Founded in 2011 to encourage young people to get outdoors and go birding, Iowa Young Birders offers field trips all around the state.  Our trips are open to young birders ages 8-18 and parents are encouraged to attend.

Our upcoming field trips are listed on the right and our complete calendar is here.

Iowa Young Birders is headed to Kearney, Nebraska on March 28-29 to witness the spectacle of Sandhill Crane migration.

36 young birders, parents, grandparents and volunteer leaders are going to learn more about the largest concentration of cranes in the world as these magnificent birds rest and feed along the Platte River before continuing their northward migration.

Many thanks to the following generous sponsors of Crane Weekend:

Eagle Optics for their Gold Level Sponsorship with their contribution of a pair of Vortex Diamondback binoculars given to one of our young birders who signed up before February 1.

Dick and Sharon Stillwell for their Gold Level Sponsorship with their contribution of a scholarship to reduce the registration fee for all young birder attendees.

Quad Cities Audubon for their Gold Level Sponsorship

Kearney Visitors Bureau for their Silver Level Sponsorship with their contribution of lens cleaning cloths to each young birder attendee.


Tallgrass Prairie Audubon – Grinnell for their Silver Level Sponsorship

Loess Hills Audubon for their Silver Level Sponsorship



Iowa Young Birder Camp Scholarship:  Young Iowa birders ages 13-18 who are considering attending one of the American Birding Association Young Birder Camps this summer should consider applying for a tuition scholarship of up to $500 from Iowa Young Birders.  Supported by generous donors, the Young Birder Camp Scholarship helps to support the future of Iowa’s birding and conservation communities.  READ MORE


Iowa Young Birders offers resources for other organizations and educators seeking to offer young birder field trips including results from our participant surveys and an outline of our field trip model.  It’s all here!

Generous support for Iowa Young Birders has also been provided by the State of Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP), Iowa Ornithologists’ Union,  Iowa Audubon, Cedar Rapids Audubon, and the Johnson County Songbird Project.

We are also grateful to the many individuals and families who support the mission and programs of Iowa Young Birders.