Birds in Schools


What is Birds in Schools?

Birds in Schools is an environmental education project designed to engage Years 5 and 6 students in citizen science through monitoring birds. There are 3 packages available but all consist of an Australian curriculum teaching resource (with accompanying worksheets) that builds knowledge and skills across science, maths and english and gets students outdoors and connecting with nature.

The following table shows the packages available: 

PackageWhat's involved?TimeSupportCost
PardaloteModule 1: Bird is the Word (Teaching Notes)
Module 2: All About Birds (Bird Watching and Monitoring)
1 to 2 termsNoneFree
MagpieModule 1: Bird is the Word (Teaching Notes)
Module 2: All About Birds (Bird Watching and Monitoring)
Module 3: Crunch the Numbers (Analysing Data)
Module 4: Take Action (Creating an Action Plan) 
3 terms1 hour phone consultation with BirdLife staff$
CockatooMagpie Package + the implementation of the Action Plan (e.g. creation of a bird-friendly garden)3 to 4 termsProfessional Development Workshop training and ongoing support from BirdLife staff. Some lessons delivered by trained volunteers$$ - Grant or local council funded (multiple schools in a region). Includes funds for garden creation















To download the 2 free modules (and accompanying resources) for the Pardalote Package please fill in the form below and an email with a download link will automatically be sent to you. If you are interested in the Magpie or Cockatoo packages, please email . We currently have the Cockatoo package underway in Melbourne thanks to an anonymous donor and Western Sydney thanks to the generous support of Penrith Lakes Development Group. If you would like to join in 2020, please contact us.

2019 Art and Poetry Competition

Our Art and Poetry Competition is closing soon! To take part we ask that teachers:

1. Have parents sign the permission slip and teachers keep

2. Email us and attach a photo or pdf of each of the students' work you are submitting. Please label the photo or file with the student's name. In the body of the email just let us know which school you are submitting on behalf of. We will take care of uploading it to the appropriate online gallery and will send you the link to share.

Ttheme is 'Australian birds'. We have 2 categories: Art - a painting or drawing and Poetry and have divided the competiton up into four 'regions':

  • Melbourne: current Birds in Schools Melbourne students
  • Western Sydney: current Birds in Schools Western Sydney students
  • North Queensland: past and current Birds in Schools North Queensland students
  • Downloaded - for students who's students have downloaded the free Birds in Schools resources (even if you haven't taught it yet!) - a reminder we have free webinars you can register for as well! 

The students can win one of eight great prizes. As the school year winds up, have them reflect back on some of the great birds they saw this year!

For terms and conditions and the permission slips - please download from here.

Entries close Nov 24. Winners will be announced on Dec 13.

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