Teacher institute offered at Apostle IslandsApostle Islands National Lakeshore will be participating in the 2013 Parks Climate Challenge program, using national parks as classrooms to educate students about climate change, thanks to funding provided by the National Park Foundation.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be participating in the 2013 Parks Climate Challenge program, using national parks as classrooms to educate students about climate change, thanks to funding provided by the National Park Foundation. The ability to learn about this important issue through a hands-on, science-based field curriculum has proven a positive model through which to reach students.
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s “Changing Climate, Changing Culture” teacher institute is scheduled for July 15-18. This professional development program is based at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, with field experiences in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Apostle Islands, and neighboring tribal communities. Program information and registration materials are posted online at http://fyi.uwex.edu/nglvc/climate-change-institute/.
The institute integrates climate change science with place-based evidence of how it is affecting both the environment and people. Teachers will also lead their students on field trips to parks they are studying to deepen their understanding of climate change and their connection to the national parks. Service learning projects and lesson plans developed by the institute participants are shared through the Parks Climate Challenge website, www.parksclimatechallenge.org so teachers everywhere can replicate the learning strategies.
Teachers can receive a $400 stipend, credit and transportation funds to bring their class to a national park for climate change field experiences. Applications to participate in the institute are due June 21.
For more information about the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore “Changing Climate, Changing Culture” Teacher Institute contact Cathy Techtmann, UW-Extension environmental outreach state specialist at 715-561-2695 or visit the website above.