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Coal Oil Point Reserve Birds Lesson


This activity lesson aims to introduce 4-6th grade students to the endangered Western Snowy Plover and other shorebirds. This lesson was developed for Kids in Nature visits to Coal Oil Point Reserve, but may be adapted to other shorelines with Western Snowy Plovers and shorebirds or to older audiences. Students learn to observe birds on and around the beach and become familiar with the concept of endangered species. The Kids in Nature (KIN) Environmental Education Program promotes the aspirations and achievements of students in underserved schools in Santa Barbara and Goleta, California by providing quality environmental science education and experiences through place-based field trips, mentored by UCSB students in the Nature and Science Education Practicum, utilizing hands-on activities to bring K-12 students outdoors and to UCSB. The Kids in Nature program is supported by the UCSB Coastal FundUCSB Office of Education Partnerships Faculty Outreach Grants (FOG) Program and the Mosher Foundation.

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