We believe that conservation education programs require a multi-faceted approach to reach the widest audience and have the greatest impact. They also require that the program be equally accessible to all, regardless of culture, socio-economic status, or geographic location. Therefore, all SPN education programs are provided both free of charge and in multiple modalities, including online access form anywhere at anytime.
Education Program Vision and Objectives
Raise awareness regarding the costs associated with wildlife poaching and the use of illegal wildlife products on both global biodiversity and the survival of endangered species
Support schools, teachers, and partner organizations by providing conservation-oriented curriculum modules that align with the Next Generation Science Standards
Build Capacity for conservation educators in developing nations by providing free introductory college level course modules in key areas of conservation biology
Inspire and Empower youth to become actively engaged in both local and international conservation efforts by providing global perspectives in wildlife conservation to students in California and across the United States
Expand the reach and accessibility of conservation education by assisting with the conversion of existing lesson plans and content to online and multi-media formats for on-the-ground organizations in Africa and Asia
Promote Sustainable use of wildlife resources by local communities in Africa and Asia by illustrating the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as wildlife tourism, to local communities
Classroom Visits and School Assemblies
Open to all ages to inspire and empower youth to become actively engaged in local and international conservation efforts.
Students interact directly (live or via Skype) with renowned and dedicated conservationists such as Tony Fitzjohn, OBE and on-the-ground anti-poaching crusaders such as Damien Mander (IAPF).
Provide an engaging student experience that focuses on conserving biodiversity, and the ecology and conservation of elephants, rhinos, and tigers. This program is designed to educate, empower, and motivate students to turn knowledge into both involvement and action.
Classroom material aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards for both Elementary and High School classrooms..
Downloadable program flyers
National and International Online Education Programs
Build capacity for students and conservation educators in North America and developing nations by providing introductory elementary, high school, and college-level course modules in key areas of conservation biology.
Topics include global biodiversity, endangered species, the illegal wildlife trade, ecosystem services, and other environmental challenges.
(Coming in the fall of 2018)
Online Modules and Flipped Classrooms
Use SPN's fully developed content and lesson plans to flip your classroom. Students can work through individual modules and use the knowledge gained to participate in active learning exercises in the classroom.
Modules are designed to align with elementary and high school Next Generation Science Standards and are well suited, but not limited to, science, biology, and environmental science classes.
(Coming in the fall of 2018)
Education Strategic Summary and Outcomes
To be successful, a conservation education program aimed at reducing both the supply and demand for illegal wildlife products must result in three critical outcomes:
1) It should raise awareness regarding the negative effects of the illegal wildlife trade on biodiversity, endangered species, and local communities.
2) It should result in a change in attitudes and perceptions regarding the use and medicinal efficacy of illegal wildlife products.
3) It should result in long-term behavioral change.
This requires a goal-orientated education program that uses evidence-based strategies within the United States, and in both source and demand countries.
Building Awareness and Reducing Demand
Raise awareness through delivery of our classroom presentation program and school assemblies
Build strategic educational partnerships to leverage resources and increase the uptake of our programs
Develop conservation curriculum modules for middle and secondary schools
Foster community engagement and raise funds for our on-the-ground conservation and anti-poaching partners
Raise awareness regarding the negative effects that the illegal wildlife trade has on biodiversity, endangered species, and local communities
Change attitudes regarding the value of biodiversity to communities in terms of ecosystem services, natural resources, and ecotourism
Provide support for education aimed at reducing human-wildlife conflict
Provide alternatives to poaching through skills training education
Change attitudes regarding the use of illegal wildlife products
Change cultural perceptions regarding the use and medicinal efficacy of illegal wildlife products
Empower youth to become actively engaged in reducing the demand for wildlife products
Reduce poaching and the consumption of all illegal wildlife products