Jennifer Klein is an adjunct faculty member in the elementary education programs in Lesley's Graduate School of Education and PhD candidate studying Urban Environmental Education through the synthesis of urban ecology, ecological literacy, and science education. Jennifer is passionate about sustainable cities and their ability to serve as solutions to our ecological crisis, and how environmental and science education can enhance how urban residents connect to the natural world in cities. Her research interest is in how environmental educators practice teaching and learning in urban areas and how urban green space is used for education outcomes.

Jennifer has worked in the field of science education and environmental education for over 15 years. She has a wide range of experience both in formal and informal learning environments. She has taught environmental studies and STEM education to youth and adults in public schools, informal environmental education organizations, and higher education.


BAA, Central Michigan University (Outdoor Environmental Education and Natural Resources
MS, Lesley University (Ecological teaching and learning)
PhD candidate, Lesley University 

Selected Publications

  • Minner, D. & Klein, J. (2016). A case for advancing an environmental literacy plan in Massachusetts: Phase I—a summary of the Commonwealth’s environment and education landscape. Report by Massachusetts Environmental Education Society.
  • Klein, J. & Rauchwerk, S. (2016) Ecological Literacy: Meanings and Approaches. In M. Monre & M. Krasny (Eds.) Across the spectrum: Resources for environmental educators. NAAEE.

Selected Presentations

  • Bridging the gap between formal and informal educators through professional learning communities, North American Association for Environmental Education annual conference, 2016
  • Ecological foundations in STEM education, New England Environmental Education Alliance annual conference, 2016
  • How should place inform the design of online environmental education? North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Research Symposium, 2016
  • Urban Planning for in a virtual world: Community-based urban EE for civic learning and engagement, North American Association for Environmental Education annual conference, 2015
  • Epistemic gaming in the high school classroom: Promoting civic and STEM engagement through digital learning, Massachusetts STEM Summit, 2015