Education and Community Outreach
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SCVAS is dedicated to educating the community about our diverse bird ecology through our many programs for both children and adults. Your membership, time, and financial support are crucial to the success of these programs. Please consider becoming a member, making a donation, or joining our volunteer team.
For more information on any of these programs or to sign-up, please folow the insturctions or contact our Programs Coordinator at [email protected] or (408) 252-3740.
For Families and Groups of Mixed Ages
Young Audubon Program. SCVAS engages children and their families in nature exploration outside of the school setting in our Young Audubon Program which offers field trips, hands-on workshops, and kid-friendly events. Activities include field trips, whale watching, creek explorations, and Wildlife Education Day, our annual fall festival. View the Kid's Calendar for announcements about Young Audubon events. It's easy to join Young Audubon. Also, you can schedule a guided birding trip for your own small group.
Guided Walks at McClellan Ranch Preserve. SCVAS welcomes scout troops, homeschool, families, and other youth groups to explore the grounds surrounding our headquarters in McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. SCVAS staff or volunteers can guide children around the trail through this historic site and nature preserve. Groups and individuals can also venture out on their own with our handy trail guide and description from Birding at the Bottom of the Bay. Contact the Programs Coordinator to schedule your guided visit.
Teacher Resource Center. Educators can benefit from using our Teacher Resource Center, which houses worksheets, lesson plans, games, activities, videos, posters, and much more. Teachers may also borrow our mounted birds, fully scripted slideshows, and Education Kits that offer one-hour units for classrooms and small groups. Also our extensive nature library containing books is available for teachers.
Wetlands Discovery Program (WDP). Our flagship education program, the Wetlands Discovery Program, has introduced thousands of students to wetland habitats, birds, and ecology through hands-on classroom activities for grades 3-6. These engaging activities prepare students for a docent-led field trip to local wetlands. Read how to participate in our Wetlands Discovery Program.
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Mid-peninsula Environmental Educators Alliance (MEEA). MEEA is an informal association of environmental educators who together maximize resources and achieve common goals. The member organizations are located in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Members meet on a monthly basis to discuss topics of common interest. Read more about MEEA, including how to join.
Lectures. We are proud to offer opportunities for adults to learn about birds, nature, and ecology. Our multitude of classes and field trips cater to people with differing interests. Plus our monthly Speaker Series features informative slide show programs.
Eve Case Discussion Group. Join the Eve Case Discussion Group to learn about birds through research and group discussion about a predetermined bird during a monthly meeting.
Library. Our library contains over 1,300 donated books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and videos about birds and their environment. The library also contains bird checklists and field guides for many different areas, including international and domestic. Our members may check books out. Book donations for this library are gratefully accepted. Come visit the library at our headquarters!
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RAILS for Teens. provides education and training for young adults to help them develop skills in environmental "Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Stewardship" (RAILS) to help them excel in higher education and careers in wildlife biology, field ecology, and environmental education. Read how to participate in RAILS.
Audubon Adventures. This environmental education program was developed by National Audubon Society for fourth to sixth grades. Our program is offered to classrooms in Santa Clara County. Teachers receive a teaching guide with extensive background material and suggestions for classroom activities. Individuals can purchase this program for their own classrooms. Scholarships for classes may be available from SCVAS.
Wetlands Discovery. Learn about bird migration, adaptations and behaviors as you explore the wetlands with Avery the Avocet in our online wetlands discovery tour. Ask your teacher to participate in our Wetlands Discovery Program that includes hands-on classroom activities and a docent-led field trip.
Our flagship education program, the Wetlands Discovery Program, has introduced thousands of students to wetland habitats, birds, and ecology through hands-on classroom activities for grades 3-6. These engaging activities prepare students for a docent-led field trip to local wetlands. Read how to participate in our Wetlands Discovery Program.
Kids' Corner. Read about our programs for kids and and all about birds and their eco-systems in our online Kids' Corner.
Nature Walks for Scout Troops. If you are interested in participating in the "In the Flyway" Bird and Nature Walk with your scout troop, please read the Guidelines and Scheduling Procedures (PDF). Read this even if you have participated before since we are constantly updating it. After reading this introduction, view the available program dates in our In the Flyway Calendar. To schedule a walk contact the Programs Coordinator or use our In the Flyway sign-up form. Please note that dates are available on a first-come-first-served basis and you must receive a confirmation from our Programs Coordinator before the dates are confirmed.
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Updated June 2014
How to Volunteer for SCVAS
Fill out our Volunteer Sign-up form or contact our Programs Coordinator at (408) 252-3740 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our most pressing needs, plus our list of individual and committee opportunities.
Become a volunteer for conservation.
View our volunteer calendar.
Upcoming Events at SCVAS
Saturday May 30, 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Highlights: Possible Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager.
Sunday May 31, 8:00 AM (Half Day)
Smith Creek/Twin Gates- "Birding by Ear" Field Trip
Highlights: Probable birds include Horned Lark, Grasshopper Sparrow, woodland and riparian breeding birds.
Wednesday June 3, 12:00 PM (One hour)
City of Sunnyvale Landfill
Birding geared toward beginners.