Regions around the world will be affected differently by climate change depending on geographical and sociological conditions. Around Humboldt Bay some of the impacts expected are sea level rise, ocean acidification, drought, wildfires, and threat to agriculture.

To address the need to prepare for regional climate change impacts, CEINC partnered with the City of Arcata and the State Coastal Conservancy to fund a local climate change education project through CivicSpark. Through this project, regional climate change lesson plans were developed for local schools.

Local Education Project

CivicSpark member Hanna Nielsen identified gaps and barriers in teaching about climate change in local schools through a comprehensive survey, assessment, and interviews of K-12 teachers around Humboldt Bay.  Using the assessment and gaps identified, Hanna created four consequential regional climate change lesson plans for 6th grade science. Hanna then piloted the curriculum across two schools, two age groups, and four classrooms. Lesson plans aim to address the regional climate change impact of sea level rise and strive to follow the new California state science standards: Next Generations Science Standards.  All lesson plans are complete with a teacher background, lesson overview, and suggested connection to NGSS standards.  For a comprehensive report of project methodology,  please read the Analysis of Findings Final Report.

Lesson Plans

If you are interested in using the regional climate change lesson plans developed, you can download them here.  Lesson plans are sequential but can be taught as stand along lessons as well.

For more climate change teaching resources click here.