Educator Resources

K-12 Resources and Opportunities

Planting Science

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.

Undergraduate Teaching Resources

Use EcoEd Digital Library to search, browse, and contribute ecology education resources. Includes photographs, activities, figures, TIEE materials, and Issues in Ecology.

Jigsaw is the newsletter of ESA’s Office of Education and Diversity Programs.


Core Ecological Concepts and Learning Framework

Ecological Core Concepts in EcoEd Digital Library

Resources in EcoEdDL are mapped to Ecological Core Concepts 

Going forward, resources are also mapped to the Vision and Change Biology Core Concepts and Competencies

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


Scaling Up

Workshops, webinars, and ongoing activities to help ecology educators develop skills and teaching materials for teaching with continental-scale datasets.


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)

Chaired by Julie Reynolds, VP for Education and Human Resources, the Committee  provides leadership for ESA’s education and diversity 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. 

ESA Education Listserv (in migration)
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.