Establish a School Wildlife Resource Center

A Wildlife Resource Center (WRC) should be established within the school. This should house curricular materials, field manuals, maintenance equipment, lab equipment, texts, references, etc. The following is a list of books and materials that might be included in your WRC. In order to acquire Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Leopold Education Project curricular materials you must contact Kansas Association for Environmental Education. These are outstanding experiences and we highly recommend that you participate in them.

The Kansas Earth Partnership for Schools (KS EPS) curriculum (developed by UW-Madison Arboretum) has more than 100 activities related to the background research, preparation, implementation, maintenance, and follow-up study of schoolyard prairie gardens for K-12 schools and many of them are correlated to the adopted national standards of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core. The curriculum is free who take the 40-hour course.


Magnifying glasses, binoculars, microscopes, cameras, butterfly nets, dip nets, water analysis kits, sweep nets, soil analysis kits, string and stakes for transects.

 Curriculum Materials:

  • Nature's Notebook, WES KDWPT
  • Lower Primary Teacher's Guide, WES KDWPT
  • Upper Primary Teacher's Guide, WES KDWPT
  • Wildlife Reference Center Catalog, WES KDWPT (Update 2002)
  • Something WILD - Animal Resource Booklet with Illustrations.
  • Project WILD
  • Project WILD Aquatic
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Kansas Earth Partnership for Schools at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

Most of these resource materials are free, but you must participate in a workshop to receive the Project Wild guides.