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Children created terrariums at NCDC's Bring a Child to Work Day

NCDC has a unique role in advancing education and understanding by providing authoritative data and information. The true success of NCDC’s mission as an organization depends on teachers and educators using our data in new and exciting ways. We encourage educators to access our datasets or our climate analysis tools for use in lessons. To do so, visit the Data Access or the Climate Information sections of NCDC's website. In addition to using our data to support your work, check out the following list of excellent resources for climate and weather education.

Climate Resources

  • Climate.gov
    Climate.gov provides science and information for a “climate-smart” Nation. On the site you will find datasets, maps, reports, data products, articles, climate and weather news, and education resources. The educational materials consist of more than 500 reviewed lessons.
  • Climate Kids
    This NASA website is designed specifically for children and includes a section for teachers. The content is geared towards weather and climate awareness. It provides clarifying activities, educational games, lessons, resources, and articles.

Additional Education Resources 

  • JetStream
    JetStream is the National Weather Service’s online school for weather. The site contains useful information both for teachers and students interested in learning about weather and weather safety.
  • National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
    NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) manages data relating to the Earth and solar environments.
  • NOAA Climate Stewards
    The Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is part of NOAA’s portfolio of activities designed to strengthen ocean, climate, and atmospheric science education. CSEP increases understanding of essential climate concepts, providing educators with ready access to reliable scientific information through an array of professional development opportunities.
  • NOAA Education Resources
    This site has great information about any area that NOAA’s work encompasses, from marine life to satellites. This portal is designed to assist educators in accessing these materials from one centralized interface.
  • NOAA Teacher at Sea
    The Teacher at Sea Program places full-time teachers on NOAA research vessels. These teachers spend a few weeks with the crew participating in their research, learning about the vessel operations, writing lesson plans for students, taking photographs, and writing blog posts about their journey.
  • Scijinks
    This educational site was created as a collaborative effort between NASA and NOAA.  It contains sections for both students and teachers. Games, activities, and clarifying articles to support and expand scientific knowledge are available from Scijinks.
  • Groundhog Day
    This site contains detailed information on Groundhog Day history and folklore, comparisons of Punxsutawney Phil's forecasts and the U.S. national temperature record, as well as information about other groundhogs around the United States.