HawkQuest

Provide an educational opportunity to understand and appreciate the interaction of wild living things in their natural environment, and the importance of preserving the world in which they live.

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Birds of Prey Lecture

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Teachers

Description

This is a 1 to 1 1/2 hour lecture that includes a live, non-releasable eagle, owl, hawk and falcon. Students learn about the importance of different raptors, their specially adapted tools and their unique roles in our ecosystems.

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Evidence of Program's Success

HawkQuest was incorporated in 1987 and initially provided a home for 7 non-releasable raptors (i.e., birds that have gone through the rehabilitation process but were deemed non-releasable due to a physical or behavioral condition.) Today, the organization provides a home for 36 raptors. In the beginning, only one outreach program was offered to the public. Currently, we offer seven distinct programs and can tailor these to the audience's needs, i.e., age/grade level, handicapped audiences, content. HawkQuest has a team of more than 40 volunteers, up from 2 volunteers in the beginning, that assist in all facets of the organization, including education, volunteer training, newsletters, marketing material development, fundraising and providing care for and exercising and feeding the birds. In 2016, HawkQuest presented the Birds of Prey Lecture 421 times to over 33,000 students, educators and their guests.

We have been presenting "Birds of Prey" programs for Jeffco School District 6th graders at Windy Peak and Mount Evans outdoor lab schools for over 20 years. Input from teachers suggest they feel that HawkQuest's environmental message is a big part of the student experience at outdoor lab and that our program enhances what they are learning there. They continue to have HawkQuest come back year after year.

An Aurora School District elementary student did a report on peregrine falcons. As part of her report she came to HawkQuest to interview Kin. She was so impressed with the presentation on the birds of prey and her meeting with Kin, she ultimately became an ornithologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska.

A sixth-grade student that saw HawkQuest at Windy Peak Outdoor Lab School was so impressed by the program that she returned as a high school leader. When she saw HawkQuest again as a leader she was inspired and ultimately became a science teacher at Jeffco School District and still participates in the outdoor education program.

HOOT

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

This program enables young people to understand the necessary role of the owl as a predator in its natural habitat. Three live, non-releasable owls are brought into an intimate classroom setting and students are given the opportunity to study the birds up close. Visuals, experiments and hands-on demonstrations teach students about the unique nature of owls and their adaptations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

HawkQuest was incorporated in 1987 and initially provided a home for 7 non-releasable raptors (i.e., birds that have gone through the rehabilitation process but were deemed non-releasable due to a physical or behavioral condition.) Today, the organization provides a home for three dozen raptors. In the beginning, only one outreach program was offered to the public. Currently we offer seven distinct programs and can tailor these to the audience's needs, i.e., age/grade level, handicapped audiences, content. HawkQuest has a team of more than 40 volunteers, up from 2 volunteers in the beginning, that assist in all facets of the organization, including education, volunteer training, newsletters, marketing material development, fundraising and providing care for and exercising and feeding the birds. In 2016, HawkQuest presented at 667 events through lectures, special events, special appearances and booth presentations. We estimate we reached a total of over 438,000 people at all these events.

Our HOOT program (K-5th grade) has been around for over fifteen years. We've done many HOOT programs through the years at Carson Nature Center while schools are there studying ecosystems. Our HOOT program complements the many nature studies students participate in at the center.

Owls of the World

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

This program takes students on a trip around the world, featuring five owls from six continents. The one-hour program focuses on the tools used by owls worldwide and their importance to global ecosystems.

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Evidence of Program's Success

HawkQuest was incorporated in 1987 and initially provided a home for 7 non-releasable raptors (i.e., birds that have gone through the rehabilitation process but were deemed non-releasable due to a physical or behavioral condition.) Today, the organization provides a home for 36 raptors. In the beginning, only one outreach program was offered to the public. Currently, we offer seven distinct programs and can tailor these to the audience's needs, i.e., age/grade level, handicapped audiences, content. HawkQuest has a team of more than 40 volunteers, up from 2 volunteers in the beginning, that assist in all facets of the organization, including education, volunteer training, newsletters, marketing material development, fundraising and providing care for and exercising and feeding the birds. In 2016, HawkQuest presented at 667 total events through lectures, special events, special appearances and booth presentations. We estimate we reached a total of over 438,000 people at all these events.

We've been bringing this program to schools for over 13 years. A lot of schools study predators and many have chosen to study owls. Not only schools enjoy this program but it is also popular with community events at places such as Tagawa Gardens, Cherokee Ranch, Carson Nature Center and even private events.

Flying High Without Drugs & Alcohol

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers

Description

This award-winning program is led by HawkQuest Board member, Deputy Brian McKnight, in conjunction with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department. The lecture combines raptor education with drug awareness through comparisons of how non-releasable birds have limited freedom through the result of poor choices.

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Evidence of Program's Success

HawkQuest was incorporated in 1987 and initially provided a home for 7 non-releasable raptors (i.e., birds that have gone through the rehabilitation process but were deemed non-releasable due to a physical or behavioral condition.) Today, the organization provides a home for 36 raptors. In the beginning, only one outreach program was offered to the public. Currently we offer seven distinct programs and can tailor these to the audience's needs, i.e., age/grade level, handicapped audiences, content. HawkQuest has a team of more than 40 volunteers, up from 2 volunteers in the beginning, that assist in all facets of the organization, including education, volunteer training, newsletters, marketing material development, fundraising and providing care for and exercising and feeding the birds. In 2016, HawkQuest presented at 667 total events through lectures, special events, special appearances and booth presentations. We estimate we reached a total of over 438,000 people at all these events. This program, "Flying High Without Drugs or Alcohol was presented 25 times, reaching 2,340 students.

The Flying High Without Drugs & Alcohol program has been brought to pre-teens for over fifteen years. This program targets drug and alcohol education and prevention in the Arapahoe County schools. The focus of the presentation is on students making positive choices and life decisions related to substance use. Our non-releasable birds are used as examples of how drug use can have a lifelong negative impact. As an example, the story of the HawkQuest Bald Eagle who suffered from mercury poisoning is told to the students.

WHOO Am I

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

This program is designed for the younger student, preschool and kindergarten. Two live owls (big and small species) and a big storybook are used to teach students how owls eat, stay warm, see the world and hide in their environment.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

HawkQuest was incorporated in 1987 and initially provided a home for 7 non-releasable raptors (i.e., birds that have gone through the rehabilitation process but were deemed non-releasable due to a physical or behavioral condition.) Today, the organization provides a home for 36 raptors. In the beginning, only one outreach program was offered to the public. Currently we offer seven distinct programs and can tailor these to the audience's needs, i.e., age/grade level, handicapped audiences, content. HawkQuest has a team of more than 40 volunteers, up from 2 volunteers in the beginning, that assist in all facets of the organization, including education, volunteer training, newsletters, marketing material development, fundraising and providing care for and exercising and feeding the birds. In 2016, HawkQuest presented at 667 total events through lectures, special events, special appearances and booth presentations. We estimate we reached a total of over 438,000 people at all these events.

This program, which is designed specifically for pre-schoolers and kindergarters, has been around for over twelve years. Two owls and a "big story book" are used to illustrate the similarities and differences between children and owls. Subjects covered are where we live, how we eat, how we stay warm and how we see.

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