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Climate Change Here and Now: Forest Ecosystem Impacts

NSTA is partnering with the Sally Ride Science, (SRS), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to present an exciting Symposium for middle and high school educators, grades 5-12, on the topic of climate change. This event is a blended professional development that includes this face-to-face symposium at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA., followed by two public NSTA Web Seminars and a discussion forum within NSTA Communities that allows for extended interaction between the participants and NOAA scientists and educational specialists. Attendance requires conference registration.

Program Overview

During this half-day Symposium, scientists and education specialists from Sally Ride Science and the U.S. Forest Service will discuss the basic science behind our understanding of climate change, highlighting global impacts on forest ecosystems. The Symposium will cover the important role of forests in the carbon cycle, and will include U.S. regional climate change impacts. This will help participants engage their students through learning about the impacts of climate change that affect them where they live. The presenters will draw upon the latest science to provide a story of our changing climate and lead participants in classroom ready activities that are inquiry oriented and hands-on. Current ideas for facing our climate challenge and creating a healthier planet will also be discussed.

All participants will receive educational materials and information about resources that are available to educators. A drawing for door prizes will take place at the end of the program. Refreshments will be available.


Saturday, March 20, 2010
8:30a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time


The Symposium will take place in Franklin 10 of the Philadelphia Marriott. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing.


The cost for admission to the symposium is $47 through the advanced registration period and $54 onsite. Travel, meals, lodging, general conference registration (required), and graduate credit fees (where applicable) are the responsibility of participants.

Pre-registration is no longer available, but you can still register on site up to the beginning time of the Symposium.


In this section you will meet the SRS and USFS scientists and educational specialists who will be presenting at the SRS/USFS/NSTA Symposium: Climate Change Here and Now: Forest Ecosystem Impacts.


See the Symposium’s agenda, including learning outcomes for the program and alignment with the National Science Education Standards.

Symposium Related Sessions

Free and Open to all Conference Attendees!

All sessions are in the Philadelphia Marriott, Franklin 10

Saturday, March 20, 2010

2:00–3:00 PM
An Opportunity to Take Pictures of the Moon
Presenter: Karen Flammer (Sally Ride Science: San Diego, CA)

3:30–4:30 PM
Looking at Our Changing Earth from Space
Presenter: Julie Miller (Sally Ride Science: San Diego, CA)

5:00–6:00 PM
Introducing the Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit
Presenter: Vicki Arthur (USDA Forest Service: Washington, DC)

Sunday, March 21, 2010


8:00–9:00 AM
How to Excite Students About Careers in Environmental Science
Presenter: Leesa Hubbard (Sally Ride Science: San Diego, CA)

9:30–10:30 AM
Carbon, Oxygen, Water, and Shade: Putting a Price on the Benefits of Your Schoolyard Trees!
Presenter: Vicki Arthur (USDA Forest Service: Washington, DC)

11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Natural Inquirer Science Journals: Climate Change Collection
Presenter: Vicki Arthur (USDA Forest Service: Washington, DC)

Web Seminars

Two Web Seminars will be scheduled after the face-to-face program in March. The web seminars will begin at 6:30 P.M. Eastern Time.

Web seminars are free, interactive, live sessions providing online professional development. The 90-minute sessions feature presenters related to the NSTA Symposia. You do not have to attend the symposium in order to participate in the web seminars.

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