Naturalist Outreach Home Page

The Naturalist Outreach Program acts as a ‘STEM Speakers Bureau’ to send Cornell undergraduates and graduate students to local classrooms and community groups to talk about the natural history, ecology, and behavior of animals and plants. By presenting lively, enthusiastic, well-grounded, and age-appropriate, science-inquiry 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 Naturalist Outreach Speakers Bureau is a response to the national need for attracting students into science, for scientists who can communicate the value of their work to the public, and the need to enhance appreciation for the environment. 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!

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