We’re Talking Clouds

Clouds at dawn in Virginia, USA
Clouds at dawn – what types of clouds are they?
Let’s Talk Clouds

After you take this workshop, You won’t just look up at the sky anymore. You’ll know the kinds of clouds you see. You’ll know whether or not you need an umbrella. You’ll know whether not you’ll need to water your garden. Your life will change on a daily basis. 
Calling all future meteorologists. Come learn about clouds, their purpose, their role in your life, and how you can forecast the weather.

What’s more? You’ll get to make your very own cloud in a bottle! Learn basic cloud physics and the ingredients to make a cloud. And then make one of your own!


Students stand with cloud cover activity pages
Hands-on science: Estimating cloud cover
Basic Information

  • Workshops are either one or two hours in length (can be modified for forty-five minute class periods).
  • Each workshop is inquiry-based and interactive
  • Maximum student number: 35

Learn the differences between the types of clouds and how clouds are formed. Make a cloud in a bottle. Complete exciting learning activities on how to determine

Students squeezing bottles to make clouds
Hands-on science: Making Clouds in bottles
Complete exciting learning activities on how to determine the percentage of cloud cover in the sky. Learn how to identify the clouds outside today!

Primary Cloud Chart
Advanced Cloud Chart

Sun with clouds around it.
Ring around the sun – what sorts of clouds could cause this?
Our Earth Ambassadors were completely amazed by the soils presentation and follow-up ‘Passing Through’ activity conducted by Izolda Trakhtenberg at their Climate Day training. They never thought much about soil and the connections soils have to what we eat and drink every day, the Earth’s albedo, and where we choose to build our homes and businesses. Izolda’s presentation not only made them aware of the connections to these issues (and more), it provided them with an engaging, thought-provoking, visual interactive activity that provided them with clear understandings about how different soils do or do not filter precipitation as it passes through the soils. Added to this is their avid interest in duplicating this activity at their organizations in the future to promote climate awareness with soils science an integral part of the whole.
– Rosemary Millham, PhD, Assistant Professor in Secondary Education, SUNY New Paltz