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Naturalist Outreach Pandemic Version Fall 2020: Naturalist Outreach will be taught Fall 2020! The class is currently scheduled for Tuesday (11:30 to 1:25) and Thursday (12:40 to 1:30).  To enroll in this class, you need to write me for an enrollment code.  For those people who have already contacted me, if I haven’t send you a NEW code since 10am Wed, please contact me asap.  If you want to join the class but don’t yet have a code, contact me.  Register for the discussion, and you will be enrolled for the entire class.  Also, once you have the enrollment code, you should save this enrollment for the 2nd round of signing up for classes since your spot is guaranteed in the class.

This should minimize conflicts with any in-person lab courses.  The course has synchronous attendance online.  I’ve been setting up the course with the plan of having most lectures/ discussion with myself or guest speakers on Tuesdays, and having you do most of your longer presentations on Thursdays.  You will learn about how to give talented presentations, but we may not be doing any in-person outreach in the community.  We will explore doing virtual presentations, if teachers are receptive.  I recommend that seniors and professional masters students take it this year, but if you can take the class next year you would get more community experience.

CNY Teachers Fall 2020:  I hope to increase your access to online science resources for your classes.  One place to start is with the appealing Naturalist Outreach Nature Videos which cover powerful concepts in ecology, conservation, and biodiversity. The videos were designed to enhance elementary science curricula and star accessible ‘role model’ college students.  The gorgeous videos are 3 to 15 minutes long.  Second, take a look at the Resources about different topics on this website.  I am about to make them Open Educational Resources (OER) for your use, but please feel free to access anything now.  If you are interested in virtual presentations by my students, please contact me and we can probably work something out.

What the Naturalist Outreach Program provide to our community: 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.

Who are the Presenters? 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.

Why do we do science outreach? 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.

For Teachers -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 Nature videos starring Naturalist Outreach students talking about major ecological and biodiversity issues.  The videos are designed to be played in class to help your students!
  • Cornell students who want to take the Naturalist Outreach Practicum course [Entom 3350, 4 cr} should contact Dr. Rayor by email (LSR1) as soon as possible to get an enrollment code for pre-enrollment or prior to the course in the Fall.  I want to know more about you and learn about your desire to share your interest in biology with the public.  Send me a short introduction to why you want to take the class (besides oral comm credit!!).   I’ve posted expectations in Outreach course .