Educator Resources

Undergraduate Teaching Resources


EcoEd Digital Library 

Search, browse, and contribute ecology education resources. Includes photographs, activities, figures, TIEE materials, and Issues in Ecology. The EcoEdDL is a portal of the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library, jointly supported by ESA and three partner societies: Botanical Society of America, Society for the Study of Evolution and Society for Economic Botany.

Ecological Core Concepts in EcoEd Digital Library

Ecology Learning Framework for CourseSource articles

CourseSource is an open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for college biological science courses. A key feature of CourseSource is the alignment of our articles with learning goals and objectives that were developed by the associated professional societies.

Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE)
Innovative lecture and lab activities to improve teaching and student learning. Submissions to TIEE are welcome. 

Basic Ecological Literacy

Bringing Research Data Into Undergraduate Ecology

Future of Environmental Decisions/Scaling Up

Workshops, webinars, and ongoing activities to support:

  • data-intensive approaches to ecology education for faculty
  • use of geospatial and long term temporal data in environmental decision-making by the next generation of scientists

K-12 Resources and Opportunities

PlantingScience is a learning and research resource, bringing together students from grades 6-12, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science. Student groups are mentored by scientists online as they complete an inquiry-based curriculum in their classroom. Managed by the Botanical Society of America. ESA is a Scientific Society partner.

Sign up as a Mentor at PlantingScience.
Register your Student Team at PlantingScience.

Ecology Factsheets
Fact sheets explain ecological issues, define terms and concepts, and provide references for additional information.

ESA Education Community

Committee on Education and Diversity (CDE)

formerly Education and Human Resources Committee (EHRC)

ESA Education Listserv 

A venue for subscribers to discuss emerging issues in ecology, environmental science, and science education. Members can also share announcements and updates on ecology education programs.

ESA Education Section 
The Education Section currently has a membership of around 400 ecologists, educators, managers and administrators actively engaged in undergraduate, graduate, K-12 and teacher education, as well as community and public outreach programs and scholarly research in ecology education.

Other Initiatives

Ecology in the Pre-Medical Curriculum

Where is ecology in the proposed core competencies in pre-medical education and assessment? ESA’s Education and Human Resources Committee (now Committee on Education and Diversity) organized a response to the changes.