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.

Career Awareness

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

Professional development provides planning, design, development, implementation and evaluation of training courses and employee development for conservation professionals.

Training Programs

Youth Leadership and Supervision - Courses that provide the tools and resources to solve complex environmental and natural resource problems using effective and productive management strategies.
Youth Outdoor Skills - Courses that provide Service employees with skills and tools that actively engage youth in the outdoors.

Program Activities

The Nature of Learning -  The Nature of Learning evolved out of a previous partnership with refuges, Friends Groups, The Keystone Center and others to support community-based education programs under what was previously known as "Earth Stewards".
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) - IMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration. Bird Day is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. 
Shorebird Sister Schools -  The Shorebird Sister Schools Program is a science-based environmental education program designed to engage participants in learning about shorebirds and their conservation.

Program Resources

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

Web Resources

VOICES Newsletter Archive

VOICES (Visitor Outreach, Interpretation, Communications, and Education Services) is an interactive email newsletter sent directly to subscribed FWS employees. VOICES provides valuable education and outreach resources, with direct Internet links, where subscribers can learn more about Youth in the Great Outdoors, Connecting People with Nature, environmental educational resources, training, conferences, workshops, grants, and awards. VOICES helps FWS staff to connect with youth focused sites managed by DOI, other federal agencies, partners, and environmental educations with a simple click of their mouse.