K-5 eBird Explorers Workshop – St. Louis, MO

Join Cornell Lab and World Bird Sanctuary educators for an inspiring professional development opportunity!

We are excited to invite K-5 educators to the World Bird Sanctuary for an in-person professional development experience.

Dates: Monday-Wednesday, July 18-20, 2022

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road in Valley Park, MO

Application Deadline: May 22, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CT

This one-of-a-kind program includes hands-on activities, guest speakers, and outdoor exploration, and will be a time for rejuvenation, learning, and connection for educators. During this 3-day experience, we will highlight best practices in citizen science and nature-based education.

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

During this transformative experience, you will:

  • Receive hands-on training in using citizen science and eBird in your classroom, with a focus on methods you can immediately implement with your students.
  • Discover the Cornell Lab’s online field guide, digital library, and citizen-science programs as educational resources for K-5 learning.
  • Explore the intersections between outdoor learning, citizen science, and student outcomes related to student science practices.
  • Enjoy expert-led bird walks on the amazing World Bird Sanctuary’s grounds while practicing bird identification and learning about bird ecology.
  • Interact with the experienced and enthusiastic scientists and staff who make the World Bird Sanctuary a world-renowned institution, including behind-the-scenes experiences that may include bird banding demonstrations, meeting the educational birds who live at the sanctuary, and touring the facilities including the wildlife hospital.
  • Receive your choice of either the K-2 or 3-5 eBird Explorers curricula. Additional kits will be available for pre-order.
  • Earn 2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) from Cornell University.
  • Lunch and snacks all three workshop days.

Who should attend?

This experience is especially designed for K-5 classroom educators, STEM coordinators, and school librarians looking for innovative ways to teach STEM content and develop science literacy. This retreat will help you incorporate citizen science and nature exploration into elementary classrooms. Thanks to generous gift funding, the experience is free but acceptance is competitive. We encourage you to apply early, but you must apply by May 22nd to be considered.

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COVID-19 Policies

The format of our retreat will be guided by Cornell University’s science-based COVID policy, with the health and safety of our community and participants at the forefront of our minds. Cornell policies may include masking with approved masks when indoors, social-distancing when possible, and proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of the event. These policies are subject to change as University policies continue to evolve. We will keep a close eye on the local situation and notify participants of any changes.


Dates: Monday-Wednesday, July 18-20, 2022, from 9:00am-5:00pm each day. Lunch and snacks are included. You must attend each day of the program.

Location: The World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road in Valley Park, MO.

Costs: The workshop is free. However, participants are responsible the arrangement of and costs for any travel and lodging they may need.

Additional information will be sent to accepted participants! Apply Today! Application deadline is May 22nd.