Flying Wild with the National Aviary!


Pittsburgh, PA – Thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation, children from Pittsburgh Allegheny 6—8 will be flying wild with the National Aviary during the 2012-13 school year. The National Aviary is only one of two organizations in PA certified to provide Flying WILD!, a program developed by the Council for Environmental Education which introduces bird conservation to middle school children.

This initiative fits well with Pittsburgh Allegheny 6-8’s emphasis on academic achievement, structure, discipline, character development, technology proficiency, and community responsibility via service learning at each grade level, individual student goal-setting, and creation of student portfolios.

In Flying WILD! students will be engaged in real-world learning that helps them understand the importance of migratory birds and their conservation.  During the school year a team of students will design, organize and implement a bird festival for Pittsburgh Public School elementary schools on the North Side in June 2013.  

The Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S. Funding decisions are aligned with Alcoa’s core commitment to environmental sustainability. Flying WILD! is an opportunity for an entire community to get involved in a project that will inspire students, teachers, parents, families and friends to protect and preserve our natural resources.


About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 550 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world.


About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.