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Earth to Sky Climate Science & Communication Workshop

Updated on November 24, 2020 - 4:26 PM CST
Posted on November 24, 2020 - 4:22 PM CST

Tags: Educator | Training / Workshop | Community of Practice | Use of NASA Data | Nuggets | Earth Science

On November 5 & 6, Earth to Sky hosted a highly interactive two-day virtual climate communication workshop, in association with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) annual conference.  The keynote presentation on sea level rise was delivered by Ben Hamlington (JPL), the team lead of the NASA Sea Level Change Science Team.  The workshop also featured a presentation on NASA resources for climate communication, and examples of effective climate interpretation by Will Elder of NPS.  The workshop was co-hosted by the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, who provided a lens of local examples of climate impacts to the salt marsh as well as a virtual field trip and informal education examples.  The nineteen participants hailed from across the country – from Alaska to Puerto Rico – with roles in interpretation and informal education ranging from volunteer to superintendent.  Working in small discussion groups with experienced coaches, the participants incorporated the resources from the workshop into the seed of a climate communication concept for their own site.  The workshop concluded with a report-out from the participants on their ideas, with each receiving constructive feedback from their peers and the workshop facilitators.  The participants will reunite with the facilitators for a follow-up session in January 2021.