Please join us for the first offering of a new cross-site research experience at Long Term Ecological Research sites: the Authentic Research Experience for Teachers at LTERs program.

Pairs of selected teachers will work with faculty and graduate students to conduct research and compare their experiences with teachers stationed at other LTER sites. We invite applications from full-time middle and high school teachers who teach STEM topics and live in Wisconsin, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

Learn more about the specific research opportunities on our projects page

All teachers selected as participants in ARETs will take part in the Data Literacy Using LTER Data Workshop Series offered by Dataspire that fosters educators’ and students’ ability to engage confidently with data in their daily lives.

We encourage teachers to apply in pairs from the same school or school district, although this is not required.

Apply here. Have your resume and a cover letter that addresses why you are interested and what you hope to gain from this opportunity, and how you envision this experience fitting into your curriculum ready to attach to the application.

timeline for overlapping cohorts of ARET participants.

Key Dates

  • February 12, 2023: Application deadline
  • February 15, 2023: Decisions made
  • Feb. 27 & 28th, 2023: Program orientation and introductions (virtual)
  • Early March, exact date TBD: Orientation to individual LTER sites (virtual)
  • April, 2023: Data Literacy using LTER Data Workshop Series
    (for those who have not already taken it):
    • Wed Apr 12th (Session 1)
      • 4:00-6:00pm AKT / 5:00-7:00pm PT / 7:00-9:00pm CT
    • Sat Apr 15th (Sessions 2-4)
      • 8:00am-3:00pm AKT / 9:00am-4:00pm PT / 11:00am-6:00pm CT
    • Wed Apr 19th (Session 5)
      • 4:00-6:00pm AKT / 5:00-7:00pm PT / 7:00-9:00pm CT
    • Sat Apr 22nd (Sessions 6-8)
      • 8:00am-3:00pm AKT / 9:00am-4:00pm PT /11:00am-6:00pm CT 
  • July 2023: Dates for summer research experiences vary but generally are in July 2023.
    • For the Arctic LTER Site, expect to spend 2 weeks in the field (3rd and 4th week of July) and up to 4 weeks working on analysis and developing classroom activities.
    • For the Andrews Forest LTER Site, field experience will be 4 weeks (July 10-August 4) and up to two additional weeks of analysis and developing classroom activities.
    • For the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER, spend 2-6 weeks in a combination of field, lab, and analytical activities, and developing classroom activities.
  • Monthly virtual meetings during the school year to share results and develop related classroom activities and curricular materials.  The goal is to pilot materials in classrooms by June 2023.
  • Summer 2024: Cohort 1 teachers return to field sites for 2 weeks to explore  follow-up questions, extend understanding of the project, and help mentor Cohort 2 teachers, who will be beginning their field experiences. Cohort 1 teachers also attend a week-long workshop  at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), where they learn about research conducted at other sites, develop data analytical skills, and exchange ideas for STEM learning activities.


  • $4,000 Stipend for summer 2023, $2,000 stipend for summer 2024
  • Travel costs and lodging covered at your field site
  • Funds for classroom supplies
  • Unparalleled experience working alongside scientists at some of the premier ecological research programs in the U.S.
  • Increase your confidence in using the science practices that are key elements of the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Mathematics Standards
  • Get new ideas for engaging your students in authentic science practices 
  • Network with teachers from across the country with similar interests

For Questions

  • Teachers in Alaska, please email Amanda Morrison at
  • Teachers in Santa Barbara, CA please email Scott Simon at
  • Teachers in Wisconsin or Oregon, please email Kari O’Connell at