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Audubon Adventures introduces young people to the world of nature and wildlife through colorful magazines, online features and interactive games and puzzles, plus activities, guidance, and resources for educators. Designed for classrooms and other educational settings as well as for enjoyment at home, Audubon Adventures opens children’s hearts and minds to the wonders of birds, other wildlife, and the fascinating and complex natural world that is Planet Earth.
Developed by professional educators and scientists, Audubon Adventures is designed to be integrated easily into any curriculum area: science, mathematics, language arts, social studies, and the creative arts. It has been used in classrooms, home-school settings, after-school programs, camp programs, ESL classes, and more. Since its inception in 1984, more than 7 million students have participated in the program.
This year Audubon Adventures puts the spotlight on the amazing variety within the world of birds, on all kinds of owls, and on long-legged wading birds like cranes, egrets, herons, and storks. For young people, learning about birds means learning about how all living things are connected to and affected by the other organisms—other animals, plants, and human beings—they share their habitats with.
“My third grade students go birding in pairs around the two sites set up at our school. My amateur ornithologists have a clipboard with a data sheet and bird guide to take with them. The sheet requires weather conditions, temperature, date, time, number of birds seen, species, and behavior.”
“I have a rain garden right outside my classroom. At least once a week, sometimes more, we conduct class at the rain garden. Students are encouraged to identify various bird species. Students also discuss ways they can conserve to protect our environment.”
“I teach students with learning disabilities. Because I teach reading, writing, and math basic skills, I insert Audubon Adventures into my curriculum. We read it together, annotate the reading, and then develop writing paragraphs from what they have learned. . . . It is comprehensive, very exciting for the students, and they remember from year to year what they have learned.”