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Flying WILD Workshop

Focused on Inclusive Bird Education

Event Date

Saturday, September 30, 2023 -
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Event Description

Image of Dexter Patterson and Joe Riederer along with book cover from Flying WILD guide and the words "Flying WILD: You Ready? Let's Go!"


Flying WILD: You Ready? Let's Go!

Join us at at Horicon Marsh for a morning bird hike with Dexter Patterson (@WiscoBirder), engage in a conversation about inclusive bird education, learn about the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, and then explore Flying WILD and other curricular resources with Joe Riederer (@joe_riederer) in the afternoon.

Who: Upper elementary, middle, and high school educators, but educators of any level are welcome to attend.

Where: Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

Date: September 30

Time: 9:00 – 3:00 

Cost: $90 (full registration) or $15 (with scholarship*). A limited number of registrations are available. 

Lunch provided. Participants will receive the Flying WILD curriculum guide. 

Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation, and natural history.

The purpose of the Flying WILD program is to engage middle schools in bird education efforts with the intent of encouraging increased environmental stewardship among youth. Special emphasis is placed on creating an approach that is readily adaptable for urban schools, often with underserved students who traditionally receive few opportunities to participate in environmental education initiatives.


This event is hosted by FIELD Edventures, with support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. 

*Scholarships are available due to the generous support from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.