Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach Video List

Alaskan Wildlife Experience (00:06:11)

Biologist Chelsea Corcoran/Quadt, talks about her experience at Togiak National Wildlife Refuge near Dillingham, Alaska. She describes counting caribou, tracking wolves, watching walrus, & learning about the Yupik Native way of life. July, 2011.

Climate Challenge: North Cascades National Park (00:57:32)

Migration Science Mystery (00:58:18) Cooper River Delta, Cordova, Alaska. May 10, 2007.

Motivating Next Generation of Conservation Leaders (01:19:40)

Presented by Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medalist, Outdoor Adventurer, and Motivations Speaker. June 13, 2012.

This one-hour web cast is led by Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medalist, outdoor adventurer and motivational speaker. In three modules, Adam Kreek shares an overview of his background and philosophy of celebrating success; explores effective initiatives connecting young people to their environment and strategies for our organizations to build on these trends; and discusses key tools for success, including learning and teaching effective risk taking through outdoor experiences, and techniques for overcoming setbacks and failure.

NCTC Scores Bull's-Eye with Pilot Archery Course (00:17:16)

18 Federal, state employees are now certified to teach archery at their field stations across the country.

Eighteen Federal, state employees are now certified to teach archery at their field stations across the country.   Unlike Longfellow's arrow (which fell to earth he knew not where) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is successfully taking aim specifically at bow hunting as a means of getting more people into active outdoor recreation.  Last week, the National Conservation Training Center's gymnasium was converted into a makeshift archery range as eighteen budding nimrods from across the country burnished their bow hunting skills in a first-ever pilot course on archery as a public outreach tool.  The class drew participants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and a National Wildlife Refuge System volunteer program. In partnership with the Archery Trade Association and USA Archery, the governing body for the Olympic Archery Committee, NCTC launched the 2-day training session to acquaint students, many of them who staff national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries, with the basics of archery and its equipment and how to set up safe archery training ranges at their work sites.  Five instructors from the two associations and a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, archery shop acquainted students with gear, shooting techniques, safety precautions, and range construction in an intense 2 days of practice. The goal, according to course leader Werner Barz of NCTC's Division of Education Outreach, is to capitalize on the growing popularity of archery and to use bow hunting as a means of acquainting visitors, especially young people, with larger concepts of conservation, wildlife, and hunting as a management tool.  Not simply a sport hunting program, 22 nature-based activities are woven into the archery curriculum, broadening the appeal of a pastime that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made a priority tool for its public outreach programs. "I'm really excited to see this new emphasis on introducing our community to the sport of archery and, by extension, bow hunting and bow fishing," says class participant Sallie Gentry of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge complex in Corvallis, Oregon.  "I can easily make the connection from archery to hunting, sportsmanship, ethics, wildlife observation, conservation and management, wildlife behavior, and natural history.  Appealing to boys and girls of virtually any ability level or background, this is another great program I can put in my repertoire to get people outside and connected to nature." The course is expected to be offered again in spring 2012 and possibly expanded to a 3-day program.      

Project EduBat - Education Taking Flight (01:26:36)

Special appearances by live bats and bat experts, Cathy Johnson, U.S. Forest Service, Dianne Odegard, Bat Conservation International, Ann Froschauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Leslie Sturges, The Save Lucy Campaign. October 29, 2014.

Bats are amazing animals that are vital to the health of our environment and economy - eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that that grow new plants and even trees. This free broadcast will feature activities, resources, and lesson plans to help you teach both children and adults about bats. Learn how to use newly developed bat educational trunks that will be available across the country for your use!

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Youth Orientation to the Fish & Wildlife Service (00:10:28)

Welcomes new youth hires into the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service & Department of the Interior. Includes information on other youth programs and educates youth on other federal employment opportunities, including YCC, SCEP, STEP, and SCA.