Tue Sep 3rd, 2013
Gary Szatkowski, Chief Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office at Mount Holly, NJ/Philadelphia, comments on how models still predict a more active hurricane season. Click here to see his interview.
Thu Jul 18th, 2013
In June 2013, Nurture Nature Center won a national media/outreach award from the National Association of Floodplain Managers for its "Rising Waters" Program for the Science on a Sphere exhibit, which provides a compelling new way for public audiences across the country to learn about the impact of a changing climate on flooding around the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designed the SOS exhibit and has installed it in approximately 100 museums and institutions around the world. In 2012, NNC developed a feature-length SOS program called "Rising Waters," which describes how more people around the world are at risk of flooding due to a combination of development patterns and more extreme weather. Rising Waters provides a visually captivating look at the way that population and settlement patterns and climate change combine to create global flood risk in certain parts of the world. NNC hosted the show weekly on its SOS exhibit at its center in Easton, Pennsylvania, and also provided it as a group program for many local schools and non-profit organizations throughout the year. NNC has now shared this program with the entire network of SOS institutions, and has posted an abbreviated video version online on its flood education website, Focus on Floods. (See: http://focusonfloods.org/home/risingwaters). This version can be viewed by school and other groups in advance of a visit, and can be used as a teaching aid for any floodplain manager or other educator. In addition to creating the Rising Waters sphere program for international dissemination, NNC hosted a series of community dialogue forums about climate change and flooding, including a forum specifically for emergency managers and one for classroom teachers. These forums used the "Rising Waters" program as a launching point for discussion about how climate and flooding affect our local communities, and what steps can be taken to reduce losses. Hundreds of people participated in the weekly shows and discussion forums. NNC has been developing a model of community forums around flooding since 2009, and recently released a companion handbook, "From Risk to Resiliency: Better Communities through Science Learning About Local Environmental Risks" (see: http://nnc.uberflip.com/i/114789), which can be used by SOS or non-SOS sites interested in creating discussion forums about flooding or other local risk topics.
Fri Mar 15th, 2013
Join us on Thursday, March 21st from 6:00pm-9:00pm for a film screening of "Trouble the Water" - a film about Hurricane Katrina. The screening will be followed by a reception catered by Café Santosha of Trexlertown, PA that incorporates local ingredients. Doors open at 6:00pm and film starts at 6:30pm. Suggested donation of $10.00. Registration is required: 610-253-4432 or email@example.com.
Tue Mar 12th, 2013
Now you can watch our "Rising Waters" Science on a Sphere program on YouTube! This program covers the conditions for precipitation, current and future precipitation trends, and the impact of flooding on people. Nurture Nature Center created "Rising Waters" through an Environmental Literacy Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Visit our center at 518 Northampton Street in Easton, Pennsylvania to watch the full program on our giant animated globe.
Thu Feb 14th, 2013
At the request of the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency, the Focus on Floods team has developed a new booklet format for the downloadable .pdf flood coloring and activity sheets. These booklets can be customized with your organization’s logo and message on the front and back cover, and are perfect for distributing to classrooms and schools or other large groups. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for printing information and more details.
Thu Dec 27th, 2012
Gary Szatkowski is the Head Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Mt. Holly, NJ/Philadelphia. Using satellite images of Hurricane Sandy on the Science on a Sphere exhibit, Gary gave a presentation at the Nurture Nature Center on Thursday, December 13th about how the NWS worked to explain this historic storm to the public in advance, and how it should affect how we plan for the future. If you missed this great event, you can still find his presentation here.
Fri Nov 2nd, 2012
By now, the images of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy are locked into the memories of everyone on the East Coast of the United States - collapsed boardwalks and houses, whole communities without power, and sadly, too much loss of life. For much of the Delaware River Basin, the event was less about flooding than it was about tremendous wind damage, power outages and disruption of life. But for coastal communities, the flooding is unparalleled. A new website, www.Region2Coastal.com, provides excellent resources read more
Thu Nov 1st, 2012
November 1, 2012 marks one year since Nurture Nature Center (the organization that created this Focus on Floods project with National Weather Service) opened its doors to the public. NNC uses science, art and dialogue programs to help communities address local issues, like flooding. In the past year, thousands of school visitors, emergency managers, teachers and residents have come to see our Science on a Sphere exhibit that shows awe-inspiring images of earth and space science. NNC has created a feature program for the SOS called "Rising Waters," read more
Mon Sep 3rd, 2012
(Easton, PA) - Nurture Nature Center, Inc., a non-profit organization in Easton, Pennsylvania, with a focus on flooding issues, has been awarded a two-year $160,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to fund a new social science study about weather decision-making. NNC's project will help National Weather Service (NWS) to understand how people living in the Delaware River Basin understand and use NWS flood forecast and warning tools in understanding their flood risk, and how they could be improved to better motivate flood preparedness and warning response by the public. The project, “Flood Risk and Uncertainty: Assessing the National Weather Service’s Forecast and Warning Tools,” supports NOAA’s new Weather-Ready Nation initiative, designed to help the nation become better equipped to prepare for and respond to weather events. Please click here for the full press release.
Tue Apr 17th, 2012
The Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin has awarded Nurture Nature Center’s “Focus on Floods” initiative the 2012 Dr. Ruth Patrick Excellence in Education Award, in recognition of its flood education programs. NNC received the most recent award from the Water Resources Association on April 18, 2012, at The Down Town Club in Philadelphia. The WRA is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy and public information organization whose stated mission is to promote sound water resources management within the Delaware River Basin. The WRA represents water users and those dependent or interested in the Basin’s water resources. Nurture Nature Center, based in Easton, Pennsylvania, helps communities address local environmental risks through science, art and dialogue programming. read more