The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) has a long-standing program, K-12 Partnership, where teachers receive professional development to improve science education skills. Teachers work alongside MSU scientists and researcher to learn about current topics in science, and how to teach inquiry-based science in their classrooms. In 2017, 82 teachers from 27 districts participated in K-12 professional development programs.
Accompanying the K-12 Partnership, the Bird Sanctuary offers field trips to complement the classroom learning. Field trips include Birding Basics, Meet & Greet with live Birds of Prey, and interactions with MSU scientists doing real scientific research during What is a Scientist?.
Each year over 1,500 school-aged children visit on field trips. But there is a capacity for more.
Often we hear from teachers that transportation costs in the local school district inhabit them bringing their students to the Sanctuary. To help teachers bring their students to the Sanctuary, the West Michigan Honda Dealers have generously donated $3,500 to launch the Bus Scholarship Program. These funds will be awarded on an application basis to cover transportation costs, enriching the classroom learning for area students with a field trip to the Sanctuary.
Thank you to the West Michigan Honda Dealers for this support of the Sanctuary and our mission of helping people gain environmental awareness about our past, present and future through research, education, and outreach.