Think Wild offers a growing collection of wildlife and conservation programs for middle school students; many of which align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Themes in our education programs include wildlife rehabilitation, native pollinators and habitat restoration, animal adaptations, exploring Central Oregon habitat types, and more. We are also happy to work with you to create customized lessons that fit your curriculum.
Learn more about our offerings below.
- Tools in Science - Explore tools and instruments used by wildlife scientists in various fields. Examples include binoculars, field guides, microscopes, etc.
- Q & A with Think Wild Wildlife Scientists* - Discover careers in wildlife biology by learning from Think Wild staff and wildlife professionals
- Intro to Careers in Wildlife Conservation - Learn about diverse career paths in wildlife biology and conservation from Think Wild staff
- Explore Animal Enrichment - Learn about wild animal instincts and exercise while in captivity and create enrichment for a patient or a pet
- Planting for Pollinators* - Plant and care for native flowering plants in the Think Wild garden and explore plant relationships with native pollinators *Available seasonally, please inquire
- Research in the Garden* - Implement avenues of scientific inquiry through generating research questions, designing methodology, and conducting experiments in the Think Wild native pollinator garden
- Project Re-Wild (coming soon)* - Gain hands-on experience restoring and monitoring Central Oregon landscapes to support wildlife
- Habitat Murals - Compare and contrast Central Oregon habitats by creating interpretive habitat murals
- Habitat Quality Testing - Assess quality of diverse Central Oregon habitat types through testing water quality, soil nutrient content, and more.
- Owl Pellet Dissection - Discover unique raptor adaptations by dissecting owl pellets and piecing together prey skeletons
- Adaptation Study - Choose a Central Oregon wildlife species to study and assess evolved structures and associated functions
- Bird Beaks - Test different specialized “bird beaks” in food gathering challenges to compare and contrast effectiveness in different foraging scenarios