Engaging Young People Around Climate Change

Professional Development


This workshop is a hands-on learning experience using climate change as the lens for learning units regarding three critical ecosystem elements: vegetation, water, and soils. Participants will learn to measure landscape elements scientifically and to understand the strategies needed to address the impacts of climate change on their local landscape. Participants will complete an experiential exercise in climate empathy to assist their students in coping with the stress related to the future of the planet. 

Participants will complete an "existing environmental conditions report" on the climate conditions of the landscape of their local school, park, or public building. The report could result in various future authentic tasks, such as setting a tree canopy goal or creating rain gardens for their chosen site. Participants will receive both simple and complex exercises to replicate with their students. The workshop will offer cross-curriculum ideas and a list of resources for future reference.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Grades 4 - 12


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations). 

Date and Location 

This course will be taught in three sessions: the first is online completing the mapping and measuring exercises; the second is in-person outside to conduct the three hands-on exercises that are taught in the class; the third is an on-site case study where the group conducts a site assessment in-person and also reports out some of the recommendations for their sites. 

  • Session 1: July 6, 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Session 2: July 8, 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Session 3: August 4, 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm

*For those that prefer, full remote participation will be accommodated through videos and live, on-site Zoom meetings.

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $395 for member districts, and $434.50 for non-member districts.

Registration Deadline: June 29


  • thumbnail photo of CJ Lammers

    CJ Lammers is a nationally-known speaker and advocate for all things green. For the last 30 years she has worked with citizens and state and local governments to move the ball forward on various topics including tree and forest preservation, small and large landscape conservation, green infrastructure planning, and environmental land use policies and strategies.

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A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.