Baton Rouge Audubon Society

BRAS Education

Committee Chair

Jane Patterson

Kids Who Bird!

The focus of the education programs for the Baton Rouge Audubon Society is to build and encourage new birders. We want to reach out to children and their families and get them excited about birds and other wildlife.

BRAS is proud to offer KidsWhoBird! a club for kids ages 9-16 who are interested in learning about birds, or who want to share what they already know and go birding with other kids! Click here for more info about Kids Who Bird

Birding Classes

Visit our Events and Field Trips page for details on any upcoming classes!
Beginning Birding classes are offered every spring and fall at two locations in Baton Rouge and in Ponchatoula. These classes include: Introduction to binoculars, field guides, and birding apps, identification basics, introduction to eBird, and informatin on events and birding resources in Louisiana. Advanced Birding classes are offered on an ad hoc basis.

Free Guía de Campo Kaufman: a las Aves Norteamericanas (Guías de Campo de Kaufman) (Edición en español)

¿Es Ud. un observador de aves en Louisiana cuyo primer idioma es el español? ¿Desea una guía de campo escrita en español en lugar de en inglés? Si vive en Louisiana y está interesado en una guía de campo gratuita, envíe un correo electrónico a e incluya un breve ensayo (en español o inglés) sobre por qué está interesado en una guía de campo en español. Si eres un niño y prefieres hacer un dibujo que escribir un ensayo, estará bien Si se aprueba, recibirá una copia de Guía de Campo Kaufman: a las Aves Norteamericanas (Guías de Campo de Kaufman) (Edición en español). La cantidad de libros será limitada. Kaufman Guia de Campo

Are you a birdwatcher in Louisiana whose first language is Spanish? Would you like a field guide written in Spanish rather than English? If you live in Louisiana and are interested in a free field guide, please email and include a short essay (in Spanish or English) about why you are interested in a Spanish field guide. If you are a child and would prefer to make a drawing rather than write an essay, that will be fine. If approved, you will receive a copy of Guia de Campo Kaufman: a las Aves Norteamericanas (Kaufman Field Guides) (Spanish Edition). The number of books available is limited.

Audubon Adventures

Audubon Adventures is a program produced by the National Audubon Society to help promote wildlife and conservation awareness in children and expand their understanding of the natural world. It's designed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers to use as a part of their regular curriculum. It ties in with their other subjects while focusing on the life and habits of birds and other animals.

Each teacher who participates receives a kit containing 32 copies of a student newsletter, a detailed teacher's guide, Audubon's "Guide to a Healthy School Yard," and a classroom certificate. Participating teachers also become members of National Audubon! For more information about the Audubon Adventures program, go to the web site at

BRAS is offering to donate this educational kit to teachers in East Baton Rouge parish and has been working to contact those who are interested in using this teaching kit in their classrooms. We're excited to be able to provide this wonderful resource to the children. If you are a teacher, or you know of any teachers, principals, or educators that would be interested in receiving information, please have them contact our Education Chair, Jane Patterson at

BSA Scouting Merit Badge for Bird Study

BRAS offers an in person or online class that meets or exceeds the guidelines set out by the BSA scouting organization for the Bird Study Merit Badge. Please contact our Education Chair, Jane Patterson at to set up a time and date for your troop.

Birding Seminars

Baton Rouge Audubon can offer the following classes or seminars to your classroom, group or organization. These sessions are designed to be introductory – they're not for the bird experts, but to introduce those that have an interest to the pursuit. These can be held at your location – instructor will bring computer presentation(s), overhead projector, and screen – all you provide is electricity, seating, and an eager audience! Other informational sessions can developed as well, if you have a particular interest. Please contact our Education Chair, Jane Patterson at

Beginning Birding

Introduction to binoculars, field guides, and how to find and identify birds by sight and sound. Designed for ages 8 and up – best for a child paired with an adult (parent). Ideally, this seminar is done in a classroom setting first, followed by a field trip outdoors to practice what was learned! BRAS will provide binoculars for student use.


Interactive seminar featuring an introduction of fascinating facts about the tiniest of our feathered friends with pictures and video. Designed for ages 10 and up. Appropriate for a classroom setting.

Cool Birds Around Baton Rouge

You know those little brown birds you see inside Wal-mart, and the black birds you see hanging out in the parking lot? Yeah, we won't be talking about those. This seminar is designed to introduce people of all ages who are interested in birds to the really cool birds you can find right here in the Baton Rouge area, if you just know where and when to look. Designed for ages 8 and up. Intended for a classroom setting, and can be paired with a field trip if coordinated together.

Bird Conservation & How You Can Help

They say that people that care about birds naturally tend to care more about the world around them. This seminar is designed to share ideas about how you can make a difference in the lives of birds. We'll discuss protection of bird habitat, participation in citizen science programs, and issues that affect birds that you can help with. Designed for ages 8 and up in a classroom setting.

Attracting Birds to your Yard

Learn what you can do to bring all kinds of birds to your yard where you can enjoy them up close. Seminar features information about feeders, bird food, nesting boxes, water features, and plants. Designed for ages 8 and up in a classroom setting. Can be coordinated with a field trip.