Our Educators Travel to You

*Due to COVID-19, our Traveling Programs in this capacity are currently on hold. Please check out our School, Youth, and Family page to find out about our current offerings.

Traveling Educational Programs can be presented in your classroom, home or anywhere your youth group meets. 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 Traveling 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, etc.

These programs can also be delivered at Portland Audubon to enhance your group’s field trip experience! Find out more about our on-site Sanctuary Tour.

Dissecting owl pellets at an after-school program done in partnership with Rose Community Development

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 tlemezis@audubonportland.org.

Program length: One hour per program
Fee: $125 per program (two program minimum)
Group size: 30 maximum
Ages: Kindergarten-adult
Travel charge: Additional fees apply if travel is greater than 30 miles.

Sliding scale discounts are available for all Title 1 schools. Please contact us for more info. 

Birds of Prey

Birds of prey have unique adaptations that make them awesome predators. Students will handle 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 meet a live bird of prey* and learn why they live at Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center.

Note: *Our Education Animals are unavailable for this program, as they are undergoing new enrichment and behavioral training.


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.

Working with our lab kits, students will handle owl skulls, talons, wings, pellets and eggs as they investigate the unique abilities, senses and adaptations of these mysterious and enchanting birds.

Northern Pygmy Owl, Photo by Steve Young

Habitats of the Pacific Northwest

Students will travel the vast Pacific Northwest without ever leaving their school! 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. Lots of hands-on 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