Worldwide, parks are on the frontline of climate change impacts and visibility. The Institute at the Golden Gate’s Climate Change Education & Parks program supports and accelerates the role parks and protected areas play as resources and venues for climate change education. Read more here (PDF) >>

Promoting Best Practice
Looking in our own backyard, the Bay Area has a strong community of environmental educators with an articulated interest in expanding and elevating climate change programming. At the same time, educators are struggling with diverse challenges unique to communicating about climate change. By collaborating to pursue this shared interest and need, Bay Area educators are looking to promote and enhance informal climate change education programs that increase climate literacy and action, reach new audiences, and build the next generation of climate stewards. Recognizing the importance of this initiative and capitalizing on our experience facilitating cross-sector partnerships, the Institute is playing a “backbone” support role for the development and implementation of this collaborative.

To learn more about the current landscape of climate change education in the Bay Area as well as key challenges and areas for collaboration, read our Needs Assessment Report. If you would like to receive updates about the Bay Area collaborative work, please join our mailing list.

Highlighting Success
Many parks already host or are developing climate change education programs that are innovative, locally relevant, and action-oriented. Download our signature climate change publication, Climate in the Parks: Innovative Climate Change Education in Parks (PDF, 5.7MB) for examples of great programs from around the globe.

Convening Experts
From November 7 – 9, 2013 the Institute convened Parks: The New Climate Classroom, which brought together innovators and practitioners from the parks, education, communications, and other related fields to consider ways to accelerate and deepen the connection between parks and public education on climate change. Download our report, Insights for Climate Change Communication & Education, for an overview of the key messages and takeaways from the event.

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"One of the most precious values of the national parks is their ability to teach us about ourselves and how we relate to the natural world. This important role may prove invaluable in the near future as we strive to understand and adapt to a changing climate."

-U.S. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis