WANDs in Education
Wands for Wildlife currently has two programs to engage youth with conservation efforts related to plastics and wildlife. We welcome input and help in developing these programs to provide tools for educators to inspire youth to take action in conservation efforts. Please contact us for more details, to provide feedback, and be part of this unique initiative.
Wand Art inspires youth and adults to create special pieces that serve as a message about humans’ impact on the environment.
Art can produce emotions and inspire new ways of seeing the world. Many artists use recycled materials, found objects, and other “trash” to raise awareness about how humans impact the world around them.
Art projects can do more than educate and inspire - they can also provide food, water and shelter for wildlife! Decorating a bird bath, toad abode, or planter provides valuable habitat to wild animals.
In 2022, the North Carolina Arboretum’s Outdoor Artists Camp created artwork based on promoting the plight of the monarch butterfly, which was added to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as an endangered species. Check out the time lapse video to see how they did it.
Photos below show how Pugsley’s Rainbow was made at an Artist Adventure Camp at the North Carolina Arboretum. After seeing the Wanderful to Fly piece when it was on display at the Asheville Museum of Science, the campers were inspired to create this work of art named after the classroom turtle 'Pugsley'.
The Wild Care program introduces the concept of wildlife rehabilitation. The activities provide the opportunity for hands-on exploration of tools and techniques. We hope to expand this program along with Wand Art to provide educators with curriculum that can easily be implemented into their teaching plans.
If you are and educator, please contact us for more details and to participate in developing this program.
The free Wildlife Activities Booklet was created by our founding partner, Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.