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Schoolyard Ecology Explorations seeks to increase student and teacher expertise in ecological research, natural history and sustainability. Through summer workshops, curriculum and schoolyard garden grants, teachers gain the skills and the tools to lead their student to investigate the natural world. Please click on the links on this page to learn more about our program, or email to ask questions.


  • Study Ecology - Learn about the study of ecology at University of Minnesota's Long Term Ecological research (LTER) station at Cedar Creek, thus increasing teacher (and student) exposure to and interest in science.
  • Conduct Research - Learn how to conduct ecological research with their students in schoolyard nature areas using observation skills and practicing scientific inquiry methods.
  • Frameworks - Better understand the interconnecting framework between ecology, science and sustainability by utilizing the SEE curriculum.
  • Partnerships - Form partnerships between educators and the researchers at Cedar Creek LTER station.

To learn why outdoor education is so important, click to view two articles from our 2007 MITC Newsletter ("Kids for a Sustainable Future" and "Schoolyard Attitude is Key!").

Schoolyard Garden Grants

Online applications for SEE garden grant awards in January 2015 are currently being accepted. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (Central Time) on Monday, December 15, 2014. Click here for more information on how to apply. Register or Login.

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