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Teacher Resource Center

Our Teacher Resource Center is designed to provide resources and materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. We offer a variety of lesson plans, games, and activities to guide you in exploring habitats and nature with your students.

From slideshows to live birds, we have many programs and presentations, read our current list (PDF). If you want to schedule a program or be added to our list to receive updates, please contact our Programs Coordinator, programs@scvas.org or (408) 252-3740.

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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. These engaging activities prepare students for a docent-led field trip to local wetlands. Read how to participate in our Wetlands Discovery Program.

Activities from our Library

We maintain a variety of lesson plans, games, and activities at our headquarters in Cupertino that can be copied. Topics include birds, habitats, and endangered species. In addition, science CDs and videos, education kits, bird nests, and mounted birds in plexiglass cases are available to borrow. The Teacher Resource Center Index contains the current list of available resources.

Presentation Packets

We have three downloadable presentation packets that contain a color slideshow and a full script.

  • Birds Around Us focuses on backyard and schoolyard birds. It includes a student journal, which students complete while watching the slideshow.
  • Wonders of Wetlands describes the types of wetlands and their history, plants and animals, featuring 15 of the most common birds found in Bay Area wetlands. This presentation was developed to compliment our Wetlands Discovery Program.
  • Wetland Birds presents over 35 different species of birds found in our wetlands, focusing on behaviors and biological characteristics.

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Audubon Adventures

Audubon Adventures classroom kits consists of sets of environmentally focused newsletters, posters, and classroom resource guide. The National Audubon Society develops these kits for fourth to sixth grades. Subjects from previous years include autumn wildlife, animal talk, marine mammals, amazing snakes, spring songbirds, dragonflies and damselflies, and the hidden world of ponds.

Classroom Visits

Our dynamic volunteers visit classrooms at the request of teachers. They present an environmental education unit using one of our existing programs, such as a slide show, Bird Skins and Nests, or a bird walk at your school using our binoculars. Classroom visits fill quickly, so please schedule three to four weeks in advance!

Wildlife Education Day

Held annually in late October, this is one of the premier festivals in the Bay Area where hundreds come together to learn about birds, nature, ecology, and wildlife. This festival includes a California Native Wildlife Poster Contest featuring artwork of local wildlife. Use our classroom discussion guidelines to prepare for the poster contest; these guidelines adhere to California State Education Standards for kindergarten to sixth grades. Learn more about Wildlife Education Day.

 

Last modified September 2012

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