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.

Latest Session

Welcome to the latest session—we'll be starting at 3:30pm EST on Thursday, April 22. Depending on the Q&A, this event lasts about 45 minutes, and a recording will be available for future viewing after this event concludes.

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Upcoming Sessions

Eve Downing

 

Livestream: Thursday, April 22nd at 3:30pm ESTBeing 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.

Suggested grade level: 4th – 8th

Quiz game: After watching the livestream, play our Kahoot! challenge. Test your students' comprehension in this fun, online trivia game containing questions related to Eve's presentation. Visit Kahoot! and enter the game pin 05056433.

Register now to watch live or for a chance to join on-camera


Robin Sawyer

 

Livestream: Wednesday, May 26th at 2:30pm ESTThe 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 humans? The 300 million scent receptors in their nose 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.

Suggested grade level: 4th – 8th

Quiz game: After watching the livestream, play our Kahoot! challenge. Test your students' comprehension in this fun, online trivia game containing questions related to Robin's presentation. Visit Kahoot! and enter the game pin to be released on May 26.

Register now to watch live or for a chance to join on-camera

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

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.

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Previous Sessions

  • 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.

    Quiz game: After watching the livestream, play our Kahoot! challenge. Test your students' comprehension in this fun, online trivia game containing questions related to Allard's presentation. Visit Kahoot! and enter the game pin: 03431847.

  • 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.