School Programs

Online Educational Programs can be presented to your classroom of students, pods, or to families in a COVID-safe way. All of our programs are nature-based, student-centered, and highly hands-on, allowing every student to become active in the learning process.

Portland Audubon’s Online Educational Programs are the perfect compliment to your environmental curriculum, and are wonderful for all school and youth groups including scouts, neighborhood clubs, church groups, families, etc.


Program Descriptions

Each Program Includes Key Language from K-5 Science Standards

  • Adaptation
  • Characteristics / Traits
  • Diversity
  • Senses
  • Environment

Registration Details and Fees

To register or get more information, contact Tara Lemezis at

Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $70
Group size: One classroom
Ages: Kindergarten-adult

Birds of Prey

Birds of prey have unique adaptations that make them awesome predators. Students will virtually interact with our collection of skulls, talons, and wings to discover how different characteristics help raptors survive in their environment. After learning about the raptor species that live in the Pacific Northwest, students will learn about our Education Ambassador Animals and learn why they live at Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center.


Red-tailed Hawk, photo by Mick Thompson

Beautiful Birds

An all-time favorite! Participants will discover the fascinating world of birds as they study avian bones, wings, feet, feathers, nests, eggs and more!

Students will learn about the diversity of birds of the Pacific Northwest, their unique adaptations and characteristics, and how to identify many of the species they see around their home and school. This program is a true classic!

Western Tanager
Western Tanager, photo by Scott Carpenter

Owls of the Northwest

This program gives participants the chance to learn how to identify different species of owls found in the Pacific Northwest. Owl specimens and fantastic photos help to bring these elusive, often nocturnal avian predators right into your classroom.


Northern Pygmy Owl, Photo by Steve Young

Habitats of the Pacific Northwest

Students will travel the vast Pacific Northwest without ever leaving their school or home! They will get acquainted with our region’s diverse range of habitats, and learn how to identify alpine ecosystems, meadows, grasslands, wetlands, and deserts. Participants will also learn the amazing skill of being able to place a given species in its proper habitat based on its unique and shared characteristics. We’ll show lots of specimens, ranging from bear and raccoon skulls to cougar and skunk study skins will help students learn about the numerous mammals that live here! This program is a great overview for students doing field work or studying the ecology of the Pacific Northwest.

Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Photo by Adam Stunkel


Bats are incredibly important, but commonly misunderstood, and this program helps separate fact from fiction. Learn about the variety of bats from around the world before taking a deep dive into the bats that live here in the Pacific Northwest.

Through the use of photographs, specimens, props and story, find out what makes these flying wonders so special, what adaptations help them survive and the role they play in insect control and pollination.

Big Brown Bat, photo by Bat Conservation International and Minden Pictures.