Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Family Birding

Protecting our natural resources through education of adults and especially children

 

Family Birding at Paynes Prairie State Preserve La Chua Trail

We welcome you the first Saturday of each month October through April, to join us for a hike on La Chua Trail and learn about birds.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot; the north entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, by 9:00 a.m.

Hikes are limited to 20 people.  Reserve your spot by clicking the registration button on this page.  

Hikes are free, but regular park admission fees apply.  Park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle, cash only, or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

Binoculars are available for loan during the hike, but supplies are limited and preference given first to those with reservations.

No pets permitted.

This program is supported by Paynes Prairie and Alachua Audubon volunteers.

If you would like more details of each walk please send an inquiry to audubonyouthbirding@gmail.com


 

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.

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