Bird by Bird

a pie graph split into three sections. In the first are cartoon children looking at a bird feeder. There is text that reads Bird by Bird programs teach students to see and care for nature. In the second section there are cartoon families looking at a few birds on a branch with text that reads Community involvement and service provide opportunities to foster a sense of place. In the third section, there are children with a park ranger and text that reads Exposure to nature has lasting benefits and opens the door to new career opportunities Bird by Bird shares the joy and wonder of birding with classrooms and communities to foster lifelong stewardship. Students explore the fascinating world of birds through hands-on indoor and outdoor exploration and are inspired to become stewards by caring for birds in their schoolyards and neighborhoods.

Bird by Bird also supports current high school students or recent high school graduates interested in exploring the outdoors and natural resource careers through its Birding & Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) initiative. BOLD leaders receive leadership training along with field experiences for college and career readiness and skills to be bird conservation ambassadors in their communities.

Through place-based environmental education, youth leadership, and community engagement, Bird by Bird strives to inspire future leaders and build a welcoming and inclusive community of environmental stewards.

the logo for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, which is two cartoon loons against a blue background Funding for this program was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) and the MN DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program


Get Involved

Do you love birds and wildlife and want to share your passion with others? Volunteer with the Bird by Bird program to foster meaningful experiences for youth and communities to engage in wildlife conservation.


Bird by Bird is looking for volunteers to: Three young children are sitting in a grassy area by a body of water. One is looking through binoculars and two are referencing a bird identification guide

  • Learn alongside and make a difference in a youth and/or young adult’s life through mentorship.
  • Spark student’s interests in birds and wildlife through hands-on indoor and outdoor exploration. 
  • Support current and high school students or recent graduates interested in exploring the outdoors and natural resource careers.
  • Enhance and support community building and access to nature by engaging families and communities in bird watching, bird walks, and bird-related activities.


Qualifications Desired:

  • Adult 21 years of age or older.
  • Experience with and/or the strong desire to work with youth and engage with communities.
  • Some knowledge or willingness to learn about birds of Minnesota and the willingness to share this information with students, young adults, and community members.
  • Ability to meet program participants where they are and foster a welcoming learning space.
  • Ability and desire to lead or assist bird/nature walks for community and students.
  • Enthusiasm and the willingness to learn alongside participants and other volunteers.


Program Dates and Time Commitment:

BOLD Youth Leader initiative:

  •  June 23, 2023-October 2023
  • March-May 2024

Bird by Bird Classrooms:

  • October 16, 2023-May 24, 2024
  • Multiple single day or continuous volunteer projects available with varying time commitment. Contact Bird by Bird Program Lead, May Vang to learn more.


Sign up!

Are you a teacher interested in having Bird by Bird in your classroom? Sign up here!

Are you a current high school youth or recent graduate interested in the BOLD (Birding & Outdoor Leadership Development) initiative? Click here!

Would you like to be a Bird by Bird volunteer? Sign up here!


For more information: Contact May Vang, Bird by Bird Program Lead, at [email protected] or (651) 259-5156 

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