As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, educators, students, and parents are adapting to the new normal of distance/remote learning. To provide support for learners in Washington, we are offering a new service for the 2020–21 school year: wildlife-themed curriculum for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

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Our curriculum will incorporate disciplines ranging from math and science to art and literature. Lessons will align with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s state and national environmental and sustainability learning standards.

Distance learning is an exciting opportunity for our agency to work with new partners and reach historically-underserved audiences. We aim to showcase our state’s diversity in fish, wildlife, and ecosystems and foster stewardship of our precious natural resources. Ultimately, our goal is to create a new a generation of sustainability pioneers for our state’s wildlife and habitats.

All of our lessons will have modifications embedded for distance learning, but are also developed for teachers to use when Washington students return back to their classrooms.

We will post lessons each week on our website at wdfw.wa.gov/get-involved/environmental-education-curriculum. See below for a schedule of when lessons will be available for each age group.

We hope you and your learners find these lessons thought provoking and relevant to their everyday lives. Check out our first 3–5th grade lesson themed for International Coastal Clean Up month and Individual Trash Clean Up week.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

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