Climate Kids Explorer Backpacks are portable, field-ready education kits with the essentials that you need to teach youth about a variety of topics related to climate change science and solutions.
Ideal for field trips, outdoor locations, and classrooms, each Backpack includes background information on climate topics for educators, a presentation for students, and materials for hands-on art, science, and storytelling activities.
Presentations are included in both digital and print formats—printed slides with talking points on the back can be used for outdoor learning opportunities, and a USB contains digital slides to be used in the classroom.
climate change 101
This resource was designed to provide educators with the materials needed to give an overview about climate change science and its implications for natural and human communities and ecosystems. It uses science, art, and storytelling to help students engage with climate change hands-on.
regional impacts of climate change
This resource was designed to provide educators with the materials needed to better understand and teach about the local impacts of climate change in southern California. It uses real data about wildlife, watersheds, and communities that participants can use to explore local change and learn about what steps students can take to reduce the impacts of climate change.
climate change & fire
With support from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, SDG&E's Environmental Champions Initiative, and our network of partners, we are developing new curriculum and an Explorer Backpack about wildfire and climate change, centered around Indigenous fire stewardship and the importance of fire in California's ecosystems. Stay tuned!
climate kids - caribbean
As part of the USDA Climate Hub's Climate Smart Caribbean project, we are creating a set of Explorer Backpacks and place-based educational activities about the regional impacts of climate change to the food system and climate-smart agriculture practices in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Stay tuned!
Climate Kids Explorer Backpacks are available for all educators—formal and informal—to check out at three hub locations in San Diego County, two of which serve regional Tribal communities.
San Diego Check Out Location
In collaboration with our partners at the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Climate Kids Explorer Backpacks are available for check out as part of the Nature to You Loan Program.
To reserve the Explorer Backpacks and many other wonderful teaching tools, please visit the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Check Out Location for Tribal Partners Only
For the Climate Science Alliance's Tribal partners, our Explorer Backpacks can be reserved through the Pala Environmental Department (Northern San Diego Tribes) or the Manzanita Environmental and Natural Resources Department (Southern San Diego Tribes).
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Thank you to the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Pala Band of Mission Indians, and San Diego Natural History Museum for serving as our Climate Kids Hubs where Climate Kids resources are available to the community for check out. Special thank you to the Climate Kids Explorer Backpack supporters and Tribal partners, including the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the Pala Band of Mission Indians, who made this resource possible.
Funding support comes from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.