For Instructors

The LMU Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) has hosted six annual urban ecology professional institutes on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. Designed to create synergistic research and teaching opportunities, the Institute introduces teachers and informal science providers to our urban ecology curriculum and inquiry-based research activities designed for students in grades 4-12.

The CURes Institute sets participants on the acceptance path to our Urban Ecology Teacher Academy for the upcoming school year. Curriculum is aligned to NGSS with meaningful connections to CCSS math and language arts, history/social studies and restorative practices.

More information on the 2017 Summer Institute will be posted as it is available. See below for last year’s content.


2016 Summer Institute

July 19, 20, 26, 27


CURes is hosting its annual four-day urban ecology professional institute designed for teachers of science held on Loyola Marymount University’s campus.

This year, the Institute will focus on co-creating hyper-localized curriculum aligned to the NGSS with a focus on restorative justice practices following our Urban EcoLab model.

Focus topics for this year include:

July 19th:

  • foundations of ecology
  • transportation and mobility

July 20th:

  • climate change
  • human-animal interactions

July 26th:

  • urban agriculture and food
  • water quality

July 27th:

  • Biodiversity
  • Mediterranean region climates

A stipend will be provided. Only a few spaces left!

Click here for downloadable: Summer Institute_Flier

To submit your interest and availability to participate, please email the following to

  • Your Name (First and last)
  • Your email address (one you are checking over the summer)
  • Phone Number (where you can be reached this summer)
  • School (Name, address)
  • Classes you teach
  • Grade level of your students
  • Dates you’d like to attend (select one or more): July 19, 20, 26, 27
  • Any questions or comments