Age: 6th-8th grades
Title: Climate Change in NH’s White Mountains
Delve into research from New England’s highest summits to understand how climate change is impacting everything from the fragile alpine flowers to the snowpack in the legendary Tuckerman Ravine. You’ll also learn how to better understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in your own backyard.
Patti Dugan-Henriksen has been a formal and non-formal educator for over 35 years. She currently teaches Middle School Science in Groveton, NH. She is passionate about involving her students in Partnerships and Citizen Science projects such as working with the Appalachian Mountain Club on climate change, raising trout and warm water species through NH Fish and Game’s Watershed Ecology Program, investigating extreme weather with the Mount Washington Observatory’s WeatherX, and studying milkweed genetics through St. Olaf College’s Got Milkweed project. Patti previously worked as a Visitor Information Specialist with the USDA Forest Service on the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest near the base of Mount Washington. She and her family love to spend time together hiking the many trails near their home in Lancaster, NH.
Rachel Freierman works for the Appalachian Mountain Club where she manages their youth programming, including the A Mountain Classroom program for schools. During her childhood, Rachel often travelled from her home in Cambridge, MA to the mountains and woods of New Hampshire and Maine. On those hiking and skiing trails she fell in love with the outdoors and developed a belief in the power of outdoor and environmental education to support youth development and an understanding of one’s place in an ecosystem and community. Today, Rachel works with the AMC’s education staff and teachers across New England to provide outdoor place-based learning opportunities that are inclusive, equitable, and relevant to students of all backgrounds. When not working, Rachel can be found with her wife and two young children on their farm in Bartlett, NH or romping around the woods of the White Mountains, including on the AT.