Books for ages 6-10


The Lost SealThe mission of the Schoolyard Series is to engage children and their families in learning about the earth’s ecosystems, both locally and internationally, through narratives that reflect the dynamic research being conducted at the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Sites.


The LTER Network’s Schoolyard Program values outreach to K-12 students as members of the LTER community. The underlying “schoolyard” approach emphasizes connections to local communities, for which LTER sites can serve as “schoolyards” for understanding ecology and developing empathy for the local and global environment. This children’s book series reflects this approach and emphasizes four themes:

    My water comes from the mountains

  1. Connection to the local community
  2. Interdisciplinary ecological concepts
  3. Long-term perspectives
  4. A connection to a scientist(s) and scientific questions that are being studied at the LTER site

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