Mendocino Coast Audubon society is dedicated to providing exciting learning opportunities for students, adults and families who are interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the birds and conservation issues on California's North Coast. All education programs are free of charge for the participants due to the generous support of our MCAS members.
Young minds are eager to learn about the world around them
Elementary Education Classroom Programs “Get Them While They Are Young!”. Since 1992, the Mendocino Coast Audubon has been teaching basic bird biology and birding skills for 1st and 2nd grade students from Point Arena to Westport. The classes focus on the physical attributes of birds, bird identification, and the use of binoculars. Presentations for groups and organizations can be arranged by contacting MCAS.
Comments from evaluations...
"I'm so pleased with this program that enlightens young children of the need to protect and enjoy our wildlife. Keep up the great work!" Mary Miller, Redwood Elementary School
"The best part of the program is Pam Huntley. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and media round out an exceptional program." Chris O'Brien, 2nd grade teacher Redwood Elementary
Audubon on Local Television:The MCAS education program video, "A Bird's Eye View" is now being played on station 64 on Mendocino Coast Television. The video depicts educator Pam Huntley and her work with the students at Redwood Elementary School in Fort Bragg.
Audubon on Local RadioAudubon educator, Pam Huntley, broadcasts short weekly informational radio sports on local radio station KZYX and Z (90.7 FM). A different bird is highlighted every Tuesday evening on the Community News at 5:00 pm with Christina Anastat and again the segment is rebroadcast on Friday mornings at about 7:55 am.
Stories about BirdsIndependent educator, Sue Coulter reads and performs bird related stories for children and families. The Audubon Story Hours are held at the Fort Bragg Library and Frankie’s Pizza and Ice Cream.
Sending Kids to CampThe Mendocino Coast Audubon Society annually sponsors a student to attend Outdoor Explorers, a week-long summer day camp program that investigates the different habitats of the North Coast.
A poem written while at camp...
The forest is a nice and quiet place,
lay down and look at the magnificent grace.
Of tall redwood trees
Feel the wind's cool light breeze.
Listen to the birds as they hop from tree to tree
I wish I were a bird so then I could see,
Above the trees look like mountain tops
The fun never ending, all sorrows forgot.
The ground's dirt helping things to grow
While nature's teaching are all we need to know
While the birds are singing with their hard beak,
While the water flows in a nearby creek.
So, this is what it's all about
Sitting on a log and letting your feelings out.
Nina, Age 9
Black Oystercatcher. Photograph by Ron LeValley