Students in nine states and the nation's capital are preparing to examine the legacy of the Dust Bowl and the current impact of drought on agriculture and global food security.
The Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities are holding a national youth summit for middle and high school students Wednesday.
It will include a discussion with scholars and experts, along with segments from filmmaker Ken Burns' upcoming documentary, "The Dust Bowl."
The summit will be webcast from the National Museum of American History in Washington to nine Smithsonian affiliate museums and the National Steinbeck Center.
Regional town halls will be held in Nebraska, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Dakota and California.
Educators and students can join the webcast online for free.