Science and Teaching for Field Instructors

Resources for Outdoor Science Programs

Student-Centered  ♦  Nature-Centered

BEETLES: Infusing outdoor science programs with research-based approaches and tools to improve science teaching and learning.

Our professional learning resources are designed for program leaders to use with field instructors. They provide experiences and rationale about outdoor science instruction designed to inspire instructors to improve their teaching. Our student activities inspire students’ wonder and curiosity about the natural world, support their innate tendencies for exploration and guide them to make explanations based on evidence.

All BEETLES resources embody our four research-based design principles.

People learn Outdoor Science best when they:


Engage directly with nature

Think like a scientist


Learn through discussions

Experience Instruction based on how people learn