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Conservation in the Classroom

With many schools closed and kids at home, we are all adjusting to an ever-evolving situation. If you are a parent, caregiver, or teacher looking for content that can help children explore nature from their own homes, we want to help with Conservation in the Classroom.

Bring conservation and science to life by giving children the opportunity to hear from WWF experts. Through free 45-minute virtual events livestreamed on our website, children can listen as WWF experts share stories of their experience working to protect species and habitats around the world. As you watch live, you can submit questions for the expert, participate in polls and quizzes, and interact with the expert by showing how much you learned! These experiences are open to parents with children, teachers with students, and anyone interested in bringing conservation experts into your classroom or living room.

All upcoming events will be streamed live on this page. To participate, come back here on the day and time listed below.

Upcoming Sessions

Michele Kuruc

 

Livestream: Wednesday, Apr. 15th, 11:00-11:45 am EDT
The Enormous Ocean: Plentiful or Plundered?

Michele Kuruc
Vice President, WWF Marine Policy

The ocean covers almost ¾ of our planet, but is it healthy? Join Michele as she takes a closer look at how human pressures are damaging much of the beauty and value that our oceans hold. She'll explore how threats like noise pollution and unsustainable fishing practices are impacting the ocean's inhabitants—including whales, sea turtles, fish, and coral—and what you can do to help.
Targeted grade level: 6-10

Clay Bolt

 

Livestream: Tuesday, Apr. 21st, 1:00-1:45 pm EDT
Being there for the Bees

Clay Bolt
Communications Lead, WWF Northern Great Plains Program

We are all familiar with honey bees, but did you know that North America is also home to approximately 4,000 species of native bees? Clay Bolt is a wildlife photographer who has dedicated the past seven years to photographing and protecting bees. Join him as he shares some of the amazing facts about bees, photos and fun stories about their behavior, and tells you how he helped to protect the first species of North American bee—the rusty-patched bumble bee—under the Endangered Species Act in 2017, and rediscovered the world's largest bee in Indonesian rainforest in 2019.
Targeted grade level: 2-6

How It Works

Set a Calendar Reminder

For the most engaging experience, it's best to participate in the event live! Mark down on your calendars the upcoming events you're interested in and be sure to visit this page at the time listed for the session. Please note the targeted grade level for each session to determine if it will be suitable for your learners.

Prepare Your Learners

Wild Classroom has a collection of related activities and other resources that can be explored either before the session or after.

See Additional Leaning Activites section below for related content.

Watch & Learn

Tune in here at the scheduled time and date for the session. Follow the directions provided to enter the live Q&A.

Additional Learning Activities

Ocean waves

 

The Enormous Ocean: Plentiful or Plundered?

Sea turtle toolkit

Learn about ocean conservation while diving deeper into the challenging lives of sea turtles.

Michele Kuruc's WWF Expert Page

Article: Our oceans are haunted by ghost nets

Article: Growing underwater noise in the Arctic

Article: What we learned about coral reefs in 2019

Northern Great Plains - Open Plains
© Shutterstock

 

Being there for the Bees

Monarch Toolkit

Through the activities within the monarch butterfly toolkit, students will learn how everyday food choices can impact this incredible species, their habitat, and their legendary migration.

Video: Clay Bolt's Film on the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Video: National Geographic TIL: A Bumblebee's Buzz Is Basically a Superpower

Article: Clay Bolt on the value of the Northern Great Plains

Profile: The Northern Great Plains WWF Places Page

Previous Sessions

  • The Mystic Migration of the Monarch Butterfly

    Monica Echeverria | Deputy Director, WWF Hispanic & Latin America Engagement

    Every year, at the end of summer, the monarch butterfly starts a long journey of almost 3,000 miles from the US and Canada to escape the winter, arriving to the mountains in central Mexico where they find the perfect conditions to hibernate. This migration is considered one of the most impressive natural phenomena on Earth. Join Monica as she reveals some of the fascinating abilities of these butterflies, why they’re important, and what you can do to help them along their journey.

  • Not Your Old Paper Map: How Using Geography Can Help the Environment

    Ryan Young | WWF Program Officer, WWF Sustainability Research and Development

    Maps make the world go round! They are the tools for communication, storytelling, travel, and understanding our natural world. They tell us how people live and move about the earth, how plants and animals behave and where they reside, and how the earth and human respond to each other with a global perspective. Join Ryan as he explains how we use maps in conservation to study the environment through interactions with people, animals, and satellites, and what it means to be a geographer in this day and age.

  • Trees: Nature’s Superheroes

    Linda Walker | WWF Senior Director, Forests Program

    Trees have superpowers that are essential for people and animals to survive. They purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat for 80% of all land-based wildlife. Plus, they provide products that we use every day. But almost half the world’s forests are under threat. Watch Linda Walker from WWF's Forest team share stories from her work in forests here in the US and in rainforests of Indonesia. Students will learn why forests matter; examples of some cool animals that depend on forests; and what kids, families, and communities can do to help forests around the world.

  • Going to Extremes! How Life Survives and Thrives in the Arctic

    David Aplin | WWF Director of Community Outreach, Arctic Field Program

    For the past 15 years, naturalist and educator Dave Aplin has explored the far corners of Alaska and other Arctic nations in his role as Director of Community Outreach for WWF’s US Arctic Program. Join Dave from his home base in Homer, Alaska, for an introduction to Arctic’s remarkable annual cycle of brilliant light and frigid darkness and a close-up peek at many of the iconic wildlife species that make this land and ocean of extremes their home. Join us to find out how whales, walrus, polar bears, and even insects have adapted to life at the top of the world. Prepare to be amazed!

  • Climate Change, Disasters, and the Environment: How Conservation Can Help Reduce the Risk from Disasters

    Anita van Breda | WWF Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management

    Stronger and more destructive storms, floods, and earthquakes are becoming the new normal. Anita van Breda looks at how nature can help local communities be more prepared for disasters by strengthening their ability to endure the impacts and recover from them. In this session, Anita will share with students how climate change and the destruction of natural habitats are contributing to the frequency and impact of disasters and how a healthy environment and adaption can help people reduce their risk. Students will learn what they can do to help protect and prepare their local environment and themselves.