Investigating Science Outdoors engages students in authentic explorations of a study site—a small piece of land near their school. It is a supplementary science curriculum, targeted for grades 7-9 and is appropriate for afterschool and camp programs, as well as in-school use.

The curriculum consists of two chapters. Each chapter consists of six activities, which take 1-2 class periods.

  • Chapter 1: Study Site — Students select, observe, map, document, and otherwise begin investigating a study site.
  • Chapter 2: Systematic Sampling — Students systematically investigate their study site, conducting more detailed observations, collecting samples and gathering data, identifying the flora and fauna observed, and share investigation results via the Web.

The Investigating Science Outdoors eBook was developed by TERC. It is based on a full-year curriculum, Global Lab, also developed by TERC and funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.