Our simple idea grew into a successful education program thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters.
Each year we provide programming to 2,500 students from the Monterey Bay area. The majority of these students do not have regular access (or any) to outdoor science and nature connection opportunities. There are still many students who do not have access to this program or any like it.
Collaboration & new opportunities
In the 2019/20 school year we will be collaborating with select middle schools in Salinas, California to develop a year-long citizen science course model around bird watching.
We will be piloting two after school programs in Watsonville in the 2019/20 school year to give students an opportunity to visit local state parks and explore the coast!
BSP has begun to offer workshops and institutes designed for classroom teachers to gain experience and inspiration for teaching students science and nature connection in an outdoor setting on their school campus. By offering an annual series of professional development opportunities that focus on core routines for outdoor science we can multiply the impact that outdoor education opportunities like the BSP have on students.
In 2019, BSP will work with a second cohort of teachers developing a lesson sequence that is both aligned with leading inquiry-based pedagogy and addresses key outcomes of the Next Generation Science Standards for students. This curriculum resource will be made available free online, thanks support from BirdNote, a radio show and daily podcast all about birds and conservation!
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 people, foundations, and groups have made significant financial contributions to the Bird School Project and have enabled us to do this critical work. We are extremely grateful for their generosity!