Education

Audubon Adventures

An environmental education program for teachers and children in grades 3 to 6 developed by the National Audubon Society. The materials present facts about wildlife, habitats, and ecology that teachers can use to help students appreciate, understand, and gain a sense of stewardship for the natural world. Our chapter funds the kits and distributes them each fall to interested teachers in local schools.

Philip L. Wright Memorial Research Awards

Each spring, to encourage student-initiated research in wildlife-related subjects, we advertise for proposals and then award small grants to university and high school students for research projects that can be completed in a few months. Grant recipients present their findings to the public at chapter meetings.

Birding Classes

We offer instruction in beginning, intermediate, and advanced birding in the classroom and the field. Topics include birds found in various habitats, field marks for identification, bird behavior, songs, anatomy, migration, and conservation, as well as use of field guides, birding optics, and birding ethics. Classes are usually held in the spring, somewhere in the March–May time-frame, and in winter.

Community Naturalist Program

An education program to connect people with nature. Our naturalists offer field trips and classroom lessons to schools and the public. Programs focus on birds within themes of natural history and ecology.


Advanced Birding Workshop

An advanced birding workshop has been scheduled for February, March and April 2018 that will include seven sessions on Thursday nights from 7:00 – 9:30 pm at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Regional Office on Spurgin Road. Each session will … Continue reading

2015 Phil Wright Research Awards

The Philip L Wright Memorial Research Awards are offered to encourage student-initiated research in wildlife-related subjects, and to support what might be their initial effort at field research. In 2015 the awards committee received proposals from ten University of Montana … Continue reading

2014 Phil Wright Research Awards

The Philip L Wright Memorial Research Awards are offered to encourage student-initiated research in wildlife-related subjects, and to support what might be their initial effort at field research. In 2014 the awards committee received proposals from 4 University of Montana … Continue reading

2013 Phil Wright Research Awards

In 1981 Five Valleys Audubon Society began a program of awarding small amounts of money to fund small research projects as a means of giving younger and less experienced students a way to get started in field research. Originally called … Continue reading

Audubon Adventures

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Audubon Adventures is a program provided by National Audubon Society for school children in 3rd thru 5th grade. Now you can bring the natural world into your classroom and connect kids to the environment. Designed for teachers and students in … Continue reading

Waterworks Hill bluebird project

Selene Fregosi, pictured here, is an intern with Dr. Renee Duckworth’s Montana bluebird study. This summer, she showed twelve 4H campers her banding materials during a walk on Waterworks Hill. The 4Hers were attending a June day camp and were … Continue reading

2012 Phil Wright Research Awards

The Philip L. Wright Memorial Research Awards are offered as a means of giving younger and less experienced students a way to get started in field research. The awards committee received eleven proposals in 2012. Six University of Montana undergraduates … Continue reading

The Community Naturalist Program 2010-2011

The Community Naturalist Program (CNP) represents a portion of the Chapter’s education effort. This program includes classroom presentations and field trips for grade school and high school classes, workshops to improve bird identification skills, and other requests from miscellaneous sources … Continue reading