WRC Regional Education Specialists and Workshop Info    


WRC staff lead workshops and programs for adults; formal and non-formal educators, camp counselors, scout leaders, etc., who work with youth and other adults. Workshops and programs are generally open to the public, offered for free or a nominal fee and include CEU hours. They satisfy the NC Environmental Education Certification. These programs utilize the 'train the trainer' model to grow the number of folks who teach others about North Carolina's wildlife, fisheries and conservation efforts.


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.

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 80 hands-on activities that focus on wildlife and natural resources.



Tanya Poole with NCWRC - Project Wild at Allison Woods

Project WILD Correlations to North Carolina K-5 Science Essential Standards apply to the activities found in the 2017 Project WILD manual (see below).

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Aquatic WILD

The NCWRC offers free workshops using the Aquatic WILD activity guide. The guide contains field investigations, In Step With STEM activity extensions, connections to wildlife careers, new activities on fish conservation, angling, and also focuses on outdoor activities.
The 6-hour Aquatic WILD workshop counts towards CEU credits and EE Criteria I credits. Contact the Regional Education Specialist in your area to inquire about attending training.




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

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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.

Growing Up WILD has been aligned with the NC Foundations of Early Learning and Development (NC FELD). If you have any questions, contact Tanya Poole at tanya.poole@ncwildlife.org.

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.







WILD: Special Topics

WILD: Special Topics workshops focus on a specific species or agency initiative and include activities that can be implemented with K-12 students in formal and non-formal settings. Examples include: WILD: Bats; WILD: Black Bears; WILD: Raptors; WILD: Amphibians; WILD: Reptiles; WILD: Backyard Habitats; WILD: Green Growth Toolbox and more

Schedule a Workshop

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

Coastal Region (Northern and Southern Coastal Counties on map):

Rebecca Skiba, Outreach Education Specialist, 910-214-9420

Piedmont Region (Northern and Southern Piedmont Counties on map):



Mountain Region (Northern and Southern Mountain Counties on map):

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

Map showing counties included in each of the regions listed above


Workshops for Educators



Download a Wildlife Workshops for Educators (PDF)

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