From: Editor
Published June 23, 2009 02:15 PM

Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit

The US Environmental Protection Agency has published an important tool for educators who need teaching materials related to Climate Change, Wildlife, and related environmental topics.

The new Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators is an updated and expanded version of the award-winning (2001 Public Relations Society of America Bronze Anvil Award for Interactive Communications and 2002 Telly Award) and very popular (over 40,000 kits distributed in all 51 states and territories and over a dozen countries across the world) Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters first published in 2001.


The new 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, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USDA/Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management), developed the kit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become "climate stewards."

The toolkit comes on a DVD, so packaging is environmentally friendly too.

Specifically, the new toolkit features:

  • An easy to understand overview of climate change science in question/answer format
  • A glossary of climate change terms to build vocabulary
  • Case studies of 11 eco-regions in the U.S., highlighting regional impacts to habitats and wildlife, and information on what kids can do to help
  • A 12-minute, high-definition video on climate science, impacts on, and solutions for wildlife and wild lands; segmented for ease of use in any setting
  • Classroom activities keyed to national science standards, developed by participants in the 2008 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
  • Additional updated materials and hands-on activities from EPA’s popular climate change education resources library
  • Links to a wide variety of educational resources developed by all seven federal agencies for use in formal and informal settings
  • Up-to-the-minute graphics developed by federal agencies at the forefront of the climate change issue

For more information:  http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/CCWKit.html

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