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Christmas Bird Count For Kids

December 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about the birds that call Schramm home during the winter while participating in the longest-running community science project in the country. During the event, participants can choose to help count birds on a hike in the forest, on a hike down to the Platte River, or indoors watching the bird feeders. Naturalists will provide a limited number of binoculars, so you’re encouraged to bring your own if you have them. If you choose to hike, the walk will be about a mile. The trails may be muddy or slick depending on weather conditions.

During the count, participants will be recording the number and type of birds they see. After the count, everyone will return to the Schramm Classroom to tally results and make bird crafts. The event is rain, snow or sunshine, so dress prepared for the weather. 

Christmas Bird Count for Kids Schedule

  • 10:00-10:20: Christmas Bird Count Welcome, Birding Basics, and Introduction to Schramm Winter Birds in the Schramm Classroom
  • 10:20-11:30: Outdoor Bird Hikes & Indoor Feeder Watch
  • 11:30-12:00: Tally Results and Make Bird Crafts in the Schramm Classroom

This is the 124th year for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Each year, thousands of volunteers help conduct an early-winter bird census in over 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere between the dates of December 14th and January 5th. Reports from each of these counts are sent to the Audubon Society, which compiles the data to help inform researchers about the status of bird populations. When the Christmas Bird Count was first started in the year 1900, it was held annually on Christmas Day to promote conservation, hence the name.

The cost to participate is $4 per child (ages 4 and up; children ages 3 and under are free) and $5 per adult. The cost includes the program and admission to the Education Center after the program. Schramm Family Pass Members participate free. A state park vehicle permit is not required in the Schramm Education Center parking lot.


Schramm Park Education Center
21502 W. Highway 31
Gretna, Nebraska 68028
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