The Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR), an NSF-supported Advanced Technology Center affiliated with Chemeketa Community College, sponsors faculty development institutes for community college and four-year college faculty from around the nation who are implementing or interested in natural resources and environmental science-based programs. The Ecosystem Institute, led by NCSR's Principal Investigator, Wynn Cudmore, has been offered at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest seven times. Twelve faculty from nine states and Canada attended the 2007 professional development institute focused on the role of fire in forest ecosystems. Andrews LTER scientists continue regular communication with Cudmore in anticipation of future institutes being offered at the Andrews Forest.
The Institute introduces participants to concepts and field applications of ecosystem management, and Andrews LTER scientists present their current research. The emphasis is to provide mechanisms for instructors to incorporate information learned at the Institute into natural resource- and environmental science-based education programs, particularly in community college technical programs. NCSR also has developed curricula for use at the undergraduate level. Please visit www.ncsr.org for more information and to request your own copies of their curricula.
Resources for Higher Education Instructors
Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources
Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology
The College Science Classroom
We have a large number of data sets ranging from very raw to a highly processed form that are available for students to use in class projects. Look for key databases by research categories in our long-term research section or search our data catalog to get an idea of what is available.
We encourage the use of our data, but would like to hear how the students projects turned out as this allows us to track the data's use and to improve its presentation. We would also like to link to any web pages developed using our data.
We welcome students on tours of the site. For guidelines on the timing of visits, the maximum group size, and driving directions, please contact the Site Manager.