Conservation Connect

NCTC's Conservation Connect logo.Conservation Connect is a new web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), which aims to connect youth, ages 9-13 (although any age is encouraged to enjoy!), with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. Conservation Connect is available to youth groups, schools, homeschoolers, nature centers, and other educational based programs throughout the country.

Formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to watch the introductory overview of Conservation Connect, which will demonstrate how this video series can supplement the use of existing environmental education curriculum, citizen science projects, and STEM content (science, technology, engineering, and math). The overview will highlight a segment featuring the American Bald Eagle, one of conservation’s biggest success stories.

Each 5-7 minute episode of Conservation Connect will feature a specialist and include footage of a species. For example, during one episode, an educational specialist will discuss manatee behavior, show actual footage of manatees, followed by a law enforcement officer who will demonstrate the use of high tech tools used to arrest wildlife poachers. Viewers are encouraged to spend time outdoors, observe wildlife in their own communities, and learn more about natural resource conservation.

Attention Educators: We'd love to hear how you use Conservation Connect videos with students! Please e-mail or call Kathy Sholl with your comments and suggestions. or Phone: 304-876-7772


Conservation Connect Overview

Host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS describes NCTC's Conservation Connect series.

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Conservation Connect Video Gallery

Eagles nesting at NCTC.

American Bald Eagle

Chelsea interviews Jim Siegel, Wildlife Biologist and Ornithologist, on the history and success of the American Bald Eagle.

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Eagle Cam

Check out some fun eagle facts: Fun Eagle Facts and Activities

West Indian Manatee

West Indian Manatee

Ivan Vicente, Education Specialist, Crystal River NWR

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Activity Book

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page

Educator Guide

Lesson Plan

Live Manatee Cam
(Available Nov 1 - March 31 only)

Law Enforcement with confiscated items.

Law Enforcement

Learning about special professional officers who work to
protect the lives of animals by ensuring people do not illegally
kill or poach them. Hosted by Chelsea McKinney, USFWS with Officer Gabe Harper, USFWS.

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News Around the Service: Law Enforcement

Why protect Wildlife?

White-nose bat syndrome


Connecting with bats and the careers of people who study
and try to help them. Hosted by Chelsea McKinney with Ann Froschauer, Science Communicator and Bat Specialist, USFWS and Leslie Sturges, Wildlife Rehabilitator.

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Bats play a key role in pollinating plants and they love to eat mosquitoes. Learn to build a bat house!

Learn more about White Nose Syndrome

Vampire Bat Cam  -  Organization for Bat Conservation 

Students viewing bald eagle.

Earth Day

Join host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS and student co-hosts for this Earth Day special event. Celebrating the conservation success story of the American Bald Eagle by meeting a live bald eagle brought to the NCTC studio by Maryland Department of Natural Resource Specialists, Jessica Conley and Ashlee Reinke from Tuckahoe State Park. They discuss bald eagle biology and behavior while viewing our national symbol “up-close and personal”. They use the latest web-cam technology to observe newly hatched bald eagle chicks at several nest locations across the country and discuss how students can use wildlife web-cams in the classroom. This program is targeted for youth, ages 10-14.

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Delmarva squirrel sitting on tree branch.

Delmarva Fox Squirrel

Chelsea interviews Dr. Carol Bocetti, Professor, California University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Cherry Keller, Geneticist, USFWS Chesapeake Bay Field Office. September 2014.

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Jeopardy Game

Delmarva Fox Squirrel Lesson Plan

Delmarva squirrel sitting on tree branch.

Conservation Connect Special Event – National Wildlife Refuge Week Broadcast

This special edition of Conservation Connect will celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Join host Chelsea McKinney in a chat with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian, Dr. Mark Madison to learn how the Wilderness Act legislation all got started. To celebrate Refuge Week, we’ll take an electronic field trip to National Wildlife Refuges across the country - from Alaska to Florida. Students will discover why wilderness areas are important, meet conservation professionals working to protect our natural world, and get an up-close view of animals in the wild.

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Wilderness Area Teaching Guide - BLM Classroom Investigation Series

Click on the map below to take you to view a map displaying many of the refuges and wetland management districts in that state.

National Wildlife Refuge Locator Map


Children in a Classroom

“Once the emotions have been aroused… a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the
unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love… then we wish for knowledge
about the object of our emotional response.”

From The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson, 1956