For Educators

 

School Programs - Learning About Birds Curriculum - Professional Development - Resources - Scholarships

 

School Programs

 

Atlanta Audubon staff or volunteers will come to your school to present a Learning About Birds program--indoors or outdoors. Our programs are aligned with many Georgia Performance Standards in science and other disciplines, and our fun, hands-on activities build on science concepts for students. We are happy to work with you to present a topic that works well with your curriculum or simply to take the students out bird watching, providing binoculars for them to use. Some of our most popular programs include Common Birds of Atlanta, What Makes a Bird a Bird, and Mysteries of Migration.

 

Topics included in our Learning About Birds programs are listed below. We can help you decide which will be a good fit for your students and tailor programs to meet your needs.

 

Our educational outreach programs are offered at a minimal charge of $60.00 per hour. Title I schools and other high needs organizations may qualify for discounted or free programs. A mileage fee for travel to and from programs is charged at $0.50/mile.

 

Please contact our Director of Education, Melanie Furr, at 678.973.2437 or melanie@atlantaaudubon.org to schedule your request.

 


Learning About Birds Bilingual Curriculum

 

Atlanta Audubon Society’s Learning About Birds (LAB) curriculum provides activities and materials to educators interested in exposing students to hands-on, interactive learning about birds, habitats, and conservation. The curriculum consists of English/Spanish color student guides and accompanying lesson plans. All units are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards in science. The thirteen LAB units are listed below with grade level recommendations:

 

  • Ten Common Birds of Atlanta (preK-12th)
  • What Makes a Bird...a Bird? (preK-5th)
  • Exploring Bird Habitat (preK-3rd)
  • Nature Journaling (K-12) pdfs available

           Educator guide / Student guide

  • Feeding Birds (2nd-8th)
  • Mysteries of Migration (2nd-8th)
  • Getting Started with a Field Guide / Bird Checklists (3rd-8th)
  • All About Owls (3rd-8th)
  • Grassland Birds and Their Habitat (3rd-8th)
  • Birds and Their Environment (4th-8th)
  • Groups of Birds (4th-8th)
  • Bird Songs and Calls (4th-8th)
  • Bird Body Systems (4th-8th)

 

A copy of the LAB curriculum is available to formal classroom teachers and informal educators by request. The curriculum can be picked up at our office or sent to you for $10 shipping/handling fee. AAS also offers periodic professional development workshops for educators interested in using the LAB curriculum and teaching about birds. Please contact the Education Coordinator with questions and requests.

Audubon Together Green Logo

 

LAB was formerly developed with the support of Toyota TogetherGreen and the Georgia Ornithological Society. Read how we are educating Atlanta's students with LAB: Restoration and Reflections (2009), Engaging Atlanta's Latino Community to Reduce the Threat to Bird-friendly Habitat (2010) and Expanding Our Reach (2011).

 


Resources for Educators

 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a wealth of resouces for educators.

 

Check out their bird guide at https://www.allaboutbirds.org.

 


Scholarships

 

The Louisa Echols Scholarship is awarded to one educator every year to attend Audubon camp at Hog Island in Maine. The 2017 Echols scholarship application is open until February 10. See our Scholarships page for more information.