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Houston Audubon offers Texas Audubon's Flying Wild training program for educators

Marisol Gallagher

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Houston Audubon collaborates with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to provide Flying WILD program training for educators. This program is for both informal and formal educators who will receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours from Texas Education Agency at the end.

Flying WILD gives a school approach to environmental education by using birds as the focal point, through activities involving math, language arts, and social science experiences, with the combination of service-learning applications and community outreach.

Despite being mainly targeted for middle school educators, teachers can apply materials taught in Flying WILD to all grade levels, from pre-K to 12th grade. The activities use a flexible approach for urban schools, mainly for underserved students who traditionally receive little to no opportunities to participate in environmental education initiatives.

Participants of the program will get free education material to assist when they teach, key among them including 43 fun activities for educators and additional bird education materials relevant to migratory birds.

Furthermore, educators will receive a list of bird education resources, service-learning projects, and urban environmental education guidelines. Find more sneak peeks of the material on its official website https://houstonaudubon.org/programs/adults/flying-wild.html.

Flying WILD aims to uplift environmental stewardship among youth by offering practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences and connecting them to natural history, bird biology, and conservation.

To join the program, you can make an online reservation by sending an email to Mary Anne Weber at maweber@houstonaudubon.org. The Flying WILD program training is scheduled for June 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Raptor and Education Center. Registration costs $25.

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