Center for Earth and Environmental Science
Indiana University ~ Purdue University, Indianapolis

Discovering the Science of the Environment Professional Development Institute
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Earth Partnership for Schools 
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Marion County Land Use History Paper and Figures
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Updates Available!
Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS) Curriculum
Available individually or combined. 
Please note for 2007 EPS Curriculum Guides:  Due to the updates, section 8 curriculum guide numbering no longer applies.

All Updates Combined Including New Standards
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EPS Curriculum Guide Introduction
(261 KB)
EPS Curriculum Activity Guide
(687 KB)
7.6 Planting a Native Garden (166 KB)
8.1 Managing Your Restoration
(202 KB)
8.3 Weed Cards (162 KB)
8.4 Weed Lotto
(254 KB)
9.1 Experimental Field Problems (205 KB)
9.11 Designing an Ecological Research Presentation (178 KB)
9.12 What's Your Favorite Color (186 KB)
10.17 Sharing and Comparing Your Schoolyard Clocks
(244 KB)
10.18 Climate Change in Your Schoolyard
(186 KB)
Spring 2012 Indiana Academic Standards for Science
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School of Science

Department of Earth Sciences


Professional Development Institute

Summer 2013
Teachers Grades K-12

     Overview     Registration     Course Credit, PGP

  Logistics     Hare Grant Program     Photo Gallery


Discovering the Science of the Environment

IUPUI Discovering the Science of the Environment (DSE) is an inquiry-based and interactive science education program for central Indiana fourth through ninth grade students and education professionals.  Based in water resource and ecological restoration research, this program provides specially designed curriculum and state of the art technology resources to help educators utilize school ground natural areas and nature centers to instruct students in an interactive, inquiry-based environment.  Year-round educational program delivery with a mobile science trailer, summer educator professional development, and summer water resources field trip to Lake Michigan provide unique opportunities to raise the level of environmental awareness and science aptitude for Indiana youth.

Professional Development Institute

The Discovering the Science of the Environment institute incorporates curriculum and training from the nationally recognized Earth Partnership for Schools program, technology enhancements, and curriculum and training from Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). All curriculum materials have been aligned to address Indiana State Academic Standards for Science, Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies and customized for Indiana natural areas.  The institute will assist teachers in the establishment, maintenance, and use of outdoor laboratories on school sites and provide several practical examples and tools that teachers can incorporate into their environmental science education.  This workshop will be appropriate for schools that have existing outdoor labs / school ground natural areas or for those who would like to develop outdoor learning programs.  IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science staff provide support through the school year to assist schools with outdoor laboratory experiences and curriculum development.  Upon completion of the institute, each participating team will be eligible to apply for grant funding from the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust to fund outdoor laboratory program activities related to the team action plans developed during the institute. 




  • Team application packets are required for entry selection into the institute.  Applications Due:  April 26, 2013

Download 2012 Institute Application (pdf)
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  • There is no cost to attend the institute. Participants must agree to attend the entire course.
  • Institute targets teams of 4th through 9th grade teachers within the nine county Central Indiana region (Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, and Shelby).
  • Registration priority will be given to teams of three to five teachers from the same school that have completed application packets.
  • Participating teams will develop a plan for program implementation within their school during the institute. 
  • Teams will collaborate with DSE to implement their plans in the subsequent academic year.
  • To request smaller or larger participating teams, please contact CEES. 
  • Participants can elect to enroll to receive three IUPUI graduate credits in science.  Follow the registration instructions below to register for the specific credits.  All graduate credit fees will apply.
  • For questions please contact Brooke Furge, Education Specialist.



Course Credit and PGP


When you have been accepted into the DSE Summer Institute as part of a team, individual team members may elect to register for three graduate credits in  Earth Sciences. In order to receive course credit you must be enrolled as a graduate student at IUPUI. If you are not already enrolled in a graduate program at IUPUI, please complete and submit the Graduate Non Degree (GND) application.  There is a $60 fee.  Graduate fees for the three credits will also apply. 

To review the estimated cost of the graduate course, please use the IUPUI 2012 Summer Tuition and Fee Estimator. Select Indiana Resident; Graduate/Professional; Science; 3 credit hours.

Click on the link below to download the GND document which includes instructions, contact information, and the application.

2012 DSE Graduate Non Degree Application (pdf)
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Once you have received notice of admittance into the Graduate Non Degree Program OR if you are already a graduate student, please contact Brooke Furge with your university-issued student ID and course selection to receive authorization to register.

You will receive an email response with the authorization to register.  You will then need to register for the course online in OneStart:
Please note payment dates to avoid late fees.

Earth Sciences Credit:
Topics in Restoration Science Education, Course Number 11667
Note: This course is graded with a letter grade.



Upon completion of the institute, each individual will receive a certificate to document your participation to apply towards the Indiana Department of Education's Professional Growth Plan Points for license renewal. In partnership with the IU School of Education at IUPUI, you will receive an additional certificate and your name and workshop information will be stored in their PGP database for license renewal information.

IUPUI School of Education Licensing Renewal


Logistics, Outline, Agenda

2012 Information 

Course Outline (pdf)

Daily Agenda (pdf)

Logistics (pdf)
Things to prepare and bring with you the first day of the course.

Assumption of Risk Release Form
Please complete, sign, and bring with you the first day of course.


Driving Directions and Park Overview

Map Link
Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center
6515 Delong Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46254
When you enter into the park, stop at the gate and let the attendant know you are part of the DSE Summer Institute at the Ornithology Center. You will enter daily without paying a fee.

Indy Parks and Recreation Eagle Creek Park


The Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust
Environmental Learning Laboratories Program

The program will award grants to teachers for the development of school ground natural areas and support for science and field equipment for use in the learning spaces.  Additional consideration will be given to teachers with outdoor learning labs that need renovation or improvement.    Eligibility for the grant program is limited to teachers and/or schools that have participated in the week-long Discovering the Science of the Environment (DSE) teacher professional development summer institute. Visit the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust Web Site:

2012 Grant Application and Guidelines (pdf)
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2011 Grant Application and Guidelines (pdf)
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Brooke Furge
Education Specialist
IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science
723 West Michigan Street, SL 118
Indianapolis, Indiana  46202

Discovering the Science of the Environment has benefitted from wide ranging support from private and public partners.  Veolia Water Indianapolis made the lead philanthropic gift to this program in 2007. We have also received significant funding support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Citizens Water, NASA, Indianapolis Power & Light, Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust, Dow AgroSciences, Duke Energy Foundation, Hoover Family Foundation, UPS, and DJ Angus-Scientech Education Foundation, Inc. Proposals are currently in review by additional foundations and corporations.

For more information about the program and opportunities for program sponsorship, please contact us.



Dr. Laura Hare
Charitable Trust


Center for Earth and Environmental Science
 723 West Michigan Street, SL118
 Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.274.7966 (fax)