There have been various phenological indicators of this year’s early spring in Minnesota such as the early return of loons. There has also been recent writing about examples of phenological changes in Concord, Massachusetts that have been documented thanks to the early phenology records in Thoreau’s journals. Bring your students outside to document changes of their own! Another benefit to taking your students outside is the link between physical activity and improved academic performance that is being shown in recent research. As we are enjoying this beautiful spring season, take your students outside to connect with their place and post their observations and journal entries to the Minnesota’s Changing Climate online classroom. We love seeing your students’ excellent work!
Happy National Park Week-especially to our Parks Climate Challenge cohort!
Kristen and Ann
Weather Underground launched a great new page on climate change. This site presents climate data in an accessible way and also features local climate data for students to explore.
Professional Development Opportunities
Interested in joining a virtual climate change education book club mostly focused on young adult fiction? Find out more. You will have to register to the ICEE forum if you would like to join the conversation!
Classroom Earth is offering professional development grants for a six week online course on wildlife conservation with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Application Deadline: April 30
The National Environmental Education Foundation is accepting applications for the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award. The 2012 award will go to an outstanding high school teacher who successfully integrates environmental education into their curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. Nominate a colleague or yourself. Application Deadline: June 8
Apply to the National Science Teachers Assocation’s New Science Teacher Academy. Application Deadline: July 1