New York State Programs

BirdSleuth and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are offering mini-grants, trainings, kits, and educational resources to support New York State Extension educators. We currently have three opportunities available. Apply for one or more that fit your situation, interests, and needs.


Inquiry Course Review

We are looking for five experienced educators to take our new online professional development course about using citizen science to inspire youth inquiry projects. Integrating Inquiry for Educators: Building Student Science Practices is an interactive online course that uses readings, videos, interactive quizzes, and discussions to guide educators through the best practices of engaging youth with citizen science and inquiry. We are looking for educators to take this course and help us explore its potential to build youth science and leadership skills.

Participating educators will be awarded $1,000 to their association for staff time when the course and review is completed by Sept 19th. Participants will be eligible for a $500 mini-grant for materials to work with youth on an inquiry project. Find the detailed description attached to this e-mail. Apply soon! Application deadline is August 8th:


High Tech Birding Kit and Training

Are you interested in the ways that technology can connect kids to the outdoors while building important science skills? We are creating High Tech Birding Kits to do just that. The kits will include iOS devices to use birding and citizen science apps, handheld GPS units, binoculars, supporting materials, and more. These kits will be available for check out by 4-H and Extension educators who participate in our training held September 23rd – 24th at the Lab of Ornithology.  We are inviting 4-H and Extension educators and encourage you to bring a volunteer and a teen leader with you to the training.

Travel expenses, including overnight accommodations will be covered for participants. Apply here by September 9th:


Habitat Improvement Mini-Grants

We’re offering educators a chance to win one of 10 Habitat Connections kits with an included mini-grants of up to $750 for projects involving youth in habitat improvement or citizen science focused on birds. In the past, grant funds have been used to purchase native plants, bird houses, binoculars and more.

Educators will be expected to attend one of two training webinars to receive the curriculum and grant funds. The application deadline is August 15, so apply today:

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