Initial Publication Date: March 30, 2022

CLEAN Teleconference Call January 15, 2019

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Don Haas & Ingrid Zabel: Climate and Energy Exhibit at the Museum of the Earth

Abstract: The Paleontological Research Institution's Museum of the Earth will be updating its climate and energy exhibit in 2019. This informal discussion will seek input from CLEAN on plans for the new exhibit. A Prezi (here: includes somewhat of an overview of the plans for the exhibit but the discussion will likely only draw from bits of the presentation. We are interested in various kinds of art and interactives to highlight aspects of climate change as well as approaches that offer guidance to museum goers in how they might most appropriately respond to climate change. This will be the first major overhaul of the exhibit since the museum's opening in 2003.


Dr. Ingrid Zabel is the Climate Change Education Manager at PRI, and is interested in building public understanding of the science and societal impact of climate change. Ingrid leads climate change science activities with youth and the public at the Cayuga Nature Center, the Museum of the Earth, and schools in Ithaca, NY and New York City. She also develops science exhibit content, manages citizen science projects, and she is one of the authors of PRI's Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change. She is the Curator of two state-level portals to climate change resources: the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse and Resilient MA, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Don Haas is the Director of Teacher Programs at The Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY. He is Past President of NAGT. Don's work in public outreach, teacher education, teacher professional development and curriculum materials development marries deep understandings of how people learn with deep understandings of the Earth system. He is a nationally regarded expert in climate and energy education, place-based and technology-rich Earth and environmental science education. He also is co-author of the books, The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change and The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale. He served on the Earth & Space Science Design Team for the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Don has taught at Colgate, Cornell, and Michigan State Universities, Kalamazoo College, and Tapestry and Norwich (New York) High Schools.


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