Urban EcoLab consists of a series of modules that explore fundamental concepts in the study of urban ecology. The modules can be used in part or in whole, based on your larger instructional program.

Urban ecology is the study of cities as the interactions among biological, chemical, physical and human social forces. This branch of environmental science seeks to understand the natural systems of cities and the threats that face them. Urban ecologists study the trees, rivers, wildlife and open spaces found in cities to understand the extent of those resources and the pressures they face from human development.

The CURes Urban EcoLab Curriculum is available free of charge to all educators. We offer annual professional development workshops to teachers to support implementation of our Urban EcoLab high school curriculum.

In the following tabs are resources for educators to gain urban ecology background knowledge, information on Urban EcoLab's alignment with NGSS, and materials for each of the Modules.

Questions about Urban EcoLab can be sent to the Center for Urban Resilience at CURes@lmu.edu.


Browse the Urban EcoLab Collections:

Module 01: Introduction to Urban Ecology

Module 02: Land Use

Module 03: Energy & Climate Change

Module 04: Hazardous Waste

Module 05: Public Health & Water Quality

Module 06: Urban Biodiversity

Module 07: Animal Adaptation & Behavior

Module 08: Urban Environmental Action

Module 09: Human-Animal Interactions

Module 10: Garden Ecology

Module 11: Bird Migration

Module 12: Urban Wildlife

Module 13: Birds in the Urban Landscape