Through a partnership with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Houston Audubon offers Flying WILD program training for educators. Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. Flying WILD activities can be tailored to all grade levels from preK – 12th grade and encourages increased environmental stewardship among youth by offering practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences and connecting them to bird biology, conservation, and natural history. Special emphasis is placed on creating an approach that is readily adaptable for urban schools, often with underserved students who traditionally receive few opportunities to participate in environmental education initiatives. Workshops are for formal and informal educators, and all participants receive CPE hours from TEA.
Flying WILD Resources
Would you like to teach your students, children, or grandchildren about birds? These materials have been compiled by the Houston Audubon education team to help you along the way.
- Flying WILD: on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies website
- Bird Education Network (BEN): Bird Conservation through Education
- Bayou City Birding Zines and Posters: A fun resource for Houston Birds prepared by the White Oak Bayou Association.
- Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children. Designed for ages 3-7.
- No Child Left Inside: Houston Audubon is proud to be a member of the No Child Left Inside Coalition. The coalition is a broad-based organization made up of more than 175 member groups from across the United States, who represent tens of millions of members. The NCLI Coalition speaks for a diverse group of Americans who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world. The Coalition's focus is passage of the federal No Child Left Inside Act. This legislation would authorize major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction. Funds would support outdoor learning activities both at school and in non-formal environmental education centers, teacher training, and the creation of state environmental literacy plans. For more information and ways to help, please consult the NCLI website.