Type: Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Website link: cascadesraptorcenter.org
Mission: Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, the Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
How the mission statement relates to education: “We believe that if people have this connection to birds of prey it easily translates into caring about other species, other animals, other habitats, and ecosystems, and that they in turn change their behavior and think about their own human impact on animals and ecosystems.” Kit Lacy, Education Director
Lesson: Reading with Raptors
Key words: Raptors, Kindergarten, Storytelling, Age-appropriate learning
Description: This introduction to raptors activity is geared towards preschoolers and kindergarteners. The use of storytelling to engage the students helps them learn about the amazing characteristics of raptors. The story comes alive as the children get to see the main character (an ambassador raptor) right in front of them.
Goals/ Objectives: Birds have feathers, they lay eggs, they hunt using their feet, raptors are awesome!