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Our Programs

The Venice Area Audubon Society offers a variety of educational and conservation programs. Our programs are busiest from late fall through April when visitors and part-time residents return to the area. Our all-volunteer organization offers birding field trips, monthly lectures, youth educational programs, community science projects, and others. Activities are open to the public and participants are encouraged to become members and become involved as volunteers. 


Educational programs are one of the core focus areas of Venice Area Audubon Society and encompasses a variety of projects and opportunities to both learn and volunteer.

When participating in VAAS programs, please follow recommended COVID health and safety precautions.

  • Rookery Docents and Stewards: Docents provide information, printed reference materials, Audubon membership information, and loan scopes and binoculars to Rookery visitors.  Rookery Stewards help keep the pavilion, walking path, and perimeter clean and safe. Contact: Bill Fairbank,
  • Rookery Greeters: Greeters welcome visitors, answer questions,  and provide information about Venice Area Audubon Society. Contact: Jean Pichler,
  • Youth Education Programs
    • The Second Grade Birdwatchers Program consists of classroom instruction and a field trip to the Rookery from January to April and children’s activities are also part of events throughout the year. Contact: Linda Soderquist,
    • Little Naturalists Program brings nature and conservation to children ages 3- to-5 years of age.  Meeting once a month, the children and their parent/guardian engage in supervised activities including a learning component, story time, nature walk, and crafts.  Contact:  Eileen Gerle,
  • Birding Field Trips: Volunteer hosts lead field trips from October through April at various sites in the area. Join us to learn about local birds and other flora and fauna! Details can be found  on the Calendar page of this website.
  • Monthly Educational Programs: Each month from September through May, VAAS hosts an educational program on a topic of interest to our members. The program start at 6:00 pm with conversation and refreshments, then at 6:30 pm there is a brief VAAS Membership Meeting followed by the educational program. 

Upcoming Programs



Telephone: 941-496-8984

Sarasota County Call Center: 941-861-5000 (General information and directions)


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