What Does Extreme Weather Mean for Climate Change Educators?

Over the last month it has been hard to miss the news reports, blogs and editorial commentary on the extreme weather events that have been sweeping the country.  Tornadoes, flooding, and above normal temperatures have caught the media and the nation’s attention and looking for answers, inevitably the question has risen, “is THIS climate change?”, […]

The North Pole 25 Years Later: Climate Change and the Arctic

This weekend and into next week we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Will Steger’s North Pole Expedition.  The reunion will be an opportunity to reminisce and remember their unbelievable journey and “…accomplishment; the first confirmed trek to reach the Pole without resupply, [which] was deemed by National Geographic “a landmark in polar exploration.”  […]

What’s your favorite carbon calculator?

[Update: This post has been updated and modified from the original content to ensure carbon calculator data is up to date.] Helping students to understand how the choices they make have an impact on the planet can be difficult, but in recent years online “carbon calculators” have been developed to help make this concept easier […]

The Parks Climate Challenge

“One of the most precious values of the national parks is their ability to teach us about ourselves and how we relate to the natural world. This important role may prove invaluable in the near future as we strive to understand and adapt to a changing climate.” NPS Director Jon Jarvis The above quote headlines […]

Looking to Nature for Climate Solutions

For a few years I worked in a youth program focused on engaging young people in engineering and design.  For an environmental educator like myself, it was difficult at first to get too enthusiastic about it.  Early on, however, I came across the study of biomimicry and began to draw some pretty exciting connections between […]

Climate Change Book Review for Elementary

Being the mother of an elementary aged girl it is hard to avoid reading the Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows.  The series, eight books in length, features two girls that are very different, but the best of friends.  Instead of their differences causing a problem, they instead make possible wonderful adventures and creative […]

Environmental Education and “techno-naturalists”

This is the second in a series of blogs focused on connecting to the natural world in anticipation of our newly funded curriculum project, Minnesota’s Changing Climate. In the upcoming months we will be busy working on our new project recently funded by the LCCMR, Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning. The foundation […]

Summer Camp and its place in environmental education

This is the first in a series of blogs focused on connecting to the natural world in anticipation of our newly funded curriculum project, Minnesota’s Changing Climate. Growing up I would call myself a summer camp junkie. My parents started taking us camping when we were toddlers and we attended a week long family camp […]

Citizen Climate Curriculum Puts Climate Bill in Context

Yesterday John Kerry and Joe Lieberman introduced the American Power Act a bill that, if passed, would put national limits on carbon emissions that cause climate change. This bill is a fantastic beginning to a discussion in your class about the complexities of environmental policymaking and the provisions the bill lays out. The short summary […]