Bird Science Program

Program Goals and Partner Schools

The goal of this program is to bring conservation education to elementary school children in Pasadena Unified School District. By developing an appreciation of our local birds and their habitat, we are building conservation values in these future citizens, so important in these times of climate change.

This enrichment program is currently offered to children in Pasadena, Kindergarten through fifth grade, at two Title 1 public schools: Washington Elementary STEAM Magnet School and Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy.

Program Design

Our program includes two classroom visits with lessons on birds adhering to the Next Generation Sciences Standards. Some examples of the topics we cover are vocalizations, adaptations to flight, feathers, food chains, and habitat.

We also introduce the children to our local birds, assigning each child “their bird”. As children advance through the program, they will add to their bird knowledge each year.

Each child also benefits from a half day field trip to a local park, Peck Road Water Conservation Park, where they go on a bird walk, interact with educational owls from local wildlife rehab facility, Wing Wings of California, and play nature-based games. All of the activities are designed to build their knowledge of birds and conservation issues and develop a sense of wonder and belonging in the natural world.

Volunteering with the Bird Science Program

We are very grateful to our wonderful team of volunteers who generously donate their time to teach, lead birdwalks, and generally share their enthusiasm with our young students. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Lois Brunet or Laura Garrett

Washington 1st graders at their field trip in January 2019

Fantastic bird art by a Jackson 2nd grader

Washington 1st graders studying taxidermy

Washington second grader working on her mallard

Washington fourth grader rocking her "I am a birder" sticker

Lovely thank you card from Jackson 2nd graders who saw Western Grebes do a nupital dance on the lake.