Plumas Audubon transforms elementary school curriculum with birds, binoculars and shovels

Johanna Stoermer, 12, and Emily Bryant, environmental education assistant for Plumas Audubon Society, spot a bird in a tree during a bird walk at Quincy Elementary School. Photo: Maggie Starbard

Plumas Audubon has worked in partnership with the local school district to develop a fully integrated bird, native plants, and climate change program. At one school, each of the 55 fifth-grade students became an expert in a bird of their choice, participated in a Christmas Bird Count, and had at least one class outside almost every week (except in the dead of winter) to go birding. Read more about their unique program, which also included a day of planting native plants for birds.

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