BirdSleuth offers opportunities for in-person training and workshops as well as online webinars for educators looking for top notch professional development.
National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
July 11 - July 13
We’re excited to have the American Horticultural Society host their National Children & Youth Garden Symposium at Cornell University this year! The Cornell Lab’s K-12 will be offering several sessions before and during the symposium. You must be registered for the symposium to attend any of the events below.
Pre-symposium: Gardening for Birds with Habitat Connections, Wednesday, July 11 8:30am – 3:30pm
Join us for this pre-symposium workshop. Ideal for 3th-8th grade educators, this fun, hands-on training will help you build your skills both in and out of the garden. Learn about citizen science, outdoor teaching, bird migration and reproduction, and gardening for birds. You’ll also develop the ideas, skills, and confidence to use citizen science and birds as teaching tools in your own garden! Educators who complete the workshop will receive a copy of the Habitat Connections curriculum kit and Alaska Fertilizer thanks to our sponsors.
Citizen Science in the Garden, Friday, July 13 10:30am – 11:30am
Citizen science is a great hook for growing observation and inquiry skills and adds to the educational value of gardening. Whether monitoring birds, plants, insects, or weather, kids observe, explore, and engage with the world around them, asking their own questions and conducting original experiments. In addition to providing resources and free curricula, we’ll discuss challenges related to authentic scientific inquiry and citizen science in the garden setting.
Engineering Design in the Garden – It’s for the Birds! Friday, July 13 2:15pm – 3:45pm
Develop youth science and engineering practices in any garden or natural place with exciting, hands-on activities. Using birds as a springboard, inspire authentic questions and original scientific studies through fun and engaging activities like building a bird feeder from recyclables, designing nest boxes for specific species, thinking critically about adaptations, observing wild birds outdoors, and using citizen-science projects.