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Teaching for the Climate Collaborative (TCC)

Four CBO partners make up the Teaching for the Climate Collaborative: Common Threads Farm, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), RE Sources: Sustainable Schools, and Wild Whatcom. The four CBO partners who specialize in school gardens, salmon recovery, natural resource conservation, and nature immersion provide experiential education that gets students outside, keeps lessons place-based, and teaches hope and resilience, respect, and conservation of nature.

Teacher Professional Development

The Teaching for the Climate Collaborative (TCC) aims to support teachers in bringing both the outdoors and climate change education into their classrooms through teacher professional development workshops. TCC is hosting two types of workshops this year: Teaching Outside and Hope & Resilience. Each of these offers four different stand-alone, field-based workshops throughout Whatcom County.

The Teaching Outside workshops are for Whatcom County K-5 teachers and staff who would like to gain skills to incorporate the outdoors and climate education into their lessons. Participants will gain basic skills and tools to implement experiential activities on school sites, in local parks, and in urban settings.

Outdoor education does more than just help students tune in to their surroundings and gain an appreciation for the natural world. It also brings what they learn in the classroom to life through application and observation while contributing to personal and social development.

The Hope & Resilience workshops are for educators of grades 3-12 who want to connect real-world solutions to climate change. They will experience how local tribes, farms, and nonprofits are advancing climate solutions that can inspire hope and resilience in the classroom.

These field-based workshops focus on equitable solutions currently being implemented in Whatcom County. Participants will participate in classroom-ready STEM activities that illustrate how climate change is affecting different stakeholders and ecosystems. Community members will share their expertise in developing solutions. Together, participants will co-design ways to bring engineering design solutions into the classroom.

The workshops are designed to answer the following questions:

  • What are the climate change effects on specific ecosystems (farms, freshwater, marine, forests)?
  • What community members, tribes, CBOS, etc. are doing about it in Whatcom County?
  • What are the Indigenous Ways, currently and since time immemorial, of engineering to solve these issues?
  • How do you bring Engineering Design solutions into your classroom based on what you learned today?

Partners & Collaborators

Teaching for the Climate Sessions

Teaching Outside Workshops

For K-5 teachers and staff. Four stand-alone field-based workshops offered this school year:

Cohort A, Meridian
Thurs, Oct. 27 , 4-6pm
Register by: 5pm, Oct. 19, 2022
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Cohort B, Blaine
Thurs, Feb. 23, 3:30-5:30pm
Register by: 5pm, Feb. 14, 2023
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Cohort C, Nooksack Valley
Thurs, March 23, 4-6pm
Register by: 5pm, March 14, 2023
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Cohort D: Ferndale
Thurs, Apr. 20, 4-6pm
Register by: 5pm, April 11, 2023
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Hope & Resilience Workshops

For educators of grades 3-12. Four stand-alone field-based workshops offered this school year:

Land and Agriculture:
Sat, Oct. 22 , 9-1pm
Register by: 5pm, Oct. 12, 2022
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Salish Sea:
Sat, Feb. 11, 9-1pm
Register by: 5pm, Feb. 1, 2023
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Watersheds and Salmon:
Sat, March 25, 9-1pm
Register by: 5 pm, March 15, 2023
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Land and Forests:
Sat, May 6, 9-1pm
Register by: 5pm, April 26, 2023
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Success Stories from TCC

Teachers Find Hope and Resilience on Whatcom Farm

Teachers Find Hope and Resilience on Whatcom Farm

On a beautiful fall morning in October, twenty-three educators joined the Teaching for the Climate Collaborative at Alluvial Farms in Whatcom County. The tour showcased local engineering solutions the farm institutes to mitigate the effects of climate change. Teachers...

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Land Acknowledgement – a call to action!

Land Acknowledgement – a call to action!

By now, many know that the colonization myth we learned in school doesn’t tell the whole story of how the Americas were settled. In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but what he discovered was not a “New World” — it was once inhabited by millions of...

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Tracking Energy Success Story

Tracking Energy Success Story

What’s your favorite meal? Is it macaroni and cheese or pizza? Arroz con pollo or oatmeal? No matter what the food, where it is grown, or how it is disposed of, there is an impact on the environment and people. These facts were made evident to elementary school...

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