Environmental Education Programs

Offered at Mill Grove or In Your Classroom

Environmental Education Programs

Offered at Mill Grove or In Your Classroom

About the Programs

Mill Grove is known as the first home in America of renowned naturalist and artist, John James Audubon. The home, a national historic landmark, is a small museum dedicated to Audubon, and complements the newly opened John James Audubon Center. Both the historic house and the new center explore concepts of nature, conservation, and art, all while showcasing Audubon's life and artistic skill, including his famous Birds of America double elephant folio.

Field trips to the John James Audubon Center (JJAC) are fun and exciting, and center around the above themes. Situated on over 200 acres of forest, field, and creek habitats, there is plenty to explore both indoor and outside, and we can bring the same fun and excitement to your classroom. Read below for the variety of field trips we offer (both on site and in your school).

Classroom Programs

Wild About Birds Bring the wonderful world of birds into your classroom! Learn about the many adaptations of different avian species, what makes them special, and how they compare to different animals. You can also enjoy a special visit from one of our many Bird Ambassadors!
Whoo Lives Here Go on an adventure right in your own backyard. Explore different, local Pennsylvania habitats right at school, and learn about the many plants and animals that call them home.
Owl Pellet Dissection Have you ever seen an owl pellet? Have students dissect one right in the classroom to learn about the diet and digestion system of birds of prey in this hands-on program.
Drawn from Nature Mimic the famed artist, John James Audubon, and learn to draw nature in real-life. Students will create their own nature-inspired drawings using some of the same techniques Audubon did.

Large Audience Programs

Birds of Prey Grades K-8. Limit 300 students maximum. Provides an introduction to the amazing world of winged creatures. Live birds of prey are used throughout the program. Concepts taught include: environmental health, the food web, human threats to the environment, and more!
Field Trip Grades K-8.  Limit 60 students maximum.  Includes a combination of rotational activities (see below).  Offered Tuesday-Thursday 10am - 2pm.  Facilities available for lunch.  

Rotational Activities

Birding with Binoculars Practice using your sense of sight and sound in this explorative program, and learn some of the techniques that researchers use while observing birds! Learn how to use binoculars to spot birds and other wildlife outdoors. Catch sight of some common backyard birds, and keep track of what you've seen and heard. Finally, go on a mini scavenger hunt and look for birds doing some everyday bird activities.
Scavenger Hunt Who might be living in your neighborhood? Go on a scavenger hunt to explore the grounds at JJAC and see what you can find. Use your keen observation skills to identify differences in nature that occur from season to season. Discover some common birds and other critters that might be living in your backyard too. There are clues to critters everywhere you look!
Audubon Experience Curiosity takes flight at the new John James Audubon Center! Students will explore the world of birds in the WOW! Birds gallery, learn about the legacyu of John James Audubon, and discover the importance between nature, art, and conservation.
Drawn from Nature What can you learn from a drawing? Learn naturalist and skilled artist John James Audubon and why his art and techniques were unique. Discover how he transformed his love of nature into a career as an artist right here at Mill Grove!
Home Sweet Habitats Hummingbirds, bright goldfinches, colorful bluebirds, oh my! Do you want to learn more about these birds and how to attract them to your yard? Discover what some birds may look for when trying to find a place to call home, and how to create the right habitat in your own backyard.
All About Birds Want to know more about the wonderful world of birds?  Students will discover the amazing adaptations of birds through hands-on opportunities with examples of bird feet, wings, and beaks.  Students may even get a chance to meet one of our non-releasable birds up close!
Bird Beak Bonanza A lesson on bird's most special adaptation - their beak! Students will investigate variations in bird beaks and the interrelationships of form and function by classifying birds with similar beaks and inferring possible bird foods based on beak shapes.
Outstanding Owls A lesson on on owls and their special adaptations. Students will discover what is special about an owl's eyes, neck, ears, feathers, and more! They will then explore owl calls they might recognize or hear in their own backyards. Students will get the opportunity to dissect owl pellets from our very own non-releasable owls on site, as well, and learn what an owl eats in this very hands-on experience.
Wonders of Water After identifying which watershed they live in, students will take the role of scientists by collecting samples from the Perkiomen Creek to perform water quality tests and identify how land use and human activity impact water.

Questions? Want to learn more? Contact our Education Coordinator at or call 610-666-5593 ext. 109.