Protecting our natural resources through education of adults and especially children
Christmas Bird Count for Kids 2017
The education committee is again offering a version of the famous Christmas Bird Count for young people. This year teams will count species seen on January 21 and finish with a pizza lunch while we count up what we have seen. Loaner binoculars will be available if requested.
Please register your family (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then you will be assigned a team and a meeting place and will be asked about your lunch reservation.
Let’s Look for Birds at Depot Park
Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9 to 11 a.m.
This activity at the new and beautiful Depot Park in downtown Gainesville is for young people 6 to 18 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. We will walk the park looking for birds using binoculars. You must be registered to attend. Register at email@example.com. There is no fee but there is a limit of 20 youth. No pets please. Sponsored by Alachua Audubon and Depot Park.
Family Birding at Paynes Prairie State Preserve
For the school year 2016-17 Alachua Audubon is partnering with Paynes Prairie State Preserve to offer birding walks for families. Interested people must register for these programs by emailing the Friends of Paynes Prairie website which is www.prairiefriends.org
These walks which are appropriate for children and their parents will take place from 9 – 11 a.m. the first Saturday morning of the months of November, December (2016), and January, February, March, and April (2017) at different locations within the state park. If you would like more details of each walk please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids In The Woods
Kids today spend twice as much time indoors as their parents did, missing out on the simple pleasures and physical benefits of daily outdoor time. With a grant from the U.S. Forest Service, Kids In the Woods is dedicated to providing resources and creative ideas for increasing the amount of time kids spend outdoors. The goal of this two year program is to introduce Westwood Middle school students to a science curriculum that is connected to outdoor experiences in the nearby Loblolly Nature Park. These projects include birds, trees and water.
Annie Hermansen-Baez, from the USDA Forest Service is the Kids In the Woods Project Director. Annie asked Alachua Audubon to help her sustain this project beyond the two-year grant. Audubon will partner on the birding activities, provide bird seed, and volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Sharon Kuchinski at Sharonsmk@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed for the bird walks.
Projects like Kids In the Woods makes science meaningful to students and hopefully alert our children to enviornmental concerns.