Recognizing Evidence of Change in the Environment
At our Climate Change Science and Communication course in San Francisco, we enjoyed a half-day field trip out to the Marin Headlands in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. During that trip, participants were treated to a field experience where they looked at the landscape through “magic windows” enabling them to see the past, literally, in the context of our modern day. Collectively, the group speculated about using this tool to envision a future landscape as well, possibly helping the viewers to come to a better understanding of the possible implications of a changing climate. We all thought it would make a great example to share with the whole EtS community.
The Climate Change Song
This project began as an outgrowth of ETS alumnus David Shelley’s action plan. The Climate Change Song was inspired by Dr. David Shelley's experience with climate change education at the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center (OGBFREC) at Congaree National Park. Initially co-written with Congaree NP intern Chris Ramaglia, the song has developed over the years into a resource for use with a variety of internal and external audiences.
Youth Crew Climate Change/Ocean Communication Initiative
Each year, education programs at a popular California destination teach thousands of people about marine mammals and the urgent need for ocean stewardship. Expanding their programs offers visitors many different ways to learn about the center including guided tours, school programs, even sleeping over at the Center. Building on the success of their recent Climate Change Education Initiative with youth, the Center is now working to develop a new program to train 15-17-year-old high-school students within their eight-month service learning program, called Youth Crew.
The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational facility dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. They’ve been open since 1975, headquartered in Sausalito, CA at the Marin Headlands.
New Distance Learning Program - Listening to the Ice
Bringing Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska to you!
Earth to Sky alumni Fiona North has recently finished a successful distance learning season at Kenai Fjords National park, with a new climate related program entitled “Listening to the Ice.” It was added to their offerings following her attendance at the regional course held in Alaska, last October.
If you're wondering what global warming and climate change are, and what causes them, here's an easy way to see and hear first-hand how they are impacting our planet. Through this interactive live program, a park ranger engages students with questioning, video content and other techniques designed to broaden their local and global understanding of climate change and leave them with a hopeful attitude about the future of our natural environment.
Changing Landscapes of the Kenai Peninsula
Engaging Visitors on the
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
The Changing Landscapes program communicates the science behind Climate Change to the visitors to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in south‐ central Alaska. Climate change science is complex, intimidating and can be an overwhelming issue unless it’s interpreted in a clear, comprehensive and engaging manner. Several products were developed over 5 years, culminating in having the climate messages integrated into existing refuge themes and interpretive products across all operations.
In response to the growing concerns about the effects of global climate change on our national treasures, a nationwide strategy of communication, mitigation and adaptation has been adopted. The Earth to Sky podcast series
inform park and refuge visitors on the present and future affects of climate change on our public lands, and the measures being taken to mitigate and adapt to these effects.