Today is Giving Day. Generous supporters have stepped up to provide 1:1 matching funds to make your gift count double. Please take a moment to make a contribution to our growing program and give the gift of inquiry to 2,000 students a year! 

Watch our official 2017 Giving Day video and hear what teachers and students have to say about their Bird School experience!

In May 2016, The Bird School Project participated in UC Santa Cruz's first annual Giving Day crowdfunding campaign. With record-setting support from over 320 donors, we won a $10,000 prize and raised a total of over $25,000! This grassroots funding is a key element to our success. As was the case last year, UCSC will award an additional $10,000 to the organization with the greatest number of individual donors by the end of the day.

Join us today, March 8 to help us break our record!


When you give you get...

Program development

  • Reach over 2,000 elementary and middle school students for a total of 4,000 outside science hours during the 2017-18 school year.
  • Continue expanding our reach to students in Watsonville, Castroville, Salinas, Marina, Seaside, and Monterey.
  • Facilitate extended opportunities for impassioned students to deepen their naturalist skills.
  • Develop summer field programming for middle school students.
  • Develop a habitat restoration curriculum.
  • Develop a teacher training curriculum
  • Expand our website, social media presence, and outreach efforts in order to diversify the reach of the program to new students and teachers.
  • Coordinate and grow our hands-on internship experience for undergraduate students who are interested in environmental education.

building community capacity

  • Build relationships with participating teachers, schools, and district administrators in the Monterey Bay area.
  • Facilitate public community events.
  • Expand our website, social media presence, and outreach efforts in order to diversify the reach of the program to new students and teachers.

classroom resources

  • Increase our teaching capacity by securing an additional classroom set of binoculars and field guides for our life science unit.
  • Increase classroom resources and follow up lesson plans with cross-cutting concepts for teachers to smoothly integrate life science curriculum into their own inquiry-based science lessons.
  • Create a bi-lingual BSP field journal and accompanying curriculum.

Deciding to support the Bird School Project is more than a donation.

We maintain close connections with our donors in trust that their donation stemmed from a greater passion to enhance natural history opportunities for children. When we receive a donation, we understand that our dreams are the donors' dreams, too. The following supporters have significantly contributed to the Bird School Project and have enabled us to do this critical work. We are extremely grateful for their generosity!

The Pollination Project

March Family Foundation

UCSC Social Sciences Division

Alec and Claudia Webster