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 25th annual K-12 Partnership Summer Institute is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, through Thursday, June 27. This year’s theme is “The Power of Long-term Partnerships.”


About the Summer Institute


Each day will start with a lecture from someone whose career has been impacted by their participation in the Partnership, including:

  • Dr. Jennifer Doherty, assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Physiology
  • Drs. Liz Schultheis and Melissa Kjelvik, co-founders of Data Nuggets
  • Lisa Wininger, education specialist with NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement.

 Each day also will include interactive sessions and field trips, and the final day of the institute will offer the opportunity to participate in one of three workshops, all of which are interactive, experiential, and presented by educators and scientists. More information can be found in the agenda.


Lunch, snacks, networking and reflective time will be interspersed. Register to attend the institute, in-person or online. Virtual attendees will receive details to attend the morning plenary talks each day.


In addition to the institute, join us for a reception to celebrate the KBS K-12 Partnership’s 25th anniversary, slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at KBS. Find more details and RSVP for the reception.


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


About the KBS K-12 Partnership


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 msu.edu


About Kellogg Biological Station


As MSU’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.