Classroom Outreach Programs


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Invite a Raptor to your Classroom!

 Experience the wonder of being a few feet away from a magnificent bird of prey; a majestic falcon,or a beautiful owl.

Each of our programs is conducted by trained educators and is interactive and age-appropriate.  The West Coast Falconry Center’s birds of prey offer a unique opportunity for your students to learn about the world of these amazing birds through participatory activities, question-and-answer time, and interaction with live raptors.  

Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation using our West Coast Falconry School Program Booking Form.
Teachers:  All programs are designed to complement the Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

 PROGRAMS 

Reading with Raptors
Grade levels available: PreK-1st

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Watch your students be ENRAPTURED as a storybook comes to life with a special “Guest Star” Raptor!  This program involves a story read out loud by our presenter, while the ‘star’ of the story sits nearby.  Let your class experience a tale of a falcon, hawk or owl  (your pick of one) with one of our raptors!
Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food web

Time: 30 minute program presented in your classroom
Cost: $95 + travel for up to 32 students.  Add $5 per additional student; max of 40

Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

– Part of a book club or library?  Please see our description for Reading with Raptors – Library Edition presentation!  

 

Cloud Dancers
Grade levels available: Pre-K – 1

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Through hands-on exploration, young students will learn what makes birds different from other animals.  Two live raptors will visit with the children as they explore what makes raptors unique and why they are an essential part of our environment.  Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs

Time: 60 minutes
Cost: $150 + travel for up to 32 students.  Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.

 

Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 

Nocturnal Hunters
Grade levels available: K-12

Whooo is that?  An air of mystery has always surrounded owls, probably because most 10657636595_5abb19e443_mare nocturnal and not easily spotted in the wild. Through an interactive presentation your students will be briefly introduced to these amazing birds before they meet one up close!
Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs, classification

Time: 60 minute presentation in the classroom
Cost: $150 + travel for up to 32 students.  Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.
 

 Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 

Nature’s Purifiers: Vultures
Grade levels available: 4-12

Death is a part of the life cycle, and nature has a remarkable system of cleaning up afterK45C4877 itself.  Vultures are the planet’s most efficient purifier.  Learn to love nature’s feathered garbage crew with a visit from our vulture. We’ll discover the important role of scavengers in our everyday lives.
Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs, classification, scavengers, recycling, decomposition

Time: 60 minute presentation in the classroom
Cost: $150 + travel for up to 32 students. Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.

 Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 

Back from the Brink: Endangered or Threatened?
Grade levels available: 4-12

What do the classifications “threatened” and “endangered” really mean and how does it Piperhappen? What happened to the Peregrine falcon and how was it saved from the brink of extinction? Through a brief and engaging presentation as well as a live bird demonstration, participants discover how species become in danger of extinction. We’ll focus on what individuals can do to prevent loss of species, learn about laws currently in effect to protect them, and discuss how our world benefits from the variety of raptors inhabiting the Earth.
Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs, classification

Time: 75 minute program presented in your classroom
Cost: $195 + travel for up to 32 students. Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.

 Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 

Secret Lives of Owls
Grade levels available: 2-12

K45C4907Owls have always mystified people.  Their nocturnal habits keep them out of sight and fill the imagination. How far can an owl turn its head?  Do their eyes glow?  Are all owls nocturnal?  Get these questions answered and more as we delve into the natural history and behaviors of these nighttime hunters.  Classification, conservation, and survival techniques are just a few of the topics we will explore through hands-on activities such as owl pellet dissection.  Your students will become owl experts just in time to meet our live owls up close!

Note: Owl pellets are provided by WCF and have been sanitized.  WCF only brings enough pellets for a 1:2 ratios for your students.  All tools for dissection are provided by WCF must be returned at the end of the presentation.  Findings from pellets may be kept in the classroom for further discussion.
Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs, classification

Time: 90 minute presentation in the classroom
Cost: $250 + travel for up to 32 students. Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.

 Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 

Art on the Wing
Grade levels available: K-12

Science and art frequently draw inspiration from nature.  Many of the great images in bird books around the world are from biologists who drew the animals they were studying.cailleach fake sketch
Combining knowledge with creative talent will allow your students to fully immerse themselves in our wonderful birds.  We will bring 2 birds of prey into your art classroom to serve as models for your students.  Our staff will present a brief natural history program to introduce students to the birds before they begin to draw or paint.  The birds are extremely tolerant and will remain perched in your classroom.  Students will be close enough to see them clearly.  The best work, as chosen by the teacher, may be displayed on our Website with your permission!

Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food web

Time: 90 minute program presented in your classroom/studio.
Cost: $200 + travel for up to 32 students.  Add $5 per additional student; max of 40
Note: West Cost Falconry does not supply any art materials for this presentation.

Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 

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Our raptors are beautiful and are even more amazing in flight!  A bird can fly at the presentations listed below for an additional $100.

 

 

 

Hunters of the Sky
Grade levels available: 1-12

What makes raptors the Hunters of the Sky? It’s all about survival! Three engaging raptors K45C4814will visit your classroom to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Hands-on explorations of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts provide a stimulating introduction to the Hunters of the Sky.
Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food web

Time: 75 minute program presented in your classroom
Cost: $195 + travel for up to 32 students. Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.

Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 


Adaptations in Flight
Grade levels available: 3-12

What makes a bird able to fly? Through hands-on experiments and a powerpointK45C4918 presentation students will explore different flight adaptations of different species of raptors.   The students will examine the physical structures, feather and wing shapes that allow these birds unbelievable flight abilities, and then meet each of these flying acrobats up close.

Key Concepts: Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs, flight

Time: 75 minute program presented in your classroom
Cost: $195 + travel for up to 32 students. Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.
 

Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here.

 

Ancient Falconry in the Modern World
Grade levels available: 5-12Gyrfalcon Classic
Falconry is the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey for game in its natural habitat. Often referred to as ‘the sport of kings’, falconry is the oldest living sport on the planet.  This program will reveal how the ancient sport of falconry still thrives and how it is engrained in human history.  From Genghis Khan to the peregrine falcon restoration program, see how falconry has touched all of our lives.  Meet the birds used in the sport through history and in modern falconry today.
Key Concepts: history, Habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs, and classification

Time: 75 minute program presented in your classroom
Cost: $195 + travel for up to 32 students. Add $5 per additional student; max of 40.

Please be sure to read our program policies prior to booking a presentation.  Request a program here. 

Don’t see a program description that fits your lesson?  Let us know!  Our raptor specialists can come up with a special program to fit your lesson!  Just email us for inquiry.

 

 

West Coast Falconry
10308 Spring Valley Rd.
Marysville, CA 95901
530-749-0839 

 

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