Because LTER sites are able to maintain a persistent presence in the community over many years, researchers and education specialist are able to develop long-lasting relationships with local and regional educators and their students. Working in partnership with teachers and university faculty, they develop science curriculum materials that draw on the sites’ extensive data resources, provide immersive research experiences for teachers and undergraduate students, and give many curious young minds their first chance to poke around in nature and start finding their own answers.
The LTER-NCO supports site-based education programs by overseeing the Education Digital Library, and the Schoolyard LTER book series on the LTER web site and assisting with the coordination of cross-site education programs, such as cross-site research experience for teachers (RET) and research experience for undergraduates (REU) programs.
The NCO also serves as a first point of contact for the broader research and education community, facilitating opportunities to build partnerships and participate in national-scale projects. Reach the NCO education staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.