Conservation Education Program in
Our Mission Statement:
We are the primary educational component of the Kentucky Department of Fish and
Wildlife Resources. We exist to develop and enhance awareness, knowledge, skills
and commitment that will enable people to make informed decisions which will
result in responsible behavior to sustain wildlife diversity and related
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has nineteen full time
Conservation Educators (CE’s) that present wildlife conservation programs in
Kentucky schools and recruit for our summer conservation camps.
CE’s are professionals in their field, with college degrees in Education,
Outdoor Recreation, Biology, or Wildlife Management. They are also trained in
the instruction of outdoor skills such as fishing, hunter education, archery,
and Project WILD.
All public, private, and home schools are all eligible to receive our in-school
programs free of charge. Programs
are designed for students in grades 4, 5, and 6.
Past program topics include: Endangered Species, Mammals of Kentucky,
Wildlife Habitat, Firearm Safety, Predators, Kentucky Fish, Amphibians, Kentucky
Birds, Snakes, Wildlife Adaptations and Restoring Kentucky’s Wildlife. Each of
our programs is developed in accordance with KERA goals and guidelines and is
aligned to Kentucky’s Program of Studies.
Schools that enroll in our Conservation Education program will receive 5
programs during the school year.
Programs are given during the months of October, November, January, February and
March. December and April are used
for make-up programs. Each monthly
program is 35 to 45 minutes in length and the class size ranges from 15 to 200,
depending upon school enrollment and room capacity. CE’s begin scheduling
schools in late August into September, and space is limited.
KDFWR has provided conservation education programs to Kentucky schools since the
late 1940's, when they were known as "Junior Clubs". Our goal is to instill
Kentucky’s youth with knowledge about wildlife needs and the desire to improve
the quality of Kentucky's wildlife habitat.
If you would like to see how your school can receive our programs, please
contact us at 1-800-858-1549 and ask for contact information for your county’s
conservation educator. General
questions about our conservation education program or camps may be directed to
Laura Burford at ext. 4491, or by e-mailing