Climate Change Backpack Training by NESCC

Submitted by Sukey Padawer
2005-02-21 14:47:19

Sukey Padawer, New England Aquarium

New England Science Center Collaborative
Climate Change Backpack Training Programs
Teachers, conservation professionals, and public information presenters are encouraged to participate in this one-day training session to learn about the Climate Change Backpack. Trainings are hosted at NESCC partner sites.
Saturday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Seacoast Science Center, Rye, N.H.

Monday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, N.H.
Registration Fee:
One day Workshop fee (lunch included) = $30.00 total
One day Workshop fee (lunch included) & Climate Change Backpack = $125.00 total
What's a Climate Change Backpack?
It's a great teaching tool-a backpack filled with information and items related to climate including activities, images and demonstrations for discussion. It has been used in middle school and high school classrooms, and for reaching family and adult audiences in informal education settings. The backpack includes extensive background information on climate and how it is studied, with materials and plans for hands-on activities. During the training we will consider how scientific evidence is gathered to help understand earth's climate history and predictions for the future. Science teachers and naturalists will find that the study of climate integrates earth, life, physical, and chemical science, and is an ideal topic for cross-curricular projects with math and social studies.
Why teach about climate change? Newspapers and television present headlines and generalizations about climate. Climate change is with us and will be with us for the next 100 years, and we have an opportunity to mitigate much of the harmful aspects of the changes that are underway and anticipated. Addressing climate change will help you and your audience-whether they are students, families, science center visitors, or the general public-better understand the issues and consider solutions that can start at home and extend to regional, national and global policy.
How do I sign up? Register on-line by linking to www.neaq.org/backpack/ (We encourage colleagues to participate together. Please have each person register individually).
You cannot pay on-line. Bring registration fee on the day of the workshop, either cash or a check made out to New England Science Center Collaborative. Please do not mail checks in advance.
Travel directions to workshop site will be e-mailed a week before the workshop date.
Professional development credits are based on hourly length of program.
Questions? Contact: Sukey Padawer, New England Aquarium Education Department, spadawer@neaq.org or (617) 973-0122

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