Online Opportunities

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.

 

Skype in the Classroom
Presented live and online via Skype video calls, our programs promote positive attitudes toward wildlife and emphasize how the personal choices we make affect the health of the environment. All programs include up-close views of live, non-releasable wild animals relevant to each program theme! Click here to request a session through the official Microsoft Education page.

Length: 30-minute program
Age: First-grade through adult
Cost: $0
Additional Resources: Those who participate may be able to receive a free “Caring for Critters” academic sponsorship, including a lesson plan/activity based on the species of the adopted animal. 

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
Cost: $0
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 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”].

Wildlife Center Classroom Series
On the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, the Center’s outreach department offers a class on the Center’s moderated discussion on a pre-determined topic. Whether it is information on a particular species treated at the Wildlife Center, common causes of admission of patients at the Center, or a particular rehabilitation technique or treatment, the Classroom Series is a great opportunity to learn more about wildlife and the work at the Wildlife Center!

The Wildlife Center Classroom Series is a great informal opportunity for teachers and classes to become familiar with the moderated discussion and the caliber of online programs that the Wildlife Center can offer.

Length: Up to one hour
Age: Upper elementary and secondary students; adults
Cost: $0
Additional Resources: Review our past Wildlife Center Classroom Series discussions 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 edu@wildlifecenter.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
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.