NH Audubon offers educational programs to schools and youth groups at your location or at one of our Centers. Many of our educational offerings feature live animals. Use the links below to explore program options at each center.
For the classroom, our hands-on, inquiry-based programs correlate with Next Generation Science Standards and NH Frameworks for Science Literacy, and meet many Common Core State Standards and College Career Ready Standards. If you have particular standards you want a program to meet, please contact us.
Moose to Mice
From beavers that swim to bats that fly, students will be amazed at the diversity of NH’s 60 mammal species.
New Hampshire Food Chain
Students learn about the diverse animal groups found in New Hampshire through visits with live and mounted animals. We will learn how energy flows in nature and discuss examples of food chains. (Includes raptor at McLane)
World of Reptiles
What is a reptile? We’ll talk about turtles and snakes, New Hampshire olds native reptiles. Lear which ones lives in NH, how to identify them and look at some live examples.
The Sweet Science of Sap
Have you ever had real maple syrup and wondered how it was made? What tools and processes are used to get sap form the tree? Your student will use scientific methods to conduct experiments with four non-toxic concepts of cohesion and density and will relate what they learn to the making of maple syrup. Finish with a taste test of some local NH Syrup.
Raptor Rapture (McLane Specific)
Get up-close and personal with NH’s raptors. Look into an owl’s eyes, check out the talons of the red-tailed hawk, and learn about the efficient hunting techniques of these birds of prey. Learn the basic biology and lifestyle of these great birds of prey. (Includes raptor)
Avian Adventures: NH Birds (McLane Specific)
Using mounted birds, feathers, wings, feet, beaks, nests, and eggs, students learn about bird habitat and basic bird biology. (Includes raptor)
Wings of the Night (McLane Specific)
Owls and Bats While both of these nocturnal animals rely heavily on their sense of hearing to survive, each has its own way of catching prey. (Includes raptor)
Fabulous Frogs (MAC Specific)
Learn all about our native amphibians! Your class will discover which frog species live in New Hampshire as well as learning about their anatomy, life cycle, and listening to their calls. Then we’ll take a look at several native frogs and try to guess who is who!
Winter Sleepers (MAC Specific)
Winter Sleepers help students discover which mammals remain active, which hibernate and which go dormant during the winter. Cold-blooded animals’ response to winter will be discussed before the class is introduced to a live gray tree frog.
Rocks and Minerals (MAC Specific)
Students will observe and explore the difference between rocks and minerals and learn what makes NH the Granite State. Touch and hold examples of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and investigate what makes rocks and minerals so important.
(September-November) As nature prepares to slow down for the coming months, discover the many adaptations plants and animals make to survive the winter.
Animal Habitats (NH’s Threatened and Endangered Species)
(Year-round) All animals need food, water, shelter, and space to survive. Learn how habitats provide these basic needs. Discover how problems with habitats can lead to species becoming threatened or endangered.
Tracking NH Wildlife
(December-March) Footprints in the snow tell stories about the secretive lives of wild animals. You class will learn how to identify common New Hampshire mammal tracks and patterns through activities.
(Fall and spring)Go for a walk to our very own pond and scoop to see what kinds of critters live here. Through scientific discovery we’ll learn about wetlands in NH and find out how to identify a variety of insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds.
(Fall and spring) Students will learn what makes an insect an insect and the important role they play our ecosystem. Using nets and bug boxes, venture out to capture different insects for close viewing.
Birds Around Us
(Year-round) Our center is home to a wide variety of birds. Discover what makes birds unique among other animals; learn about their anatomy, habitats, and calls. We’ll travel into forest and field with binoculars, field guides, and alert senses to discover common birds.
30 minute Mew Tour: $100.00 (McLane Specific)
Join our Raptor Care Specialist in a tour outside the mews to meet all of NH Audubon’s rehabilitated birds.
30 minute Raptor Feeding: $100.00 (McLane Specific)
Find out what goes on behind the scenes at our raptor mews. What do we feed the raptors? Why does the Bald Eagle like a shower?
We can also work together to customize a program for a specific topic or age group. Please use the above links to contact our centers and discuss your ideas!
One time custom program fee/school (in addition to the program fees listed in the fliers above):
$30 for a 1 hr program
$50 for a 1.5 hr program
$70 for a 2 hr program
The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.
Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.