Educational Programs & Presentations

Are you an in-school or home-school teacher looking to offer some environmental opportunities and lesson plans for your students? Maybe you run an after school program, a garden club, internship, scout group or something similar? Detroit Audubon offers environmental educational opportunities for kids and adults of all ages. 

School Programs

Detroit Audubon is available to lead curriculum-aligned educational programs for Metro Detroit schools. We offer a range of opportunities for your children to learn about:

  • Birds
    • Basic identification
    • Feeding behaviors
    • Fill-the-bill activity
    • Black Tern Conservation
    • How to use binoculars
    • Raptors/Owls
  • Ecological food chains
  • Animal adaptations
  • Native plant species (Detroit Bird City)
  • Pollinator species
  • Local habitats
  • Native vs Non-native vs Invasive species
  • Conservation opportunities through stewardship projects
  • Other various hands-on learning activities.

Imagine your kids learning about some of our local bird species and types of habitats in your own backyard before getting to use binoculars for the first time. Or maybe we take a field trip together to a nearby park where they’d get to observe local plant and animal species in addition to the local birds twittering around. Not sure if in-person is the best option? We could work together to create a video series that you could share with your students at home or in the classroom. Or are you interested, but have no idea what you’d like to do? Reach out to Brittany, our Program Coordinator for ideas about field trips, in-class opportunities and other virtual offerings or refer to the list below:

  • In-person Field Trips
    • Local nature areas
    • Nearby parks
  • In-person Classroom Sessions
  • Webinars/Virtual meetings
  • Video series

To watch our Climate Change & Bird Safe Windows Webinar, check it out here. The program is in partnership with the Detroit Zoological Society and River Raisin Institute and will include the webinar, virtual curriculum resources, age-appropriate book recommendations, window decoration materials and more if you choose to participate. 

Speaker Requests

Book a Detroit Audubon program for your group or event!

We are happy to adjust programs to better fit the size, age, or preference of your group. In order to fund our programs and conservation work, we usually ask for a donation as payment. If you are interested please contact us at staff@detroitaudubon.org.

Birding Identification Basics

If you are interested in birding but don’t know where to start, let Detroit Audubon help by explaining the very basics of birding identification. We will discuss common birds in our area, key features, & recommended resources, interact with scientific specimens, and a walk through to teach how to use binoculars.

Black Tern Conservation

Black Tern monitoring at St Clair Flats is one of Detroit Audubon’s primary conservation initiatives. Learn about the rapid decline of this Great Lakes bird and how Detroit Audubon is working to restore their numbers. For this program, we have an interactive pool to simulate how the Black Tern Nests are affected in their natural habitat.

Buggin’ Out

Most individuals undervalue the importance of bugs. Insects and bugs create the biological foundation for all terrestrial ecosystems. They cycle nutrients, pollinate plants, disperse seeds, maintain soil structure and fertility, control populations of other organisms, and provide a major food source for other taxa. Birds, for example, depend on them to survive. (Fun fact: chicks can eat up to 720 insects per day.) Learn about why bugs are so important to the health of our ecosystems, some common species in our area and what you can do to help them.

Detroit Bird City

Enjoy a presentation on the history of our Detroit Bird City project, about meadow movement initiatives, the planning process, and the many benefits through native flower and plant restoration. Learn about how you can turn your yard into a prairie like we did for the Detroit Bird City Project.

Great Lakes Safe Passage

Almost one billion birds die due to window and building collisions each year in the US. Help us increase awareness about this horrible but often ignored conservation issue. Learn about the small things you can do to prevent collisions and save hundreds of birds.

How to Start Birding

Are you interested in birding and getting out into nature more often? Are you unsure about what’s helpful to know to better prepare for outdoor excursions? Maybe you just want to learn about the best places to go birding in the Southeast Michigan area where you can borrow binoculars. Enjoy a presentation with a chance to interact with scientific specimens, learn how to use binoculars, basic identification tips and a walk through of birding know-hows.

Plants for Birds

Native plants require less work and provide resources for our local birds and pollinators. Learn about how you can turn your yard into a mini wildlife sanctuary or prairie as well as some recommended trees, shrubs, flowers and plant species for your yard.

Protecting Pollinators

Pollinators are a crucial part of every ecosystem. Without pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats and birds, we wouldn’t have the beautiful array of flowers, fruits and vegetables that we love and depend on. Learn about local pollinators in your area and what you can do to help them thrive.

To learn more about our various programs we offer, contact us here.

Reach out to Brittany at programs@detroitaudubon.org for more information and details.