Our Environmental Education programs
promote hands-on nature education. We believe that different
children learn in different ways, but all children benefit from
real-world, hands-on activities that teach an understanding of, and
appreciation for, wildlife and our natural world.|
The Federation's Adopt A
Stream program teaches Nebraskans how to understand, enjoy,
monitor and conserve their neighborhood stream. Through a series of workshops
held across Nebraska, we have trained over 250 Nebraskans in basic
stream monitoring and conservation techniques. Many of our Adopt A
Stream participants are Nebraska educators, passing on what they
have learned about chemical and biological monitoring to Nebraska
students through hands-on stream activities.
Wildlife Week is Nebraska Wildlife Federation's oldest education program.
Each Spring, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation's
celebration of National Wildlife Week, we sponsor Wildlife Week
Nebraska. Working with partner organizations and agencies and
financial sponsors, we notify thousands of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher in Nebraska when Wildlife Week
education information is posted on our web site. They
also receive information on our annual Wildlife Week Poster Contest,
and that information is posted here on our web site as well.
Our Wildlife Week Education Section is chock full of information
that educators can use to teach Nebraska students about wildlife. The 2013
Wildlife Week theme was Branching Out for
celebrating trees and the wildlife that depend upon them in
Visit our Wildlife Week page here and
discover Nebraska's wild places and the fish and wildlife that live
Wildlife Poster Contest
recognizes budding wildlife artists from grade schools
Nebraska. Contest information and individual entry forms are available
here on our web site or by calling the Federation office. The 2012 winning artists
were be honored at the Federation's annual gathering April 20, at
Audubon's Spring Creek Prairie Nature Center south of Denton.
Schoolyard Habitat Areas bring
wildlife and the natural world right to the schoolroom door.
Students can learn about plant and animal biology through first-hand
observation and experimentation Habitat areas can be used for a
variety of subjects including math, literature, art, and science. In
1996, NEWF published the first Guide to Nebraska Schoolyard
Habitat Areas, a how-to guide for teachers and parents
interested in establishing outdoor classrooms, and which highlighted
some of the best schoolyard habitat areas from around Nebraska. The
National Wildlife Federation now has a national
program, and schools can register their site online and receive information
on starting, maintaining, and using outdoor classrooms.
School. National Wildlife Federation is the host of
Eco Schools USA program, which helps schools, teachers, and
communities takes a holistic approach to environmental education and
making their schools greener.