What is Tracking Climate in Your Backyard?

PRI is working with the 4-H Youth Development program at Cornell Cooperative Extension to recruit volunteers who work with upper elementary and secondary school youth on a citizen science project to monitor precipitation. Tracking Climate in Your Backyard provides materials and training to connect with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRAHS). Data collected by participants will be displayed on the CoCoRaHS website and available for users to analyze and apply to daily situations – ranging from water resource analysis and severe storm warnings to neighbors comparing how much rain fell in their backyards.

A special curriculum, geared toward 8-12 year old youth in informal environments, has been developed to accompany the project and incorporate tracking climate through monitoring weather. The curriculum and citizen science project together make up the Tracking Climate in Your Backyard project, with both PRI and NYS 4-H providing outreach and training materials.

How can I participate?

It's easy! Trainings are primarily applicable for NYS residents, however ANYONE is welcome to use the materials and offer feedback on the project.

First, connect with your local CCE 4-H office and ask if a local training will be held in your area, or if your 4-H educator attended a past training.

Then, download the material on this website and try it out.

Finally, provide feedback on your experiences using our evaluation forms. We would love to have the youth involved offer feedback, too!

If you have questions, please contact Ingrid Zabel, Climate Change Education Manager, at 607-273-6623 x122, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The project Tracking Climate in Your Backyard is funded by the Geoscience Education program of the National Science Foundation (NSF GEO 0808122).

National Science Foundation