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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual LTER sites collaborate with a multitude of local and regional organizations. In addition, the Network Communications 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:
- Ecological Society of America SEEDS Program
- Ecological Society of America Education Section
- National Council on Science and the Environment
- Ecological Research as Education Network
- Science Education Resource Center
- Environmental Data Science Inclusion Network
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.
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.