NOTE: As of July 2022, our only birds available for booked programs are our three owl species. Thank you!
Eyes in the Sky now offers DIGITAL programs via Zoom:
Our simplest standalone program is a visit from Max the Great-Horned Owl! A handler will Zoom in directly from the Aviary for 15 – 30 minutes to share Max, tell his story, and discuss the species that live all around us. The suggested donation for this program is $50.
A more robust visit would be two birds of prey: for example, comparing one of our beautiful owls (rarely seen in the wild by most Santa Barbara area residents) to our powerful Red-tailed Hawk (a common sight students can learn to recognize). These presentations run 30 – 45 minutes including time for audience-directed Q&A. The suggested donation for this program is $75.
Lastly, many groups enjoy a presentation with all three owls, comparing and contrasting the different species that live around us. For a three-bird presentation, we recommend 45 – 60 minutes including time for Q&A. The suggested donation for this program is $100.
We also offer three types of IN-PERSON programs:
In a Greeting-style presentation, attendees can meet the birds and handlers up-close at their own preferred pace. More than one bird may be presented at a time. Attendees are engaged one-on-one or in small groups, and the presentation style leaves ample space for question-and-answer, discussion, and personalized learning. This may be best for:
- Events with a larger attendee count
- Events where multiple activities or engagement opportunities are available at the same time
- Events with a more flexible timetable, where guests can arrive or leave at different times
In a Lecture-style presentation, attendees are gathered into one place to receive a handler-directed presentation. This style of presentation helps to standardize the learning experience in a classroom or other education-based setting. Birds are usually presented one-by-one, to give emphasis to each species and story examined. This may be best suited to:
- Events for organized groups, such as classrooms or clubs
- Events that focus on one activity at a time
- Events with a more concrete timetable and attentive audience
In a Course Series, an audience will see several presentations. For example, Eyes in the Sky runs the Meet Your Wild Neighbor (MYWN) program for local elementary school classrooms. This program brings a series of 3 hour-long learning sessions to the classroom, then guides students in a birding field trip, and leaves students with a packet of educational materials and activities to keep.
Courses run by Eyes in the Sky follow curriculum designed by experienced, credentialed teachers for the grade level. MYWN curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 3.
Because each Course Series is tailored to the specific audience and entails substantial staff and volunteer hours, we have limited capacity to take on new classrooms each academic year. Please contact us to enquire about the suggested donation and scholarship availability.