Introducing the Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute

Do you teach high school biology?

Or environmental studies?

Would you like to interact with ecological researchers and

develop curriculum that links current research to NGSS standards?

Learn more about Kansas ecosystems?

Meet and work with other teachers across the state?

Then join us June 4 – 8 at the University of Kansas Field Station.

Overview of the program:  We will do many kinds of activities, from carrying out investigations, to learning about current university-level research, to exploring diverse outdoor environments.  Early in the week, the 10 teachers will be divided into three groups, and each group will be paired with University of Kansas researcher.  The three teacher-researcher groups will spend time each day developing inquiry-based curriculum for their high school classrooms.  We anticipate that the three focal areas will be:  ecology of plant-soil fungal interactions, aquatic invertebrate ecology, and GIS mapping.

QUESTIONS?  Email Peggy Schultz (

This program could lead to further collaboration through National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers (NSF RET) grants.  Future programs will take place at the University of Kansas Field Station in 2020 and 2022 and at the Kansas State Konza Prairie Biological Station in the summer of 2019 and 2021.

Applications are due April 1 

When: June 4–8, 2018 (arrive evening of June 3 if traveling from out of town)

Where:  University of Kansas Field Station, 20 minutes north of Lawrence (

10 teachers each summer

Stipend: $750

Travel allowance and housing for participants who live more than an hour drive from the University of Kansas Field Station


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