Environmental education and outreach activities are woven throughout the CAP LTER, as we engage an active cadre of community partners in our research and education efforts. In addition, we encourage ASU faculty members to draw upon CAP LTER resources and incorporate urban ecological issues and data into their classrooms.
We reach out to the K-12 community through Ecology Explorers, a program that aims to:
- develop and implement a schoolyard ecology program where students collect data similar to CAP LTER data, enter results into our database, share data with other schools, and develop hypotheses and experiments to explain their findings;
- improve science literacy by exposing students and teachers to real research conducted by university-level scientists;
- enhance teachers’ capabilities to design lessons and activities that use scientific inquiry and encourage interest in science;
- provide access to and promote the use of CAP LTER-generated materials and information; and encourage collaboration between CAP LTER researchers and the K-12 community.