2D185AE2-1DD8-B71C-073D68F617E95C94Earth to Sky Climate Change Science and Communication - A Regional Approach

October 14-16, 2015

This course focused on climate science and communication as it applies to Alaska. The heart of the course was comprised of three days of face-to-face sessions held at the Bureau of Land Management's Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, AK.  It also featured one evening session, and a field trip to Portage Valley as a case study for climate change effects and communication practices.

The course preparatory assignments, video-taped presentations and all course materials are available on the course home page. We plan to conduct additional regional courses in a variety of locations in coming months and years.

Target Audience: 

Federal, State, Municipal agency, as well as non-profit and private organization science communicators, interpreters, environmental educators and education specialists. Participants should have some experience with communication principles and techniques. Knowledge of climate science is not required. Partners and collaborators are especially encouraged.

Participants in this course:

Kenai Fjords ranger and happy visitors in front of a glacier

  • Met with world-class scientists and communicators to discuss their best practices and the latest insights about understanding and responding to changing climate.
  • Heard about the latest research in carbon and energy systems, specific to Alaska; learned the latest about NASA’s 9-year ABoVE campaign from the scientists themselves.
  • Joined interactive sessions with specialists on many climate topics, including thawing permafrost, changes in hydrology, and new wildlife dynamics.
  • Experienced climate research first-hand on a field-trip to Portage Glacier where researchers engaged directly with workshop participants.
  • Became part of an engaged community of interpreters and educators, statewide, who are working on communicating about climate to audiences on-site, in communities, and virtually.
  • Walked away with a customized plan for developing a climate program or product which, with partners, will be used at their sites with their audiences.
  • And they learned how to stay connected to these scientists and communicators over the long term. 

Earth to Sky Alumnus Named as a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy

COC-John-smallWe are extremely excited that Earth to Sky alumnus John Morris (National Park Service, retired) has been honored as one of eight people selected as White House Champions of Change for Climate Education and Literacy. On February 9, 2015, a ceremony was held at the White House offices, to honor these leaders in climate communication/education.


NEW Online Graduate Courses in Interpretation THIS FALL at SFA

Tuition Assistance Available

This Fall, Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) is piloting a year-long series of online courses, Science and the Public Interface, centered on the topic of effective communication of controversial science (such as evolution, climate change, nanotechnology, stem cell therapy, etc).  The courses are developed by state, federal, museum, non-profit and university partners.

The 5-course sequence is designed to help you facilitate audience connections to science, place, each other and community, and provide opportunity to master 21st century science communication/interpretation skills including citizen science, framing, crucial conversations, facilitated dialogue, and community engagement.

SFA states that the courses will

  • strengthen your ability to engage audiences about the process of science and what makes science controversial
  • explore emerging techniques that lead to such outcomes as self-discovery, mutual understanding, respect, care, community capacity building, and stewardship
  • outline a framework within which collaboration can emerge, helping audiences move from awareness to action.

 Courses can be taken online through Stephen F. Austin State University at the 1-credit workshop or 3-credit graduate course level. Tuition assistance is available.

Apply/Register Now to join in the first semester of courses, beginning August 26, 2014 (Tuesday) and ending on or before December 12, 2014 (Friday)

pdfAdditional course information, registration procedures, timelines, tuition and contact information.