Engaging Young People Around Climate Change

Professional Development


Climate change is impacting so much of our lives, and young people are noticing. Relating to climate change can seem like a daunting, remote, intangible, impossibly large, hopeless, and scary thing to kids. Help your students connect with the issue of climate change in their own backyard/schoolyard in this course where participants will learn how to deliver to students a variety of hands-on learning experiences covering three critical ecosystem elements: vegetation (trees), water and soil.

Students can be emotionally impacted by the weight of what’s to come and need outlets for their frustration at the lack of action and their desire to make a difference. In this course, provided over a three-week period, you will learn how to address climate impacts on your own school’s landscape (if you don’t have access to your school you can use a park in your community or even your own backyard for this learning experience).

When the course is concluded you will have a Draft Landscape Assessment that you can use to teach your fellow teachers and/or students the methods you learned. The report can be used to empower the students, teachers, and administrators of your school to take action around its findings. The group will also participate in and model an Empathy Circle exercise to practice processing the emotions around climate change and discuss methods for supporting concerned students.

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). 


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • 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.