Climate in the Classroom

Engaging the Next Generation of Climate Champions

program goals

  1. Build climate literacy among NH students
  2. Support teachers in integrating climate change in their classrooms
  3. Empower students to engage their family and community members around climate change

program history

The Climate in the Classroom Program was piloted in 2016 by UNH Extension, NH Sea Grant, and Strafford Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with two 5th-grade teachers at Oyster River Middle School. The program was designed to engage students and their family members in learning about climate change. Since then, the program was continually updated through three additional implementations. leading to a teacher training hosted in June 2019 in collaboration with the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.



Download the climate in the classroom materials & resources

Fill out the brief survey at the link below to get a link
to download the electronic materials for the Climate in the Classroom program:

What’s in the climate in the classroom binder?

A. Climate Change Unit Plan and Supporting Materials

  • CLIMATE! questions description
  • Climate in the Classroom activities summary
  • Sample unit plan calendar
  • Unit Plan: Grade 5
  • Unit Plan: Grade 8
  • Pre- and post-evaluation examples

B. Climate in the Classroom Overview Presentation (powerpoint slides and talking points outline)

C. Activity 1: Storm Preparedness Questionnaire

D. Activity 2: Climate Matching Game

E. Activity 3: CLIMATE! Posters

F. Activity 4: Resilient and Sustainable Buildings

G. Activity 5: Shifting Shorelines

H. Activity 6: Art and Writing

I. Activity 7: Climate Café

J. Additional Resources

K. Climate Change 101 Presentation (powerpoint slides) by Sherry Godlewski and Steve Miller

These materials will be updated periodically as needed.


recent & Upcoming Climate in the classroom Events



Teachers on the estuary training program

 In partnership with the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Event Info
Click here to see the 2019 TOTE training agenda.



climate in the classroom culminating event

Portsmouth Middle School

Event Info
Stay tuned for more details.

who we are

climate in the classroom Project team

PROJECT LEADS: Amanda Stone, UNH Extension, and Lisa Wise, NH Sea Grant Extension


  • Sherry Godlewski, NH Department of Environmental Services
  • Chris Hall, Oyster River Middle School 5th-grade teacher
  • Kelle Loughlin and Colleen McClure, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Julie LaBranche, Rockingham Planning Commission
  • Abigail Lyon, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
  • Kyle Pimental, Strafford Regional Planning Commission
  • Mark Wiley, NH Sea Grant


Any feedback?

Have you used the climate in the classroom resources? 

Please let us know how it went! Fill out the survey below to provide feedback. Your input is vital to help us continually improve the program and track its reach.

By the numbers

Teachers Engaged

Students Engaged

Teachers Trained at TOTE

Schools Engaged

Family & Community Members Engaged

A Word

From family members

  • This presentation is giving me a new perspective on saving energy and being more aware
  • The students were excellent presenters. They are becoming climate experts.
  • Very impressed by your learning and public speaking! I didn’t realize the importance of coral reefs!
  • I didn’t realize how many sources for CO2 emission measurements there were. Great work! A lot of effort really pays off!
  • Wow! What an informative evening. Thanks for calling attention to this very important issue.

-comments from family members who attended the Oyster River Middle School culminating event in 2018 

A Word


  • The binder and all the links are incredible – I love how everything will be online.
  • Such a wide and interesting variety of activities.
  • The compilation of information in the binder is wonderful and user-friendly.
  • Will be able to incorporate some activities/lessons into ecology unit. Thank you!
  • I feel like I was given a lot of tools and materials that I can transfer to my classroom.

-comments from teacherss who attended the Teachers on the Estuary Training in 2019 

Get In Touch

Lisa Wise, Climate Adaptation Program Manager, NH Sea Grant Extension
Location: Nesmith Hall 224, 113 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824
Telephone: (603) 862-2356


This project was funded, in part, by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act in conjunction with the NH Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program.