Explaining & Fostering Interest in Ecology

The vitality of the field of ecology depends upon a diverse and well-trained workforce. The ways we frame problems, seek solutions and apply knowledge depend upon having a scientific community with diverse strengths, perspectives, thinking styles, backgrounds, interests and concerns. Yet the current ecology workforce is far more homogeneous than the general population of the U.S. What sparks an interest in ecology in young people, and what experiences and influences along their educational paths nurture or extinguish these flames?

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Our experience in the REU program over the last 22 years continues to reaffirm that undergraduates flourish with the opportunity to do their own research while simultaneously reflecting on the scientific enterprise and considering its broader intellectual, social and personal contexts.

Ecologist Interviews

What influences people to become ecologists? We have many ideas about this - family members, mentors, outdoor experiences, early academic success, curiosity, a desire to make a different for people and the planet. 

Kids Grow Outcomes

Since 1994, the Parks & People Foundation has operated KidsGrow, a unique after-school and supplementary education program that combines reading skills improvement with environmental education and stewardship activities in urban and disadvantaged settings

Past Projects

Baltimore Collaborative for Environmental Biology

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