For nearly 20 years, the US Forest Service and the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras have collaborated on the Schoolyard LTER Program to promote K-12 curriculum development in science and mathematics throughout Puerto Rico.  These efforts have improved teacher and student training in environmental sciences and particularly in tropical forest ecology, in addition to increasing student diversity in these disciplines in the United States.  During the past two decades schools from four municipalities have been involved in the LUQ Schoolyard LTER program: Barranquitas, Naranjito, Florida and Guánica.  Self-motivated teachers from each of these schools, with the assistance of their students, have established long-term plots on public  and private lands near their schools to study forest structure and dynamics.  In some schools, the outcomes of these investigations have been outstanding, with teachers producing manuscripts published in a peer-reviewed journal (and attending national conferences.  To become a volunteer with School Yard LTER please contact Noelia Baez Rodriguez, Educational Coordinator at 

LUQ Data Jam

First LUQ Data Jam was held on November 2015. The next one was held on November 18, 2016.

Field Work

Teachers participate in field protocols workshops to train their students to do field work