How to Use This Site

Navigation
The site has been organized into the general subject areas of Learn, Teach, Interact, and Browse which are found in the navigation bar across the top of the page.  Each of these sections consists of additional pages of information that can be found by using the navigation bar on the left side of the page.

Search
Once you navigate through the top sections; Learn, Teach, Interact and Browse, you will see how 17 years of research, collecting and educational programming has been organized  to easily find what you are looking for.  Searches will bring up pictures, articles, websites, blogs, newsletters and other material related to your inquiry by listing content both internal and external to the website.  You can search the overall site using the search box at the top of the home page by entering what you would like to see, for instance, "Japanese Kites."  Or you can browse the collections and your search will be narrowed to collection items that have been uploaded by the Drachen Foundation as well as items that have been uploaded by kite enthusiasts from throughout the world.  You can also “filter” topics, which means you can narrow a search to a specific type of kite or material, geography, subject matter (art, culture, history) or person.  Click
here to try a search.

(Please be aware that only a small portion of Drachen’s collection has been entered.  We appreciate your patience as we work to place our entire collection online.)

Post and Share
Post and Share allows users to upload items from their own collections to share with the world.  Once the items are uploaded, they can be found by visitors to the website by using the search and browse tools.  We are excited to offer this tool for kiters around the world to help in creating the world’s largest on-line kite collection and repository of information related to kites. To get started, click
here and go to “Create an Account” where you can establish an account and follow the simple directions for adding material to the collection.

We ask everyone to use “courtesy and common sense” when uploading their items. Click here to see our user agreement.

Sharing information is what this new site is all about!

Teaching Materials
Part of the Drachen Foundation’s mission is to provide teaching materials that are easy to use and affordable.  We have designed the new website with teachers in mind.  Start by browsing the lessons in the Teach area of our website
here. You'll find a variety of kite lessons for different grade levels. Each lesson has links to downloadable kite plans or ready-to-make kite kits which can be purchased from our store. We have worked with the best kitemakers to offer affordable and efficiently engineered kites for all needs.

We also have several kite plans available for free download here, and we have many kite kits, materials, and books available for purchase in our store here.

Store sales not only offer teachers with great teaching tools, they also help to support our work to collect and disseminate kite information world-wide! 

Visit our online store: Please see our frequently asked questions about the store here.