Group Visits & Programs

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We pride ourselves on being the local authority on birds and habitat—and would love to share our passion with your students or group!

While our Sanctuaries and Leon Levy Native Garden are free and open to the public and we offer an impressive slate of free environmental education opportunities, we also offer customized programs for scheduled group visits, presentations, and special events that feature our professional staff while offsetting our cost of providing public programs at no charge.

Because we’re often conducting conservation research or restoration projects, we need to plan ahead to make sure we can accommodate your groups of 10 or more so know you’ll have the best possible experience.

Hawkwatch Platform Katherine Dunn

Hawkwatch Platform Katherine Dunn

Group Visits to the Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch

Group visits (10 or more) to the Hawkwatch must be scheduled two weeks in advance with Bedford Audubon.

We have a comprehensive STEM curriculum for high school environmental science classes, which can be modified for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Naturalist Clubs.

Participants must be 12 years or older, and the cost is $15/participant with a minimum of $300. The 2.5-hour program is led by Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist-in-Residence, Lead Hawkwatch Counter, and Hawkwatch Interpreter & Spotter. School and other groups must provide adequate chaperones for the Hawkwatch.

This program is available to be scheduled from 9am to 5pm seven days a week in September and October.

Please contact Janelle Robbins to schedule your Hawkwatch field trip.

Leon Levy Native Garden Tours

We would be happy to lead your group on a tour of the Leon Levy Native Garden! This is a perfect outing for a Garden Club, Naturalist Club, or Homeowners’ Association looking to incorporate native plants into the community landscape.

Group visits (10 or more) to the Native Garden must be scheduled two weeks in advance with Bedford Audubon.

Garden Tours may be scheduled for May through September, and each month offers something new and different—so let us know what you’re most interested in seeing and learning about. The cost is $15/participant with a minimum of $300.

Please contact Janelle Robbins to schedule your Garden Tour now.

Community Presentations

Are you looking for a conservation professional to give a talk to your club or group?

Presentations are typically 45 minutes long, with an additional 15-20 minutes for questions. We can come to you (with a portable screen and projector), or can host a group of 25 at Bylane Farm. The fee for a presentation is $300.

Bedford Audubon currently offers the following presentations for high school students and adults:

  • Basic Bird Identification
  • Native Plants for Birds (& Butterflies)
  • Hooray for Hummingbirds

Please contact Janelle Robbins to schedule your presentation—our schedules fill up quickly, so please plan ahead!