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Outreach at Niwot Ridge LTER

Outreach at Niwot Ridge LTER

Spruce-fir forest on Niwot Ridge

K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students and researchers at Niwot Ridge LTER work with cutting-edge curriculum that utilizes more than 60 years of publicly available climate data and 30 years of hydrologic and ecological data. Niwot Ridge LTER partner ScienceLIVE (www.science-live.org) serves as a bridge between scientists and the public by offering K-12 students and teachers the ability to interact with active field science through live research updates, interactive web resources, and the use of lesson plans developed with scientists using their actual data. As students work through these exercises, the PIs and their field assistants directly interact with classrooms via webinars to field questions from students. The collaboration between researchers and outreach efforts faces many challenges. We believe that creating an accessible platform for public outreach and streamlining researcher involvement will encourage a sustainable education and outreach program for Niwot Ridge LTER.

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K-12

NWT LTER has carried out a K-12 outreach program from 1998 through the present time by collaborating with existing programs for children in the Denver/Boulder area and by working specifically with the Boulder Valley School District. The conceptual theme of the outreach is the connection between the alpine systems in...


Undergraduates

Undergraduates

The Niwot LTER provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain direct experience with ecological principles and research experiments in the field. These opportunities are available to undergraduate students at CU through field courses taught at the Mountain Reseach Station and to undergraduate students from...


Graduate students

Graduate Students

Graduate student research and mentoring are fundamental to Niwot LTER’s mission. We welcome both University of Colorado and non-CU graduate research projects into the Niwot Ridge LTER program. A few summer stipends are available to CU graduate students, and logistical support (e.g., in the form of transportaton,...


MRS shuttle

MRS Shuttle

The Niwot Ridge LTER shuttle will start running on June 13, 2016.  The shuttle will go between Boulder and the Mountain Research Station (MRS), Monday through Friday, until the end of August and is available to anyone...


Special Programs

Thistle and weevil virtual field trip
Thistle and weevil virtual field trip

Setting and ecosystem

On this virtual field trip at the University of Colorado's Mountain Research Station, you will learn about Colorado's subalpine ecosystems and how a non-native introduced beetle, a weevil, has affected a native plant, the fringed thistle, in subalpine meadow and riparian communities. 

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ScienceLIVE
ScienceLIVE

ScienceLIVE offers K-12 students and teachers the ability to interact with active field science through guided access to research teams, live research updates, interactive web resources, and the use of lesson plans developed by and with the scientists. Lesson plans are designed using actual data and current state...


My Water Comes from the Mountains
My Water Comes from the Mountains

Niwot LTER was honored to have one of the first books published in the LTER Network’s Schoolyard book series, My Water Comes From The Mopuntains. The LTER Network’s Schoolyard Program values outreach to K-12 students as members of the LTER community. The underlying “schoolyard” approach emphasizes connections to local...


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NWT Annual Meeting Oct. 5

Entry Date:September 27, 2016

NWT Annual Meeting Oct. 5

NWT's annual meeting is on Wednesday, October 5, 11:00 - 2:00, in the SEEC Sievers Conference Room. NWT scientists will give presentations on current...

Niwot Ridge featured in new CU promotional video
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1027341. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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