For Schools and Teachers

MDIFW provides many wildlife and conservation education opportunities for public and private school groups, homeschoolers, scouts, summer campers and many other groups.

Our two primary public educational facilities, the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray and Swan Island in the Kennebec River in Richmond, offer two different learning experiences for students and their teachers in a field trip and outdoor classroom format.

The Wildlife Park offers guaranteed wildlife viewing of 30 native species of captive wildlife; while Swan Island is home to 'wild', and more elusive wildlife such as bald eagles, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, fish, beavers, songbirds, waterfowl and more in their natural island habitats.

K-12 and pre-service teaching training in wildlife and conservation education is available through Project WILD teacher workshops; while self-contained wildlife, loon and bird kits are available for free loan to educators wanting to create a unit within their classrooms.

The Hooked on Fishing program can be arranged for your school or district; and any Recreational Safety Course in hunting, archery, ATV, snowmobile or boating may be scheduled for your class, school or district.

We hope you'll find an appropriate outdoor, wildlife, fishing and/or conservation course or opportunity here for you and your students!