Free K-12 Lessons Open Doors for Kids to Explore Nature and Science

Free eBird Lessons artwork
Our mission is to create innovative K-12 resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects.

Engaging children with birds can foster a lifelong interest in nature, science, and conservation. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s new curriculum, eBird Explorers, uses the eBird citizen-science project to teach science and math concepts to elementary, middle, and high school students, while also getting kids outside to explore nature and observe birds. Elementary school students explore the similarities and differences among local birds, while middle and high school students collect and analyze real data, investigating how global changes affect life on earth. Teachers can download starter lessons for free or purchase the in-depth, standards-based curriculum which provides hands-on lessons for students to make careful observations, conduct bird surveys, and analyze data to explore trends and patterns of bird occurrence.

Over the past year alone, the Lab’s K-12 educational materials have reached about a million students across North America. Your support of the Cornell Lab provides a pathway for kids to become discoverers and interpreters of the natural world.

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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library