Education and Outreach
Education and Outreach provides national training, program coordination, technical support, and distance learning for conservation professionals. It is the catalyst for inspiring conservation excellence through education, outreach, and partnerships. Education and Outreach strives to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats through leadership in:
- Training and developing USFWS employees and the broader conservation community;
- Enhancing education and outreach to engage the public as partners in conservation;
- Fostering organizational effectiveness;
- Preserving and shring the history of the USFWS and the American conservation legacy.
Education and outreach bridge the diverse, yet related, natural resource goals of many partners in conservation– federal, state, and local government agencies, non-government and private organizations, businesses, and others.
NCTC Education and Outreach works with the other organizations within the FWS to provide support and consultation on education and outreach projects. From environmental and conservation education to interpretation and media outreach programs, the division helps assess, plan, evaluate, and develop education and outreach training, programs, and materials.
NCTC has helped initiate or support education and outreach programs that address migratory birds, wildlife trade, endangered species, wetlands, schoolyard habitat, urban wildlife, and others. NCTC coordinates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Extension Program in partnership with USDA and the land grant university system.
Conservation education programs for national youth groups are coordinated and receive technical assistance and support.
Professional development provides planning, design, development, implementation and evaluation of training courses and employee development for conservation professionals.
Nature Explore Classroom Video is Live
A video on the Nature Explore classroom, built at the Children's Tree House Child Development Center on the campus of the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), is live. The classroom serves as a gateway for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to connect children with nature. Watch the video today!
Videos and Webinars
- Youth in the Great Outdoors (YouthGo.gov)
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth in the Great Outdoors: Year End Report FY 2010
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth in the Great Outdoors: 2011 Youth Employment Report
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth in the Great Outdoors: 2011 Annual Report
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth in the Great Outdoors: 2012 Annual Report
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth in the Great Outdoors: 2013 Annual Report
- U.S. Department of the Interior, STEM Education and Employment Pathways, Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2013—2018
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Region 3 2014 Summer Intern Workshop Program
- DOI Service-Learning Toolkit (Updated Spring 2014)