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.

Upcoming Sessions


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The Connection Between Forests and Climate Change


December 8, 2022
1:30pm ET/10:30am PT

Josefina Braña Varela Vice President and Deputy Lead, Forests

Forests are vital to the health of our planet and play a critical role in fighting climate change. They help regulate the Earth’s temperature and nature cycles by storing greenhouse gases that would otherwise collect in our atmosphere. However, when forests are not properly cared for and are degraded and deforested, they can contribute to climate change rather than reduce the impacts. Join us for a live stream event with Josefina Braña Varela to learn about the connections between forests and climate change and what she and her team are working on to protect forests.

Prepare for the session by downloading the free supplemental material pack for pre– and post–activities including bell-ringers, worksheets, Kahoot games and Wild Classroom activities.

Suggested grade level: 4th – 8th



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Why rivers need to flow


January 18, 2023
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

Natalie Shahbol WWF Freshwater

Healthy rivers are extremely important to the survival of people and nature around the world. They provide habitat and food for plants and animals, and provide protection and livelihood for humans living near and far. But when human infrastructures like dams, roads, and buildings prevent rivers from flowing freely, it prevents them from being able to support all of the organisms that depend on them. During this talk, Natalie Shahbol, Freshwater Specialist at WWF, will explain the importance of using freshwater resources responsibly so that it doesn’t cause devasting impacts to the environment. She’ll break down all of the benefits we get from rivers and how students can do their part to take care of the rivers in their communities.

Suggested grade level: 4th – 8th


                                                                                                                                                                                                  

How It Works

Register

Use the registration link to select which Conservation in the Classroom session you want to participate in and indicate how you would like to participate—as a class or family on-camera, or as a viewer tuning in live off-camera. Camera spots are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis; those interested in being on camera will be contacted by Wild Classroom with more information. By registering, you certify that you are a teacher, educator, parent, and/or guardian who is at least 18 years old and that you agree to receive Conservation in the Classroom event reminders. If you are a student, no need to register, just tune in here the day of the event.

Prepare Your Learners

Download the free supplemental material pack associated with each event, located alongside the event's details, for resources such as relevant Wild Classroom activity plans, warm-up questions, WWF videos and web articles, and quizzes to enhance the experience for your audience.

Watch & Learn

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

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Previous Sessions

    • Wolakota: The Return of Buffalo to the lands and lifeways of the Sicangu Lakota people

      Sage Fast Dog | Founder and Director, Wakanyeja Tokeyahci Wounspe Tipi (Children First Learning Center), Lakota Nation

      Sage Fast Dog Sr. is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation and lives on the land that is now known as the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. In his role as the Founder and Director of the Wakanyeja Tokeyahci Wounspe Tipi (Children First Learning Center), Sage incorporates important cultural values into everyday teachings so that Lakota students will learn the history, skills, and traditions of their people. In this presentation, Sage will share the richness of the Lakota language, history and culture with viewers while explaining the significance of the recent efforts to return their relatives, the buffalo, to Lakota lands and the lifeways of their people.

      Prepare for the session by downloading the free supplemental material pack for pre– and post–activities including bell-ringers, worksheets, Kahoot games and Wild Classroom activities.

    • Whale sharks: protecting Mexico’s marine giants

      Francesca Pancaldi | Shark Conservation Officer, WWF Mexico

      In the bay of a small town located in Baja California Sur, the largest fish on the planet arrives. Not one, but many! Join Dr. Francesca Pancaldi—scientist, ecotourism guide, and shark conservation officer—to learn all about the magnificent whale shark! Dr. Pancaldi will share the conservation efforts her and her team have implemented to protect whale sharks in Mexico, as well as how you can do your part to care for these incredible animals.

      Prepare for the session by downloading the free supplemental material pack for pre– and post–activities including bell-ringers, worksheets, Kahoot games and Wild Classroom activities.