K-12 Education

K-12 Education materials KBO has created deliver curriculum and support programming in science and outdoor education that are aligned with state and national standards. Our K-12 Education Curriculum Library and Educator’s Kits are designed to help educators meet learning objectives and academic standards while providing engaging, interactive, and place-based lessons for young learners.
 
These tools help students learn about birds as indicators of resilient ecosystems through science inquiry, interdisciplinary activities, and participation in citizen science projects. Our educational materials also address broad topics including math, language arts, geography, social science, policy, and stewardship.

KBO K-12 Education Overview

The Klamath Bird Observatory’s K-12 education resources build upon our regional science programs and international conservation science initiatives to help educators meet learning objectives and academic standards while providing engaging, interactive, and place-based lessons for young learners. These tools help students learn about birds as indicators of resilient ecosystems through science inquiry, interdisciplinary activities, and participation in citizen science projects. Our educational materials also address broad topics including math, language arts, geography, social science, policy, and stewardship.

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KBO Curriculum Library

The KBO Curriculum Library is searchable by grade level (Kindergarten through 12th Grade), activity type (such as audio, creative, journaling, observation, place-based, scientific method, service-learning, and more), by keyword, and by Academic Standard.  All materials align with Oregon State Academic Content Standards (Science), Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. KBO educators developed this suite of state standards-based curricula over a decade of successful K-12 education programming.

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Educator Kits

Our Educator’s Kits contain organized packages of lesson plans designed specifically for birds and habitats in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. The Kits provide place-based, science, and natural resources lesson plans to encourage the study and conservation of local birds and habitats.
 
The lesson plans are aligned to academic standards and provide background information, clear procedures, teacher tips, supplementary extensions, fun fact side panels, and field trip ideas. Student journal sheets are provided with each lesson to advance critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills. Journal sheets from each lesson can be collated into personalized journal booklets that allow students to share their outdoor learning experiences with family and friends.
 
The Educator’s Kits have been developed for the Klamath Basin Birding Trail, with additional special editions for Crater Lake National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, and Basin and Range; as well as for Klamath, Rogue River-Siskiyou, and Fremont-Winema National Forests.

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