Finding Urban Nature (FUN)
Understanding Habitat Connections
The FUN program introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat, and examines how each organism depends on others to survive. Volunteers lead small groups of four to six students through a series of outdoor lessons, which teach kids to use their senses to discover nature first-hand. Four lessons in the fall and four more in the spring give students the opportunity to fully explore the schoolyard habitat.
"I never knew that I could be good at science." -3rd grade student
"The program is amazing. The kids love it. The methodology really enables the children who are tactile and visual learners to comprehend their science studies in a more CONNECTED and concerted manner. It is a whole comprehensive lesson that is so well crafted. I just realize how powerful the lessons really are."
- FUN Program Volunteer
Since 1988, Seattle Audubon's Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program has given Seattle Public School students a chance to see that nature is all around us, no matter where we live, work, and play!
The next FUN training is October 10th, with FUN lessons happening in October-November!
Find out how you can volunteer for FUN!
Want FUN at your school?
Are you a Seattle Public School? The FUN program is free for Seattle Public Schools. Space is limited and we are generally at capacity by early September, so please inquire early!
Are you a private or out of district school? The FUN program is offered to private and non-Seattle Public Schools too! The cost of the program is $450 for the year. This includes two trainings, eight lessons, and all the materials necessary for the program.
A sneak peek at a few lessons:
- Neighborhood Birds - With hand lenses and measuring tapes, students compare a variety of preserved bird specimens and learn about the similarities and differences between beaks, feet, sizes, colors and habitats.
- Worm Worlds - Young naturalists predict the number, density, and maturity of earthworms living in a site on the school grounds, using sticks, string, mustard powder, and paint trays. Students analyze the results and determine why some spots are better suited for worms than others.
- Web It - Students discuss spiderwebs and spiders, and where to find them, before searching for an active web to bait with insects or debris. Groups discuss the spider's actions in certain situations and learn why spiders don't stick to their own webs.
Fall Lessons Include: Envirolopes, Web It, Roots and Shoots, and Neighborhood Birds
Spring Lessons Include: Bird Nests, Leaf Hunt, Litter Critters, and Worm Worlds
Volunteer with FUN!
||The FUN program relies upon 120 volunteers each school year. Dedicated parents and community members devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall. Volunteers lead a group of 4-6 students through each lesson with the support of the school's FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is required - and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do! Seattle Audubon provides all training, supplies, and support necessary to make you a successful leader. If you are interested in learning how you can make a difference and introduce a child to nature, please email our Education Manager, or call us at 206-523-8243 ext. 19. Click here for a FUN application.
The FUN program is free of cost to Seattle Public School classrooms and relies on grants and private donations. If you would like more information about how you can support these programs, please contact our development staff at 206-523-8243 ext 14.