BENEFITING: National Aviary Pittsburgh, Inc.
ORGANIZER: National Aviary Pittsburgh, Inc.
Please Join the Running Rhinos as they run in the Pittsburgh Marathon and help raise funds for the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
We aim to help the Aviary in their educational as well as their conservation efforts. Through educating our children, and fostering an awareness of their surroundings, we hope to bring poaching and the illegal animal trade around the world to an end, for generations to come.
The National Aviary serves over 20,000 children each year through their educational programming. The school program packages are led by professionally-trained educators and include an interactive presentation, live bird encounter, activity-based tours of our exhibits, and general admission. In these programs, children ages Pre-K through 12th grade learn important conservation and environmental concepts through engaging studies of birds from across the globe.
On-site school programs include interactive presentations, live bird encounters, activity-based tours of their exhibits The Education Department wants to help students gain an appreciation for the wonders and diversity nature has to offer.
For schools which prefer that the National Aviary come to them because of distance or cost issues, the Education team delivers interactive outreach programs (also including live birds) within a 90 miles radius of the City of Pittsburgh. Support for our educational outreach programming will ultimately impact the thousands of children and adults who are able to assimilate and apply new information about birds, their native habitats, the environmental pressures they face, and the role that humans play in creating or mitigating these challenges.
With respect to education, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) results show that a number of school districts within Allegheny County have scores in which a significant percentage of their students (i.e. 20% or greater) fall below science proficiency standards set by the PA Department of Education. Through our interactive programs, National Aviary educators literally bring science to life, creating the kind of learning environment that experts believe can help improve results.
Other areas of note that may be interesting to you: the number of threatened species that are cared for at the Aviary, world-class avian hospital, and the training opportunities provided to veterinary students, as well as the conservation research conducted around the world into issues affecting birds and their habitats.