Audubon In Schools

Lane County Audubon Society is committed to education about our natural environment. For questions about our Audubon in Schools program, please contact Caryn Stoess at 541-357-8739 or AITSEugene (at) gmail.com.

Audubon in Schools instructors needed!

Our trained Audubon in the Schools (AITS) instructors combine lessons on bird biology and accurate drawing based on information observed by the students. Critical thinking is involved in both the arts and sciences. Both employ skills of observing, comparing, exploring, trial and error, and problem solving. These skills are common to all disciplines, and we hope children will fine-hone and use them throughout their lives. Our busy schools don't have time to include art, much less teach art technique. Understanding the concepts of ecosystems is required for the state benchmarks for Grades 3-5. If we can combine two disciplines to satisfy some of the core requirements, it will enhance the learning experience, solidify the information in different ways for students, and perhaps lessen the load for our dedicated and hardworking teachers.

We are looking for more instructors for the AITS program. You don't need to be an artist to learn the drawing techniques well enough to teach the children. And you don't need to be a biologist or expert birder to learn the science well enough to teach the children.

Audubon in the Schools started in the spring of 2005, and to date we've reached almost 10,000 students. We primarily teach grades 2-5 in the Eugene 4-J and surrounding regional schools.

Free instructor is training available for new volunteers. You'll learn a well-tested curriculum, primarily using four easy-to-teach lessons. Each lesson combines bird biology and art methods in a one-hour session and includes an ecosystem component which aligns the information with the state standards. You'll be using a nice teaching collection of taxidermy birds, nests, feathers, bones, etc. You'll also learn simple techniques to teach kids to draw accurately in pencil and render colors in colored pencil.

In addition, if you know of a school that may be interested in having an AITS session, let us know. We appreciate all help that allows us to continue to provide this educational contribution to area classrooms.

Free instructor training available for new volunteers

You'll learn a well-tested curriculum, primarily using four easy-to-teach lessons. Each lesson combines bird biology and art methods in a one-hour session and includes an ecosystem component, aligning the information with the state standards. You'll be using a nice teaching collection of taxidermy birds, nests, feathers, bones, etc. You'll learn simple techniques to teach kids to draw accurately in pencil and render colors in colored pencil.

Or if you know of a school that may be interested in inviting us, let us know. We appreciate all help that allows us to continue to provide this educational contribution to area classrooms.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Caryn Stoess at 541-357-8739 or AITSEugene (at) gmail.com.

 

Audubon Society Summer Camps offer something for everyone!

Kids, teens, families, adults and teachers. Spend part of your summer having fun and exploring the natural world.

Beginning in April, select Audubon Centers will be taking applications for scholarships for a week of summer camp. Choose from a broad selection of day camps near you.

To learn more, visit Audubon Camps.