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Climate Change Here and Now: Forest Ecosystem Impacts - Exploring U.S. Regional Climate Change Impacts: Why It Matters to You
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on April 8, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Steve McNulty, U.S. Forest Service Acting Director of Environmental Science Research, and US Congressional Fellow and Vicki Arthur of U.S. Forest Service, D.C. Headquarters, and Conservation Education Office. Dr. McNulty gave a cross-continental view of some of the impacts that climate change is having and will have on the ecosystems of the United States. Ms. Arthur followed Dr. McNulty’s presentation by providing a large number of online resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


This is the first of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to Climate Change Here and Now: Forest Ecosystem Impacts Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA. In this program, Dr. McNulty began with an overview of climate change and the anthropogenic causes and contributors. Throughout the remainder of his presentation, he provided graphics and specific examples of what is happening, or going to happen, in each region of the United States. Vicki Arthur provided web sites that can be used in the classroom to help teach students about climate change in their own region or locale.


Sixty-four (64) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. One participant attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: Mexico.


Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I teach an ecology unit and this information will be very helpful to use when I plan for that unit that is at the end of the year. These are great resources to use in the classroom and will help when discussing how the climate change is impacting our mountain region.”

  • “I appreciated the new information that was presented. I am about to teach a week long unit on climate change, so this was timely.”

  • “More graphs and detailed maps indicating possible extinction, reduction or expansion of flora and fauna; especially timber species was good. A list of website links to sites for high school students to review the most current studies of flora and fauna impact around North America is very useful.”

  • “Just getting informed about the latest info from an expert impresses me! The resources seem to be of great interest, as well!”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


To see more programs on Climate Change visit:
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/
ClimateChange/webseminar.aspx




For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


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