climate workshops

Chicago Wilderness Climate Clinics

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Climate clinics are full-day workshops that help non-formal and formal educators learn the science of climate change and strategies for teaching climate change in nature centers, schools, and communities.  The focus is on issues and resources in the Chicago Wilderness region (which includes northeastern Illinois, northwestern Indiana and southeastern Wisconsin).


Our next workshop:

CW Climate Clinic at the Indiana Dunes

Join us for our next Climate Clinic at the Indiana Dunes!  This one day workshop is for naturalists, environmental educators, classroom teachers and community leaders. Presented in partnership with the National Park Service, animalia project and others.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
10 am – 4 pm
Douglas Center
Indiana Dunes National Park
100 N. Lake Street, Miller*, Indian
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*some maps will put the location in Gary– that’s correct, too.

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the science of climate change and strategies for teaching about climate change and engaging with people in nature centers, museums, schools and communities.  The focus is on local issues and solutions, in a global context, with resources for the Chicago Wilderness region.  You’ll get hands-on experience with tools for climate engagement, action and education— and some resources to take with you.

Scholarships and group rates are available; please contact Susan: ask ~at~ animaliaproject.org

travel info

Getting to the Douglas Center at Indiana Dunes:

By commuter train via the South Shore Line
The train from Chicago’s Millenium Station leaves at 8:45 am and arrives in Miller at 9:49 — just in time for the workshop. (We planned it that way!) Get off the train at the Miller stop. The Dunes’ shuttle will be there to take you to the workshop (look for the red van at the Miller station).

Tickets can be purchased at some stations or with an app. You can buy a ticket from a conductor onboard with cash (there is a $1 fee if you buy onboard when the station has an agent on duty). More ticketing info here.

By car
From Skyway: Take I-90 or skyway east to Indiana; exit at I-65/hwy. 12 and 20 which is the last Gary exit past the baseball stadium. Once off the exit, watch for east Hwy. 12-20 which comes up quickly and exit there going east on 12-20. Continue on Hwy. 12-20 for about 1.5 miles (the road will split; follow Hwy. 12 which hangs to the left). You will go through the community of Miller and are looking for the intersection at Lake Street which has a McDonalds on the south side of the highway. At Lake St. go north or left for about 1 mile to the Douglas Center parking lit which will be on the right or east side of the road. Follow the parking lot around and park. Cross the bridge over the road to the building entrance.

From I-94: Go east to Indiana on I-94 to exit for Hwy. 51 which is past all of the Gary exits. Take the exit ramp that will have you going north on Hwy. 51. Go north on 51 for about 1 mile to Hwy. 20. At Hwy. 20 go west or left 1/2 mile to first stop light which is Lake Street. Go north or right on Lake St. for 1.3 miles to the Douglas Center parking lot which will be on the right or east side of the road.

From South: Take I-65 north to where it ends at Hwy. 12-20. Go east on Hwy. 12-20 for about one mile. When the highways split, continue east on Hwy. 12 for ½ mile to Lake Street in Miller. Go north or left on Lake Street about one mile to the entrance of the Douglas Center which will be on your right.


Check back for details about future climate clinics throughout 2019.


past workshops
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Explore resources from the Chicago Wilderness Climate Change Workshop in November 2017:    Shifting Climate, Shifting Mindsets.