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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 […]

Climate Change Education and the Arts

A recent collaboration between Andrew Revkin and ecoartspace to address the question “What Matters Most,” is an excellent example of the exciting and beautiful things that can come out of interdisciplinary work. Redefining our relationship with the planet is an urgent matter, and one that we cannot afford to drag our heels on. The role […]

Integrating the “Behavioral Wedge”

Our newest Citizen Climate curriculum emphasizes civic engagement and helps teachers and students understand the critical and complex climate solutions being discussed on the national and international stage. In the curriculum we recommend playing the Stabilization Wedge Game, a game produced by Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative . The goal of the game is to […]

The Low Carbon Lifestyle-Earth Day Tips

The Low-Carbon Lifestyle Reducing the total carbon load on the atmosphere begins with choices individual consumers can make every day. Find out how much carbon you are personally responsible for by using a carbon footprint calculator. Then, trim off as you can in your daily life through energy-efficient lifestyle choices. Finally, go completely carbon-neutral by […]

TED talk shows “The science behind a climate headline”

I came across this great video today on TED:  Ideas Worth Spreading.  It is only 4 minutes, 14 seconds long, but it gives a great peak into the scientific research that can go into the making of a headline. Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides […]

Do some fact checking with your students

This week the Colbert Report on Comedy Central featured a “Science catfight” between Joe Bastardi , a meteorologist for Accuweather and Brenda Ekwurzel , a climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The report is entertaining to watch, but also has some clearly stated claims that would be easy and interesting to investigate.  Watch […]

Fun modeling tool to understand climate change past and future

I came across the Climate Wizard a few weeks ago and have been playing around with it since then.  It isn’t too complicated and gives students (and teachers!) an opportunity to explore a number of different aspects of climate change science including historical temperature and precipitation averages, and future climate predictions based on a number […]

Age Appropriate Climate Change Education

On occasion we get phone calls from teachers asking if we do programs, or have curriculum, for kindergartens or students under the age of third grade.  At this point in time we do not, and much of that is because of the difficulty in creating educational materials on climate change that is age appropriate.  At […]