Hawks Aloft Inc.
PO Box 10028
Albuquerque, NM 87184
Phone: 505 828-9455
Fax: 505 828-9769
E-Mail: gail@hawksaloft.org

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Youth Programs


The following programs developed by Hawks Aloft are designed for school children of all ages. For a list of programs offered for adults, click here. Each program features at least one to two live raptors and can be modified to fit into your curriculum. All of our single visit programs are available year-round and are typically at reduced cost for Title 1 schools.  All programs should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Requests for specific birds are subject to bird availability (some birds are unavailable during nesting season).

All programs have a maximum capacity of 50 persons (for the safety of the birds).

Our multi-visit progam is available to Title 1 elementary schools by application only. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted starting in Spring 2017.

Click here to schedule a program today!

For questions about programs, contact us at 505-828-9455 or education@hawksaloft.org.

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Birds of Prey: Grades 2 – 12 (Single Visit)Kim_D3B7470

Hawks Aloft educators travel to schools throughout New Mexico with age-specific, single-visit programs for students. These programs, which last from 60-90 minutes, offer content designed to fit teacher and curriculum needs and provide experiential, hands-on learning. Students interact with two live, non-releasable raptors at each program in addition to other fun interactive games and activities. Teachers receive advance information and pre/post-lesson suggestions to further enhance their students’ experience. Teachers are also encouraged to integrate one of our free online lessons into the classroom either before or after our visit.

Program Description

  • Available to schools throughout New Mexico
  • Geared towards students grades 2-12
  • Single-visit programs between 1 and 1.5 hours
    • Duration depends on available time and age of the students
  • Presentation content designed to match teacher and curriculum needs
  • Hands-on, experiential approach to learning
  • Presentation of two live, non-releasable raptors
  • Educational games and activities
  • Pre & post lesson suggestions provided

Available Topics for Birds of Prey program

Fire Ecology Game
Select from the following topics, or suggest a topic and we will develop a custom lesson for your classroom!

  • Raptor Biology and Adaptations
  • Migration
  • Conservation/Habitat Loss
  • Watershed Conservation
  • Fire Ecology
  • New Mexico Habitats
  • Food Chains/Food Webs
  • Cavity Nesting Birds
  • All About Owls

Birds of Prey Program Fees

Students learn about the attributes of different birds, including feathers.

  • Programs in the Albuquerque metro area:
    • First program: $150.00
    • Second program: Free (must follow first program, same location and day)
    • Third program: $100.00 (same location, same day)
    • Fourth Program: $100.00 (same location, same day)
  • Programs further than 50 miles from Albuquerque:
    • 1-3 programs: $300.00
    • Plus $0.56/mile roundtrip
    • Possibly lodging fees if program requires an overnight stay

Contact us at 505-828-9455 or education@hawksaloft.org to schedule a Birds of Prey program today!
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Reading with Raptors: Grades Pre-K – 1 (Single Visit)

The Reading with Raptors is a single-visit program designed for children from preschool through first grade. Reading with Raptors programs are conducted in the Albuquerque area and other regions of the state as requested. This program typically lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour and is focused on the basic adaptations of raptors to their environment. An educational story (often Owl Babies by Martin Waddell) is read to the students and interactive puppets are used to engage them in the program. One or two live raptors, at least one of which is a small owl, are presented and used to illustrate basic bird and raptor facts.

 

Program Description

  • Available to schools throughout New Mexico
  • Geared towards students grades Pre-K – 1
  • Single-visit programs between 30 min and 1 hour
    • Duration depends on available time and age of the students
  • Presentation content designed to match teacher and curriculum needs
  • Presentation of one or two live, non-releasable raptors
  • Educational games and activities:
    • Touch/feel feather
    • Food chain puppet show
    • Build a Raptor
  • Pre & post lesson suggestions providedDusk

Books Available include:

  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy
  • Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
  • Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles

Reading with Raptors Program Fees

  • Programs in the Albuquerque metro area:
    • First program: $150.00
    • Second program: Free (must follow first program, same location and day)
    • Third program: $100.00 (same location, same day)
    • Fourth Program: $100.00 (same location, same day)
  • Programs further than 50 miles from Albuquerque:
    • 1-3 programs: $300.00
    • Plus $0.56/mile roundtrip
    • Possibly lodging fees if program requires an overnight stay

Contact us at 505-828-9455 or education@hawksaloft.org to schedule a Reading with Raptors program today!
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Living with the Landscape: Grades K – 5 (Multiple Visits)

In 2000, Hawks Aloft began offering grant-funded, multi-visit programs within New Mexico. This past school year (2014-2015) thanks to the generosity of the Albuquerque Community Foundation , PNM Resources Foundation, the Larry and Anna B. Harris Foundation, and Chevron Corporation we successfully conducted Living with the Landscape at four title one schools. Applications have been accepted for the 2015-2016 school year and we hope to offer LWL to five title one schools.

Living with the Landscape is designed to teach students about New Mexico ecology and empower them to make a difference. This program provides students with age-appropriate lessons and activities relating to birds of prey and wildlife conservation and is aligned with New Mexico Science Content Standards. Our multi-visit approach is designed to build relationships between students, teachers, and our educators to facilitate a comfortable and effective learning environment. For participating schools, every classroom in the school will be visited at least once by one of our educators and a minimum of two live raptors; older students also will participate in field trips and conservation projects.

The breakdown of visits is as follows:

  • Grade PreK – 3:  Two classroom presentations with live raptors and hands-on activities that illustrate concepts such as adaptation, conservation, endangered species, food chains, habitat, migration, and basic bird biology/anatomy.
  • Grade 4:  Three classroom visits and one field trip.  Each classroom visit will feature different species of live raptors to illustrate concepts such as adaptation, conservation, endangered species, food chains, habitat, migration, watersheds, and basic bird biology/anatomy. The field trips will focus on New Mexico wildlife and ecology, and demonstrate scientific concepts in a local context. The final classroom visit is a review of all the concepts learned throughout the program.
  • Grade 5:  The full Living with the Landscape program with three classroom visits (see grade 4 above), one field trip, and a conservation project that empowers students through action to make a difference in their community.
  • All students and families:  A family night, featuring live raptors, in which students show their parents and siblings what they have learned throughout the program.

Conservation Project

  • Fifth grade students will participate in conservation projects to empower them to make a difference in their school and community.
  • Past projects have included:
    • Habitat creation and/or restoration (including bat boxes, birdhouses, and schoolyard habitat projects)
    • Planting native vegetation
    • Removal of invasive-exotic plants
    • Endangered species monitoring
    • Anti-littering or water conservation campaigns within the school

Topics covered in Living with the Landscape programs

  • New Mexico Habitats
  • Food Chains
  • Habitat Loss
  • Basic Bird Biology
  • Adaptation
  • Migration
  • Pollution and Human Impact
  • Predator/Prey Interactions
  • Fire Ecology

Living with the Landscape Program Fees

The Living with the Landscape program is offered to Title 1 schools free of charge thanks to the Albuquerque Community Foundation and PNM Resources Foundation and the Larry and Anna B. Harris Foundation.To find out how to apply for one of our multi-visit programs contact us at 505-828-9455 or education@hawksaloft.org.
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