Early Childhood Resources
When does a child begin learning about the natural world? The earlier, the better! The following activity guides are available at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
By introducing and supporting the exploration of the natural world by young children, we open a door of discovery that leads to life-long learning and helps to head off many potential mental and physical challenges children may have in the future, such as obesity, attention deficit disorder and other learning and behavioral problems. ADF&G encourages families as well as groups to learn outside!
Alaska Project WILD Early Childhood Curriculum for Care Givers and Parents
This easy to use guide includes activities and suggestions to help the adults in a young child's life to confidently lead and teach children about animals and their ecosystems, as well as wildlife awareness and appreciation. Each activity is broken down into manageable parts with helpful recommendations and information. This book is available only through ADF&G.
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children ages 3–7
Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education activity guide that helps build a sense of wonder about nature and invites children to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Growing Up WILD is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains. Contact the Alaska Wildlife Curriculum Coordinator (907-267-2216) for more information or to purchase the Growing Up WILD guide.
Kids in nature