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Flying WILD City Partners!
Flying WILD city and community partnering organizations serve as the backbone of the Flying WILD network. Typically based in urban areas, these groups provide professional development, the Flying WILD guide, and outreach services to educators in a single metropolitan area. Organizations such as Audubon chapters, zoos, museums and environmental education centers establish an agreement with the Council for Environmental Education (CEE)-the national office for Flying WILD-enabling the organization to distribute the program guide along with the training.
One important function of the Flying WILD training is preparing educators to implement Flying WILD Bird Festivals. Whether conducted as a community-wide event or a classroom festival, the festival provides an opportunity for Flying WILD partner groups to strengthen ties with local schools. In partnership with their local Flying WILD provider, schools will arrange for the services of bird experts, nonformal educators, and environmental conservation professionals: contacts that can provide classroom presentations, live bird exhibits, field trips, student bird counts, mentorship for student service-learning projects, and presentations at school bird festivals.
The three-hour Flying WILD Educator Training is compatible with many workshops city/community partnering organizations already provide. Partnering groups may combine the Flying WILD training with their own programs, tailoring the training to involve local bird species and local community resources.
As CEE builds the Flying WILD Partner Network, we will update this website to provide partner contact information and training opportunities.