Earth to Sky (ETS) is an exciting, growing partnership between NASA, the National Park Service (NPS) the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the University of California, Berkeley. Together we enable and encourage informal educators to access and use relevant NASA and other science, data, and educational products in their work. ETS has conducted numerous professional development events that integrate the wonders of NASA science with the power of NPS and USFWS interpretation and environmental education methodology. Our community of practice numbers over 700 professional informal educators stationed at parks, refuges and similar sites throughout the country, who in turn reach millions of visitors annually.
What does your team hope to achieve?
ETS acts as a powerful vehicle for incorporating the full breadth of relevant NASA SMD and STEM activation team content into interpretive, education and outreach products and programs at National Parks, Refuges and other sites. We aim to extend the reach and impact of SMD/STEM activation efforts to new audiences, by connecting NASA’s science with experiential place-based learning in meaningful ways. We will maintain and expand a cohesive interagency effort with high impact.
Earth to Sky will
- Provide a common point of contact for and coordinate collaborative relationships between National Parks/Refuges and NASA education, communication and STEM activation team efforts.
- Create and conduct professional development for informal educators and develop informal education products and programs featuring the breadth of NASA science and STEM activation content
- Promote relevant NASA science, education, communication and STEM activation resources to the Earth to Sky community.
My time was very well spent with these NPS interpreters who are interested and know how to use the information. I want to do a certain amount of outreach and share my work but it’s difficult to do it efficiently on my own. This was very productive and an efficient effort. — NASA Scientist, Earth to Sky
This was a really excellent experience. Hearing directly from so many exceptional scientists has been a fantastic opportunity. Having so much NASA media/data available to us will allow me to produce a much better product than otherwise. It’s a real honor to be part of ETS4 and it will make a tremendous benefit to my refuge’s outreach activities. - ETS Course Participant
This has been an exciting and wonderful first step that will have a major impact (positive) on all of my interpretive and environmental education efforts for the last quarter of my life. I have not felt this inspired in a long while. The extent of the new resources is staggering. The people of NASA are quite amazing. Their attitudes and openness along with their abilities was extraordinary — NPS Ranger, Earth to Sky