Spring is finally upon us! It's a perfect time to get your class outside with their journals and make some observations as Minnesota "wakes up." It is maple syrup time and we wanted to share this video about how the industry is changing that we came upon a few weeks back.
Only 25% of America's teens received a passing grade on their knowledge of climate change in a poll conducted by Yale University. Survey your class to see how they compare to these national statistics, and encourage them to share what they are learning with their peers in order to increase teens' knowledge of this subject.
YEA!MN and MPIRG youth had a very successful lobby day at the Capitol last week. Watch the video recap of the event for another great example of youth action. Stay posted for information on the YEA!MN youth summit in early May! This day will be an opportunity for students to share action projects they are working on in their schools and community.
It is not too late for Parks Climate Challenge teachers to apply for funding for transportation or submit grant applications. Don't let the school year end without taking advantage of this excellent opportunity! Please, please, please contact us with any ideas or questions about ways to spend your grant money.
We are still looking for your feedback on the Minnesota's Changing Climate curriculum. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey.
Enjoy the spring weather!
Kristen and Ann
Professional Development Opportunities
CLEAN online workshop: Communicating Climate Science in the Classroom, April 2-10, 2012. Read more about this opportunity. Registration deadline: March 20, 2012
The North American Association for Environmental Education is accepting conference proposals for its 41st annual conference. Application deadline: April 25, 2012
Register for the new Climate Change Education Professional Learning Community. First Session: March 15, 2012
Youth and educators can apply for this opportunity to learn about Bangladesh, its culture and the impacts of climate change. This program includes pre-trip work, a month long trip to Bangladesh and post-trip action. Learn more here. Application deadline: April 16, 2012
Attend the 3rd annual Minnesota Phenology Network Conference April 27-29 in Cloquet, MN. Keynote speakers include Dr. Mark Seeley, Dr. Lee Frelich and Dr. Lucinda Johnson. Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
Elementary schools in Minnesota are eligible for Jeffers Foundation Waste Reduction Awareness Program awards for school lunchroom waste reduction programs. Learn more about this initiative. Application deadline: April 1, 2012