Education is at the heart of Aullwood’s mission. We provide activities and programs that enrich lives through education and stewardship of birds and ecosystems. We envision a world where birds thrive and people prosper, everyone is empowered to take conservation action, and diversity of life and thought is respected.
Aullwood's dedicated education team teaches programs that tie to the Ohio Learning Standards and support concepts that are being taught in the classroom. We teach about the interconnectedness of life and explaining the importance of our role in the preservation and conservation of our planet.
Aullwood Audubon conducts business according to our conservation education beliefs and values regarding stewardship, scientific study, and people. We value and believe in:
- the inquiring minds of children and their innate desire to learn
- natural history learning through hands-on and field experiences
- the idea that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner
- enhancing lives by developing a sense of wonder and providing close contact with nature
- empowering experiences which foster appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the Earth
- environmental education promoting lifelong behaviors which protect the natural environment
- teaching stewardship by example
- respecting and protecting the Earth's diversity
- the intrinsic value of green space, agricultural land, and wilderness
- sound scientific principles underlying quality environmental education
- the importance of understanding ecological concepts and processes
- advancing our mission by maintaining a welcoming and friendly atmosphere
School and Youth Programs
The JANUARY 2023 AULLWOOD AUDUBON PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS AND GROUPS BROCHURE is available at the bottom of this page under "Downloadable Resources". Contact us at (937) 890-7360 or AskUs@aullwood.org for additional information on school programs. Besides in-person field trips, Aullwood offers these virtual programs:
+ Plant and Animal Adaptations
+ Avian Investigators
+ Feathered Friends
+ Ohio: Past, Present, Future
+ Web of Life
Outreach programs provide exciting, entertaining and educational assemblies for elementary students. Our assemblies feature the musical and artistic talents of Environmental Educator Chris Rowlands, a nationally-recognized performer teaching children about nature through innovative programs. Chris creatively blends music, art, comedy and education to create high energy, fast paced shows which teach and inspire young people. The Environment Magazine honored Chris by awarding him its first E Award for his environmental education programs. Programs include:
- Music Assemblies with Chris Rowlands
+ Farmin’ Fever
+ It’s Wild Out There
- Outreach Programs with Chris Rowlands
+ Artists in Residence: Art (Mini Residency)
+ Artists in Residence: Art (Full Residency)
+ Artists in Residence: Music
+ Young Authors Program
Find out more about our scout programs on the Scouting Programs page.
Aullwood can be a valuable resource for homeschool groups. Students gain a better understanding of science, natural history and agriculture through unique experiences at Aullwood. All of our programs for schools and groups for students in PreK through 12th grade are available to homeschool groups. For detailed descriptions of all of Aullwood's school programs, see our JANUARY 2023 AULLWOOD AUDUBON PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS AND GROUPS BROCHURE.
Resources of the Earth and Agriculture Discovered and Shared (R.E.A.D.S.)
Aullwood READS is an innovative program linking students enrolled in an after-school program with volunteers. This model initiative, for 15-20 children in 2nd-4th grades, integrates reading and writing skills with hands-on experiences in nature and farming. The students visit Aullwood once a week for 90-minute sessions for 10 weeks. Aullwood naturalists and volunteers provide hands-on learning experiences for the children at Aullwood’s nature center and sustainable farm. Caring adult volunteers tutor children, helping them read books on nature and farming that relate to that day’s hands-on, outdoor activities to improve their reading skills and attitudes toward reading, nature and agriculture.
Avian Art Program
The Aullwood Avian Art program brings Outreach Environmental Educator and artist Chris Rowlands into your classroom to teach students about birds and art. This program covers the cost of art supplies and Chris’s instruction about bird biology, the importance of birds, why they should be protected and various artistic methods to create a dramatic picture – that tells a story about the bird’s natural history. The Aullwood Avian Art Program would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors, Robert and Annette Marquardt. This program is sponsored in memory of Robert’s mother Enid Marquardt, a teacher who taught for 30 years in the Dayton school system and loved birds. If you are an art teacher interested in having your school participate in the Avian Art Program, contact AskUs@aullwood.org.
Aullwood's Head Start Nature / Farm Preschool
Aullwood Audubon Farm is the site of Miami Valley Child Development Centers' farm-based preschool. Please contact the Miami Valley CDC directly for more information at 937-623-9396 or visit their web page at http://www.mvcdc.org
Scheduling a Visit
Please complete our PROGRAM VISIT REQUEST FORM to begin scheduling your visit. All programs are held as scheduled, rain or shine. In case of severe weather that prevents outdoor exploration, hands-on indoor activities will be conducted. Cancellations must be made 14 days in advance of the program, otherwise the school will be billed for the cancelled program.
Learn and Engage with Aullwood
Get Involved with Our Community
There are many great ways to engage with the Aullwood community! Become a member, see our many volunteer opportunities, learn about internships and more.
Read Our Newsletter
Our quarterly newsletter Aullwood Member News is the best way to keep up to date on all the wonderful news and events at Aullwood!
See Our Trail Map and Brochure
See more details about Aullwood's features and trails, including our "The Troll that Hatched an Egg" exhibit by Thomas Dambo, on our trail map, last updated November 7, 2022.