Through PRI's work in climate change education, we can help make sense of present and potential future change, while contrasting it with geological understanding of past global change. In our climate change education programs we focus on systems thinking and learning in your own backyard. We provide outreach and education through exhibits, curriculum, presentations, professional development, website resources, and much more.

PRI is an endorsed outreach partner of Cornell University's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.


Our new
Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change
is now available!

Climate Change for Teachers and Students

Teacher Workshops

PRI will tailor workshops to help you teach about climate change past, present, and future, and about topics such as energy resources, sustainability, and biodiversity. For information contact our Director of Teacher Programming at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 607-821-0910.

4-H Educator Training

PRI is teaming up with 4-H to help students learn about the meteorology and water resources of their area, and about concepts of climate change and local impacts. The 4-H climate project is an NSF-supported project in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Community Collaborative for Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Learn more about the project here and visit CoCoRaHS at

If you are a 4-H educator interested in the project please contact Ingrid Zabel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Climate Change Presentations for Community Groups

PRI staff will give a presentation on climate change to your class or community group, at the Museum of the Earth, the Cayuga Nature Center, or your organization's location. Our talks focus on the paleoclimate perspective of current climate change and on climate change in New York State. For information contact Ingrid Zabel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teacher-Friendly Guides to Regional Earth Science

New resources for teachers on regional Earth science will be available in fall 2014, based on the model of the Teacher-Friendly Guide to the Geology of the Northeastern U.S., and will now have a chapter on climate and climate change. This is an NSF-funded project; for more information visit Teacher-Friendly Guides and

Global Change Website

PRI's Global Change Website provides high quality information on climate change, ozone depletion, and biodiversity.

Climate Change 101 Blog

PRI's Climate Change 101 Blog provides up-to-date informal discussion on climate change that goes beyond what you'll find in our Climate Change 101 articles. Contributors to the blog include PRI staff and Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Science students studying Earth systems.

Climate exhibits at the Museum of the Earth

Immerse yourself in a glacier, watch live animals in our Caribbean and Indo-Pacific coral reef tanks, and learn about climate and energy in our permanent exhibits. Recent temporary exhibits on climate change have included ones on the carbon cycle, on rising sea levels, and on changes in Arctic glaciers over time. Information about admission to the Museum is available on our Hours and Admission page.

Climate exhibits at the Cayuga Nature Center

Learn about how climate change is affecting our local plants, animals, and human activities right here and now. Information about admission to the Nature Center is available on our Hours and Admission page.

Citizen Science

The Cayuga Nature Center is a registered tree phenology observation site for the USA National Phenology Network. Phenology is the study of seasonal and cyclic changes in plants and animals as related to climate change. Visitors to the Nature Center can take part in this citizen science project by observing a sugar maple tree and submitting their observations.

Geological History of Climate Change Exhibit at Museum of the Earth

The Museum of the Earth long-term exhibit Journey Through Time incorporates Earth system change, in particular climate change, throughout the exhibits.

Climate Change Education in Rural Communities

We have created a traveling climate change exhibit kiosk that provides community-relevant information for rural communities. The exhibit, titled Weird Weather, has been on display at fairs, libraries, schools, and community centers throughout New York State since 2012. For more information, click here or contact Ingrid Zabel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 607-273-6623 x122.

Earth Day

Every year, PRI and its Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center celebrate Earth Day through public events such as lectures and trail hikes.

Climate Change talks at the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center

We offer a wide range of talks on history of the Earth and its life, and on climate change in particular. Check our Events page for details on upcoming talks. Past talks are available on PRI's YouTube channel at

Community Initiatives

Discussion Space at Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center

The Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center welcome opportunities to share their classroom and education spaces with those interested in hosting discussion groups around the themes of sustainability and climate change. For example, the Museum of the Earth hosted two "Ithaca Climate Summits" to generate community discussion around synergies among numerous local groups with interests in climate and energy outreach.

Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI)

TCCPI is a coalition of community leaders in Tompkins County, including those from higher education, who are seeking synergies to decrease electricity consumption for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. PRI, Tompkins County/Cornell Cooperative Extension, and others are involved in outreach and education associated with TCCPI. More information can be found here.

Links to Local Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives

Ithaca and Tompkins County are leaders in sustainability initiatives, climate change in particular. Click here for a list of some of the major groups and initiatives.

PRI Climate Change Publications

Climate Change Past, Present, and Future: A Very Short Guide

This booklet reviews the science of climate change, explaining what climate change is and why most scientists think it's happened and of concern. Written by PRI staff members Warren Allmon, Trisha Smrecak, and Robert Ross. Go here to order one!

The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale

This book reviews the major science and technology issues around the complex topic of hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale for natural gas, offering impartial, evidence-based, thought-provoking information to help citizens decide what to do. Written by PRI staff members Don Duggan-Hass, Robert Ross, and Warren Allmon. Go here to order one!