Informal Education

People of all ages and levels of science knowledge can participate and learn from informal science education activities. LTER sites host a variety of informal education resources such as, nature trails, field investigations, research tours and citizen science projects all of which have a goal of increasing the public knowledge and appreciation of the ecological world around them.

Informal education can also provide the intersection between art and ecological science such as  Ecological Reflections — a “network of sites dedicated to long-term, collaborative science and art inquiry into particular sites of great ecological or cultural importance.”

Citizen science for example is the involvement of non-scientists in the scientific process, often paring school students, interested citizens or stakeholders with scientists to further scientific research and the public’s understanding of the natural world and the scientific process.

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Citizen Science Activity, photo by Caitlin Potter