Now in our 11th year, a continued commitment to education is at the heart of the Audubon tradition. Our education programming supports childrens' interests and learning by providing hands-on experiences, exploration and investigations in their home, classroom, daycamp and schoolyard or at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and in surrounding Scioto-Audubon Metro Park habitats.
***Thank you for your interest in our programming! We have updated some of our program offerings and registration processes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our participants can continue to learn in the safest ways possible whether that be in person or virtually. Please contact Allison Clark, Education Program Manager, with any questions or to schedule the offerings below! Be well and stay healthy! We look forward to working with your children and supporting educators, whether homeschool educators or classroom teachers this fall!***
We Are Here for You Anytime (Virtually):
We know our learners need our support more than ever. Here are a few resources we have put together to help children continue to find awe and inspiration in nature together, indoors.
Science Friday segments include a science lesson and experiment from our educators and volunteers. We'll let you know everything you need to carry out the activity and walk you through the experiment so you can try it at home! Check out our Facebook page @GrangeInsuranceAudubonCenter
Audubon for Kids is an online space available in English and Spanish that provides new, fun activities each week, including nature activities, games, quizzes, DIY projects, and more. For English, visit: "Audubon for Kids". For Spanish, visit: "Audubon Para Niños."
Audubon Virtual Events: Audubon is hosting several interactive web-based educational programs for kids and kids at heart. Click here to bookmark the Audubon Events calendar, so you can plan to join us in advance and please share widely with family and friends.
2020-2021 Educational Opportunities for Students
Virtual Conservation Classroom Lessons (Prerecorded Lesson with Live Zoom Follow-Up with our Educators - single option) - We've prepared our core program topics for virtual viewing. These lessons include an engaging presentation about the topic at hand as well as hands-on and interactive activities to reinforce learning and assessments to measure understanding. Program topics to choose from include: All About Birds, Habitat Connections, Exploring Aquatic Habitats, Plants for Pollinators and Operation Conservation. We'll follow up with with your students one week later so they can share what they've learned from their activities and we can answer any questions they may have!
Conservation Classroom In-Person (Homeschool, Classroom or Family Fieldtrips to the Center - single option) - Educators can register for a unique fiedltrip to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (or register for a day in which their student's families can visit the center) in the heart of the city. Our educational programs meet STEM and state standards while acting as a supportive extension of your homeschool or classroom by providing hands-on experiences through observations, explorations and investigations in the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and surrounding Scioto-Audubon Metro Park habitats.
- Available between 9 am and 3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 1 - 3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year.
- Children Kindergarten and 1st grade are booked for one hour, 2nd-8th grade programs are two hours in length.
- Participating in 100% or blended virtual learning this fall? If a classroom chooses the Family Fieldtrip option, families will be able to visit the center during a given morning or afternoon to participate in programming after children view a prerecorded lesson.
- Program topics to choose from include: All About Birds, Habitat Connections, Exploring Aquatic Habitats, Plants for Pollinators and Operation Conservation.
- Be sure to ask about our chaperone guidelines during Covid-19 conditions.
Audubon Comes to You (In-Person Visits to Your Classroom)- This program provides experiences in Central Ohio classrooms. These 1 1/2 hour programs include an engaging presentation to get children excited about the STEM topic at hand and continue with an interactive hands-on activity to reinforce learning. Optional 1 hour, add-on outdoor adventure experiences are available and will give children the opportunity to explore and connect with the world around them in their own schoolyard! Program topics to choose from include: Birding Basics (K), Living vs. Non-Living (K), Basic Needs (1st), Habitats (1st/2nd), Environmental Impacts (2nd), Life Cycles (3rd), Adaptations (3rd/4th), Invasive Species (4th), Food Chain (5th), Migration (5th), Symbiosis (5th)
Audubon Teacher Toolkits (New for Homeschool and Classrooms During the 2020-2021 School Year) - The Grange Insurance Audubon Center is excited to offer a resource for teachers and their classrooms across Central Ohio during this undprecedented school year! Teachers will have the option to reserve Teacher Toolkits with lessons, activities, scientific equipment for observation and exploration in the schoolyard and support from our education staff. Please contact Allison Clark, Education Program Manager, to scheduled your toolkit check out this school year! These toolkits will be available November 1st, 2020.
Audubon Adventure Resources (Also New for Homeschool and Classroom Teachers during the 2020-2021 School Year) - Parents and teachers... do you remember those fun and engaging Weekly Readers from your childhood? We are now offering a similar resource, Audubon Adventures! Each Audubon Adventure topic will be accompanied with an engaging activity for reinforcement.
Conservation Classroom Partnerships (Year Long Partnership) -
Previous partners and those with new interest - please contact Allison Clark, Education Program Manager,
to learn more about this combination opportunity for the entire 2020-2021 school year which includes an introduction and a combination of 3 of the opportunities above!
We look forward to working with everyone again soon! if you are interested in booking dates for any of our programming opportunities OR are interested in learning more about our Teacher Toolkits and Audubon Adventure resources, please reach out to Allison Clark, Education Program Manager. We're here to support you in a variety of ways this school year, it's what we do, so don't hestitate to reach out!