Audubon Rockies Award Winning Community Naturalists are responsible for working with local community groups, school systems, Audubon chapters and other organizations to coordinate and deliver the Audubon Rockies education and outreach programs at the local level. Community Naturalists translate Audubon’s conservation message through a variety of educational programs reaching the local classrooms, family and adult audiences. Audubon feels this community outreach is extremely valuable. Today’s generation, raised on computers and video games, is offered few opportunities to experience or connect with the outdoors. Studies in the past 10 years show that nature-based education enhances attention spans and creativity, develops critical thinking and decision-making skills, and improves test scores (Richard Louv, author of Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder).
Are you looking for a fun, educational hands-on experience for your class or group ? Jacelyn and Dusty Downey can create a program just for you and your students. They work closely with your state standards so it will fall right into place with your curriculum. Below are some examples of field trips or in class presentations to kick start the process.
ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS HAVE A LOCAL, PLACED BASED APPROACH. PROGRAMS HAVE A SAGEBRUSH/AVIAN THEME AND OR FOCUS AND ARE ALIGNED WITH STATE STANDARDS.
* Winter Programs: Snow Science Programs, Winter Bio-Blitz, Snow Tracking, Sagebrush Food Webs, Artic Animals, Hibernation and Torpor: Winter Adaptations,
|IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS||COMMUNITY PROGRAMS||FIELD TRIP EXCURSIONS|
|AUDUBON ADVENTURES||BIRD BANDING||ASTRONOMY NIGHT HIKE|
|A BIRD'S LIFE||BIRD WATCHING CLASSES||BIO BLITZ/ SCAVENGER HUNT|
|AMAZING ADAPTATIONS||SMALL ACREAGE MANAGEMENT||INSECT SAFARI|
|CREATIVE NATURE WRITING/JOURNALING||FIELD TRIP ORGANIZATION||PLANKTON PARADISE|
|FIELD TO FOREST/AN ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATION||ADULT POETRY AND CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES||SAGEBRUSH STEPPES|
|FOOD WEBS/ENERGY CHAINS||IT’S JUST SAGE-GROUSE||SCHOOLYARD ECOLOGY|
|LIFE IN THE TREES||HOW TO BUILD A BIRDHOUSE||SIGNS OF LIFE/TRACKS AND TRACES|
|OCEAN EXPLORATION||OCEAN VS SAGEBRUSH EXPLORATION||* SNOW TRACKING|
|OWL PELLET DISSECTION||SIGNS OF LIFE: TRACKS AND TRACES||* SURVIVAL SKILLS WORKSHOP|
|SIGNS OF LIFE/TRACKS AND TRACES||* WINTER BIO-BLITZ SCAVENGER HUNT|
|* ARCTIC ANIMALS||* WINTER SURVIVAL|
|* SAGEBRUSH FOOD WEBS|
|* HIBERNATION & TORPOR: WINTER ADAPTATIONS|
|* SNOW SCIENCE PROGRAMS|
Are you ready to get started planning your Community Naturalist program? You can download and fill out the teacher's worksheet and email/snail mail it to us. You can also call/email Jacelyn or Dusty directly for more information..
A Bird's Life: Your Audubon Wyoming Community Naturalist will introduce your group to the wonderful world of birds: Topics can include: avian adaptations, cavity nesting, ornithology, Important Bird Areas of Wyoming, habitat ecology, bird identification, anatomy, competition, migration, Predator/prey relationships, Human/animal interaction & conflict, and citizen science education and research programs for youth such as Feederwatch and Bird Counts.
Amazing Adaptions: By dressing up in different costumes (we'll bring them!) and studying some skins and bones of different critters, your group will discover why animals are built a certain way, and what might happen if they weren't.
Audubon Adventures: Developed by professional environmental educators, AUDUBON ADVENTURES is a program that presents basic, scientifically accurate facts about birds, wildlife, and their habitats. Each year a new theme is created. Ask about themes available. The program is used by classroom teachers, after-school program coordinators, special education instructors, language arts teachers, and homeschoolers. (Grades 3 to 5)
Field to Forest: An Ecosystem Exploration: This indoor or outdoor program covers pollination, hydrologic cycle, seed dispersal, herbaceous plant structure, native vs. non-native species, photosynthesis, tree structure, tree identification, competition, and habitats.
Ocean Exploration: Though Wyoming may be a long way from the ocean, it is important for students here to understand how the ocean affects their lives in so many ways. This can be a PowerPoint presentation that compares our sagebrush sea to the ocean, or it can be a hands-on look at many ocean shells and other creatures.
Signs of Life: Tracks and Traces: How do we know if an animal has been to an area if you don’t see them? Using tracks and traces, this program will teach students about what clues animals leave that help us to identify them. *This can be a field trip option as well*
Astronomy Night Hike: By taking a hike at night, children get a perfect view of constellations, planets, and the sky as a whole, Students will get a new view of their surroundings and begin to understand the vastness of our universe. Great for organizational groups and homeschoolers but this can be adapted for an in-class power point presentation as well.
Sagebrush Steppes: By exploring our local sagebrush ecosystem, students will gain a better understanding of how unique it is to Wyoming. By talking about sagebrush’s place in our world, they will gain a unique perspective on Wyoming.
This summer program enables volunteers to get up close and personal with Northeast Wyoming birds. A banding training class, which precedes the first banding date, provides volunteers with the skills required to set up and take down mist nets, remove birds from nets, and band, identify, sex and age birds. The banding stations provide a place for families and individuals to come learn about local birds, get outdoors, and have fun.
Small Acreage Management
This program will engage small acreage landowners in the development and implementation of wildlife management plans that address habitat issues, through education and outreach to the ranchette community groups.
Field Trip Organization
We have over ten years experience organizing outdoor adventures. No matter if it is a day trip to the Belle Fourche river, or a week long expedition to the Bighorn Mountains, let us help you get prepared.
It’s Just Sagebrush
Watch Steve Chingrins beautiful cinematography come to life with his new video titled “Its Just Sagebrush”. Along with comments from a community naturalist, begin to understand the life of this amazing bird.
How to build a birdhouse
We will bring materials for, and construct a demo bird house and show participants how to put it together. We discuss hole size importance, and different construction techniques to help you build the perfect house for your area. Birdhouse plans given to each participant free of charge.
Ocean VS Sagebrush Sea Exploration
Though Wyoming may be a long way from the ocean, it is important for Wyomingites to understand how the ocean affects their lives in so many ways. Our resident Marine Biologist, Jacelyn Downey, will give a PowerPoint presentation that compares our sagebrush sea to the ocean.
Signs of life, Tracks and Traces
How do we know if an animal has been to an area if you don’t see them? Using tracks and traces, this program will teach participants about what clues animals leave that help us to identify them. This includes a field trip option as well.