"The time has come when scientific truth must cease to be property of the few, when it must be woven into the comon life of the world; for we have reached a point where the results of science touch the very problem of existence"
-Louis Agassiz - 1862
Biodiversity Institute seeks to provide engaging and rigorous educational opportunities for all of Wyoming's students, from kindergarten through college and beyond. Some of our goals for biodiversity education are:
This curriculum is a cross-disciplinary program for undergraduates, which brings together coursework in biological science and the humanities, and allows students to examine biodiversity from scientific and social-cultural perspectives. Students achieving this degree will have unique qualifications enabling them to become leaders in the efforts to conserve biodiversity.
This program is under development.
Wyoming has tremendous natural bounty, and serves as model for conservation. However, students should experience organisms and ecosystems not found in Wyoming, in order to develop an appreciation of the world’s biodiversity, and to gain understanding of how different cultures value and interact with their natural environments. There are a number of courses already on campus that study biodiversity abroad; the Biodiversity Institute will facilitates these courses through financial support.
The Biodiversity Institute provides K-12 Biodiversity Education opportunities for students, with workshops and activities at the Berry Center, at schools, and in the field. Institute staff work with educators to design activities to meet curriculum needs and engage students in biodiversity science. In 2012, we interacted with nearly 700 students, teachers and counselors from more than 17 Wyoming schools. We will continue to provide these experiences and expand the depth and topics of offerings.