Student Experience

Climate School students sitting along a forest path, reading

What Will You Learn?

The Climate School will take place over two weeks at Castleton University’s campus and provide the space and opportunities for high school students to engage, educate, and get excited about fostering solutions. These are the main themes we will explore during the program:

  • The Science of Climate Change
  • Climate Impacts and Resilience Efforts
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Impact
  • Science Communication & Advocacy 

 Students will participate in a range of activities including:

  • Speaker Series 
  • Seminars 
  • Small Group Activities 
  • Team-Building/Networking Activities 
  • Excursions and Field-Based Lessons 
  • Final Projects 

Climate School students in field walking towards solar panels

Young male student walking up a rocky incline in a forest

The Program at a Glance

Day 1 Arrival and Welcome
Day 2 Orientation & Intro to the Science of Climate Change
Day 3 Local and Global Perspectives on Climate Change
Day 4 The Past and the Future: Paleoclimate, Proxies & Modeling
Day 5 Impact, Resilience, Mitigation, and Adaptation
Day 6 Climate Equity & Justice
Day 7 Full Day Excursion/Real World Community Impact
Day 8 Embodying Change
Day 9 Taking Action
Day 10 Storytelling & Advocacy
Day 11 Honing Your Actions and Plans
Day 12 Telling Your Story and Celebrations
Day 13 Departure

Continued Fall Engagement 

Additional fall programming will be available for students to continue their work. Students will build on the topics introduced during the summer:

  • Communicating for Impact
  •  Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Policymaking
  • Big Data