SCHOOL & COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
*Please note: Due to the volume of on-site activities at Tracy Aviary during the summer, we are unable to provide private programs during the months of June, July, and August.
Soaring Science Programs
During our Soaring Science Programs, Tracy Aviary educators bring hands-on activities to your classroom or community group to explore nature topics. Programs are 45-60 minutes long, and are limited to groups of up to 30 participants. Programs are also connected to Utah State Science Core.
These programs do not feature live birds, but focus on hands-on science exploration.
Every animal survives in its habitat because of its amazing adaptations, but birds have some of the best! In this program, Tracy Aviary educators will lead students in hands-on activities exploring the connection between bird features and their habitats, including creating their own amazing creatures and turning a fellow classmate into a bird!
Just how is an egg such a clever adaptation for birds? During this program participants will be introduced to a collection of egg specimens, dissect an egg to learn its different parts of an egg and how it is used by growing chicks, and help Tracy Aviary staff test how much weight an egg can really hold with our very own Egg-Smasher 3000 device.
Migration can be tough, so why do birds do it? In this interactive program, students get a taste of what native birds experience through all four seasons while collecting and graphing data from their own imaginary flock. Students then discover first-hand the risks and payoffs of going on mind-boggling bird journeys and explore how wetlands here in Utah and around the world help migrating birds. (NOTE: This program has been created for grades 4th and up. Students must be capable of reading and writing independently).
Winged Watershed Wonders - Grant-covered!
Protecting water that we need protects birds too! In this hands-on program, students identify how biotic and abiotic factors influence the water cycle and explore which birds a drop of water might encounter on its way through a local watershed. Students then use a watershed model to discover how humans impact water quality and brainstorm ideas for keeping our water clean for everyone to enjoy. Through a generous grant from Salt Lake City Public Utilities, we are currently able to offer this program free to school groups.
Bring your class or community group outdoors with private Nature in the City programs! In these nature programs Tracy Aviary educators bring activities to school yards or local parks to help participants explore and discover the nature right in their backyards. Programs are 60 minutes long, and are limited to groups up to 30 participants.
These programs do not feature live birds, but focus on interacting with nature to develop a connection with the environment and a sense of place.
Mapping Your Park
Discover the importance of having a sense of place and try your hand at creating and reading maps during a treasure hunt!
Get creative in nature! Become an artist of the elements by turning natural materials into beautiful works of art.
Enjoy an exploration of all the living things around us and discover their unique adaptions! Oh, and remember--curiosity is key!
How much do we use our sense of sound to understand the world around us? Come discover new ways to interpret your surroundings and sharpen your listening skills!
Bring your little ones and explore the outdoors together! We will enjoy a nature-focused story, active games, fun crafts, and time for free play in nature. (This program is designed more specifically for ages 2-6.)
Nature holds so much to be discovered, if you only take note of the details! Become a details detective with us and represent your discoveries and experiences in your very own nature journal.
Sensing the Seasons
Our senses can lead us to amazing discoveries! Come along to experience how our senses enhance our exploration and join us in a round of Nature Show & Tell!
Get to know the little critters all around us! Join us on a hunt for local insects and learn the important roles these creatures play in habitats.
Get your hands wet exploring water quality and search for the plants and animals that depend on our streams and rivers.
Tracy Aviary also offers custom presentations for any class or community group. These presentations can be tailored to any topic, such as Tracy Aviary’s past and present, ecological concepts, or local bird conservation stories, but may include fewer hands-on activities. Please note we are unable to bring live birds at this time.
Cost: $60 for first program; $25 for additional simultaneous or consecutive programs.
Adding a Program to Your Aviary Visit
Our programs can also be presented here at the Aviary. For on-site costs please refer to our On-Site Tours and Programs page..
When booking a program...
- Group sizes per program are limited to a maximum of 30 participants unless otherwise noted, or otherwise arranged.
- Pricing includes up to 50 round trip miles of travel from Tracy Aviary. Excess mileage will be assessed at a fee of $15 plus $1.50/additional round trip mile.
- Consecutive programs must be in the same location and scheduled within 15 minutes of each other.
Our staff will contact you regarding your request and use the information provided to assist you in planning your Tracy Aviary program.
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