Urban EcoLab consists of a series of modules that explore fundamental concepts in the study of urban ecology. The modules can be used in part or in whole, based on your larger instructional program.
Urban ecology is the study of cities as the interactions among biological, chemical, physical and human social forces. This branch of environmental science seeks to understand the natural systems of cities and the threats that face them. Urban ecologists study the trees, rivers, wildlife and open spaces found in cities to understand the extent of those resources and the pressures they face from human development.
The CURes Urban EcoLab Curriculum is available free of charge to all educators. We offer annual professional development workshops to teachers to support implementation of our Urban EcoLab high school curriculum.
Click on the module title below for more detailed information and downloads (full module or by lesson):
- Module 1: Introduction to Urban Ecology (9 lessons)
- Module 2: Land Use (9 lessons)
- Module 3: Energy & Climate Change (9 lessons)
- Module 4: Hazardous Waste (9 lessons)
- Module 5: Public Health & Water Quality (10 lessons)
- Module 6: Urban Biodiversity (12 lessons)
- Module 7: Animal Adaptation & Behavior (11 lessons)
- Module 8: Urban Environmental Action (7 lessons)
- Module 9: Human-Animal Interactions (10 lessons)