Curriculum and Resources


Teacher – Scientist – Educator teams have developed a variety of educational resources available for educators working with K-12 students, both in school settings or in after school, community or summer programs. Some of the materials may be easily adaptable for undergraduate teaching.

The units include detailed guidelines for teachers and meet current state and national standards. Many of the materials and supplies that your students will need can be borrowed from our Baltimore Education office


The Urban Tree Education Project (UTEP) brought together ecologists, educators and landscape designers to create classroom learning opportunities around ecological design. In addition to protocols and lessons about trees, soils and water, this program developed a Design Activities Workbook integrating ecological issues and solutions with landscape design principles. Download UTEP materials here.


The Pathways to Environmental Science Literacy Project has developed a series of Modules for Middle and High school students to promote place-based learning and environmental literacy. These Modules seek to increase student understanding of global water and carbon cycling, as well as biodiversity. In addition, a citizenship module guides students through practice using scientific evidence to support scientific claims about environmental issues. All modules are free and available to the public. To view teaching materials, click on a topic below. Note: this will open a new tab outside of the BES Education website.


Materials developed for our Urban Ecosystem Teacher Institute span the range from short field protocols to long-term ecological investigations, and are appropriate for middle and high school classrooms.   Download protocols and lessons here..


My City’s an Ecosystem was developed by BES educators and scientists to support the Parks & People’s Foundation Elementary school KidsGrow program. This series of modules allows teachers and their students to explore and learn about their schoolyard ecosystem. Investigation and exploration are central to the curriculum as is the development of scientific habits of mind including curiosity, open-mindedness, reflection and patience. Download modules here.