" BES Project Abstracts 2005
Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2005 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts


Urban Ecology Education: The Who, What, Where & When Update for Baltimore
 
Ashley Traut, Alan Berkowitz
 
Abstract: Urban Ecology Education: The Who, What, Where & When Update for Baltimore While scientists and environmental educators advocate the need for more environmental education in the K-12 curriculum, there has been little data reported on what exactly is being currently taught in the public school curriculum. It was to address this information gap that the Urban Ecology Collaborative (UEC) conducted a multi-urban city inventory of environmental education providers outside of the formal school system structure. The UEC is a group of public and non-profit partners across seven cities in the northeast including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York City, Boston, New Haven and Pittsburgh. The Collaborative’s overarching goal is to create healthy urban ecosystems in service to urban neighborhoods through sharing existing and developing new research, restoration and education tools. The inventory was conducted in the greater Baltimore area in summer 2005. The response rate in Baltimore, for this rather long written survey, was 63%, a very high response rate for survey research. Preliminary data will be presented as well as implications for future BES education research, programs and partnerships.