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Climate on My Campus: Using Field-Based Data in the Classroom

November 12, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - November 13, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Increase your knowledge and classroom resources to implement the New Jersey Climate Change Standards across the curriculum!

We will take advantage of the bucolic setting and exemplary natural resources at the NJ School of Conservation to investigate indicators of climate change and then connect our results to local and global communities. Numerous classroom resources will be highlighted through hands-on, field-based investigations.

During this workshop, you will be introduced to local scientists engaged in current research. Workshop sessions will focus on learning about how and why data is collected in order to help you incorporate near/real-time data into your curriculum.

This workshop is supported by the MBARI EARTH (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses) program that brings together educators and researchers with the goal of bringing real data into classrooms. For more information, please visit the EARTH website. https://tinyurl.com/26n2se9k

In this workshop, you will:

– Learn to identify local indicators of climate change.

– Participate in a tree coring exercise and collect dendrochronology data for an active research project on the NJSOC campus.

– Collect data from the NJSOC campus and use the information to design a new schoolyard to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect.

– Explore a variety of online data sources for classroom activities.

– Combine art and science to interpret and illustrate graphs to convey the “Bigger Picture” of climate change.

– Learn about MBARI’s EARTH lessons and other resources available.

– Network and collaboratively create a lesson plan with other NJ middle and high school teachers using the EARTH lesson plan template. (Participants may receive a $50 stipend upon submission of a completed lesson plan using data/ideas from the workshop.)

– Learn more about the history and resources available at the NJ School of Conservation, the oldest year-round residential environmental learning center in the country.

Workshop Agenda

In order to alleviate the stress of morning travel, participants are invited to arrive on Sunday evening. Monday morning arrival is also welcome if more convenient.

The overnight workshop fee includes cabin-style lodging at the NJ School of Conservation for one night, 3 meals and workshop materials.

The single day workshop fee includes lunch and workshop materials.

Sunday November 12, 2023- *optional arrival*

1:30-2:30 Arrival & Check-in

2:30-5:00 Welcome, NJSOC Tour & Activities

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-8:00 What’s the Bigger Picture Lesson featuring guest Glaciologist and Artist, Jill Pelto

8:00-9:00 Campfire and S’mores

Monday November 13, 2023

7:30-8:30 Breakfast for overnighters

8:30-9:00 Arrival & Check-in

9:00-9:15 Welcome, Educator Introductions and NJSOC Introduction

9:15-10:15 MBARI EARTH Overview, Website Tour, Adopt-A-Float

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Dendrochronology and Climate In the Field

12:00-12:45 Lunch and Networking with Scientists

12:45-1:30 Accessing Climate Data for the Classroom

1:30-2:45 Albedo Lesson- Cool Schools: Designing for Climate Change

2:45-3:45 Lesson Plan Collaboration & Development

3:45-4:00 Evaluation & Adjourn

Workshop Facilitators:

Dr. Nancy FitzGerald- Jefferson Academy for Environmental Science Faculty (retired)

Dr. Frank Gallagher- Director, Environmental Planning Program, Department of Landscape Architecture. School of Environmental & Biological Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Dr. Missy Holzer- Science Standards Specialist, Great Minds PBC and retired NJ high school science teacher

Tanya Sulikowski- Director of Education, NJ School of Conservation


Space is limited. Open to formal and informal educators of all disciplines, including pre-service teachers. Deadline to register: November 3, 2023

Contact the NJ School of Conservation’s Director of Education, Tanya Sulikowski, with any questions. tsulikowski@njsoc.org.

Cover art “Proxies for the Past” created by Jill Pelto, www.jillpelto.com

Refund Policy:

Your event fee, minus Eventbrite Fees, is fully refundable if cancelled 7 or more days before the event. No partial refunds are given if you cannot attend all days of the event. While we appreciate being notified if you are unable to attend an event, refunds are not given for cancellations within 7 days of the event.

If we must cancel an event, your registration fee, including Eventbrite fees, will be refunded.


November 12, 2023 @ 1:30 pm
November 13, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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NJ School of Conservation
1 Wapalanne Road
Sandyston, 07826 United States
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