Environmental Nature Center Presents New and Improved
Raptorology Assembly Program
Nature Center’s Traveling Naturalist program brings live birds of prey
to schools and community organizations.
Newport Beach, Calif., January 3, 2019 – The Environmental Nature Center’s education team refurbished an old program about birds of prey and will start booking this new and improved assembly-style program immediately. This program, called ‘Raptorology’, introduces students and community members to live birds of prey, which have been rehabilitated and trained to be used as animal ambassadors.
“We are so pleased to be working in collaboration with the OC Bird of Prey Center, who has made their rehabilitated birds accessible to us for these educational experiences,” said Community Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz. “We have hired one of OCBPC’s specially trained raptor handlers, Harmonie Wooley, and she is a wonderful addition to our education team.”
In this hour-long program, students will meet 3-4 live birds of prey that are native to Southern California. Harmonie will share information about what makes these birds so special – including their adaptations for hunting, flying, and digesting prey. Additionally, students will have a unique opportunity to touch skulls, talons, and feathers from birds of prey. Harmonie will scaffold the information presented to be appropriate for different grade levels, and all students will leave with an understanding of why these birds of prey are such a vital component of our ecosystem.
“We are confident that our Raptorology program will flow seamlessly with the rest of our NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)-aligned curriculum, and provide students the opportunity to ask informed questions,” said Harmonie Wooley. “Meeting raptors up close can be a truly captivating and transformative experience for people – especially for those kids that live in more urban areas, where they might not normally get this experience.”
This program will be an addition to the ENC’s long-standing Traveling Naturalist program, which facilitates in-school field trips at schools all over Orange County. While approximately 80% of these programs do take place in schools, the remaining 20% take place at community organizations such as libraries, churches, senior centers, and festivals.