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School Programs for Bird Education

Bird education for young children teaches significant lessons.

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Science isn’t everyone’s favorite subject in school, but some educators are trying to make it more interesting by bringing pet and other animal literature into the classroom.

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which houses more than 600 birds, used to provide an online web curriculum for teachers, homeschoolers and the casual web visitor. The topics covered are based on four frequently asked questions from visitors of the aviary: What do they eat? How do they fly? How do they have babies? Are they related to dinosaurs?

Under each of these categories there is information, online and off-line activities, debate topics and a teacher’s guide that includes suggestions of how to introduce a chapter to the class, additional background information and a rubric for assessment. "It’s fun, it’s playful, but it’s also quite serious,” said Curator of Education, Amy Padolf. The aviary’s curriculum won the 2002 Significant Achievement Award from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and it meets the U.S. Department of Education Content Standards and Benchmarks in science, environmental education and math. The curriculum is aimed at upper elementary to middle school children.

Across the Atlantic, the Loro Parque Foundation ( in Tenerife, Spain, hosted more than 29,000 students in 2004. Programs for visitors include a guided "Macaw Expedition” tour, the video "Paco the Parrot” and, this year, a new workshop on penguins.

More and more, pets are "being utilized in a growing number of rehabilitation and education programs nationwide,” the American Pet Products Association (APPMA) found after the conclusion of its 2005-2006 National Pet Owners Survey. The survey also found that pet owners are more likely to have children under 18 years old at home when compared with the rest of the population.

"There are significant emotional and psychological benefits of pet ownership for children,” said Bob Vetere, COO and managing director of APPMA. "The unconditional love pets provide helps foster confidence in children, and teaching children how to care for a pet provides an opportunity to demonstrate good values, proper behavior and respect for others.” 

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Posted: October 18, 2006, 12:00 a.m. PDT

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I think that would be a cool idea!! But personally if I was the person bringing in the bird I'd probably be paranoid because I wouldn't want the kids to hurt him =(
Sonja, International
Posted: 4/18/2014 6:27:46 AM
I have been a member of a terrific bird club for over 10 years. We have done bird presentations to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, home schooled Jr. Audubon students, a youth detention center, school science clubs, senior assisted living center, senior recreation center, public library children's section, kindergarten class and, will probably do another senior nursing home next year. It's hard to get volunteers together, but I have a core group that loves to bring their birds to educate as well as just letting people enjoy them. I think the people who get the most out of this (besides us) are the senior citizens. Try'll warm your heart.
Kit Kolenda, Kentwood, MI
Posted: 9/24/2009 4:19:27 PM
The web site you pointed us to is dead. LINK
Jena, Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 9/23/2009 10:26:32 AM
I really like this article in fact I've been trying to figure out a way to do this in my town. These references will really help with the school board.
Colleen, Wylie, TX
Posted: 2/27/2009 9:35:28 AM
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