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.
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How Technology Can Help Wildlife
Eric Becker | Wildlife Conservation Engineer, WWF-US
As a kid, Eric Becker was a self-proclaimed ‘nerd’ who had two main interests: gadgets and animals. So naturally, as an adult, he followed a path that led him to combine those two passions. Eric is now a Wildlife Conservation Engineer with WWF and works to advance technologies that help protect some the world’s most beloved species. Join Eric as he shares some of his favorite projects (including one recent project involving rhinos) and offers advice to young, fellow ‘nerds’ to inspire them to consider similar science career paths.
Quiz game: After watching the livestream, play our Kahoot! challenge. Test your students' comprehension in this fun, online trivia game containing questions related to Eric's presentation. Visit Kahoot! and enter the game pin: 08771182.
Tracking snow leopards in Nepal
Samundra Subba | Research Officer, WWF Nepal
Snow leopards are a top predator in their rugged and harsh ecosystem, high in the Himalayan mountains. Their hunting activity helps keep their ecosystem balanced, so the health of their species also indicates the health of their environment. However, the elusive and solitary nature of snow leopards make it hard to spot them and even more challenging to study. Join Samundra from WWF Nepal as he talks about a satellite/GPS collaring project that revealed new information on the movement and behavior of these big cats. Learn how this technology works and why the information collected will help protect snow leopards and their habitats.
Quiz game: After watching the livestream, play our Kahoot! challenge. Test your students' comprehension in this fun, online trivia game containing questions related to Samundra's presentation. Visit Kahoot! and enter game pin 0461307.
Climate Change: How Our Planet is Changing and What We Can Do to Help
Changes in our environment are happening all around us, and one of the key reasons behind them is that the planet is getting warmer. It’s causing stronger storms, droughts, and wildfires. It’s driving less obvious but significant changes like sea level rise, all of which are affecting both people and the wildlife around us. This can be frightening, but we can do something about it. Join Mariana as she explains how climate change affects much more than temperature, how we contribute to climate change, and how we can work together to tackle it.
Chris Johnson | Senior Manager, WWF Antarctic Program
Join a virtual expedition with WWF to Antarctica and learn more about the spectacular and remote marine life living in the largest wilderness on Earth. Chris Johnson is a marine scientist at WWF and leads the Antarctic conservation program based in Australia. Go behind the scenes with Chris, hear how he got started, and learn about his work with whales in Antarctic.
Freshwater: Every drop counts!
Enrique Prunes | Senior Program Officer, WWF-US Freshwater
Water is critical for all life. Accessible freshwater accounts for less than 1% of the total water on Earth, yet is home to 10% of the world's species. Rivers, lakes, and wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on the planet, but unfortunately they are also among the most threatened. Join Enrique as he explains what makes freshwater so vital to life on this planet and why it is at risk, along with what you can do to help conserve this important resource.
The African elephant is the world's largest land mammal. They roam the continent's vast savannahs, seemingly endless deserts, and impenetrable rain forests. Along the way, they eat enormous amounts of food. As a result, they poop A LOT...which is a good thing! Join Bas to learn more about the importance of elephants as ecosystem engineers, and how human pressures are threatening their survival. We will explore how cool African elephants are from top to bottom, and what you can do to help protect them.
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.
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.
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.
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