Avian Training Workshop
November 12-15, 2020, at Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest • Cost $800 • Register Here
This intensive 4 day workshop covers all things needed for avian ambassadors in captivity. We will discuss picking the right bird for a behavior, from species to individual demeanor and how they were raised. How to set up the bird for success with positive reinforcement and force free training. Learn about creating the perfect environment from enclosures to equipment making. Weight management, health checks, proper diets, animal maintenance, and emergency medical skills that anyone working with birds of prey should know. Meet some amazing people, learn important skills, and have fun. Majority of the training will take place at the Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest and some at World Bird Sanctuary. You can book your room through Drury if you’d like to there to stay for the four days.
Virtual Enrichment Programs with Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Keep your kids active and engaged with our virtual enrichment programs this fall! Classes are designed to promote curiosity with engaging educational content and connect kids to nature through hands-on outdoor missions.
Each program will run for five weeks, with one hour-long session each week. After each session, your child is welcome to stay online for an optional 15-minute, supervised social time where they can ask questions or chat about relevant topics. Most weeks, your child will also be given a “mission,” a fun hands-on project to complete before the next session that challenges them to apply their learning and explore outdoors independently.
Each enrichment program runs for five weeks and cost $50-$60 dollars. Scholarships are available.
Note: To assure that your child has an engaging and socially-connected experience in their program, we will limit attendance to 15-30 participants. Children must currently be in the grade level of the program to register. Registration closes when full or one week prior to the start of the program; please register early. Enrichment programs are hosted on Zoom, so your child needs to have access to a tablet or laptop with good internet during the program. You will be sent information, including instructor information and a detailed program plan, the week before your child’s program begins.
Animal Communication: Sound & Beyond (Grades 3-5; Wednesdays at 3:00 pm ET; 5 sessions from September 30 through October 28; $60 registration fee; REGISTER HERE.)
Why is spring so loud? What are all those birds, frogs, and bugs saying? Explore the ways animals communicate from sound to behavior to coloration. You’ll use your eyes and ears to creatively investigate your corner of the world, make a sound map, learn what sound looks like, why some animals are brightly colored, and discover the important role of sound in marine environments. Along the way, we’ll meet live birds like a kookaburra and an Andean Condor. Presented in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary.
Amazing Birds of the World (Grades 2-4; Thursdays at 4:00 pm ET; 5 sessions from October 1 through October 29; $60 registration fee; REGISTER HERE.)
Discover the amazing birds of our world, from the wild and wacky, to the strange and beautiful. We’ll explore bird diversity, flight, migration, and extreme survivors. Along the way, we’ll meet live birds including vultures and other raptors. Join with other kids to get to know birds both near and far, and discuss ways to protect them. Presented in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary, and a special guest from the International Crane Foundation.
Wild About Art (Grades 2-4; Thursdays at 4:00 pm ET; 5 sessions from November 5 through December 10 – skipping November 26th; $50 registration fee; REGISTER HERE.)
Unleash your creativity… art is all around you! You will use natural materials to make art, photograph nature, draw a plant, and get tips from guest artists that will help you explore your creative side! Share your creations with fellow participants, and have a gallery of your own nature art by the end of the program.