Exploring Nature & Science with eBird Workshop (Ohio)

Indian Run Falls, a park next to the workshop location

Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Chapman Elementary Media Specialist, Marisa Saelzler, for an inspiring professional development opportunity.

Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, June 20-22, 2023

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm on Tuesday, 8:15-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday

Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library – Dublin Branch, Dublin, OH

Audience : K-5th grade educators

We’re excited to invite you to register for this fun, three-day learning experience! You’ll practice citizen science, spend time outdoors, learn more about birds and how to attract them to your schoolyard, and take field trips. Choose from either the K-2 or 3-5 versions of eBird Explorers curriculum kit, and leave ready to use these hands-on materials in your classroom. Enjoy time exploring local habitats, seeing an example of how one local teacher has developed her outdoor classroom, and connecting with other educators.

During this transformative experience, you will:

  • Explore how to build student science skills through outdoor learning and citizen science.
  • Practice collaboratively teaching the curriculum.
  • Receive your choice of the K-2  or 3-5 eBird Explorers curriculum kits. All kits include bird ID cards, posters, hands-on lessons, and unique grade-level resources. You’ll also take home a bird feeder.
  • Enjoy local field trips, including a walk through Chapman Elementary’s Outdoor Learning Lab and learning from a local educator, Marisa Saelzler.
  • Discover Cornell Lab’s free educational resources for 3rd-8th grade teachers, including our online field guide, digital library, and citizen-science programs.
  • A completion letter with contact hours.

Who should attend?

We welcome K-5th grade classroom educators, STEM coordinators, school media specialists, and instructional coaches looking for innovative ways to teach STEM content and develop science literacy. Non-formal educators that teach the same students multiple times (such as for library or after-school programming or summer camps) will also find the workshop useful.

Accessibility: The Cornell Lab K-12 team is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and discrimination-free experience at this workshop. We aim for professional development and educational exchange in the spirit of free discussion and expression in an environment in which diverse attendees may learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues. We are committed to providing an open and welcoming environment for all participants, including but not limited to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, ability, socioeconomic status, age, religion, and veteran or military service status.

Detailed logistics and policies

To make the most of our time together, please complete the free eBird Essentials course prior to attending. The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and will give you the fundamentals of eBird participation.

Dates: June 20-22, 2023.

Time: 9:30-5:00 pm 8:15 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Lunch and snacks will be provided all 3 days of the workshop.

Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library – Dublin Branch,  75 N. High St, Dublin, OH 43017

Costs: We want this workshop to be accessible to all participants. Due to increased planning costs and the impact of cancellations, this workshop has a $90 reservation fee. However, if you attend all days of the workshop, your $90 fee will be automatically refunded to your credit card within 2 weeks. If you cancel your reservation less than 30 days before the workshop or do not show up to this workshop, we will be unable to refund this fee. If the upfront registration fee represents a burden that makes it impossible for you to attend, please reach out to us at K12Lab@cornell.edu.

Register today! Click the “register now” button to reserve your seat. Registration closes May 14, 2023.

Cornell Lab Cancellation and COVID-19 Policy: We reserve the right to cancel this workshop up to 4 weeks prior to the workshop due to under-registration or unforeseen circumstances. If we cancel, you will receive a full refund. We are guided by Cornell University’s COVID policy. At this time, masks are welcome but not required.

Dublin Library, workshop location.
Workshop location: Columbus Metropolitan Library – Dublin Branch