NGHWDF Educational Resources

The NGHWDF is deeply  committed to providing an exceptional educational resource for educators and students from early childhood education through post graduate studies.  Nurturing the future scientists, field researchers, ecologists, chemists, zoologists, naturalists, geneticists and conservationists that will one day study and protect the Highland Wild Dog and it's New Guinea ecosystem is a vital part of our mission. 

The NGHWDF Founders, who are themselves educators, envisioned a robust, dynamic learning envrionment and educational program that was not only engaging but accessible to all.  Part of that vision includes the establishment of the Dr. I Lehr Brisbin Scholarship, which puts special emphasis on making funds and resources available to students native to the island of New Guinea to encourage, foster and enable educational opportunities where such a great need exists. 

We hope you will find our educational resource offerings useful and exciting.  We are currently in the process of submitting some of our lecture and webinar curricula for accreditation as  Continuing Education Credit.  If you don't see exactly what you're looking for, feel free to contact us to see if something can be tailored to meet your needs.  And as always, if you'd like to contribute to our educational mission, please visit our ENGAGE Page.

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Lectures, Seminars and Webinars

The NGHWDF offers lectures, seminars and webinars on a variety of subject matter for audiences of any age, educational or professional level.

  • The 2016 Highland Wild Dog Expedition
  • Primitive Canids
  • Primitive Canid Behavior and Ecology
  • Field Research
  • Discussion of the HWD Scientific Paper
  • HWD and/or NGSD Behavior and Ecology
  • HWD and/or NGSD Captive Management
  • HWD and/or NGSD Breeding and Husbandry
  • Program Development
  • Canid Genetics
  • Canid Evolution
  • Canid-Human Coevolution and Comigration
  • Primitive Canid Phyisiology and Development
  • Primitive Canid Socialization and Enrichment
  • Primitive Canid Veterinary Care and Diet
  • Requested Topic of Your Choosing

To learn more or express interest in becoming a lecturer or educator,  contact us at education@www.nghwdf.org.


The NGHWDF Mentoring Program seeks to support academia by matching mentors, advisors, consultants and internship programs across a broad range of disciplines to organizations, classrooms, universities, students, educators, field researchers, and any group or individual with an academic or professional need. 

The Mentoring Program gives students and organizations access to professionals working in their associated field of interest.  Mentors provide additional education, experience, career and academic  path guidance and much more. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or participating in the Mentoring Program, please contact us at education@nghwdf.org. 


The NGHWDF Learning Library is an educational repository offering scientific publications, articles, lectures, videos and other resources.  Library population is ongoing so be sure to check back often to see what's new.  If you don't see what you need or would like to add to the library, please contact us at library@nghwdf.com.

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For Educators and Students

​Grades K-5

​Educators:  The NGHWDF has a number of resources to help you excite and engage your students.  Bring the expedition and science into your classroom through our Interactive Learning Environment.  Talk to our field researchers as they work in New Guinea, arrange for an ambassador animal visit so your students can meet and experience an HWD or NGSD up close and in person, take a virtual tour of a laboratory, track satellite collared HWDs as they go about their daily lives, and participate in a live, interactive webinar to discuss biology, conservation, the environment, or whatever interests you and your students.

​Students:  Ask your teacher to participate in our Interactive Learning Environment!  We'll also be offering special opportunities for student to meet NGSDs or HWDs at zoos or facilities, participate in feeding NGSDS or HWDs, play interactive learning games on our website, and much more. 

Contact us at education@nghwdf.org for more information.

​Grades 6-9

Educators:  ​Bring the expedition and science into your classroom through our Interactive Learning Environment designed to get students excited and motivated about biology, chemistry, behavior, psychology, conservation and other scientific disciplines.  Interact virtually with field researchers, request a tailored ambassador animal visit, and participate in a curricula developed around our HWD satellite tracking program.

​Students:  ​Ask your teacher to participate in our Interactive Learning Environment!  Participate in our Alternative Classroom Program that allows students to work with scientists, researchers and animal caretakers at zoos, facilities and laboratories. 

Contact us at education@nghwdf.org for more information.

​Grades 9-12

Educators:  ​During the high school years, students are beginning to identify college and career goals.  The NGHWDF can help with our Interactive Science Gateway Program.  This program utilizes the same resources as the Interactive Learning Enviroment programs for earlier grades, but is geared toward the older student to help them define and attain their academic goals in regard to scientific discipline coursework while providing encouragement and motivation. 

​Students:  Your high school years are an important time in your life as you move into young adulthood and prepare for college and career.  The NGHWDF can help you in these endeavors by offering access and exposure to field researchers, scientists and facilities where you can experience the various scientific disciplines, such as zoology, biology, genetics, behavior, ecology, and conservation first hand.  To further facilitate that goal, we are in the process of developing an accredited summer internship program for high school juniors and seniors, as well as scholarship opportunites.

Contact us at education@nghwdf.org for more information.

​College Undergraduate and Graduate

Educators and Students:  ​The NGHWDF has a number of resources to assist college undergraduate and graduate students in achieving their academic goals, such as mentors, advisors, an expanding scientific publication and research library, internships and scholarship opportunities.  Contact us at education@nghwdf.org.

Ambassador Programs

Would you like to meet, experience and learn about HWDs and NGSDs up close?  Request an Ambassador Educator Visit.   An Ambassador Educator Team is comprised of an NGHWDF Learning Facilitator and an ambassador NGSD or HWD.   Together with an assistant handler, the Team will visit your classroom, church, facility or other event to present a tailored curricula or lecture and allow students or guests to meet an NGSD or HWD up close and in person where they can observe behaviors, hear vocalizations and have the unique opportunity to experience a living fossil.  Contact us at education@nghwdf.org for more information or to submit a request.

Are you an NGSD caretaker or owner with a social animal that enjoys sharing and promoting the breed to others?  The NGHWDF needs YOU!  Sign up to become an NGHWDF Learning Facilitator and Ambassador Team.  The NGHWDF provides training, curriculum and presentations, classroom materials and handouts, and all other needed materials - including a special NGHWDF Ambassador jacket for both you and your NGSD!  Visit the   ENGAGE page and fill out the application or contact us education@nghwdf.org for more information.
Including an Ambassador NGSD or HWD gives your students or audience a memorable experience and opportunity to meet the rarest, most ancient canid currently living.  This is not only engaging, but enhances knownledge retention by creating a lasting impression.  What better way to get your students excited or your audience enthused about your message and learning?  In addition to our presentation series, we hope to offer special programs for at risk or special needs students, such as the Read to a Dingo Program to encourage students to enjoy reading  and better their reading skills.

Rewards are rich for the Ambassador Teams, as well.  Not only is this a great way to promote the HWD, NGSD, conservation and other important messages and concepts, but bringing this opportuntiy to students and audiences is incredibly enriching and fulfilling.  One of the best ways to conserve and preserve the HWD and NGSD is through awareness, and meeting an NGSD or HWD creates an indelible memory that will endure.. 

Whether you're an Ambassador Team or Educator, the Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity and we encourage you to participate.