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WILD Links Handbook

Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife sponsors this award-winning national program. Workshops are offered to teachers and other educators interested in integrating multidisciplinary wildlife and conservation education into their daily lesson plans. Several thousand educators have participated in over 200 workshops to date.

Lisa J. Kane
State Project WILD Coordinator
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
284 State Street, SHS 41
Augusta, ME 04333
Telephone: (207) 557-0118
Email: lisa.kane@maine.gov

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WILD Links

Project Learning Tree
"PLT" is co-sponsored by Maine TREE Foundation and Maine Forest Service. This national program uses the forest as a window for understanding the natural world. Trained volunteer facilitators offer workshops statewide. PLT prides itself on promoting 'how to think, not what to think'.

Patricia Maloney
Project Learning Tree State Coordinator
PO Box 344
Augusta, ME 04332
Telephone: (207) 626-7990
Email: meplt@gwi.net

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TREE Links

(Links to Maine Tree Foundation and Water Research Institue (TREE & WET) will be coming soon.)

Project WET
Sponsored by the Water Research Institute at the University of Maine at Orono, the goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through teacher workshops, water festivals, and interactive websites.

Mary Ann McGarry
Project WET State Coordinator
Water Research Institute
Sawyer Environmental Research Center
University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469
Telephone: (207) 581-3107
Email: maryann.mcgarry@umit.maine.edu

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WET Links


Teacher Consultants

Joanne Alex, Directress, Stillwater Montessori School, Old Town, ME
Jessica Archer, Stillwater, ME
Rachel Austin, Language Arts, Mt. Blue Middle School, Farmington, ME
Winona G. Badershall, Language Arts and Outdoor Education, Phillips Middle School, Phillips, ME
Robin Bray, Orland, ME
Heather Frenier, Science, MS. Ed. in progress, Auburn, ME
Melissa Galusha, Phillips, ME
Scott Lawless, Portland School District, ME
Pam Newman, Indiantownship School, Princeton, ME
Tina Pond, Science, MSAD #30, Maine Migrant Program, Lee, ME
Eben Shaw, Auburn, ME
Anita Smith, China Middle School, China, ME
Jody Swatling, Special Education, Mt. Blue Middle School, Farmington, ME
Rex Turner, Environmental Educator, MS. Forest Science in progress, Orono, ME
Erika Turner, M. Ed. Literacy, ME
Jim Verrill, Asa Adams, Orono, ME


the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance Logo

The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance supports teachers and districts as they pursue more integrated and standards-based models for curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all students, especially in Math and Science. Francis Eberle, MMSA, Director
Debbie Davis, MMSA, Project Coordinator Wild, Wet and Tree Links

Project Leaders

Lisa J. Kane, Project WILD State Coordinator
Mary Ann McGarry, Project WET State Coordinator
Tom Mullin, Assistant Professor, Park Management, Unity College; former PLT State Coordinator

WILD Links, WET Links, and TREE Links were made possible throught the following funding sources:

  • The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • The Maine Math and Science Alliance
  • Maine TREE Foundation
  • Poland Spring Bottling Company
  • The Water Research Institute
  • The Environmental Protection Agency; Environmental/Education and Training Partnership Grant (EETAP)
  • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • International Paper Company Foundation and Androscoggin Mill
  • Estate of Philip J. Chadborn Fund
  • Contributors to the Maine TREE Foundation LEAF Program

Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund logo

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund is a state program awarding grants to conserve Maine's special places, endangered species and important fish and wildlife habitat with proceeds from the sale of Outdoor Heritage instant lottery tickets.

Guidebook Overview


Our goal is to introduce quality conservation education while assisting educators in addressing standards-driven education (Maine's Learning Results). We hope, as schools restructure their curricula to meet state standards, that these handbooks will become invaluable tools for wildlife, forestry, water resource and conservation education.


Activities in the PLT, WILD, AND WET Activity Guides are aligned with the 1997 legislated Maine Learning Results. With roots in Maine's Common Core of Learning, the Learning Results are comprised of 6 Guiding Principles, 8 subject area Content Standards, and Performance Indicators in 4 grade clusters: Elementary Grades Pre-K-2, Elementary Grades 3-4, Middle Grades 5-8, and Secondary Grades. This guide includes alignment information for the content standards and performance indicators. Content Standards are broad descriptions of the knowledge and skills that students should acquire. Performance indicators describe what all students should know and be able to do to demonstrate mastery of a content standard. They are intended to include both knowledge and skills; be assessable in a variety of ways; and define results. It is essential to emphasize, and for educators to consider, that the Learning Results apply to all students, including those with unique learning needs and/or identified disabilities.

A combination of state and local assessments will be used to measure progress. The Maine Education Assessment exams in 4th, 8th, and 11th grades are being modified to measure achievement of the Learning Results. Local school administrative units are encouraged to develop additional assessments such as student portfolios, performances, demonstrations, and other records of achievement. Copies of the Learning Results are available at the following address:

Learning Results
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
They are also available in the web at http://www.maine.gov/education


In creating this document the authors made some assumptions when completing these correlations. Connections between the Learning Results and Projects PLT, WET, and WILD activities are subject to interpretation. In working with the group of consultants to put these guides together, we aimed for consistency. Consultants were asked to look for connections from the activities as written in the Guides, not on the many modifications that could be implemented by an imaginative educator. Please don't feel limited by our decisions and choices. We recognize the value of individual, creative interpretations and encourage educators to make more connections with the standards, especially in the three content areas we could not address for space, cost, and time reasons. (Career Preparation, Health and Physical Education, and Modern & Classical Languages) PLT, WET, and WILD are award-winning, national programs that require little supplemental equipment. However, many activities will be enhanced by the use of computers and other technologies, as well as by local, regional and state resources.


This handbook is available through Maine Project PLT, WET, and WILD workshops. Refresher and advanced workshops are offered for educators who already have one of the current guides. For educators unfamiliar with Project PLT, WET, and WILD, standard six hour workshops are offered to provide firsthand experience with the activity guides. Activity alignment with Maine Learning Results is a standard component of any workshop.


Projects WET, Learning Tree and WILD workshops can be scheduled on in-service, early release, or conference days, or at your school's convenience. Look for these workshops at regional and statewide conferences.

Rubrics and Vignettes

Schools in Maine are charged with meeting the Maine Learning Results. We felt it was important to provide sample assessment tools to assist teachers in evaluating their student's learning. A variety of guidelines, including scoring rubrics, are provided to help educators judge the important features of student performance. Following the model used in scoring the Maine Educational Assessment Exams, these rubrics offer a fixed, 4 point scale and a list of the specific characteristics that describe performance for each of the score points on the scale. Since rubrics describe levels of performance or understanding, they provide important information on what students know and are able to do. Well-designed rubrics accomplish the following goals:

  • Provide students with expectations about what will be assessed, as well as standards that need to be met
  • Increase consistency in the rating of performances, products, and understanding
  • Alert students to where they are in relation to where they need to be

Many educators believe in developing assessment tools with, instead of for, their students. Students can then feel more ownership for and fairness about the evaluation process. Sample rubrics or scoring criteria for Wild, Wet and Learning Tree activities are interspersed throughout these guides.

Vignettes also found throughout the guides describe how some Maine educators have implemented WILD, WET and PLT activities with their students in meaningful ways. In several instances, ideas for activity modifications and extensions are described, and may give you some great ideas for use with your students.

How to Use This Handbook

Example from WILD Links Handbook

1. Activity Title
2. Activity Objectives
3. Summary Description
4. Subject Area(s) as suggested in Activity Guides; (consultants may have found alignment with additional subject areas).
5. Content Standards(s) from the Maine Learning Results
6. Performance Indicators from the Maine Learning Results aligning with the Activity.
7. That portion of the Activity directly aligning with Content Standards and Performance Indicators.
8. Recommendations suggesting strategies to ensure all students meet the Learning Results.

Where no recommendations are listed, white space was provided for teachers to make their own notes.

The Wild Links Handbooks below may be viewed and printed by section. The handbooks are provided in PDF format. To view PDF documents, you will need the free Adobe Reader. If you need assistance, view our PDF Help page, email us or call us at (207) 287-8000.

Project WILD
Project WILD Correlation Matrix PDF
English Language Arts WILD (p. 1 - 105) PDF
WILD Math (p. 106 - 131) PDF
WILD Science (p. 132 - 224) PDF
WILD Social Studies (p. 225 - 250) PDF
WILD Visual and Performing Arts (p. 251 - 298) PDF

Project WILD Aquatic
Project WILD Aquatic Correlation Matrix PDF
Aquatic English Language Arts (p. 1 - 60) PDF
Aquatic Math (p. 61 - 71) PDF
Aquatic Science (p. 72 - 121) PDF
Aquatic Social Studies (p. 122 - 139) PDF
Aquatic Visual and Performing Arts (p. 140 - 158) PDF