Teachers Guide Young Conservationists

*School & Other Educators Encourage Young People to Protect Vulnerable Species

By David Robinson, November 6, 2022

Young people learn from their parents and teachers. Most “kids” receive their first endangered species-related lesson in the classroom or at home.

Teachers have a vital role in endangered species conservation education. They teach students about critical conservation issues, including the ESA Act and the need to care for vulnerable plant and animal species and their precious habitats. They develop class and outdoor projects that show how everyday actions can help protect threatened and endangered species. Educators also provide opportunities to participate in activities such as Endangered Species Day and other special holidays/events.

The most effective teachers seek new ways to inspire students to become lifelong endangered species advocates.

Most educators benefit from the support of such organizations as the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and other professional groups. They enable members to exchange endangered species instruction ideas and valuable resources.

All of us can help promote environmental education by:

*Supporting schools and their districts that incorporate endangered species conservation in annual lesson plans.

*Volunteering to assist with children’s classroom and field projects.

*Supporting environmental and youth groups that also offer educational programs.

*Encouraging our children and other young people to participate in conservation activities.

Of course, we can also express our appreciation for those numerous teachers who help young people develop an interest in endangered species conservation.

Thank you, teachers. You make a huge difference.

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