Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (SBC LTER)

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Program for

K12 Teacher
K12 Student
Elementary Student
Jr High/Middle School Student
High School Student
Undergraduate Student
Graduate Student

Experience Type

Teacher Professional Development
Research Experiences
Academic Preparation


Long-term experience


Marine Science Institute (MSI)

The SBC LTER is a research program organized around kelp forest and watershed ecology, and is the inspiration behind much of the O2C education content. They support research experience for teachers (Research Experience for Teachers, RET) and undergraduate students (Research Experience for Undergraduates, REU) in SBC LTER labs. SBC also serves as a cross-site education research partner in collaboration with the KBS, SGS and BES Schoolyard LTER programs to examine environmental science literacy in middle and high school students and teachers.