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Education and Community Outreach

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SCVAS is dedicated to educating our community about local bird ecology through programs for both children and adults. Your membership, time, and financial support are crucial to the success of these programs. Please consider becoming a member, making a donation, or joining our volunteer team.

For more information on any of these programs or to sign-up, please follow the instructions or contact our Educational Programs Specialist at programs@scvas.org or (408) 252-3740.

For Families and Groups of Mixed Ages

Young Audubon Program SCVAS engages children and their families in nature exploration outside of the school setting in our Young Audubon Program. Activities include field trips, whale watching, creek explorations, and Wildlife Education Day, our annual fall festival. You can also schedule a guided birding trip for your own small group. It's easy to join Young Audubon - view the Kid's Calendar for announcements about Young Audubon events.

 

Guided Walks at McClellan Ranch Preserve SCVAS welcomes scout troops, homeschool, families, and other youth groups to explore the grounds surrounding our headquarters in McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. SCVAS staff or volunteers are available to guide groups through this historic site and nature preserve. Groups and individuals can also venture out on their own with our handy trail guide and copy of Birding at the Bottom of the Bay. Contact the Outreach Coordinator to schedule your guided visit.

For Teachers

Teacher Resource Center Educators are invited to use our Teacher Resource Center, which houses worksheets, lesson plans, games, activities, videos, posters, and much more. Teachers may also borrow our mounted birds, fully scripted slideshows, and education kits that offer one-hour units for classrooms and small groups. Our extensive nature library also contains many additional resources available to teachers.

 

Wetlands Discovery Program Our flagship education program, the Wetlands Discovery Program, has introduced thousands of students to wetland habitats, birds, and ecology through hands-on classroom activities for grades 3-6. These engaging activities prepare students for a docent-led field trip to local wetlands. Read how to participate in our Wetlands Discovery Program.

 

Audubon Adventures This environmental education program was developed by National Audubon Society for fourth to sixth grades. Our program is offered to classrooms in Santa Clara County. Teachers receive a teaching guide with extensive background material and suggestions for classroom activities. Individuals can purchase this program for their own classrooms. Scholarships for classes may be available from SCVAS.

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For Adults

Mid-peninsula Environmental Educators Alliance (MEEA) MEEA is an informal association of environmental educators who work together to maximize resources and achieve common goals. The group's member organizations are located across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Members meet on a monthly basis to discuss topics of common interest. Read more about MEEA, including how to join.

 

Activities We are proud to offer varied opportunities for adults to learn about birds, nature, and ecology. Our many classes and field trips cater to people with differing interests. Plus our monthly Speaker Series features programs about all aspects of birdlife and birding.

 

Eve Case Discussion Group Join the Eve Case Discussion Group to learn about birds through research and group discussion about a predetermined bird during a monthly meeting.

 

Library Our library contains over 1,300 donated books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and videos about birds and their environment. The library also contains bird checklists and field guides for many different areas, including international and domestic. Our members may check books out. Book donations for this library are gratefully accepted. Come visit the library at our McClellan Ranch headquarters!

 

Help us plan our future classes and field seminars by participating in this short survey. Your responses are completely anonymous, but will be a tremendous help to us as we look to 2015 and beyond!

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For Youth

RAILS Program for Teens This program provides education and training for young adults to help them develop skills in environmental "Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Stewardship." RAILS encourages teens to explore careers in wildlife biology, field ecology, and environmental education. Read how to participate in RAILS.

 

Wetlands Wonders Learn about bird migration, adaptations and behaviors as you explore the wetlands with Avery the Avocet in our online Wetlands Wonders tour. Ask your teacher to participate in our Wetlands Discovery Program that includes hands-on classroom activities and a docent-led field trip.

 

Nature Walks for Scout Troops SCVAS's "In the Flyway" Bird and Nature Walk introduces scouts to local birds and wetland habitats through an immersive nature experience. This activity supports the requirements of the Girl Scouts "In the Flyway" badge program, as well as several other patch, badge, and journey programs for both Boy and Girl Scouts. To learn more, read the Guidelines and Scheduling Procedures (PDF). Please read this even if you have participated before, as we are constantly updating it. View available program dates in our In the Flyway Calendar. To schedule a walk, contact the Educational Programs Specialist or use our In the Flyway sign-up form. Please note that you must receive a confirmation from our Educational Programs Specialist before your dates are confirmed.

 

Kids' Corner Read about our programs for kids and and all about birds and their eco-systems in our online Kids' Corner.