Parks: The New Climate Classroom

From November 6-9, 2013, the Institute at the Golden Gate hosted Parks: The New Climate Classroom at Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California.

Parks: The New Climate Classroom was convened to accelerate and deepen climate change communications and education and link organizations, public lands, formal and in-formal educators, and related fields to fundamentally shifting the public dialogue on climate change. Presenters and attendees represented a cross-disciplinary, multi-sector group of leaders and innovators in the fields of climate change communications, education and learning, parks and public lands management and interpretation, communications, and related fields.

Attendees connected with experts and others facing similar challenges and working toward common goals. The cross-sector field of people and organizations learned new tactics and approaches to increase the effectiveness and reach of climate change-related programming.

A sincere thank you to all presenters and attendees for your energy, contributions, and dedication to Parks: The New Climate Classroom and for your work on climate change, education, and solving big problems collectively.

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The Institute at the Golden Gate’s position is that connecting those who are working to communicate climate change and educate the public continues to be a tremendous opportunity and this workshop brought renewed energy to the process by engaging designers, behaviorists, place-makers, and others who have much to offer the climate change and parks communities.

We are looking forward to continuing to build thoughtful momentum and collaboration at the intersection of climate change, education and communication, and parks. We are encouraged by your great work every day and hope you will join us in this effort. We will be in touch with you individually and collectively over the coming days and weeks to tap this opportunity, but please feel free to reach out to us to share your ideas and opportunities.

Catherine Carlton has now joined the Institute team managing our climate program and you can reach her at