Making Space for Wildlife
In “Making Space for Wildlife”, high school students discover the world of conservation biology and learn how people build corridors for wildlife to connect species’ to fragmented areas of habitat.
Students investigate the Interstate 90 wildlife corridor project that involved diverse-interest stakeholders. Stakeholder collaboration resulted in increased freeway safety for people, while also creating paths for wildlife to safely cross over and under the freeway.
This lesson puts students into the role of a habitat biologist where they must examine what makes a landscape a good candidate for wildlife corridors. Students analyze how animals move and must determine where they would put a wildlife corridor between the North Cascades and Mount Rainier.
The lesson combines Next Generation Science Standards, Washington environmental and sustainability standards, and Common Core standards in speaking and listening.
Exploring the career of a WDFW Enforcement Officer
This week’s lesson is an introduction into the career pathway of a fish and wildlife officer.
The materials provide an interactive forum for students to virtually explore the variety of opportunities within the Washington Department of Fish Wildlife (WDFW) enforcement program. Students can also read career stories of three officers throughout the state. This activity also includes a PowerPoint PDF to give students a better idea of the type of work officers do and the requirements necessary for this challenging, yet rewarding career.
Some WDFW officer opportunities include:
- Karelian Bear Dog (KBD) Handler
- Undercover operations
- Defensive tactics instructor,
- Firearms instructor,
- Vessel operation instructor,
- Swift-water rescue team
- SCUBA Team
For students interested in exploring this career path, we recommend taking a look at the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.
- WDFW Police slides
- Building Careers Connections: A Conversation with a WDFW Police Officer (Recorded Feb. 22, 2021)
- Interactive exploration of WDFW officers' roles.