Naturalist Outreach Home Page

The Naturalist Outreach Program acts as a ‘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.

For information about the upcoming NSF-sponsored workshop see ‘Improving undergraduate eduction through science outreach’ .  The Naturalist Outreach workshop will be held on 10 – 12 October, 2015 at Cornell.

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 courseThere is still space for 7 additional students in this class.  Contact me soon!

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