Minnesota’s Changing Climate Updates, April 11

Exciting news!  The Minnesota’s Changing Climate Project- which includes all of the great work you have been doing, has beennominated for a Minnesota Environmental Initiative Award.  Winners will announced at an event on May 24.  More info.


We have confirmed that Eugenie Scott,the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education(NCSE), will be speaking on Climate Science in Schools: the Next Evolution, at our free public forum held the evening of August 6th at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium, with Will Steger. Moderated by Steve Kelley.
For the past 30 years NCSE has primarily focused on defending the teaching of evolution in the classroom. In 2012, in response to complaints from teachers that they were coming under fire for teaching global warming and other climate change concepts, NCSE decided to support the teaching of climate change in addition to evolution.  The work of NCSE is clearly important, especially after yesterday’s passage of a bill in Tennessee that allows teachers to teach that the science and issue of climate change has “two sides.”  More info.

PBS is asking teachers for their stories about teaching climate change.  Share what you have been doing in your classroom.


Educators!  Please share the following opportunity with your students
YEA! MN Student Sustainability Summit
Join the youth climate movement and be a leader in your community!
When: Friday, April 27th 8:30am-2:30pm
Where: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
What: A student-led conference focused on peer mentorship through youth-led workshops. The goal of the conference is to support student-led action projects related to climate change solutions and environmental sustainability on campus,
and in the broader community.
Who: The summit is open to middle and high school students, grades 6-12, and their teachers/advisors
A program of the Will Steger Foundation, Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota (YEA! MN) connects Twin Cities metro youth to facilitate shared skills and strategies and to take coordinated action towards environmental sustainability.
Space is limited. Register now
Questions? Contact:
Joe Kruse, YEA! MN Coordinator, Will Steger Foundation 608-386-0509, joe@willstegerfoundation.org

Featured Resources
Last weekend I was out with my kids at the duck pond near our house and some kind of waterfowl was out in the middle, making the strangest noise.  We headed home and using http://www.enature.com/home/, were able to find the bird(it was a pied billed grebe) and hear the call it was making!

Also- NOAA’s new page, 10 signs of warming in a warming in a warming world is excellent!  Check it out.

Professional Development Opportunities
Kristen will be discussing WSF and the graduate course on climate change education she teaches in a webinar, 2:00-3:00 April 24.  For more information and to register.

Apply now for the June 19-20 workshop on Teaching Climate Change: Insight from Large Lakes — preceding the AMQUA biennial meeting in Duluth, Minnesota.
Workshop details: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/climatechange12/index.html
Application deadline: April 18, 2012
Application: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/climatechange12/application.html

Scholarships available for the 2012 Minnesota Association for Environmental Education Conference
MAEE is pleased to offer scholarship assistance to attend the 2012 MAEE Conference June 21-22, 2012 at Itasca State Park in Park Rapids, MN. Funds may be used to cover conference fees, meals, or lodging.
Ten scholarships for $100 are available. Due dates are as follows:
May 4, 2012: scholarship deadline
May 18, 2012: scholarship awards announced
Download the application and guidelines


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