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2nd Grade Birdwatchers Program

The second graders in South Sarasota County public schools are the target audience for this popular program. Last school year, our team of Audubon instructors visited over 60 classrooms with presentations introducing students to local birds, conservation, and varied bird habitats. The students also learn to use binoculars as they observe birds found in their local school campus. Classroom teachers are provided with materials and lessons to support the Audubon presentations.

In a culminating activity, each class visits the Audubon Rookery in South Venice. Here they learn about the history of the rookery and walk the trail circling the rookery to learn about the native plants. Students use binoculars and spotting scopes to observe the fascinating nesting activity at the rookery where they also engage in games, activities, and stories to further their interest in Florida birds.

This program has been the keystone of the Venice Area Audubon Society’s education efforts for over 30 years, introducing the wonder of birds and the outdoors to tens of thousands of second graders. Through this program, students have become excited about local birds, and teachers have developed lessons and activities to support the program which has evolved to mesh with the current instructional curriculum.  It was awarded the 2012 Audubon Florida Best Chapter Education Program Award.

We encourage our members to become involved in these education efforts by volunteering on our field trips. Volunteer participation is essential to the success of our programs.

How can you help?

Volunteer – School field trips to the Rookery Park take place from January to April. They involve observation stations and a nature walk that utilize adult volunteers in addition to school personnel. Annual training is required for all field trip volunteers. No  previous teaching experience is required.


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Donate – Venice Area Audubon Society’s Education Fund is a dedicated financial resource used exclusively for our youth education programs to purchase education materials and supplies, grant financial assistance for field trip bus transportation to the Audubon Rookery and Shamrock Park particularly for Title 1 schools, and provide stipends for Venice Area Audubon instructors. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Opportunities to fund a field trip bus or classroom instruction are available.

Spread the word – Help us get the word out about our youth education programs. Refer family, friends, and professional organizations to the information on our website. For more details, please contact us at



Telephone: 941-496-8984

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