Free Downloads

These free resources provide educators with an opportunity to explore nature and science in the classroom and in their school yard.

  • Students as Scientists Recommended Book List

    Explore picture books that will help your students understand the science process, explore diverse scientists, and think like a scientist!

  • eBird Essentials for Educators Guide

    Participatory-science projects like eBird can help make concrete connections between classroom learning and life skills, preparing your students with the tools they need to thrive in the world. This guide gives educator-tested tips, tools, and activities for scaffolding students in…

  • Students as Scientists: Nature-Based Inquiry

    Students as Scientists: Nature-Based Inquiry units features two teachers guides, one for grades K-5 and the other for grades 6-12.

  • Spark Student Curiosity Through Wildlife Cams Guide

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  • Spark Student Curiosity with a Feeder Design Challenge Guide

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  • “Students as Scientists” Resources for K-5th Grade

    Find all the supporting resources you need to implement Students as Scientist in K-5th grade classrooms.

  • FeederWatch Classroom Guide

     Project FeederWatch (PFW) is a November-April survey of birds that visit schoolyards, backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.  To sign up for PFW, visit their website here.

    This FeederWatch Classroom Guide helps educators engage their K-8th…

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    Free eBird 3-5 Lesson

    Build bird identification skills with students by downloading a copy of your free 3-5 lesson. Learn about color patterns and field marks then take your students outdoors to put their new knowledge to the test.

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    Bone Identification

    A mole, a vole or a shrew? What could those bones in your owl pellet possibly be? Download our free bone identification guide to solve the mystery!

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    Feathered Friends

    Engaging science lessons brought to you by your local birds! Our friends at Pennington Wild Birds are working with us to educate and engage children in the pleasures of feeding and watching birds with this free download.

  • BirdSleuth Investigator 2017
    BirdSleuth Investigator

    Students from around the country love going outside and watching birds. Then they get curious and start asking questions about what they are seeing. Those questions turn into research projects and innovative studies that the students design themselves. We invite…

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    Explorer’s Guidebook

    K-12 Education wants to help you get kids outside and enjoying their local parks and natural areas. Take kids on a habitat scavenger hunt, create a sound map, and test bird ID skills with this adaptable activity book.

  • Bird Communication

    Have you ever wondered what birds are saying as they sing, call, quack, and drum? With these dynamic activities, you and your students will investigate why and how birds communicate.

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    Life In A Nest

    Our high-definition cameras give you and your students a wonderfully unique glimpse into the real lives of birds. Nest cams make an excellent supplement to your unit!

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    Think Outside The (Nest) Box

    Build, install and monitor nest boxes to help your students grasp a better understanding of life cycles. Download the free lessons to accompany the videos and activities.