CWEST hosts or participates in several educational initiatives at a variety of age levels including:
Are you a student wanting to find out what’s involved in doing science, a weekend science warrior with a passion for learning, or a retired person looking for a fulfilling way to spend some free time? If so, the USGS Volunteer for Science Program could be a good fit. Interested individuals can find and apply for USGS Volunteer for Science opportunities at http://www.volunteer.gov. In addition, they can also check out CWEST’s people page to see if there is a particular USGS researcher with whom they might be interested in working and contact them directly. CWEST’s managing director (firstname.lastname@example.org) can also help point you in the right direction.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please check out the USGS’s Volunteer for Science webpage:
USGS’s Volunteer for Science webpage
The LTER Schoolyard book series was started by CWEST's founding director, Diane McKnight, with the goal of educating both children and their parents about the varied ecosystems across the U.S., Antarctica, and Puerto Rico. The books take a unique approach to promote the development of environmental empathy and
environmental literacy through the use of narrative. Ultimately, at least one children’s book will be produced for each of the 26 LTER locations. The books can be purchased online and are also being sold at locations like National Park Service gift shops increasing the impact of the books beyond the LTER community. CWEST has been particularly involved in the production of three books in the series:
The My Water seriese is paired with curricula, hands-on learning kits, teacher development training and dissemination of materials through school districts to further water science education.
McKnight, D. M. (2010). Overcoming “ecophobia”: fostering environmental empathy through narrative in children's science literature. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8(6).
Ray, C., M. McKnight, D., D. Bidwell, M., Fourment, T., Flanagan Pritz, C., & H. Rinehart, A. (2015). Children’s book series and associated curricula support elementary education and outreach in water resources. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 8(5-6), 795-804.