eBird Explorers: Building Literacy Through Nature

Build science and literacy skills with bird-focused nature exploration!

Photo shows the eBird K-2 cover for "Building Literacy Through Nature" Depicted is a child reading a book surrounded by images of wildlife they have discovered by learning from this kit.

It’s never too early to help our youngest learners develop a lifelong passion for nature and science. Birds and participatory science are the perfect place to start! Aligned to K-2 Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards, eBird Explorers: Building Literacy Through Nature inspires observation and curiosity about the natural world. This dynamic curriculum features two children’s books that encourage students to observe and describe differences in birds and habitats. Through these lessons, students discover what makes a bird a bird, explore similarities and differences, learn to identify common local birds, and contribute to the eBird database!

The full kit is available for purchase through the kitting company NASCO.


Kit includes:

  • Materials for a class of 30
  • Life-size bird images
  • Bird ID cards
  • Crow Not Crow book (Yolen, 2018)
  • On Duck Pond book (Yolen, 2017)
  • Pairing parents and young cards
  • Lesson plans, handouts, and worksheets