Announcement of the 2024 Earth to Sky Academy over a colorful image of the Caspian Sea

Applications Now Closed

The Earth to Sky Academy is 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.

  • When: November 18–22, 2024Lori Perkins describes colorful NASA visualizations at the Goddard Space Flight Center hyperwall
  • Where: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)
  • Team Applications closed May 24, 2024
  • Next Academy in 2025

The Earth to Sky Academy is intended for teams of experienced informal educators and climate communication leaders who have a strong commitment 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 (ETS) courses and nurture their own Earth to Sky Regional Community of Practice. Academy content is based on over 20 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.

For the first time, existing teams may re-apply to attend the Academy. This may be desirable if the team has significant turnover or new goals which could be catalyzed by returning to the Academy.

Academy Goals

Create a network of Earth to Sky Regional Leaders who will:

  1. Catalyze, nurture, and sustain a regional community of practice of climate science communicators.
  2. Develop and conduct effective ETS-style professional development events in their region.
  3. Participate in the ETS Regional Leaders Network to further the mission of ETS.

A group of three people speak togetherParticipants at the 2019 Academy discuss with a NASA scientist after one of the sessions. Groups of people work together at circular tables in a large, open roomAcademy participants work with their team members at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Two people look upwards outdoors using a tool to measure angleParticipants become familiar with NASA educational tools, including GLOBE Observer.


Learn more

Watch the recording of the informational webinar.  The slides are available.

Each applicant on a team must view our informational webinar.

Read answers to questions addressed in this webinar and others:

 Frequently Asked Questions

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Preference will be given to teams that include an alum of a previous ETS course or mini-course. Teams without an alum will have the opportunity to take an Earth to Sky virtual course over the summer of 2024. Applicants that provide thoughtful plans for serving place-based interpreters and place-based informal educators, Earth to Sky's core audience, will also receive selection preference. 

Get Information about the Next Academy in 2025

We will send out relevant news and reminders about next year's course through the Academy Interest mailing list (separate from our main Earth to Sky mailing list). To join the list, send a blank message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "join" in the subject line:

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To gain full access to our extensive resources, the community directory, member map, and mailing list, join the Earth to Sky community! All are welcome to participate in monthly Earth to Sky events, including Climate Conversations and Climate in Your Pocket mini-webinars.

Reach Out!

Questions? Want to discuss your plans and get feedback? Need help connecting with potential teammates in your region? Email Geneviève de Messières: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.