Materials for Wildlife Outreach Programs

Materials for Wildlife Outreach Programs

From Stephanie Bradley

Educational materials for a series of outreach programs created for ages 4-18 to appreciate wildlife & habitat. Through donations for physical materials, programs will be offered free of charge to Brevard, NC schools.

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The Wild Learning Project was started in 2017 by Stephanie Bradley to offer wildlife education programs to PreK through 12 grade students in Western North Carolina (Transylvania, Henderson, and Buncombe Counties).

Stephanie has developed a series of programs focused on inspiring, informing, and empowering children to appreciate wildlife and share their habitat with wildlife which are now being advertised to local schools, community centers and other local groups for booking beginning in January 2018. 

These programs have all been developed utilizing a lot of practical materials and visual aids which is the primary goal of this campaign to seek donations.

Stephanie has developed wildlife education programs that inspire, inform, and empower children to appreciate wildlife and share their habitat with them.  Through her work with AZA accredited zoos and international conservation organizations she has made connections with many brilliant and passionate people trying to protect wildlife like herself.  Stephanie would like to utilize these professional connections to inform and link her community with wildlife conservation actions locally and globally.  All Wild Learning Project programs are designed to inspire students to investigate local wildlife, engage wildlife safely, make informed decisions about their environment, and conserve wildlife and wild places for years to come. All programs are aligned to North Carolina Essential Science Standards and are intended to enrich the classroom unit of study and connect students to our local wildlife community. 

The Wild Learning Project will attain non-profit status by the end of 2017 which will open up the possibility for grant funding to be able to continue to provide free education programs to schools.  We have begun this campaign concurrently with the non-profit application process in order to begin programming in earnest by January 2018.

Where does the money go?

Essentially, WLP is seeking startup funds for materials.  In order to start Wild Learning Project and offer unique and engaging programs to schools for free, we are seeking an initial $3,000 for the purchase of bio-facts (skull, track & scat replicas, and fur samples), children’s books and field guides, puppets and other educational materials that will enhance my programs so I can offer teachers programs they can’t get anywhere else.  

With advanced wildlife knowledge, ties to international wildlife conservation organizations and projects; we want to supplement programs with materials teachers can’t normally acquire.  The funding also includes the purchasing of basic office equipment such as a color printer and laminator to make educational materials and print supplemental materials for teachers.

Please visit the Programs page on the website (www.wildlearningproject.org) for a listing of all educational programs and their NC Essential Standards correlations.    

More about Stephanie - background and motivation:

The Wild Learning Project was started by Stephanie Bradley who is a Wildlife Conservation Educator who has been working professionally for the last 10+ years.  Originally from Texas, Stephanie has worked at Zoos in Texas, New York City and New Jersey.  She has worked for a Wildlife Conservation NGO in Namibia, Africa and is now an educator for the Interpretive Association for the Cradle of Forestry in America, in western North Carolina that works in partnership with the US Forest Service. 

Stephanie's early education was primarily in Theatre as an Actor and Director and holds a BA in Theatre from Baylor University.  After working in Zoos for many years Stephanie went back to school at NYU Steinhardt School of Education and studied to earn a MA in Environmental Conservation Education. Stephanie recently moved back to the United States after living abroad for 3 years working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa as Education Manager.

Stephanie has created the Wild Learning Project to provide wildlife education to her local community and across the globe.  Her programs are designed to bring safe and interactive wildlife education to Pre-K through 12 grade classrooms, libraries and community groups of all ages. Programs will explore wildlife with an emphasis on local predators and their role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, predator conservation locally and around the world and young peoples’ role in conservation and environmental education. Help Stephanie reach children in western North Carolina and around the world, to learn how we can share our habitat with wildlife.  When people learn about wildlife they have less to fear and room to grow compassion for the natural world.

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