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Science & Nature

The Secret Language of the Birds (Flexible Schedule!)

If you have ever wondered what the birds are tweeting about, this class will give you the skills to learn what they are really saying, all the while becoming more aware of your natural surroundings.
Brooke Ahlegian
144 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will improve their knowledge and understanding of the birds in their neighborhood, while also increasing language skills by using a new format of note-taking, map-making, and map-reading. 
I have been teaching outdoor education for over 13 years, and I have found that birds and their communication are one of the most fun topics to teach and learn about. Bird-Language is one of the main subjects at the forest-school that I co-founded, and that is because it is such a fantastic learning tool. The more my students pay attention to the birds, the more animals they see, the better they become at sneaking, and the more aware they become of their surroundings. I want to share these skills with as many people as possible. 

Recently I have been training other teachers to use bird language in their classrooms through the Prescott College Center for Nature and Place Based Early Childhood Education. I have discovered that it is an incredible tool for development of early literacy skills, and to aid in sensory integration, as well as mindfulness. This is why I started teaching Outschool classes. I wanted to experiment with other formats of teaching bird language, and explore the effectiveness of remote bird language classes. I see the bird-maps that students in my Outschool classes create, and I am very impressed by how much they are learning. This is why I continue to offer this class. 
Students will be asked to go outside for a half hour (or more) a minimum of once a week. They will also be asked to take notes during their experience, and share those notes in our online classroom. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
Various handouts on bird behavior, the five voices of the birds, and bird-sit note taking instructions are provided. Printable note-taking templates will be available for each stage of note-taking! Recommended: Download a free bird-call app. I recommend Merlin Bird ID.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
*Safe, accessible outdoor space is necessary. Students will be asked to go outside for at least 30 minutes, once a week, and encouraged to do so as often as possible for a richer learning experience. Student needs to be able to go to this place alone. Examples include:
-A place in your yard (If you have a yard)
-A porch that overlooks some trees
-A neighborhood park or greenspace, pea-patch or community garden
-Any safe outdoor location that has shrubs, trees, or natural landscaping. 


Brooke AhlegianBird-Nerd and Nature Enthusiast.
144 total reviews
45 completed classes

About Me

My name is Brooke, and I am a Forest-School teacher. I live in Seattle, Washington, and spend each day splashing in puddles, listening to birds, and exploring the forest with my students. I have taught nature-education for over thirteen years, and... 
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