Ohio Sea Grant Offers Great Lakes Climate Curriculum Workshops

May 24, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- This summer, Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University's Climate Change Outreach Team will offer one-day workshops to introduce an updated Great Lakes Climate Change Curriculum to science instructors in the Great Lakes region who would like to integrate climate change education into the classroom.

In addition to updating the curriculum with the latest Great Lakes climate science, Ohio Sea Grant has added new activities to a number of lessons and aligned each activity’s structure with current education principles and standards.

The free workshops are taught by educators who have used the resources in their own classrooms. Topics will include regionally relevant climate science, climate and Great Lakes literacy principles, and informal resources such as Ohio State's "Global Change, Local Impact" webinar series, in addition to the curriculum itself. Classroom teachers, informal educators and pre-service teachers will work through lessons as they would with their students and share suggestions on how to adapt classroom activities to informal and outdoor education settings.

Two workshop dates and locations are offered:

  • Monday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Bay Village, Ohio.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center, Oregon, Ohio.

Registration forms for the one-day workshops can be requested via email at dierkes.10@osu.edu. Attendees will receive certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours. Lunch will be provided by Ohio Sea Grant; registration is requested four days before each workshop to assist with planning.

For those unable to travel to the one-day workshops, Ohio Sea Grant will also offer “Introduction to Great Lakes Climate Education Resources,” an online webinar, on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern Time. Online registration for the webinar is now open at http://changingclimate.osu.edu/topics/education.

The Ohio State Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within Ohio State, including Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at http://changingclimate.osu.edu.

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Author(s): 
Christina Dierkes