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Summer Educator Retreat

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Birding | Rich with wildlife, Sapsucker Woods is an exciting place to get out in the field with experts.

Rich with wildlife, Sapsucker Woods is an exciting place to get out in the field with experts.

We’re excited to announce the 2018 BirdSleuth Educator Retreat!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology will open its doors to educators from around the US and beyond for four action-packed days, July 18-21. Through fun activities and lively presentations, you’ll gain new ideas, innovative resources, and a fresh perspective.

This year we’re focusing on using citizen science and inquiry in the classroom. The retreat includes presentations from Cornell Lab experts, behind-the-scenes tours, and bird walks within Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary and beyond. In addition to innovative science learning ideas, everyone will walk away with two of the best BirdSleuth curricular kits and a pair of high-quality Celestron® binoculars.

You’ll learn about citizen science, inquiry-based projects, Lab resources, and BirdSleuth curricula through hands-on activities, guest presentations, and breakout sessions. K-12 classroom teachers and out-of-school educators – you’ll leave with the confidence to implement citizen science and inquiry with your students right away. You’ll also gain networking contacts to keep you in touch with each other and the Lab for years to come.

Good work should never go unrewarded, right? Though this retreat is an intense professional development experience, there will also be time to relax, enjoy great food, and explore the Finger Lakes region. You’ll learn what we mean when we say, “Ithaca is Gorges.”

We hope to see you at the BirdSleuth Summer Retreat! Space is limited – learn more and review the details and logistics here.

Whether you are a brand-new birder or educator... or very experienced in both, we welcome you to attend our retreat.

Join us in Sapsucker Woods for an inspiring professional development experience!

Past Retreat participants say…

  • “This was fantastic!”
  • “It was great! So exciting to spend the time with kindred spirits.”
  • “The highlight was releasing the goldfinch from banding. It is so cool to hold the bird and let it go!”
  • “I was excited about a future as an educator, but this experience has taken that to a whole new level. This is the best experience I could have asked for!”
  • “Very well organized. To make a multi-day program seem so effortless takes a lot of work.”
  • “It was great learning more about Cornell Lab resources and experts and how they can be leveraged to enhance our education program.”
Food Web Tangle | After connecting through a living food web, this groups steps back to chat about best practices with the activity.

Food Web Tangle | After connecting through a living food web, this group steps back to chat about best practices with the activity.

2 Comments

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  2.  by  Mike Mansour

    To those who are considering attending the summer educator retreat:
    Last summer at this retreat changed my life. As generalist I can’t seem to focus on one aspect of the environmental concern but BIRDS have captured my attention and efforts thanks to Cornell and the exceptional people with passion and knowledge. At one experience they invited an “expert” on crows. This guy has spend 23 years of his life studying crows. I was captivated by his knowledge. Crows represent something very special about birds.
    If you ever get the chance to hear an expert on “anything” be sure to listen.
    With best regards,
    Mike Mansour
    Michigan Ambassador for Birds

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