Here are some climate change resources for kids learning at home

A closure sign on the playground.
A closure sign on the playground at Global Arts Plus in St. Paul on March 26, 2020.
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Millions of students are learning at home these days, and if you’re a teacher or student looking for online climate change curriculum, you’re in luck. There are plenty of scientist- and teacher-approved resources out there for all ages.

Former middle school teacher Frank Niepold is the climate education coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and recommends checking out the the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, or CLEAN, website for students in all grades.

For elementary school children, he also recommends The GLOBE Program. Parents and teachers can download picture books exploring a range of climate topics.

For high school students, Niepold pointed teachers and parents to

Another, less obvious, option is one that broadcast meteorologists use. Climate Central offers videos, graphics and data that help meteorologists connect their forecasts to global and local climate change issues. Its resources can also help students learn about climate change.

And while we’re at it, you can find previous Climate Cast episodes here or wherever you gets your podcasts.

Climate Central programs director Bernadette Woods Placky and NOAA’s Frank Niepold spoke with MPR chief meteorologist and Climate Cast host Paul Huttner. Click play on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

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