Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Kids’ Activities

Protecting our natural resources through education of adults and especially children.

Youth Birding Events

Family Birding At Paynes Prairie

Saturday, March 5, 2016 – 9 – 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 9 – 11 a.m.

Register for these sessions through Friends of Paynes Prairie website (

Alachua Audubon Youth Birding Programs

Sunday, February 28, 2016 – 9 – 11 a.m. Ducks and Other Waterfowl. Meet at Sweetwater Wetlands Park ($5 per vehicle park fee).

Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 9 – 11 a.m. Urban Birding. Start at Thomas Center parking lot and bird to downtown.

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 9 – 11 a.m. Woodpecker Walk. Meet at Northeast Park on NE 16th Ave.

You do not need to preregister for the last three events but it would be nice to let us know you are coming.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions and information at


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.