Started in New York City in 1997 through the For the Birds! program, Audubon New York’s NYC conservation education programs are place-based platforms that promote awareness and appreciation of nature and conservation through the study of birds.
Our mission is to inspire students and educators to get excited about local birds and the natural world around them and to take an active role in the stewardship of their communities. These learning opportunities not only provide knowledge of local bird species and habitats but also encourage a sense of pride in one’s own community and empowers students to take an active lifelong interest in protecting their local environment.
For the Birds! Elementary School Programs
For the Birds! (FTB!) is a place-based city conservation education program serving 2,000+ New York City youth and community members with a focus on schools and communities across all five boroughs that are underserved by environmental education. The mission of FTB! is to get youth excited about helping birds and the places they need to survive. For the Birds! not only provides knowledge of local species and habitats but also encourages a sense of ecological place in one’s own community and empowers youth to take an active interest in protecting their local environment for birds and people.
For the Birds! Program Options
In-person Programs: During a 4, 8, or 16 session program, program participants learn about birds and local habitats in their neighborhood through both in-class and outdoor lessons. The curriculum is adaptable for grades 2-8 and is aligned to State and National STEM standards. Each program culminates in a field trip to a local park and/or a habitat project designed to attract birds and other wildlife to their community. Click here for our full course catalog.
Live and Pre-recorded Virtual Lessons: Packages include access to videos and teacher trainings to familiarize instructors with the lessons and web portal used. Videos feature lesson and activity directions, with minimal guidance required. Click here and discover our For the Birds! virtual program options.
For the Birds! Curriculum Kits: Kits can be purchased in conjunction with our pre-recorded lessons or as a standalone resource. All kits contain an activity guide with four of our most popular lessons, a nature journal, a field guide to local birds, and a native plant grow kit.
To get started, learn more, or for questions about NYC FTB! programs, please contact our New York City team member.
Located outside of New York City? Audubon New York centers also offer For the Birds! program and volunteer opportunities. Reach out to a center near you to learn more.
New York City
Julie Nelsen, Education Manager
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center
134 Cove Road, Oyster Bay, NY 10524
|Hudson Valley Region
Rebecca Schultz, Education Manager
Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary
127 Warren Landing Road, Garrison, New York 10524
|Finger Lakes Region
Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
View For the Birds! in Action
LARK Youth Programs
Audubon New York’s LARK (Learn, Advocate, Rise-up, and Keep Conserving) works to increase access to conservation education in NYC for BIPOC and under resourced communities and instill a culture of lifelong environmental stewardship for high school and young adults through school lessons, internships/mentorships, and our Youth Leadership Council (YLC). LARK offers the following program experiences for NYC high school students and young adults.
LARK Program Options
Youth Leadership Council: In partnership with NYC Service, our YLC allows NYC high school youth to address environmental policies and practices that shape the lives of their communities, while at the same time developing personal and professional skills, explore potential college and career opportunities and learn how to work collaboratively on creating solutions to local environmental problems. Click here to apply to our Youth Leadership Council.
Classroom Lessons: We offer a rigorous and environmentally conscious curriculum to high school youth, college students, and young adults. Using birds as the hook, Audubon educators engage participants in a series of climate and environmental justice-themed lessons that incorporate birds and conservation issues that directly impact their community (e.g. climate change, heat islands, and sea-level rise). Using climate data from Audubon’s Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, we collaborate with educators to co-plan/deliver a curriculum that meets the needs of their students and/or organization.
Internships and Mentorships: We offer internships and mentorships to high school, college, and early career professionals. Throughout their internship, interns work closely with the FTB! Program Director to inspire a new generation of conservationists through the study of birds. Interns gain experiences in both formal and non-formal environmental education and learn valuable and transferable skills such as project management, curriculum development, volunteer management, and community engagement.
To get started, learn more, or for questions about our LARK youth programs, please contact Yamina Nater-Otero, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-979-3073.