Education Outreach Program


We educate people about Earth and environmental science issues that are relevant to our everyday lives, through outreach to the public and to the K-12 education community.

University of Colorado at Boulder

Interdisciplinary Education and Outreach

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Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS)
Two environmental research institutes at CU Boulder offer up to six paid summer research opportunities for Colorado Community College students. These research opportunities offer a unique opportunity to conduct research, both field and lab based, working in a team with scientists, learning basic research, writing and communication skills and presenting your work at a science conference. Read More >>

CIRES strongly supports and encourages education outreach. Programs exist for K-12 school districts, teachers and students, undergraduates at CU and elsewhere, and other community groups. Our goal is to support exemplary science education at all levels, encourage curiosity and understanding about our environment, and to bring our research to bear as a resource in service of societal needs, including education. CIRES has established a strong Interdisciplinary Outreach Program that combines rigorous science with innovative teaching practices.

Ongoing projects include:

  • classroom and prospective teacher professional development,
  • volunteer opportunities for scientists,
  • education components for research projects,
  • district partnerships,
  • research mentors for high school students and undergraduates,
  • and more.

Other projects include the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE), a teacher professional development program. At the undergraduate and graduate level, CIRES faculty and researchers work within academic departments and programs to offer education and research.

Project Information

See projects for local community resources, geosciences education evaluation, professional development workshops, school district collaboration, and other information for teachers, students, scientists, school districts, and outreach professionals.

Collaboration Opportunities

Join us on one of our projects or workshops. Come to CIRES as a partner in geoscience education and become a Fellow.

Our History

For an in-depth history of K-12 Education at CIRES, see Chapter 10, Education and Outreach in the CIRES History, 1967-2002.