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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 see@monarchlab.org to ask questions.

Objectives:

  • 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

Applications for SEE garden grant awards in January 2014 are no longer being accepted. Please come back next year! Click here for more information on how to apply. Register or Login.

News and Updates

Forest Service Honors the Monarch Lab at Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards Ceremony

The US Forest Service honored the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab at the Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards Ceremony in March. 

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