Youth Education

Audubon Education Program

Help young people connect with birds!

Wyncote Audubon volunteers work with elementary and middle school students as part of our educational outreach about birds and bird protection. Students participate in an array of activities and learn to focus on the many beautiful birds just outside their windows and doors.

Our volunteers encourage students to take delight in identifying birds and their behaviors, and to appreciate the value of healthy habitats for birds and for people.

Wyncote Audubon volunteers make presentations during the school year on migration and bird identification, lead guided bird walks on the school grounds and nearby locations, and provide technical support for creating local bird habitats. Young birders have WAS volunteer support when they visit the Militia Hill Hawk Watch in September, participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count in February, and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in May.

Clubs and Classrooms Provide

Where

Groups meet at school either before or after the school day, or during a lunch break.

When

Groups meet for 45-60 minute blocks of time.

Who

Groups are supervised by teacher(s), parent(s), and/or official club sponsors.

How

All logistics for the club meetings are arranged by the sponsors.

Wyncote Audubon Provides

Lessons

Wyncote provides up to four to six “lessons” during the course of the school year on the topics of fall migration, winter feeder birds, and spring migrationBird walks on the school grounds

Bird Walks

Volunteers can lead bird walks on school grounds to familiarize students with the plants and birds common to their school environment.

Habitat

Support and guidance can be arranged for schools aiming to foster bird-friendly habitat on their school grounds.

Visits

Opportunities are available to visit the Militia Hill Hawk Watch in September, during the Great Backyard Bird Count in February, and for International Migratory Bird Day in May.

Volunteers Receive

Supplies

Materials, training and support for the lessons and bird walks.

Support

Partnership with other  volunteers assigned to teach each “lesson.”

Scheduling

Flexible schedules created around the availability of the volunteers.

Joy

The joy of teaching the next generation how to love and care for birds and their environment.

Wyncote also sponsors Audubon Adventures educational programs in public, private, and parochial elementary schools in our chapter territory. These range from the Olney Christian School in Philadelphia to the Blue Bell Elementary School in the Wissahickon School District.

We provide club sponsors and their students with a subscription to the Audubon Adventures “newspaper” that is devoted to various conservation themes. Wyncote Audubon volunteers augment these with special presentations and activities. Bird Walks on the school property are a featured. We welcome volunteers to help us with these activities.

Learn more about the Audubon Adventures program here.

 

Audubon Adventures

“My students were astonished by the number of species they could find and identify on our school grounds. They have a new appreciation for the challenges birds face, especially during migration.” -Audubon Adventures Teacher

Audubon Adventures Teacher

Audubon Education Program

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