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Education - Classes and Resources

The MDAS Education Committee arranges classes for chapter members and the public, serves as a resource for information on local classes through other organizations, and provides links to educational materials and programs available online.

The Education Committee is looking for volunteers interested in helping set up classes, contacting instructors, brainstorming ideas, collaborating with area conservation groups to provide birding expertise on hikes, and/or working with youth and classroom teachers to further the MDAS mission.

If interested, please contact Maren Smith at marensmithbkk@yahoo.com or (925) 322-8477.

MDAS Registration PoliciesMDAS Classes

Classes for Fall 2018 will be announced in late summer.

Local Classes

The MDAS Education Committee maintains a list of local classes of special interest to members of our chapter for which they may enroll. Links to other organizations are also provided here for information about classes they may offer.

The Gardens at Heather Farm is offering a five-part series of bird classes in May and June 2018. You can find out more about it at https://gardenshf.org/bird-series/. The Gardens is offering the classes in this series free of charge to students interested in volunteering their time both during and after the training.

Golden Gate Audubon offers classes for all levels of birding skills for members and non-members. You can find out more about them at https://goldengateaudubon.org/education/classes/. They also do Eco-Education programs that offer year-round environmental education to Title I (federally-funded) elementary schools in Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco. To find out more visit https://goldengateaudubon.org/education/eco-education/.

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Institute offers over 140 hands-on outdoor education classes per year that foster the enjoyment of the Point Reyes National Seashore, for over 2000 participants. Their classes are led by expert instructors who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. You can find out more at http://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/prnsa-field-institute or by calling (415) 663-1200 x307.

Ohlone Audubon Society maintains a list of local classes at http://www.ohloneaudubon.org/index.php/education/bird-watching-classes

Denise Wight's list of birding classes can be found at http://www.denisewightbirds.com/

Daniel Edelstein teaches classes which can be found on his Merritt College blog and on his website at WarblerWatch.com.

John Muir Laws offers classes through his website, JohnMuirLaws.com.

Online Education

The Education Committee provides links to online classes and educational resources.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has over 200 online courses available. Some require a fee, but many are free. You can explore them at https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/course-list/ or http://www. birds.cornell.edu/courses.

Birds of North America is a subscription website maintained by Cornell Lab of Ornithology that has a wealth of information on birds. You can access them at https://birdsna.org/ This is not a set of classes, but detailed information to assist your learning about individual bird species.

Programs for Teachers:

Audubon Adventures offers a variety of programs for schools at http://www.audubon.org/conservation/audubon-adventures.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has their Bird Sleuth programs for teachers. Find out more at http://www.birdsleuth.org/.

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