Field-science program grows with push for STEM education

For 40 years, students have been visiting national parks along the West Coast to participate in the residential environmental field-science program NatureBridge, a partnership with the National Park Service. The program will be extended to parks along the East Coast. The hands-on, inquiry-based program is seen as a boon to ongoing efforts to engage students in the study of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and organizers with the park service are planning to offer technology-supported virtual field trips and professional development for teachers.

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