The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation has three wildlife “traveling education trunks” designed to help educators teach youth about the biology of the animal, its habitat, why the animal is important; about predator-prey relationships; and about why it’s important to protect wildlife habitat.
Each trunk contains curricula and hands-on materials such as pelts, skulls, tracks, scat, games, books, and videos. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation provides these trunks to teachers, clubs, and organizations for a two-week time period. There is no charge for the use of the trunk. To reserve your trunk, please contact the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation at 608-635-8105.
Comments from Educators:
“I cannot say enough good things about the wolf trunk! I was thrilled to be able to bring the coyote & wolf ‘to them’ through the use of the pelts. What an honor and joy. They simply loved it, marveled at everything and were thankful the Bangor Rod & Gun Club paid for postage!” ~ Bangor Elementary School, Bangor, WI
“The trunk is wonderful. Students especially enjoyed comparing and contrasting the pelts, skulls and footprints. They really understood which prey animals had better protection through thickness of coat and/or hoof size. Thank you for sharing the excellent resource.” ~ Greenville Elementary School, Greenville, WI
Contents of the Traveling Education Trunks:
Bear Trunk: This trunk features the Black Bear, Grizzly Bear and Polar Bear and includes pelts, replica skulls, replica scat, and molds for making tracks. The trunk includes stories about bears and an IMAX video about bears (that can be viewed on any video machine) that was produced by the National Wildlife Federation. The trunk also includes a detailed curriculum guides for grades K-12 that was developed by National Wildlife Federation education staff.
Wolf Trunk: This trunk features the Timber Wolf and includes pelts, fur swatches, replica skulls, replica scat, molds for making tracks, and tracks of prey species. It includes an IMAX video about wolves (that can be viewed on any video machine) produced by the National Wildlife Federation. The trunk also includes a detailed curriculum guides for grades K-12 that was developed by National Wildlife Federation education staff.
Whooping Crane Trunk: This trunk features hands on materials to teach students about Whooping Crane biology, endangered species, and migratory birds. It includes: replicas of the crane skull, leg, and egg; feathers from Sandhill and Whooping Cranes; samples of crane food; an adult costume and puppet that researchers use when rearing young Whooping Cranes; leg bands that researchers use to mark and identify cranes in the field; a MP3 player with CD/DVD that includes the crane’s calls; video produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about its Crane Easter Partnership; and an instruction manual for educators. DNR’s Endangered Resources Bureau developed this trunk.