Karla Eitel, assistant professor in conservation social sciences at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho (U-Idaho) and director of education at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), is coordinating curriculum development efforts for K12 and teacher audiences with the goal of preparing a future bioenergy workforce.

The McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is a residential science center that focuses on developing students’ sense of place, scientific literacy and community skills. Eitel’s current research interests include program evaluation, assessing inquiry skills in a nonformal setting, engaging researchers in outreach activities, student development of sense of place and scientist identity, and the preparation of instructors for inquiry-based, place-based outdoor science education. Eitel is responsible for curriculum development and evaluation, training instructors and recruiting scientists to participate in MOSSprograms.

Eitel holds a doctorate in natural resources, and an M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from the University of Idaho. She has been with the McCall Outdoor Science School since 2002.