Education

Information for Educators & Teachers

As a sanctuary for birds, the garden is an excellent example of the value of and need for conserving wildlife, its habitat and natural resources in an urban setting. We invite you to use Wing Haven as an extension of your classroom experience.  If you and your class are unable to visit us, we are glad to assist schools within Mecklenburg County in the development of gardens and/or bird feeding stations.

For more information, please contact Jill Goodrich, 704.331.0664, ext. 103.

Garden Visits

A garden visit to Wing Haven can complement many classroom activities, and our children’s tour  provides a great overview of our historical home and garden, as well as birds and wildlife habitat. Tours operate Monday through Friday, 10:00 – 3:30 pm and are 90 minutes in duration with the option to extend your visit for further exploration.

Tours must be scheduled in advance.  For specific curriculum interest, our Education Coordinator is happy to work with you to meet the needs of your students, and align our programs with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study curriculum standards.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch

Through Project FeederWatch Program, one of the “Citizen Science” programs of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, students of all ages collect data on types and numbers of birds that visit feeders in backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.

FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeder from November through April and send their counts to Cornell’s scientists. These data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Wing Haven participates in the Great Backyard Bird Count each February as a participant in Project FeederWatch and welcome school groups to visit that day to do the count. Otherwise, educators can find more information about this program and learn more about birds atfeederwatch.org.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) provides a step-by-step guide to creating outdoor classroom areas through their Schoolyard Habitat Program. Schools also have the opportunity to be recognized by NWF as a Certified Schoolyard Habitat. Wing Haven, a certified Schoolyard Habitat, is happy to provide assistance to participating schools. For more information about this program visit the National Wildlife Federation’s web site.