Using Parks as Classrooms to Demonstrate the Impacts of Climate Change
The work of the National Park Foundation's Parks Climate Challenge has impacted educators and young people across the country on our changing environment and how the national parks are impacted.
The Parks Climate Challenge Program (PCC) trained teachers how to educate students about climate change using national parks as classrooms. This was done by implementing a nationally relevant and replicable teacher training model that consisted of three delivery mechanisms:
1) On-Site: An in-person teacher training conducted at national park sites.
2) Remote: An online component (parksclimatechallenge.org) that teachers can use to self-train and access resources necessary for teaching in the classroom.
3) Bringing students to national parks: Throughout the school year, students are able to connect directly with the park to deepen their understanding of climate change.
The teachers who participated in PCC were trained to implement lessons on climate change utilizing national parks as examples that demonstrate the effect of climate change on our natural, cultural, and historical resources.