Past Partnerships

Antioch College & Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center (OH)
Antioch College, Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center and the Marianist Environmental Education Center’s formed a partnership called “Biodiversity, Invasive Species and Forest Restoration: Integrating Civic Engagement in the Classroom and Outdoors,” to design curriculum around the issue of biodiversity loss following non-native species invasions.

Brooklyn College of CUNY & Gateway National Recreation Area of the National Park Service (NYC)
Gateway National Recreation Area (Gateway), a unit of the National Park Service, and Brooklyn College are creating a citizen science field observation program called “Sentinels of Shoreline Change.” The project will develop collaborative learning communities around monitoring the resilience of Jamaica Bay, an urban estuary.

Cornell University & Sciencenter (NY)
New research in cognitive development shows that children learn much like scientists: they use observation and experimentation in their activities and play. But, there is a gap between what researchers know about early childhood development and how adults interact with children in their care. What tools do parents and other caregivers need in order to learn the science of cognitive development so that young children have the best learning environments possible? This is the question that the Sciencenter and Cornell University’s Early Childhood Cognition (ECC) Lab seek to answer.

Fordham University & Wildlife Conservation Society (NYC)
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Fordham University are creating an urban ecology field research program called “Project TRUE” (Teens Researching Urban Ecology). This collaboration will engage teens with one of the most pressing issues of science and civic consequence of our time – urban ecology, a sub-field of ecology that examines the interaction between humans and ecosystems in urbanized environments.

Hamilton College & the Green Science Policy Institute (NY & CA)
The partnership between the Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) and Hamilton College will allow undergraduate students at Hamilton who are enrolled in a first semester chemistry course to explore broader impacts of the analytical toxicology work that they perform in the laboratory. The objective of this partnership is to develop research opportunities for undergraduate science students that couple analytical toxicology with public policy and civic engagement.

New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at the University of New Mexico & New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
The New Mexico Informal Science/Current Research Network will focus on two issues of importance to New Mexicans—water and energy. The project, called “New Mexico Informal Science/Current Research Network,” will bring together a network of informal science education institutions (New Mexico ISENet) with a network of university-based researchers (New Mexico EPSCoR) to build capacity for enhanced collaboration to engage learners of all ages in STEM issues related to water and energy.

Paul Smith’s College & The Wild Center (NY)
The partnership between Paul Smith’s College and The Wild Center called “Interpreting Climate Science” is a new class offering that will engage Paul Smith’s College students in developing targeted climate science communication to community gatekeepers.

Raritan Valley Community College & New Jersey Audubon Society (NJ)
The New Jersey Audubon Society and Raritan Valley Community College plan to integrate classroom work with citizen science field research to address forest health as a civic issue through a project called “Integrating Citizen Science and Community College Student Efforts in Assessing Forest Health in Central New Jersey.” The project will involve community college students at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and citizen scientists at NJ Audubon (NJA) in the assessment of forest health in central New Jersey, documenting the extent of deer browse and its effects on forest structure, invasive plant species and avian and plant diversity.

Saint Mary’s College of California & Lindsay Wildlife Museum (CA)
In 2013, Saint Mary’s College of California and Lindsay Wildlife Museum will commence “Facing the Future: Sharing Habitats with Wildlife.” Working in partnership, they will explore the issue of urban habitats – their ephemerality, how they are affected by human activities, and, ultimately, the need for citizens to learn to share space and promote the success of these habitats.

The University of Connecticut & Connecticut Science Center (CT)

Advances in the field of genomics are rapidly re-shaping personalized medicine and healthcare. These advances are far out-pacing the awareness and knowledge among the public. The Connecticut Science Center and the University of Connecticut’s Center for Applied Genomics and Technology are partnering on a “Genome Ambassadors” program. The program will work with family audiences visiting the Science Center over a three year period to: (1) assess gaps in public knowledge and awareness of genomics and (2) design and deliver a series of genomics-related program activities to address identified knowledge gaps.