At the Arizona Game and Fish Department, we believe that learning about wildlife should not be reserved simply for science classrooms. Kids love animals. Therefore, animals can be a "hook" used to teach other subjects such as math, language arts and social studies. Below are just some of the ways that we have found to integrate wildlife concepts into history education. You will find lessons, resources and so much more.


  • Hohokam Canals - The Hohokam were one of the major early civilizations. They created an extensive canal system in central Arizona. This short activity looks at a piece of the Hohokam history while allowing for some student creativity.
  • Man and Wildlife in Arizona - This book (and supplemental lessons) provides insight into the abundance and distribution of wildlife in Arizona prior to the arrival of settlers.
  • Petroglyphs - It was common for early civilizations in Arizona to leave behind historical records and artifacts of their presence. We created this engaging activity for younger students to explore petroglyphs. They will learn a little about the people who left these primitive drawings and even have the opportunity to make their own.
  • Pima Folktales - The Pima were another group of American Indians in Arizona. Like all civilizations, they had a collection of stories to explain the world and teach lessons. In this activity, students have the opportunity to read one of those stories, critically analyze it, and then write their own.
  • Territorial Symbols - Like all states, the people of Arizona have selected a number of symbols to represent their landscape and culture. Some of these symbols have changed over time. This activity looks at a unique symbol from Arizona's territorial days and has students analyze it.


  • America's Wildlife: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - A collection of high school lessons designed to tell the story of wildlife conservation in the United States and how it ties in with American history. The unit is available for free and comes complete with standards-based lessons, videos, worksheets and keys, and assessment suggestions.


  • War and Wildlife - A lot is made about the impact that the Cold War had on people. However, wildlife had to deal with the effects as well. This lesson looks at how deer had adapted to the buildup and later removal of the Berlin Wall. In addition, students can explore how this might relate to wildlife management in Arizona.


  • Aldo Leopold - considered the "Father of Wildlife Management"
      • Aldo Leopold in the Southwest - A story map activity for high school students that looks at Leopold's time in Arizona and New Mexico
  • John Wesley Powell - the first person to successfull explore the entire length of the Colorado River