Conservation in the Classroom Archive

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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Archived Sessions

  • Protecting Coral Reefs

    Dominic Andradi-Brown | Senior Marine Scientist, WWF-US

    Coral reefs are both the most biodiverse but also the most threatened ecosystems in the oceans. To mark World Oceans Day, WWF marine scientist Dominic Andradi-Brown will discuss the importance of coral reefs, the impact humans are having on their health, and how WWF is working with communities to support reef protection.

    Quiz game: After watching the livestream, play our Kahoot! challenge. Test your students' comprehension in this fun, online trivia game containing questions related to Dominic's presentation. Visit Kahoot! and enter the game pin: 04229225.

  • The Nose Knows: How Dogs Help Sniff for Conservation

    Robin Sawyer | Senior Program Officer, Wildlife Conservation

    Did you know that a dog's nose is estimated to be somewhere between 10,000 to 100,000 times better than a human's? The 300 million scent receptors in dogs' noses are able to detect different smells. As part of the WWF wildlife conservation team, Robin Sawyer is putting these noses to the test to find illegal wildlife products in air and sea ports. Learn about wildlife crime as Robin explains what kinds of products these dogs are looking for, how they're trained to spot them, and how these dogs are helping to protect species like pangolins and elephants.

  • Wild Mexico

    Maria Jose Villanueva | Conservation Director, WWF Mexico

    Mexico is the 4th most biodiverse country in the world. Learn about our neighbor country—its whales, sea turtles, monarch butterflies, jaguars, and wolves, and the communities that protect them. We'll take you on a journey from the aquarium of the world (Gulf of California) to the heart of the Mayan Rainforest, home of the jaguar king.

  • Being A Young Environmental Advocate

    Eve Downing | Arctic Youth Ambassador

    Growing up in Alaska, Eve Downing was surrounded by one of the most beautiful and fragile ecosystems in the world. She became aware at an early age of the importance of protecting nature and spreading the message to those around her. This Earth Day, join us as Eve shares stories of life in Alaska and insight on how young people can advocate for the environment within their own communities.

  • The Gorillas of Dzangha-Sangha

    Dr. Allard Blom | Managing Director for the Congo Basin, WWF-US

    Gorillas are some of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. WWF has been working with Indigenous peoples in the Central African Republic to protect these gentle giants in a beautiful place called Dzangha-Sangha for three decades. Allard will share stories from his travels through African rain forests with local people who work each and every day to make sure gorillas live long and wild lives.

  • Energy & Climate Change: Renewable is Doable

    Daniel Riley | Director, WWF-US Climate team

    Right in time for Earth Hour on March 27th, show your commitment to reducing the impacts of climate change by learning about renewable energy from Daniel Riley, director on the climate team at WWF-US. Daniel will unpack what exactly renewable energy is and why it benefits our planet. We'll also learn what we can do at home to protect nature by reducing our carbon footprint.

  • How Nature Helps People

    Jeff Opperman, Global Freshwater Lead Scientist, WWF-US

    When ecosystems are healthy, they can provide us with countless benefits including clean air, water, and protection from storms. So by helping to protect nature, you create a win-win that also helps protect ourselves. At WWF, Jeff works on innovative science projects that use nature to reduce some of the risks facing communities around the world. Join Jeff as he shares some of these projects and demonstrates this mutualistic relationship between nature and people.

  • The "Snowbirds" of the Sea: The Humpback Whale's Great Migration

    Mike Osmond, Senior Program Officer, WWF-US Oceans Program

    Every winter, many northerners pack their bags and head to warmer states to trade in shoveling snow for balmy beaches. In honor of World Whale Day on February 21st, join Mike as he introduces you to one very large "snowbird" – the humpback whale. Learn all about these migrating mammals as Mike shares his experience working to protect them and explains why whales spend a lot of time in Hawaii, even though there is nothing for them to eat.

  • From Mangroves to Coral Reefs: A Look at the Ocean from Above and Below

    Nadia Bood | WWF Marine Scientist and Climate Change Officer

    In honor of Women in Science Day on February 11th, join us as we chat with Nadia Bood, Marine Scientist and Climate Change Officer with WWF in Belize. Nadia will inspire your students as she shares how she became interested in protecting the coral reefs and mangroves of her home country of Belize, and how fellow young ocean enthusiasts could follow a similar career path.

  • Protecting the Amazing Amazon Rain Forest

    Dr. Meg Symington | Managing Director for the Amazon, WWF-US

    Did you know that the Amazon rain forest is home to plants and animals that are found nowhere else on Earth? Millions of people live there, too! Meg will share stories from her journeys through the rain forest as she works to protect it for the people and animals who call it home.

  • Adventures as a Wildlife Biologist

    Dennis Jorgensen | Program Manager, WWF-US Northern Great Plains

    Dennis has years of experience working as a biologist in the Northern Great Plains of the United States. From small and scaly to huge and fuzzy—Dennis will share stories of the many fascinating creatures he has encountered in the prairies and the lessons they've taught him. Join live to ask Dennis all of your questions and learn what it is like to be a wildlife biologist.

  • Protecting the Pangolins

    Giavanna Grein | Senior Program Officer, Wildlife Conservation

    Get to know pangolins—the most trafficked mammal in the world—as WWF's online wildlife trafficking expert, Giavanna Grein, shares some of the unique characteristics of these elusive creatures that many people have never heard of. Giavanna will explain why pangolins are a target for wildlife poachers and traffickers and how her role at WWF is working towards saving this species from extinction. Tie this livestream event with the Lin the Pangolin social and emotional learning resources, to connect the plight of pangolins to character-building skills within your students.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change: How Our Planet is Changing and What We Can Do to Help

    Mariana Panuncio-Feldman | Sr. Director, International Climate Cooperation, WWF-US

    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.

    Assessment: Complete this climate change worksheet at the end of this event.

  • Awesome Antarctica

    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.

  • African Elephants: From Their Tusks to Their Poop

    Bas Huijbregts | WWF Director, African Species Conservation

    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.

    As you watch the Conservation in the Classroom livestream with Bas Huijbregts, try to complete this African elephants crossword puzzle.

  • 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.

  • The Enormous Ocean: Plentiful or Plundered?

    Michele Kuruc | WWF Vice President, 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.

  • 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.

  • How You Can Be a Food Waste Warrior

    Pete Pearson | WWF Senior Director, Food Loss and Waste

    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 | Senior Program Officer, Wildlife Conservation

    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 | Black-footed Ferret Lead for WWF's Northern Great Plains Program

    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.

  • No Plastics in Nature

    Erin Simon | Director for Sustainability Reseach and Development, WWF

    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.

  • Doubling Wild Tigers

    Nilanga Jayasinghe | WWF Senior Program Officer

    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.

  • Conserving our coastal ecosystems

    Gabby Ahmadia | WWF Marine Scientist

    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.

  • Artic Conservation

    Elisabeth Kruger | WWF Program Officer

    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.