Author: John Smith, Former Education Program Assistant

Thank a Phenologist

Want to know about the impacts of climate change in your community? Talk to a phenologist (that is: someone who studies events happening in nature). While “global warming”, as a term, is going out of favor because it’s describing things happening at an intangible, global scale, “climate change” seems to get closer to home, leaving […]

Climate Lesson Update – April 2014

When the first Earth Day happened, April 22nd, 1970, it was the beginning of something important and new in our society. We honored Mother Earth outright by celebrating clean, green living and highlighting sustainable acts. This year, Earth Day (or Earth Week, or even Earth Life as one person declared to me personally, “Happy Earth […]

Climate Lesson Update – March 2014

Spring is one of the most popular times for phenology observation. Many remarkable, brief and beautiful changes will be seen over the next 2 months. Don’t miss them! Have your students hunting for: Thawing lakes, Maple sap dripping (tap a tree!), sprouting flowers, grasses and buds, early-season insects, and migrating birds.

Climate Lesson Update – February 2014

“But we have to act with more urgency — because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods … the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”  – President Barack Obama during the 2014 State of the Union

Climate Lesson Update – December 2013

Nelson Mandela passed away this month – I’m sure you’ve heard the news. We join people the world over who mourn the loss of such a leader. But what you maybe did not know is that, among his many projects, Mandela was active in the movement to solve climate change. It’s true. His legacy included […]

Climate Lesson Update: November, 2013

Join us for a Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series! Are you looking for climate change and energy education resources for your classroom or informal education setting? The Will Steger Foundation is offering a four part webinar series featuring speakers that will advance your climate and energy literacy, and educational resources to help integrate climate and energy […]

Climate Lesson Update: September 2013

When does fall begin at the Will Steger Foundation?  When the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is complete!  Thank you to all of our fantastic participants and partners.  See photos, dowload presentations and read more about this professional development event at Fort Snelling State Park on our Recap Webpage here.  We’re already planning for 2014 – stay tuned […]