Learning Opportunities

Increase your understanding of ecological processes and change at large spatial and temporal scales with NEON. In addition to data, we offer resources and opportunities that include professional development; seasonal fieldwork jobs for early career scientists; undergraduate research internships; teaching modules and materials for professors to use in the undergraduate classrooms; and online tutorials to gain the data skills needed to work with NEON data.

NEON Data Skills 

Data Tutorials

Looking to improve your data skills using specific tools like R or Python? Want to learn more about working with a specific NEON data product?

NEON develops online tutorials to help you improve your research. These self-paced tutorials are designed for you to used as standalone help on a single topic or as a series to learn new techniques.

Teaching Modules

For educators, NEON provides Teaching Modules that include lesson outlines, curated datasets, and data skills activities to teach essential ecological concepts with accompanying data skills.  Teaching modules are cross-listed on QUBES Hub

We welcome inquires from instructors interested in using NEON data in their own classrooms. 


Workshops can range from a few hours to a week and teach specific skills and provide more insight into NEON data.

NEON offers annual multi-day Data Institutes that provides critical skills and foundational knowledge for graduate students and early career scientists working with heterogeneous spatio-temporal data to address ecological questions.

Faculty Mentoring Networks

NEON partners with QUBES to facillitate Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMN) focused on teaching with NEON data.  

See what is happening with the NEON Data Education Scholars FMN in Spring 2018! The FMN is focused on implementing existing NEON Data Skills resources in the classroom. 

Early Career Experiences

Seasonal Fieldwork

Each year, NEON hires hundreds of temporary field technicians to assist our full-time field operations staff with observational sampling. NEON field sites are located in some of the nation’s most pristine and wild areas. These opportunities are perfect for up and coming scientists who want valuable field experience collecting data for a continental-scale ecology project.

Undergraduate Research Internships

Undergraduate students from across the U.S. have the opportunity to conduct research or develop their own project as an intern each summer with NEON. Interns work alongside staff mentors and explore career options in weekly professional development seminars and networking events with interns from other scientific programs based in Boulder, CO.

K-12 and Citizen Science Activities

 K-12 Activities

Explore easy-to-use activities for your students to experience collecting scientific data, making observations, and analyzing data. These hands-on activities also support teaching NEON-related concepts such as change over time and space, analyzing patterns, and relationships between organisms and their habitats.

Citizen Science Activities

From water sampling and precipitation measurements to plant phenology observations and bird identification, there are many ways you can participate in NEON-related citizen science activities to 1) better understand the environment you live in and 2) contribute and analyze data for scientific research. 

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