Climate Education

Many organizations have developed educational resources to both inform the public about climate impacts, and support curriculum for educators. This list includes climate, environmental and scientific educational resources intended to broaden understandings of climate change and climate impacts. This page also includes links to videos and educational talks relevant to tribal climate change issues.

Title Description Categorysort descending Geography Website
Stanford University: Climate Change Education Project

Stanford's Climate Change Education Project offers free curriculum to teach about what drives climate change, climate impacts, and other climate issues; curriculum is for grades 6-12.

Climate Impacts, Education, Curriculum National, International Link
National Wildlife Federation's Climate Classroom Kids

The educator’s guides and activities provided here are tools you can use to provide children with brief, accurate information at a level you know they can understand and relate to—and in hopeful ways. The photo galleries presented here are for educators and students of all ages who love wildlife and want to learn more about these amazing animals, to better understand the effects of climate change on their habitat and to take actions to reduce carbon pollution.

Climate Impacts, Education, Curriculum, Photography National, International Link
Metropolitan East Coast Assessment

This study of the Metropolitan East Coast (MEC) area is one of eighteen regional components of The U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, organized by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The goal of each regional assessment is to understand the impacts of climate change and variability on the physical systems and human activities of a specific area of the United States. The website includes interactive GIS maps that explore climate impacts in MEC.

Climate Impacts, GIS, Education East Coast Link
Wisdom of the Elders

Wisdom received funding from National Endowment for the Arts in June 2015 to produce two more climate documentaries and two American Indian radio programs. They feature climate issues from the perspective of Portland's Native American community and Oregon coastal tribes. Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. is also forming a Native Climate Council in Oregon, which will consult on climate issues affective Oregon's Native Communities and recommend individuals to participate in the film and radio series.

Climate Outreach, Journalism Northwest Link
US National Park Service (NPS): Climate Change

The NPS has several resources dedicated to climate education and information, including videos exploring the science of climate change in national parks through interviews with scientists.

Climate Science National Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Ready Great Lakes

Climate Ready Great Lakes consists of three modules designed to help create a Great Lakes region that is “climate ready.” Toward this end, these modules provide stakeholders and decision makers with clear information about Great Lakes climate, as well as what we need to adapt to, why, and how.

Climate Science, Adaptation, Assessment, Education Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast Link
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Science Division

A major component of NASA’s Earth Science Division is a coordinated series of satellite and airborne missions for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans. This coordinated approach enables an improved understanding of the Earth as an integrated system.

Climate Science, Climate Data National, International Link
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Observatory

The Earth Observatory includes a variety of weather and climate data sources.

Climate Science, Data National, International Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Warming Factsheet

NOAA has summarized information within the IPCC AR4 international climate assessment and presents the data in an easy-to-read, brief manner.

Climate Science, Data National, International Link
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Global Climate Change Master Directory

This website catalogs climate data and resources available through NASA.

Climate Science, Data National, International Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climate Data Center--Global Climate Change

NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC provides climate data resources on this website.

Climate Science, Data National, International Link
Data-enhanced Investigations for Climate Change Education (DICCE)

The goal of the NASA-funded project Data-enhanced Investigations for Climate Change Education (DICCE) has been to make it easier for middle and high school teachers and students to study climate change and related Earth system phenomena using geospatial data products from the Goddard Interactive Online Visualization and Analysis Infrastructure (GIOVANNI).

Climate Science, Data, Education National, International Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Educational Graphics on Climate Change

NOAA has developed a series of educational multi-media graphics to help explain climate change processes.

Climate Science, Data, Education National, International Link
Climate Voices

Climate Voices, Science Speakers Network brings scientists and their fellow citizens together in discussions of climate science and local impacts of climate change. The purpose of the network is to share scientists’ expertise and engage citizens in meaningful, ongoing dialogue about climate change effects on local communities, regions, and the country.

Climate Science, Education National Link
Investigating Climate Change and Remote Sensing (ICCARS) Project: Climate Change Resources

In addition the providing links to a wide variety of climate education resources, ICCARS features a series of short, free-to-download information sheets on climate change and climate literacy.

Climate science, Education National Link

The US Global Change Research Program is a hub for climate resources, data and multimedia. As part of their efforts, hosts a web catalogue of educators' resources, available here:

Climate Science, Education, Climate Data National, International Link
Madeclear: Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education Assessment and Research

MADE-CLEAR is a natural outgrowth of Maryland and Delaware's shared regional climate change concerns and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education emphasis. Its primary goal is to build the partnerships among the states' research and teaching universities, public schools, federal agencies, and public and private sectors

Climate Science, Education, Education Assessment National, East Link
UNESCO Apia Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptation

The Apia Office is working in an integrated fashion looking at both Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation from educational, social, scientific and cultural perspectives. Adaptation initiatives focus on integrating climate content and adaptation skills in school curriculum, community awareness and sharing of information through the media to build adaptive capacity in Pacific countries. Mitigation initiatives consider sustainable ways of developing alternative energy supplies. In line with the outcome from Rio+20, UNESCO will focus on supporting green growth and climate smart development in the Pacific.

Climate Science, Environmental Justice, Adaptation National, International Link
More Than Scientists

More Than Scientists is a network, and community of scientists, making up 97% of the scientific community, as scientist and people who believe in climate change and are committed to addressing anthropogenic impacts on the Earth's climate. Here, scientists and anyone interested in climate science convene to discuss, share and learn new knowledge, facts, stories and news in relation to our changing environment. The network and its constituents are dedicated to understanding the Earth and climate science.

Climate Science, Environmental Justice, Education National, International Link
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wavelength

NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting.

Climate Science, Science Curriculum National, International Link
Tsunami STEM Curriculum

This curriculum uses Ocean Science Systems as pathways to stimulate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to guide students in decision making. Students immerse into STEM through understanding the causes and consequences of a natural disaster such as a tsunami or bioinvasion, learn about their risks and explore choices and consequences of responses and preparation to tsunami hazards.

Coastal, Disaster, Emergency Management National, International Link
Fix-It Fair Resource Guide

This is an online resource guide for community planning and case studies from different cities.

community climate resilience, planning, climate action Portland, OR, National Link
Technical Documentation on Exposure-Response Functions for Climate-Sensitive Health Outcomes

Climate change and climate variability influence human health in a variety of ways, and it may be important for the public health sector to consider these threats. Understanding the current and future burden of climate-sensitive diseases may benefit planning and response activities. As part of the Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative (CRSCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced the five-step iterative Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework (Figure 1) designed to help the public health sector plan for and adapt to climate-related hazards.

disease, infection, human health, hazard, prevention, prediction, adaptation, climate change, mitigation, planning, policy, management National Link
10 Things You May Not Know About Drought

Drought can have real consequences for ecosystems and human communities alike - from leading to increases in wildfire, insect outbreaks, local species extinctions, and forest diebacks, to altering rates of carbon, nutrient, and water cycling. In the future, droughts are generally expected to be hotter, longer-lasting, and larger than those of the past, potentially intensifying these impacts. Scientists from across the country are working to understand the many different impacts of drought, how they might change in the future, and how we can better predict and prepare for these events. Learn about some of our efforts to address the challenges of drought with these 10 examples from across the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center network.

drought, wildfire, forest management, disaster preparedness, climate change, adaptation National Link
US EPA Educational Resources

The EPA maintains a list of resources for educators seeking to address climate change.

Education National Link
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

CLEAN provides a collection of over 600 free, ready-to-use resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists

Education National Link Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Informal and Formal Educators

The kit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school grade level. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with six other federal agencies—National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, NASA, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management—developed the kit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting the Nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become climate stewards.

Education National Link
Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program

ITEP is coordinating an onsite mentoring project as part of our Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program (TSWEAP). If your tribe is facing challenges in implementing waste diversion or source reduction activities as part of your solid waste program (for example recycling, composting, minimizing hazardous substances in your waste stream, making tribally-owned facilities more sustainable, etc.) – then this new project may be the way for you to move forward.

Education Development, Infrastructure Development, Waste Diversion, Source Reduction, Sustainability. National Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): National Climate Assessment (NCA) Teaching Resources

The National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks and possible responses to human-caused climate change. NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed a series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the Assessment Report, helping to unpack the key messages of each region and point to related, high-quality online resources.

Education, Climate Assessment, Climate Science, Data National Link
National Center for Science Education (NCSE): Climate Education

Long respected for its work in defending and supporting the teaching of evolution in the public schools, in 2012 NCSE launched this new initiative to defend and support the teaching of climate change. This section of the website includes the four main sections of the climate change education resources here.

Education, Climate Change National Link