National Park Service (NPS) established Research
Learning Centers through the Natural Resource Challenge.
The Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance (UERLA) at the
Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) facilitates research in all
parks within the National Capital Region (NCR). UERLA's goal
is to increase research on the natural and cultural resources
in the NCR and to communicate new knowledge about NCR parks.
As the primary outreach of NCR's Natural Resource Challenge,
UERLA communicates about scientific research and Inventory
and Monitoring (I&M) information to parks' staff and the
public. UERLA's projects provide opportunities for education
and interpretation of the region's natural resources. UERLA's
interdisciplinary research projects have developed through
partnerships with various researchers,
agencies and institutions, as well as the Chesapeake
Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CW-CESU).