Welcome to the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Education Program Web Site

Children's Book

We are excited to announce the publication of our new children's book:
"And the Tide Comes In...: Exploring a Georgia Salt Marsh" by Merryl Alber (Author) and Joyce Mihran Turley (Illustrator), which will be available from your favorite bookseller or online retailer starting in December 2012.

This is part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) Children's Book Series, which seeks to engage children and their families in learning about the earth's ecosystems.

A full description, supplementary education materials, and feedback forms are available on this web site. If you would like to use this book in your educational program, or if you have used the book and would like to contribute student artwork or other material, please contact us at gceschyd@uga.edu.

Field sampling (photo by Jerri Reining)

The GCE Schoolyard program provides critical in-service training for K-12 educators in field ecology, immersing science and math teachers in hands-on research activities in the field to enable them to bring lessons and actual research data back to the classroom. Teachers split their time between doing research alongside GCE scientists and graduate students and discussing ways to implement the information in their classrooms.

More information is available on the GCE Schoolyard page.

Field sampling (photo by Jerri Reining)

Scientists involved in the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER project study the marshes and estuaries of the Georgia coast in order to understand how these ecosystems function, to track how they change over time, and to predict how they might be affected by future variations in climate and human activities. The GCE program provides online access to near-real-time monitoring data that can be used in classroom exercises, as well as species lists and photographs of common plants and animals on the coast.

Our partner programs also offer educational and outreach opportunities, including marsh field trips.