Climate Education

Worldwide, parks are on the frontline of climate change impacts and visibility. The Institute at the Golden Gate’s Climate Education 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. Providing a platform for these educators to come together, learn from each other, and increase capacity is critical to building a region that is taking action on climate change. Recognizing the collective impact of this group and capitalizing on our experience facilitating cross-sector partnerships, the Institute is playing a “backbone” support role for the development and implementation of a regional collaborative known as the Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative (BayCLIC).

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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Climate Education Reports