Students Take On Climate Change At North Cascades National Park

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 3, 2010)- The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, is inviting schools across the country to experience the effects of climate change firsthand through an exploration of Washington state's North Cascades National Park in an innovative new Electronic Field Trip (EFT) on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010. It will be the first in a series of investigative EFTs by the National Park Foundation to discover the impact climate change is having on our national parks and to empower students to become leaders in fighting the crisis. Teachers and broadcasters are invited to register for the program now at www.nationalparks.org/EFT.

The program, Climate Challenge: North Cascades National Park, will include two live, hour long broadcasts (10am ET and 1pm ET) from North Cascades National Park, made available on participating public television stations. The broadcast, interactive lesson plans and games will also be available online through a North Cascades EFT microsite that will launch September 1, 2010. The FREE program is designed for students in the 4th through 8th grades. "Climate change is one of the most critical issues facing all of us," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "But no more so than for today's youth. Our EFT program will give students and their teachers the tools to experience climate change in action as we witness our country's most treasured places, our national parks, being impacted."

According to a recent study released by the Environmental Protection Agency that followed trends relative to sea level rise along U.S. Coasts between 1958 and 2008, climate change is expected to affect virtually every sector of society, including water resources, energy use, food production, commerce and recreation. Using Washington's North Cascades National Park as a backdrop, the EFT will educate tomorrow's leaders about the effects of climate change, while providing tools as to how they can overcome this challenge in the future. Home to 9,000 foot tall mountains and over one-third of the remaining glaciers in the lower 48 United States, North Cascades National Park is already experiencing the effects of climate change. Its northerly location and high altitude terrain make prime territory to teach about some of the earliest tangible impacts of climate change evidenced in glacier melt and species distribution.

Previous EFTs have educated millions of students across the United States and around the world including Japan, Canada, Germany, Cuba, Italy and Switzerland. For more information about the National Park Foundation's EFT program, visit www.nationalparks.org/eft.

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