Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Climate Science for Minnesotans

Climate Science for Minnesotans website

2660 Fawn Lake Dr NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Join scientist Dr. Sam Potter for a crash course in climate science! Over the course of two days (Saturday February 19th and Saturday February 26th), we will cover the science of global warming in depth, with a focus on Minnesota. The class is an introduction to the broad topic of climate change science that will allow people of any education level to more comfortably engage with complex climate topics. Topics covered: the physics of global warming, evidence for human causes, past climate changes, climate models, projected future impacts to Minnesota and the world, feasibility of carbon dioxide removal and geoengineering technologies, and Minnesota's unique challenges on a pathway to a zero greenhouse gas economy. The class format will be primarily be lecture except for the final section, which will have group work and discussion. Classes will take place in-person at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel MN).

INSTRUCTOR BIO: BIO Dr. Sam Potter grew up in Todd County, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota, Morris and received a degree in mathematics. Sam went to graduate school at Princeton University, where he got a PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. After graduate school Sam worked as a climate science researcher at the University of Washington. After moving back to Minnesota, Sam now gives talks, teaches classes, and does original research about the impacts global warming will have on a future Minnesota.

The course cost is $45 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Potter is the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her background is in wildlife ecology, and she holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as well as a masters and Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology. She studied wildlife and animal behavior all over the world (mostly monkeys in Ethiopia) before finding her true passion doing environmental education! Now, she runs school field trips and public events at CCESR, works with scientists to get their results into the hands of students, and organizes several citizen science projects.

Sponsor Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve


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