Parks Climate Challenge


Parks Climate Challenge 2009 photo gallery

This summer, 19 high school students from Chicago, DC, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle spent a month in the North Cascades. For many, it was their first time camping. They hiked to glaciers, swam with bull trout, dodged thunderstorms, taught fifth graders about CO2, and went canoeing for days. It was an opportunity to both connect with a national park and witness impacts of climate change. The group was provided with an audio recorder and two cameras to document this experience and tell their story.

In September, the Parks Climate Challenge team will travel to the other Washington to meet with experts in climate change policy, national parks and community engagement. When they return home, they will work with a teacher-mentor to design a service project at a local national park that engages more youth with doing something about climate change.

This program is a partnership between North Cascades Institute, North Cascades National Park, and the National Park Foundation, made possible by generous support from PG&E.