The Bird School Project

Students observing birds and writing in their field journals.

The Bird School Project (BSP) is an affiliated program of the Norris Center working to engage the broader community in natural history studies. Their mission is to inspire students and teachers to develop a scientific understanding and appreciation for their local environment through natural history field methods and outdoor experiential learning focused on birds in neighborhoods and schoolyards. 

Beginning in the Fall of 2014 as an educational bike tour of the California coast, The Bird School Project has been dedicated to providing meaningful bird education to California students on a large scale. The founders, Kevin Condon and Darrow Feldstein are graduates of the UCSC Environmental Studies program and Natural History Field Quarter. Through their studies, they developed a deep appreciation for studying the natural world. Along with interns from UCSC, Kevin and Darrow offer 5-week life science units to 5th-8th graders in the Monterey Bay.

BSP works closely with the Norris Center to provide opportunities for interested undergraduate students to gain experience teaching hands-on environmental education in local schools. Further, BSP puts the Norris Center teaching collections to use in the classrooms they visit.

To learn more about The Bird School Project or to get involved with their work, please visit their website at birdschoolproject.org. For specific inquiries, e-mail BSP at info@birdschoolproject.org.