Teacher Workshops

Our teacher programs provide an opportunity for formal and nonformal educators to connect with conservation education curricula related to birds and the environment in the unique setting of the National Aviary. Our goal is to help teachers create the most meaningful programs and lessons for their students, while learning about the birds and conservation programs of the National Aviary. Every offering provides educators with the chance to meet live birds from our collection, experience our unique walk-through exhibits, and interact with their peers in education.

Our 2017 offerings currently include:
  • Healthy Birds, Healthy Planet -  October 14, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    You won’t want to miss either of these unique content-deepening session that bring you in direct contact with our birds and bird conservation experts.  Each session highlights a different set of bird conservation efforts. Discover more about local and global conservation programs, scientific research and education, and the integral role of the National Aviary in these efforts. Meet live birds who are ambassadors of their species, listen to their personal stories of survival, and explore the conservation efforts in place to protect them. Gain greater insight into how birds are indicators of environmental change, why birds may hold the key to our future survival, and what actions we can take today to nurture our environment. You'll return to your school or organization with grade-appropriate conservation education lessons and activities. 
  • Project Wild - August 12, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Project WILD is an award-winning K-12 curriculum fostering responsible actions towards wildlife through environmental and conservation education. The interdisciplinary activity guide provides age-appropriate lessons designed to help learners build ecological, social and political awareness and knowledge, and develop skills in informed decision-making and responsible behaviors towards wildlife and the environment. Our certified facilitators will provide instruction and guidance in the curriculum, while our live birds connect you to their real life stories. And you'll take home the updated K-12 curriculum guide.
  • Flying WILD - Saturday, September 23 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Help connect kids to birds and nature while building their leadership skills. Flying WILD, a program of the Council for Environmental Education, is a service-learning tool for teachers, youth leaders, and environmental educators to engage students in hands-on learning, leadership development and conservation education. The National Aviary is the programs' official City Partner for the Pittsburgh region. With birds as the focus, you'll gain hands-on training in this unique curriculum and be connected to the live birds and resources of the National Aviary. Directed towards middle school, the curriculum can be easily adapted for all grade levels. You'll return to your school or organization with a copy of the award-winning curriculum guide and a draft plan for incorporating the curriculum into your classroom.

$100 per person per session includes lunch, classroom guides, lesson and activities to take home, live bird encounters, and admission to the National Aviary after the workshop ends! You can earn 5.5 Act 48 hours for each session.