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Conservation in the Classroom

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.

Upcoming Session

December Sessions

Anita van Breda

 

Livestream: Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 2:00-2:45 pm ESTClimate 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.
Targeted grade level: 6-12

David Aplin

 

Livestream: Thursday, Dec. 12th, 2:00-2:45 pm ESTGoing to Extremes! How Life Survives and Thrives in the Arctic

David Aplin
WWF Director, 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!
Targeted grade level: 2-5

Sign-up for a Session

Register

Use the registration link for the Conservation in the Classroom session you want to participate in. Six classrooms who sign up will be selected for an on-camera spot and will have the chance to ask our experts questions directly. If your classroom is not selected, they can still watch live and submit questions for the host to ask the expert.

Prepare your Classroom

Wild Classroom has a collection of activities and other resources to drive classroom discussion either before the session or after.

See Additional Leaning Activites section below for related content.

Watch & Learn

Tune in at the scheduled time and date for the session.

Additional Learning Activities

Polar bear
© Andre Anita / Shutterstock

 

GOING TO EXTREMES!

Polar Bear Toolkit

Within the polar bear toolkit are activities on the role human impact and climate change play on the future of this respected animal and the Arctic.

WWF Expert Bio

WWF Arctic Webpage

Tornado building from a cyclone over the sea. N.W. monsoon, Indonesia.
© Albrecht G. Schaefer / WWF

 

CLIMATE CHANGE, DISASTERS, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Article: WWF strengthens communities' resiliency against extreme weather events

Worldwide, WWF is helping communities to develop holistic, long-term methods for building their resilience in the face of potentially devastating storms. We're working in areas that have experienced extreme weather events, including the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Asia, to enable communities to re-build safer and greener.

WWF Expert Bio

WWF Climate Webpage

Previous Sessions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.