Climate Education Assistance

Many coastal educators find teaching about local climate change impacts to be challenging. Teachers in Virginia requested help with this task, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve responded.

Climate Education for a Changing Bay brings the classroom into the field and provides teachers with professional development opportunities. During its pilot year, the program reached 75 students and five teachers with classroom visits, schoolyard field experiences, and a separate field experience at the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Teachers are now more aware of age-appropriate materials and ways to use visualizations and data. Reserve staff members incorporated NOAA’s Digital Coast tools into teacher training, which gives teachers the knowledge and confidence to teach about climate change and specific impacts to Chesapeake Bay. (2016)

More Information: coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/stories/climate-education

Partners: Chesapeake Bay-Virginia National Estuarine Research Reserve, Climate Education for a Changing Bay

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