The LTER Education and Outreach Committee meets monthly to share resources, ideas and work on network-wide projects to increase the impact of LTER science.

On this page, the committee shares the most generally useful resources related to long-term ecology education and outreach. To suggest a resource for this page, contact


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Niwot Ridge REU students on a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park
Credit: Bill Bowman

Individual LTER sites collaborate with a multitude of local and regional organizations. In addition, the Network Office and the LTER Education Committee maintain connections with a network of national and international organizations that work to involve students from many backgrounds in ecological research and data science. These include:

Informal Science Education Assessment

The Board on Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences convened a planning meeting on assessing informal and after school education in 2011. They commissioned a series of papers in on best practices in ISE assessment advance of that meeting, which are linked from their website.
ISE Assessment papers from the NAS-BOSE. Many additional assessment resources are available through the Science Education Resource Consortium and Qubes.

Recruiting Educators

Although educator input and participation is essential for an effective K-12 program, many LTER sites struggle to recruit educators. This particularly useful set of suggestions emerged from a discussion on the LTER education listserv.