Program Details
June - Birdwatching Club

This program offers residents the opportunity to connect with nature, observe local bird species, and learn about their behaviors and habitats. Whether your residents are an experienced birder or a novice enthusiast, everyone is welcome to join in the fun of bird watching!


Provide residents with a rewarding and educational outdoor activity that promotes appreciation for nature, encourages physical activity, and fosters a sense of community.

  1. Determine the frequency and format of Bird Watching Club meetings. You could schedule regular outings to nearby parks or natural areas where residents can observe birds in their natural habitats. Alternatively, you could organize indoor meetings with presentations, guest speakers, or bird-themed crafts and activities.
  2. Provide residents with basic information about bird watching, including how to use binoculars, identify common bird species, and keep a birding journal.
  3. Compile a list of local bird species that residents may encounter during outings. Consider creating bird identification cards or guides to help residents recognize different birds.
  4. Organize transportation for outings to birding locations if needed. Ensure that transportation is accessible and comfortable for all residents.
  5. During outings, encourage residents to observe and document the birds they see and share their observations with the group.
  6. Back at your community, host discussions or presentations about birds and their behaviors. You could invite guest speakers, show birding documentaries, or lead bird-themed trivia games.
  7. Throughout the spring and summer, provide residents with opportunities to participate in citizen science projects such as bird counts or nest monitoring.

Staffing Requirements

1 staff member to coordinate and lead the Bird Watching Club activities. Ideally, this staff member should have some knowledge or interest in bird watching to provide guidance and support to the residents.

Depending on the size of the group and the activities planned, additional staff may be needed to assist during outings or presentations.

  1. Binoculars (consider providing a few pairs for residents to share)
  2. Bird identification guides or field books (CAN resource + US resource)
  3. Birding journals or notebooks
  4. Transportation for outings (if needed)
  5. Sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent
  6. Seating for indoor meetings or presentations


Risks may include physical strain during outdoor outings, as well as potential exposure to outdoor elements such as sun, heat, or insects. Ensure that residents are dressed appropriately for the weather and provide shade, hydration, and rest breaks as needed during outings.

Expected Outcomes

With this plan in place, your Bird Watching Club is sure to take flight, providing residents with enriching experiences and opportunities to connect with the natural world.

Program Type
Level of Care
Assisted Living
Long Term Care
Independent Living
Memory Care
Dimension of Wellness
Birdwatching, Outdoor activities, Animals, Animal watching