Bring conservation and science to life in your classroom by giving your students the opportunity to hear and interact with someone in the field. Through free 45-minute virtual events livestreamed on our website, students can hear WWF experts share stories of their experience working to protect species and habitats around the world. Sign-up to be one of the participating classrooms and your students can interact with the expert and ask them questions.
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 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
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
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.
Pete works on food waste prevention and food recovery, helping businesses and schools understand the connection between our food choices and wildlife conservation. In this event, we will hear from Pete on what his team is doing to change the way we think about food and how everyday decisions we make can make a difference for our planet.
Offline and in the Wild: How to help stop the Illegal Trade in Endangered Species
Giavanna Grein | Program Officer, Wildlife Crime & TRAFFIC
One of the biggest threats to species like elephants, pangolins, and tigers is illegal wildlife trade. Did you know that they are illegal traded on social media and e-commerce platforms? Through the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, Giavanna helps to make apps and websites safer for wildlife. In this session, Giavanna will introduce students to the global issue of wildlife trafficking, the species involved, how WWF and companies are standing up together for wildlife, and what students can do to help.
Averting Extinction: Black-footed Ferret Recovery in the North American Great Plains
Kristy Bly is dedicated to removing from the Endangered Species List one of North America's most endangered mammal—the black-footed ferret. At WWF, she works to establish and maintain populations of black-footed ferrets by protecting them and their prairie dog prey from disease, working with local communities to reintroduce ferrets, testing thermal cameras to better detect and count them, and raising funding to support their recovery in the wild. In this session Kristy will share with students the threats limiting recovery of this endangered species and what she and her colleagues are doing to address those threats. Students will also learn about what they can do to help protect black-footed ferrets and their habitat.
Erin Simon is interested in how the materials we use for packaging, like plastic, impact our environment and what we can do to minimize those impacts. At WWF, she works to protect Earth’s natural resources by staying up to date with new technologies that make materials more Earth-friendly, and then working with companies to use them. In this session, Erin will share with students the threats that plastic pollution places on our environment along with what she’s been working on to rethink how we use plastic and what we can do with it when we are done. Students will also learn how they can do their part to help protect species and habitats around the world.
Nilanga Jayasinghe is a senior program officer for Wildlife Conservation at WWF and focuses on Asian species, particularly elephants, rhinos, tigers and snow leopards. She has extensive experience in international species conservation and has worked on conservation issues across the board in Asia, Africa and North America. Her areas of expertise include human-wildlife conflict, Asian elephants, strategic planning for conservation, protected area management, community-based conservation, capacity building, technological applications for wildlife conservation and monitoring and evaluation.
Conservation in the twilight zone
Dominic Andradi-Brown | WWF Marine Scientist
Dr. Dominic Andradi-Brown is a marine scientist on WWF's Oceans Team, where he works on ecological monitoring and evaluation of conservation projects. He provides scientific support for conservationists in Indonesia and Fiji to evaluate the performance of marine protected areas. Dominic also works as a scientist for the Global Mangrove Alliance, an innovate partnership between five leading NGOs (including WWF) to increase mangrove forest protection and restoration.
Dr. Gabby Ahmadia provides support on a range of marine issues on WWF's oceans team. She has expertise in tropical marine ecology and designing marine conservation projects. Gabby supports work on coral reefs, climate, and fisheries to identify strategic conservation priorities in the Coral Triangle. Watch as she presents an overview of her work and takes questions submitted by classrooms across the country.
Elisabeth Kruger works at the forefront of Arctic conservation, connecting the dots between maintaining healthy marine ecosystems in the Arctic, addressing the impacts of climate change, and supporting coastal communities. Her work includes establishing wildlife safety programs in remote Arctic villages and drafting federal conservation strategy as a member of the Polar Bear Recovery Team. Here, she touches on her fascinating work with polar bears in the Arctic and answers some intriguing questions submitted by students.