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Snapshot in the Classroom

Learning about trail cams

Snapshot Wisconsin is a great way to get students of all ages outdoors and learning about local wildlife! The project offers a unique opportunity to integrate science and technology into your classroom or nature center. There are multiple ways to get involved. 

Volunteer to host a trail camera [exit DNR] with your students! Snapshot Wisconsin is accepting volunteers statewide. You can deploy a camera at your school forest, nature center or other property. Cameras can be placed on both private and public lands (with permission from the land manager). 

If you are unable to host a trail camera or if your students can’t get enough of Wisconsin wildlife, you can help identify and count species in photos captured across the state by visiting our Zooniverse crowdsourcing site [exit DNR]. Zooniverse also has a Talk board [exit DNR] where you can connect with fellow educators and our research staff.

If you are looking for another interactive activity for your students, check out the Snapshot Wisconsin Data Dashboard [exit DNR]. On the dashboard, you can visualize, explore and download data collected from Snapshot Wisconsin’s statewide network of trail cameras. 

Snapshot Wisconsin also has an Educator's Bulletin that you can sign up for. The bulletin is a great way to see how fellow educators are using Snapshot in their classrooms. Sign up for the following topic on GovDelivery.

Lesson Plans

Kids displaying their work
Students classifying photos online
captured on a Snapshot Wisconsin camera

Snapshot Wisconsin lesson plans have been designed for students of all ages and are available free to educators, whether or not they are hosting a trail camera! These lessons are a great way to incorporate exciting concepts about Wisconsin wildlife into your classroom, all while meeting Wisconsin Standards for Science.

Do you have ideas for lesson plans or how to integrate Snapshot Wisconsin into classrooms? We want to hear about it! We are actively generating new lesson plans to reach across more subject areas, including math and English. Submit ideas or lesson plans to the Snapshot Wisconsin team.

Grades K-5

Animal alphabet

A slideshow showcasing Wisconsin wildlife themes for every letter of the alphabet (example questions and animal call sound bites included).

Wildlife detectives

Students use a series of sounds, patterns and tracks to solve “mystery scenes” of Wisconsin wildlife.

Colorful critters

An interactive slideshow where students infer the life history of Wisconsin critters using the colors and pattern of their coats.

Schoolyard stewards

Students explore the human impacts that their own schoolyard is experiencing from air, soil and water pollution.

Snap-a-thon

A friendly competition for all ages where individuals or teams compete to classify as many species on Zooniverse as possible within a timeframe.

Grades 6-8

Displaying data

Using Snapshot Wisconsin examples, students will identify appropriate data displays for different types of wildlife data.

Creating chains and webs to model ecological relationships

Students identify local producers and consumers to generate food webs using a series of “Snapshot Cards.”

Making observations

Students use a series of Snapshot Wisconsin photos to make observations about animal behavior across time and space.

Schoolyard stewards

Students explore the human impacts that their own schoolyard is experiencing from air, soil and water pollution.

Trophic cascades

Using a series of habitat and animal cards, students replicate local and global food chains to discuss the impact of trophic cascades.

Snap-a-thon

A friendly competition for all ages where individuals or teams compete to classify as many species on Zooniverse as possible within a timeframe.

Grades 9-12

Creating chains and webs to model ecological relationships

Students identify local producers and consumers to generate food webs using a series of “Snapshot Cards.”

Trophic cascades

Using a series of habitat and animal cards, students replicate local and global food chains to discuss the impact of trophic cascades.

Wisconsin critter count

Students learn about how the WDNR monitors otters, and use a model to replicate sample versus total counts of populations.

Measuring biodiversity

Students manipulate real Snapshot Wisconsin data to measure different biodiversity indices and compare across ecoregions.

Snap-a-thon

A friendly competition for all ages where individuals or teams compete to classify as many species on Zooniverse as possible within a timeframe.

Flashcards

Print and cut out these Snapshot Wisconsin flashcards to test your wildlife identification skills. Sheets are formatted to be printed both sided.

*Slideshows are also available as PowerPoint presentations. Reach out to the team if you would like us to send one to you!