UNTAMED: Season 3

The third season of UNTAMED: Life is Wild aired in spring of 2021 and explored challenging wildlife and environmental issues from the perspective of a large wildlife hospital, including concepts such as outdoor ethics, public policy, emerging wildlife diseases, and reconnecting with nature.

This video library offers a compendium of materials that support each episode of UNTAMED, including UNTAMED Unfiltered, the Center's post-episode discussion; videos; learning resources; and worksheets and activities for students who are watching Untamed as a part of classroom learning on biology, natural history, and the environment.

Season 3 Episodes

Episode 301: From Rescue to Release

Episode quotable quoteWhile the goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to restore wild animals to health and release them back into their natural habitats, it takes incredible efforts from many invested people to reach that goal. From the individual who cared enough to stop and find help for an injured wild animal, to volunteer transporters, wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians who provide medical assistance, and more—it truly “takes a village” to help a wild animal in need. Learn more about the entire wildlife rehabilitation process that takes place at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a hospital for wildlife that treats more than 3,000 wild animals each year.

Episode Bonus: Click to view UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with front-desk coordinator Connor Gillespie, director of veterinary services Dr. Karra Pierce, and development team leader Kayla Cline to discuss how it “takes a village” to care for wildlife.

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Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook, making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED.

Episode 302: Habitat Islands and Corridors

Habitat islands are areas that contain all the necessities for wildlife to survive and thrive. But too often these islands are not large enough to provide long-term support for the animals who live within. Areas surrounding these islands are not hospitable to wildlife, and wildlife that naturally venture beyond the confines of their habitat islands are often at risk of conflict with humans and human development. The concept of wildlife corridors has become a way to direct animal movement away from, or safely through, dangers caused by humans. As humans continue to dominate the landscape, habitat islands and wildlife corridors will become increasingly necessary for the survival of our many wild species.

This episode won a Silver Telly award in 2022!

Episode Bonus: Join us for UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Devin Floyd of Center for Urban Habitats and Misty Boos of Wild Virginia, both featured in this week's episode of UNTAMED

"We are basically setting ourselves up to fail if we don't look at the landscape through the eyes of these animals." -- Misty Boos
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Habitat Islands and Wildlife Corridors In (About) 2 Minutes highlights the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook, making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 303: Animal Ambassadors

The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to release healthy, recovered animals back to their natural habitats as fully functioning wild animals. But what happens when animals can’t be released? Sometimes, they may be suitable for a new job: an education ambassador. This episode highlights the selection criteria and welfare considerations that are essential to determine if an animal is a good candidate as an animal ambassador. Wildlife ambassadors play a significant role in education, by connecting people to wildlife and conservation issues and inspiring thousands of people worldwide to take action to protect wildlife.

Episode Bonus: Join us for UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Gail Buhl of Partners For Wildlife/The Raptor Center, Melissa Moore of Peoria Zoo, and Jackie Kozlowski of The Tracy Aviary.

"We really strongly feel that if we're asking an animal to be in captivity for the rest of its life, then we really need to be making food decisions for that animal in every step of the way." -- Amanda Nicholson, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Animal Ambassadors In (About) 2 Minutes highlights the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook, making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 304: Conservation and Public Policy

This episode highlights the importance of policy action on natural resource and conservation issues and highlights some key pieces of conservation legislation. The American system of land and wildlife management is one built on, and for, public involvement. Learn about how these decisions are made and, most importantly, how to get involved.

Episode Bonus: Join us for UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Pedro Ramirez, retired Environmental Contaminants Specialist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 

"Opinions aren't worth anything if you're not willing to back them up. We have the opportunity to change the world -- let's not miss our chance." -- Aaron Provencio, The Wildlife Center of Virginia
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Conservation and Public Policy In (About) 2 Minutes highlights the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion.

Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook, making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 305: Outdoor Ethics

Spending time outside and connecting with nature and wildlife can be a great joy for many people. That privilege of being outdoors comes with a great responsibility: learning and abiding by a proper set of “outdoor ethics.” This episode highlights a variety of ways that recreationists can minimize their effects on wildlife and the environment. A positive outdoor ethic means always remembering you are a guest in the homes of wild animals and always respecting their space.

Episode Bonus: Join us for UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with development associate Marley Crawford and former outreach staff member Raina DeFonza.  

"To me, being a steward is being a voice for the river. If there are problems ... that we're speaking out in favor of fixing those problems." -- Tommy Lawhorn
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Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of UNTAMED into the classroom? Outdoor Ethics In (About) 2 Minutes highlights the major concepts and ideas explored in this UNTAMED episode and is a quick resource for teachers who want to kick off a discussion. 

Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook,  making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 306: Emerging Wildlife Diseases

Where do diseases come from? How are they spread? This episode examines a variety of emerging wildlife diseases, with an emphasis on the One Health concept. While some disease outbreaks may be “natural”, human behaviors and influences are adding additional pressure on wildlife and the landscape, and in the end, all of us – humans, wildlife, and the environment – are affected. Learn more about the field of emerging wildlife diseases and the continually evolving research on what those diseases tell us.

Episode Bonus: Join us for UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with Dr. Camille Hopkins with the USGS, and our own Dr. Sarah Sirica. 

"Wildlife do not exist in a bubble. The health of wildlife, domestic animals, and human is intimately connected to the health of both natural resources and our environment." -- Dr. Megan Kirchgessner
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For Classrooms

Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook,  making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 307: Careers With Wildlife

The range of career paths that lead to working with wildlife is about as varied as the actual wildlife all around us. This episode features several different people working with or for wildlife, highlighting a collection of stories from their daily lives. Learn more about how to find a career — or volunteer job! — in this field, including the range of backgrounds and education paths that can lead people to work with wildlife. Even with a diversity of people, organizations and agencies, roles and responsibilities, a number of these professionals work together for a common goal of helping protect wildlife and the environment.

Episode Bonus: Join us for UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center’s UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with our own veterinary intern Dr. Cameron Berg, wildlife rehabilitation intern Ben Cole, and Brie Hashem, director of Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary.

"There's nothing more important than telling the stories of conservation and wildlife." -- Nick Nichols
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For Classrooms

Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook,  making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.

Episode 308: Reconnecting with Nature

The season finale emphasizes the importance of getting outside and cultivating a relationship with nature. While there is an increasing divide between people and the outdoors, we know that deep connections with nature are important to a human’s well-being. Why do we need this connection? What do nature and wildlife do for us?  Join us to hear from a variety of nature enthusiasts on how and why they relate to nature, and how we can help others continue to grow and develop their relationships with the outdoor world.

Episode Bonus: Join us for UNTAMED Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's UNTAMED producers and special guests. In this very special live episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with fellow staff members at the Wildlife Center of Virginia! 

Episode Bonus: This special bonus episode of UNTAMED Unfiltered, hosted by Aaron, highlights the next generation of environmental education and conservation communications. Join us as we chat with Ally Gran, National Park Service Educational and Interpretive Park Ranger, and Sean Washington, Martin Park Nature Center Parks Outreach Coordinator, as we discuss the importance of helping others to connect with nature both now and into the future. 

"It's important to recognize that we are a part of rather than a part from nature, because our sense of relatedness to the natural world has a strong influence on our beliefs and actions. If we regard ourselves as being part of the natural world, then there's an inherent sense of what you affect, affects you." -- Jamie Reaser
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For Classrooms

Take the learning experience for your classroom or student group one step further with our specialized activity packets. These interactive resources combine summative reading sheets with writing and critical thinking exercises related to the topics and themes covered in each UNTAMED episode. Each page is designed to be used individually or as a complete workbook,  making this activity packet perfect for educators looking to customize the lessons that can be learned from UNTAMED.

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org.