North Carolina Sea Grant

October 22, 2020 | Lauren Pharr

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, North Carolina Sea Grant, and the State Climate Office have teamed up to create the NC Climate Education Network. This network will provide resources and inspiration for all educators interested in learning about climate education in North Carolina.

Anyone interested in staying connected with the latest in climate education in North Carolina can learn about the network and participate in the Climate Resiliency Art Contest, which asks: What Does Climate Resiliency Mean to You?

“Our team has been working hard to pull together resources and assistance for all educators in the state, both in classroom and informal settings,” says Terri Kirby Hathaway, North Carolina Sea Grant’s education specialist. “With 2019 being North Carolina’s warmest year on record, we feel it’s important to increase climate literacy among our students, teachers and citizens. We’re looking forward to seeing what the students will come up with for their vision of climate resiliency!”

How to Enter the Contest

What: Create a poem, draw a picture, or take a photograph in response to the question: “What does climate resiliency mean to you?”

Who: Students from all parts of North Carolina can submit their entries in one of four categories: Elementary, Middle School, High School, or Higher Education.

Where: To submit original work, complete this survey. Be sure to plot your school on the map so we know where you’re from! Don’t forget to also take a look at the Climate Resiliency Art Contest Statewide Map to explore all of the submissions.

Why: This contest was designed to raise awareness for our new NC Climate Education Network.

When: Submissions are due no later than Nov. 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Did someone say prizesThere will be prizes in each category in each grade range. Winners will be announced by mid-December  2020, so be sure to include your teacher’s email address (or your own) so we can contact you.

Questions?  Email

Also, be sure to follow #NCClimateEd and maybe we’ll feature your entry! Feel free to share the news with your colleagues: We welcome entries from all students.


adapted from an announcement from NC Division of Water Resources
lead photo courtesy of



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