The Arctic Paleoecology Workshop series is an opportunity for junior high and high school teachers to interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed ecologists involved in cutting-edge research at the University of Illinois. The 2017 workshop (Climate Change and Ecology) includes scientific presentations, discussions, and original lesson plans all aimed at helping teachers incorporate ecosystem science and paleoecological concepts into their classrooms. The emphasis is on current climate change topics, ongoing research, and “real data.”

The goals of this project are to provide an introduction to core concepts related to climate change, ecosystems, and paleoecology; develop a framework for engaging students in critical thinking about ecology; provide curriculum materials and lesson plans for teachers; and build bridges between educators, scientists, and students.