Credit: K.Stepnitz, Michigan State University

Credit: K.Stepnitz, Michigan State University

Counting seeds from the KBS LTER site in an incoming freshmen field biology class.

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)