Climate Literacy: Informal Education Successes and Strategies Including Citizen Science

Session ID#: 23144

Session Description:
Informal education programs, including those at museums, aquaria, environmental education organizations, place-based nonprofits, and activities outside school hours, reach significant numbers of students and are a major source of science information for the public. Informal educators have developed and tested a wide variety of lessons and strategies to build climate literacy, with programs for youth, teacher professional development, families, citizen science, and place-based community programs. We invite proposals from educators in the informal education sphere, and we encourage proposals related to citizen science and advancing public science literacy through climate change education. We welcome contributions from large and small organizations to present innovative and effective strategies, pilot or scaled-up programs, and evaluations of impact. What strategies do you use to bring climate science and solutions to life? What are your biggest successes and challenges? What important outcomes can you share with the wider climate change education community?
Primary Convener:  Patricia Harcourt, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Annapolis, MD, United States
Conveners:  Patricia Harcourt, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Annapolis, MD, United States and Elena B Sparrow, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Linda E Kruger, USDA Forest Service, Juneau, AK, United States and Adelaide C Johnson, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Juneau, AK, United States
Joanna C Young, Laura Conner and Erin C Pettit, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States
Leigh Peake, Portland, ME, United States and Riley Young Morse, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME, United States
Christopher Petrone, University of Delaware, Delaware Sea Grant, Newark, DE, United States
Stephanie L Pfirman, Barnard College and Columbia University, New York, NY, United States, Jessica Brunacini, Columbia Climate Center, New York, NY, United States, Benjamin S Orlove, Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States, Elizabeth Bachrach, Goodman Research Group, Cambridge, MA, United States and Lawrence Hamilton, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States
Elizabeth Case, Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering, Ithaca, NY, United States and Rachel Woods-Robinson, University of California Berkeley, Applied Science and Technology, Berkeley, CA, United States
Laura Conner1, Suzanne Perin2, Vicki Coats3 and Matthew Sturm1, (1)University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States, (2)University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Fairbanks, AK, United States, (3)Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR, United States
Tina Harte, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States and Jessica Taylor, NASA Langley, Newport News, VA, United States
Cassie Soeffing, IGES, Arlington, VA, United States and Rochelle Pierson, The Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, SD, United States
Nicola K Weiss and John H Wood, Talbert Middle School, Huntington Beach, CA, United States
Greg DeFrancis1, Rebecca Haynes1 and Kes Schroer2, (1)Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT, United States, (2)Independent Evaluator, Hanover, NH, United States

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