Naturalist Outreach Home Page

Naturalist Outreach college students give free enthusiastic, hands-on biology presentations about nature and ecology to K-12 classes and community groups in Central NY.

The presenters are accessible scientist role-models who excite students about biology, nature, — and college. By presenting lively, enthusiastic, NGSS based, and age-appropriate, science based presentations, we work to open the world of backyard biology to young people, enrich local 2nd – H.S. science instruction, and simultaneously train Cornell students to communicate effectively about science.

The goals of the Naturalist Outreach Program are to improve science literacy, to help attract students into science, and enhance appreciation for the environment.  Additionally, our mission is to help train college students improve their ability to communicate science and teach effectively.. My goal is to help inspire a generation of Cornell students to become civically engaged in scientific outreach.

On this website, you will be able to:

  • Request presentations, find out more about the student presenters, and provide online reviews of their performances.
  • Access curricular materials and resources related to the presentations.  We have organized the resources by key concepts, type of organisms, and type of resource (short STEM videos, Presentation guides, Educational Games or worksheets).  Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core goals are now being linked to each resource or unit of resources.
  • Find out about the latest Naturalist Outreach STEM videos starring Naturalist Outreach students sharing the secrets of nature!










  • Cornell students can find out more about the course and expectations in Outreach course.  To register for Fall 2018, you must contact Dr. Rayor (LSR1) ASAP with information on your background in outreach and teaching, your career goals, and reasons for wishing to take this class.  If accepted, she will provide you with an enrollment code for the class.  Class size is limited.  Currently there are 5 spaces remaining in the class, so contact Dr. Rayor now!

Dr. Linda S. Rayor