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College of Natural Resources
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Karla Eitel

Karla Eitel

Office: McCall Field Campus
Phone: (208) 310-7081
Email: kbradley@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: McCall Outdoor Science School, University of Idaho
PO Box 1025
McCall, Idaho 83638

College of Natural Resources
Conservation Social Sciences
Assistant Research Professor
Director of Education,
McCall Outdoor Science School

Campus Locations: McCall Field Campus
With UI Since 2009

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Place-based education
    • STEM identity and engagement of underrepresented groups in culturally relevant STEM programming
    • Appropriate use of technology in outdoor learning contexts
  • Biography

    Karla has been working with MOSS since 2002 and currently serves as MOSS Director of Education and Assistant Professor in the College of Natural Resources. She earned her PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho, and also holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.S. in Conservation Social Sciences from the UI. She started her academic career with a major in Studio Art and American Studies at Williams College. Karla has guided the development of the K12 curriculum and the graduate residency in environmental education. Her research interests include STEM identity development in a place-based context and the appropriate incorporation of technology into outdoor learning environments. In 2014, Karla won the University of Idaho award for Outstanding Outreach for her 12 years of service at MOSS, which has served nearly 25,000 Idaho K-12 students in residential, place-based outdoor education. She loves playing with her kids, biking and skiing.

  • Selected Publications


    • Veletsianos, G., Miller, B., Eitel, K., Eitel, J., Hougham, J., & Hansen, D. (accepted, June, 2014). Lessons Learned from the Design and Development of Technology-Enhanced Outdoor Learning Experiences. Tech Trends 
    • Eitel, K.B., Wilhelm, F., Parsons, R., Eitel, J.U.H. (in press). Lakes Alive! Science Scope. XX, 000-00. 
    • Schon, J., Eitel, K.B., Bingaman, D., Miller, B.G., Rittenburg, R. (2014). Little leaders in conservation. Science & Children. XX, 000-00.
    • Schon, J., Hougham, R.J., & Eitel, K.B. (2014).  The value of a tree. Science Scope. XX, 000-00
    • Lysne, S.J., Miller, B.G. & Eitel, K.B. (2013). Two-Year Community: Exploring Student Engagement in an Introductory Biology Course. Journal of College Science Teaching. 43(2)
    • Goldberg, A.R., Davis, J.C., Eitel, K.B. (2013). Bringing authentic landscapes into the classroom: Using erosion models to connect science and engineering practices. Science Scope. 37(4).
    • Miller, B. G., Hougham, R. J., & Eitel, K. B. (2013). Adventure learning in action: Practical enactment strategies for educators. Tech Trends, 57.4.
    • Eitel, K.B., Hougham, R.J., & Miller, B.G., Schon, J. & LaPaglia, K. (2013). Upload/download: Empowering students through technology-enabled problem-based learning. Science Scope. 36(7). 
    • Magney, T. S., Eitel, K.B., Eitel, J.U.H., Schon, J., Jansen, V.S., Rittenburg, R.A., Vierling, L.A.  (2013) Keeping a (Digital) Eye on Our Planet's Clock. The Science Teacher. 80(1).
    • Eitel, J.U.H., Vierling, L.A., Long, D.S., Litvak, M., & Eitel, K.B.  (2011). Simple assessment of needleleaf and broadleaf chlorophyll content using a flatbed color scanner. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41, pp. 1 - 7
    • Bingaman, D. & Eitel, K.B. (2010).  Boulder Creek Study. Science & Children, 47(6), pp. 52 – 57

    Peer Reviewed/Evaluated:

    • Miller, B. G., Hougham, R. J., Cox, C., Walden, V., & Eitel, K. B. (2014). Adventure Learning @ the Learning Sciences. In J. L. Polman, E. A. Kyza, D. K. O’Neill, I. Tabak, W. R. Penuel, A. S. Jurow, K. O’Connor, T. Lee, & L. D’Amico (Eds.), Learning and becoming in practice: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014, Volume 3, (pp. 1509-1510). Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
    • Hougham, R.J., Miller, B.G., Eitel, K.B., Hogue Mackenzie, S., Stafford Son, J., Thompson, G. (2013).  Adventure Learning to Promote GreenSTEM Education and Physical Activity in Schools. Published proceedings of the 13th Annual Symposium for Experiential Education Research. Denver, Colorado.
    • Hougham, R. J., Eitel, K. B., & Miller, B. G. (2012). AL@: Combining the strengths of adventure learning and place based education. Clearing Compendium (pp 38-41).
    • Miller, B. G., Hougham, R. J., & Eitel, K. B. (2012). AL@UI: Connecting people to places for meaningful learning. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 672-677). Chesapeake, VA.
    • Veletsianos, G., Miller, B., Eitel, K.B., Eitel, J.U.H., Hougham, R.J. (2012). Localizing Adventure Learning: Teachers and Students as Expedition Leaders and Members. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 2164-2169). Chesapeake, VA

    Other: (reports, proceedings, papers, citations and references, performances)

    • Hougham, R. J., Schon, J.A., Eitel, K.B., & Hollenhorst, S.A. (2012).  Education at the Speed of Research: Communicating the Science of Biofuels.  Published Proceedings of the Sun Grant Initiative.  New Orleans, LA.
    • Eitel, J.U.H., Hollenhorst, S., Eitel, K.B. et al. (2012). A Strategic Plan for the Development of a Field Research Station at the University of Idaho’s McCall Field Campus.
  • Research Projects
    • Miller, BGM (PI), Eitel, KCB (Co-PI), and Eitel JUH. (Co-PI). 2012. CI:TEAM Demo: Adventure Learning through Water and MOSS. National Science Foundation Award #1135577. $170811. 
    • Hollenhorst, S. and C. Baxter, J. Gosz, K. Bradley Eitel, L. Vierling. 2011. University of Idaho McCall Field Campus Planning. National Science Foundation Award #1034850. $25,000.
    • Hollenhorst, S., G. Fizzell and K. Eitel. 2011. The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA): A New Vista For Green Fuels, Chemicals And Environmentally Preferred Products (EPPs), USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30416 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.U.S. Department of Agriculture. $2,912,883.84
    • Eitel, K.B. 2011. Expansion of an Existing CyberLearning Infrastructure. Sub-award under National Science Foundation Award #EPS-0919514. $10,000.
    • Eitel, K.B. 2010. MOSS Cyberlearning Materials. Sub-award under National Science Foundation Award #EPS-0919514. $20,000

  • Outreach Projects

    2009 – present Service-learning with Donnelly Elementary

    Since 2009 I have worked with Ms. Deirdre Bingaman and her 5th grade class at Donnelly Elementary School in rural Donnelly, ID to study the health of their local watershed and plan and implement restoration projects. This work has been conducted through my course CSS 563, Place-based Education. It is a service-learning experience for my graduate students who learn how to conduct school-based field science education and for the 5th grade students who complete their science curriculum through studying and collecting data on Boulder Creek.

    2009 - present MOSS Teacher Institute

    The MOSS Teacher Institute is a series of inquiry-based, place-based workshops for middle and high school teachers to explore current research in biofuels, climate change and water resources. Workshops funded through USDA, NSF EPSCoR and NASA, 2-3 workshops per year since 2008. 277 teachers served since 2009.
    View a complete list of workshops.

    2003 – present McCall Outdoor Science School K12 programs

    Principle manager of the curriculum and educational operations for residential place-based, inquiry-driven outdoor science programs that take place at the University of Idaho Field Campus in McCall. More than 20,000 K12 students have participated in these programs since 2003. View students served.

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2014 University of Idaho Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement
    • 2013 Regional Prize, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Scholarship Award
    • 2012 Grand Prize, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation ID21 Award 
    • 2011 Outstanding Continuing Education and Service, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho.

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