Birds In My Neighborhood Training I

February 4, 2016 | 9:30am


Pre-registration is required. Contact John Cawood:

Phone: 312-863-6276  Email:

Birds In My Neighborhood® is a volunteer-driven program for 2nd to 5th grade classrooms with the goal of acquainting students with nature in their community through the observation of birds. Connecting students with nature at school and close to home starts them on a lifetime passion for the environment. Openlands has installed school gardens at 61 schools since 2006. Through Birds In My Neighborhood, Openlands works with Audubon Chicago Region to bring knowledgeable volunteers to these schools to further establish the connection between CPS students and the local environment. We need your help!!

Become a Volunteer Instructor


  • Attend training sessions
    • Program Overview and Classroom Lesson Tutorial
    • Schoolyard Bird Walk tutorial
    • Field Trip tutorial
  • Set the visit schedule with your assigned teacher
  • Lead three visits with students: in-classroom lesson, bird walk in the schoolyard, and a field trip to a local natural area


Provide Field Trip Support


  • Attend Field Trip tutorial
  • Attend at least one field trip and support Volunteer Instructors by identifying birds and/or managing students

Spring Training Schedule

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9:30-11:30 AM: Overview and Classroom Lesson Tutorial, at Openlands office

Tuesday, March 15, 9:00-11:00 AM: Schoolyard Bird Walk Tutorial, Location TBD

Friday, April 15, 9:00-11:00 AM, Field Trip Tutorial, Location TBD


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