US Environmental Protection Agency: Global Change Research Program
Curriculum and Resources
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Thirteen departments and agencies participate in the USGCRP, which was known as the U.S. Climate Change Science Program from 2002 through 2008.
USGCRP has two main offerings on climate change for educators.
"The Essential Principles of Climate Science" presents important information for individuals and communities to understand Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide can also serve educators who teach climate science as part of their science curricula. Download from the site in either high or low resolution.
The Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators has several sections beginning with an interactive map for exploring the EPA's 11 ecoregions based on factors such as geography and habitat type.
Other toolkit materials include a Teacher's Guide, Glossary, Case Studies, Carbon Cycle Activities, and a "What You Can Do at School Fact Sheet" to help schools play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Mark your Calendar
April 22 is Earth Day.