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 info@madisonaudubon.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.

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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 info@madisonaudubon.org


Curricula for After-School Programs

Students at Vera Court Neighborhood Center explore the nature just outside their doors during Madison Audubon's nature education programming.

Students at Vera Court Neighborhood Center explore the nature just outside their doors during Madison Audubon's nature education programming.

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 info@madisonaudubon.org.


The Climate Initiative: Young Ambassadors in the face of climate change

Students at Madison's Lincoln Elementary School learn first-hand how climate change will affect a variety of Wisconsin's bird species through an interactive game called Habitat Scramble.

Students at Madison's Lincoln Elementary School learn first-hand how climate change will affect a variety of Wisconsin's bird species through an interactive game called Habitat Scramble.

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

Students at Goodman Community Center's after school programs learned about birds and art through a partnership with Madison Audubon Society.

Students at Goodman Community Center's after school programs learned about birds and art through a partnership with Madison Audubon Society.

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!

Get Active

Indoor Activities

Art Projects


Eastern gray tree frog. Photo by USFW Service.

Eastern gray tree frog. Photo by USFW Service.

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.

Download the audio guide or purchase a CD today!


Banner photo: students at Goodman Community Center on a field trip with Madison Audubon. Photo by Rebecca Ressl.