From the dry deserts of New Mexico, to the warm springs of Florida, and the lowland bogs of the mid-Atlantic to the high mountains of California, Conservation Connect allows students to go on virtual fieldtrips across the country and learn about wildlife in the United States that live a variety of different habitats. Check out our episodes below!
Join Chelsea McKinney on one of our first episodes at the National Conservation Training Center to visit our Bald Eagle Nest and learn how we can use online remote cameras to study the United States’ national bird.
Join Chelsea Mckinney on one of our first episodes into some of the cave systems on the east coast to learn about bats and their importance in our ecosystems.
Join Tiana Jones, in the deciduous eastern forests to visit a bear den in the middle of hibernation and learn more about North America’s most common bear, the Black Bear.
Black Footed Ferret
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the great plains of Colorado to visit the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center and learn about the endangered and elusive Black-Footed Ferret.
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the bogs of the Mid-Atlantic to find North America’s smallest and most secretive endangered turtle.
Join Chelsea Mckinney at the Leetown Science Center to meet scientist Dr. Nathaniel Hitt and learn about how climate change is affecting Brook Trout and other cold water loving fish species.
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the mountain ranges of California to visit Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge and learn about the largest flying bird in North America, a species of vulture with a wingspan of about 10 feet, the endangered California Condor.
Cheat Mountain Salamander
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the Appalachian Mountains to visit Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and learn about the tiniest animal to date on the Conservation Connect Series, the endangered Cheat Mountain Salamander.
Delmarva Fox Squirrel
Join Chelsea Mckinney to the eastern shore of Maryland to Visit Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and learn more about these quiet and shy previously endangered squirrels.
Join Chelsea Mckinney on the Potomac River to learn about electrofishing, a safe way to survey and collect data for large numbers of fish.
Every wonder about the biology of mussels? Meet Matthew Patterson a Mussel Biologist and learn about the exciting life that exsists at the bottom of rivers and streams.
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the Grand Canyon in Arizona to visit the muddy Colorado River and learn about an endangered fish, the Humpback Chub.
Junior Duck Stamp Competition
Join Chelsea Mckinney at the National Conservation Training Center to visit the annual Junior Duck Stamp Competition and learn about the Jr. Duck Stamp program and various species of ducks through art.
Join Louie Ocaranza on a spring birding trip in the eastern deciduous forest to learn more about migratory birds and how scientists track populations through a technique known as bird banding.
Join Chelsea Mckinney in a meadow on the east coast to learn about Monarch Butterflies and how scientist tag these tiny creatures with hopes of tracking and studying their migration.
Join Chelsea Mckinney on the California coast to visit a Monarch Butterfly winter habitat site and learn more about these small pollinators that migrate hundreds of miles each year in search of food, areas to lay their eggs, and wintering habitats.
Pilot Biologist & Waterfowl
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the sky to fly over waterfowl habitat and learn more about migratory birds, waterfowl, and life as a pilot biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Milkweed, Why is it Important?
Join Louie Ocaranza, Youth Host, Sera Hawley, and NCTC’s Land Management, Casey Johnson as they discuss milkweed. Why is it important? Learn how you can plant and grow milkweed yourself!
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the estuaries of Florida and visit J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to learn about wading birds, and the pink Roseate Spoonbill.
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the edge of the prairie and the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico to visit Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and learn how scientists are studying small mammal populations.
West Indian Manatee
Join Chelsea Mckinney in the warm springs of Florida and visit Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge to learn more about Manatees and why they migrate to these freshwater sanctuaries in the winter.
Wildlife Law Enforcement
Join Chelsea Mckinney at the National Conservation Training Center Museum Archives to meet Wildlife Law Enforcement officer Gabe Harper, and learn about how officers work to protect the wildlife poachers across the country.