Educational Programming & Outreach

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Field Trips, On-Site Programs, and More...

Our Audubon Center's primary goal is to educate students and visitors about the varied ecosystems of the river and the birds and wildlife that depend on them. A variety of educational programming will be offered...from one hour classes and guided trail walks to engaging speakers and semester long study programs...that will engage diverse audiences in conservation through citizen-science and hands-on experiences. All of this is possible because throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region magnificent natural areas that evoke images of our great rivers' wild past still exist.

All programs are $3.00 per participant with teachers, group leaders, and chaperones being free. Program will go rain or shin (unless weather is life threatening) and all have an outdoor component. Most programs can be adapted for any age group or grade level, scout groups, homeschool, 4-H, etc. The programs on this list are suggestions. If there is a specific topic you would like to cover we can create a progra to meet your needs. 

The Center is open from 8am-4pm seven days a week. Length of programs are highly flexible, but only take into consideration actual program facilitation and not bathroom use, loading and unloading of students. Please take this into account when scheduling your field trip, we want to have as much active time with your students and participants as possible.

**Chances of viewing wildlife are increased in the morning. Unfortunately we can't guarantee that you and your class will see specific wildlife.**

To learn more about field trips and get a descriptive list of programs contact the Environmental Education Manager: Julie Watson at 636-899-0090


Field Trip Topics:

Amazing Eagles

Trumpeter Swan Exploration

Eagle and Swan Exploration

Birding Hikes

Nature Hikes

River History Program

Migration Program

Avian Architecture

Bird Identification 101

Macroinvertebrate Study

Nature Journaling

Bird Adaptations

Fish Adaptations

RiverVision Leadership Project:

We are entering our sixth year of programming with the RiverVision Leadership Project. This program introduces middle and high school students to a wide variety of water stewardship and water resource sustainability issues that impact the Mississippi River. The program is designed to develop critical thinking and collaborative leadership skills by combining environmental policy and hands-on nature study. The ultimate goal of RiverVision is for students to understand the complexity of issues that surround stewardship of American's great rivers; to understand how effective leadership can result in positive environmental change; and to hone their own leadership skills in thinking through the issues to arrive at potential working solutions.

On-Site Opportunities

The Audubon Center at Riverlands is a great place for your group to visit. We are an accessible building perfect for bird watching. We are perfect for bus tours. The typical bus tour consists of your participants being greeted at the Center by a knowledgeable guide. While in the center your participants can look around at exhibits and look for birds in our high-powered spotting scopes. Your guide will take your participants into the theater for a short 10 minute video on the birds of the area and the sanctuary. Then your guide will join you on the bus for a tour of the sanctuary. The whole trip usually lasts at least an hour, and is best to schedule an hour and a half for a larger group. The price for guided trips are the same as field trips: $3.00 a person with leaders and chaperones being free. For those interested in guided experiences or more structured classes please contact Julie Watson at 636-899-0090.