National Aviary launches new CyBIRD Learning Platform for schools and families

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The National Aviary today unveiled a new virtual educational offering: CyBIRD Learning. CyBIRD Learning builds on the National Aviary’s existing in-person educational programs, providing a digital platform for classrooms and families to experience the National Aviary’s high quality, immersive educational programs. CyBIRD Learning provides several online learning opportunities for students of all ages, and teachers and parents can choose from multiple affordable packages to suit their students’ educational needs.

CyBIRD Distance Learning Programs are designed for classrooms, scout groups, and families. CyBIRD Distance Learning adapts the National Aviary’s most popular classes. This immersive experience puts students face to face with a National Aviary educator via the online tool Zoom. Students can interact with the expert, ask questions, and get exclusive videos of the National Aviary’s animals and their habitats, all while learning! Programs available for Distance Learning include Penguins are Cool, Habitats, Rainforests, Amazing Adaptations, and Birds and Conservation.

A family-oriented virtual learning program series called Aviary After-School connects families for themed educational activities each week on Thursdays at 3 p.m., beginning April 9. The live, virtual programs connect families to a National Aviary expert for stories, videos, bird meet and greets, and educational lessons, designed to assist with homeschooling and “school at home” efforts.

Registration information for CyBIRD Distance Learning and Aviary After-School programs is available at aviary.org. Programs will also offer a call-in option for those without internet access. Proceeds from new CyBIRD Learning programs benefit the National Aviary’s emergency care efforts and enable the Aviary’s staff to continue providing excellent care to the more than 500 birds residing at the National Aviary.

Reading with Red and Friends, an at-home reading program, will bring an exciting bird-themed story time to National Aviary followers on social media and at aviary.org. A National Aviary expert will read a story within one of the National Aviary’s immersive habitats, with birds like Red the Scarlet Macaw and a flock of American Flamingos joining in on the fun. Families can follow along each week and children can track their reading in a special Book Log that can be redeemed for incentives this summer.

The National Aviary will continue its work to bring educational opportunities to all learners at home and make learning accessible and fun. In addition to the rollout of new paid learning programs, the National Aviary’s online Education Corner will continue to offer daily activities, fun facts, videos with bird experts, and educational content.

About the National Aviary:
The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds, and was recently named Pennsylvania’s Best Zoo according to Yelp reviewers. Located in Allegheny Commons Park on Pittsburgh’s historic Northside, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through habitats create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. For more information, visit www.aviary.org.
The National Aviary inspires respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.