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Earth Day is Celebrating 45 years!

Letter from the Executive Director Earth Day is celebrating 45 years this month! On April 22nd, our YEA! MN youth will be ramping up action projects and Earth Day events at their schools and presenting their personal climate stories with our Education Coordinator, Jothsna Harris, at the Minnesota State Capitol. The Earth Day Climate Rally […]

PBS NewsHour Features Climate Change Education

Just last night PBS NewsHour featured about a ten minute segment entitled, Teachers Endure Balancing Act Over Climate Change Curriculum.  Overall it is an impressive vignette of what some educators face when they decide to teach about climate change in their classroom, but also what makes for good climate change education. Cheryl Manning, the featured […]

Climate Change and Migration

As those of us in Northern regions bid farewell to migratory species for the winter, and those of you in Southern regions are welcoming our summer wildlife, the topic of migration seemed like pertinent topic to write on today.  Climate change is clearly impacting migratory species.  Robins are being seen in the Arctic regions, and […]

Out of the vault: Will Steger’s archives

Recent funding from the Minnesota Historical Society has enabled us to begin organizing Will’s vast archives. This project will be helpful as we develop our new curriculum focused on Minnesota’s Changing Climate that integrates items from Will’s archives. Over the next few months as we dive into the archives I will be sharing some of […]

“Translating” Scientific Articles To Your Students

Finding ways to make scientific research accessible  to the non scientist is important, if not essential, especially on topics related to environmental issues. I thought I’d take today to review one of my favorite educational tools that makes science accessible to middle schoolers, The Natural Inquirer. The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education […]

The School Bus and Carbon Emissions

An article today in Conservation Minnesota details some ways that Minnesota schools can make their school a more environmentally friendly place WHILE freeing up money for education.  The article brought to mind two things that have surprised me as the parent of a kindergartner just starting public school this year. 1.  Paper! Before our daughter […]

Back To School Blog

Climate Lessons Blog is back online after a successfully busy month of August planning, implementing and decompressing from our Fifth Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. To experience the Institute virtually you can visit the Summer Institute 2010 page which is still be updated with lots of videos of the Institute and interview with […]

Five Reasons Why…

Throughout the last few months we have been busy planning for our Fifth Annual Institute for Climate Change Education on August 12 from 8:30-4:30(CST) at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.  Here are five reasons why we think you should join us, whether in person or virtually via webinar! 1. Our keynote speaker is […]

When the Kids Call for Better Behavior

This opinion piece was posted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today and we thought it was worth sharing.  It raises another important reason that we as educators should be teaching kids about climate change in the classroom; Parent Education and Awareness.  It often takes the concerns of ones own child to bring the importance of […]

Summer Institute for European Students on Climate Change and Sustainability

This week we have been busy working with a group of college students from Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Portugal and France. They are here through the University of Minnesota’s Office of International Studies and are studying Climate Change and Sustainability for five weeks. We have been lucky to host them for a few […]