An interesting project that could provide input as learning resources is NEON - http://www.neoninc.org. The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is prototyping an architecture that will collect data across the United States on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. NEON is a project of the U.S. National Science Foundation, with many other U.S. agencies and NGOs cooperating.
NEON has a mission of sharing science: "The NEON platform provides extraordinary opportunities for education. The platform will support a wide range of interactions ..."
The primary contact in the DC area is Brian Wee, Cheif of External Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org.