Lesson Plans

The following lesson and program plans are provided from eight wildlife rehabilitation centers across the United States. Below each organization logo you will find the name of their provided lesson or program plan and a short description.

Each page displays information on the organization (type, location, mission, website link) as well as an overview (key words, description, and goals) of the provided lesson or program plan. For the complete lesson/ program plan please click on the link at the bottom of the page. Supplemental materials may also be provided.

More resources for wildlife and environmental educators:
National Wildlife Federation Resources and Lesson Plans
World Wildlife Fund Educational Resources and Lesson Plans

Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

Knee High Nature Hour
Knee-high nature hour engages preschoolers and their caretakers/ parents in nature, through stories, games, music and crafts.

Birds of Prey Program
The Birds of prey program uses ambassador birds to teach adaptations and connect people to wildlife through the bird’s individual stories.

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Be a Junior Curator for ABR
A one-hour long, active, place-based lesson that utilizes role-playing and cooperative learning to engage elementary students in the process of admitting a black bear into the Appalachian Bear Rescue rehabilitation center.

Cascades Raptor Center

Reading with Raptors
This introduction to raptors activity is geared towards preschoolers and kindergarteners. The use of storytelling to engage the students helps them learn about the amazing characteristics of raptors. The story comes alive as the children get to see the main character (an ambassador raptor) right in front of them.

Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

What is Fur For?
This is a hands-on activity that engages participants’ senses to learn about local wildlife and their adaptations through a discovery of terrestrial and aquatic furs. A possible extension of this activity includes an inquiry project to test fur insulation.

Teton Raptor Center

Progressive Learning Programs
The goal of progressive learning plans (PLP) is to partner with local schools and learning centers to be part of a student’s’ education throughout their K-12 experience. PLPs can be conducted through multiple sessions within a year or semester and continue throughout elementary, middle and high school.

Games and Quick Activities
These games and activities can be used in any setting and provide a quick and fun way to get participants interested and engaged with the organization or content topics discussed.

Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary

CENTER Program
The Come Find Your CENTER Programs are self-care, therapeutic programs intended to help children and adults with ASD, PTSD, and TBI achieve physical and mental benefits that include sense of well-being, calmness, decrease in stress, anxiety, and depression, sense of community, and self-confidence. Participants can engage in animal and eco- therapy, gardening, nature photography and journaling.

The Center for Birds of Prey- Avian Conservation Center

Free Flight Demonstrations
The raptor free flight demonstrations provide a “wow-factor” that surprises and captivates the audience while they learn about conservation, adaptations and natural history. Watching a raptor in free flight has a way of shocking the audience and providing a platform for species appreciation, understanding and an unforgettable learning experience.

Center for Wildlife

Raptor, Reptile & Mammal
This program uses live animals to engage the audience in learning about local wildlife and the differences between these animals, addressing misconceptions and making connections to human impact on wildlife.

Classroom Curriculum

Coming soon! A 4-5 week long, elementary classroom curriculum focused on Next Generation Science Standards adaptations, natural selection, variation and traits and biodiversity, and biodiversity and human.