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Attend a Workshop

Flying WILD professional development workshops are designed with urban educators in mind. Each training session (minimum of 3 hours) provides formal and nonformal teachers of K-12 students with a comprehensive overview of Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds, as well as practical hands-on training in its implementation. Workshop facilitators also share information about migratory birds and their conservation needs and help participants become networked into the bird conservation community in their city.

Each participating educator receives a complimentary copy of Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds and a certificate indicating 6-hours of professional development training upon completion of the workshop. Learn more about the guide here or for more information about workshops click here.

Contact Us to find out about upcoming workshop opportunities in your area or to learn how you can help bring Flying WILD to your city.


Students as Stewards

Students play an integral role in the Flying WILD program. At the very least, they are the program's movers and shakers, the "doers" of the work involved in stewardship and service-learning projects designed to educate about and/or actively conserve and protect migratory birds and their habitats. At best, students are active leaders, researching the need for taking action, deciding how to best leverage available resources, implementing projects and monitoring and reporting the results to appropriate agencies.

If you are a student wishing your school to participate in the Flying WILD program, begin by finding a teacher or other adult willing to serve as a mentor for potential student project(s) and coordinate with that person to contact us at the Flying WILD national office.



Become a Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities abound with the Flying WILD program. A few examples of ways you can help include:

facilitating Flying WILD workshops (see above),

lending expertise in new curriculum development (content or process),

sharing your bird and/or bird conservation expertise in workshops and in

assisting with student bird conservation and stewardship projects,

reviewing and/or field-testing new curriculum and resources.

Contact Us to discuss your unique qualifications for helping ensure that Flying WILD remains a cutting-edge, top-quality bird, conservation and environmental education program.


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Become a Coordinator

Flying WILD Coordinators serve as the primary points of contact and organizers of the Flying WILD program in their cities and communities. Generally, Flying WILD Coordinators are employees of organizations designated as Flying WILD Partners (see below). Coordinators are responsible for planning Flying WILD educator and facilitator training workshops and for reporting workshop results (number and demographics of training participants, summary of evaluations, etc.) to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). Coordinators serve as liaisons between AFWA and their colleagues at Flying WILD partnering organizations AND between AFWA and the public with regard to the Flying WILD program operating in their cities and communities.

Flying WILD Coordinators are designated as such by Flying WILD partnering organizations.


Become a Partner

Flying WILD Partners are organizations that provide Flying WILD training opportunities for educators in their cities and communities through the actions of Flying WILD Coordinators (see above). Prospective Flying WILD Partners contact the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to express interest in providing Flying WILD workshops and discuss with AFWA the organization's qualifications for serving as training partner. If AFWA determines that the organization is a "good fit," for the growing Flying WILD Partner Network, it will work with the new Partner to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to document the partnership.

When evaluating potential Partners, AFWA considers the following criteria:

Potential annual training capacity

Level of organizational experience as a training provider

Extent/appropriateness of facilities for providing training

Compatibility of organizational mission and existing programs with Flying
     WILD goals

Ability to partner with and/or current relationship with other local
     businesses and organizations

Location (urban vs rural and proximity to other Flying WILD Partners)

For more detailed information about how to become a City Partner click here. For a list of current City Partners click here.


Become a Facilitator

A Flying WILD Facilitator is an educator who has been trained to deliver high quality Flying WILD professional development workshops for classroom teachers and other formal and non-formal educators. As our Flying WILD Partner Network grows and expands to more and more cities throughout the United States, so too will the opportunities for those interested in becoming Flying WILD Facilitators.

Potential Facilitators may contact us to determine whether a Flying WILD Partner (training provider) exists in their areas. If a Partner does exist, potential Facilitators should contact their city's Flying WILD Coordinator to learn about upcoming Facilitator Training Workshops.

If Flying WILD is not currently in an area, potential Facilitators may share information about the Flying WILD program with local organizations that might make good Flying WILD Partners and work together with them to contact AFWA. Or, alternatively, potential Facilitators may contact AFWA directly (projectwild@fishwildlife.org) and work with Flying WILD staff to determine appropriate potential Flying WILD Partners.

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Students as Stewards

Become a Volunteer

Become a Coordinator

Become a Partner

Become a Facilitator

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