Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center is a premier provider of environmental education to the Charlotte region and beyond. Our programs are designed to meet the National Common Core Standards as well as North Carolina Essential Standards for science education. Our philosophy of student engagement through meeting live birds of prey is particularly effective in transferring concepts in a wide variety of curriculum focus areas from physics to math to ecology and biology. We understand your science education curriculum requirements and have programs to meet your goals at every grade level. CRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey through avian medicine and outreach. Over 30,000 school children a year learn from our education programs onsite or in their classrooms.

 

EDUCATOR CONTACT INFO

kolukalns@carolinaraptorcenter.org

http://www.carolinaraptorcenter.org

  6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

Mecklenburg

704-875-6521

704-875-8814

Raptors Inspire

Program description

Birds have captured the imagination of humans for thousands of years. You see this in art, science, and culture throughout the world. Carolina Raptor Center seeks to connect to students through formal education programs that inspire them to delve deeper into topics as diverse as natural history, the physics of flight, migration patterns, ecology, mythology, art, and much more.  Learn what makes raptors unique in the avian world and explore what actions can be taken to make a difference for wildlife and our environment. Participants will meet native raptors that you can see in your own backyard and exotic and non-native species that will transport you to another part of the world!  All programs are designed to meet NC Standard Course of Study.

Our programs last an average of 45-60 minutes. At your school or organization, students will meet 3 birds on the glove as an educator talks about topics such as ecosystems, human/environmental impacts, pollutants and bio accumulation, and basic natural history of our raptors. For programs onsite at Carolina Raptor Center, students meet 3 birds on the glove.  Onsite programs include the cost of admission, so students and teachers are free to walk the trail after the program to meet over 30 species of raptors!

Booking / scheduling contact

Program Registrar

   704-875-6521 ext. 210

 programs@carolinaraptorcenter.org

Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Day Trip, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Subject: Science
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year round

Available times:

9am-5pm

Length of program: 45-60 mins
Space / technical requirements:

20′ by 20′ space

2 six-foot tables

 

Location(s):

Available at Carolina Raptor Center or at your school/organization

Fees / Ticketing:

Onsite Cost:  $7.00 per person (adults and children), with a $154 minimum charge per program.
Please note: You are required to have one adult chaperone for every ten students attending the program. Because we require chaperones these adults are free. Other adults are included in the per person rate.

Offsite Cost:

1-24 miles away: 1st program $250. Adding one additional program is $100.

25-49 miles away: 1st program $350. Adding one additional program is $100.

50-74 miles away:  1st program $450. Adding one additional program is $100.

75-99 miles away:  1st program $550. Adding one additional program is $100.

100-124 miles away: 1st program $650. Adding one additional program is $100.

These prices cover a maximum of 50 participants attending each program. Assembly rates are available for up to 200 people.

EDUCATION STANDARDS

NC Standard Course of Study:

Our programs are customized based on your grade level, so please scroll to your chosen grade.

 Kindergarten:

Students participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about topics such as raptor habitats, adaptations, and different species. (SL.K.1)

Students confirm understanding of a text read aloud and information presented orally during a presentation about raptors and basic natural history of the species and participating in inquiry based learning. (SL.K.2)

Students ask and answer questions to get information or clarify something not understood after the presentation of each raptor and at the very end of the presentation. (SL.K.3)

 

First Grade:

Students participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about topics such as habitat, characteristics animals need to survive, and human impacts on the environment. (SL.1.1)

Students ask and answer questions about key details in the presentation about raptors and their natural history. (SL.1.2)

Students ask and answer questions about CRC’s educator says to gather additional information about raptors or to clarify a fact they did not understand. (SL.1.3)

 

Second Grade:

Students participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about topics such as animal life cycles, and the differences and similarities between birds of the same species and/or family line. (SL.2.1)

Students recount or describe key ideas through inquiry based questioning at the end of our program by answering questions from the educator. (SL.2.2)

Students ask and answer questions about what CRC’s educator says to gather additional information about raptors or to clarify a fact they did not understand. (SL.2.3)

 

Third Grade:

Students determine the main ideas and supporting details of information presented orally in our Predators of the Sky program. (SL.3.2)

 

Fourth Grade:

Students engage in a discussion about raptors, environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that allow these birds to survive and thrive in a given environment. (SL.4.1)

Students identify the reasons and evidence CRC’s educator provides to support the idea that raptors play a pivotal role in the balance of an ecosystem. (SL.4.3)

 

Fifth Grade:

Students engage in a discussion about the interdependence of plants and animals (specifically raptors) within an ecosystem and discuss the characteristic differences and similarities between families of birds. (SL.5.1)

 

Sixth Grade:

Students pose and respond to specific questions about ecology-based topics in an inquiry based learning presentation about raptors and their interactions with abiotic and biotic factors in a given ecosystem. (SL.6.1)

 

Seventh Grade:

Students pose and respond to specific questions about the effect of climate change on raptors. (SL.7.1)

Students participate in a collaborative discussion about congenital defects in populations of raptors. (SL.7.1)

 

Eighth Grade:

Students analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats and evaluate the motives as pertaining to specific energy obtaining methods with an environmental impact (ex. The benefits of windfarms and the negatives associated with them being built in migratory stopovers or routes) (SL.8.2)

 

Grades 9-12:

Students participate effectively in discussions surrounding raptors, ecosystems, theory of evolution and natural selection, climate change, and human impacts on the environment. (SL1)

NC Essential Standards:

Our programs are customized based on your grade level, so please scroll to your chosen grade.

 

Kindergarten:

This program helps students compare the characteristics of animals that make them alike and different by comparing different species of raptors and going over the basics of habitat and adaptations. (K.L.1)

 

First Grade:

This program helps students understand characteristics of basic environments and behaviors of humans that allow plants and animals to survive by: comparing different species of raptors, outlining the basic habitat and placement of the raptor in its ecosystem, discussing basic impacts humans have on the birds. (1.L.1)

This program helps students summarize the needs of living organisms for energy and growth by comparing different species of raptors and discussing what they need to survive at the most basic level: food, water, shelter, and space. (1.L.2)

 

Second Grade:

This program helps students understand animal life cycles by discussing the life cycle of the birds presented in the program and comparing the lifespan of different birds in the same species groups. (2.L.1)

This program helps students remember that organisms are both similar and different to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism by discussing behaviors that are instinctual (ex: flight) and behaviors that are learned (ex: hunting skills). This program also talks about species that can have varying characteristics in the same nest (ex: Eastern screech owls can be a few different colors). (2.L.2)

 

Fourth Grade:

This program enables students to understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations, and behaviors that enable raptors and their prey to survive in changing habitats. (4.L.1)

 

Fifth Grade:

This program helps students understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem by presenting raptors as top predators and discussing what happens when parts of the food chain are altered. Students learn about opportunistic species, generalists, and specialists and how this can help and hinder a bird’s place in an ecosystem. (5.L.2)

This program helps students remember that organisms are both similar and different to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism by discussing behaviors that are instinctual (ex: flight) and behaviors that are learned (ex: hunting skills). (5.L.3)

 

Sixth Grade:

This program helps students understand the flow of energy through an ecosystem and responses of populations to abiotic and biotic factors through discussions about energy transfer through food, bioaccumulation of pollutants, habitat destruction, and other ecological factors pertaining to raptors. (6.L.2)

 

Seventh Grade:

This program allows students to understand how the cycling of matter relates to Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate, and the effects of the atmosphere on humans by discussing the impacts of climate change on ecosystems in general and raptors in particular. (7.E.1)

This program allows students to explore the impacts environment and lifestyle choices have on common genetic diseases among raptors. (7.L.2)

 

Eighth Grade:

This program enables students to explain the environmental implications associated with various methods of obtaining, managing, and using energy resources by talking about energy resources that effect birds, such as the placement of windfarms along migratory routes. (8.P.2)

This program helps students understand the responses of populations to abiotic and biotic factors through discussions about energy transfer through food, bioaccumulation of pollutants, habitat destruction, cross species interactions, and other ecological factors pertaining to raptors. (8.L.3)

This program helps students understand the evolution of organisms by discussing mutations, adaptations, congenital defects, and other genetic factors that have positively and negatively impacted specific species of raptors. (8.L.4)

 

Biology:

This program enables students to analyze the interdependence of living organisms within their environments by presenting raptors as top predators and discussing what happens when parts of the ecosystem are altered. Students learn about opportunistic species, generalists, and specialists and how this can help and hinder a bird’s place in an ecosystem. (Bio.2.1)

This program helps students understand the impact of human activities on the environment by talking about current environmental and conservation issues negatively impacting raptors due to human involvement. Students discuss the current negative human impacts and what positive impacts can be made to turn the problems around. (Bio.2.2)

This program helps students explain the theory of evolution by natural selection as a mechanism for how species change over time by discussing mutations, adaptations, congenital defects, and other genetic factors that have positively and negatively impacted specific species of raptors. (Bio.3.4)

 

Earth/Environmental Science:

This program helps students analyze patterns of global climate change over time by assessing the impacts of climate change on specific raptor species and demonstrating that the acceleration of climate change has left some species unable to cope. (EEn.2.6)

This program allows students to evaluate human behaviors in terms of how likely they are to ensure the ability to live sustainably on Earth by discussing human impacts on ecosystems and top predators. (EEn.2.8)

Qualifications

Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your program…
More than 10 business days prior: your deposit will be returned to you, minus a $25 administrative fee. Between 3 and 10 business days prior: you can apply your program deposit to a future program. Deposit can be held for up to one year from original program date.
Less than 3 business days prior: you forfeit your deposit.
If you fail to show for your program without notifying us, you will be charged the full program fee.