Spring Forward has reached 1,800+ students and taught 100+ workshops across the country in less than 2 years!
Training for Peabody Essex Museum Staff
June 25th, 2022
Spring Forward led a training for staff working in the "Climate Action: Inspiring Change" Exhibition which will be available until June 2023. Staff learned more about how to explain the science behind climate change, climate justice, and about the importance of encouraging visitors to work towards systemic changes rather than individual change. We also discussed climate psychology and how visitors may be thinking about the crisis during the exhibition.
LILA International 6th grade Systemic vs Individual Change Workshop
April 12th, 2022
All 6th-grade students at LILA International School learned the difference between systemic and individual change. They investigated how individuals taking action for systemic change throughout history has been successful and how they can make collective and systemic change. At the end of the workshop, all the students practiced taking action for systemic change by beginning to write letters encouraging climate action.
Climate in Media workshops with the Chenery School Five 6th grade classes
April 3rd, 2022
Spring Forward our climate in the media workshop for five 6th grade class at Belmont's Chenery School. The students learned about the power of media and how climate climate change is often framed in our media vs how the crisis should be framed.
Climate Justice Monopoly Workshop with Two Graham and Parks School 4th Grade Classes
March 22nd, 2022
Spring Forward led two in person workshops for 4th grade classes at the Graham and Parks school in Cambridge. The students had the opportunity to learn about climate change through playing Spring Forward's original climate justice monopoly. They came out of the workshop with many ideas about how unfair it is that people's wealth and location influence how affected people are by climate change.
Beaver School Social Justice Retreat
December 28th, 2021
Spring Forward partnered with Sunrise Cambridge to lead a workshop on climate justice activism for 3 classes of middle school students at the Beaver Country Day School's social justice retreat. The students were very engaged and really understood the general concepts of climate justice & systemic action by the end.
Pilot Teacher Training
January 8th, 2022
Spring Forward worked with Elders Climate Action to lead a pilot training for teachers and curriculum coordinators on how to teach about climate justice in an empowering way. 10 teachers attended and gave us feedback on how we can improve the workshop for a much larger training coming up in April.
Intro to Climate Change lesson for 1st graders at a Boston Public School
December 9th, 2021
Spring Forward led an intro to climate change lesson for 1st graders at a Boston Public School. The students had fun participating in a variety of activities which got them familiar with basic concepts surrounding climate change.
Climate Justice monopoly workshop at the Acton Boxborough Middle School
December 8th, 2021
Spring Forward led a climate justice workshop for the Acton Boborough Middle School. SF brought in original climate justice Monopoly boards for the students to play and learn about how climate change disproportionately affects frontline communities. The students were excited to play and understood how wealth, health, location, and identity based factors can effect how affected one is by the climate crisis.
Minni Space Deforestation Workshop
December 1st, 2021
Spring Forward led a deforestation workshop for the Minni Space's after school woodworking class. The kids made their own ecosystem of trees and then learned about how their ecosystem would be damaged by human activities causing deforestation. They also talked about how deforestation causes climate change which also hurts human's ecosystem. Then, the kids thought about ways we can restore the ecosystem such as using renewable energy and reusable products.
Trinity Climate Justice Discussion Workshop
November 21st, 2021
Spring Forward led a discussion on climate justice with Trinity's youth group. They began by watching a video and then discussing climate justice in school curriculums. Next, they talked about how climate justice is also a racial and systemic issue. The workshop wrapped up with thinking about local efforts being made to achieving climate justice in Boston.
ABRHS What Is Spring Forward
November 18th, 2021
Spring Forward presented to the Andover High School Environmental Club about what Spring Forward does, the importance of youth to youth education, our experience with environmental activism, and how to get involved in climate education.
YMCA Oceans Rising and Fast Fashion Workshop
November 10th and 17th, 2021
Spring Forward led an Oceans Rising Workshop for the Cambridge YMCA after school program. The students learned about why climate change makes the oceans rise and then completed an experiment investigating whether land or sea ice makes sea levels rise. Finally the students had a conversation about why oceans rising can be dangerous and what they can do to help stop it. The following week, we met with the kids again to talk about where their clothes come from, how it impacts the environment, and how they can help.
3 Health and Climate Change lessons with 3 Park School 5th grade class
November 3rd, 4th, and 9th, 2021
Spring Forward led 3 Health and Climate Change lessons for 3 fifth grade classes at the Park School. The students learned about how climate change affects people's health through a reporter activity on the Flint Michigan water crisis and then shifted to how people with pre-existing health conditions are disproportionately affected by climate change through a simulation activity.
Moses Youth Center Workshop Series
October - November, 2021
Spring Forward led a workshop series for Moses Youth Center where kids got an intro to climate change, learned about oceans rising, and talked about ways to make a difference. The kids had the opportunity to learn through hands on art and experiments.
Climate Change Program at Youth Development Organization
Every Wednesday from September 29th to October 27th, 2021
Spring Forward led a workshop series consisting of 7 workshops with a youth development organization in Andover. The students participated in a true/false on climate change activity, weather vs climate activity, greenhouse gas experiment, climate justice monopoly, renewable energy "shark tank, and an art build. The students not only gained an abundance of knowledge, but also had support in processing the information and thinking about how they can make a difference. The series will resume again in the spring!
Third Grade Park School Climate Justice Workshop
October 27th, 2021
Spring Forward led a climate justice workshops for a third grade class at the Park School. The students learned about how climate justice disproportionately affects frontline communities based on their wealth, health, location, and identity-based discrimination. The students participated in multiple activities and discussions.
2 Fifth Grade Winter Hill School Oceans Rising Workshops
October 15th and 22nd, 2021
Spring Forward led 2 Oceans Rising workshops for 2 fifth grade classes at the Winter Hill Elementary School. The students learned how to read weather maps which prove that temperatures are rising. They then connected these rising temperatures to oceans rising through a hands-on experiment. Finally, the students had a conversation about how they can help.
Fast Fashion Workshop in Mucky Kids After School
September 30, 2021
Spring Forward led our Fast Fashion Workshop for Mucky Kids After School Program which was having a unit on Fiber Arts. The kids learned the life cycle of a shirt and how it uses so much energy that we get from burning fossil fuels. They then participated in a conversation on how to upcycle and discussed programs they can encourage their cities and schools to put in place to promote recycling clothing.