The Raptor Lab

Raptor Lab is an interactive online learning environment that models the process of scientific investigation in real-world settings through the active role-play of different scientific careers involved in wildlife rehabilitation, and then provides a platform for students to team up and share their own inquiry-based investigations online.

Raptor Lab Project Goals

  • Increase student interest in science, scientific careers, higher education, and the environment.
  • Engage students in timely environmental issues through experiential learning and scientific investigation.
  • Teach the process of scientific investigation by modeling its application within different real-world contexts.
  • Authentically model careers in science and the environment.
  • Develop leadership skills of critical thinking, systems thinking, collaboration, and communication.
  • Instill in students an action-based conservation ethic through outdoor, student-centered exploration.


This educational initiative was designed and developed in partnership between The Raptor Center and the Learning Technologies Media Lab at the University of Minnesota. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).
Eagle photo © Neil Rettig