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.

Crane Weekend



  • Tyler Harms Named Associate Director of Iowa Young Birders


    Tyler Harms, frequent field trip volunteer, has been named Associate Director of Iowa Young Birders.  Tyler will be assisting Carl Bendorf, Executive Director, with all aspects of Iowa Young Birders as we enter our fourth…

  • Red Rock Field Trip – December 6, 2014


    Six young birders ventured forth on a mild December day at Lake Red Rock on December 6, 2014.  The early cold snap in November pushed many of the waterfowl further south.  And, today, the lake was…

  • Tyler Harms Interview


    Frequent Iowa Young Birders volunteer field trip leader, Tyler Harms, was recently interviewed on KHOI radio (Ames).   Listen to Tyler talk about birds and birding in Iowa.  At 18:10, Tyler mentions his involvement with…



Iowa Young Birders offers many 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.