The Warnell School supports many outreach activities for those interested in learning about natural resources. We have educational opportunities for traditional K-12 teachers and students as well as those teaching and learning in nontraditional environments such as 4-H, FFA, home school groups and local nature centers.
Several faculty, staff, and students are certified to teach several different Environmental Education Curricula including: Flying WILD, Georgia Envirothon, the Georgia Master Naturalist Program, the Leopold Education Project, Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Project WILD. These interdisciplinary programs can be used to teach subjects such as math, science, and language arts while using environmental concepts.
Educators from the Warnell School are available to visit your school, work with your class or lead programs here on campus. Teachers, non-traditional educators, or individuals who are interested in furthering their own education are invited to attend Educator Workshops for any of these curricula, and learn how to take advantage of the many resources available Professional Learning Credits are often available for participating in these programs.
The Warnell School also hosts field trips for student groups wishing to learn more about our natural resources. We can work with you to develop a unique educational experience for your group! Trips to the Whitehall Forest are very popular, and students have the opportunity to visit our White-tail deer research facility and our Aquaculture labs. For those of you in south Georgia, you should also be sure to check out the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center, in Guyton, GA.
Flying WILD's focus on migratory birds is designed to inspire young people to discover more about the natural world. It encourages middle school students to get involved in activities that promote environmental learning and stewardship. The Flying WILD program places special emphasis on reaching urban schools with student populations that traditionally receive few opportunities to participate in environmental education initiatives.
The Georgia Envirothon is an exciting natural resource education program designed to challenge students in an interactive, outdoor competition where middle and high school teams (consisting of 4-6 students) are tested in areas of Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Soils and Land Use, and a Current Issue. Teams take written and hands on tests outside and give presentations based on the chosen Current Issue. Students have the opportunity to compete at the Regional, State and North American levels.
Leopold Education Project
The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. Learn more about the history and overall philosophy of LEP here. There are currently five different educator resources containing over 70 individual lessons available within the LEP curriculum. Get an overview of all of the LEP materials here.
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
Project WET’s mission is to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues.
Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students.Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.