This past June, Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) received $26,000 of historic funding from the Governor’s Office to provide agriculture-focused climate education to teachers throughout Snohomish County. In total, $4,000,000 was allocated through the Washington State Legislature general fund for Fiscal year 2018-19 to award Educational Service Districts (ESDs) and community-based organizations, like SCD, throughout Washington State.
SCD will create a video that tells the stories of Snohomish County agricultural producers and how current climate and future climate projections are impacting agriculture. This video will be distributed to teachers for use in their classrooms – allowing teachers and students to explore the local impacts of climate science on agriculture.
In addition to this video, SCD will offer a teacher training for secondary level teachers focusing on the development of high quality climate science curriculum that meets standards while examining local agricultural phenomenon. The video of local producers will be a focal point of this training, providing context and background knowledge for unit development.
We’re excited to be involved with this historic funding. And, we’re especially looking forward to sharing the stories of local farmers, who are on the front lines of navigating the complexities of a changing climate, with students who will soon be our future farmers and decision makers.
If you have any questions about this program or would like to learn more about the teacher training, please contact Laura Goff at 425-377-7018 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.