• School buses arriving at Ada Hayden Heritage Park
  • White-tailed deer and raccoon
  • First graders visit Ada Hayden Heritage Park

Course Information

3 credits, Wednesday/Friday 8:00-8:50 (lecture/discussion) and Friday 11:00 – 1:50 (lab)

Lead instructors:  Dr. Tim Stewart &  Dr. Jan Thompson (NREM)

Co-instructors:  Dr. Kristina Tank (School of Education),

Dr. Cassandra Nuñez, Dr. Michael Rentz, and Dr. Peter Wolter  (NREM) Read more about

Course Catalog Description

(2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: completion of or concurrent enrollment in AECL/BIOL/ENSCI 312 or eligibility for admission into Elementary Education program. Student teams conduct ecological research projects at a local field site, and develop related teaching modules/lesson plans.  Students communicate research and teaching activity objectives, methods, and results to diverse audiences as presentations and written reports, and engage K-12 students and community members in teaching activities via field days and visits to schools and other institutions.  Read more about

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Under mentor supervision, teams of undergraduate students design and complete ecological research projects in a field setting.  Each team also creates a teaching activity based on their research project.  Teams engage K-12 students in their teaching activity during a field day, and through visits to schools and other institutions.  ISU students gain experience in written, visual, and oral communication by developing research and teaching activity proposals, research reports and outreach materials, and by delivering a presentation of project results.  Read more about