Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

K-12 Educator Resources

 Professional Development Opportunities for K-12 Teachers



Grant Writing For The Classroom Webinar

Middle and High School teachers

Date:  April 15, 2014

Time:  4:00pm – 5:00 pm (MST)

Have you ever seen a small grant opportunity posted somewhere and wanted to apply, but you were not really sure how to?  Come learn how to find grant opportunities, draft a proposal or letter of interest, and feel confident enough to actually submit!  To REGISTER, contact Amanda at by April 11, 2014. 



We are seeking 3-5 middle and high school teachers to participate in field research experiences during August 2014 at Toolik Lake Field Station in northern Alaska. Teachers will travel with researchers and spend up to 2 weeks immersed in soil science field and lab work, develop curriculum materials for use in the classroom post-trip, and become part of a network of teachers who share similar experiences. Please contact Amanda at for more information.



June 15 - 28, 2014

Join CSU soil scientists in the exploration of Colorado soils this coming June! Immerse yourself in 10 days of field trips, labs, discussion sessions, and lectures to learn how to study soils.  You will be engaged in scientific practices and have access to resources to help you improve your science teaching. Leading soil researchers will cover the following topics in depth:

  • Environmental Soil Chemistry, Soil Organic Matter, Stable Isotope Applications
  • Pedology, Geochemistry, Soil Ecology, Food Web Modeling, Soil Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Trace Gas Biogeochemistry, Soil Sustainability, Soil Fauna

Interested in applying?  Applications are accepted through March 2014.  Please ask about scholarship funds. 

Email Amanda at or visit



Supported by the NASA Global Climate Change Education Project, a group of research scientists at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University worked with teachers and students at the Poudre and Greeley-Evans School Districts in Northern Colorado. We have created classroom modules that use NASA data sets for teachers to use to instruct students about climate change. We take a cross-scale approach, using local demonstrations of climate change effects to put in context regional and even global changes. While these modules have a local component, the content can easily be used by teachers from across the globe. 

Visit the website to access all teaching modules:  

  • Prequel: Introduction to Remote Sensing and Electromagnetic Energy
  • Earth's Energy Budget
  • How Does Climate Change Effect The Earth's Four Spheres?
  • Climate Change, Past and Present
  • Ocens, Ice, and Climate Change
  • Fire Ecology of the Mountain West


PATHWAYS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY (Math and Science Pathways Partnership Project)                 

The Math Science Partnership (MSP) is currently completing the coding and data analysis phase of the project.  The four Teaching Experiments focusing on Carbon, Water, Biodiversity, and Citizenship are available for teacher use in the classroom this school year!  TEachers in Residence (TIRs) are available to help you implement the Teaching Experiments with students.  Please contact the TIRs if you plan to use any part of, or all of, one or more of the MSP Teaching Experiments in your classroom during the 2013-2014 school year.  All teaching resources are found here.

Bob Faris in Larimer County:

Jessica Kindel in Weld County: