Upcoming wildlife education programs from AZ Game and Fish​
August 22, 2017
Arizona Game and Fish Department​
Welcome to the Focus Wild Arizona newsletter designed specifically for educators in Arizona. We hope that you are doing well as the new school year kicks off.

We are excited. We have a number of new resources that we will be launching this year. Look for updates in future emails. We also have an excellent slate of teacher workshops planned. Most of these will be free. We have included information about some of these workshops below!

Prairie dogs in Arizona
Prairie dogs have been reintroduced into the Arizona landscape after an absence of more than 50 years! But why? You can find out by attending this unique educator workshop. Participants will explore the role of prairie dogs in the grassland ecosystem while also gaining hands-on experience with the reintroduction program. The workshop is free and designed specifically for educators in Arizona.

This is a two-part workshop and participants are expected to attend both. The classroom portion will take place at the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, AZ on Friday, September 15 from 5:30-8:30pm. The field portion will take place the following day, Saturday, September 16 from 8:00am-4:00pm. This section will take place in the grasslands near Sonoita, AZ.

Participation in this workshop is free. However, space is EXTREMELY limited and registration is required. Registration does not guarantee participation. Spots will be filled on a "first to register" basis. If all spots are filled, additional registrations will be added to a waiting list. All accepted participants will receive additional details as we get closer to the program. 

For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/prairiedogworkshop​​​​​​​.

Learn about wildlife from the comfort of your own home
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has launched a successful series of wildlife-related webinars designed specifically for teachers. Four of these professional development opportunities are scheduled for the 2017-18 school year. These are a great way to quickly learn about a topic while also getting some ideas to bring back to your classroom. Webinars typically last about an hour and you earn a certificate for your participation. Check out the information below.
Tuesday, September 26 @ 4pm: Exploring Focus Wild Arizona - The Arizona Game and Fish Department's award-winning Focus Wild Arizona program provides numerous resources to educators. Some of these resources have been around for a while, others have just been developed. Join us as we showcase these exceptional resources and learn how to access them directly for our website.  For more information and to register, visit 

Tuesday, November 14 @ 4pm: Using HabiMap in the Classroom - GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology is revolutionizing the way we mange and conserve wildlife. More and more, this technology is becoming available for students to access and use. HabiMap is a free, web-based GIS tool that students can use to better understand GIS and the challenges we encounter while managing our native species. Join us as we showcase numerous ideas to use HabiMap in your classroom. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/habimapwebinar.
Tuesday, January 23 @ 4pm: Arizona's State Symbols - What is the state mammal of Arizona? Do you know how it was chosen, or even who selected it? When did it become an official representative of the state? If you don't know the answers to these questions then consider joining the Arizona Game and Fish Department in this fun and informational workshop. We will focus on the living state symbols, including a brief history and trivia for each. We will  showcase some unique lessons that use the state symbols to teach science and social studies concepts just in time for Arizona's birthday! For more information and to register, visit 

Tuesday, April 3 @ 4pm: Aldo Leopold in the Southwest - Aldo Leopold is considered the "father" of science-based wildlife management. His ideas were fostered by his time exploring Arizona and the southwest. Take a virtual journey in his footsteps and learn about a free GIS-based tool for your classroom. Content is geared toward high school teachers. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/leopoldwebinar.
Did you know?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department receives NO Arizona general fund tax dollars? We hold the state’s wildlife in trust for the public without a dime from Arizona taxpayers. https://azgfdportal.az.gov/Agency/Funds
The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AZGFD’s programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a complaint alleging discrimination directly with the Director’s Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS:WSFR, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Director’s Office as listed above.
Arizona Game & Fish Dept. · 5000 W. Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086
(602) 942-3000 · www.azgfd.gov