High School Class Builds Snow Depth Sensor: How You Can Too

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Students at Pagosa Springs High School have great opportunities to collect authentic environmental data in their classes, and they have recently expanded their capacity to monitor snow depth thanks to a resourceful peer, Connor Burkesmith. With support from Learn More About Climate and technical support from Andrew Wickert, an alumnus of the CU-Boulder Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Burkesmith built a snow sensor as part of his independent study project to collect low-elevation snow depth data near downtown Pagosa Springs. Wickert developed the sensor, called an ALog Data Logger, … [Read more...]

Behind the Ozone Garden: Ozone, Climate Change, and Our Health

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Ground-level ozone (a.k.a “bad” ozone) is harmful to humans and plants. Ozone can make it difficult to breath, especially for those with asthma or other respiratory infections. High levels of ground-level ozone are hazardous for all people, but the young and elderly are often most affected. When an Ozone Action Alert is issued because of high ozone levels, the young and elderly are encouraged to stay inside and plan outdoor exercise early in the morning when ozone levels are lowest. While people can go inside on Ozone Action Alert days, plants cannot. Spikes in ozone levels are dangerous to … [Read more...]

Introducing the Learn More About Climate Teacher Advisory Board

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The Learn More About Climate Initiative is pleased to introduce the following educators to our teacher advisory board. The board will help guide the priorities for the Learn More About Climate initiative, share best practices with other educators, and inspire regional climate education resources for the classroom. We are thrilled to welcome this stellar group of accomplished teachers who bring a wealth of expertise and variety of experiences to our program. The advisory board will meet in person in August and virtually throughout the school year. Stay tuned for great things from this great … [Read more...]

Teachers Wanted for Learn More About Climate Advisory Board

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Teachers, please consider offering your vital input to Learn More About Climate as we work to strengthen and improve the website’s educational resources. We are establishing an advisory board comprised of Colorado teachers to aid in guiding the priorities for the Learn More About Climate initiative, sharing best practices with other educators, inspiring climate science resources for the classroom, and participating in an ongoing community of practice for Colorado and regional climate education. As a Learn More About Climate advisor, you will be: invited to our high-country teacher retreat … [Read more...]

Teacher Scholarships Available for Water Conservation Tour June 11-12

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Want to learn firsthand about water conservation and reuse along the Front Range? Learn More About Climate will sponsor two FREE scholarships for educators to attend the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Annual Water Efficiency Tour on June 11-12 in Denver. These much-anticipated, informative tours draw educators, citizens, lawmakers, water managers, and others from across the state. You will gain an understanding of the challenges and successes of water conservation in Colorado. Current conservation practices are being incorporated into the Colorado Water Plan, which will shape the … [Read more...]

Join the Colorado Biology Teachers’ Association Symposium at CU-Boulder on April 11

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Wondering how to teach the science of climate change? Need new ways to engage students in the effects of climate change? Register now for the Colorado Biology Teachers’ Association’s Spring Symposium on Climate Change and spend a day with some of the leading climate scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder. Open to educators in every discipline, this day-long workshop offers opportunities to: talk with climate scientists; practice hands-on, classroom-ready lessons; view online lessons; and earn recertification or graduate credit. Date:  Saturday, April 11 Time:  8 a.m. – 4 … [Read more...]

Teachers Invited to Climate Change Impacts in the Southwest Workshop Feb. 18

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Join us for a free NASA-sponsored workshop about climate impacts in the Southwest. Take part in a Q&A with local climate scientists and educators followed by an interactive presentation by Dr. Fred Lipschultz, from the US Global Change Research Program, and an exploration of teaching and citizen-science resources by Dr. Minda Berbeco, from the National Center for Science Education. When:  Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 5-6:45 p.m. (MST) Where:  University of Colorado Boulder, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Auditorium Room 338 (map) > Register … [Read more...]

Register for the Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop, Tour the National Ice Core Laboratory

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Learn about how climate data is extracted from the polar regions and how climate impacts water resources and the environment. Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education on Friday, March 13 for the annual Climate and Colorado's Water Future workshop, including a tour of the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver. Learn about how researchers use ice cores to understand the composition and temperature of Earth's atmosphere; explore drought, climate change, the water cycle and ecosystem; and come away with new tools to better teach and communicate about climate. Teachers can earn … [Read more...]

Attend the Alpine Hydrology Workshop in Durango, Colorado

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Plans are underway for an exciting, full-day Alpine Hydrology workshop in Durango, Colorado. Join scientists from CU-Boulder as they guide workshop attendees through cutting-edge research from the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research site. These researchers are changing what we know about the limits of survival for microorganisms found within the extreme environments located in high elevations, and availability of limiting nutrients across the Colorado alpine. Workshop attendees will: Discover new ways to bring the Colorado alpine into the classroom. Explore the links between … [Read more...]

CLEAN Wins Webby Award for Teaching Climate on NOAA’s climate.gov

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Congratulations to our colleagues at the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)! The Teaching Climate portion of the NOAA climate.gov website, which draws most of its content from the CLEAN collection, won both the juried and People’s Choice awards in the Green category of the 18th Annual Webby Awards. The overall site won in the Government category. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the … [Read more...]