The goal of the Cranes in the Classroom program is to nurture an appreciation of Sandhill Cranes while engaging elementary aged students in the protection of our natural resources. Students learn how to identify cranes, all about their family bonds, their habitats and diet, and why they are important in human history and culture. Student also learn why cranes sing and dance to communicate and why people around the world celebrate them.
Central to our presentation is highlighting the interaction between cranes and humans over thousands of years, what cranes represent to different cultures, and how cranes are depicted in art in many time periods and cultures of human history, including today.
We are excited to develop our Cranes in the Classroom program into a virtual presentation and with DIY options available to all students and educators who are interested. We will offer a recorded presentation and slideshow that can be watched online, as well as a script, PowerPoint presentation, suggested art projects, and material list for those teachers who would like to present the information themselves. All of these components can be found on our website. We hope students will carry their new knowledge of cranes through their childhood years and stay engaged with these magnificent birds throughout their lives.
We would especially like to thank the Hamill Family Foundation, Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund, and Intermountain Aquatics for providing support for the Cranes in the Classroom programming.