wslogo
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter



We don't want to protect the environment. We want to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting.




Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Programs

Birds of Prey

Our naturalist will bring the world of raptors into your classroom. This program brings live birds into your classroom. Local species are represented by non-releasable live birds of prey. We will bring in 2-3 birds and talk about the adaptations that allow these majestic birds to survive in the wild. We discuss how our birds came to us and how their injuries prevent them from being released back to the wild.

Location: Indoor or Outdoor
Ages: all

Concepts Covered:
* Avian adaptations
* Bird identification
* Anatomy
* Predator/prey relationships
* Migration
* Ornithology
* May be done in an Auditorium Setting

Owl Ecology

Our naturalist will bring the world of owls into your classroom. This program brings live owls into your classroom. Local species are represented by non-releasable live birds of prey.We will bring in 2-3 owls and talk about the adaptations that allow these unique birds to survive in the wild at night. We discuss how our birds came to us and how their injuries prevent them from being released back to the wild.

Location: Indoor or Outdoor
Ages: all
Concepts Covered:
* Avian adaptations
* Owl identification
* Anatomy
* Predator/prey relationships
* May be done in an auditorium setting

Amazing Animals

Our naturalist will bring the world of Nature into your classroom. This program will bring a variety of live animals into your classroom. Species of wildlife from around the world will delight all ages. From frogs to insects to birds, we will discuss the natural history of each species. 

Location: Indoor or Outdoor

Ages: all

Concepts Covered:

* Wildlife adaptations

* Wildlife identification

* Anatomy

* Not suited for an Auditorium Setting

Things That Bug You 

Done June-Sept.

Do you have a fear of creepy crawlies? This program brings live insects and other critters into your classroom to hopefully expel that fear. Species of insects from around the world will visit with you. We will talk about their adaptability to survive and how many are harmless to people.

Location: Indoor or Outdoor

Ages: all

Concepts Covered:

* Insect adaptations

* Insect identificationHissing Cockroaches

* Anatomy

* Difference between bugs and beetles


Basic Survival Skills

We will introduce the students to the basics of wilderness survival including priorities. This interactive program allows the students to use their thinking skills to figure out the best ways to survive in a wilderness survival situation. If we have the proper location we can also teach them how to build survival shelters. Fire building and water purification can be included upon request for an additional fee.

Location: Outdoor, At your school or local park - Priorities can be done indoors
Ages: 3rd grade—adult
Concepts Covered:
* Survival priorities
* Working in a group/team building
* Plant Identification

Fun With Nature

Your students will learn about nature by playing games. The games will teach about predator/prey relationships as well as other aspects of the natural world. This program works best with group sizes between 10-30participants.

Location: Indoor or Outdoor
Ages: 3rd —6th grade
Concepts Covered:
* Food webs
* Carrying capacity
* Animal adaptations
* Predator/prey relationships
* Competition

The Native American Way

Our naturalist will bring in an array of Iroquois artifacts, making history and nature come alive while playing historic games and sharing Iroquois stories.  The  program can include flint-knapping demonstration if time allows (upon request).

Location: Indoor or Outdoor
Ages: 3rd grade—adult
Concepts Covered:
*Iroquois customs & daily life
*May be done in an auditorium setting
**Native American Stories available as a separate program.

Wildlife Discoveries

We will discover the wildlife that lives in Western New York through this hands on program. Our Naturalist brings in wildlife pelts and skulls and allow the students to discover the many adaptations that allow these animals to survive. The students will be allowed to touch the pelts to feel the differences in their thickness and softness. Through a"match the skull to the pelt" activity, the students will have a stronger understanding of the animals.

Location: Indoor or Outdoor

Ages: all

Concepts Covered:

* Carnivore, omnivore, herbivore

* Wildlife adaptations

* Predator/prey relationships

Scavengers  ***NEW***

Meet some of natures clean up crew as we bring some scavengers into your school. We will bring our black vulture, a coyote mount as well as another scavenger. We will  discuss what a scavenger is and how they are beneficial to the environment.

Location: Indoors or outdoors.

Ages: K - adult

Concepts Covered:

* scavenger animals

* Wildlife adaptations

* Wildlife survival skills

Renewable Energy ***NEW***

Your students will explore the "green" energy alternatives in this interactive program. They will create their own energy through wind, solar and hydro power. Our "energy machine" will allow the students to understand where our electricity comes from and the difference between AC and DC power. Since water is used for the demonstrations, it is suggested that this program be done outdoors or in an indoor location that can get slightly wet.

Ages: 3rd grade - adult

Concepts Covered:

* Alternative energy

* AC vs DC power

* Green living

Nature Exploration Hike

Even if your site has only a small patch of grass, there is much to discover. Let our Naturalist take your group on a hike to discover the natural world. We will explore the plants, animals and insects that we find along the way.

Location: Outdoor, at your school or local park

Ages: all

Indoor Nature Exploration Hike

If the weather is bad or your site doesn't allow you to go outdoors, you can still enjoy an educational nature hike in your classroom. We will allow you to use your imagination as we explore the many natural items that our naturalist will present to the group. A Nature show-and-tell.

Location: Indoor

Ages: all


Wild Spirit Adventure Days

Wild Spirit offers programs for large groups that wish to enjoy multiple topics. These Adventure Days will offer up to 4 topics of your choice. The participants will rotate between "stations" where they will learn about the various topics chosen. These Adventure Days are offered on a limited basis due to Naturalist availability. Please call us if you would like more details or would like to check availability for your group.

Wild Spirit Adventure Day

3 topic - (up to 60 participants)

4 topic - (up to 80 participants)


PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics are also available for adult groups. Topics include…

  • Algonquin Expedition
  • Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
  • Creating a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
  • Dying to Help the Environment (Alternative/Green burial practices)
  • The Everglades
  • Fascinating Facts About Nature
  • Living the Green Life (Environmentally friendly lifestyle)
  • Natural Areas in WNY
  • Nature Up Close
  • Natures Oddities
  • Recycling
  • Shade Gardening
  • The Winds of Change (Alternative energy)
  • Tracking
  • Transformation Tuesday (upcycling old items)
  • Winter Wildlife
  • Your Diet and the Environment
  • Cloud Forests
  • Invasive Species

If you are looking for a specific environmental topic, please feel free to ask. We are creating new programs all the time.

 

To download our program brochure click here.

 


Wild Spirit Education, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enlightening others to the wonders of the natural world through conservation, preservation and environmental education.