In November the Hudson River Estuary Program/NYS DEC, NY Sea Grant, & Teaching the Hudson Valley hosted a daylong workshop, "Covering Climate Change in the Classroom." Lesson plans and Power Points from that workshop are now available.

Resources from “Covering Climate Change”

Workshop photo by Bill Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS, National Park Service.

During a daylong program, educators and regional experts shared proven methods for exploring climate change with children and teens.

The Nov. 2014 program was sponsored by Hudson River Estuary Program/NYS DEC, NY Sea Grant, & THV. Get a copy of the program. See photos and a report by Paul Focazio, New York Sea Grant. If you have questions about the resources listed below, please contact Rebecca Houser, NEIWPCC environmental analyst and Hudson River Estuary Program education associate,,  845-256-3115.

Power Points from the workshop

Also recommended

Dear Matafele Peinem: a poem to my daughter by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner presented September 2014, at the opening ceremony of the United Nations Climate Summit. Jetnil-Kijiner is from the Marshall Islands. This link includes two versions of the poem–in the first, Jetnil-Kijiner is introduced and reads at the UN (under seven minutes). The second version was recorded in advance and features scenes from the Marshall Islands (three and a half minutes).

Hudson River Estuary Climate Change Lesson Project, 9 lessons and teachers’ guide, grades 5-8. Adapted from existing peer-reviewed plans, each lesson may be used independently. Materials were selected, reviewed, and edited by New York Sea Grant staff; Meghan Marrero, Ed.D., assoc. prof., secondary education, Mercy College; Seth Van Gaasbeek, local educator; and Steve Stanne, ed. coord., Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Water Resources Institute/NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.  Original sources are cited for each lesson.


Read Lynne’s essay, How to Teach Your Children About Climate Change: Without Scaring Them, coauthored with Gary Braasch. View her 5-minute video, Kids vs Global Warming. Lynne and Gary are also the co-authors of the award-winning book shown above.

Keynote: author and film-maker Lynne Cherry discussed the challenges of teaching about climate change in ways that inspire people to engage and act instead of succumbing to despair and denial when presented with troubling scientific information.

Following Lynne’s talk, participants heard from experts below about how climate change has, is, and will affect the Hudson estuary and learn about actions local communities are taking.

In the afternoon the following educators demonstrated learning activities exploring the science of climate change and options for adaptation and mitigation:
Dave Conover, Clearwater; Cornelia Harris, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Nordica Holochuck, New York State Sea Grant; Steve Stanne, Hudson River Estuary Program; and Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.