Climate Lesson Update – March 2014

Letter to Climate Change Educators

SpringPhenology is described as one of the most important indicators of climate change impacts in the nation, and 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. Watch your school bird feeders, the species you might observe will be changing as migratory birds pass through and return home from their warm southern retreats. For youth activity ideas related to phenology, nature observation and how they relate to climate change, download a free copy of our award-winning Minnesota’s Changing Climate curriculum, and then rent a Biome Kit. Think about attending the Minnesota Phenology Network Conference. Opportunity abounds: greet the spring with environmental education! 

John Smith & Kristen Poppleton
Education Program
Will Steger Foundation

In This Issue
Letter to Climate Change Educators
WSF Happenings
Stories from the Field
Moment of Inspiration

What we’re reading 
Is Planet Earth Under New Management?”, an in-depth look at The Sixth Extinction, the latest bestseller by Elizabeth Kolbert, with great images (NPR).

Stories from the Field
Youth and veteran environmental leaders in co-mentorship – read all about our popular Midwest mentorship program in this article by Savannah Duby, our Youth Climate Coordinator.

Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program
View full brochure here

WSF Happenings

Global Changes, Local Impacts

Our upcoming webinar, “Global Changes, Local Impacts: The National Climate Assessment”, will feature Minda Berbeco of the National Center for Science Education as the Policy and Programs Directorand the PINEMAP curriculum project. This webinar will convene live Wednesday, April 16th 6:30-7:30 PM Central Time. Learn more and register now!



EECapacity launches new Climate Change Fellowship Program for educators. Learn more …

Nominate a youth leader for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, earn them $5,000. Learn more …

BozemanscienceNGSS Resource: Bozeman Science makes the standards easy to navigate with videos. Learn more …

Buckminster Fuller Challenge, “Socially responsible design’s highest award. Submit a proposal today. Learn more …

Department of Energy

DOE Energy Education Data Jam, all-day on March 27th. It will “bring together developers, educators, organizations, and energy experts to collaborate toward the goal of improving energy literacy in the U.S.” Learn more …

National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation: Study Circles. Apply now. Learn more …

Sea Grant
Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant Scholarship opportunities for teackers, grades 4-12 in Illinois and Indiana. Learn more …

The Goddard Prize for young leaders. Learn more …


Botany 101Upcoming webinar “Botany 101: Plant parts and tricky phenophases”, Tuesday, April 8, 2014: 1 PM Central Time. Register now. Hosted by the USA National Phenology Network. Learn more …

2014 MN Association for Environmental Education (MAEE) Conference, “Rooted in Diversity”, June 20-22nd, Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN. Learn more …

Moment of Inspiration

Watch 12-year old Miranda Anderson as she discusses how to reverse and prevent Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by author Richard Louv of Last Child in the Woods.



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