Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
To promote broad participation and support education of diverse young scientists in the work of the NW CSC.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) provides Education and Training Services to deliver science-based knowledge and informal educational programs to the larger community, enabling people to participate in the ongoing climate change dialogue and make practical decisions related to the social and economic development of the Northwest. The NW CSC also supports graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in their efforts to become the next generation of climate scientists and educators. To read more about Education and Training Services at the NW CSC, please download the Education and Training Services section of the Strategic Plan by clicking here.
Northwest CSC Education and Training Services Accomplishments to-date:
Education and Training Services aim to develop and sustain a corps of early-career climate science and resource management researchers. As of Fiscal Year 2013, the NW CSC supports eight graduate fellows, located at Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Washington.
The NW CSC supports and helps organize the Climate Boot Camp (PDF, 187 KB), a unique, annual week-long training program that brings together graduate students, early-career scientists, and an instructor corps selected from the Northwest network of climate practitioners. The inaugural Climate Boot Camp was held August 7-12, 2011, at the University of Washington's Pack Forest in Eatonville, Washington, with 11 students in attendance. Fifteen students attended the second annual Climate Boot Camp, held August 12-17, 2012, at Oregon State University's H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, Oregon.
As a result of Climate Boot Camp synergies, students created the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF), a website run for and by students of climate science and/or cultural and natural resource management. Please click here to proceed to the ECCF website.
As part of its funding selection process, the NW CSC favors proposals for research projects that involve and support early-career researchers.