Educational Resources

An extensive library of resources for teachers and learners of all ages

From patient write-ups to videos to labeled radiographs of wildlife patients, this library contains a variety of resources for teachers to use.

labeled radiograph of a bird

The Wildlife Center has compiled an online library of resources about wildlife, wildlife medicine, and education that many teachers may find useful in lesson planning. Review the list below to link to the various types of resources available. 

  • Lesson Plan Ideas. This page is a compilation of subjects and lesson plans created by teachers who use the Center’s information and resources in their classrooms. Feel free to use these ideas in your class, and let us know if you need more information!
  • Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools.  Virginia’s SOLs identify academic content for essential components of the science curriculum at different grade levels, and, in conjunction with effective instruction, provide a platform for creating scientifically literate students. The Wildlife Center’s Standards of Learning page lists a number of themes, and the accompanying Virginia standards, covered by our educational programs.
  • UNTAMED Episode Resources.  UNTAMED: Life is Wild is a public television series co-produced by the Wildlife Center of Virginia that focuses on a wide variety of wildlife, environmental, and conservation issues. Each of the 42 episodes includes a compendium of supplementary materials, teaching resources, and worksheets and activities for students studying biology, natural history, and the environment. 
  • Caring for Critters. The Wildlife Center’s sponsorship program for our Education Ambassador animals is a popular way to support our work with these animals, and to learn about their history and species. Academic-year sponsorships are available. These include an “adoption packet,” periodic email updates on the sponsored animal, additional updates on Critter Cam events, a lesson plan that corresponds to the selected animal species, and other animal-specific information upon request. Some caring individuals underwrite the cost of an academic Caring for Critters sponsorship each year. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org for more information and to see if we have any available for your class!
  • Videos. The Center's YouTube channel features a variety of informational videos on patients and education animals. Most of our videos are organized into playlists to help our viewers find what they are looking for. This video, produced by Lighthouse Studios, gives a nice general overview of the work of the Wildlife Center and may appeal to classrooms of all ages:

  • Critter Corner Patient Stories. This collection of patient stories and news provides a wide variety of topics and discussion points for teachers and their students. Some teachers make the patient updates a regular part of the day in their classroom—students can follow patients from admission to release and learn more about wildlife medicine.
  • Radiographs. The Wildlife Center of Virginia has a digital radiograph system that allows the veterinary team to take quick images of patients of all species and sizes. Radiographs of patients are often featured in our patient stories to help illustrate the types of injuries that are treated at the Center. Here, you'll find sets of labeled radiographs for avian and turtle patients. These can be an excellent way to complement and enhance anatomy lessons.
  • Annual Reports. This annual Wildlife Center publication includes data on annual patient caseloads at the Center, listed by number of species admitted.
  • Wildlife Help & Advice pages. This advice is designed for would-be wildlife rescuers—to help determine when intervention is needed for a wild animal. This section includes natural history of common Virginia wildlife.