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Wildlife Center Updates and MORE from the Game and Fish

Posted By Linda Coyle, Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is pleased to announce some very exciting upcoming programs and resources for teachers and students. Please check out the brief descriptions below and click on the appropriate links for more information.


As always, if you have any questions, please email me directly rather than replying to this email!



Wildlife Center Open House and Education Resource Fair

Each year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department hosts the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Open House. This is a unique opportunity to see some of Arizona's wildlife species up-close while also learning what it takes to rehabilitate sick and injured animals. Click here to see a promotional video. You can also download an informational brochure here.

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Wildlife Education Resource Fair as part of the Open House. This fair is geared toward educators of all types (including classroom teachers, Homeschool parents, and informal educators) who are interested in receiving information and resources related to wildlife.

The fair will include booths from a number of organizations that have resources to share. This will include the Department's own Focus Wild Arizona program, Arizona Project WET, Tonto Creek Camp, and many more. You will have the opportunity to visit and talk with representatives to see what they have that may help you and your students. 

There will also be an opportunity for you to earn up to two hours of professional development credit for completing a take-home activity requiring you to reflect on your Open House experience and how it relates to your specific teaching situation.

The fair runs in conjunction with the Open House THIS Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 from 10am to 3pm. It is located in north Phoenix near I-17 and Pinnacle Peak Road. You can attend for as little or as long as you wish during the hours of the event. There is no fee for admission or parking.


Earn Professional Development through New Webinars

We have a new collection of educator webinars. Join us to learn about unique ways to bring different wildlife concepts into the classroom. Participate from the comfort of your home while you earn professional development credit. Our upcoming webinars are:

  • December 3, 7pm: On the Right Track - Explore the development of wildlife tracking techniques and how they can be used to lead inquiry investigations. REGISTER HERE.
  • January 21, 7pm: It's a Bird, It's a Plane - Learn how the Wright brothers can be used to explore the Nature of Science and biomimicry while integrating wildlife biology, physical science, and history. REGISTER HERE.
  • February 11, 7pm: Arizona's State Symbols - Learn some history and trivia about Arizona's living state symbols, including a brief history and trivia for each while we showcase some unique lessons that use science and social studies. REGISTER HERE



Learn about Leopold

Aldo Leopold was a hunter, conservationist, forester, educator and author. He is known as the "Father of Wildlife Management." His observations and experiences in the Southwest, primarily Arizona and New Mexico, shaped his philosophies, his career and wildlife conservation in general.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has created a brand new resource that is perfect for secondary science, social studies and even language arts teachers. Your students will walk in the footsteps of Leopold as he explores the Southwest. Bring his fascinating story into your classroom with this free, web-based activity.

To access the resource, visit

If you want to learn even more about Leopold, the Department has teamed up with the Phoenix Zoo for a new virtual book club designed specifically for educators. We will explore Leopold's most famous book, A Sand County Almanac. The book club will run from January through May 2016. For more information, visit


New Workshop Integrates Technology

The Leopold resource described above utilizes a relatively new GIS-based technology called Story Maps. They add to the power of GIS by allowing you to combine maps with narrative text, images and multimedia to create an engaging and interactive educational tool. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is pleased to announce a new professional development opportunity that will introduce educators to this exciting and easy-to-use technology. The workshop will take place on January 9 and 10 and is absolutely free. By the time the workshop is completed, you will have created your very own Story Map using free tools.

Space is limited.

For more information and to register, visit



Eric Proctor

Wildlife Education Coordinator

Arizona Game and Fish Department

(623) 236-7243


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