Area educators invited to Kellogg Biological Station K-12 Partnership’s Summer Institute 

Hickory Corners, Mich. — Teachers and informal educators of K-12 students are invited to engage in science teaching professional development this summer at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. 

The 24th annual K-12 Partnership Summer Institute is set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, through Thursday, June 22. Registration is now open!

This year’s theme is “Our Changing Planet, Classrooms to Ecosystems,” and will include scientific talks by Dr. David Karowe, Dr. Lauren Sullivan and Naim Edwards. Each morning’s science talk will be followed by a series of interactive and impactful field trips and concurrent sessions. Sessions are led by teachers, teacher educators and scientists and include topics such as monarch butterflies, weedy plants, kitchen chemistry, justice-oriented science, data analysis and more. 

Educators gathered at KBS for a past teacher workshop.

In addition to the institute, a book study and a workshop on best practices for environmental education are being offered.  

  • The K-12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence Training will be held June 21 within the time frame of the summer institute. Find more info and register here. 
  • The 2023 Book Study will focus on “What the Eyes Don’t See” by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. The group will meet virtually from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 19 and 26, with an optional in-person meeting on June 22 during the summer institute. Learn more and find application information here.

Each program is free and includes a participant stipend, continuing education hours and materials for bringing lessons and content to students. 

The workshop will take place indoors at KBS, as well as outdoors on the grounds along Gull Lake.

The KBS K-12 Partnership is a network of educators and scientists that come together to learn about the latest science at KBS and innovative pedagogies for classroom and outdoor teaching. The KBS K-12 Partnership formed in 1999 and is funded by the National Science Foundation, KBS Long-term Ecological Research program and the Michigan State University Graduate School.  

Questions? Contact Kara Haas at karahaas at