Susan Licher

K-12 Education Learning Coordinator

As the K-12 Learning Coordinator, I develop and deliver transformational training for educators that supports them in connecting students to nature, strengthens their skills in using participatory science, and increases their comfort in guiding students in inquiry investigations.

I have the pleasure of working with an amazing array of educators in my role and it is inspiring and motivating! I also actively work on increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice at the Cornell Lab and within our team. I’m passionate about helping youth connect to nature and building scientifically literate students. Through working with educators, I can multiply my efforts.

Before coming to the Cornell Lab, I taught groups of all ages at the Francis Beidler Forest and the Walden Woods Project. Prior to working in education, I conducted scientific studies on water resources throughout the U.S.


M.S., Resource Planning, Missouri State University
B.S., Geography, Missouri State University

Outside the Cornell Lab

I enjoy hiking, reading, exploring new places and cultures, and spending time with family and friends when I’m not at work.


Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
~ Rachel Carson

Woman stands in front of a pond in the winter.
Center Engagement in Science and Nature
Projects K–12 Education

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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library