Learning Zone

Welcome to our hub for short articles, interactives, classroom activities, and media to help you learn how the Earth works.


What makes a cloud form? What are the different types of clouds? Explore these questions and test your cloud knowledge.

How Weather Works

Learn how temperature, humidity, wind, and pressure influence the weather.

Storms and Other Weather

Discover the weather conditions necessary for blizzards, tornados, hurricanes, and more

How Climate Works

Learn about climate, why it is changing, and how scientists are studying it.

Impacts of Climate Change

Examine the current and potential impacts of climate change.

Solving Climate Change

We caused the problem but also have the ability to make the tough but necessary changes. Find out how.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Can’t name the layers of the atmosphere? No problem! We are here to help you learn about the Earth’s atmosphere and how it helps make life possible.

Air Quality

Have you ever wondered what is in the air we breathe? Learn this and what impacts the Earth’s air quality.

Sun and Space Weather

Explore the Sun, space weather storms, and how they can impact the Earth. 


Earth as a System

Dig into the interconnected parts of the Earth to better understand our planet.


Images, videos, games, and activities to help teach earth system science concepts.

Image Gallery

View the photos, diagrams, and graphics used throughout the Learning Zone.


Watch a video in our expansive media library.

Games and Simulations

Expand your learning through virtual games and simulations.

Classroom Activities

Keep learning active and fun with our collection of more than 100 lessons for students about our planet, its weather, and climate.

Teaching Boxes

Teaching Boxes are collections of classroom-ready and standards-aligned activities, content, and multimedia that build student understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Help K-12 Students Learn About Earth from Home

A collection of UCAR K-12 educational resources to support teachers with distance learning and families who are doing their own instruction about weather, climate, air quality, the Sun and space weather, and other Earth science topics.