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Welcome future Climate Champ! 

You’re on your way to learning more about how The Underline is restoring Miami’s native ecosystems, creating a home for plants, birds, and insects.  The Underline’s Climate Champs curriculum is designed to educate Miami’s future environmental stewards with The Underline as a living classroom. Kids and adults will learn more about the diverse native plant and tree species in the many beautiful gardens along The Underline. These gardens have significant positive environmental impacts and raises awareness of why protecting nature in our community is vital to our well-being.

Sound Stage Plaza butterfly garden


Climate Champs will:

  1. DISCOVER! Get to know the nature that exists right here in our city!
  2. EXPLORE! Learn about the role we play in our environment and how we are all connected.
  3. CONTRIBUTE! Learn about the benefits of natural solutions and what you can do to help.
  4. INSPIRE! Help spread the word and tell your friends how to become Climate Champs too.

How Does it Work?

 It’s like a fun treasure hunt to learn cool facts!

  • Each Underline city block has a unique name and is considered a “room”. Explore each “room” to discover the specific environmental benefit. Look for green signs with QR codes called “Become a Climate Champ!”
  • Read and learn about restoring and supporting nature in each room.
  • Take pictures of plants and animals you find.
  • Use #climatechamps to share your photos.
  • Complete quizzes at the end of each section.
  • Test your knowledge and teach your friends and family!
  • Impact

    The desire to connect with and contribute to your community is as impactful for young people as it is for adults. Becoming a Climate Champ has meaning to student learners at any age. The Underline visitors  will find answers to real questions and solutions to real problems around climate and the environment.

    Learn what you can do to help fight climate change right here in your community.Our goal is that through real world experiences and access to learning, our community willshare that knowledge, adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives and encourage others to participate. Small solutions can have a big impact!

    About The Authors

    A special thank you to the Kim, Hayley, and Daniel Mendelson for their generosity in curating this experience as educators and champions of lifelong learning.

    Kim, Hayley, and Danny are honored to co-author the educational content behind the Underline and share their passion for learning with the community. While Kim’s 30+ years of teaching experience started with Business, her love for education quickly blossomed into teaching Elementary School Science. Both Kim and Hayley have developed and implemented science curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Hayley teaches Science at Lehrman Community Day School to foster curiosity and scientific reasoning in her students. Danny is a current High School student in Miami, Florida. He is a member of his high school’s Environmental Student Organization, where they help to spread awareness about the environment. Being a critical member of his high school’s speech and debate team, Danny is the powerhouse behind our research generation. Kim and Hayley use their teaching experience to crystalize the content into the citizen science program.

    Climate Champs was written to meet Next Generation Science Standards. Click here to see the details of the standards met.

    Hayley, Kim and Daniel Mendelson

    Hidden Quiz to Force Script Loading on Climate Champs Pages (DO NOT DELETE)

    This quiz is installed but hidden on the Climate Champs parent page. This is to force the necessary scripts to load so that subsequent quizzes on child pages will load correctly. DO NOT DELETE THIS QUIZ. Setup by Seb Lenton.

    This quiz has been added to force script loading for Climate Champs child pages. DO NOT DELETE IT or else the quizzes on the child pages will stop working. This quiz is not visible on the frontend. – Seb Lenton