Climate Workshop 2016

Climate Workshop 2016

Weather and Climate Extremes: Risks, Resilience, and Attribution 

June 30th - July 2nd, 2016 

To register, visit the linked registration page here. Space is limited to 35 participants. More information will be sent to registered attendees during May and June 2016.  The Boulder Climate Change Workshop 2016  is generously sponsored by NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) and its Climate Stewards Education Project.

Welcome to all interested in attending June's NCAR & NOAA Climate Change Workshop in Boulder, Colorado sponsored by the NOAA Climate Stewards Program and the UCAR Center for Science Education. We have a terrific two-and-a-half days in store so we hope you're as eager as we are to met others from around Colorado, the nation, and even other nations interested in advancing their knowledge about climate change and visit one of our nation's hotspots for global climate change research.


The altitude of Boulder is 5,450 feet above sea level. At NCAR's Mesa Laboratory where the workshop will begin, the altitude is even higher: 6,118 ft. The human body adjusts very well to the environmental changes that occur at altitude including lower air pressure, lower humidity, and increased ultraviolet radiation that can increase sunburn - BUT it takes time to do so.

To lessen the likelihood of altitude sickness or any of its symptoms  including headaches, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and insomnia with those participants coming from altitudes closer to sea level, the following actions are encouraged:

  • Drink plenty of water and bring a water bottle so water is with you
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Take it slow, rest, and avoid activity
  • Over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be helpful.
Preparation, Housekeeping, and Other Miscellaneous Reminders
  • Government laboratories require that your ID, such as a driver's license, passport, or visa, be shown during the check-in process. Please carry your ID with you for our visit to NOAA on Friday, July 1st.
  • Attire: We recommend business casual attire each day.  NCAR's dress code is very lax, so "comfortable" and "casual" are the optimal words.
Workshop Information


Local Driving Directions

Here you can find directions to the Mesa Lab Visitor Center in Boulder where the workshop will take place. In addition to June's climate change workshop for educators, the Mesa Lab Visitor Center is open to the public 363 days a year and offers free exhibits about weather and climate, guided and self-guided tours, a gallery featuring local artists, an outdoor weather trail, and more. A new climate change exhibit was installed in spring 2016, which participants will be encouraged to explore.

Arrival in Colorado: Denver International Airport (DIA)

Please arrange your destination travel so that you arrive in Boulder sometime Wednesday, June 29th or before that date. Shuttles will transport you to NCAR beginning Thursday, June 30th, and to other workshop destinations such as to NOAA during the workshop each day. 

In addition to renting a car, there are three other options for transport from DIA to Boulder.

 If you are taking the RTD bus to Boulder, we will have one of the event organizers meet you at the Table Mesa Park-and-Ride, and transport you to the Rodeway Inn on Baseline across from the University of Colorado, which is only about 1 mile from the Park-and-Ride. You must make arrangements in advance with Teri if you wish to be picked up at the Table Mesa Park-and-Ride. Email her, ideally prior to Monday, June 27, with your travel information.  

Hotel Accommodations

If you are taking a Super Shuttle or Greenride from the airport, the address to the  Boulder Rodeway Inn follows. There are 20 rooms reserved for out-of-town participants. Please call them directly to make reservations. If you need a ride from the RTD Park and Ride to the hotel, please make arrangements in advance with Teri. The hotel is approximately 1 mile from the Park and Ride.

              Hotel:  Boulder Rodeway Inn

Address: 555 30th St, Boulder, CO 80303

Phone:(303) 444-3330

20 rooms have been reserved for $89 per night for June 29, 30, and July 1. Please extend your reservation if you intend to stay in Boulder throughout the weekend. Rooms will be released after May 15 so do reserve them as soon as possible.

Departure to Denver International Airport (DIA) and Workshop Commencement

The commencement of the workshop will occur Saturday at approximately 12:30 pm.  Please do not make your departure by plane from Denver International Airport before 4 pm Saturday afternoon to be sure that you will make your flight. Transporation will be available to transport you to Boulder's Park-and-Ride for the airport bus as necessary. Sign-up scheduling for this service will occur during the workshop. 

RTD Boulder/DIA Airport AB Bus
Super Shuttle service
Greenride service

If you have any travel questions or concerns, please contact Karen Smith Herman at

Workshop Overview      


Teresa (Teri) Eastburn, UCARConnect/Connections Lead, UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd)

Teri Eastburn leads UCARConnect at UCAR and NCAR with the goal of increasing the connections internally, with its university members, the Earth system science community, and its varied audiences. For over a decade, she managed UCAR’s School and Public Programs, and was responsible for communicating its science, technology, and climate change to NCAR’s school and public visitors. Prior to arriving at NCAR, Teri ran her own multimedia firm and taught K-12 formally in San Diego, CA and Boulder. She has been a NOAA Climate Steward peer advisor for four years and enjoys helping participants involve students in action projects that address climate change. Her background is in developmental and cognitive psychology, education, and educational technology.  Teri's Master's thesis was on communicating climate change, and she actually enjoys conversations with individuals and groups that hold different views and cultural values than her own. She is married with three 20-something year-old children.

Peg Steffen, Education Coordinator, NOAA's National Ocean Services, Workshop Sponsor

Peg Steffen is the education coordinator at NOAA’s National Ocean Service. She leads a development team that provides web-based products, professional development and educational games. Peg holds a BS degree in Zoology and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction. Her classroom teaching experiences span 25 years in grades 8-12 in biology, physics, and astronomy/geology. Peg worked to become certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and has provided teacher professional development workshops for over 30 years to teachers in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


John Ristvey, Director, UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd), Workshop Co-Sponsor

John Ristvey serves as the Director of the UCAR Center for Science Education. A Pennsylvanian with a background in biology, John taught in middle and high schools for a decade in Pennsylvania and Texas before joining Denver-based McREL International, a nonprofit that conducts research on learning technologies. He served as director of McREL's Center for Learning Innovation and, before that, as a consultant for their education and public outreach team for fifteen years. But it was NCAR's hefty pool of scientific and technical expertise at hand that lured John to UCAR. The ability to work directly with scientists in educational pursuits was a huge attractor as well as the caliber of science that surrounds him daily. 

Hilarie Davis, President, Technology for Learning, Inc. 

Dr. Hilarie Davis, President of TLC Inc. focuses on intensive, research-based evaluations of interactive materials, courses and  learning environments. She has evaluated long-term projects in the use of technology, online environments, reading interventions, NASA-based materials with high needs students, Earth systems science for post-graduate educators, and environmental health for high school students.  She has conducted professional evaluations for projects funded by NSF, NIEHS, NASA, NOAA, and USDOE, as well as universities and school systems. As a former middle school teacher, department head, and Director of Curriculum, Hilarie brings a strong practical background to understanding the context for educational change. Dr. Davis received her Ed.D. from the University of Rochester in 1984 and their distinguished alumni award in 1986. She attended the State University of New York, receiving her B.A. in Philosophy in 1974, MS in Reading Education in 1976, and CAS in Educational Administration in 1984. She has published on literacy, educational technology, curriculum design, evaluation, and teacher training methodology.

Todd Rhodes, NCAR Summer Intern

Todd is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. He is working at NCAR for a 3-month period this summer with the Climate Change and Global Dynamics group specifically focusing on research involving the modeling of gravity waves in the Southern Hemisphere within NCAR's various weather and climate models. He also will be involved in June's climate workshop and assist in the workshop's organization, content, and delivery.

Karen Smith-Herman, Administrator, UCAR SciEd

Karen has been with UCAR for over two decades and supplies the UCAR Center for Science Education with top notch administrative support for events, travel, workshops, conferences, and the day-to-day tasks that only a UCAR administrator fully understands! She will be providing support and assistance to us throughout the workshop as well as before and after.


Date of the event: 
June 30, 2016 (All day) to July 2, 2016 (All day)



Olivia Ahnamann, Boulder, CO
Olivia Ahnemann has been producing documentary films for the past 18 years. Most recently she produced Racing Extinction with Academy Award winning director Louie Psihoyos and Under the Gun with director Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer Katie Couric. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Olivia was co-producer of The Cove, which gave her one of the thrills of her career – a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to receive over 70 awards worldwide including the Producers Guild of America documentary award and the 2009 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Television credits include programs for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, Travel Channel and A&E. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and daughter.

Danielle Andrews, Thorton, CO
My name is Danielle Andrews and I currently teach 5th grade at STEM Launch K-8 for Adams 12 Five Star School District. I enjoy teaching science inquiry and am very passionate about encouraging students to be creative, innovative, and think outside of the box. Also, I coach soccer for students in grades 3-4 and will be traveling to China this summer to teach STEM Education to 8-10 years old students.
Christine Ashkam, Golden, CO
I am a Chemistry teacher at Lakewood High School.  I will be entering my second year teaching.  I also coach gymnastics and ultimate frisbee at Lakewood.
Renee Beliesle, Denver, CO
After 13 moves, I have finally settled down in Colorado – at least for the short term.  I spent my first six years in the classroom, teaching sixth grade science to fantastic kids at STRIVE Preparatory Schools.  I am lucky enough to now be one of the two science specialists for Denver Public Schools, helping support over 300 science teachers in the district.  I am also enrolled in Denver Zoo’s Advanced Inquiry Master’s Program, where I am focusing my studies on empowerment-based climate change education.
Janet Benter, Lyons, CO
My name is Janet Benter. I am originally from Georgia and graduated from Florida State. I have  been teaching middle school for 26 years - 10 in Arizona and now in Colorado. I am excited to learn the latest climate data collection methods to educate my students about shared sustainability programs.


Katie Boyd, Fort Collins, CO
I am a PhD student in Ecology and Science Education at Colorado State University. I earned my BS and MS in Atmospheric Science but since then I have become interested in science education/outreach and communication efforts. I volunteer with many groups supporting outreach work in the local community and am working on an outreach project with a professor from the Atmospheric Science Department, which will be the basis for my dissertation research. I am originally from Seattle and I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing and camping.
Jean Carpenter, Fort Collins, CO
My name is Jean Carpenter and I volunteer as an informal educator and serve on the board for the Soaring Eagle Ecology Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado where I am co-leading a citizen science study on ground level ozone.  My professional career includes the classroom (secondary life and physical sciences mainly in Poudre School District), outreach coordinator at Colorado State, and most recently as an education specialist for the City of Fort Collins, teaching about energy and macroinvertebrates to learners of all ages interested in water quality and conservation. My home is a small acreage in northern Colorado near Fort Collins.
Amelia Cook, Norman, OK
I am an informal educator, pre-service science teacher, Chickasaw citizen, Biologist, and science education graduate student at the University of Oklahoma currently collaborating with educational professionals and climate scientists researching and developing climate science curriculum and outreach opportunities to educate youth and the general public to understand, respond, mitigate, and adapt to our changing environment. My research focuses on ecological leadership in a project-based learning science classroom to cultivate agents of change through climate science education in diverse forums including tribal, public education, and civic outreach.

Alyssa Davidson, Golden, CO
Alyssa Davidson is an Earth Science teacher at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colorado. She attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in Geology and a minor in Education. Alyssa strives to be a teacher leader by growing her Professional Learning Network (PLN) through social media and sharing her learning at local edcamps and on her blog. She blogs about her passion for technology, educator wellness, and Earth Science at Alyssa has found value in taking an active role in her professional learning and works to create opportunities for students to become leaders and take charge of their own learning.

Not ShownTanya Doriss, Arvada, CO 
Tanya Doriss is a Senior Analyst within the Natural Resources and Environment division of the U.S. Government Accountability Office ( Her division is responsible for conducting assessments of federal efforts to manage our nation’s land and water resources, protect the environment, ensure food safety, manage agricultural programs, ensure a reliable and environmentally sound energy supply, meet the nation’s science challenges, address climate change, and address US and international nuclear security and cleanup.
Robin Escobedo, Miami, FL 
My name is Robin Escobedo and I teach Earth Science and Life Science at Ransom Everglades Middle School in Miami, Florida. I have a BA in Liberal Studies/Environmental Studies and Agroecology and I am currently working on my Masters of Education, Specializing in Science Education. When I’m not teaching I can be found on the pool deck coaching Swimming and Water Polo.
Not ShownJodi Garduno, Page, AZ
My name is Jodi Garduno.  I am a 6th grade science teacher in Page, Arizona, home to the Glen Canyon Dam which forms Lake Powell.  I have been teaching in Page for 12 years.  I moved to Arizona (born and raised in Chicago) to attend Northern Arizona University as a Forestry Major. I graduated with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice instead.  I worked for 15 years for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections ending my time there as Assistant Superintendent for the female facility.   I also worked in a conservation program which was an alternative to incarceration. I went on to get my masters in education which lead me to Page. I have researched water and the drought in our region and have a passion for water and water conservation. I spent a summer working with the Park Service as a Teacher Ranger and worked with park scientists whose field of study is climate change in the southwest. I am excited to be a part of the upcoming workshop.
Phillip Haberman, Denver, CO
I am completing my third year as a High School Earth Science and Biology teacher at Compassion Road Academy in Denver, Colorado. It is a great honor to work with and inspire youth to think about the world through a scientific perspective and make them aware of all of the college and career opportunities that are available in the field of science.  Science has come alive for me through a lifetime filled with outdoor experiences through which have developed a deep passion for education, the environment and stewardship. I am eager to further my understanding of Climate Change as well as the understanding of my students, to positively impact our local and global communities.       
Heather Haberman, Westminster, CO
I am a middle school science teacher at Excel Academy Charter School in Arvada, CO.  I majored in Biology and have had many amazing experiences in this field as a zookeeper, forest protection officer and with assisting researchers.  After my daughter was born 11 years ago, I decided to go back to school and get a second degree in Education.  I taught Biology and Environmental Science for seven years at Scottsbluff High School in Nebraska and have been teaching 7th & 8th grade Science, as well as many electives, for the past four years at Excel Academy.
Steven Hanford, Bailey, CO
Steve Hanford grew up in Colorado and while he has had the opportunity to travel some, Colorado will always be home to him. His enjoyment of the outdoors is what draws him to Colorado and it is what peaks his interest in climate. Playing and working in Colorado you understand how important the snow pack is to the area. Steve is currently a science teacher at Platte Canyon High School. This was his first year teaching high school after 6 years teaching middle school science.
Symone Johnson, Baltimore, MD
Symone attended Hampton University as an undergrad, where she studied Marine and Environmental Science. During that time she was supported by EPP through the Undergraduate Scholarship Program. As a graduate student at Delaware State University, she studied Sand Tigers (sharks) in the Delaware Bay, examining the relationship between Prohibited shark species and recreational anglers. Currently, Symone is a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in NOAA's Office of Education.
Aleya Kaushik, Lafayette, CO
I am a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, CU Boulder. My work focuses on the use of stable water isotope tracers to look at water cycling in the Front Range. I have taught outreach classes for students from elementary to high school age about water isotopes and climate, and helped them set up weather stations and precipitation collectors to monitor climate. 
Lee Keyes, Mission, TX
I am the lab instructor/instructional coach for Deleon Middle School in McAllen, Texas. Masters degree in C&I with a minor in chemistry from the University of Texas, RGV. My teaching philosophy is “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” With today’s kids you have to make it inquiry based and as interesting as humanly possible, by keeping up or ahead of the technology and knowledge curve.
Adriane Larson, Grand Junction, CO
My name is Adrianne Larson and I am a first year teacher at West Middle school in Grand Junction. Science is not just facts and concepts but makes the world come to life! My aspiration is to learn more about climate research to assist students in understanding our planet better. Knowledge is powerful. The more we can learn about our climate, the more we can share information, and create change through young minds.
Not ShownKalman Mannis, Choncho, AZ
Kal is currently serving as the secondary science teacher (yes he's the whole department) and STEM Coach at a rural K12 charter school in Eastern AZ. Prior to that he has served as the STEM specialist for a regional ESA, the White Mountain Apache Tribal Public Schools, and two other rural Arizona districts. In addition, he serves on the board of the White Mountain Nature Center, the Navajo/Apache (counties) Regional Council of Arizona First Things First, and the White Mountain Historical Arts Foundation. Kal grew up in South Florida and escaped to the West after University, and notes he has loved every minute.

Thomas Mitchell, Monrovia, Montserrado
My name is Thomas P. Mitchell, a citizen of Liberia, a small country in West Africa. I am currently volunteering as the Program Officer of the United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative (UNEYAI) Liberia ( The United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative is a legal nonprofit organization with no affiliation /association with the United Nations global body. The United Nations Environmental Youth Action Initiative also functions as an independent youth run environmental organization with local chapters in Liberia and Nigeria. I am doing my Bachelor degree in Information Technology at the Starz College of Science & Technology in Liberia. Sincerely, I am new to environmental issues and I would like to acquire more practical knowledge on Climate Change, the causes, effects, and solutions. I like to play soccer, basketball, working out in the gym, and other social activities.

Amanda Morrison, Fort Collins, CO
My love of science began in northeastern Vermont where I spent my childhood climbing trees and tracking deer on my family's land.  I moved to Montana in 1998 to study fish and wildlife management, and earned a degree in Biology.  After three years of being asked "What are you doing?" almost daily in Yellowstone while tracking elk and wolves as part of the wolf reintroduction project, I decided it was time to teach others about wildlife and research.  Since 2005, I have been living my dream life - combining a love of doing science and teaching others about science. I work both at Colorado State University in science education, and teach science at a local high school. I travel annually to the North Slope of Alaska to study the impact of climate change on arctic tundra plants, and take every opportunity I have to engage in research through my work at CSU. In my spare time I love to garden, hike, run, volunteer, and spend time with family.
Emma Mrozicki, Somerville, MA
Emma Mrozicki teaches 4th grade in a Spanish-English dual language immersion program in Somerville, Massachusetts. In her classroom, Emma empowers her students to contribute positively through collaborative projects that address real world topics. She is a 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellow and will be spending the month of July traveling to National Parks in the western United States researching the impact of climate change on the parks./td>

Sherry Oaks, Boulder, CO
Sherry Oaks is a faculty member at the University of Colorado and enjoys engaging her students in meaningful activities on the issue of climate change. In addition to attending the conference, she will take part in the workshop's final session "Communicating Climate Cafe'." She looks forward to meeting all of you and taking part in the workshop.


Heidi Ragsdale, Grand Junction, CO
My name is Heidi Ragsdale and I am an 8th grade science teacher at West Middle School in Grand Junction, CO. I am the advisor for our school's STEM program, Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement (M.E.S.A.), where I adventure with students to learn about STEM career options and all things AMAZING!  My favorite climate science teacher  moment was  watching the MAVEN mission launch to Mars in 2013, from Kennedy Space Center, as a MAVEN Educator Ambassador! 
Mark Reitsma, Thorton, CO
My name is Mark Reitsma. I am originally from the midwest but now live in wonderful Colorado. I've taught for 15 years, including places like South Dakota, Chicagoland area schools, and now in the Denver suburbs.  At both the middle school and high school levels, I have worked to make the curriculum relevant to the lives of all my students. In my free time I like to spend time with my wife and 2 girls, camping, hiking, reading, watching movies, trying to garden, and volunteering. 
Christian (Todd) Rhodes, Florence, SC
Todd is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. He is working at NCAR for a 3-month period this summer with the Climate Change and Global Dynamics group specifically focusing on research involving the modeling of gravity waves in the Southern Hemisphere within NCAR's various weather and climate models. He also will be involved in June's climate workshop and assist in the workshop's organization, content, and delivery.
Lauren Riegler, Lafayette, CO
Lauren is the Director of Outreach for the local nonprofit Ocean First Institute. Lauren’s passion for community outreach and marine conservation led her to earn a bachelor’s in biology from Trinity University and a master’s in conservation biology from the University of Central Florida. Her experience within the marine conservation field has included working with the communication team at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, studying horseshoe crab behavior, monitoring sea turtle nests, and assisting in marine wildlife rehabilitation. Now as a resident of Colorado, Lauren is excited to continue protecting the ocean by promoting greater awareness of marine conservation issues and empowering others to become better stewards of the marine world.
Rachel Schoen, Denver, CO
Rachel Schoen graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Environmental Studies, beginning her career in environmental work.  After school she worked in an environmental health non-profit organization where she was active in educating the public about common environmental exposures and human health.  She received her teaching certification in Biology while working at the non-profit.  She recently completed a masters program in Environmental Science and Engineering and is currently working with manufacturers and vendors of chemical free health and personal care products to increase their exposure in markets around Denver.
Linda Schoen Giddings, Santa Fe, NM
Linda Schoen Giddings received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Hofstra University, her MA and MS from Adelphi and Hebrew University, and her BS in biology from City College of New York. She has lived in NY most of her life, but moved to South Carolina in 1998 and to Santa Fe, NM in 2013. During her years teaching, she has been an assistant principal, science specialist and teacher mentor. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Science Supervisors, and is active in NSTA and ASCD. She is active in many community organizations and activities and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren in the Denver area.
Carlie D. Trott, Fort Collins, CO
Carlie D. Trott, M.S. is a doctoral candidate of Applied Social Psychology at Colorado State University and a current Climate Steward. Over  the past five years, she has taught small and large, laboratory and lecture courses at CSU, including Psychology of Gender and Research Methods in Social Psychology. She currently works at CSU’s STEM  Center as a research and evaluation assistant, while completing her dissertation and CSEP project, an  after-school program called Science, Camera, Action!, carried out across three the Boys and Girls Clubs in Northern Colorado.
Joyce Tuten, Middleton, MD
For the past 10 years, I've taught mostly AP Environmental Science in Frederick, Maryland. I'm a NOAA Climate Steward and like to learn as much as I can about climate change in order to help educate my community. My husband is in the Army, so we've lived in Germany, TX, WA, VA, HI, MD and MA. We will have an empty nest this fall, which means more time to travel, walk our Golden Retriever and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities - including tending a big vegetable garden.
Crista VanWyk, Boulder, CO
My name is Crista Van Wyk.  I grew up in Colorado and attended Colorado State University, where I received my Bachelor in Science in Biology.  After spending a few years working I returned to school to get my Masters of Education at Regis University.  I just completed my fourth year teaching at Mead Middle School.
Rozita Williams, Boulder, CO
Rozita did her PhD. in Geography at Michigan State University. Her research focused on Land use land cover change in Borneo, looking into deforestation and impact on the indigenous people and their environment.  Her specialty is in Geographical Information System and remote sensing applications for geospatial analysis, geo processing and interpretation of satellite imagery. Rozita is an advocate for research in environmental sciences at the University of Colorado. She is also engaged with CIRES outreach in the student’s Science Trout Bowl competition and BVSD Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair. Rozita mentors international students in transition into CU campus life. She lives in Boulder Colorado, and loves the outdoors. She is passionate about issues on the environment, sustainability, global warming, and climate change. Earlier this year she had the opportunity to travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, experiencing and exploring the cultural & ecological environmental aspects of the global world.
Jillian Worssam, Flagstaff, AZ
Hi Everyone, I am Jillian Worssam an eighth grade honors and general science instructor from Flagstaff, Arizona.  I have taught in China, and completed a two-and-a-half year tour with the Peace Corps in the Philippines.  Besides teaching 150 students daily, I also volunteer on the board of the Flagstaff Festival of Science and run two after-school programs: oceanography and a makerspace/STEM club.  I can’t wait to meet everyone and share our amazing educational stories and experiences. (Also, Jillian is a NOAA Climate Stewards Peer Leader.)


Date of the event: 
June 30, 2016 (All day) to July 2, 2016 (All day)


Kevin Trenberth, Ph.D., NCAR Distinguished Scientist, Climate & Global Dynamics Div.; Climate Change Extemes: Attribution and Risk

Shawna Crocker, Colorado State Forest Service & Coordinator, CO Project Learning Tree; Overview of PLT and New Climate Change Resources 

Becca Hatheway, UCAR Center for Science Education; 
The NCAR Visitor Center Climate Change Exhibit

Lisa Gardiner, UCAR Center for Science Education; 
Communicating Climate Change with Images and Graphics

Janice Coen, NCAR Scientist;
Fire Attribution: It's Complicated

Gerald Meehl, NCAR Senior Scientist, Climate and Global Dynamics Division; Weather Extremes & Climate Attribution: Asking the Right Question 

Rod Moraga, Fire Management Consultant, Anchor Point Group;
Fire and Climate: The View from the Field

Mari Tye, NCAR Scientist, Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP); Resilience to Fail Gracefully

Brett KenCairn, City of Boulder Sr. Environmental Planner, 
Community Climate Change: The Transformative Potential of Climate Change Preparation

Hilary Peddicord, NOAA Education;
A Look at Science on a Sphere Explorer for Climate Change Education

Chris Clack, Scientist, NOAA; University of Colorado, CIRES;
A Strategy to Decarbonize Energy: Momentum to Act

Todd Rhodes, NCAR Ph.D. Intern, Coastal Carolina University, Florence, SC; ResilientVille Role Play Game

Sandra Henderson, Director of Citizen Science, National Ecological Observation Network (NEON); Project Budburst Citizen Science Project

Matthew Kelsch, UCAR COMET Program Meteorologist/Educator; 
Resilience and the Boulder Flood 2013

Peg Steffen, NOAA National Ocean Service  Education Coordinator; The NOAA Climate Stewards Program Explained followed with Stewards' Stories

Teresa Eastburn, UCAR Center for Science Education;
Systems Thinking Game;  and Communicating Climate Change 

Randy Russell, UCAR Center for Science Education; 
Understanding Climate Models

Photo to come!

Sherry Oaks, University of Colorado;
Communicating Climate Change



Date of the event: 
June 30, 2016 (All day) to July 2, 2016 (All day)


Wednesday     Thursday     Friday     Saturday




3 PM onHotel Registration, Rodeway Inn and Suites
555 30th Street, Boulder, CO; 303/444-3330
NCAR/NOAA Rate: $89/night w/ NCAR/NOAA Block of Rooms
Rodeway Inn & Suites 
6:15 PMOptional: Group Dinner at Carelli's
Meet in Hotel Lobby and walk to restaurant nearby.
Non-hotel residents are encouraged join us at the restaurant.
Rodeway Inn & Suites Lobby
6:30 PMRestaurant Reservations for 20. Email Teri to attend.
All are welcomed! Carelli's Restaurant, 645 30th St., Boulder, CO 80303; 303-938-9300
Carelli's Restaurant
8:30 PM
Walk back to Rodeway Inn and Suites.
Less than 1 block walk
7:45 AMVan pickup for Workshop attendees staying at the Rodeway Inn & Suites. Meet in Hotel lobby for transport to the NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center nearby.Rodeway Inn & Suites Lobby
8:00 AMWorkshop Continental Breakfast NCAR Mesa Lab Mezzanine
8:20 AM

Welcome, Teri Eastburn, UCAR Center for Science Education;  
Peg Steffen, NOAA, National Ocean Services, and NOAA Climate Stewards Program Coordinator, Introduction to NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

Icebreaker activity instructions and messages

NCAR Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room
9:30 AM

Welcome, Evaluators Hilarie Davis, Technology for Learning 

Main Seminar Room
9:45 AM

Official Welcome to NCAR
James Hurrell, NCAR Director & Climate Scientist

Main Seminar Room
10 AM


Keynote: Kevin Trenberth, NCAR Distinguished Sr. Scientist

Main Seminar Room, Broadcast on UCARLive
11 AMMorning Break 
11:15 AM

NCAR Mesa Lab Climate Exhibit resources & communicating climate with pictures w/ Becca Hatheway and Lisa Gardiner, UCAR Center for Science Education

Meet in Main Seminar Room to proceed to Exhibits &/or Chapman Room
12:30 PMLunch - Self Pay
(Feel free to bring your own packed lunch if feasible and desired.)
NCAR Cafeteria
1:45 PM

Shawna Crocker, Colorado Forestry Service and Project Learning Tree - New Climate Change Curriculum, Colorado Coordinator

Main Seminar Room
2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Video, Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change (12 min)

Attribution, Fire Extremes, and Resilience Panel
Jerry Meehl, NCAR Sr. Climate Scientst
Rod Moraga, Fire Management Consultant, Anchor Point Group
Janice Coen, NCAR Scientist, Fire Modeler
Mari Tye, Engineering & Climate Extremes Partnership, NCAR Scientist
Brett KenCairn, City of Boulder Sr. Environmental Planner

Main Seminar Room

 Broadcasted on UCARLive

3:45 PM

Climate Change TalkTail Hour Reception, Welcome by John Ristvey, Director, UCAR Center for Science Education;
By invitation: Educators and NCAR and NOAA Scientists

Mesa Lab Damon Room
4:45 PM

Post Talktail Party - Serious Photo; Post Talktail Party - Silly

NCAR Cafeteria
4:50 PM

Evaluation w/ Hilarie Davies 

NCAR Classroom outside of NCAR Cafeteria
5:15 PM

Free time w/ exhibits, Weather Trail, colleagues

NCAR Public Spaces & Exhibits
6 PMOptional, Transportation to Hotel and/or Transportation to Pearl Street to DinnerNCAR Front Entrance
8:30 PM

Optional, Transportation to Hotel from Pearl Street
(Meet at side-entrance door to the Boulder Book Store at 8:30pm.)

Gather at side entrance to Boulder Book Store

 7:50 AM Meet at hotel lobby or NCAR Mesa Lab entrance before being transported to NOAA in vansHotel Lobby or NCAR Entrance
8:00 AM

Enter NOAA with group participants via security entrance on Broadway 

NOAA Broadway Security Entrance
8:30 AM

NOAA Welcome and Science on a Sphere (SOS) Explorer w/ introduction to SOSx Lite (Half of group will attend each presentation then groups will switch. 45 minutes.)

Space Weather Prediction Center & "Making the Keeling Curve" (Half of the group will attend the presentation then groups will switch. 45 minutes.)

Space Weather Prediction Center & SOS area

10 AM

Break & refreshmentsNOAA Atrium & Patio

10:30 AM

A Strategy to Decarbonize Energy w/ NOAA Scientist Chris Clack

Multipurpose Room

11:45 AM

Group Photo at NOAA Entrance near NOAA Sign

NOAA Skaggs Building Entrance
12:15 PMLunch at NCAR, Self PayNCAR Cafeteria
1:30 PM

ResilientVille Role Play Game and Other Games for Learning with Todd Rhodes

Damon Room, 2nd Floor
1:30 PM

Project Budburst and Citizen Science  w/ Sandra Henderson, Director of Citizen Science, National Ecological Observatory Network

Meet at Main Seminar Room for brief overview before transitioning to Weather Trail area.
3:00 PM

Group Photo: Meet at NCAR back entrance to Wx Trail

NCAR Exit to Weather Trail, 2nd floor 
3:15 PMBreak 
3:30 PM

The Boulder 2013 Flood and Resilience Planning w/ Matt Kelsch
Boulder: One of the World's "100 Resilient Cities"

Main Seminar Rm then Field Trip in Boulder. Vans at NCAR entrance.
6:00 PMEvaluation, Hilary Davis NCAR Cafeteria
6:30 PMDinner Italian StyleNCAR Cafeteria 
6:45 PM

The NOAA Climate Stewards Program and Project Examples
w/ Peg Steffen, NOAA

NCAR Cafeteria 
7:45 PMTransportation back to Hotel  -  optional for those who aren't interested in evening offering NCAR ML Entrance
7:45 PM

World Climate Game from Climate Interactive w/ Teri and Todd (We'll keep this low key and give you all the background you need to play this exceptional roleplay game) - Optional

Damon Room 
9:00 PMTransportation back to Hotel (optional)NCAR ML Entrance

8:00 AMOptional, Transportation from hotel to NCAR; 
Meet in Hotel lobby.
Hotel Lobby
8:30 AM

The Systems Game w/ Teri Eastburn  

NCAR Mezzanine
9:30 AMMorning BreakCafeteria
9:45 AM

Modeling Activities & Games w/ Randy Russell, UCAR SciEd

ML Cafeteria
11:00 AM

Climate Change Communication Cafe': What Works and Resources
with Teri Eastburn and Sherry Oaks 

Damon Room
12:05 PMEvaluation, Hilarie Davies; Post SurveyDamon Room
12:30 PMWorkshop AdjournmentMain Seminar Room

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NCAR Mesa Laboratory
Date of the event: 
June 30, 2016 - 8:00am to July 2, 2016 - 12:30pm
NCAR Mesa Laboratory
Date of the event: 
June 30, 2016 - 8:00am to July 2, 2016 - 12:30pm