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Using Birds to Teach Core Curriculum

Flying WILD's focus on migratory birds is designed to inspire young people to discover more about the natural world. It encourages middle school students to get involved in activities that promote environmental learning and stewardship. The Flying WILD program places special emphasis on reaching urban schools with student populations that traditionally receive few opportunities to participate in environmental education initiatives.


Providing Teachers with Educational Tools and Partnerships

By providing teachers with educational tools and partnerships, the Flying WILD program encourages the integration of bird education and conservation activities into the school curriculum in an engaging, successful, and academically purposeful manner. In addition to Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide to Celebrating Birds, Flying WILD offers training for educators to implement the program in their schools. This approach empowers teachers, students, school administrators, and community organizations to tap into the services and resources provided by the network of bird experts, bird organizations, and environmental professionals assisting with the Flying WILD initiative.



Expanding Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Celebrations

Expanding the efforts of International Migratory Bird Day celebrations, the Flying WILD School Bird Festival allows young people to come together with environmental experts, local businesses, and community organizations to learn and teach about birds and their conservation needs. Students lead hands-on activities, create educational exhibits, host art displays, and stage performances-learning activities designed to run smoothly in a festival setting. As a venue for showcasing their school and community service projects about migratory bird conservation, the festival also provides an occasion for students to reflect upon and celebrate their accomplishments.



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