Focus Wild Arizona offers a variety of educational resources. Most are available online. In addition, many others are available through each regional office or the department’s main office in Phoenix. For information about obtaining any resources contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless noted, the following resources are available for free.
- Focus Wild Arizona – A collection of short educational activities that appear in the Department's Arizona Wildlife Views magazine from 2006-2013.
- Wild Kids – A collection of multi-grade level reading and activity pages centered around a variety of topic. Publication ended in 2005.
- Exploring Arizona's Natural Resources [ZIP, 56mb] – Originally developed as a CD-ROM, this interactive program introduces practical knowledge of the diverse biotic communities in the state. To access, download and extract (unzip) the file, open the folder, and click on "ExpAZ.exe" to run the program. Because of the large size of the file, it will take some time to download.
- Arizona Wildlife: Amphibians and Reptiles [PDF] – an older publication highlighting some of the state's amphibians and reptiles. Can be printed, cut down, and stapled to fit conveniently in pocket.
- Arizona Wildlife: Mammals [PDF] – an older publication highlighting some of the state's mammals. Can be printed, cut down, and stapled to fit conveniently in pocket.
- Arizona Wildlife: Raptors [PDF] – an older publication highlighting some of the state's raptors. Can be printed, cut down, and stapled to fit conveniently in pocket.
- Desert Birding in Arizona [PDF] – A curriculum guide focusing on birds found in our neighborhoods, schoolyards, and parks. Activities incorporate numerous subjects including science, language arts, social studies, math, and art.
- Diné Guide to Traditional Teachings on Wildlife [PDF] – A joint project between the Window Rock School District and the Navajo Nation, this book provides natural history information, cultural beliefs and practices, and appropriate classroom topics and activities of more than 50 different species of wildlife one might encounty within the Navajo Nation.
- Schoolyard Habitat Design [PDF, 7mb] – All the information you need about planning, developing, and using your very own schoolyard habitat.
- Field Notes – A collection of one-page animal fact sheets originally appearing in the Department's Arizona Wildlife Views magazine
- Heritage Data Management System – Technical research abstracts on many of the plants and animals found in Arizona
- Inquiry Case Studies – A collection of two-page case studies detailing different wildlife research projects. Great for secondary level information text
The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers Heritage grants to public entities in Arizona. There are a total of six grant programs. Of these, three are particularly relevant to education: 1) Environmental Education which provides up to $10,000 to help with wildlife-related professional development in partnership with the Department, 2) Schoolyard Habitat which provides up to $10,000 to build a native plant habitat on the schoolgrounds to be used for education, and 3) Outdoor Education which provides money to cover the transportation costs associated with wildlife-related field trips in partnership with the Department.
For more information about these grants, visit the Heritage Grant Program website.
Maps and Mapping Programs
- Arizona Maps – various 8.5"x11" state maps
- Web-based Map Programs
- Arizona Wildlife Views television show – the Department's Emmy-winning tv show that includes current episode information as well as a complete YouTube channel
North American Model Information
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is a collection of guiding principles for how we manage wildlife in the United States.
- America's Wildlife curriculum – a set of high school lessons to teach about the North American Model in the context of American history
- America's Wildlife Video [YouTube] – a PowerPoint video which tells the story of the development of the North American Model in the context of American history
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has developed a number of posters available for Arizona educators. Currently, the posters must be picked up in person through one of our regional offices. In addition, select posters are often available at our booths at various education conferences and events. Participants of our workshops often receive at least one poster, as well. For more information about the posters, please contact Eric Proctor at 623-236-7243.
- 10 to Treasure: Arizona's Big Game Wildlife
- Arizona's State Symbols
- Bats of Arizona
- Raptors of Arizona
- Rattlesnakes of Arizona
- Arizona Wildlife Views magazine – the Department's award-winning, full-color magazine that includes subscription information and sample articles.
- Department Books – a complete listing of the books that have been published by the Department, including information on how to order.
- Landscaping for Desert Wildlife – a very popular brochure that was converted into an interactive website to help select native plants
- Wildlife Education newsletter – a print newsletter published approximately three times per year that features Department education programs and resources
A variety of "bone boxes" that provided tactile resources and engaging lessons to bring into your classroom. These boxes are available for free checkout.
State Symbols Information
- 1985 Ballots – scanned copies of the original 1985 ballot information when students voted for some state symbols
- Adoption Information [PDF] – an informational sheet which describes how the various state symbols were selected
- Fact Sheets – two-page handouts with information about the living state symbols
- Lessons – a collection of lessons designed for 4th grade students
- Video Quiz [YouTube] – a video PowerPoint that introduces the state symbols by providing clues that students can use to guess
- Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit – Published by the Children and Nature Network, this book provides useful tips for starting and hosting your own community nature club designed to get children and families into nature.
- Technology for Field Investigations – Developed as part of the Association for Fish and Wildlife's Conservation Education Toolkit, this handbook looks at how technology is used in wildlife biology and how it can be brought into the classroom.