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Our global climate and the food that we eat everyday are inextricably linked.

With these activities we will explore our food system and the role it plays in our changing climate and alternatively, how climate change will impact our food, how it's produced, transported, and more!

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hands-on science
 
  • Buckwheat: California's Common Beauty

    The California buckwheat and numerous related species in genus Eriogonum are common plants in California but are also vital to the natural communities.

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    3 minutes

  • Building a Healthy Planet From the Ground Up

    Take a look at how Coastal Roots Farm grows healthy food using healthy soil.

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    7 minutes

  • Climate Science & Food Systems

    Understand how climate change is impacting the food system on a regional level, how climate-smart agricultural practices can help offset the impacts of climate change, and the role we play at the intersection of climate, food, and agriculture.

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    12 minutes

  • Composting (with Worms!) 101

    Learn how to compost at home with the help of worms!

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    9 minutes

  • Create a Climate Smart Cook Book

    Students will research fruits, vegetables, and foods that are locally sourced and in season to produce a set of climate smart recipes. These recipes can be combined to create a climate smart cookbook for distribution to the class, school or community.

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  • Growing Seeds Experiment

    Students will observe and investigate the influence of changing temperature and precipitation on plant growth to better understand the climatic impacts to larger scale agriculture.

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  • Plant Inquiry

    Students will spend time exploring and nature journaling fruits, vegetables, and other plants to prepare them for their discussions on photosynthesis, what plants need to grow, and how plants are critical to sequestering carbon in the carbon cycle.

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  • Produce Plant Parts

    Learn the importance and function of each plant part and how we enjoy each of them as farm produce.

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    18 minutes

  • Trees: Our Important Oak Trees

    A quick video about the oak trees of Pala and their importance.

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    2 minutes

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  • Building a Miniature Garden

    Industrial food production takes a huge toll on the environment, and organic and local food can be expensive. Learn how you can use the materials in your kitchen to grow some of your own food!

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    4 minutes

  • Plant Part Person Art

    Apply your knowledge of the 6 plant parts and their functions in this creative STEAM art project.

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    8 minutes

  • Making Food Art Prints

    The impact of food production and food waste on the environment is large, and change starts at home. Challenge yourself to learn about where your food comes from, and where it goes once you throw it away!

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    3 minutes

  • Pollinator Cracker Snack

    Create a tasty model of a pollinator insect that inspires creativity and is the perfect little snack.

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    6 minutes

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storytelling
 
  • Plates Full of Color

    Introduces Miss Rabbit and the boys’ friends, Little Hummingbird and Simon. Miss Rabbit teaches the value of eating a variety of colorful and healthy foods.

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    8 minutes

  • The Coffee Market in the Face of Climate Change

    In her art series, Audrey Carver shows farmers with potentially lost crops and livelihoods, paired with plants in various stages of health, to visualize the interdependence between plants and people, our actions and their lives.

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    2 minutes

  • Happy Cows Help Save the Planet

    Costa Rica has become a world leader in agricultural and forestry practices that help reduce global warming by reducing carbon output -- but the real winners are ranchers and farmers who say environmentally sound practices save them money and benefit their livestock, their crops and their livelihoods.

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    6 minutes

  • Climate, Agriculture, and the Challenges Ahead

    Climate change will affect all of us, but agriculture is an area where it will hit our lifestyle hard. High temperatures, a changing water situation, extreme weather and increased carbon dioxide will all impact how we grow food, how nutritious it can be and if we'll be able to feed the planet.

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    4 minutes

  • Before We Eat: From Farm to Table

    Before we eat, many people must work very hard―planting grain, catching fish, tending animals, and filling crates. In this book, vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian, readers find out what must happen before food can get to our table to nourish our bodies and spirits.

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    3 minutes

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Climate Science & Food Systems Traveling Trunk

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will gain an understanding of how climate change is impacting the food system on a regional level, how climate-smart agricultural practices can help offset the impacts of climate change, and the role we play at the intersection of climate, food, and agriculture.

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Climate Science + Food Systems Traveling Trunk Training

Learn how to use the Climate Science + Food Systems Traveling Trunk with your student group.

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will gain an understanding of how climate change is impacting the food system on a regional level, how climate-smart agricultural practices can help offset the impacts of climate change, and the role we play at the intersection of climate, food, and agriculture.

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Video

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41 minutes

Climate Science + Food Systems Educator Training

This training, developed by the Climate Science Alliance, is a high-level overview of our Climate Kids Climate Science + Food Systems Traveling Trunk. This resource is available to educators to help students understand how climate change is impacting our food system, how agricultural practices influence our climate, and the role we play at this intersection.

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Video

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1 hour 34 minutes

General Climate Kids
Resources

Check out the educational materials, coloring books, and fun activities that cover numerous subject topics!

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Climate Change Phenomena
Coastal Roots Farm
Indigenous Regeneration
Resilient Roots Project
Southwest Climate Hub
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The Climate Science Alliance Team acknowledges the Indigenous peoples on whose traditional territory we work. We honor the continued presence and resilience of Indigenous communities and nations today, and thank those we work with for your friendship and your good will in our efforts to collaborate.

 

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