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The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Gray Wolf StampThe National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in a former Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibits, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world. The National Postal Museum offers a variety of materials and services for educators and students.
"Thanks for visiting the National Postal Museum’s exhibit hall. We’ve laid out some of our web resources we think you will find useful when teaching about climate change. The Education department is committed to helping teachers find successful strategies to integrate subjects and empower student learning. Here are a few ways our museum themes and topics can help you achieve this task."



Welcome!

The National Postal Museum has prepared a special audio tour which provides an overview of the museum, as well as resources that can assist educators teach about climate change:

Play Audio Tour Click for an Audio Tour: What is the National Postal Museum?

Green Ways to Move the Mail: Where Mail & Climate Change Intersect

Green Ways to Move the MailThe Postal Museum recommends this successful public program model for teacher adaptation in the classroom. We’ve provided you with all our research and resources in PDF format and a guided PowerPoint to illustrate how your students can learn about and teach the gravity of mail transportation on climate change.

Play Audio Tour Click for an Audio Tour: Green Ways to Move the Mail
PDF Green Ways to Move the Mail: Activity Sheets
This packet contains explanatory sheets for each activity. For each activity, there are seven sections: General Idea, Audience, Goal, Materials, Checklist, Connections, and What You Need to Know.
PDF Activity Sheets > Addendum 1
PDF Activity Sheets > Addendum 2
PDF Resources for Educators

Additional Lesson Plans

Analyzing stamps about climate change impact can provide a whole new way for your students to talk about and indentify with the subject. Both of these simple lessons give your students a visual vocabulary to engage in debate.

PDF Little Stamps Big Impact
In this Lesson, students will learn about climate change awareness through stamps research and design.
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Stamp Stories: Climate Change
Teachers, do your students’ eyes glaze over when you mention science? If so, then break the mold with this fun and engaging activity. Stamp Stories emphasizes visual learning with authentic U.S. postage stamps, pictorial windows into American concerns such as climate change.


Arago: Online Stamp Collection

Take the Tour Click for a Self-Guided Tour: How to Use Arago

Stamp images can be used to illustrate climate change topics. You can use Arago, our collections based website, to find images of every US stamp ever produced. Search on related topics (like “Arctic”) and find a wealth of resources to illustrate your lessons. We’ve pulled a few images aside for you.

Visit Image Gallery Click for a selection of stamps related to climate change

The Impact of Mail Delivery on the Environment

Climate Change Conference speaker and Smithsonian scientist Bert Drake spoke at the Postal Museum in 2008 about the impact of mail delivery on the environment. He and other speakers provide three different perspectives on the subject.

PDF Video: Bert Drake Speaking at the "Green Ways to Move the Mail" Conference
"Can we reverse the trend of increasing atmospheric CO2 and avert climate catastrophe?”
PDF "Green Ways to Move the Mail" Conference
Complete videos and power points for the “Green Ways to Move the Mail” conference held in 2008.
PDF Electric Vehicles in the Postal Service

Related Links

PDF Design It! Giving Voice to America
If you liked “Little Stamps Big Impact” this website curriculum has offers more related activities in stamp design.
PDF Arago: People, Postage & the Post
The museum’s digital collection is available online. You may find it helpful because it has every US stamp every issued (plus a lot more from around the world).
PDF National Postal Museum’s Green Page
The Postal Museum is committed to opening a dialogue about the environmental impact of transporting and delivering the mail. Review our programming from 2008 & 2009 at this site.
PDF Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story
Habitat protection is key to maintaining biodiversity. See how the federal duck stamp program became one of the most successful conservation programs ever devised: “Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story”.
PDF Resources for Green Educators
The Postal Museum recommends this successful public program model for teacher adaptation in the classroom. We’ve provided you with all our research and resources in PDF format and a guided PowerPoint to illustrate how your students can learn about and teach the gravity of mail transportation on climate change.