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CONTENTS:
Applications Now Being Accepted for EPA's Environmental Educator Award
Learn How To Create Beautiful Meadows on February 6!
Garden Cities: Urban Ag in the Garden State Conference
Community Garden Conference
Environmental Program for NJ Middle School Students (Grades 4-8)
Annual Avian Inventory
3rd NEW JERSEY SCHOOL GARDEN OF THE YEAR CONTEST
NPSNJ Annual Meeting Details 2015 - Registration is Open!
Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training in February
February & March Events at PEEC
Show Birds Some Love--Join the Great Backyard Bird Count
Energy Visions: Transitioning to Renewable Energy, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., FDU Metro Campus
Great Backyard Bird Count at Brown's Woods 2/14/15
EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Champion Awards
Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island
Get Ready for National Environmental Education Week 2015!
Winter Lecture Series Begins at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Garden State Outdoors Sports Show/Deer Classic January 8-11
Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information
Rutgers Environmental Stewards program begins Jan 21 at ACUA
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program in Central Jersey
OASIS SOLAR JAM 2015 INFORMATION
Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest
Feeding Future Cities Contest
Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!
Applications Now Being Accepted for EPA's Environmental Educator Award             (Posted: 1-29-15)

Are you raising environmental literacy levels in your school? Are you inspiring members of your community to be environmental stewards?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Applications will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who demonstrate leadership, service, innovation and achievement in environmental education (EE). Winning teachers will receive an award of up to $2,500 to further their professional development in EE. The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund EE activities and programs.

Apply HERE.

Learn How To Create Beautiful Meadows on February 6!             (Posted: 1-29-15)

Click HERE.

Garden Cities: Urban Ag in the Garden State Conference             (Posted: 1-29-15)

Click HERE.

Community Garden Conference: Saturday, March 7             (Posted: 1-29-15)

9:00am to 4:30pm
Snow date of Sunday, March 8
$50 If registered before February 1
$60 If registered on/after February 1
Register online at
www.arboretumfriends.org
or call 973.326.7603

Interest in and demand for Community Gardens has grown explosively. The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are partnering for the fifth year in a row, to bring you an impressive list of topics taught by speakers who are all experts in their fields.

Lunch is provided.
Eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s
Please bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Pantry.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township, NJ 07962

Environmental Program for NJ Middle School Students (Grades 4-8)             (Posted: 1-28-15)

Panasonic Corporation of North America along with USA TODAY Charitable Foundation are looking for New Jersey 4th-8th grade classrooms to participate in the NO COST Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project.

The project is aligned to Common Core State Standards and will guide students in grades 4-8 to:

  • Explore environmental issues
  • Discover what others are doing to protect the environment
  • Decide what can be done to positively impact their local environment
  • Create an environmental action plan
  • Act on their plans
  • Create ( as a team) an Eco Picture Diary that showcases their results

Contest:

  • Open only to New Jersey 4th-8th grade students
  • Students will work in teams (no more than 4 students per team)
  • Students will document in their Eco Diary five entries that highlight what they did to protect and save the earth
  • Each entry will include a picture and paragraph to explain the action
  • Eco Diaries are the contest entry and will need to be mailed to USA TODAY Charitable Foundation by 6:00PM on April 17, 2015
  • Prizes will be awarded to each student on the  1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams and their teachers! (Prizes include: Televisions, digital cameras, compact stereo systems).

You must sign up in advance  to participate in the no-cost Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project, the sign up link is as follows: http://www.usatodaycharitablefoundation.org/ecocitizen-registration/

All of the program and contest resources will be shared and mailed to participants in February 2015.

Kelly R. Creamer

Sales Operations Project Manager, Education

USA TODAY

krcreamer@usatoday.com | P. 703.854.5933 | 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22108

Annual Avian Inventory             (Posted: 1-28-15)

Middlesex County's EARTH Center Invites You to Bird Count

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County invite you to take part in the "Great Backyard Bird Count."

This free event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Davidson's Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ (rain date Sunday, Feb. 15).

Beginning birders and experts are encouraged to attend. The start time is not formal. Rather, the Master Gardeners encourage people to use the park's nearly 400 acres of wooded trails and fields for their count.

The event will be held simultaneously with the Audubon Society and Cornell University Lab's "Great Backyard Bird Count." Please bring your own binoculars and field guides and dress appropriately for outdoor hiking. A tour guide can be provided, or you can strike off on your own. Please let the organizer know you are interested in attending by e-mailing evans@aesop.rutgers.edu.

"I encourage residents to attend this wonderful and informative event in beautiful Davidson Mill Pond Park," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "Help make this the biggest GBBC ever! Davidson Mill Pond Park has recorded 100 bird species to date! Be a part of helping scientists record migration patterns."

"The more people who participate, the more scientists will know about bird populations' growth or decline over time due to habitat loss, disease or other factors," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee.

Master Gardeners will offer hot coffee for participants from noon to 2:30 p.m. within the park at the EARTH Center, home to Middlesex County's Extension office.

For more detailed information visit: http://birds.audubon.org/great-backyard-bird-count

If you are not familiar with your local Extension office, it is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by: the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information on programs offered by the Middlesex County's Cooperative Extension call 732-398-5260.

3rd NEW JERSEY SCHOOL GARDEN OF THE YEAR CONTEST             (Posted: 1-28-15)

Entries for the third "New Jersey School Garden of the Year" contest, presented by Edible Jersey Magazine and the New Jersey Farm to School Network will be accepted starting January 21, 2015 running through March 31, 2015.

Eligibility to enter includes any New Jersey public or private pre-K-12 school or childcare center. Applicants must have had a school garden open during the 2013-2014 school year and be able to provide documentation through photos of its uses and existence.

Gardens must be in an established indoor or outdoor setting utilizing experiential, garden-based learning. Indoor, greenhouse, raised beds, aquaponic, hydroponic, rooftop and container gardens are considered acceptable for application for the contest.

Entries will be judged by a committee of representatives from the following organizations: Edible Jersey, New Jersey Farm to School Network, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, NJ Nursery and Landscape Association, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the NJ Alliance for Environmental Education.

The "Overall Winning Garden" will receive a $1500 prize at an award ceremony hosted at their garden in mid-May. Additional awards will be given to schools that represent notable practices in Nutrition Education, Environmental Education, Community Outreach and, new this year, "Best Rookie of the Year Garden". This new award will recognize newly established gardens under two years old.

This year's sponsors include Eastern Produce Council, Applegate Farms, Green Living Technologies, NJ School Nutrition Association, Sustainable Fare and AgWorks Consulting. All completed submissions to the contest will be entered into a drawing for a Mobile Edible Wall Unit, indoor grow wall valued at $3,000 donated by Green Living Technologies, Inc. of Rochester, NY.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2015.

Click HERE for more information and to submit your entry.

NPSNJ Annual Meeting Details 2015 - Registration is Open!             (Posted: 1-22-15)

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2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

10:00 Welcome, NPSNJ Update and Short Business Meeting

10:20 Dan Cariveau - Cranberries and Native Bees

11:30 Dale Hendricks Permaculture and Native Plants

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Mark Demitroff - Pine Belt Employment

2:30 Edith Wallace - Native Plant Gardens on Display

3:30 Wrap Up

3:45 "Sticks and Twigs" Native Plant Sale

 


Mark Your Calendars
Saturday 
November 7, 2015
NPSNJ Fall Conference 
Featured Speaker: 
Doug Tallamy
Exhibitors



"Sticks and Twigs"

Thanks to these nurseries who have provided plants to our annual "Sticks and Twigs" Plant Sale - NJ's FIRST Native Plant Sale of the year!

Chapters
We have 8 regional chapters! There is a monthly NPSNJ activity going on near you! Find out more details by visiting our website.
 
Greetings!

Happy New Year!

Native Plants and People is the theme of our 2015 Annual Meeting. Listen as Rutgers researcher Dan Cariveau connects the cranberries we eat to the native bees that surround us in our gardens. Dale Hendricks will challenge our thoughts about gardening and ecology with a look at the role of native plants in permaculture. Natural Historian Mark Demitroff joins us again this time connecting us to our historic use of native plants in NJ as means of employment. Finally, Dr. Edith Wallace, of the Garden State Gardens Consortium will walk us through a virtual tour of the Native Plant Gardens on Display in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta throughout NJ. 

Again at the Conference:
6th Annual "Sticks and Twigs" Native Plant Sale - the FIRST native plant sale of the year in NJ.

For more details, continue reading below.

Sounds great already? No nee to read more? Register Here!

See you at the Conference!

Kathy 
Kathleen V Salisbury
President, Native Plant Society of NJ

PS Again this year we are offering Registration Discounts for up-to-date members. Save $25 as an NPSNJ Member. Not sure if you are a member? Memberships run a calendar year, expiring in January. If you haven't renewed your membership this month - you're due!

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2014 Fall Conference
Annual Meeting 
Saturday March 14
Medford Leas, Medford NJ
"Native Plants and People"


*Member Price - $25.00 
Non-Member - $50.00

Registration Fee includes Morning Refreshments and Lunch

*Current Members will be sent a password. Become a member by March 1 and receive member discount.


Cranberries and Native Bees 
Dan Cariveau


 

From crop pollination to conservation: linking native bees and native plants in New Jersey Dan will discuss the natural history, conservation, and ecological importance of native bees in New Jersey.


 

Permaculture and Native Plants - Building Resilience, Diversity and Opportunity 

Dale Hendricks


 

Permaculture provides us an opportunity to look at our landscapes and the native plant movement with fresheyes. How can the native plant and permaculture movements inform and enrich each other? Must we be at warwith invasive plants? Why are they moving and taking over so fast? Can we be a civilization of stewards and gardeners?


Pine Belt Employments
 
Mark Demitroff


 

Here Mark provides a natural science-based overview of forest resource utility. Pinelands plants are not only beautiful to look at, but for over 400-years provided the raw materials needed for America's rapid industrialization.


 

Native Plant Gardens on Display 

Edith Wallace 

 

The gardens of the Garden State Gardens Consortium feature historic houses and gardens, formal gardens, sculpture, and, of course, native plants displayed in this presentation.


 

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Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Training in February             (Posted: 1-22-15)

A free 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered community and/or faith-based organizations will be held February 12 & 13 in Plainfield. HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive life skills. The program can be tailored to fit the programming needs of most organizations.

For more information, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2015/hofnod_train2-15.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

February & March Events at PEEC             (Posted: 1-22-15)

Show Birds Some Love--Join the Great Backyard Bird Count             (Posted: 1-22-15)

Click HERE.

Energy Visions: Transitioning to Renewable Energy, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., FDU Metro Campus             (Posted: 1-22-15)

You’re invited to a thought-provoking ISE-sponsored event,

"Energy Visions: Three Compelling Cases for Conservation and Transition to Renewable Energy”


WHEN:                 Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:30)

REGISTRATION:  NJppn.org or e-mail: info@njppn.org 

SPEAKERS:           Professor Mark Jacobson, Stanford University
                              Dan Sosland, President, Acadia Center
                              Capt. Leo Goff, U.S. Navy (ret.), Military Energy Expert


FLYER 

PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Roadmaps for transitioning all 50 U.S. states to wind, water, and solar power by 2050
  • Resource availability, plus required space and footprint
  • Jobs created, energy costs, and avoided costs from air pollution mortality, morbidity and climate damage
  • Methods of ensuring reliability of the grid
  • Practical visions that are now currently successfully being implemented in many states and Canada, plus information on NJ
  • Military plans to address fuel consumption, and costs, transport, of resources and more


WHERE:                Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University,                                                              
                              140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ  07601


FEE:                       FREE and open to all. Optional tax deductible donations welcome

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE:

If you have products or services you would like to promote to the public, please consider becoming a sponsor. The audience will be receptive to learning more about what is available that is environmentally friendly, promotes reduction of fossil fuel dependence, and fosters sustainable practices. For a modest sum of $100.00, your company will be listed on the NJPPN web site, published in the NJPPN newsletter, and will be listed on a handout. Plus you will be provided a table for your materials. If interested RSVP by February 5, 2015 to info@njppn.org.

Invite your friends to join you via Twitter:
Join me/RSVP:
#Energy Visions: Making Sense for #EnergyEfficiency Feb19 | 7:30 p.m. (refreshments 6:30) http://www.northjerseypublicpolicy.org/energy_visions_making_sense_for_energy_efficiency @ISE_FDU


Great Backyard Bird Count at Brown's Woods 2/14/15             (Posted: 1-14-15)

The Barnegat Bay Partnership is hosting a free Great Backyard Bird Count family-friendly event on February 14, 2015, from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Brown's Woods Preserve, 117 Haines Road, Toms River. Located on 40 acres of preserved forest and wetlands bordering on Long Swamp Creek and the Toms River, Brown's Woods is an ideal location for Ocean County birding.

A fun, Valentine's Day-themed nature craft for the kids will be offered, and expert naturalists (Chris Claus from Cattus Island Park and Becky Laboy from Ocean County Soil Conservation District) will lead bird walks from 9:00-10:00 AM and from 11:00-Noon to identify and count the birds at the Brown's Woods Preserve. Learn how to spot and identify the birds that spend the winter here and learn more about their lives in the colder months of the year. Everyone is welcome - from beginning birders to experts. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event that engages people of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. The counts are submitted to Cornell University and the National Audubon Society and used by scientists to get the "big picture" about what is happening to bird populations around the world.

For more information about the event and to RSVP, please contact Karen Walzer at kwalzer@ocean.edu or call her at 732-914-8110.

EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Champion Awards             (Posted: 1-14-15)

EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Champion Awards

(New York, NY – January 13, 2015) – Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations over the past year. EPA is now seeking nominations for the Environmental Champion Awards, previously called the Environmental Quality Awards. Winners will be honored at an awards event on Friday, April 24, 2015. The Agency is accepting nominations for Environmental Champion Awards until February 17, 2015.

"What better way to mark the annual celebration of Earth Day than by honoring those organizations, businesses and individuals whose work has protected the environment and improved public health,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck. “Environmental protection is something that no one person or group can do alone. We need to foster an environmental ethic in corporate board rooms, in city halls, and in neighborhoods across the country – and that’s the kind of work our Environmental Champion Award recipients do.”

The awards recognize achievement in six categories:

·Business and Industry
·Individual Citizen
·Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group
·Environmental Education
·Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government or Agency
·Media

For award criteria, prior winners and nomination instructions, visit EPA's Environmental Champion Award webpage at http://www.epa.gov/region2/eqa.

For additional information, please contact Chris Sebastian, Public Affairs Division, at (212) 637-3597 orsebastian.chris@epa.gov.

Student Summer Programs at Sedge Island             (Posted: 1-14-15)

Three exciting summer programs for teenage students will be held at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. Offered by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners, the three sessions include the Sedge Island Fishing Experience, the Sedge Island Field and Research Experience, and the Sedge Island Field Experience.

For more information on each session, including dates, fees and application forms, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer15.htm on the Division's website.

Get Ready for National Environmental Education Week 2015!             (Posted: 1-5-15)

Click HERE.

Winter Lecture Series Begins at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve             (Posted: 1-5-15)

Click HERE.

Garden State Outdoors Sports Show/Deer Classic January 8-11             (Posted: 1-5-15)

All who enjoy the outdoors should attend the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show January 8 - 11 at the NJ Convention and Exposition Center in Edison. This year's show expands on the number and variety of vendors on hand and the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will again be holding the Garden State Deer Classic there.

Tickets can be purchased online now for a $5 savings, and for every ticket sold online the show is donating $2 to New Jersey's Hunters Helping the Hungry.

For more information, including a link to purchase tickets now, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2014/classicpromo.htm on the Division's website.

Lusscroft Farm 2015 Trail Hikes and Trail Information             (Posted: 1-5-15)

HIKES for 2015:
A "Heads Up" about hikes for 2015 (Tentative - subject to approval by the NJ State Park Service).

Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: 6th Annual Winter Trek

Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: 7th Annual Vernal Pool Exploration

Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm: Autumn Leaves Hike

These hikes begin at the 50 Neilson Road entrance in Wantage, NJ 07461 and are approximately 1 - 2 miles long.

Adults and children are welcome (Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian).

Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

TRAIL INFORMATION:
This past Fall the Lusscroft Farm website was updated and revised. The new website address is www.lusscroftfarm.org

Additional information about the hikes and a trail map is included on the website. To access this information click on the Calendar of Events Tab on the left side on the website. Then click on the Hiking Tab. At the bottom of this page is a link to a file that contains a map of the trails.

Thank you for your support of Lusscroft Farms and I hope to see you at some (all) of the 2015 events at Lusscroft Farm.

Rutgers Environmental Stewards program begins Jan 21 at ACUA             (Posted: 12-26-14)

ACUA hosts the Southern "Coastal" session, but there are locations across the state (Duke Farms, Passaic, Middlesex and Warren counties). It's a really valuable training experience. The class provides a lot of great information and regardless of your background, the resources and information presented really help to inform participants and prepare them to make positive environmental changes in their communities.

Classes at ACUA begin on Jan. 21 and will be held every Wednesday through June 3, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

It's going to be a great "semester" with a fantastic line up of speakers and topics. The cost is $250 for the entire program.

The application form can be found here: http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/Env%20Steward%20Forms/Coastal%20ACUA%20Application.pdf .
More information is available online at http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu or www.acua.com, and we would be happy to speak with you about the program if you have any questions!

Rutgers Environmental Stewards:
The Rutgers Environmental Steward program is based on the format of the Master Gardeners Program with students completing 60 hours of in-depth training followed by 60 hours of internship working with local environmental organizations on a project or with students developing their own projects based on their interest. It's a great program, recently named Winner of the 2007 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.

The program is designed for the non-scientist, and covers the basic areas of soils and geography, water, ecology, energy, as well as leadership and communication. Students are empowered with knowledge and tools to help work with others to solve real environmental issues. At its core, the program looks to help people to address environmental problems and bring about positive change in their communities.

The program has is offered in several locations across the state. The topics covered are similar in each program, but we are working to make the Atlantic County program most relevant to our local audience and to utilize some of the area's great academic and environmental leaders and experts to be sure that students get not only good information, but information that considers the unique environmental issues and features of our area.

Classes will be held Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the ACUA on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Twp. beginning January 21, 2015. Click here for an application form or go to www.envirostewards.rutgers.edu. The fee for the course is $250.

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program in Central Jersey             (Posted: 12-26-14)

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey's Geology from the people who map it. How about hearing how New Jersey's environmental regulations get enforced from someone who actually enforces them? These are some of the opportunities available to enrollees in the 2015 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer the Environmental Stewards Program at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings starting January 7 until May 13, 2015.

The curriculum will introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Leading authorities from academia are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share understanding and insights with the students. "Students not only receive facts, but are introduced to a network of experts and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with local environmental problems" said the programs originator Bruce Barbour of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

The 60 plus hours of training does not replace a science degree, but helps citizens educate themselves when presented with a real world environmental problem. Communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills are also taught enabling Stewards to be effective in community action and political discourse.

To register or for further information visit http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu or contact 732-398-5275.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

OASIS SOLAR JAM 2015 INFORMATION             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Last year OASIS held our first, and very successful SOLARJAM graciously sponsored by PSEG. We will hold our second SOLARJAM on May 16 (raindate May 17), 2015 at Princeton High School. All NJ schools are welcome to join send students. Below (and attached) is the preliminary information so you can plan and share. Reimbursement for kits will be on a first come first served basis. Registration forms will follow in late winter.

Liz Cutler
OASIS Director
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Made possible thanks to funding from PSEG.

SolarJam 2015

Preliminary Information
* Registration Details will follow - Contact person for questions and/or to volunteer is: Andrew Lloyd alloyd@pennington.org

Event Basics:
1. Event to be held at the outdoor tennis facility at Princeton High School on Saturday May 16th; Rain Date the next day, Sunday May 17th (Exact Time TBD - late morning to early afternoon) 2. Two age divisions: Lower (K-5) and Middle (6-8) 3. Two events: Solar Car Race and open "Photon Fair"
4. This is a No/Low Waste Event. Water Fountains are available inside the building. A small complimentary refreshment (like an ice cream cone) may be available to participating students, but as far as lunch/snack items people are welcome to bring their own food.
5. Each team must have at least one registered adult as on-site chaperone Car Race:
1. Materials: must use the stock panel and motor from either PITSCO or SolarMade (see links below) 2. Vehicle must carry an empty soda can, with its tab intact, as its cargo 3. Vehicles will race along wires ." from the ground - Therefore vehicles must have eyelets or other method attached either on their underside or at their sides, for wire to pass through.
4. Teams can use the kit to build the vehicle (see links) or create their own body - as long as it satisfies #1 and #2 above.
5. Teams can devise vehicles that can easily have panels placed and removed, so that panels can be shared while practicing and during race.
6. Vehicles must pass a "Drop Test" from 12 inches off of the ground. Vehicle must stay intact with motor and panel and all parts during test. Contestants are responsible for conducting their own tests, but race officials may ask to observe.
7. The vehicle will start from behind the starting line with all wheels touching the track. The solar panel will be completely shaded by a supplied opaque material cover held above the panel by a team member. When the MC signals the start of the race, the team member will remove the cover so the panel will be exposed to sunlight. Once the judge starts the race, team members cannot touch the car or guide wire until the race is final and vehicles are asked to clear the track by the MC. If a car is touched after the start of the race and it moves, it will count as a disqualification.
8. In both Lower and Middle divisions, awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as Most Innovative Use of Alternate/Recycled Materials Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $100 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.

Links for Car parts and build info: http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Sprint_Deluxe_Solar_Vehicle?SKU=21211& (link to kit and individual parts)
http://www.pitsco.com/Ray_Catcher_Solar_Panel ( for panel only)
http://www.pitsco.com/Clubs_and_Competitions/Sustainable_Energy_-_Competition/Motor_280 (to buy just the standard "280" motor).
http://www.solarmade.com/JuniorSprint.htm (link to kit and individual parts)
http://jrsolarsprint.org/ (Link to the existing Junior Solar Sprint National events' page, with good design and build resources)

1. This is an Open opportunity to present anything a student or team has devised that derives its form and/or function from the Sun.
2. Each individual or team will be provided a table or suitable spot to present their project.
3. At least one member of the team should be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the project.
4. Suggestions for projects include but are not limited to: solar water heating, solar ovens, sundials, the use of light, color and shadow in solar art, etc. Registering and Grant Opportunity: Event is in May, deadline for registration will be two weeks prior. Schools can receive up to $30 in funding, but must submit receipts on race day.

Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Click HERE.

Feeding Future Cities Contest             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Competition Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Topic: Feeding Future Cities
The Challenge: Choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city borders to feed all of your citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city's size and location, you must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients.
For more information, click HERE.

Teachers, Win Technology for Your School!             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.