NC Climate Education Network

NC Climate Education Network Objective:

Provide educational materials and support for K-12 and nonformal educators to enhance scientific aspects of the curriculum, with an emphasis on climate issues and awareness.

How can you and your students get involved?

Join the NC Climate Education Network and receive related emails about opportunities, webinars, and other updates related to North Carolina Climate Education.


Next Open House: Hurricane Data

September 28, 2021


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NC Climate Education Network

2021 Climate Data Art Contest 

We are inviting K-12 students from across North Carolina to turn climate data into ART! The contest is open to all K-12 students in NC.  

We hope you'll find inspiration from Jill Pelto's art.  Isn't it awesome?

Line plots, bar graphs, and pie charts show data. Painting and drawing evoke emotion and creativity. Bring information and creativity together to tell the story. We want to share your Climate Art with other students just like you across North Carolina! To view the flyer for this contest, click here.

  1. Obtain any climate-related data that shows observations over atleast 30 years (that’s climate data). You can also print out a graph or chart from one of the suggested sites below. 
  2. Create art with that data- painting, drawing, mixed media, anything visual!
  3. Take a well-lit picture of it and submit it using our Climate Data Art Contest Entry Form.
  4. View your entry, along with others, on our Climate Data Art Contest Statewide Map!
  5. Winners will be notified by Mid-December. Winning artists will receive prize in the mail along with their art featured in Coastwatch Publication!

Thanks for your interest!

Suggested sites for climate data:

NOAA Climate Data Online

Earth Engine Map


Air Quality Trends in NC


USGS Surface Water Data

(This link is not 30 year data, but it has great imagery of changes on the planet over the past 20 years.)

Submissions are due by November 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Entrees will be judged and winners will be announced by mid-December, 2020!

Why Climate Data?

NC DEQ has teamed up with the State Climate Office and other educators to form a Climate Education Network. This network connects educators with researchers and scientists to learn the latest information and resources about climatology. Click here to learn more and connect with the NC Climate Education Network!


There will be a prize for the best submission in each category: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

The Fine Print:

Any submission seen as questionable or inappropriate may be deleted at the discretion of the administrators without warning.

All submissions and pictures will be publicly viewable and may be republished again on social media or other platforms.

Incomplete submissions may not be judged, so please ensure all required fields are completed and the map plot is accurate.

Do you like sharing your observations and thoughts? Want to stay connected with NC Water Education? Be sure to check out other educational resources available through NC Division of Water Resource's Education Page!

Specific questions:

NC Climate Education Network is a partnership of educators and scientists from across North Carolina.  

How can this network help you?

Our vision is for every teacher in North Carolina feels confident leading class discussions and providing engaging activities for students to learn about climate issues.  We want to connect teachers with scientists and empower our students to ask questions and formulate viable solutions to ever-changing scenarios, both hypothetical and real.   Explore our resources by topic, grade level, or just cherry-pick the materials you like.  We welcome your feedback and ideas for the future.

Previous NC Climate Education Network Open House

Missed a previous Open House? View our hyperdocs for more information and recordings:

January 2021: Climate Education Resources in NC

March 2021: The Atmosphere

June 2021: Climate Reports 


Winners for the Climate Resiliency Contest Announced!

Congratulations to our winners!  Thank you to the students who participated in this contest, we had over 150 submissions.  Our judges were hard at work to determine the winners as there were so many wonderful entries! 

Click here to view the Climate Resiliency Contest Submission Dashboard.

  Elementary Middle High School
Poetry Molly (Below) Katherine (Below) Cailee (Below)
Photography   Cassidy Lucienne
Drawing Victoria Ally Corey
Poetry Winners

Elementary Winner

The ice starts to melt, And so do the poor polar bears' hearts. 

All because you drove your Hummer to the mini mart! 

Flowers are in bloom. 

But is that bad? 

It is when big storms are to be had! Snow is melting sooner. 

Wild fires are ablaze. 

The whole world is in one big haze! 

The coral reefs are dying, 

The algae is all gone. 

All because you put fertilizer on your lawn! 

The world is resilient, but only if you do your part. 

And the people who are willing to help Earth are off the chart!

Molly W. 

Contentnea-Savannah School (Elementary School)

Kinston, NC

Middle School Winner

Whose polluted skies is that?

I think I know. 

The creator is quite sad though. 

It really is a tale of woe, I watch her frown and cry below. 

She gives her polluted skies a shake, With lightning striking the birds awake. 

The only other sound's the break, Of thunder shaking the humans awake.

The earth is dying, exhausted and deep, But she has promises to keep, 

Until then she shall not sleep. 

As she lies in bed with clouds that weep.

She rises from her uncomfy bed, 

With thoughts of sadness in her head, 

She idolizes being dead. 

Facing the day with never-ending dread.

Katherine W.

The Brawley School (Middle School)

Mooresville, NC

High School Winner

It's so quiet here in the future where the oceans are warm and the fires are blazing 

Smoke stacks keep coming 

glaciers are sinking 

our mother was destroyed 

why was their no logical thinking 

It's so quiet here in the future where

Earth is dull and life is decreasing

Cailee L.

Mountain Heritage High School 

Burnsville, NC


Webinars/Online Courses

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