Elementary School Programs
Education Programs

Elementary Education Programs

Grades 1 - 5
Studying native plants at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. Photo: Gwendolyn Causer/Audubon Vermont
Studying native plants at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. Photo: Gwendolyn Causer/Audubon Vermont
Education Programs

Elementary Education Programs

Grades 1 - 5

Our programs include activities and explorations that work with students' curiosity about the natural world, reinforce the inquiry process and skills, and accommodate multiple learning styles.

Choose full- or half-day programs. Self-guided options available. Visit the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington or invite us for outreach at your school or local park. Click here for Program Scheduling Details. 

Program Topics

(* Program available as outreach at your school or local park)

All About Birds * 
PATTERNS, SCALE, STRUCTURE and FUNCTION, STABILITY and CHANGE
Students master the basics of birding through active games about bird song, migration, and identification. Discover how Audubon protects birds and their habitats through projects like Plants for Birds. We’ll inspire action by learning how native plants in schoolyard gardens and homes can help birds. Option to visit the Birds of Vermont Museum available.

Seasonal Inquiry *
PATTERNS, SYSTEMS, STRUCTURE and FUNCTION,  STABILITY and CHANGE
Students engage all five senses to observe seasonal changes and cycles in Vermont’s woods. Explore changing leaf colors and animal migrations, observe bird nesting, animal tracks, or peeper pond critters. There’s no limit to the seasons!

The Secret Lives of Trees *
PATTERNS, SCALE, SYSTEMS, STRUCTURE and FUNCTION,  STABILITY and CHANGE
As we visit these noble and gentle giants, we’ll study their structure, life cycles, and function in the forest. We’ll also learn about the habitats and food that trees provide for birds and consider how climate change is impacting our northern forests.

Insect Investigations
PATTERNS, SCALE, STRUCTURE and FUNCTION
Students investigate insect adaptations and metamorphosis as they search for insects in forest, field, and wetland habitats. Get an up-close look at the diversity of these incredible organisms and explore their connection to our local birds. 

Aquatic Discoveries
PATTERNS, CAUSE AND EFFECT, SCALE, SYSTEMS, ENERGY AND MATTER, STABILITY and CHANGE
Get your feet wet and become a drop in the water cycle. Study wetlands through collecting invertebrates, observing life cycles, and discovering systems that wetland animals rely upon.

Bird-Friendly Maple Sugaring
PATTERNS, CAUSE AND EFFECT, SCALE, SYSTEMS, ENERGY  and MATTER, STRUCTURE and FUNCTION, STABILITY and CHANGE
Tap a tree, gather sap, and transform it into sweet maple syrup. Discover what it takes to be a Bird-Friendly Sugarbush and how climate change is affecting
Vermont’s sugaring heritage. Top off your trip with our famous reward of a sweet maple syrup taste test!

Winter Wildlife *
PATTERNS, SCALE, STRUCTURE and FUNCTION
Students investigate how animals have adapted to survive Vermont winters. We’ll explore the winter woods and learn how to identify and interpret animal tracks and sign.

Self-guided Visit
Visit the Green Mountain Audubon Center with your group on your own schedule, without a Teacher Naturalist guide for a reduced fee. Please call ahead to schedule and for details.

Service Learning*
Conservation in Action! A great addition to a program or an option for a stand-alone visit. We work with teachers and students to design conservation projects that address both a community need and a curriculum requirement. Projects can occur at the Audubon Center or your school. 

Teacher Trainings*
We offer trainings to help educators get their students outside. Our staff can share tools and ideas to help make connections to curriculum or seasonal themes. We can also provide natural history information to support your outdoor learning. 

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