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

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).


Classroom Visits 


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..

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Downloadable program flyers

National and International Online Education Programs

Online Courses 


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)

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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)

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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.

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Building Awareness and Reducing Demand

United States

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

Source Countries

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

Demand Countries

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