Binoculars for Schools!

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Photo from Lindsay Glasner

Taking the time to pause and look at nature is a first step toward learning about and connecting to the natural world. Binoculars not only help us zoom in on birds, but they allow us to focus our attention on the birds we are trying to observe. We are excited to announce that our sponsors at Celestron® optics have provided us with high-quality binoculars  to award to educators!

Over the course of 6 months (April-June and September-November, 2016), we’ll be awarding Celestron’s Nature DX 8×32 binoculars to schools where educators have made outstanding efforts to engage their students in citizen science. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has listed Celestron’s Nature DX series as one of the best binoculars to use within their price range.

User Submission

Photo from Susan Hobart

How do I apply?

Simply put your citizen-science actions on the Action Map within the “Citizen Science” category .  You don’t have to tell us that you’d like binoculars for the future, just inspire us with what you’re already doing. We’re looking through submissions monthly and selecting a handful who will be invited to submit a formal application. We look forward to reading how you use citizen science in your classrooms!

Please note:

Anyone may submit their actions, but only schools/teachers who participate in a citizen-science project with their students will be eligible for the grant. We will notify selected schools at the end of each month, who will then be invited to apply for a grant of up to 10 binoculars. Learn more on how to make your submission stand out.