Primarily in the winter months, BBO runs an active education program. Staff give presentations focusing on bird conservation, diversity, and research to schools, day homes, children’s nature groups (such as Scouts), senior’s residences / associations, and other groups. Presentations are given based on the appropriate grade level Alberta curriculum (when applicable), integrating bird information into science, social studies, or language arts topics. When curriculum is not a suitable guide (eg. not school-based), topics are chosen at the discretion of the group, but are also focused on birds, research, and conservation – particularly on a local scale. Most presentations include information on how to protect birds in local communities. In addition to the presentations, activities, such as sketching or crosswords are brought to enhance learning whenever possible. A live educational owl is brought to every event to further reinforce the material taught during educational presentations.
Preschool: BBO storybook (an overview of the natural area and the idea of bird banding) w. optional supplementary sections specific to bird banding, Owls of Alberta designed for Preschool
Kindergarten to Grade 4: Owls of Alberta w. optional supplementary sections on animal life cycles for Grade 3, Small Crawling and Flying Animals for Grade 2, Needs of Animals and Plants for Grade 1
Grade 5: Wetland Conservation, Bird Conservation
Grade 6: Bird Conservation, Flight
Grade 7-9: Birds in Ecosystems, Adaptations for Flight, or Bird Conservation
Grade 9: Habitat Loss and Bird Populations, or Bird Conservation
Grade 10-12: Bird Diversity, Conservation, and Research
*grade levels K-6 include presentation, drawing/colouring activity/crossword puzzle, and interacting with the education owl
**grade levels 7-12 include presentation, interacting with the education owl, and may include a worksheet
All presentations include one of the educational owls. Ray or Ricki are Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Colonel Slade is a Barred Owl.
During the field season, groups or individuals may visit the BBO to see live banding in action. Banding typically occurs from May to October. A donation is requested for large group visits. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a group visit.
Classrooms up to 30 students $100
Classrooms 30-50 students $150
Classrooms over 50 students Variable
Adult presentations, afterschool groups, libraries $150
For-profit groups $700 or fundraiser
Guided nature walk $50
Banding demonstration $50
Hands on crafts $50
*10% discount when multiple talks are booked on the same day
Prices can be flexible for need, but minimum fee of $100 is required to cover staff time and mileage