“This project is funded, in whole or in part, by a grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation.”

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Welcome to the homepage of the National Biodiversity Teach-In!

We are the students and teachers of the Environmental Science classes at Elgin High School, and this is our class project. Our Goal is to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity and inspire our participants to take action in it’s protection.

We became passionate about biodiversity through the story of Martha, the last known living Passenger Pigeon who died on September 1st, 1914. Our first #NBTI was organized to honor the significance of Martha’s passing over 100 years ago.

If you are interested in learning about Biodiversity….we want you!

Visit our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHKTWTRsija-EK0q0qYv9w to check out all of the webinars from 2014-15 NBTI and 2015-16 NBTI.

Or use the drop down Menu for the links to the recordings. 



Special Thanks to:

The Elgin Technology Center, whose mission is to create sustainable job and business opportunities for tech professionals and companies located in the greater Elgin area and Illinois, for assisting our class by helping us create the website and with continued assistance and support as we progress through our class project.

EarthEcho International , whose mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.

Yo Ocean’s, whose mission is to encourage both advocacy and education, so that we can create a large community of individuals devoted to promoting better lives for both marine mammals in captivity and the wild.

New Science 101 A free education resource supplement library to  Helping you understand the latest in all areas of Science & Technology!

Also, to Project Passenger Pigeon, Joel Greenberg and all of the members of Project Passenger Pigeon for inspiring us to take on this HUGE project to honor Martha and all biodiversity.

And, School District U-46 Laptop Mini-grant program. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Vincent for helping us secure 30 laptops and webinar equipment. We also need to thank our entire Informational Services Department for your continued Tech Support in our daunting project!

More information on partnering organizations can be found on our “Partners” page.

There are  those people and companies out there who will do what ever it takes to help a group of high school students become successful. Shout out to omNovia for agreeing to host our webinars and make our dream a reality!

Click below for information on our wonderful partner!



  1. Sure, of course you can. The time difference may be a little bit challenging BUT your students can email our teacher questions for presenters and we will ask them on your behalf ( debbieperryman@u-46.org). We are recording all of the presentations and loading them to youtube- so then your class can watch the sessions and also for the answer to their questions. Also, we are on twitter @NatBioTeach so we can communicate that way. Are you guys doing any projects now? We would love to learn what you guys are learning about biodiversity AND maybe you can host a Teach In for people in your time zone! We hope to hear from you soon!

  2. Thank you so much! We are really excited about you returning. We have an even better line up this year.

  3. We are on a half-day in Friday, but I sure would love to have access to the Jacques Cousteau webinar that is scheduled at 12:00. Will this be archived? If so, how do I access it? Phillipe came to our school – we still talk about it! Thank you so much – it meant so very much especially to the 4th Grade Science Teacher and her class. Looking forward to a reply.

  4. Being an outdoor education teacher and Elgin High alum, this makes me so proud of my high school.

  5. Thank you Miss Shannon- that means so much to us! We hope that you signing up for some of our webinars!

  6. Hi Ms Saied,

    You are welcome to register for a link to watch it yourself, we don’t require a class. But yes, we are also recording these and will have them loaded to our YouTube channel “National Biodiversity Teach In” . In fact, we have the webinars we had last year loaded there now.

  7. Hi Emily that will not be available until sometime this coming week. There is a few day turn around.

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