Schoolyard SITES brings citizen science to schools through teacher-volunteer partnerships

Four teachers collaborate outside in front of trees

Education experts at the University of New Hampshire are looking for Merrimack Valley elementary school teachers who want to explore new ways of teaching science. Teachers can apply to participate in Schoolyard SITES, a program that brings citizen science to schools through teacher-volunteer partnerships. During the 2020-21 school year, teachers and volunteers from UNH Cooperative Extension will work together to create a schoolyard citizen science investigation with students.

Participating teachers will receive support from UNH education and science experts and will gain science teaching skills, including how to contribute to national citizen science projects. Some examples of past projects include bird identification, precipitation mapping and maple sap collection. Topics focus on life and Earth science content relevant to the schoolyard and district’s curriculum requirements.

UNH will host an online informational session on March 12 from 4 -4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is requested. Register for an informational session and learn more about Schoolyard SITES, including the eligibility requirements and benefits, at:

Schoolyard SITES is a partnership between UNH Cooperative Extension and the UNH Leitzel Center and is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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STEM Education State Specialist
Extension State Specialist/Professor, Science Ed & Outreach
Phone: (603) 862-2995
Office: Leitzel Center, Parsons Hall Rm N117, Durham, NH 03824