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Schoolyard LTER Program

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Since 2004, the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology program has supported classrooms in collecting authentic ecological field data in their own local schoolyards.

Schoolyard Ecology data are publicly accessible for exploration and graphing. Some schools have been submitting data for more than 15 years! With each passing year, these classroom datasets become more valuable for telling new ecological stories. Field trip resources are also available for use.

The Harvard Forest is part of a national network of sites that support K-12 teachers and students in hands-on ecological research. This work is supported by the Long-Term Ecological Research Program of the National Science Foundation, Highstead, and private donors.

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