Connecting Kids to Wildlife, Conservation Careers and Technology

NCTC's Conservation Connect logo. To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a special online episode of Conservation Connect for children ages 9-13 will be available online Wednesday, October 15 at 1 p.m. EST. Conservation Connect is produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV.

During this special Refuge broadcast, youth will take a virtual field trip to various National Wildlife Refuges across the country from Alaska, Florida, to New Mexico. Students will discover what wilderness areas are, meet two conservation professionals working to protect and conserve our natural world, and get an up-close view of animals in the wild. Make your connection to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Connect live on October 15 at 1 p.m. at

About once a month, a new episode of Conservation Connect will be available on YouTube, averaging six to eight minutes in length. Each episode will focus on a particular wildlife species such as bats, manatee, and eagles. In addition, a different conservation career will be highlighted including a biologist, law enforcement officer, and pilot. Technology that conservation professionals use to study and protect wildlife will be featured as well. Episodes can be found at

For more information, contact Kathy Sholl, Division of Education Outreach, NCTC at 304-876-7772 or