Thursday, November 6, 2014

Batty Education Ideas

I know this is a little late for this year, since most educators do bat education programs BEFORE Halloween, but I was at a conference all last week and couldn't get this posted.  I want to
acknowledge Tabbi Kinion, state Project WILD Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for sharing this awesome list of resources to celebrate #BatWeek last week.  The Project WILD Coordinator list-serve went batty when she posted it, so I thought I'd share it with you all.  Enjoy!

"The USFS, USFWS, and several other partners have been working on new activities to teach about bats. For non-formal folks like park interpreters, these activities will be very useful as a great ideas for bat programs! However, these are brand-new activities that were not put through rigorous testing by teachers and they are not correlated to standards, so I’m not sure how much the average classroom teacher will be able to use them.  

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife also released a video for bat week this week.

And finally, just for fun and because it’s nice when Hollywood cares about wildlife, Batman likes bats too:

On Social Media, you can follow #batweek and #savethebats for lots of fun things going on around the country this week (actually last week now) in honor of bat week. You can also like Save the Bats on Facebook  "

Also, the Indiana Project WILD Coordinator, Warren Gartner,  "wanted to share a video a group of local third graders did on the endangered Indiana Bat. The kids presented at this year’s bat festival and got great reviews. You can see their video at  "

"It sounds like Halloween week will be “Bat Week” for the next few years – just for future planning."

Thanks Tabbi and Warren for being Am”bat”ssadors  for wildlife education!

If you haven't done so already, don't forget about our WILD About Bats workshop later this month. You can find details on our website.  We hope to see you there!


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