Redwoods and Climate Change

Place-based High School Curriculum

Key questions students will answer:

  • How are redwoods affecting climate change?
  • How is climate change affecting redwood forests?

Elements of the lesson to consider:

  • Lessons are designed for 9th grade general biology but could be used for AP Environmental Science and some lessons can be adapted for junior high.
  • Each lesson should take 1-2 days to teach.
  • Lessons 1-4 should be completed before the field trip, if possible, and Lesson 5 will be completed after the field trip as you will use data collected in the forest and analyze it.
  • Redwood Forest Ecology Webseach is a great introduction to these lessons.

Redwoods and Climate Change Lessons

Additional Lesson Ideas

NGSS Standards Addressed

High School


HS-LS2-5. Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.

HS-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.


HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.


  1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  2. Developing and Using Models
  3. Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  4. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  5. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions


  1. Cause and effect
  2. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
  3. Systems and system models
  4. Energy and Matter
  5. Structure and Function
  6. Stability and Change