Welcome to the BES Education Page

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) education program is tasked with infusing BES science into the public sphere. Our programs strive for a seamless interplay between place-based teaching and learning; our programs (professional development, out of school, community outreach); and our collaborations among scientists, managers, policy makers, educators, and the public. We provide environmental and social science professional development to secondary teachers, inquiry and place-based curriculum, and student ecological field experiences. From 2014-2020, we hosted the annual Baltimore Data Jam Competition, a juried art and science competition for middle and high school students.

BES is proud to partner with many organizations and agencies to bring place-based ecology education to the forefront of environmental science learning in the Baltimore region. Our partnerships include scientists and educators from BES, Towson University, UMBC, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, University of Arizona, University of Montana, Colorado State University, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools, local and regional non-profits, and other Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs across the nation. Our focus is to nurture collaborations (both formal and informal) to increase environmental science literacy in the Baltimore region and beyond. New partners are always welcome and encouraged to participate in BES Education.