Credit: K.Stepnitz, Michigan State University

Counting seeds from the KBS LTER site in an incoming freshmen field biology class.
Credit: K.Stepnitz, Michigan State University

LTER recognizes the value of sustained interactions between students, teachers, and scientists, and has launched an effort to integrate LTER science with K-12 education. Most LTER Sites conduct individual programs at the local level, and the Network supports centralized approaches to educational initiatives.

Goals include:

  • Utilizing LTER resources to enhance hands-on science learning for students
  • Developing long-term research sites on or near school yards
  • Facilitating communication between LTER scientists, formal and informal science educators, and school teachers
  • Helping ecology education make best use of long-term studies
  • Fostering understanding of the Earth’s ecosystems, including local ones
  • Promoting outdoor, inquiry-based learning
  • Stimulating interdisciplinary, collaborative science learning
  • Integrating long-term and multi-factorial studies into education reform
  • Promoting broad understanding of long-term ecological processes and the earth’s ecosystem

2017 Subcommittees:

  • Ecological Data Literacy:  Alan Berkowitz (BES), Kari O’Connell (AND)
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):  Steven McGee (LUQ)
  • Children’s Book Series:  Adrian Howkins (MCM)
  • Higher Education:  vacant
  • Citizen Science:  Elena Sparrow (BNZ)
  • Professional Development:  Kara Haas (KBS)
  • Guide to the Education and Outreach Committee:  Jill Haukos (KNZ), Marty Downs (NCO)

Graduate Student Representative:  Alix Conway (BNZ)