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BirdSleuth Workshop: Pepperwood Preserve, California

June 9, 2018 - June 10, 2018


When: Saturday, June 9 (9am arrival) through Sunday, June 10 (3pm dismissal). Please plan to spend the night!

Pepperood Preserve habitat. Photo via the Pepperwood Preserve website.

Where: Pepperwood Preserve in eastern Sonoma County (25 minutes from Santa Rosa, 90 minutes from San Francisco)

What: An engaging two-day  teacher workshop focused on using birds as an approachable educational tool, hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Pepperwood Preserve. During this hands-on workshop, you will also learn how to better use your school garden and other outdoor spaces for citizen science and inquiry learning.

Who: Ideal for adventurous 3th-8th grade classroom teachers, but other teachers/educators welcome. Keep reading to see if this is a good fit!

BirdSleuth’s “Habitat Connections” curriculum includes teacher-tested lessons.

Workshop Details: Educators who complete the workshop will receive a copy of the Habitat Connections curriculum kit and high-quality organic fertilizer to use in your school garden thanks to our sponsor, Alaska Fertilizer. We’ll practice some of the activities in this curriculum, such as the popular Migration Obstacle Course and Bird Survivor, and discover how to implement citizen science projects such as eBird and Habitat Network with students.

Pepperwood Preserve is a beautiful and vital sanctuary for hundreds of plant and animal species! The weekend will be spent both in a classroom setting at the Dwight Center for Conservation Science and in the field observing wildlife and practicing activities. Plan to bring your laptop and a mobile device so that you can practice using Cornell Lab citizen-science apps and websites.

Meals and Lodging:  Dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday are included (please bring a bagged lunch for Saturday). Overnight accommodations will be in the Bechtel House (bunk bed) or in a tent  (most of us will be in tents). Because we will be doing activities well into the evening, and be up at the crack of dawn for birding… please plan to spend the night. Information about what to bring will be sent to you two weeks in advance.

Register now!   (Note: there is a workshop fee of $20. Space is limited, and you should plan to register by May 18.)


Pepperwood Preserve. Photo via Pepperwood Preserve website



June 9, 2018
June 10, 2018
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Bechtel House at Pepperwood Preserve
2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 United States