure to keep an eye on upcoming free programs on our Facebook Live and Critter Cam pages.
June 2021 update: due to the large volume of Virtual Program requests, the Center's earliest available presentation date is August 9, 2021. Check back on this page in August for future updates!
Learn about the inner-workings of a wildlife hospital, meet one of the Center's non-releasable education ambassadors up-close, and ask questions during these private program sessions. Highly customizable to your group's needs, Virtual Programs are a perfect chance to learn more about an individual education ambassador and species. This program includes time for personalized discussion and question-and-answer time tailored toward your group. Click here to request a Virtual Program session.*
Length: 30 minutes [longer programs may be available for an additional fee]
Age: First grade through adult
*Please request program in Eastern Time
On-Demand "All About Wildlife" Classes
These on-demand courses are designed for use in the classroom, specifically for grades 3-7. Each course has an in-depth focus on a particular group of wildlife native to Virginia, and includes information on physical and behavioral adaptations of those species, their habitat requirements, and ecological threats to wildlife. Each course has a variety of learning elements, including videos, PowerPoint lectures, printable worksheets, activities, and additional resources to give teachers and students a well-rounded educational experience. Course content is designed to complement and enhance the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Our programs promote positive attitudes toward wildlife and emphasize how the personal choices we make affect the health of the environment. Students learn and understand actions they can take to become better wildlife stewards.
Cam in the Classroom
These interactive, text-based sessions take place on the Critter Cam’s moderated discussion. During a Cam in the Classroom session, the scheduled class is the only active participant for a question-and-answer session with a Wildlife Center staff member. Teachers may submit questions ahead of time or may ask the questions “live” during the session. Ask questions about what you see on Critter Cam, or about a particular biology or ecology topic the class is learning! Click here to request a Cam in the Classroom session.
Length: Up to 30 minutes
Age: First-grade through adult
Additional Resources: Read our archived “Cam in the Classroom” sessions for examples of past discussions. This program pairs well with our “Caring for Critters” sponsorships [see below], but is not required.
*Please request program in Eastern Time
Please note: Teachers and classes do not need to schedule a session to participate in the moderated discussion! Classrooms are always welcome to submit questions on the discussion when moderators are present – we suggest that you identify your class by the teacher’s or school’s name [E.g., “Mrs. Matheson’s 4th-grade class” or “6th Grade students at Copeland Middle School, NJ”].
Untamed looks at the wild and often perilous world of wildlife, as seen through the eyes of the patients of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Available to stream online at any time, these episodes offer an unprecedented look at the work of the Wildlife Center and each has a unique focus – there are episodes on the Center’s work with Bald Eagles, opossums, snakes, owls, and more. The Wildlife Center offers a library of materials that support each episode of Untamed, including patient stories and videos, additional learning resources, and worksheets and activities for students who are watching Untamed as a part of classroom learning on biology, natural history, and the environment.
Length: Episode run-time is approximately 25 minutes; classroom activity time varies
Age: Upper elementary and secondary students; adults
Additional Resources: Watch episodes and explore the Untamed Compendium here!
Caring for Critters
Adopt an education animal for your classroom and receive a sponsorship package as well as regular email updates on your animal throughout the school year. Academic-year sponsorships are available; these include additional updates on Critter Cam events, a lesson plan that corresponds to the selected animal species, and other animal-specific information upon request.
Some caring individuals underwrite the cost of an academic Caring for Critters sponsorship each year. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to see if we have any available for your class!
Length: Sponsorship is the length of the academic year
Age: Any primary or secondary class
Cost: $0 - $35
Additional Resources: See examples of how other teachers are using Caring for Critters in the classroom.
Additional Online Education Resources
Although Wildlife Center Classroom Series are no longer offered, past discussions are archived and available to read at anytime. Each session focuses on a pre-determined topic, such as a specific species, common causes of admission of patients, or a particular rehabilitation technique or treatment, and are a great opportunity to learn more about wildlife and the work at the Wildlife Center. See the Wildlife Center Classroom Series archive here.
The Wildlife Center Critter Cams and detailed patient case studies and stories on the website can be used to support a variety of lesson plans for teachers – many of which correlate to Standards of Learning in Science, Biology, and Life Sciences. We also have a library of educational videos and virtual tours.
Looking for ideas on how to incorporate virtual wildlife lessons in your classroom? The Wildlife Center’s website contains an ever-expanding and changing library of resources about wildlife and wildlife medicine. Explore more of these online resources here.