Education

Indoor class — making bird houses

Photo credit: Ron Winch

Indoor class — bird identification

Photo credit: Ron Winch

Outdoor class — bird identification

Photo credit: Ron Winch

The mission of the Saint Paul Audubon Society Schools and Education Committee is to create excitement about birds for children grades K-6. We believe it is important for children…

  • to be aware of the diversity and variety in nature
  • to understand the various adaptations that birds have for different habitats
  • to recognize the importance of habitat preservation for the survival of bird populations and bird diversity.

Our School Programs

School programs are divided into two classes: indoor and outdoor. The classes can be on the same day or on different days.

Indoor class: Presentation on bird diversity and habitat preservation (approximately 45 minutes).

Outdoor class Outing involves a 5-10 minute practice at the school entrance to learn how to use binoculars followed by a 40 minute walk to identify birds and the ecosystems on which they depend. This class should occur at the earliest possible time of the day as birds are most active in the morning (approximately 45 minutes).

A fourth grade student made the following comment after participating in our school program: “I never knew there were so many different kinds of birds. I guess I need to get my parents to buy me a bird book pronto!”

Details about the 2011 Trek & Tally Program

To schedule a program, call Steve Johnson at 651-776-0104.

St. Paul Park & Rec

SPAS Education Committee will offer a birding class through the St. Paul Park & Rec for grades 3-6 June 20-24th. The program will meet at the Como Park Street Car Station and registration will be available at the St. Paul Park & Rec website.

For information and to register for our birding class for ages 8 to 13 , please go to www.stpaul.gov/parks . Click on “Register for Programs”. To view info about our class, click “View Activities”. Then use the Key Word “BIRDING” to view two options for our class:

  • Half-day class, #3510, titled “Outdoors: Birding”
  • Full-day class, #3507, titled Outdoors: Birding/Discover the Outdoors”

Register on-line using the course numbers above or call 651-292-6508.

Adult Beginning Bird ID Classes

Want to learn how to identify the birds you see everyday? Join Saint Paul Audubon members and birding experts Bonnie Sample and Chase Davies who will teach students how to identify birds. A weekly field trip will put your new skills to work. Details

Tuesday evening classes are on April 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30–8:30 at Maplewood Nature Center. Saturday morning field trips are on April 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 8–10 am.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help present school programs. Volunteers should be very interested and excited about birds and willing to pass this enthusiasm on to kids!

Contact Steve Johnson at 651-776-0104 or e-mail