I am excited to share that Portland & I did our first educational outreach program and it was a success! We went to Centennial Elementary School in San Luis, Colorado and presented to the grades K-6th. For the younger grades we prepared a shorebird identification powerpoint and explained how their distinct beak allows them to eat different insects. The Kindergarten and 1st graders designed masks based on their favorite shorebirds. The 2nd-4th graders built hand puppets of their favorite shorebirds. The presentation for the 5th and 6th grades was about nests. Portland and I explained types of nests, camouflaged eggs, and why sizes of nests are so different. We did not build a shorebird nest due to the fact that shorebirds do not make colorful or exciting nests. Instead we had this group of students build a Red-winged Blackbird nest which is much more interesting.
Overall my experience working with Centennial Elementary was amazing! All of the students were respectful, curious, full of energy, and a complete joy to be around. All of the teachers and parents that attended our programs were also a pleasure to be around and were extremely helpful.