In 2015, two Kalamazoo Nature Center staff, Ashley Wick and Jennifer Brenneman, participated in the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation's (NNOCCI) Study Circle. NNOCCI’s goal with their Study Circles is to establish a network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public. Wick and Brenneman brought back knowledge on communicating climate science to different audiences by framing climate change in a context to which people can relate. We apply lessons learned to communications and educational opportunities in our work in the Great Lakes and suggest how others working in conservation can use everyday interactions to convey the importance of climate change action using the strategic framing method. Participants will leave the roundtable with an elevator speech they can use in their everyday lives and careers to clarify the “how” of climate change and inspire people to act and motivate around solutions. These interactions will focus on hope and community-level action to reduce our fossil fuel reliance rather than the doom and gloom message presented around climate change in the past.