Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Kids’ Activities

Protecting our natural resources through education of adults and especially children

Family Birding Activity at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville

Bring your child on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to the park for a fun “Treasure Hunt” type walk.  9 – 11 a.m. We will provide a checklist of birds and animals to look for in the park. Guides will walk with families to help them find these “treasures”. No cost, but $5 per car parking fee. Restrooms and water available at park. To request loaner binoculars for this walk email

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

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



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  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.