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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 […]

Talking to and teaching kids about disasters

In his speech this last week President Obama addressed the oil spill in the gulf mentioning that his eleven year old daughter Malia had asked him that morning, “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?”  Her question echoes that of many children and adults throughout the world, and also raises the issue of how to […]

Students Show Off Their Carbon Cycle Knowledge

On occasion we are lucky enough to see the results of teachers using our curriculum. This week we received a whole bundle of posters and final reflections on the carbon cycle, based on lesson one of our Citizen Climate Curriculum.   Many thanks to Aitkin High School Ninth Grade Science!  We’ve included a few examples below. […]

Work Begins on New Will Steger Foundation Curriculum

Thanks to Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota’s Resources (LCCMR), we will be receiving funding over the next two years for a new project, Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning. The $250,000 allocated to the Will Steger Foundation will support the development of a new curriculum, teacher training, online learning and collaboration with schools.  […]

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 […]

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 […]