Minnesota’s Changing Climate Update

MNMapresizeWe are loving the fall photos that are coming in from students in your classrooms!  Make sure to check out the observations page daily to see all the new submissions.  If you just want to see images, click on the image tag on the righthand side.  Visit the page now.

We are busy this month getting ready for conference presentations at the North American Association for Environmental Education and Education Minnesota.  If you have any photos of your students in action, or stories you would like to share about how you are involved with this project please send an email with the photos and/story to Kristen Poppleton, kristen@willstegerfoundation.org

If your colleagues are jealous of the Explore Minnesota’s Biomes Kit you have been using, it is now easy to check one out from us via our website.  Educators anywhere can borrow them, but will have to pay shipping if they cannot pick them up from our office.

Don’t forget to stop by the Will Steger Foundation table at Education Minnesota, October 20 or send colleagues to Kristen’s session Explore Minnesota’s Biomes in Your Classroom, 2:45-3:50 in Room 10!

Enjoy the lovely autumn weather!

Kristen Poppleton

Ann Benson


Parks Climate Challenge Video

Watch our latest video highlighting the Parks Climate Challenge cohort!


Featured Resource

Due to a grant from the National Education Association we were able to develop a small resource with background information and some activities related to  extreme weather and climate change.  Check it out.

Field Trip and Opportunities to Extend Learning on Minnesota’s Changing Climate

Audubon Center of the North Woods announces 50 percent school scholarship expiring soon
In partnership with the Jeffers Foundation, the Audubon Center of the Northwoods is able to offer 50 percent scholarships to elementary schools that have never attended or have not attended a residential environmental learning center (RELC) in the past two years. The scholarship is applicable to the first year only that a school visits the Audubon Center of the North Woods.  More information.

School Buildings as Green Teaching Tools – Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

This October, the National Environmental Education Foundation (www.neefusa.org) in partnership with the National Education Association Foundation (www.neafoundation.org) and Green Schools National Conference (www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org) is launching the first of a series of three webinars to help educators around the country learn from experts and peers how to green their schools and curriculum. Webinar participants will interact live with national experts and teachers who are transforming their schools for the 21st Century.  Registration is free!  All educators are invited to join us for the webinar.  For details and to register

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge | The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association invite you to join the only Challenge of its kind that empowers students to create solutions to environmental problems in their own backyards, and to share their results with students nationwide. They’ll learn. They’ll take action. And their ideas may well end up changing the world.
Description, contest criteria, rules, suggested timelines, and prizes are all available on the contest website.

Teaching Climate Change in Your Classroom,  2 credit online graduate course, Hamline University
October 30-December 4, 2011
Register by going to www.hamline.edu.  Under “Logins” on the right select “Course Listing” then select Fall 2011 under “Continuing Studies”.  Scroll down to select ENED 6126.

Grades 2-4 Are Invited to Participate in the Wonders of Weather Art Contest ~ Deadline November 7thInstitute for Global Environmental Strategies


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