EDUCATION

The Cape Fear Audubon Society’s education policy is to inform the public about the natural environment. We conduct workshops in natural science and the environment for members, schools, and other groups.

Discover the Wonders of Birds is a family-friendly program consisting of interactive, hands-on learning centers that invite children and adults to investigate several aspects of birds and how birds function in their avian environment. Visitors to the stations (there are around ten, depending on the size of the venue) are encouraged to visit each one and spend as much or as little time as they wish.  Student groups may have a more structured schedule at each station.  Cape Fear Audubon Society volunteers will be present at each learning center to answer birding questions and guide the explorations. 

Visitors to Discover the Wonder of Birds will take home answers to the following questions:     * Why do birds migrate?
    * What are the functions of feathers?
    * How do you use a bird field guide?
    * When does an owl make a pellet?
    * How has climate change been affecting bird populations?

For information on how you, as a teacher, museum leader or park administrator, can bring Discover the Wonder of Birds to your facility, contact Catherine Nesbit at cnesbit@ec.rr.com.  Teachers may inquire about pre and post-event learning materials for class preparation and follow-up.

In conjunction with the staff of Airlie Gardens and Halyburton Park, the Education Committee completed the development of two curriculums to introduce 4th graders to the native dragonflies (Halyburton Park) and butterflies (Airlie Gardens) of our area. The kits cover their life cycles, habitat requirements and behavior through readings and hands-on activities, reinforcing the North Carolina Standard Course of Study science requirements for 4th grade. Included in the kits are two field guides developed by the committee to help students identify five common species of dragonflies and butterflies in our area. Download the kits by clicking on the links below.

Butterflies: Guide and Curriculum (PDF files)
Dragonflies: Guide and Curriculum (PDF files)

Cape Fear Audubon Society has created an educational brochure on shorebirds for the Ft. Fisher Visitor’s Center. The chapter has had an Audubon “Important Bird Area” sign posted at the Ft. Fisher boat ramp near Battery Buchanan and will be providing an interpretive sign on several bird species for Ft. Fisher.

Project Bird photos and newspaper article.

Contact:, Education Committee Chair.