Our simple idea grew into a successful education program thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters. To continue growing our impact, we need your help. 

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For Students


expanded programming

  • Each year we provide programming to 2,000 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. Yet, there are still many communities to serve. Moving forward we aim to provide our birdwatching unit at no cost for an additional 1,000 students from underserved communities in the Monterey Bay area.  In the 2018-19 school year we will reach 3,000 elementary and middle school students.

Collaboration & new opportunities

  • BSP is steadily increasing the opportunities we have to offer students. Beyond participating in BSP lessons during class time, we hope to begin offering after school and summer programming for students who are interested in continuing their study of birds, science, and natural history.
  • It takes lots of time and planning to provide opportunities that are both engaging and advancing each students' experience with bird watching and science. We are working hard to form partnerships and build relationships with scientists and organizations who can help us offer the best programming for our students.

For Teachers


core routines

  • 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.

Supporting NGSS

  • In 2019, BSP will publish a physical and digital curriculum that is both aligned with leading inquiry-based pedagogy and addresses key outcomes of the Next Generation Science Standards for 5th through 8th grade students. This curriculum resource will be free and will include pre, between-visit, and post unit lesson plans to help classroom teachers translate concepts explored during the BSP unit to concepts in class.

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!

The David & Lucile Packard foundation

March Conservation Fund

The Pollination Project

over 300 individual donors from UCSC's giving day!

Santa Cruz bird Club

Sierra Club Ventana Chapter

Alec & Claudia Webster

UCSC Social Sciences Division