2017 Eco-Adventures: September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
Fee: $12 per child
December 8: Tracking Mammals
Blue Heron wants to know more about the diversity of wildlife at the Preserve. Using our Field Cameras, we capture images of the mammals who pass through our 30-acres. But there are many other ways to track mammals. Learn all the ways we use of keeping tabs on the mammalian wildlife that visits us, and why we want to know more about how these animals use the wetlands and woodlands of Blue Heron. We'll make wax castings of the tracks we find! Register here.
Private Group Programs
Our programs can be scheduled to meet the needs of your group. Schedule one class or a whole series! Programs are offered at Atlanta Audubon Society’s office at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve or at your location. (Programs more than 5 miles from our office will have an additional charge of $0.50/mile).
Based on our Learning About Birds (LAB) curriculum, our fun, interactive programs cover a variety of topics and are aligned with Georgia Performance Standards in science and other disciplines. Descriptions of some of our most popular programs are provided below. We are also happy to take your group on a guided walk to look at birds, providing binoculars for your group to use. Take-home materials for students with extension ideas for parents are provided with our lessons.
Private programs are offered at a rate of $60.00/hour for up to 12 students. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for each additional student. A $0.50/mile travel fee will be added for off-site programs.
Programs are tailored to accomodate the ages and interests of the group, and we are continually updating our programming. Lessons will vary. Some of our most popular programs include:
Ten Common Birds of Atlanta
With over 250 species of birds found throughout the year in metro Atlanta, learning to identify them can seem overwhelming to a beginning birdwatcher. By focusing on a small, manageable number of common local species, students will gain confidence in their overall identification skills. In this program, students will learn how to identify common birds by sight and sounds and compare and contrast characteristics of each. An interactive class session can be followed by a bird walk at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve or at your location to see what birds we can find! Binoculars are provided.
What Makes a Bird…a Bird?
In this lesson, students will learn about the traits that separate birds from other groups of animals, identifying different bird adaptations and their functions. Hands-on activities will give students an appreciation for what it is like to be a bird, and they will be able to touch and examine feathers, nests, and other bird biofacts to better understand the natural history of birds.
Mysteries of Migration
Migration is a fascinating and mysterious phenomenon that plays a critical role in the lives of numerous species of birds, many accomplishing staggering feats of flight during their annual journeys. In this lesson, students will explore the topic of migration and then participate in their own “migration challenge” to see if they survive their perilous journey.
Nature's Fantastic Flying Machines
How do birds fly? Birds have many features besides wings that enable them to fly. Learn about the adaptations and physics that allow birds to accomplish amazing feats of flight through hands-on activities and a close-up look at bird biofacts.
All About Owls
Most people seem to be fascinated by owls. Predatory, mainly nocturnal birds with specialized adaptations for hunting, owls are found in almost all types of habitats and play a key role in their ecological communities. In this program, students will learn about Georgia’s native owl species, exploring their unique features and their importance in the food web. An interactive game will give students the opportunity to investigate the food web firsthand. For a small additional charge, students can dissect an owl pellet. Students are always excited to take home the small bones they find!
Feathers are the feature that make birds unique from all other animals, and they're not just for flying! In this program, students will learn all about this unique bird adaptation, getting an up-close look at many types of feathers and learning about their different functions through discussion and hands-on activities.
Conservation for Kids
Anyone can take actions to make the earth more healthful, clean, and beatiful, and small actions add up to create a big difference! Students will learn about some of the major threats to bird populations and explore the many ways they can help reduce these threats. From simple steps like picking up trash to bigger projects like creating a backyard wildlife sanctuary, learn how you can help the birds and wildlife in your neighborhood.
The Best Nest
Raising a baby bird is a big job! In this program, students will investigate the nesting cycle, from making a nest to keeping the babies fed. We'll get an up-close look at several different types of nests and play a game to learn about the obstacles birds face when raising their young. Students will also learn ways they can help nesting birds in their own backyards.
For additional program details or to book a program, contact the Director of Education, Melanie Furr, by email at email@example.com or phone at 678.973.2437.