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Outreach & Education

We are committed to training the next generation of environmental stewards, connecting decision makers with timely science, and inspiring the public to understand and protect the ecosystems that we all depend on.


Our Work

Education and outreach are integral to the Cary Institute’s mission. Many of our scientists have adjunct appointments at colleges and universities, including Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Columbia, and Bard. We also host undergraduate research opportunities, teacher training workshops, and an ecology-themed summer day camp.

Public offerings include a monthly lecture series, outdoor weekend education programs, and an interpretive trail system that immerses participants in on-site ecological studies. Science and Management Forums connect local decision makers with science on issues of concern, such as threats facing water supplies.

Media collaborations engage broader public audiences in environmental thinking. Our radio series, Earth Wise, airs twice each weekday on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Cary staff author a reoccurring column, Ecofocus, in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Highlighted Projects

Defining Ecological Literacy

Ecosystem is one of the most enduring and powerful concepts in ecology. How can people become adept at thinking about and understanding ecosystems?

The Ecology of Schoolyards and Urban Ecosystems

Ecological research interests have concerned the ecology and management of plant communities in rights-of-way, agroecosystems, schoolyards and urban ecosystems.

Understanding Ecology Teaching & Learning

How do people develop ecological literacy? What do educational programs need to do in order to build useful understanding of ecosystems? What are the best ways to teach ecology for diverse audiences?

REU Program

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program - a summer opportunity for environmental science students. 

2016 Hudson Data Jam Competition

The Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell stories for a general audience using data from the Hudson River watershed.

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.

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