We open the doors to inquiry and learning about the natural world, starting with the earliest ages and lasting a lifetime.

  • colorful birds at Bird Academy

    Bird Academy

    Whether you’re a bird lover, an educator, or a student, our interactive courses and multimedia-rich resources will lead you into the fascinating lives of birds, from birding basics to comprehensive ornithology.

  • Birdsleuth children gardening, by Darcy Petzold.

    K-12 Education

    Our curricula and professional development opportunities empower educators to engage youth in scientific investigations, citizen-science projects, and habitat improvement initiatives to ignite a lifelong passion for nature.

  • Cornell Lab Visitor Center, entrance by Diane Tessaglia-Hymes.

    Visitor Center

    Come experience the Lab! If you live in Ithaca or are visiting from afar you can enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, guided walks, and exhibits. Log in virtually to gain access to Lab experts through webinars, workshops, and family programs.

Program Staff

  • Mya Thompson

    Co-Director for Engagement in Science and Nature

Photo Credits:

Bird Academy square is created with photos from the Great Backyard Bird Count and designed by Jeff Szuc; children with dirty hands by Darcy Petzold; the Cornell Lab visitor center entrance by Diane Tessaglia-Hymes.

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