If you’re interested in starting your own club, check out our tips on how to start your own club at the end of this page. If you want to know what resources already exist around you, look no further than the lists below! If you know of a club that isn’t listed here, please let us know.
Young Birder Clubs in the United States
California: California Young Birders Club
Iowa: Iowa Young Birders – for ages 8-18.
Maine: Maine Young Birders Club – for ages 11-18,
Maryland: Youth Division of the Maryland Ornithological Society – sponsored by the Maryland Ornithological Society
Massachusetts: Massachusetts Young Birders Club – for all ages
Minnesota: Minnesota Young Birders Club for ages 13 – 18
West Omaha Young Birders, for ages 11-18
New Mexico: Burque Young Birders’ Club
North Carolina: Carolina Young Birders Club
WINGS – geared for ages 10-13, sponsored by the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library for more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon: Young Birders of Central Oregon- for ages 9-18, sponsored by East Cascades Audubon Society for more info please email: email@example.com
South Carolina: Carolina Young Birders Club
Virginia: Blue Ridge Young Birders Club – for ages 7-18
Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club – for students in grades 6-12, sponsored by Flint Hill School and The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.
Washington: Seattle Audubon Society Young Birders – for ages 13-17.
Global Young Birder Clubs
Colombia: Guardian de las Aves – a national club for young birders ages 8-18.
India: Chennai Young Naturalists Network – a club for young naturalists around Chennai under age 25
New Zealand: New Zealand Fledglings – a national club for young birders of all ages
Spain: Club de Jóvenes Pajareros de Burgos – a national association for students aged 8-18.
Uganda: Young Birders Club of Uganda – a national club for ages 7-18
How to Start a New Club
Most young birders clubs were started by one or two passionate people with a determination to make things happen. Sometimes these founders are adults involved with an organization, other times they are parents of young birders, and other times they are young birders themselves. Regardless of the initiator, time and energy can make a young birders club grow into a thriving community.
If your area doesn’t have a young birders club, it’s very feasible to start one. By enabling young birders to meet, learn, and bird together, these clubs encourage the next generation of naturalists to grow their interest in the natural world.
Many young adults cite young birders clubs, camps, and other networking groups as a turning point for them. Young birders often have trouble finding similarly-minded peers, so meeting such people can be a life-changing experience.
Below, you will find a link to the Young Birders Club Toolkit, a guiding resource for starting a club in your local area. This Toolkit is open to your input: if you have specific questions, advice, or materials that you think the Toolkit should include, please contact us!
Additionally, take note of the sample forms included below the Toolkit. These were provided by the NY State Young Birders Club (a project of the NY State Ornithological Association). Should you need membership or permission forms for your club, feel free to adapt these to your purposes.