National Wildlife Week for Educators
These resources and activities from National Wildlife Federation are can be used each day of National Wildlife Week to teach about trees and wildlife. Learn about 45 species of trees and wildlife in the U.S. and fun lessons and activities you can do with your students.
National Wildlife Week Educator Resources:
National Wildlife Week Posters
The National Wildlife Week poster series for 2013 is actually one big poster! Our "mega-poster" features the different parts of a tree and wildlife that are found in or use that part of the tree. Put all the individual posters together to make one very tall tree! Download your free Mega-Poster >>
Lessons and Activities
More lessons are being added soon!
Wildlife Trading Cards
Download all five sets of wildlife trading cards below—45 cards in all—and use them in a variety of games and activities. Each set features nine different wildlife species organized by the part of the tree that the wildlife are generally found in or that they often use—the tree leaves, fruit and flowers; the branches; the trunk; the forest floor around the base of the tree; or the roots and soil under the tree. We also feature two tree species with each set of trading cards.
- Photo of the Species
- Species Name (common and scientific)
- U.S. Habitat and Range
- Fun Fact
- Conservation Status
Leaves, Fruit and Flowers Wildlife Trading Cards
Wildlife Featured: Baltimore oriole, cedar waxwing, Jamaican fruit-eating bat, red tree vole, squirrel tree frog, kahuli tree snails, and yucca moths
Trees Featured: Douglas-fir and Joshua tree
Branches Wildlife Trading Cards
Willdlife Featured: American beaver, arboreal salamander, flying squirrels, northern spotted owl, Puerto Rican boa, stick insects, and wood ducks
Trees Featured: red maple and southern live oak
Tree Trunk Wildlife Trading Cards
Wildlife Featured: black-capped chickadee, brown-headed nuthatch, eastern fence lizard, Indiana bat, red-cockaded woodpecker, tan jumping spider, and black bear
Trees Featured: longleaf pine and shagbark hickory
Forest Floor Wildlife Trading Cards
Wildlife Featured: Baja California treefrog, Cheat Mountain salamander, dusky-footed woodrat, western scrub jay, mangrove rivulus, moose, and wood ants
Trees Featured: California bay laurel and red mangrove
Roots and Soil Wildlife Trading Cards
Wildlife Featured: Louisiana pine snake, millipedes, periodical cicadas, pocket gophers, salmon, termites and truffles
Trees Featured: bald cypress and quaking aspen
The trading cards can be used in many ways—as a launching point for lessons, for games or as self-contained activities. Download these suggested activities and learn just a few of the many ways you might use the cards.
Branching Out for Wildlife Webinar
On Feb. 20, 2013, we held a live webinar about National Wildlife Week for educators and others to learn from experts about this year's featured species and ideas for teaching about and celebrating wildlife during National Wildlife Week. Watch the webinar >>
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