Guided hike in desert led by park ranger NPS Photo/Brad Sutton

Join Earth to Sky at the National Association for Interpretation 2021 Annual Conference in Palm Springs!

We are partnering with Joshua Tree National Park to offer a highly interactive two-day pre-conference workshop, emphasizing experiential learning in a collegial environment with peers and scientists. We’ll spend our first day at Joshua Tree NP, exploring the science of global climate change through the lens of desert ecosystems. At the park, we will observe climate impacts and engage in a discussion with interpreters and educators about effective techniques and strategies for interpreting climate change in a hopeful way, for a variety of audiences.

The following day at the NAI conference venue, dialogues on relevance and ACE techniques in climate change interpretation will draw on the experiences of all participants. Abundant scientific resources, including NASA data and media products, will be provided throughout. During dedicated project time, participants will develop the seed of their own climate interpretation program or product, and we’ll share these with one another at the conclusion of the workshop.

Earth to Sky course participants leave energized and connected to a larger community of interpreters, educators, and scientists dedicated to supporting each other in excellent climate change communication.

Course Details

To get the most out of this workshop, we are asking participants to complete several short pre-assignments. Please check back for details.

Sunset over a desert landscape with Joshua treesNPS Photo/Jane Gamble

COVID-19 Information

NAI 2021 is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative test. Conference organizers are following local public health guidance regarding mask guidelines for conference attendees. Large portions of this course will take place outdoors; however, some sessions will be held in meeting rooms. All indoor sessions on day one will take place in NPS facilities, where masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

The workshop is capped at 24 participants (not including organizers and presenters). Please contact the Earth to Sky team with any questions or concerns.

Colorful graphic with text saying climate conversations, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 3pm ET / noon PT

This ongoing series of informal online conversations is open to anyone with interest in discussing the intersection of current social issues and climate change.

In this series we are contemplating how we all can become more inclusive in climate communication, and seek to view our work from new and diverse perspectives. Our conversations have addressed the pandemic and its impacts, the influences of social and racial injustice and activism, and the implications of communicating about climate change during times of such universal uncertainty.

Sessions are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 PM ET (noon PT). On first Wednesdays, we'll have a “Virtual Chat”: a dialogue on a particular topic, with breakout groups so everyone will have a good chance to participate. Virtual Chats are not recorded. On third Wednesdays, we'll have a short presentation by an expert, followed by group discussion. These presentations will be archived in our library


Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Developing Emotional Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change
Guest speaker: Kara Stella

Kara Stella is the interpretive coach and trainer for Yosemite National Park. She has a degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University and has been working in the field of interpretation for 22 years. A facilitator, trainer, and storyteller, Kara draws from The Work that Reconnects, Nonviolent Communication, the Deep Adaptation Movement, interpretation and facilitated dialogue skills for this presentation/discussion.

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Past Recorded Sessions


We are using Webex. It works best to install and use the application version of the program on your computer, rather than to connect via the browser. The application takes a few minutes to download and install ahead of time.

Where: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Greenbelt, MD   
When:  Postponed due to COVID

A tuition-free course for interpreters, informal educators, and science communicators interested in creating and nurturing regional communities of practice focused on improving climate science communication.

Lori Perkins describes colorful NASA visualizations at the Goddard Space Flight Center hyperwall

The Earth to Sky Academy is intended for experienced informal educators and climate communication leaders who have a strong commitment to the ETS partnership and to furthering climate literacy within their respective regions.

The purpose of the Academy is to train Regional Leaders who will conduct regional Earth to Sky courses and nurture their own Earth to Sky Regional Community of Practice. Academy content is based on over 15 years of experience and extensive evaluation of the ETS model. Participants will be supported every step of the way, before during and after the course.