Piecing Together a Changing Planet
Biscayne National Park
Here’s a unique product from one of our long-term Earth to Sky Alum’s, Gary Bremen. After nearly two years of planning and legwork, Biscayne National Park and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) have debuted “Piecing Together a Changing Planet,” a traveling exhibition of 26 art quilts interpreting climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on America’s national parks. The show has finished its first run of 10 venues, which was the commitment of locations originally planned for inclusion. It survived the Gatlinburg fires last December, adding an additional, climate-change-related wrinkle, and opened for a South Florida encore at the University of Miami back in March (where it was paired with exhibits on research by UM faculty, students and alumni). The City of Sequim, Washington is paying for a final show this summer, through the end of June, before the show is dismantled, and its sold pieces go to their new homes. The show has been seen by more than a quarter million visitors at the 10 venues, plus lots of great newspaper stories, magazine articles, and other media.
Through Alma's Eyes
A Shoreline Perspective of Bayview-Hunter's Point (San Francisco Bay)
There’s a new program in the wind, so to speak, for residents near San Francisco Bay. Using the National Landmark scow schooner Alma, several agencies (some of whom are alumni from Earth to Sky PW), are joining together to create an education experience for underserved youths from the local community. Through hands-on science activities, and a place-based, culturally relevant climate change curriculum being developed by the partners of bay.org, organizers hope to empower and facilitate a feeling of ownership among the Bayview-Hunters Point youth, and inspire them to band together and make positive environmental change. Their key idea, that Bayview-Hunters Point’s past, present, and future depend on a diverse and healthy San Francisco Bay, is a point that should be easily apparent from the deck of the Alma.
Age Appropriate Guidelines for Climate Change Communication/Resources
Here’s another product from the Marine Mammal Center, developed as guidance for staff in their ongoing programs and for climate-related educational products and curriculum, even those yet to be developed. With many members of their team producing curriculum and materials for school groups, summer camp, family overnights, informal interpretation and much more, they wanted to create a resource to support everyone in communicating and developing collateral around climate change. However, everyone had varying degrees of comfort with communicating climate change with different age groups and with accessing the infinite resources available for doing so. This guide was intended to be an intersection of research on the developmental stages of their audiences, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), reasonable climate change action steps, The Marine Mammal Center’s messaging and storytelling policies, and finally, serve as a synthesis of reliable and accurate science resources.
Climate Champions of the Sonoma Valley
Here’s a new product being developed by ETS alumni from our 2016 course in San Francisco. Sonoma Ecology Center’s K-12 Watershed Education Programs are founded on place-based design, using Sonoma Valley as the lens for learning. This new addition, Climate Champions, will connect the concepts of climate science to the Sonoma Creek and San Francisco Bay watersheds, allowing students to explore complex earth systems while investigating the specific impacts of these systems on the place in which they live and learn.
Engaging Visitors on Climate at Katmai National Park and Preserve
Chapter from Katmai Employee Manual - an iBook
Here’s a new product in use this season at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. ETS Alumni Mike Fitz, put together a new chapter in their iBook employee manual focusing on the science and best practices of communicating with Katmai visitors about climate change. There are links below to pdf and text versions of his chapter, and it may be something that could easily be used by other parks with similar staffing.
Climate Change at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Cathy Curby, a biologist and interpreter from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Fairbanks, has been actively engaged with Earth to Sky for 7 years. She has been a participant, coach and facilitator at several EtS workshops. In addition to mentoring others on the issue of changing climate, she has been responsible for several products in use by visitors and travelers at the high profile, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. These products reflect both innovation, and careful evolution of communication strategies as her audiences have changed over time.
Arrange for Change Tutorial
One of the biggest challenges faced by front-line communicators of climate change is how to organize and keep track of the overwhelming amount of information available from sources all over the planet. We developed this training tool to help bring key pieces of the most current climate science into a useful format that interpreters and educators could apply in their daily contacts.