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Falcon Focus


Falcon Focus

Get up close and personal with some of the fiercest predators of the sky: falcons! During this field trip, your class will examine the adaptations that shape the fastest, most agile predators in the world. We will identify the similarities and differences between falcons and other raptors through close observation of biofacts and live animal encounters. We will also delve into conservation concerns for these birds: how human interference has hindered their populations, and current work being done to protect these powerful predators. Groups reading My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George are encouraged to participate in this field trip.

Aligned Standards

  • MS-LS4-4
  • K-LS1-1
  • 1-LS1-2
  • 1-LS3-1
  • 2-LS4-1

Your Day at VINS

Your field trip includes a 80 minute guided program including an introduction to the topic of falcons, in depth investigation, a live animal encounter, and a chance for students to reflect upon what they learned. In addition to your guided lesson you will have the opportunity to experience a live bird presentation, visit our trails and exhibits, and enjoy lunch on our grounds.

Personalize Your Field Trip

Groups reading My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George are encouraged to participate in this field trip and the lesson can be customized to incorporate aspects of the book such as falconry and survival skills.

Focus Falcons

Peregrine Falcon and American Kestrel


Age Ranges

Falcon focus is suitable for students in grades K-2 or 3-5 (can be modified to suit higher grade levels). Work with our educators to specify the right combination of in-depth analysis and comparisons for your learners.

Your Guide

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences and science instruction. Every instructor works with a certified teacher in NH and VT to ensure their content and methods align with the Next Generation Science Standards and the best practices for outdoor education. All instructors are First Aid and CPR certified.


Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.