Wildlife & Educator Workshops

These programs for adults are led by staff instructors with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and are generally open to the public, free or for a nominal fee. They satisfy requirements for N.C. Environmental Education Certification.

Workshop Descriptions

Project WILD

Project WILD workshops are for adults interested in teaching young people about wildlife. Participants receive the Project WILD K-12 educator guide along with materials specifically about North Carolina wildlife. The educator guide contains more than 150 hands-on activities that focus on wildlife and natural resources.


Project Wild News Video

Tanya Poole with NCWRC - Project Wild at Allison Woods


Project WILD Correlations to North Carolina K-5 Science Essential Standards

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Project WILD Correlations Correlations Title List Activity List and Correlations Spreadsheet

Aquatic WILD

In Spring of 2014, NCWRC will offer free workshops using the new Aquatic WILD activity guide.  In addition to updating existing activities, the new guide contains field investigations, In Step With STEM activity extensions, connections to wildlife careers, new activities on fish conservation and angling, and an increased focus on outdoor activities.
The 6-hour Aquatic WILD workshop counts towards CEU credits and EE Criteria I credits.  If you have previously completed an Aquatic WILD workshop, you can still receive credit for this training since the guide has undergone significant changes.  Contact the Regional Education Specialist in your area to acquire about attending a training.


Aquatic WILD Correlations to North Carolina K-5 Science Essential Standards

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Aquatic Wild Correlations Correlations Title List Activity List & Correlations Spreadsheet

Growing Up WILD

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and their habitats, with an emphasis on promoting aquatic resource appreciation and stewardship.  Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills.  These 6-hour workshops are primarily oriented towards formal and nonformal educators who work with children ages 3-7.  They include early childhood and classroom educators, home school teachers and park rangers.  Participants trained in Growing Up WILD will receive a free Growing Up WILD activity guide.

Flying WILD

Flying WILD workshops provide activities to teach middle school students about birds, their migration, and what people can do to help birds and their habitats.  The activities can be used to teach classroom lessons or to set up service-learning projects about birds and their habitats.  The guide can even provide activities for a bird festival.

CATCH Workshops

CATCH workshops (Caring for Aquatics Through Conservation Habits) Use the CATCH curriculum guide to explore ways to teach about aquatic environments through fish biology, outdoor ethics, water safety and fishing skills.  Techniques and activities are geared for children ages 8 to 15. Download the CATCH Student Handbook.







Wildlife Workshops

Wildlife workshops offer all adults training and practice in specific skills such as wildlife identification, outdoor photography and fishing. Most classes are free of charge.

View Upcoming Workshops

To view upcoming workshops, please visit the Wildlife & Educator Workshops Calendar.

Schedule a Workshop

To schedule a workshop for 10 or more educators or other adults, please contact:

Coastal Region:

Mike Campbell, Outreach Education Specialist, 252-670-0090

Mountain Region:

Tanya Poole, Outreach Education Specialist, 828-329-3472

Piedmont Region:

Cecelia King, Outreach Education Specialist, 919-830-0202

Wildlife Workshops for Educators



Download Wildlife Workshops for Educators Brochure.

Programs for schools, groups and the public are offered at Wildlife Resources Commission education centers in each region.