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.


    • June 01, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • August 31, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Iowa

    Our at home Summer Birding Program is back! This exciting and unique summer-long program encourages participation in birding and bird-related activities from June 1 - August 31. Kids under the age of 18 can participate by signing up using the below link.  Then, all you need to do is log the hours you spend outside observing birds or participating in any of the bird-related activities listed here to earn prizes throughout the summer. If you are able to log 25 hours birding and 5 birding activities or 15 hours birding and 10 birding activities, you will be entered into our grand prize drawing for a pair of brand new binoculars!

    And one more thing - the first 200 young birders to sign up will receive a free copy of the "Sibley Guide to Birds of Eastern North America" thanks to a grant from the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Fund Conservation Education Program!

    Want to participate? Sign up here!

    • June 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Lynn Fuhrer Lodge, Ames, IA

    School is out - it’s time to get outside and go birding! Join us in Ames for a celebration to kick off a fun summer of birding and help us launch the 3rd year of our Summer Birding Program. We are planning a day filled with programs and activities all about birds. We will also spend some time searching for nesting birds in nearby Reactor Woods, a premier birding location in Ames. What better way to kick off a fun summer of birding? We hope you can join us!

    Iowa Young Birders welcomes everyone to the outdoors regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, religion, creed, national origin, or disability status. Our events can accommodate wheelchairs, vision and hearing impairments, and other health conditions. For questions, or to request accommodations for an upcoming event, please send us a message or email.

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