Cornell Lab K-12

Connect Kids to Nature

Getting kids outside is fun, engaging, and important! Recent studies describe many benefits of spending time outdoors, for both kids and adults. Time in nature builds confidence, provides stimulation and boosts curiosity, gets kids moving, and reduces stress and fatigue. Many of our materials support kids in being active outside and capitalize on the sense of wonder that no other environment provides. Engage your kids and learn more through these featured resources.

Who is Cornell Lab K-12 Education?

The K-12 Education team is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology program that focuses on formal and informal educators. We create innovative K-12 resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects. We take an inquiry-based approach to science and provide educators with materials and professional development that support them in helping kids:

Develop science process skills by asking and answering their own questions inspired by observations
Spend time outdoors, connecting with nature by focusing on the fascinating sights, sounds, and behaviors of birds
Be engaged by the real-world importance of the data they enter online, which scientists use to understand and conserve birds