STEM Schoolyard Sites

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Bringing Citizen Science to Schools Through Teacher-Volunteer Partnerships


We bring together two groups of educators - elementary school teachers (formal) and UNH Cooperative Extension science volunteers (informal) - to create a community-based professional development partnership that improves educators’ self-efficacy, science content knowledge, and instructional practice.


Together, with an interdisciplinary team of education experts, the teacher and UNH Extension science volunteers will learn how to design and implement appropriate, NGSS-aligned science lessons with elementary school students through locally relevant community-based, citizen science projects. Schoolyard Sites is made possible by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. 1721133) and in partnership with the UNH Leitzel Center.

For Teachers

Elementary school teacher who is interested in collaborating with a UNH Cooperative Extension science volunteer on a schoolyard citizen science investigation with your students? 
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Teachers Apply

For Volunteers

Are you an Extension volunteer looking to share your passion for nature? Volunteer for Schoolyard SITES, and partner with teachers to explore, develop, and implement citizen science projects that relate to New Hampshire’s natural world. 
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Schoolyard SITES offers an important role for Extension science volunteers to work with teachers to develop meaningful science experiences for element... Learn More
DATE CHANGES: Due to COVID-19 our 2020-2021 program will be postponed until 2022-2023. Applications will resume in winter of 2022.

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Title:   Schoolyard SITES Extension Science Volunteer

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Provide expertise in the field of natural resources on a... Learn More
UNH Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Joan and James Leitzel Center, has received a National Science Foundation Discovery Research PreK-1... Learn More