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2013 Grantees
The National Park Foundation is pleased to work with three selected grantees during the 2013-2014 school year. These parks will spend the summer and fall training and educating teachers on everything from the relationship between Native culture and the environment in Wisconsin to snow surveys and the trends over time at Crater Lake to how climate change is, and will continue to, impact the desert southwest in Nevada.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
A four day training engaged teachers in guided discussions about the relationship between Native culture and the environment, understanding climate change effects globally and recent Wisconsin climate trends, and how to integrate place-based evidence of climate change with scientific climate change research. The teachers got to travel to Tribal wild rice beds and learn how seasonal Ojibwe life ways such as maple sugaring and ice fishing are threatened by climate change. Participating PCC teachers will bring their students back to either visit the islands or the North Great Lakes Visitor Center (an interagency facility) to further their understanding of the climate change and its effects on national parks and native cultures.

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Crater Lake National Park
The park worked with their Science and Learning Center to offer an engaging mix of park exploration, climate change content, relevancy, networking, resources, confidence and skills building, inspiration, and evaluation for 5th-10th grade teachers. The park focused on the relationship between climate change and the American Pika, the lake and downstream communities, Clark's Nutcracker (bird) and the Whitebark Pine, and fire. Teachers will visit the park with their students once in the fall and then return in the winter/spring to re-discover the flora and fauna around Crater Lake.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
In collaboration with the Great Basin Institute and Lake Mead NRA, teachers left the training with grade-level appropriate climate change lesson plans and an awareness of how climate change is, and will continue to, impact the desert southwest. Topics such as climate, habitat, and fire, along with an overview of the carbon and water cycles, were used to introduce the topic of climate change and provide a basis for discussion on service projects and how to implement them with their students.


Past Grantees
Previous Parks Climate Challenge grantees continue to do great work educating teachers and students about climate change using national parks as classrooms. Explore their websites to find out more!

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