LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES
Education is the heart of animal protection and conservation!
New England Primate Conservancy is an animal protection, wildlife conservation, and environmental protection organization that makes its greatest impact through education. Our programs illustrate the inextricable interconnectedness of these disciplines. All of our educational materials are offered without cost so that they may be enjoyed by the broadest possible audiences. Have a look below at the broad range of unique lessons and activities that make learning fun!
As a wildlife conservation and animal protection organization that makes its greatest impact through education, New England Primate Conservancy is committed to leaving a legacy of hope, and tools to create a better tomorrow for all of the Earth’s citizens. What we do in our daily lives impacts the future. Every small change in the right direction carries hope.
Each of our lessons and activities address issues pertaining to wildlife, their habitats, and the conservation of their ecosystems. Even those that are specifically primate-themed speak to the importance of habitat conservation and why habitat preservation and protection are important to the futures of our fellow primates. It is impossible to disentangle the interdependence of species and their ecosystems.
If we hope for future generations to take up the mantle to protect and preserve the Earth’s resources, they need to understand the basics of how nature works!
As ecosystems nurture those who live in them, in turn, each species nurtures the ecosystem. The daily activities of wildlife result in habitat replenishment, reforestation, and growth. And, of course, animals depend upon their habitats for food, shelter, protection, nourishment, and all of the stuff of life. Thus, our “conservation-themed” lessons and activities relate to primates and other wildlife, and our “primate-themed” lessons relate to conservation.
Nonhuman primates are indicator species of the health of ecosystems. All are at risk due to habitat loss from human activities. If their habitats are threatened, so too is every creature that shares their habitats—and ultimately, so are we.
Our project-based lessons allow students to work individually or in teams. Students can actively engage in real-world and personally meaningful activities. The lessons encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, self-management, project management, and collaboration. All can be applied across multiple academic disciplines. All are engaging, with games, graphics, videos, and more.
Every animal and plant is vital to its ecosystems, each with its own unique role. We must leave them to do their jobs while preserving and protecting those habitats. It is the intelligence of Mother Nature’s plan.
Lessons and activities that we developed since early 2020 have been inspired by the need for a combination of classroom, at-home, and hybrid learning environments. We realize that some pretty clever educational content is needed to keep kids engaged, to make it easier for teachers to teach, for students to learn, and for parents to adapt to their sometimes unintended roles as academic coaches.
The goal is responsible stewardship of our planet and her creatures because…education is the heart of animal protection and conservation. We can all be part of the solution.
Education is the key.