The Andrews Forest has an active K-12 education program that serves students and teachers throughout Oregon and beyond. Partnerships with multiple organizations and funding from many different sources make a wide variety of opportunities available for both teachers and students, although the major focus of our activities is on professional development opportunities for teachers. The Andrews LTER K-12 education program aims to offer a progression of experiences that increase high school and middle school teachers' understanding of environmental science research by involving them in projects directly related to LTER research, and to expand their capacity to involve their students in similar field-based science inquiry.
Through funding from the Schoolyard LTER program the Andrews Forest is partnering with the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP), for teacher workshops that will involve teachers in experiential investigations and problem solving, basic data collection and analysis, and development of research-based projects for their schoolyards. Ultimately, our goal is to involve teachers and students in LTER field data collection.
Opportunities for Teachers Classroom Resources