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January 2012                                Like us on Facebook

Issue: 2
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NEW WILD Colorado


Happy New Year!

Thank you for being part of our community of educators who are working to make sure that all Coloradans have an opportunity to learn and know about the amazing place we live. 

At Colorado Parks and Wildlife we are gearing up for the busy summer workshop season. Keep your eyes out for future Connections e-mails to find out about the amazing educator opportunities we will be hosting next summer. For now, we have a few workshops listed in the column to the right.


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In the meantime, if you have anything to share with educators across the state, please submit it to us at wildlife.projectwild@state.co.us 


Thank you,


Tabbi Kinion and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Education Team

Growing Up WILD On-line Resources
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So you went to a Growing Up WILD workshop and love your new book but feel like you could use some more resources?
Lucky for you the Council for Environmental Education, the publisher of Growing Up WILD, has recently unveiled an amazing new web page. Videos, education research, activities and more.


Expert Conservation Education Resources 
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Conservation education is one of the most vital tools for enhancing public understanding and appreciation of fish and wildlife management while shaping long-term conservation and enjoyment of natural resources.


Designed by experts from state fish and wildlife agencies, the North American Conservation Education Strategy strengthens and unifies the conservation efforts of Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies member agencies and partners through research-based Core Concepts and messages about fish and wildlife conservation translated into K-12 academic standards to shape students' environmental literacy, stewardship and outdoor skills.
WILD about Black-Footed Ferrets!Mr Brightside BFF
On September 26th, 1981 the black-footed ferret was rediscovered near Meeteetse, Wyoming giving hope to a species that was until then considered extinct.

To help celebrate this occasion and the conservation efforts that have followed, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to create the WILD about Black-Footed Ferrets Curriculum. Teach your students about this amazing American wildlife story.

Planet Connect:

   2012 Youth Engagement Grants 

Planet Connect is the National Environmental Education Foundation's (NEEF's) online social network, where high school students can learn about current environmental issues, funding opportunities, green colleges and environmental careers. Students can also share and exchange ideas about how they are playing a critical role in solving today's environmental issues.


In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center, Planet Connect is administering the 2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants for high school students with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife - including plants! Planet Connect is offering grants of $1,000 to implement a project in local schools or communites. In addition, all grantees will receive funding to participate in a local summer internship focused on wildlife conservation or natural resources.


Applications are due February 12, 2012. Get the details at: http://planetconnect.org/2012wcgrants




In This Issue
Growing Up WILD
Conservation Education Resources
WILD about BFFs!
Grant Opportunity
Schoolyard Habitat Grants
Education Coordinators
Upcoming Workshops

Visit the Workshop Listing Page to find out about all of the
January 21, 2012
Colo Parks and Wildlife
February 11th
Metro State College
February 17th
Rocky Mountain Observatory
 Project WILD for Outdoor Educators
February 18th
Estes Park
From Summer Institutes to Early Childhood workshops, there are fun, engaging opportunities for educators coming up!
Schoolyard Habitat Grants

Deadline to Apply is March 1, 2012
Are your students tired of being cooped up in a classroom all day? Want to do something fun, as well as educational, with your students? The Schoolyard Habitat Grants program is the perfect opportunity to take learning outside, while still fulfilling your curriculum requirements! 



Contact Your Regional Education Coordinator for support or to scheduled your in-service training

Resources, workshops, ideas and presentations. Contact your local Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regional Education Coordinator for support!



Tabbi Kinion
Educator Outreach Coordinator
Colorado Parks and Wildlife