We know the challenges that in-person professional development poses. Time away from your post, expense and budgetary considerations, and of course the impact of air travel on our environment. To help mitigate these issues we are excited to announce the next chapter in our Earth to Sky story: virtual courses! This is a professional development opportunity for place-based interpreters and informal educators. 

Join us this July and August for the 2024 Earth to Sky Virtual Course: The Pilot.2024 ETS Virtual Course The Pilot white background

What is an Earth to Sky Course?

Our workshops provide you with a fantastic opportunity to connect with NASA climate science, scientists, and data and then synthesize this information with cutting edge climate change communication strategies. 

Participants will be challenged to work on their own for two hours each week, and engage in some preassigned and also self-determined tasks. As with every Earth to Sky Course we will include the development of what we call the “Authentic Task” where participants develop an action plan for a product that they will implement at their home site.

We ask that you bring your own experience, expertise, and climate story with you. What have you done in the past that worked, that didn’t and what opportunities have you taken and missed? An Earth to Sky course nurtures the robust sharing of ideas, experiences, and aspirations for climate change communication. We invite all of our participants to participate fully in the course and our community of practice.


  • This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday each week for two hours each day. 
  • This course will be completed over four weeks. 
  • In addition to the two hour online meetings on Tuesday and Thursday each week, this course will require two additional hours of asynchronous work that we suggest participants complete on the Wednesday between weekly meetings. 
  • Each session starts at 1:00pm EST.
  • Registration is free.  

Schedule:  A woman types on the keyboard of an old computer while sitting at a desk. Photo Credit: National Park Service

  • Week one: July 23rd - 25th. 
  • Week two: July 30th - August 1st.
  • Week three: August 6th - 8th. 
  • Week four: August 13th - 15th.

If you have always wanted to join an Earth to Sky course but have been hampered by the in-person nature of those past events then this might be for you! 

Mark your calendars now and join our community to be notified when registration opens! We hope to see you online soon!

As this is our first virtual offering since the pandemic, space is limited as we try this new format out.