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General Education

The Fish and Wildlife Department offers a variety of general education resources to teachers and the general public. Below is a list of resources.

If you have any questions about the resources listed here, or you would like to request that materials be sent to you, please click here.

Wildlife Management for Educators: July 13-18, 2014
A one-week course held in July for teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. Educators interested in integrating environmental topics into their curriculum can learn about Vermont's wildlife and fisheries from professional biologists, foresters and educators through hands-on activities. Three graduate credits available. Registration opens February 12, 2014. Click here for more information.

Natural Resources Management Academy:

Natural Resources Management Academy is a special weekend set aside at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp for high-school students (grades 9-12) ready to explore, in depth, Vermont’s natural resources. At the Academy, students learn about Vermont’s forests, wildlife, soils and water ecosystems.

For more information about the Natural Resources Management Academy ONLY contact Lauren Traister, 4-H Teen & Leadership Specialist, at 866-260-5603 x402 or

All calls concerning GMCC should be directed to Jan Finn at (802)-828-1460.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat In Vermont: A guide to attracting wildlife to the backyard. The booklet is available online.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman: Women age 16 and older have the opportunity to enjoy a series of exciting outdoor recreation workshops and hands-on learning opportunities just for them. Immerse yourself in a single outdoor pursuit, or sample a variety of activities throughout the action-packed weekend. Becoming an Outdoors Woman is offered each summer.

Fact Sheets: Fact sheets on the life histories of white-tailed deer, wood turtle, black bear, wild turkey, common loon, beaver, birds, amphibians, bobcat, muskrat, fisher, eastern coyote, salmon, osprey, peregrine falcon, wetlands, wildlife tracking, how to build a bluebird nesting box, and wild mammals of Vermont.

Furbearer Kits: A hands-on kit for teachers to borrow for use in the classroom to help students learn more about Vermont’s 14 furbearing animals, such as mink, beaver, fisher, and fox. Each kit includes skulls, a track guide, scat sets, videos, and a book of activities that can be used in the classroom.  Plus, this kit also features a set of actual furs of Vermont animals to examine and touch!

Kits may be reserved by calling the Fish & Wildlife central office or the Fish & Wildlife District office closest to you. If you’re interested in reserving a kit, please call 802-828-1000.

Green Mountain Conservation Camps: Camps are located at Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Nine one-week sessions in June, July and August are available for boys and girls ages 12-14. Curricula include fisheries and wildlife management, hunter education and firearms training, archery, forestry, botany, aquatic ecology, fishing techniques, wetlands investigation, and outdoor survival and safety skills.

Hunter Education: Using a fun, hands-on approach, Vermont's hunter education classes go far beyond basic hunting skills. Graduates leave with a thorough understanding of how to get a lifetime of enjoyment out of Vermont's natural resources. Click here, for more information.

Let's Go Fishing: A hands-on curriculum that encompasses fishing techniques, tackle craft, ethics, ecology, and fisheries management. Teachers can receive materials free by attending an instructor training workshop. This is an excellent curriculum for physical education teachers. Visit our Let's Go Fishing WebPage

For more information contact:
Let's Go Fishing Program
Lake Champlain International, Inc.
531 Main Street
Colchester, VT 05446
Phone: 802-879-3466
Fax: 802-879-1746
or e-mail Cathy Pirie Merrill []

Get the Lead Out: As of January 1, 2007, it is illegal to use a lead sinker weighing one-half ounce or less to fish in Vermont. Many lead sinkers are similar in appearance to the small stones and grit that birds swallow to aid in digesting food in their gizzard. Switching to lead- free tackle will reduce the chance that loons and other waterbirds will swallow poisonous lead products that have accidentally fallen into the water or that were lost while fishing. Click here, for more information.

National Wildlife Week: The National Wildlife Federation provides an excellent website. Information includes educator workshops, activities for grades K-12 in conjunction with the annual wildlife week theme, links to student clubs, schoolyard habitat programs and interactive games. Be sure to check it out!, click on "Environmental Education" and have fun exploring.

Natural Heritage Harmonies: Annual newsletter of the Non-game and Natural Heritage Program, containing up-to-date findings on the status of many rare wildlife species. To view current newsletters, click here.

WILD Workshops: Workshops are available for training on each of these curriculum guides. The guides are interdisciplinary, supplementary, and environmental education programs that incorporate wildlife concepts and educational skills. All of the activities in the guides are correlated to national academic standards. Workshops to certify educators can be arranged for school districts or non formal education organizations. Workshops can include training for more than one curriculum guide.


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