Bringing nature-based learning to you!
Madison Audubon's education team has created and curated a selection of lesson plans, stand-alone activities, and more for you to use in your home, classroom, library, or community center! If you use our activities, we'd love to hear from you.
Lesson & Activity Kit Library
Get your students excited about learning with real, hands on activities! Our education activity kits include lessons on scat, tracks, birding, and more! Our lesson and activity kits have everything you need for each interactive learning experience. If you would like to borrow a kit, just download our request form below and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Binoculars & Bird Guides for Kids
This kit contains 10 pairs of binoculars, 2 copies of the field guide Birds of North America, 10 copies of Madison Audubon Society's Bird Guide for Kids, 1 lens cloth, and 1 duffel bag. Great for taking students on nature walks around their neighborhood!
Mammal Scat Identification Kit
This kit contains a collection of scat replicas to teach your students about identifying Wisconsin mammals with the clues they leave behind! Ideal for nature studies and animal ID projects, this kit is always popular!
Bird & Mammal Track Identification Kit
This kit contains reproductions of the fore and hind feet of wildlife, making it possible for you and your students to learn how to identify a wide variety of Wisconsin birds and wildlife! The replicas can be used to make tracks in sand, or with washable paints.
Bird Beak Buffet Kit
Learn about the unique adaptations of different bird beaks with this unique activity kit.
Hunger Cranes Game Kit
Learn about the challenges of finding adequate food when you're a bird! May the odds be ever in your favor.
Habitat Scramble Kit
This game helps students understand unique habitat needs and the consequences of habitat loss.
Mammal Skull Kit
This kit contains the skulls of a coyote, fisher, beaver, muskrat, and white-tailed deer, photographs of each animal, and a lesson plan.
Mammal Fur Kit
This kit contains study skins of a bobcat, raccoon, fisher, and river otter, photos of each animal, and a lesson plan.
Migration Obstacle Course Kit
This energetic game teaches students the challenges that face our migrating birds.
To request a lesson kit, download our lesson kit request form (below) and contact us by calling (608) 255-2473 or emailing us at email@example.com
Curricula for After-School Programs
Madison Audubon's after school programs are six-week long curricula sets that can be adapted for students in a variety of grade levels, in any location in south-central Wisconsin.
All of these hands-on, nature-based programs are available free for download; additionally, if you are interested in contracting a Madison Audubon educator for these programs, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Climate Initiative: Young Ambassadors in the face of climate change
Climate change is one of the most important issues that humans (and wildlife) will face in the next 100 years. Today's kids must be connected to their local environments, and be thinking globally about our earth.
This curriculum set of 10 lessons examines climate change and Wisconsin's birds. The curriculum is classroom-tested, engaging, interactive, and ready to help get kids thinking critically about their world. Lesson materials are available to download below, and lesson kits are available to borrow - all for free!
Stand alone lessons & activities
Madison Audubon's education team has developed a variety of active, engaging, and artistic activities and projects for students to learn about the environment, wildlife, and birds! Use any of these single lessons to get your students excited about nature!
Wisconsin Frog & Toad Guide
Together with the University of Wisconsin - Steven's Point, Madison Audubon has created an audio guide to Wisconsin's frogs and toads.
Banner photo: students at Goodman Community Center on a field trip with Madison Audubon. Photo by Rebecca Ressl.