The IML-CZO uses a multi-year, multi-tiered approach to develop education and outreach programs to actively engage researchers in the IML-CZO, as well as the general public at the local, regional, and national levels, as well as science teachers at the K-12 and post-secondary educational levels. The IML-CZO is uniquely situated in a region that inherently has numerous players who own and/or manage the landscape, whether they are producers, water resource managers, regulators, or government/ nongovernment organizations. Building and maintaining collaborations with local stakeholders and organizations is a key focus for this CZO’s education and outreach programs.

Learning about the Sangamon River Valley, Illinois.

Researchers in the IML-CZO are conducting outreach with students from K-12 through postdoctoral programs.

The IML-CZO outreach efforts and website not only ties together research efforts and compile data across the network of sites for easy access, it also functions as a means of communicating the ongoing research and key findings to interested parties. Educational aids developed by this CZO are posted on the website for general use by teachers and/or students. Additionally, the website is a gateway for announcing events and other outreach activities related to the IML-CZO. In conjunction with the IML-CZO website, we are building a virtual presence on traditional social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, to track the ongoing research process, announce relevant research findings and upcoming outreach events, and highlight the researchers or stakeholders working within the basins.

The definition of success in this sphere revolves around creating meaningful connections and conversations with individuals and organizations. Our goal is to engage people through outreach material, allowing them to respond and comment. The IML-CZO website serves as a virtual bulletin board where people can exchange ideas, thereby promoting the IML-CZO as a collaborative process.

Researchers in the IML-CZO are conducting outreach with students from K-12 through postdoctoral programs.

Education/Outreach News


Undergraduate course curriculum, “Introduction to Critical Zone Science,” available free online

23 Jun 2017 - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.


Corn better used as food than biofuel, study finds

21 Jun 2017 - Scientists obtain comprehensive view of agricultural ecosystems


Contribute a classroom/field activity to NAGT’s Teach the Earth

22 May 2017 - Contribute a classroom or field activity to Teach the Earth.


2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.


K-12 Soil Science Teacher Resources

24 Mar 2017 - The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a professional scientific society, made up of soil scientists, educators, and consultants focused on...


FIML Art-Science Rendition of IMLCZO

04 Nov 2015 - This video portrays an artistic rendition of Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes (

Critical Zone Observatory Environmental Science Workshop (Clear Creek Watershed)

29 Jun 2016 - Nearly two dozen Eastern Iowa K-12 teachers attended a workshop Tuesday to learn about hands-on activities and lesson plans for engaging students...

Clear Creek Watershed Bus Tour

07 Jun 2016 - On June 4, 2016, the City of Coralville and the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a bus tour of the Clear Creek Watershed,...

Joint AGU-ESA Event Brings Together Collaborative Networks

17 Aug 2015 - Members of AGU and the Ecological Society of America came together in their first joint event to discuss opportunities for research collaboration.

U.S.-China Conference/Short Course to Focus on Critical Zone Science, Soil Carbon

30 Jul 2015 - Purdue University will host a conference bringing together scientists from the U.S. and China to address global challenges involving the Earth's...

Using a CZO network to explore the architecture, dynamics and evolution of the Critical Zone

03 Nov 2014 - The US CZO National Office has organized a webinar on December 8, 2014 at 11AM - 12:30 PM ET.

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