ANCHORAGE AUDUBON SOCIETY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Anchorage Audubon Society (AAS) has an Education Committee that provides classes on Birding and the use of Binoculars. Each class is tailored to the ages of the participants as well as their experience. The classes include a lecture component and usually an outdoor component to use the binoculars for looking at birds. The classes are taught by AAS Board Members and other AAS Members who are all volunteers and avid birders. Through grants from Audubon Alaska and the funds of Anchorage Audubon, binoculars and bird guides were obtained that may be borrowed by participants for use during their class. Examples of classes that have been held include: presentations to Anchorage School District (ASD) 6th graders during their Outdoor Week at Campbell Creek Science Center; presentations to ASD elementary school classes; presentations to community adults’ organizations such as garden clubs; presentations to Anchorage Parks & Recreation summer camp participants; short informal outdoor programs for parents and younger children; and helping Audubon Alaska with their Children’s Christmas Bird Count at the Alaska Zoo. We have found that children are especially fascinated with learning the use of binoculars and their ability to help them examine the natural world around them.
For questions about our education classes or to schedule a program for your group please contact our Education Coordinator, Louann Feldmann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because our teachers are all volunteers, we cannot guarantee that every request can be scheduled, but we will try. If you are a birder and would like to join our teaching staff we would love to have your participation and can train you and will have you work with one of our experienced staff until you feel comfortable. We usually use 2 teachers for each class.