Our primary programs are field trips and other special events for young birders ages 8-18.  Unless specified, there is no cost to attend but advance registration is required.   Parents/grandparents are encouraged to participate (required for young birders under age 12.)  All of our programs are conducted according to the Iowa Young Birders Code of Conduct.  If you have any questions about our programs, please contact us.


    • April 27, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Iowa City

    Situated in the heart of Iowa City, Hickory Hill Park is a fantastic nature area and its diverse habitats host a multitude of breeding and migrating birds each year.  Join us as we welcome the migrating songbirds back to Iowa at this popular birding location!  We'll search the park for early-arriving warblers such as Black-and-White Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Northern Parula as well as other exciting birds such as Scarlet Tanager and Hermit Thrush.  We welcome all young birders and their families!  Binoculars will be available for use and no experience is needed.  This trip is free but advanced registration is required.  

    • May 18, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • May 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Stephens State Forest, Chariton

    The 15,000 acres of diverse forest habitats of Stephens State Forest in south-central Iowa serve as the core of the Soap Creek-Stephens Forest Bird Conservation Area, an area home to more than 100 nesting birds.  Join us for a weekend of forest birding fun at this amazing area!  We'll head out Saturday evening in search for nocturnal birds unique to this area such as Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will's-widow as well as different owls.  On Sunday morning, we'll take a stroll through the forest to look for various songbirds such as vireos, tanagers, and warblers.  Camping is available at the forest and lodging is also available in nearby Chariton.  Come for one day or the entire weekend!  Binoculars will be available for use and no prior birding experience is necessary.  This trip is free but advanced registration is required. 

    Eastern Whip-poor-will photo courtesy of Dan Murphy, Macaulay Library

    • May 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ames
    Did you know there are many benefits to knowing how to sketch birds?  Sketching birds can be a fun hobby, is hugely beneficial when documenting birds in the field, and is a great way to better learn the field marks of different birds.  Join us at Wild Birds Unlimited in Ames to learn tips and tricks for sketching birds in the field from both artists and biological illustrators.  Sketching is a skill you can have for a lifetime!  This trip is free but advanced registration is required. 
    • June 01, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Minburn

    One of our most diverse habitats in Iowa, wetland areas are fantastic places to visit in early summer.  The nearly 600 acres of restored prairie and wetland at Voas Nature Area are home to more than 100 bird species as well as several species of dragonflies and damselflies, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, and more!  Join us as we partner with Dallas County Conservation Board to explore all this fantastic area has to offer.  This trip is free but advanced registration is required. 

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