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Smiling Faces, Excited Whispers, & Curious Glances in San Diego, CA

2014 November 26
by Laura Pineda-Bermudez

Courtesy of WBC

Courtesy of WBC

A fantastic program of fun outdoor activities was hosted by WordBeat Cultural Center (WBC) at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. What better way to learn about nature than by being outside? Kids of all ages spent time outdoors interacting with group leaders in fun and engaging hands-on activities. These activities were split into a couple different topics such as the Outdoor Children’s Classroom and a series of Wildlife and Bird-watching Exercises.

Courtesy of WBC

Courtesy of WBC

In WBC’s program, there were super interactive and fun ways to demonstrate how close nature is to their very own, inner city communities. During periods of ten minutes, bird species were identified, counted, and tallied up. The children participating in the second week of the program had the good luck of spotting a particularly interesting set of birds.They heard and quickly found two wild Red-crowned Parrots in a tree nearby. The kids happily squealed and giggled as they observed them. Shortly afterwards, however, they saw another type of bird quickly approaching. It was a HUGE Red-tailed Hawk and it was flying straight at the wild parrots! The whole group began screaming and shouting at the hawk, trying to divert its path. The parrots flew away frantically and the hawk flew over the group. Everyone was able to breathe a big sigh of relief.

Courtesy of WBC

Courtesy of WBC

The Outdoor Children’s Classroom at WBC in San Diego taught the kids about saving seeds and solar ovens. They learned the importance of seeds, the pollination process, and even the development of fruits! Another exciting thing the kids were able to see was solar cookery. They were taught how to make solar ovens out of cardboard and aluminum foil. Burgers and veggies from their very own garden were cooked in these ovens too!

The program hosted by the WorldBeat Center taught kids of all ages how easy nature is to interact with and enjoy. Makeda Dread Cheatom, one of the group leaders, was overheard explaining the importance of this topic.

Courtesy of WBC

Courtesy of WBC

“That’s why nature is important! Ya gotta get off and away from the television!” The kids went home happy and informed at the end of the day. If you would like to see more fun and beautiful photos of the WBC program, and learn more about the WorldBeat Center activities at San Diego, CA click here. Or, Check out all these wonderful outdoor activities in this awesome thank you video they made for Celebrate Urban Birds!

Thank you WorldBeat Cultural Center. You are fantastic!

2 Responses leave one →
  1. sarah smith permalink
    November 26, 2014

    Thank you for all Urban Birds Blog emails. PLEASE deliver in English.
    Thank you!

    • Marta del Campo permalink*
      December 1, 2014

      Hi Sarah,

      The CUBs blogs are published in English and Spanish. You can always change the language of the blog on the language menu on top of the page on the left, just above the Logo of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I hope this info helps 🙂

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