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CONTENTS:
New video - The Heart of the Pine Barrens
Cornell Lab eNews: Our Tips for Great Late Fall Bird Watching
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
NAAEE: EE News for November 5, 2014
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium November Newsletter
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Green Knight newsletter -- November 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in NJ
Interactive Website Makes Learning Bird Biology Fun
Duke Farms: Behind the Stone Walls - October 2014 Issue
Littoral News
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium October Newsletter
Earth Science Week Proclamation from Governor Christie & 11 October 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week
What's Happening at Your Feeders?
Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears
LSC Teacher Connection & NJSM Dinosaur Expedition & 9/27 and 10/4 Earth Science Sites of the Week
USEPA: EE Updates for Educators and School Administrators
NAAEE: EE News for October 1, 2014
Rutgers Water Resources Program: Water Pages eNewsletter
Sustainable Jersey E-News: School Program Launch, Hubs Tackle 3 R's, Board Spotlight
Alliance for Childhood September Update
NJ's Stormwater Management Updates
BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
The Cloud Institute | Back to School Edition
NAAEE: EE News for September 17, 2014
USEPA: EE Updates for Educators and Administrators
Updates & 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Cornell Lab eNews: Proof That Conservation Works, Plus a Big To-Do List
Now Available: Sustainable Jersey's Sessions during the NJLM Conference
EPA's School Flag Program
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium September Newsletter
NAAEE: EE News for September 3, 2014
Building Conservation Leaders, Meadow Mentoring, Plus
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for September
Water Pages eNewsletter
Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014 begins September 1---check it out!
Savings in the Kitchen - Refrigerators and Cooking Equipment
Dig in this Fall! 2014 Newsletter
Cornell Lab eNews: Free, Instant Bird ID Help for 400 Species on Your Phone
NAAEE: EE News for August 13, 2014
A college resource for students and families in New Jersey
Alliance for Childhood: Playing to Learn
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium August Newsletter
Green Knight newsletter -- August 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
Sustainable Jersey: New August Sustainability Hero Announced
The Nature Conservancy: Great Places Newsletter
New video - The Heart of the Pine Barrens             (Posted: 11-13-14)

Click HERE.

Cornell Lab eNews: Our Tips for Great Late Fall Bird Watching             (Posted: 11-13-14)

Click HERE.

National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 11-13-14)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: EE News for November 5, 2014             (Posted: 11-5-14)

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NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Survey, CEUs, Photo Gallery

Conference Evaluation
We want to learn from you! If you haven’t yet completed the 2014 conference evaluation, please take a few minutes to do so. Click here to go to the online survey.

CEU Reminder
You can earn Continuing Education Units for conference participation through University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Click here for the application form.

?Conference Mobile App
Did you use our new mobile app at the conference? Let us know what you thought about it! You can fill out the conference evaluation survey here or access it from the home screen of the app. And even though the conference is over, you can still view all of the info in the app and on the conference mobile site

Photos and Social Media from the Conference
Be sure to check out our #NAAEE2014 Storify page to see tweets and photos from conference attendees, and take a look at our conference photo album on Facebook!


NAAEE Accredits Four Distinguished College and University EE Programs

NAAEE is pleased to announce a new initiative designed to formally recognize distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing the kinds of environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that will translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.

Four programs—Montreat College, Eastern Kentucky University, Nova Southeastern University, and University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point—are the first institutions to receive recognition. We applaud their efforts and hope this is the start of expanding high quality EE in higher education. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered.

The next deadline for accreditation applications is due March 15, 2015.

http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered/accred...


International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education Winter 2014

The winter 2014 issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is now online. IJECEE is a free online peer-reviewed journal designed to promote thoughtful sharing of information to support effective practice, research, and policy around the world. Please forward this free-access journal to your networks. The public is invited to submit scholarly written manuscripts for consideration for the next issue. Please share your thoughts about the IJECEE winter issue with editors Yash Bhagwanji (ybhagwan@fau.edu) or Bora Simmons (borasimmons@gmail.com.

http://www.naaee.net/publications/ijecee/ijecee2


New Online EECapacity Course: Community EE: Bridging Communities in EE

November 10–December 5, 2014
Register by: November 7, 2014

This four-week skill development course was designed for environmental educators and community leaders to explore ways to make connections between environmental outcomes and neighborhood needs. Participants will consider their interests, skills, and connections to environmental and community issues to develop a strategy for action, and additionally, examine the role of social capital, interpersonal skills, and relationship building in EE. This course is offered by the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through EECapacity, the EPA-funded national environmental education training program.

http://www.eecapacity.net/training-networking/events/community...


Cal Water H2O Challenge

Deadline: February 27, 2015
Cal Water H2O Challenge is a free project-based, environmentally focused competition for California classrooms grades 4–6 within a Cal Water service area. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and the California Water Service Company, the competition aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, and aims to help kids develop a core understanding of environmental principles, teach them to care for water, and empower them to make a difference.

http://calwater.com/challenge


UL Innovative Education Award

Deadline: February 28, 2015
In recognition of our world’s changing needs, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global safety science leader, and NAAEE launched the UL Innovative Education Award, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to invest $250,000 in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment. The program offers recognition grants to increase the impact of existing innovative nonprofit programs in the US and Canada that are leading the way to inspire a passion for STEM education in young people through a focus on the environment. Learn more and apply now!

http://naaee.org/ulinnovativeeducation


News From Natural Start

Learn about a new infant and toddler program at a desert garden in Arizona; find out about Newport Beach, California's first nature-based preschool; explore a new area of the Natural Start site focused on nature preschools; and more.

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Awards, Grants, Contests

Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

The Race 4 Birds Foundation (R4B) launched a new nonprofit organization to promote youth birding competitions. The birding competitions challenge youth participants to identify and quantify the number of birds sited within 24 hours. The site offers a planning guide, detailed instructions, and resources.

http://www.race4birds.org/


Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop

Deadline: March 1, 2015
The 2015 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest (July 1–11, 2015) allows environmental educators to use and learn innovative instructional tools while exploring one of the world’s most important resources—the Amazon! The program includes:

  • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, Inquiry Explorations, STEM Investigations
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree, BirdSleuth, Project Noah
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning, Sustainability, Global Education
  • Rainforest Explorations: Biodiversity, Rainforest Ecology, Conservation and Climate Change, and more

http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator- academy.html


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Earth Expeditions Graduate Courses

Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators, and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2015 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand. Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.

Earth Expeditions: http://earthexpeditions.org/14-15_news

Global Field Program: http://gfp.miamioh.edu/14-15_news

Project Dragonfly's Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP): http://aip.miamioh.edu/14-15_news


Digital Learning and Curriculum

Deadline: January 21, 2015
One of the most active topics of research at the moment, digital learning and curriculum, is spurred by the recent realization that, when it comes to technology, disciplinary knowledge (or content) of effective teachers is more a matter of understanding deep associations among familiar concepts than it is about taking more advanced courses in technology.

Digital Learning and Curriculum, offered by the University of British Columbia Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, was designed for teachers who are seeking to enhance professional practice by developing their educational technology knowledge through collaborative study.

http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/DLC


Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
The Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning (ETL) is designed for educators from private and public schools, museums, nonprofit centers, environmental centers, and government organizations who want to deepen their understanding of ecology, sustainability, living systems, and ecological education and to apply their learning to their professional contexts. Teachers from across the disciplines—not just science teachers—complete this program. ETL is an 18 month accelerated program that includes two summer field experiences and distance learning in the fall and spring semesters. The first summer field experience is in a beautiful wild place and the second summer field experience is in a dynamic urban setting.

http://www.lesley.edu/master-of-science/ecological-teaching-and-learning


Call for Papers - Special Issue: Campus Sustainability & Social Sciences

This special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education aims to present contemporary, state-of-the-art applications that demonstrate how social science theories, models, and findings can help overcome campus sustainability challenges and to illustrate the diversity of social science campus sustainability research conducted across the world.

Papers are sought from a range of social sciences including but not limited to anthropology, communication, economics, education, geography, psychology, political science, and sociology. Interdisciplinary social science contributions are welcome as well.

http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts...


Resources for Students and Educators

Teaching about Invasive Species

Teaching about Invasive Species is designed as a tool kit for youth educators working inside or outside schools. Included in its 80 pages are descriptions of 11 innovative, youth education programs, 20 ready-to-use activities that are appropriate for various age groups, and perspectives on how best to present this challenging topic. Until November 7th, single copies cost $12.95 (regular $18.95) and bulk copies cost as little as $4.25.

http://www.greenteacher.com/books/teaching-about-invasive-species


Pumpkins and Petunias; Things for Children to Do in Gardens

By Esther Railton-Rice and Irene Winston (XLibris, 2014).
This book is for anyone who enjoys being in a garden with children. Each activity includes objectives, information for the leader, materials, directions for doing the activity, relation to the subject standards, and suggestions for related activities. The book includes all the disciplines and the teaching strategies of inquiry, playing, questioning, creating, constructing, etc. The appendixes match the activities to Next Generation Science Standards, National State Core Standards, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) curriculum standards.

http://pumpkinsandpetuniasbook.co m


Harford County Public Schools Save Big with Energy Efficiency

Located 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is home to more than 38,000 students in grades K–12. School officials believe that in order to provide students with a modern education, sustainability must be a priority. Baltimore Gas and Energy (BGE) and HCPS teamed up to create and release a video sharing information on how the school district improved energy efficiency in 42 schools, cutting energy use by more than 4 million kilowatt hours and saving $443,000 annually in energy cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xsrC1baxJo

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Interactive Water Cycle Resource

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a new resource about the water cycle, aimed at schools and students. This interactive module, which can also be found in image format, shows the various stages, actors, and components of the cycle in three different versions for various ages and a variety of languages. Visit their website to download a copy or view the resource.


Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate

The adventures of scientist-photographer James Balog and the Chasing Ice team come to life in a newly released climate science education resource. Getting the Picture provides a unique, interactive, multimedia experience for students and educators to learn about the latest climate science and witness real-world changes occurring around the world. This comprehensive educational resource is aligned with national educational standards, including NGSS, CCSS and Climate Literacy. Explore this fun and engaging learning tool!

http://www.gettingthepicture.info


SMILE: New STEM Activities for Educators

Howtosmile.org, based at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, is an award-winning, free access collection of nearly 4,000 STEM education activities. Many activities are grouped by topics with environmental themes including energy, climate, life sciences, and ocean literacy. Activities are also aligned with standards and principles such as the Climate Literacy Principles, Ocean Literacy Principles, and U.S. DOE Energy Literacy framework. Hundreds of SMILE activities are free, and thousands are low-cost and use readily available materials. Activities can be searched by cost, time, source institution, language, learning style, and informal categories like outdoor activity, games, and physical activity.

http://www.howtosmile.org


Three New Books by Joseph Cornell

Nature educator, Joseph Bharat Cornell, has rewritten two of his classic books Listening to Nature and Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages and has recently published a new book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me. Learn more:

  • The Sky and Earth Touched Me, written to nourish the souls of nature enthusiasts and help readers experience the healing properties of nature awareness. The Sky and Earth Touched Me online resources makes it easy to share nature with friends, family, and students.
  • Listening to Nature: After selling more than 100,000 copies, Listening to Nature has been out of print for many years. Joseph has thoroughly rewritten this book, newly illustrated with stunning photography featuring the work of award-winning nature photographer, John Hendrickson.
  • Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages: Completely revised and updated version of the classic Sharing Nature with Children which has been translated into over 20 languages and has sold over 600,000 copies, with new title Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages (release date Winter 2014).

Solution Generation

ecoAmerica and the Solution Generation Executive Committee are pleased to announce the launch of a new national program, Solution Generation. Solution Generation aims to catalyze higher education leadership on climate change by inviting and empowering college and university leaders to lead by example and engage others in climate solutions. The website provides a range of communication tools, inspirational success stories, and resources that higher education leaders can use right away to design and implement strategies to inspire and empower their students, faculty, staff and peer leaders. The program is designed to empower higher education leadership, whether they are climate leaders or are just getting started.

http://solutiongeneration.org


NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium November Newsletter             (Posted: 11-5-14)

EIRC - Helping People Help Kids  NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 8November 2014
 Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost - Pillar I
Green Strides: Environment, Health and Facilities at ED


 

Green StridesThe U.S. Department of Education is working to make all schools healthier, safer and more sustainable with initiatives in the areas of facilities, health and environment. Several key programs in these areas are: 

  

  -  U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

  -  Green Strides Webinar Series 

  -  Green Strides Resources

  

 

Learn more about these progams at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/index.html

2014 School Bus Replacement Rebate
Application Deadline November 17, 2014 at 4 p.m. EST.

School Bus

As part of the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA), EPA is offering rebates to both public and private fleets for clean diesel projects. The rebate program is targeting the replacement of older school buses. For this 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity, $3 million has been reserved.Applications must be received by November 17, 2014 at 4 p.m. EST Learn More
ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems Webinar
December 2, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 

Energy Star
During this session, attendees will learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others. Register HERE
 Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff - Pillar II
U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases Safety Bulletin 
Lessons Learned After Several Serious Accidents During Educational Demonstrations

Chemical Safety Board

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety bulletin called "Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations" based on three recent serious incidents in Nevada, Colorado, and Illinois where children were burned while observing laboratory demonstrations involving flammable liquid methanol. READ MORE

 Spotlight on Environmental Education - Pillar III
Project WET Curriculum Guide Workshop
December 4th, 2014

Project WET
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 is a collection of 64 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans that are teacher-tested and classroom ready for K-12 students. 
Teachers attending a Project WET Workshop are eligible to receive grant funds to sponsor a one day Make a SPLASH Festival for 200 or more students in grades 2 - 8. Learn More and Register
Mentor, Mentee: Who's helping who?
Article by Jennifer Hammonds, Wildlife Promise

Lamar Elementary School
The role mentors play in the lives of students is invaluable and can often lead to extraordinary experiences, both for the mentor and the mentees. This couldn't be more evident than in San Antonio, Texas for mentor, Michelle Hipps-Cruz of Overland Partners and mentees, students of Lamar Elementary SchoolRead More
 We want to hear from YOU!
Sustainable Solutions submitted by YOU!

Share your story
Do you have sustainable solutions that your school has implemented and resulted in better energy efficiency or healthier school environments? Have examples of how you've incorporated sustainability and environmental education into the curriculum? Send us your stories for possible inclusion in our upcoming newsletter.  Send your stories to Allison Mulch at amulch@eirc.org
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Our team at the NJSSC hopes this newsletter provides you with valuable insight and inspiration that will help you implement green initiatives in your school.

 

Sincerely,


Allison Mulch, Senior Manager

NJSSC / EIRC
amulch@eirc.org
856-582-7000 ext. 115

Sustainable Jersey for Schools             (Posted: 11-5-14)

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Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. The program provides tools, training and resources to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability initiatives. 

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Download Program Resources

Review the Certification Actions

The certification application is based on a check list of 87 actions in 17 categories. The certification process is flexible, allowing your school to choose from a broad range of actions. See the actions here

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Webinar: Ready, Set, Go! Getting Started with Sustainable Jersey for Schools 

Participants will walk through the registration process, website resources, and cover basic information on how to communicate, collaborate and organize their district or school green team for certification success! Register here.

Register Your District or School

For step by step instructions on how to register your district or school click below. 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit the new website: www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey

Green Knight newsletter -- November 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in NJ             (Posted: 11-5-14)

Click HERE.

Interactive Website Makes Learning Bird Biology Fun             (Posted: 11-5-14)

Click HERE.

Duke Farms: Behind the Stone Walls - October 2014 Issue             (Posted: 11-5-14)

Click HERE.

Littoral News             (Posted: 10-22-14)

 
Fall Into Conservation!


Call for Volunteers!
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PLANT A FOREST!

We are reforesting a 7.5 acre portion of a farm field in Hopewell Township with over 500 trees and shrubs to improve local water quality while providing habitat for state-listed species.

WhenOctober 18th
Time: 9am to noon 
WhereHopewell Township, Cumberland County on the recently preserved open space adjacent to Hopewell Crest School, 122 Sewall Rd, Hopewell.

Here's a map!

For more information contact Shane Godshall at 856-825-2174 or shane@littoralsociety.org
Healthy Soils &
Native Plants Demo 
Learn about healthy soils and native plants!

 

Fall is a great time to start thinking about and planning  your spring garden. Join the
American Littoral Society and partners on Friday, October 31, at Jakes Branch County Park, 
Beachwood, NJ  for an informative  day that includes practical demonstrations to improve soil health and information about our "Bayscape for Barnegat Bay" native plant program. The event is 
FREE and lunch is included.
 
For more information or to register click here.

Bike (or walk) Belleplain 

Join the us for a day of biking (or walking) in Belleplain State Forest. Trails have been developed through Belleplain offering 3, 7, or 10 mile excursions in the woods. The trail system is designed for all experience levels. 

When: November 1st
Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Bellplain State Forest, Woodbine NJ

 

Additional Info: Wear appropriate clothes for biking or walking the woods. Take precautions for bugs and ticks. Bikers must wear a helmet.

Registration is required, contact Shane in our Delaware Bay office at 856-825-2174, or shane@littoralsociety.org.

Floyd Bennet Field Hike

Hike the Trails of the North Forty Natural Area, Floyd Bennett Field.

When: Sunday, Nov.16 Time: 10:30am-12:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Meet at the Ryan Center 

Join American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen for a 2 mile hike and discover the birds, wildflowers, autumn fruits and foliage in this developing woodland.

Participants will carpool to the program site at Floyd Bennett Field.

Note: Insect repellent, binoculars, and a magnifying glass will be helpful.

GATEWAY NRA Partnership Program.

Surf Fishing Clinic
Join Jeff Dement,Tagging Director, for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. He'll cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and "reading" a beach.

All skill levels are welcomed. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Children under 18 are welcome with a supervising adult. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided but please bring your lunch.

Date: November 22nd
Where: 18 Hartshorne Dr, Highlands, NJ
Time: 8:00am
Cost:
 $20 Member Family/Individual
$40 Non-Member Family/Individual
 
Space is limited. Please reserve by contacting Jeff at 732-291-0055 or jeff@littoralsociety.org.
NY Annual Holiday
Party

An event not to be missed!

 

Date:December 13th
Time: 5-9pm

Cost: $75 a person

Includes buffet dinner, drinks ( beer, wine, soda), coffee, dessert plus door prizes, a fun "UGLY AUCTION" (bring your spouse), and a
Flamenco Dance performance. There will be a 3pm hike at the nearby refuge before party. 

 

Call 718-474-0896 for more information and to register.
Montauk Winter Weekend 
(Seals, Surf & Seabirds)

January 9-11, 2015
pend a quiet weekend at Montauk during peak winter birding time. Visit the seal haulout site and see many species of seabirds including loons, scoters, goldeneye, etc. Cost: $395 includes 2 nights lodging at the luxurious Manor House, all meals (5), 5 guided hikes and free pickup at the LIRR station.

For info and reservations call (718) 474-0896 
 
or e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com

With NYC Audubon.

 

Save the Dates!
Mark your calendars now for our NEW and exciting upcoming Events!

 
Lunch and Learn Series
at Langosta Lounge on the Asbury Park Boardwalk!

 

Beginning on Saturday, December 6th (and following on the first Saturdays in Jan, Feb, March 2015) the American Littoral Society will provide a series of monthly opportunities to learn about protecting, restoring and enjoying our coast combined with delicious food and atmosphere at one of our favorite restaurants at the shore.

 

Our first date will kick off with fish AND food!
At 11:00 a.m. we will conduct a surf fishing clinic on the beach in Asbury Park followed by lunch & lecture about our Fish Tagging Program.

Watch for registration details and pricing coming soon!

Winter Waterfowl Workshop

Saturday, December 6th
(10am-1pm) - Meet 10am at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge center . A slide presentation followed by a walk around the refuge to observe the different species of waterfowl. Leader: Don Riepe. 

To reserve: (718) 474-0896 or don@gmail.com
with NYC Audubon. free

 

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"The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth."

Thomas Berry

 
October 2014 
Oyster Reefs as Habitat

This summer, we went looking for oysters in Barnegat Bay. We embarked on a study, part of a grant funded by NOAA and Restore America's Estuaries, to see if any oyster spat (young) would naturally "set" in Barnegat Bay. Oysters are no longer wide spread in the Bay, however, they were once prolific. Barnegat Bay was home to over 20 square miles of oyster beds, but populations have declined greatly since the 1800's due to overharvest, increase in salinity, and increase in Dermo disease.

Oysters need hard surface to set on, so with the help of volunteers "spat collectors", we hung mesh bags of clean clam and oyster shell off docks throughout Barnegat Bay to provide habitat for potential oyster spat. We had a total of 13 study sites in Long Beach Island, Lanoka Harbor, Seaside Park, Island Beach State Park, Waretown, Brick, Toms River, and Lavallette. We placed one bag at each site in June, and then returned to the sites in July, August, and September to monitor the bags. Oysters need a clean surface to set on so we also placed a new bag at each site when we monitored. At the close of the project in September, we had a total of three bags at each site.

As expected, we didn't find the Bay full of spat.Only 6 of the sites, all in Long Beach Island, accumulated any spat.
Only 1 or 2 were found at each site and there was not any survival from previous months. However, we did find a plethora of other species that would use oyster reefs as a habitat. American eel, striped and feather blenny, naked gobie, skillet fish, cunner, flat worm, and mud crab were among the many species found in the bags. We even found some unusual species with a more southern range including spotfin butterfly fish and peppermint shrimp.

This was a great teaching experience for the volunteers that participated in the study and illuminated the excellent habitat value that oyster reefs once provided and could provide in the future if they are restored in Barnegat Bay.
 

The Mid-Atlantic Region Looks Ahead with Ocean Planning

Last year the Mid

-Atlantic states, federal agencies and the Shinnecock Indian Nation began working together to ensure a healthy Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastline through collaborative ocean planning. Ocean planning provides our states, tribes and federal agencies with existing responsibility over ocean and coasts a way to come together and think proactively about how we manage, protect and use our ocean and coasts with input from citizens. By looking ahead, we can all help create a vision for what the Mid-Atlantic ocean space should look like for this and future generations.

 

Now this group, known as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, wants our help. They are holding a set of listening sessions across the Mid-Atlantic in November to engage stakeholders like coastal community members, fishers and naturalists who have connections to the coast to learn more about their work and provide input on what a regional ocean plan for the Mid-Atlantic should look like. Please go to www.boem.gov to learn more about how you can have a say in ocean protection or go to our newsletter events section.
 

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Planning Listening Sessions

These events are all a part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body's (RPB) work to engage stakeholders in ocean management for the Mid-Atlantic region. These events will ask stakeholders (i.e. coastal communities, citizens, naturalists, boaters, fishers, etc.) to talk with the RPB about what is important to plan for so we have a healthy Mid-Atlantic ocean and coast.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  (venue TMD) Long Branch, New Jersey. 5-8 pm

 

You can directly contact the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body at MidAtlanticRPB@boem.gov for more information or Sarah Winter Whelan at sarah@littoralsociety.org

Oil Spill Response Workshop

Become a New Jersey Spill Spotter and Marine Defender
 
Join us to learn how you can volunteer during a time of disaster along the coast or in our coastal waters. Meet and speak with US Coast Guard and other pollution response professionals including representatives of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Common Good Productions (Creators of Marine Defenders).

During this half-day workshop you will learn about:

  • The latest oil spill response technology
  • How  volunteer efforts can contribute to an emergency situation
  • What other types of pollution threaten our waterways
  • How to become a waterway guardian through a demonstration of the Marine Defenders iPhone app
     
November 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Jacques Cousteau National
Estuarine Research Reserve
130 Great Bay Blvd
Great Bay Boulevard, Tuckerton NJ 

 

Guest Presenters 

Jerry Conrad, United States Coast Guard

  • Area Contingency Plan, wildlife impacts, and need for volunteers
  • Case studies:  What have we learned?  10 year anniversary, Athos spill
     

Micah Fink, Common Good Productions

  • Marine Defenders: Become a volunteer guardian
     

Virginia Rettig, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Our Refuge: Post-Sandy Pollution and Clean up 

This workshop is free to register click here.
Resorts World Unveils Stunning Images, and Videos of Jamaica Bay

by It's In Queens,Jamaica Bay

 

It's huge. With about 18,000 acres of wetland estuary, it's larger than Central Park, Prospect Park and Van Cortland Park combined. It's beautiful. Numerous islands and a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands and freshwater ponds host more than 330 species of birds, 60 species of butterflies, and one of the largest horseshoe crab populations in the Northeast. It's historic. Over the past two centuries, the area has been used for fish-oil and horse-rendering factories, landfills, sewage treatment plants, harvesting oysters, and of course, various forms of recreation. And now Jamaica Bay is on display at Resorts World Casino New York City


The exhibit features stunning images of everything from birds to planes to people by award-winning nature photographer

François Portmann and Don Riepe

who serves as the New York Chapter Director of the American Littoral Society and co-chairs the Jamaica Bay Task Force. Also on view are moving images from Jamaica Bay Lives, an upcoming documentary produced by Dan Hendrick, who wrote the book Jamaica Bay.

 

The Wonders of Jamaica Bay, Resorts World Casino New York City, Times Square Casino Level Atrium, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Jamaica. The exhibit will unfold in three parts: Life On, Above and in the Bay, which opened today; The Birds of Jamaica Bay, which opens in December 2014; and Finding Balance-The Interplay of Nature and the City, which opens in January 2015.

Photos:Don Riepe 

Orienteering

Get out and explore Estell Manor Park as you navigate from point to point with a map and compass! Never been orienteering? No problem, there is a lesson beforehand and trails for different levels of experience. Orienteering is a fun and exciting way to spend an afternoon.  

Where: Estell Manor Park Nature Center,
            109 Boulevard Rt 50. Mays Landing, NJ 08330

When: November 8th from 11am to 3pm.

Registration is required, contact Shane in our Delaware Bay office at 856-825-2174, or shane@littoralsociety.org.

Additional Info: Wear appropriate clothes for hiking off-trail in the woods. Take precautions for bugs and ticks. This event is run by the Atlantic County Parks and Recreation Dept and open to the public, the event is first come first serve, so timely registrations are needed.  

Upcoming Restoration Projects

We are very busy at the Restoration Department gearing up for next year's programs and working on multiple science-based restoration projects in New Jersey and New York to include projects in Delaware Bay, Barnegat Bay, Wreck Pond, Bradley Beach, and Jamaica Bay, NY.
 

Through a Department of Interior (DOI) grant, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) awarded $1.7M to the American Littoral Society to manage and support the reestablishment of fish passage for anadromous fish (herring) to Wreck Pond and to restore dune and beach habitat for the federally listed threatened piping plover (Charadrius melodus) and the state listed least tern (Sterna antillarum).

Currently, the only connection between the Atlantic Ocean and Wreck Pond is an 800 foot, 84-inch diameter pipe. As part of the project, a secondary corridor consisting of a six (6) foot by eight (8) foot bypass box culvert is proposed to be installed alongside the existing pipe and span approximately 500 to 600 feet from the Wreck Pond spillway into the Atlantic Ocean. The completed Project would provide improved aquatic
 connectivity for fish passage for migratory fish including
alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus), blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), and American eel (Anguilla rostrata) and would be designed to maximize access into and from Wreck Pond and its tributaries during spring migration and fall emigration. The project would also be designed to improve water quality and promote community resiliency by reducing risk of flood.
 

We are now in the permit phase of this project and just completed the baseline fish surveys within the Pond. We did show there is a small run of alewife in the Spring and yes, for the first time documented in years we caught young of year, juvenile herring heading back to sea. This gives  proof that spawning of herring does exist within the watershed and by providing improved connectivity to the ocean our work may improve accessibility to allow more herring in to spawn.

CHABA-CON 2014
Although off to a rainy start, CHABA-CON 2014 was a success! Just under a hundred attendees gathered in the auditorium of Bridgeton High School on Saturday October 11th to hear author Lester Brown, a Cumberland County native, speak on global sustainability and how it relates to the historical City of Bridgeton.

Following Mr. Brown's keynote address, Salvatore Mangiafico, Environmental and Resource Management Agent of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Salem County, moderated a roundtable discussion with local panelists of various disciplines on the future of the Bayshore Region and its natural and cultural resources. 

Just as the rain cleared up in the afternoon, fifteen conference attendees hopped on the American Littoral Society-led "Green City" Bus Tour, led by Quinn Whitesall. The tour focused on Bridgeton's uniquely combined Green and Cultural resources. Highlights of the tour included the Bridgeton Zoo, Sunset Lake, Mary Elmer Lake, Barrett's Run preserved open space, parts of the Bridgeton Historic District and local Urban Agriculture Initiatives.
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NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium October Newsletter             (Posted: 10-22-14)

EIRC - Helping People Help Kids  NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 7October 2014
 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Letter of Intent Due: November 21, 2014
Application Deadline: December 19, 2014     

NUS Department of Education Green Ribbon Schoolsew Jersey's participation in GRS over the past three years has been hugely successful, resulting in the award of eight NJ Green Ribbon Schools State and National winners. New Jersey will be participating in the 2014-2015 ED-GRS program open to all PreK-12 public and private schools in NJ. A district award for exemplary public school districts is also open to all districts with at least 3 schools.  Learn the application process and download your application
 Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost - Pillar I
Informational Session & Tour of 2014 Green Ribbon Schools Award Recipient Kellman Brown Academy 
October 23rd - Register Now!

Pictures of Kellman Brown Academy The NJSSC invites you to learn how to achieve excellence in sustainability practices and transform your school or district into a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. 

Complimentary breakfast provided 
Date:   October 23, 2014
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Kellman Brown Academy, Voorhees, NJ
 Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff - Pillar II
EPA School Flag Program

EPA School Flag Program The EPA School Flag Program alerts schools to the local air quality forecast and enables them to take actions to protect the health of students, especially those with asthma. 

Here's how it works:  Each day a school raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches the Air Quality Index (AQI) on airnow.gov. On unhealthy days, schools can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution. Learn how to get started!
Asbestos Alert - State AHERA Inspections Coming to You?

Asbestos Inspection
Recently, several of New Jersey's schools have been inspected by representatives of the New Jersey Department of Health working under the authorization of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the inspection was to ensure that they were in compliance with 40 C.F.R. Part 763 (Asbestos in Schools Regulations) and AHERA/ASHARA. Learn more
 Spotlight on Environmental Education - Pillar III
Green Challenge Program for Grades K - 12
School registrations due by October 31st

Green Challenge
The Green Challenge curriculum is designed as a year-long curriculum for gifted and talented students that enables students to design and engineer green solutions that affect change in their homes, their schools and their communities.  Schools registering for the 2014-2015 school year will participate in a competition and award ceremony hosted by EIRC's Gifted and Talented Department.  Learn more and register
Geologic Map Day
Friday, October 17th

Geological Map of NJ For the celebration of Geologic Map Day, a new map, entitled "Bedrock Geologic Map of New Jersey, 2014" is being published.  It displays a more refined interpretation of the state's bedrock formations from modern geologists using advanced in-field data collection and map-making techniques. It is a long awaited update of a map first published just over 100 years ago in March, 1914. 

Purchase your copy or access free downloadable classroom activities and publications at www.njgeology.org
 Sustainable Solutions Submitted by YOU!
Timber Creek Rain Garden (Black Horse Pike Regional SD)

Timber Creek Rain Garden
The Timber Creek High School rain garden was installed to beautify, intercept, treat, and infiltrate storm-water runoff from the sidewalk and surrounding courtyard and serves as an outdoor classroom. To educate students about rain gardens, the Stormwater Management in Your Schoolyard educational program presented to Environmental Science, Honor's Biology and AP Environmental Science students. Read More
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Allison Mulch

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Earth Science Week Proclamation from Governor Christie & 11 October 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 10-22-14)

Governor Christie Declares October 12th – 18th Earth Science Week in New Jersey

TRENTON – Governor Chris Christie signed a proclamation declaring October 12th – October 18th, 2014, Earth Science Week (ESW) in New Jersey and encouraged residents to take this opportunity to learn more about earth sciences and the important role this field of science plays in balancing natural resource use with quality of life in the state.

For nearly two decades, the New Jersey Geological and Water Survey (NJGWS) has been the proud Garden State sponsor of American Geosciences Institutes’ internationally celebrated “Earth Science Week”.  The mission of ESW is to focus attention on our Earth and heighten awareness and appreciation for the world we live in.  Given its long history of promoting science and stewardship in geoscience, the NJGWS is particularly excited about this year’s theme, “Earth’s Connected Systems”, which will focus on the interactions of the biosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere.

The NJGWS encourages all New Jersey students and educators to participate in activities relating to the appreciation and preservation of the Earth during Earth Science Week.  As part of its efforts, the agency distributed 50 Earth Science Week toolkits to public school teachers across the State.  These toolkits are provided by the American Geosciences Institute and supplemented with maps, activities, publications and historical documents pertaining to New Jersey.

In addition to ESW’s general theme, there are special focus days.  Sunday October 12th is “International Earthcache Day”, Tuesday October 14th is “No Child Left Inside Day”, Wednesday October 15th is “National Fossil Day” and Friday October 17th is “Geologic Map Day”.  Department of Environmental Protection staff will participate in outreach to the public at several events on these days.  The 38th annual New Jersey Science Convention www.njscienceconvention.org occurs October 14th and 15th in Princeton and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Science Teachers Association and the New Jersey Science Education Leadership Association.  This annual conventions attracts nearly 1,000 educators from across the state and continues to be the second largest convention in the state.  The Department’s exhibit of “Extinct New Jersey” presents the rich fossil heritage of New Jersey including dinosaurs on National Fossil Day which is always of great interest to students.

For the celebration of Geologic Map Day, a new map, entitled “Bedrock Geologic Map of New Jersey, 2014” is being published.  It displays a more refined interpretation of the state’s bedrock formations from modern geologists using advanced in-field data collection and map-making techniques. It is a long awaited update of a map first published just over 100 years ago in March, 1914.  This Geologic Map of New Jersey, sometimes referred to as Atlas Sheet 40, has been in demand but out-of-print for many years.    It depicted geologic information that played a significant role in steering the agriculture and development of the Garden State in the early decades of the last century.  The new map is at the same scale as the original and will prove useful as the state tackles conservation and development issues in this new century. 

More information about Earth Science week can be found at www.earthscienceweek.org.

A copy of the new bedrock geologic map will be available for purchase from the NJGWS’ website at www.njgeology.org.

For free downloadable classroom activities and publications from the NJGWS, visit www.njgeology.org.

For more educational materials, visit the Department of Environmental Protection’s SEEDS program at www.nj.gov/dep/seeds

Learn Paleosols through Cupcakes

http://www.maryanningsrevenge.com/2013/06/paleosol-cupcakes-part-2-of-2.html

“Explore soil structure through cupcakes!”

Beneath Greenland's Ice, A Grand Canyon

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/29/world/europe/greenland-megacanyon/index.html?iref=allsearch

“British and American scientists watching Greenland's massive ice sheet have found what appears to be a 460-mile "megacanyon" far beneath the frozen surface of the world's largest island.”

 ESPRIT Earth Science Education Listserv

 Subscription: http://external.oneonta.edu/mentor/listserv.html

Archives: http://listserv.oneonta.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A0=ESPRIT

 This is a volunteer community of about 1000 Earth Science educators from across the USA and beyond. It is dedicated to professional support and discussions of resources for geoscience teachers. For more than 20 years it has been a very active lifeline for new and experienced teachers. It is strictly non-commercial and kept on-task by a core of veteran educators. Anyone can subscribe (and unsubscribe) with no charge or obligation. Many of the resources shared on the "Sites of the Week" have been contributed by ESPRIT listees.

 

See How Travel Time across the U.S. Changes with Time

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/how-fast-could-you-travel-across-the-us-in-the-1800s

“The best way that I’ve found to understand how fast one could travel across the country back in those simpler, but slower, times is these maps from the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. All the maps use New York City as a starting point on the East Coast, and show how long it would take to move westward across the country.”

Water

Only Half The Drugs In Sewage Are Removed Before Entering Great Lakes

http://greatlakesecho.org/2013/11/25/only-half-drugs-in-sewage-removed-before-entering-great-lakes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+greatlakesecho%2Fall+%28Great+Lakes+Echo+%28All%29%29

“The impact of most of these “chemicals of emerging concern” on the health of people and aquatic life remains unclear, according to the International Joint Commission. Nevertheless, the commission concludes that better water treatment is needed.https://pod51042.outlook.com/owa/

USGS Repeat Photography Project Documents Retreating Glaciers in Glacier National Park

http://nrmsc.usgs.gov/repeatphoto/overview.htm

“Glacier National Park’s namesake glaciers have receded rapidly since the Park’s establishment in 1910, primarily due to long-term changes in regional and global climate. In the last century, the five warmest years have occurred in the last 8 years - in this order: 2005, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 (NASA). These changes include warming, particularly of daily minimum temperatures, and persistent droughts. This warming is ongoing and the loss of the Park’s glaciers continues, with the park’s glaciers predicted to disappear by 2030.”

Weather

Reviewed Digital Resources for Climate Change

http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html

“Scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources for teaching about climate science, climate change, and energy awareness.”

Hurricane FAQ from NOAA

http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/tcfaqHED.html

“All about Hurricanes’

Climate Labs from SERC

http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs/index.html          

EarthLabs supports this transformation by providing a model for rigorous and engaging Earth and environmental science labs. EarthLabs offer the laboratory experiences needed to elevate Earth science to a capstone high-school science course that coheres prior science studies and benchmarks students for college placement. EarthLabs units offer sequences for learning science concepts through hands-on experiments and data analysis. Using satellite imagery, numerical data, computer visualizations, and video, students explore Earth system processes and build quantitative skills that enable them to objectively evaluate scientific findings for themselves.

Space

Citizens and Students Can Help in Real-World Space Research

http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/previously-broadcast-events/citizen-science-in-space/

“Scientists need your help with real-world space research! Zooniverse features a number of space science projects that need your keen observational skills to find information”

The Sounds of Interstellar Space

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgQ9THRckJ0

“The Sounds of Interstellar Space”

Environmental

North Dakota Oil Boom Causes Prosperity And Pollution

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/north-dakota-oil-boom-causes-prosperity-and-pollution

“Oil drilling has sparked a frenzied prosperity in Jeff Keller's formerly quiet corner of western North Dakota in recent years, bringing an infusion of jobs and reviving moribund local businesses. But Keller, a natural resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, has seen a more ominous effect of the boom, too: Oil companies are spilling and dumping drilling waste onto the region's land and into its waterways with increasing regularity.”

General

How Many Cells Are In Your Body?

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/23/how-many-cells-are-in-your-body/

“A simple question deserves a simple answer. How many cells are in your body?”

The Zombie Autopsies For Educators

http://wgvu.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-newshour-presents-neuroscience-and-zombies/

“"The following lessons about neuroscience have been inspired by the book, The Zombie Autopsies, written by Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, and are intended to complement it. The Zombie Autopsies was inspired by George Romero’s 1968 cult-classic horror film Night of the Living Dead.

These original lessons build upon each other, using the undead to teach the living about the brain. The lessons follow an accompanying plot line where the world is fighting a zombie apocalypse and the best and the brightest young people are being trained as medical students – with a specialty in neuroscience – with the hopes that they will be able to provide a cure to this terrible epidemic and save humanity.

Although the materials are organized as a unit, lessons can be used as stand-alone or can be shaped to fit the needs of you and your students regarding time and content. Introduce zombie neurobiology to your classroom today!"

Teaching

Why the Current Wave Of Reforms, With Its Heavy Emphasis On Standardized Tests, May Actually Be Harming Students

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/the-coming-revolution-in-public-education/275163/

“Why the current wave of reforms, with its heavy emphasis on standardized tests, may actually be harming students”

Ted Talk: What it Feels to be Bullied

http://www.ted.com/talks/shane_koyczan_to_this_day_for_the_bullied_and_beautiful?source=email

“By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.”

Use Ted Talks to Flip the Classroom

http://ed.ted.com/tour

“Use engaging videos to create customized lessons. You can adapt and edit any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch around any YouTube video.”

Inspiration

10 Inspirational Quotes by the Dalai Lama to Brighten Your Day

http://www.goodnet.org/articles/10-inspirational-quotes-by-dalai-lama-to-brighten-your-day-list

“Considered one of the world’s most influential humanitarians, the 14th Dalai Lama stands as a symbol for peace and nonviolence. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader travels the world spreading his message of compassion and peace. To celebrate his birthday on July 6, here are 10 of his most beautiful quotes.”

Humor

Guilty Dog Shows it After Tipping over Garbage

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151814744906716

“Garbage all over the floor? Who is the culprit?”

What's Happening at Your Feeders?             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Click HERE.

Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Click HERE.

LSC Teacher Connection & NJSM Dinosaur Expedition & 9/27 and 10/4 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Liberty Science Center 2014-15 Teacher Connection Program

October 11, 2014: Guitar - The Instrument That Rocked the World

November 15, 2014: Island of the Lemurs Madagascar-IMAX, Class room activities on animal behavior

December 6, 2014: Environmental Forensics

January 10, 2015: Introducing Climate Change into the Science Classroom

February 7, 2015: Using Technology in the Classroom-Part Two

March 7, 2015: Fun with Robots

April 11, 2015: TBA New Spring Traveling Exhibit

May 9, 2015:  Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards

June 6, 2015:  Field Trip-  Sterling Mineral Mine Museum

For details about times and costs contact Pat Casey: akateacherspet@hotmail.com

Link to their 2013-2014 program: http://lsc.org/for-educators/lscs-teacher-community/teacher-connection-events/

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NJ State Museum Dinosaur Expedition, Summer 2015

Dear Teachers,

The NJSM leads dinosaur hunting expedition in the rugged Bighorn Basin of Montana and Wyoming each summer.   Learn about the paleontology, geology, history, and natural history of one of the most beautiful places in the country, how they are all related to New Jersey, and earn professional development credits for participating.  College credit is also available for students.  If you have any questions, please contact Jason Schein at the New Jersey State Museum (jason.schein@sos.state.nj.us).  

Sincerely,  Jason P. Schein

Dates:

July 12 – 18, 2015

July 19 – 25, 2015

July 26 – August 1, 2015

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Geology and Geography

Map of the Day: Pangea, With Modern-Day Borders

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2013/06/map-day-politics-pangea/5796/

“If today's geopolitical divisions existed when Stegosauruses roamed the earth, the world might have looked something like this.”

Interactive 3-D Modelling of Geologic Cross-Sections

http://visiblegeology.com/

“With this you can do topography, geo history, cross sections, and, it seems, so much more. There is a tutorial, but I suggest just goofing around with it. It's really quite cool. It has been developed for college level students in geology, but there is certainly a ton of applicability in ES classes and a lot of student centered capabilities.”

The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit— A Teacher’s Guide for Hands-On Mineral Education Activities

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/17/gip-17.pdf

“This teacher’s guide defines what a mineral deposit is and how a mineral deposit is identified and measured, how the mineral resources are extracted, and how the mining site is reclaimed; how minerals and mineral resources are processed; and how we use mineral resources in our everyday lives. Included are 10 activity-based learning exercises that educate students on basic geologic concepts; the processes of finding, identifying, and extracting the resources from a mineral deposit; and the uses of minerals. The guide is intended for grades 5 through 8 science teachers and students and is designed to meet the National Science Content Standards as defined by the National Research Council (1996). Several of these activities can be modified to meet the National Science Content Standards for grades 9 through 12. To assist in the understanding of some of the geology and mineral terms, see the Glossary (appendix 1) and Minerals and Their Uses (appendix 2).”

FEMA/Ad Council - "The Day Before" an Earthquake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fRCH5iBwAlc

“To kick off National Preparedness Month in September, Leo Burnett, in partnership with the Ad Council and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), released a new series of PSAs focused on the notion: "You never know when the day before is the day before."

Play Geography Related Error Game

https://www.sporcle.com/games/survivor/hope-and-crosby-in-road-to-bishkek

“Can you pick the movie, given a geography-related error?”

Sinkholes: When the Earth Opens Up

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/07/sinkholes-when-the-earth-opens-up/100552/

“Gathered here are images of some of these sinkholes, both man-made and natural, around the world”

Water

Underwater Coral Reef Footage from Fiji & Tonga

http://www.youtube.com/embed/mcbHKAWIk3I

Underwater footage shot whilst scuba diving in the Fiji islands and Tonga. Featuring colorful coral reefs, huge schools of tropical fish, sharks, humpback whales, underwater caves, scuba divers and much more marine life from the south Pacific.”

What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/translating-uncle-sam/stories/what-is-the-great-pacific-ocean-garbage-patch

A swirling sea of plastic bags, bottles and debris is growing in the North Pacific, and now another one has been found in the Atlantic. But how did they get there and is there anything we can do?”

Weather

National Climate Data Center

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access

NCDC is the world’s largest provider of weather and climate data. Land-based, marine, model, radar, weather balloon, satellite, and paleoclimatic are just a few of the types of datasets available”

A Year of Weather 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Gy8V0Dv78#t=60

“This visualisation, comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and the JMA, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2013”

Global Warming 'Pause' Isn't What Climate Change Skeptics Say It Is

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/no-hiatus-pause-global-warming-climate-change-heres-why-20140109

“This series of photos, taken on an expedition to Greenland's North and South lake sites by a team from the University of Washington and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in July 2010, give an up-close view of how quickly the island's ice sheet is melting”

Space

The Sunspot Cycle

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml

“Current data for the average number of sunspots.”

Use an Animation To Find Your Latitude Based On The Height of Polaris

http://www.onr.navy.mil/focus/spacesciences/skyobserve/constellations4.htm

Use an animation to find your latitude based on the height of Polaris

The Most Beautiful Images of Saturn

https://www.flickr.com/photos/badastronomy/10328043663/sizes/h/in/photostream/

“The absolutely beautiful and truly breathtaking mosaic of Saturn taken from images captured by the Cassini spacecraft, also showing the bizarre hexagonal storm at the pole”

If the Moon Were At The Same Distance as the ISS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBDZtt0vWD8#t=86

“YouTube video describing what the mom would be at the same distance as the ISS”

Environmental

Video on how People are Adapting to Climate Change

http://adaptationstories.com/

“Excellent video and website that tells the story of humans adapting to changes in their environment”

General

How Batteries can Start Fires

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSJH21WmALc

“After living through a fire in his own house, Dave shares the lessons he learned during his experience. In this first video, he shows how a simple 9 volt battery started his house fire. Please share this message with friends and families so that they can learn to be safe with batteries.”

Teaching

26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System

http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-education-school-2011-12?op=1

“Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland's school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems. So how do they do it? It's simple — by going against the evaluation-driven, centralized model that much of the Western world uses.”

Demo

Density of Pillow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTj6XEFY_mY&feature=youtu.be

“A classroom demonstration showing how to calculate density of a material that changes its volume without changing its mass.”

Inspiration

Ducks First Time in Water

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLUTdmEoyDs

Ducks first time in water after being rescued from a hoarding case.”

Humor

SDSU baseball: Annual Halloween contest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXfoANBjnCU

Members of the SDSU baseball team took part in the annual Halloween Baseball Contest and Game on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Red team beat the Black team, 5-3, in a four-inning affair. Players in costume ranging from Captain America to a Charger Girl to the Jamaican bobsled team made it a fun afternoon for all.”

Computer Tips

19 Apps That Will Turn You Into A Wilderness Expert

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/19-apps-that-will-turn-you-into-a-wilderness-expert

Do you wonder which species of bird it is that you keep seeing on your backyard fence? Are you curious about what butterflies are visiting your garden? Would you like to know more about the mammals that call your local park home? Thankfully there are plenty of smartphone apps that help you quickly and easily identify flora and fauna, record your findings and learn more about them. Not only that, but a few will even turn you into a citizen scientist

Geology and Geography

Tips on How to Become a Fossil

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130810-fossil-science-paleontology-future/

“Pick your burial spot carefully if you want future paleontologists to find you.”

40 Maps That Explain The World

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/12/40-maps-that-explain-the-world/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

“Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog (see our full maps coverage here), with others from a variety of sources. I've included a link for further reading on close to everyone.”

West Wing Episode on the Gall--Peters Projection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVX-PrBRtTY&feature=youtu.be

UsefulClips

“Clip from "The West Wing" Season 2 Episode 16 about maps”

Norway's Weird Waves Traced to Japan Earthquake?

http://www.livescience.com/38960-japan-earthquake-norway-seiche-wave.html

“On a calm winter's day in Norway two years ago, the sea suddenly started to boil and rise, sending freak waves rolling onto nearby shores and mystifying residents. Turns out, the massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 also triggered these surprise seiche waves, a new study shows.”

CK-12 Free Online Textbook for Earth Science for Middle School

http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Earth-Science-For-Middle-School/

CK-12

“CK-12 Earth Science For Middle School covers the study of Earth - its minerals and energy resources, processes inside and on its surface, its past, water, weather and climate, the environment and human actions, and astronomy.”

Water

Water Sustainability from NBC Learn & NSF

http://www.nbclearn.com/water

NBCUniversal Media

NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resource”

Augmented Reality Contour Lines in a Flume

http://www.wimp.com/sandboxsimulation/

“Augmented reality sandbox with real-time water flow simulation”

Weather

8 Startling Before-And-After Images Of Ice Melt from around the World

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/8-before-and-after-images-of-ice-melt

“A record-setting, 4-day ice melt in Greenland sets the stage for other comparisons, some decades apart.”

Google Earth Interface For Crutem4 Land Temperature Data

http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/crutem/ge/

“CRUTEM is a dataset derived from air temperatures near to the land surface recorded at weather stations across all continents of Earth. It has been developed and maintained by the Climatic Research Unit since the early 1980s, with funding provided mostly by the US Department of Energy. The lead scientist for most of this work was Professor Phil Jones, though many colleagues have also contributed. In recent years, the Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) have also been involved, especially in the regular updating of the operational version of CRUTEM (current version CRUTEM4). CRUTEM has been combined with the MOHC's dataset of sea surface temperatures to provide a near-global dataset of temperatures across Earth's surface, called HadCRUT. For example, the current version HadCRUT4 combines CRUTEM4 and HadSST3. These datasets have been widely used for assessing the possibility of anthropogenic climate change.”

Space

Baumgartner’s Jump Video with Multi-Angle Views and Mission Data

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raiFrxbHxV0&feature=youtu.be

“See through the eyes of Felix Baumgartner as he completes his world record breaking jump from the stratosphere!”

Lunar Analemma Composite

http://twanight.org/newTWAN/photos.asp?ID=3003707

“Have you heard of Lunar Analemma? This digital composite image illustrates the changing position and phase of the Moon over the Dali Theater and Museum in Figueres, Spain, during one lunar month.”

Hubble Space Telescope Top 50 Images Slideshow

http://www.spacetelescope.org/extras/presentations/hst01/

ESA/Hubble

“50 images from the Hubble space telescope”

Environmental

How Wolves Change Rivers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q&feature=youtu.be

Sustainable Man

“When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.”

General

David Attenborough - Wonderful World - BBC HD Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5opIeLDgSA

David Attenborough

EarthSciTeach

“Video of the wonderful world we live in”

Teaching

 

Free Online Course on the NGSS

https://www.coursera.org/course/sciframework

Michigan Science Teachers Association

“Rice University is running a free online "course" (Or MOOC, if you prefer) focused on understanding the Next Generation Science Standards. The course is open to any educator. Topics include: Structure of NGSS, Science and Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, Model Course Sequences, and Performance Expectations. The course will consist of short video "lectures," a series of tasks, and online (Facebook) discussion.

What Teachers Need to Know about IQ

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2013/Nisbett.pdf

Earth Science Teachers Community

“Nisbett is the author of Intelligence and How to Get It. The article has recommendations for discussing intelligence with your students”

Inspiration

Puppies And Kittens vs. Mirrors

http://safeshare.tv/w/LQvugyirGr

Safeshare

“Puppies and Kittens seeing themselves in mirrors”

Humor

Dumb Way to Fail Class

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDqg88YB_5I

“Different scenarios that show dumb ways to fail”


USEPA: EE Updates for Educators and School Administrators             (Posted: 10-21-14)

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EPA Updates for Educators and School Administrators



Looking for Safer Cleaning Products for Your School?

Design for the Environment

EPA is redesigning its Safer Product Label for products that meet rigorous safety standards to better protect you, your family, and the environment.  We plan to give it a more modern look to help consumers, businesses, and institutional buyers recognize products that have earned the label.

Join the Twitter chat today at 2:00pm EDT to find out more. Follow @EPAlive and use the #saferproducts hashtag to ask us a question and share your ideas on safer products.

EPA is collecting public comments on the Safer Product Label until October 31, 2014. We want to know whether the potential new labels help identify products that are safer for your family's health and the environment.  Submit your comments on our website and find more information here.


EPA and LULAC Partner to Protect Children's Health

Administrator McCarthy and Executive Director of LULAC

The Latino community is disproportionately affected by asthma. Over 3.6 million Latinos are currently diagnosed with the condition, which is exacerbated by air pollution. Recently, Administrator McCarthy and Brent Wilkes, Executive Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), signed a partnership agreement to focus on increasing education and engagement on environmental issues such as climate change and children's health within the Latino community.

Watch a short video of the signing.

Read a blog post by Administrator McCarthy on why acting on climate is important for public health in the Latino community.


Use EPA's Healthier Schools for Healthier Kids Program

Children's Health Month

You can take action to improve children's health at your school. EPA's comprehensive schools website offers all the resources you need to establish, maintain, or enhance a school environmental health program. Find guidelines, studies, and other resources.

Don't forget to download and share a poster of 31 tips to protect children's health in honor of Children's Health Month. 


EPA's Publication Center Offers Free Digital and Print Materials

Looking for an educational, technical, or scientific resource? EPA’s National Service Center for Environmental Publications offers over 66,000 digital and 1,500 print materials free of charge. This month's featured publication, "When I have an Asthma Attack I Feel Like a Fish Out of Water," includes a good set of tips for parents with asthmatic children. Call 1-800-490-9198 or search for materials today. 

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Did You Miss Last Week’s Webinar on New Teaching Tools? Save the Date for More.

Science and Engineering Festival. Credit: Aaron Ferster, U.S. EPA

If you're looking for fun, interactive ways to engage your students in science, join EPA for a webinar on Thursday October 23 at 6:30 pm ET. See a demonstration of the new interactive game called Generate!, developed by EPA scientists and tested with K-12 teachers, that explores energy choices and environmental quality. Learn how other teachers have used it in their classrooms and find out how to download it for free.  If you can't attend in October, Join EPA on November 13 to hear about another tool- EnviroAtlasLearn more about these webinars and more.


Time to Act on Climate

A world-leading economy depends on a healthy environment and a safe climate. Last week, Administrator McCarthy shared her thoughts on how taking action against climate change can reduce global health risks and support a strong economy. Read her latest EPA Connect blog and her op-ed in the The Hill

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

EPA Now Accepting Applications for P3 Grant Program

P3

Do you know any college students interested in solving an environmental challenge? EPA's P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition that inspires solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers quality hands-on experience that brings classroom learning to life.

For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. Teams then compete in the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC for the P3 Award and a $90,000 grant to turn their design into a real world application. Apply for P3 by December 16 here

NAAEE: EE News for October 1, 2014             (Posted: 10-1-14)

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NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Ottawa’s Upon Us!

Check out our new mobile app!

W?e are ?also? excited to announce the launch of our brand new mobile app for the ?conference! You'll be able to make your own personal schedule, communicate with other attendees, view interactive maps of the Ottawa Convention Centre, and so much more. To get it, download "CrowdCompass Directory" on your mobile device and then search for NAAEE. Or, visit our mobile site at: https://crowd.cc/naaee2014. Let us know if you have any questions!

Exciting Workshops and Field Trips

You can explore everything from innovative design thinking for educators to making the most of media in the wonderful array of workshops and field trips available on Wednesday and Saturday. Check them out at www.naaee.net/conference/program/workshops or www.naaee.net/conference/program/fieldtrips and sign up soon! Check at the NAAEE office at the conference to add workshops (as space allows) on site, and note that you are welcome to sign up for workshops and field trips without registering for the conference.

Want to Come to the Conference for Free?

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. We still need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

Sign up to volunteer by completing the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Auction Items

Support conference scholarships by donating to the annual Stapp Scholarship Auction. Bring your items with you to the conference, or contact NAAEE in advance. We welcome handicrafts, jewelry, books, clothing, trips, tickets, vacation home stays, pottery, and more. (Please deliver your items to the Auction Office in Room 2A on the second floor of the convention centre on Wednesday or early Thursday morning.)

Jobs and Resumes

There will be notebooks available at the conference for both job listings and resumes. Bring yours along; you’re bound to find the perfect match!

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 1 Week! And check out our mobile app!?

We're only one week away from our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information for your visit.

Make sure to download our mobile app! Download "CrowdCompass Directory" on your mobile device and then search for NAAEE. Or, visit our mobile site at: https://crowd.cc/naaee2014.


IJECEE Winter Issue Now Online

The Winter 2014 issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is out and can be accessed here. Please share your reactions with the editors, Yash Bhagwanji (ybhagwan@fau.edu) and Bora Simmons (borasimmons@gmail.com). We invite sharing of this free- access journal and invite you and others to submit scholarly written manuscripts for consideration for the next issue.


September News from the Natural Start Alliance

This month, visit a Head Start classroom on a working farm and a nature preschool at a natural science center, download the latest issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, and catch up on the latest Natural Start news.

http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/...


Awards, Grants, Contests

Sea Turtle Fundraising Contest

Register by: October 15, 2015
Contest ends: November 15, 2014

Your class can save baby sea turtles and win great prizes at the same time! SEE Turtles, a nonprofit organization, is raising funds to protect turtle conservation projects. Every dollar raised saves one hatchling! Three classes will win an eco-prize pack for each student and one teacher will win a free sea turtle trip to Costa Rica. Every class that raises at least $100 win prizes.

http://www.seeturtles.org/school-fundraiser-contest


2015 Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2014
The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) is seeking poster entries on the theme, "Be Loyal to Your Soil—Compost!" Share your artistic interpretation of compost and its ties to soil health. The winning poster design will be reproduced and distributed nationwide as the offical 2015 International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) poster and featured on the USCC website.

http://www.compostingcouncil.org/icaw


Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: Call for Nominations

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Nominations are now open for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.

The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/public_engagement


Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop

Deadline: March 1, 2015
The 2015 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest (July 1–11, 2015) allows environmental educators to use and learn innovative instructional tools while exploring one of the world’s most important resources—the Amazon! The program includes:

  • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, Inquiry Explorations, STEM Investigations
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree, BirdSleuth, Project Noah
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning, Sustainability, Global Education
  • Rainforest Explorations: Biodiversity, Rainforest Ecology, Conservation and Climate Change, and more

http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator- academy.html


WHALE TAIL® Grants Program

Deadline: November 1, 2014
The 2014 WHALE TAIL® grants program supports projects encouraging people to value and take action to improve the health of California’s marine and coastal environments. Educational projects improving the quality of beaches or coastal or marine habitats are also eligible. In 2014 there is a special subcategory for projects addressing climate change and/or ocean acidification. Emphasis is placed on reaching underserved students or members of the public. Applicants may request up to $50,000, and 25–50% of the funding will be allocated in small grants below $10,000. A total of $345,100 will be distributed.

http://www.coastforyou.org


North American Events, Training, Announcements


Earth Expeditions Graduate Courses

Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators, and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2015 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand. Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.

Earth Expeditions >

Global Field Program >


Geologic Map Day

October 17, 2014
The third annual Geologic Map Day is the final major event for Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18) promoting the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping. Students will have access to activities and materials for participation including the Geologic Map Day poster. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologic-map-day


Resources for Students and Educators

Solution Generation

ecoAmerica and the Solution Generation Executive Committee are pleased to announce the launch of a new national program, Solution Generation. Solution Generation aims to catalyze higher education leadership on climate change by inviting and empowering college and university leaders to lead by example and engage others in climate solutions. The website provides a range of communication tools, inspirational success stories, and resources that higher education leaders can use right away to design and implement strategies to inspire and empower their students, faculty, staff and peer leaders. The program is designed to empower higher education leadership, no matter if leaders have led on climate in the past, or are just getting started.

http://solutiongeneration.org


Three New Books by Joseph Cornell

Nature educator, Joseph Bharat Cornell, has rewritten two of his classic books Listening to Nature and Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages and has recently published a new book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me.

  • The Sky and Earth Touched Me, written to nourish the souls of nature enthusiasts and help readers experience the healing properties of nature awareness. The online resources makes it easy to share nature with friends, family, and students.
  • Listening to Nature: After selling more than 100,000 copies, Listening to Nature has been out of print for many years. Joseph has thoroughly rewritten this book, newly illustrated with stunning photography featuring the work of award-winning nature photographer, John Hendrickson.
  • Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages: Completely revised and updated version of the classic Sharing Nature with Children which has been translated into over 20 languages and has sold over 600,000 copies, with new title Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages (release date Winter 2014).

SMILE: New STEM Activities for Educators

Howtosmile.org, based at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, is an award-winning, free access collection of nearly 4,000 STEM education activities. Many activities are grouped by topics with environmental themes including energy, climate, life sciences, and ocean literacy. Activities are also aligned with standards and principles such as the Climate Literacy Principles, Ocean Literacy Principles, and U.S. DOE Energy Literacy framework. Hundreds of SMILE activities are free, and thousands are low-cost and use readily available materials. Activities can be searched by cost, time, source institution, language, learning style, and informal categories like outdoor activity, games, and physical activity.

http://www.howtosmile.org


Climate at Your Doorstep

The Daily Climate, a nonprofit online news source, recently launched a new interactive, online community to significantly expand its coverage of climate change impacts that are occurring right now in readers’ own backyards. The “Climate at Your Doorstep” project connects readers directly with leading climate change experts through social media to share information on this complex topic. A panel of distinguished scientists and experts specializing in climate change will monitor the hashtag #ClimateDoorstep and other Daily Climate social media channels. The scientists will directly respond to readers’ questions, photos, and videos about environmental changes they may be experiencing in their own communities. NAAEE members can participate by following the hashtag #ClimateDoorstep.

http://www.dailyclimate.org/doorstep


Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate

The adventures of scientist-photographer James Balog and the Chasing Ice team come to life in a newly released climate science education resource. Getting the Picture provides a unique, interactive, multimedia experience for students and educators to learn about the latest climate science and witness real-world changes occurring around the world. This comprehensive educational resource is aligned with national educational standards, including NGSS, CCSS and Climate Literacy. Explore this fun and engaging learning tool!

http://www.gettingthepicture.info


Interactive Water Cycle Resource

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a new resource about the water cycle, aimed at schools and students. This interactive module, which can also be found in image format, shows the various stages, actors, and components of the cycle in three different versions for various ages and a variety of languages. Visit their website to download a copy or view the resource.

http://water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle-kids.html


New Series on Bird Health: Winged Warnings

Created by Environmental Health News in partnership with NationalGeographic.com, "Winged Warnings" is a new series that explores our changing natural environment through birds—from eagles and ospreys to songbirds. Reporters traveled all around the world to study birds in their habitats to discover how they are being harmed by climate change, among other threats.

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news...


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Rutgers Water Resources Program: Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 10-1-14)

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Sustainable Jersey E-News: School Program Launch, Hubs Tackle 3 R's, Board Spotlight             (Posted: 10-1-14)

Click HERE.

Alliance for Childhood September Update             (Posted: 10-1-14)

September Update
September 2014

PlayinNewsNew Reports on Play Spaces and the Value of Play

Nature Play and Learning Places: Creating and managing places where children engage with nature was just released by National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University. Experts from 20 organizations came together to create guidelines for planning, designing, and managing nature play areas. See how you can bring a place for nature play to your neighborhood. The full report can be read and dowloaded here.

 

Another excellent new report summarizes evidence that shows the value of play. The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives is by Tim Gill, a writer and advocate for play from England. Read and downoad the report here.

 

 RaceToNowhereRace to Nowhere on Public TV

The Alliance is proud to join with Reel Link Films to promote its film Race to Nowhere. The movie will be aired on public television's World channel, now and through October. Check your local airtime here.

To continue the Race to Nowhere conversation, the Alliance is a partner in the new social action campaign #BanBusy. The goal is to raise awareness about the toll over-crowded schedules are taking on the health of our children. Help build momentum for this movement and visit the #BanBusy page today.

ECHOECHO Across America

The Alliance for Childhood is a leading partner in the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, and we will be co-facilitating a new initiative, ECHO Across America (Every Child Healthy Outdoors). In this campaign we will advocate for policies and strategies at the local and state level to engage kids in outdoor, unstructured nature play and other experiences in the great outdoors. Stay tuned for more about this exciting endeavor.

If you'd like to be engaged in this project, please click here and enter your name, zip code, and email, and check the boxes to indicate your interest in advocacy.

EventsUpcoming Events

* The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) will be holding its 43rd conference in Ottawa, Canada, October 8-11. Alliance Director Linda Rhoads will be presenting on strategies for advocating for outdoor nature play.

* Anarchy Zone in Ithaca, New York, had a great summer with hundreds of children playing in an adventure play space. But it doesn't end with summer - many people will be gathering for Ithaca's Day of Play on October 11 at the Ithaca Children's Garden.

* The Alliance for Childhood will be at the NAEYC Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, November 5-8. Look for us at Booth 942. We will also be participating in several panels. Hope to see you there!

* On November 14 and 15 in New York City, the eighth annual Wonderplay Conference will take place at the 92nd St. Y. Alliance co-founder Joan Almon will be presenting two workshops. Click here for the flier.

 

* The International Council for Children's Play will hold its 27th international World Play Conference on February 1-3, 2015, in Brussels. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30.

* The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play is scheduled for February 15-18. Sponsored by the U.S. Play Coalition, it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. The deadline to submit session proposals is September 30.

* ACEI will be hosting the Institute for Global Education Diplomacy March 5-8 in Washington, DC. Alliance Director Linda Rhoads will be leading a session on effective advocacy strategies.

* The Association of Children's Museums' InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children and Families will take place May 13-15. It will be hosted by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Do you have a minute? Let us know your interests!

If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to fill out the contact form on the Alliance website, including indicating your particular interests. We will be co-leading some exciting advocacy campaigns, and we want to know if you'd like to be involved. Thank you!

RecentArticlesRecent Videos and Publications

* Our friends in the Wild Zone project have released a video of a Family Play Day. It's filled with sticks, mud, flowers, creativity, and teamwork. Enjoy!
 
*
The International Play Association has created a wonderful 3-minute video entitled "This Is Me: Article 31 and a Child's Right to Play."

Remember! The Alliance for Childhood Publications page is filled with many reports, articles, books, and policy briefs, many of which you can download for free.

DonateDonate to the Alliance for Childhood!

Contributing is easy. By doing so you will support the exciting work we are doing to protect and preserve childhood. Please click here to make a donation. Or you can send a check to the address below. Thank you!

We invite you to keep up with media coverage of issues affecting children by visiting our Facebook page regularly. You'll find many interesting articles from around the country and the world.
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NJ's Stormwater Management Updates             (Posted: 10-1-14)

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BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive             (Posted: 10-1-14)


We are proud to announce that the Alliance for Childhood has joined with the Reel Link Films team to promote its film Race to Nowhere. We are also a partner in the new "BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive" campaign.

 
From
schools banning homework to the American Academy of Pediatrics sounding the alarm on a student sleep-loss epidemic, communities are more restless than ever to break out of our current education culture. This fall, we have an unprecedented opportunity to channel our collective will into national action.


RACE TO NOWHERE PREMIERES ON PUBLIC TELEVISION 


On Thursday, September 25 (and continuing through October) Race to Nowhere will premiere on public television's World Channel, reaching 70 percent of households across the country. This television event represents our chance to harness the power of public television to bring a crucial conversation about American educational culture into living rooms nationwide. It also marks the launch of our national social action campaign, BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive.

 
Invite your friends and family to watch on September 25, and then join the
BAN BUSY campaign by downloading our new broadcast party tool kit and visiting the BAN BUSY site

    
Check for local air dates and times here.
   

Why BAN BUSY? 


In celebration of Race to Nowhere's 5th anniversary, we're launching  BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive, a national social action campaign that busts the myth that busy is better. Grounded in research, the campaign is our opportunity to raise awareness about the toll over-packed schedules are taking on the health, happiness, cognitive development, creativity and emotional development of our children.   


Please join with the Alliance for Childhood and other partners and read on about how you can participate in this initiative...


We're challenging you - students, parents, educators, coaches and club advisors - to restore balance for the children in your care. You can help us paint a picture of what balance can look like - in and out of the classroom. Build forts and bake cookies. Take hikes and naps. Tinker, craft and create. Make time for downtime, playtime, family time. Then, using the hashtag #banbusy, post pictures on Twitter and Instagram documenting the ways you are transforming time for your students. It's time we replaced images of stress, anxiety and overworked students with a picture of what's possible for childhood and education.
 
We're launching the
BAN BUSY page today. Help us build momentum for this movement. Start posting your #banbusy pictures today!  
 
Banning busy may be the best thing you ever did for your students, your family, and yourself.


Create a community conversation to drive transformation!

Join the communities that have taken the lead. Click here to see the complete list of local screenings of Race to Nowhere.

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National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 9-26-14)

September Newsletter

 Welcome Back!


Over the past year, the number of Eco-Schools has tripled in New Jersey. This year is focused on deepening participation by connecting stewardship-based projects to the existing curriculum and Common Core, activating the power of collaboration for multidisciplinary learning, and spiraling out the sustainability practices for whole community learning through the arts. Here is how:

  1. During this next year, 11 schools will be connecting internationally with Taiwanese schools. There will be additional openings for the 2015-2016 school year if you want to participate.
  2. 2- Winter Webinar Series for Statewide Stakeholders in Student Learning on Climate Change
  3. On-site Green Team Professional Learning Community Facilitation and curriculum development
  4. Site-visits for individual guidance
  5. Professional workshops at NJ Audubon Centers and major conferences

Take the 2014 Eco-Schools Survey. Help us tailor the program to your needs and secure funding to continue to provide you with absolutely free support. While preparing for the new-year, we hope you will remember to visit the Eco-Schools website for environmental learning ideas and post your results on the dashboard for statewide shared learning.

Eco-Schools works closely with The New Jersey School Boards Association, which is committed to fostering sustainability in education and working to educate school districts and school board members on best practices in sustainable schools. NJSBA’s involvement includes assisting with the development of Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification, managing the NJ Sustainable Schools Project, a three-year research grant, training school board members, managing the NJ Green Program of study in collaboration with NJ Department of Education, serving on the Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awards recognition committee, participating in Eco School’s Taiwanese Sister School Program and hosting sustainability educational sessions and exhibitors at NJSBA’s annual leadership workshop in Atlantic City.

 

In this month’s newsletter you will find:

Professional Learning Opportunities
Awards and Certificates
Eco-School in the News
Funding opportunities
Resources

We love to share your stories with the community.  Contact Jessica Brown if you have something to share.  jbrowncommunications@outlook.com or 802-522-4209. Update your Eco-Schools dashboard to track your progress towards sustainability measurements. 


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Please check our FULL ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR for Eco-Schools programs as well as Partner Programs.

REGISTER:  Eco-Schools USA Sustainable Schools Webinar Series
DATE CHANGES
September 30; 7:00-8:15pm
November 11; 7:00-8:30pm
January 27; 7:00-8:30pm
March 3; 7:00-8:00pm

Eco-Schools USA's Sustainable Schools Webinar Series gives teachers, administrators, students and anyone interested in the Eco-Schools USA program the opportunity to hear presentations from our staff, like-minded partners and teachers in the field. 

REGISTER:  New Jersey Audubon’s – The Basics of Teaching Outdoors
October 18; 10:30am- 1:30pm

Using New Jersey Audubon’s Bridges to the Natural World as a platform, we will explore ways in which the outdoors can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Learn the benefits of place-based learning, outdoor classroom management and general safety guidelines along with curriculum ideas that support STEM education and the arts. This workshop is great for Home-school
parents, After-school providers, Scout leaders or anyone who loves the outdoors!

REGISTER:  New Jersey Science Convention
October 14-15

The New Jersey Science Convention is a professional development opportunity for science educators including teachers, administrators, and student interns. This two-day convention allows more teachers to attend at least one day of activities without burdening the school districts with excessive absence. Each day has up to seventy-five sessions of interest to all levels and disciplines in science, as well as over fifty-five vendors of science books, supplies, and equipment.

REGISTER:  ANJEE Annual Conference
January 23 – 24. Time TBD

ANJEE will present two full days of workshops designed to help educators make the natural connection between STEM and Environmental Education.


AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES

Congratulations to the following schools who recently qualified for the Bronze Award!

Holland Township School
Millburn Middle School
Miller Street Elementary School
Waldorf School of Princeton
A special congratulations to Woodcliff Middle School for qualifying for the Silver Award!

Have you applied for an award yet?  You may be eligible for one.  If you have established an Eco-Action team, completed an environmental audit, and created a basic action plan that focuses on at least one Eco-Schools pathway you may qualify for the Bronze award.  If you have done all that and created a detailed action plan that addresses at least two Eco-Schools pathways – one of them being energy – then you may even qualify for a Silver award.  Those of you going for a Green Flag award will need considerably more, including documentation of your Eco-Action team, audits, and photographs.  If you are unsure about any part of the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jennifer.  

If you have a school garden or outdoor classroom, your school may also qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat!

Green Ribbon Schools
If you are working towards a Green Flag award with Eco-Schools, don’t forget to apply to Green Ribbon Schools.  The Eco-Schools team worked closely with NWF with the US DOE to design their Green Ribbon program, so our programs align.  Visit the Green Ribbon Schools website to learn more. 

Letter of Intent deadline extended to 11/21/14.


ECO-SCHOOLS IN THE NEWS

Watchung School Joins National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Program

5 Easy Ways to Green Your School This Fall

Woodcliff Middle School Awarded National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Silver Award

Look here for the latest press releases about Eco-Schools in New Jersey. Have news? Contact Jennifer Dowd, Eco-Schools Coordinator NJ Audubon at jennifer.Dowd@njaudubon.org. 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Wrigley’s Litterless Campaign Grants
K-12 teachers can apply for a $500 mini-grant to reduce waste and consumption. Express your interest to apply on this short form.

Toshiba America Foundation Grant
K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.  With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Application Deadline: October 1st.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks Grant
Do you have an idea for an environmental improvement project but are short on funding? Let PLT help kick start your project with a GreenWorks! grant. Through PLT GreenWorks! youth can improve their school or community’s environment by taking part in service-learning action projects that they design and implement.

Don't delay ... the deadline to apply is September 30

Habitat Hero Grants
BirdSleuth K-12 from Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering Habitat Hero grants ($10,000 in monetary prizes, plus other resources!) and classroom sets of binoculars (thanks to a generous donation from Celestron).


RESOURCES

Biodiversity Pathway Resources

Reminder! Free Milkweed Plugs for Schools and Non-Profits!  
Monarch Watch is helping schools and non-profit organizations create a habitat for monarchs and pollinators.  They will provide a free flat of milkweed plugs as well as guidance on how to create a monarch/pollinator habitat to qualified applicants.  Funds for this project have been provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Go to: http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds

Free Bird Feeders!
BirdSleuth K-12 Education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is now in partnership with Pennington Wild Bird Feed to distribute window bird feeders to 10,000 teachers across the nation. Access their Feathered Friends resources (free download) and visit their website for more information.

Consumption and Waste Pathway Resources

Crayola Color Cycle
Collect used markers (and invite your students to bring in some from home) and send them in free of charge to Crayola’s Color Cycle program.  They will repurpose the markers by melting them into fuel.  308 markers will produce 1 gallon of fuel. 

Climate Change Pathway Resources

The National Audubon Society has released Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report - http://climate.audubon.org/

Audubon scientists have used hundreds of thousands of citizen-science observations and sophisticated climate models to predict how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to climate change. The work defines the climate conditions birds need to survive, then maps where those conditions will be found in the future as the Earth’s climate responds to increased greenhouse gases.

General Resources

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.  Visit the site for curriculum materials, professional development for educators and service learning opportunities for students.

A coalition of partners has released The State of the Birds Report 2014 - http://www.stateofthebirds.org/

The nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted. The authors call the results unsettling. The report finds bird populations declining across several key habitats, and it includes a “watch list” of bird species in need of immediate conservation help. The report also reveals, however, that in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made, bird populations are recovering.

If you have any questions about the information in this newsletter or about NJ Eco-schools in general, please contact Jennifer Dowd at 908-292-8030 or jennifer.dowd@njaudubon.org.

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NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now! Online registration closes September 26

Exciting Workshops and Field Trips

Exploring everything from innovative design thinking to student investigative journalism, there’s a wonderful array of workshops and field trips available on Wednesday and Saturday. Check them out at www.naaee.net/conference/program/workshops or www.naaee.net/conference/program/fieldtrips and sign up soon! And note that you are welcome to sign up for workshops and field trips without registering for the conference.

Want to Come to the Conference for Free?

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. We still need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

Sign up to volunteer by completing the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Auction Items

Support conference scholarships by donating to the annual Stapp Scholarship Auction. Bring your items with you to the conference, or contact NAAEE in advance. We welcome handicrafts, jewelry, books, clothing, trips, tickets, vacation home stays, pottery, and more.

Exhibits

Exhibiting at the conference is one of the best ways to share your resources and services with 1,000 interested environmental educators. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website: www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Jobs and Resumes

There will be notebooks available at the conference for both job listings and resumes. Bring yours along; you’re bound to find the perfect match!

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 3 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

Ottawa is a cycling enthusiast’s dream destination, with over 300 kilometres (186 miles) of recreational pathways linking natural areas, parks, gardens and national sites. Bring your own bike or rent one here and see the Capital on two wheels!


EECapacity Online Course: Storytelling for Teaching and Learning in EE

October 13—November 8, 2014
This is a six-week professional development course designed for environmental educators to explore the role storytelling can play in facilitating student learning, and as a teaching in both formal and non-formal settings. Educators will be given opportunities to consider the power of storytelling as part of one's personal learning process and examine the role storytelling can play as a means to disseminate environmental knowledge through various social media outlets.

https://sites.google.com/a/eelearn.net/eelearning-portal...


Webinar: Recognizing College and University Environmental Education Programs and An Overview of the NAAEE Conference

September 22, 2014 (4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central; 1:00pm Pacific)
Join us for a webinar describing NAAEE’s pilot initiative to accredit distinguished college and university environmental education programs. Recognition basics will be discussed: What is Accreditation? Why is it important? What’s required? How is it awarded? What college/university programs have been recognized by NAAEE? Learn how your college/university environmental education program can participate in the 2015 review cycle. In addition, we’ll highlight the upcoming NAAEE conference and sessions that might be of particular interest to higher education faculty.
Presenters: Bora Simmons, Lori Mann, and Sue Gentile

Join the webinar: https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=662240786
password: preservice
US TOLL: 1-650-479-3207
Access code: 662 240 786


Awards, Grants, Contests

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


Keep America Beautiful Awards Program

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Keep America Beautiful, America’s leading community improvement organization, that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, would like to recognize youth, educators, and schools who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to improving their community environment through litter prevention, beautification and community greening and recycling and waste reduction.

Awards will recognize youth groups and youth leaders who demonstrate projects or programs that support the Keep America Beautiful mission. Awards will separately recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the KAB mission through environmental education. Applications may be submitted for one-time projects or long-term/ongoing programs.

http://www.kab.org


ClimateChangeLIVE Grants for School Projects

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Do you have a project in mind that will help your class become part of the climate solution? Would you like to start a project that reduces your school’s carbon footprint or educates other students or community members about climate change? How about a new recycling program or energy and water conservation project for your students? If funding is holding you back, apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant!

More information and an application for the Project Learning Tree/US Forest Service GreenWorks! ClimateChangeLIVE grants up to $1,000 are available at

https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant


Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: Call for Nominations

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Nominations are now open for the Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.

The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/public_engagement


Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

The Race 4 Birds Foundation (R4B) launched a new nonprofit organization to promote youth birding competitions. The birding competitions challenge youth participants to identify and quantify the number of birds sighted within 24 hours. The site offers a planning guide, detailed instructions, and resources.

http://www.race4birds.org


Sea Turtle Fundraising Contest

Register by: October 15, 2015
Contest ends: November 15, 2014

Your class can save baby sea turtles and win great prizes at the same time! SEE Turtles, a nonprofit organization, is raising funds to protect turtle conservation projects. Every dollar raised saves one hatchling! Three classes will win an eco-prize pack for each student and one teacher will win a free sea turtle trip to Costa Rica. Every class that raises at least $100 wins prizes.

http://www.seeturtles.org/school-fundraiser-contest/


Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science

Application Deadline: September 30, 2014
The Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is excited to announce the launch of the new Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science, a year-long program beginning April 2015. The purpose of the fellowship is to build a community of scientists who pursue decision-relevant research, communicate scientific findings effectively, and contribute to conservation solutions by engaging with local communities, policymakers, land managers, advocates, and others.

http://www.wilburforce.org/news...


2015 Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2014
The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) is seeking poster entries on the theme, "Be Loyal to Your Soil—Compost!" Share your artistic interpretation of compost and its ties to soil health. The winning poster design will be reproduced and distributed nationwide as the offical 2015 International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) poster and featured on the USCC website.

http://www.compostingcouncil.org/icaw


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EPA Climate Justice in Action: Women and Climate Change

This Climate Justice in Action post, Women and Climate Change, written by Brittany Whited and Corinne Hart examines how women around the world bear a larger share of the adverse impacts of climate change, how gender plays a role in health impacts, and what can help mitigate some of these impacts.


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Next Steps Institute 2014 Focuses on Building a STEM Community

The Next Steps Institute brings thought leaders together to address, learn, and plan how to move STEM forward in ways that put youth and their learning front and center. The Fall Institute, Integrating STEM Learning in Communities, will gather STEM-focused stakeholders, including experts from NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WestEd, Murray State University, Earth Force, and Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, providing unique perspectives on STEM learning opportunities.

http://earthforce.org/?q=node/236


Sharing Nature Training and Retreat With Joseph Cornell

September 28–October 3, 2014 ~ Nevada City, California
Become re-energized and re-inspired with one of the most dynamic and effective approaches to nature education on the planet. Learn how to make learning fun, experiential, and memorable through the world renowned nature activities and teaching methods of Joseph Cornell. Attendees will learn how to inspire and will gain award-winning nature activities, including the Sharing Nature Flow Learning process, which educators use to make their programs more effective, and new wellness activities from Joseph's latest book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me.

http://www.expandinglight.org/nature-and-spirit/sharing-nature-retreat.php


National Geographic Education Online Courses

This fall, National Geographic Education brings two free online courses to educators looking for content and resources on watersheds and water. Sign up to learn about environmental topics and explore strategies to implement environmental education in your classroom, as well as develop action plans for your teaching. These courses can be applied toward your professional development requirements.

FLOW Education - September 17–October 29, 2014: For teachers of grades 4&ndah;9 to learn about watersheds and outdoor education using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an example.

Water: The Essential Resources - October 15–December 17, 2014: For teachers of grades 4–8 to learn about ocean and freshwater topics and teaching strategies.

http://www.education.nationalgeographic.com/education/online-courses


Oregon State University Educator Professional Development ~ Online

September 29, 2014: Examining the Learner’s Own Ideas: Personal Dimensions of Free-Choice Learning investigates how learning leaders can build on choice, identity, and motivation to successfully engage lifelong learners.

October 27, 2014: Experiential Learning and Field Trips helps learning leaders integrate field trips and science curriculum into informal learning sites.

https://pace.oregonstate.edu/free-choice#program-outline-section


Geologic Map Day

October 17, 2014
The third annual Geologic Map Day is the final major event for Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18) promoting the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping. Students will have access to activities and materials for participation including the Geologic Map Day poster. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologic-map-day


Presentation and Publishing Opportunities


Call for Papers - Special Issue: Campus Sustainability & Social Sciences

Deadline: November 15, 2014
This special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education aims to present contemporary, state-of-the-art applications of how social science theories, models, and findings can help overcome campus sustainability challenges—and to illustrate the diversity of social science campus sustainability research conducted across the world.

Papers are sought from a range of social sciences including but not limited to anthropology, communication, economics, education, geography, psychology, political science, and sociology. Interdisciplinary social science contributions are welcome as well.

http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Call-for-Papers...


Seeking Climate and Energy Science Educational Resources

The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) team is soliciting submissions of excellent climate and energy science educational resources for review and inclusion in the CLEAN Collection.

Send resource submissions to Marian Grogan at Marian_Grogan@terc.edu.

http://cleanet.org


Resources for Students and Educators

Pumpkins and Petunias; Things for Children to Do in Gardens

This book, by Esther Railton-Rice and Irene Winston (XLibris, 2014), is for anyone who enjoys being in a garden with children. Each activity includes objectives, information for the leader, materials, directions for doing the activity, relation to the subject standards, and suggestions for related activities. The book includes all the disciplines and the teaching strategies of inquiry, playing, questioning, creating, constructing, etc. The appendices match the activities to Next Generation Science Standards, National State Core Standards, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) curriculum standards.

http://pumpkinsandpetuniasbook.com


Harford County Public Schools Save Big with Energy Efficiency

Located 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is home to more than 38,000 students in grades K–12. School officials believe that in order to provide students with a modern education, sustainability must be a priority. Baltimore Gas and Energy (BGE) and HCPS teamed up to create and release a video sharing information on how the school district improved energy efficiency in 42 schools, cutting energy use by more than 4 million kilowatt hours and saving $443,000 annually in energy cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xsrC1baxJo


CLEAN Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy

Looking for well-vetted resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom? This CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) searchable portal provides online learning activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy. Use the search engine to find resources reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Join the email list for updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons. CLEAN also provides a set of scientific principles to help with teaching strategies.

http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html

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New Student and Teacher Awardees Honored

EPA CEQ Honor Student

Last month, we announced new student and teacher awardees, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Students and teachers joined EPA and White House officials in Washington, DC to celebrate. Watch the recorded ceremony online.

Read Administrator McCarthy’s blog about her experience.  A former PEYA recipient and 2014 EPA intern also blogged about her inspiring work and how the PEYA program has impacted it.


Join NEEF and ENERGY STAR in the Take a Second Energy Challenge

Did you know

Are you or your students taking a few seconds today to help the environment? Share an Instagram video showing how you take a few seconds to help the environment by saving energy. Use #takeasec to submit your video and follow @NEEFusa and @EnergyStar. Submit your entry by October 9, 2014 and vote for your favorite finalist. Learn more about the challenge today.

How could you incorporate this challenge into your teaching? The U.S. Department of Energy offers lesson plans that could help.


Attention Administrators: Are you trying to control pests, while keeping costs down?

Join EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs this fall for webinars on integrated pest management in schools. Topics include:

  • Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using IPM
  • The Basics of School IPM
  • Managing Outdoor Pests of Schools Using IPM
  • Keeping Bed Bugs Out of Schools
  • Keeping Rodents out of Your School
  • Dealing with Nuisance Birds around Schools

Looking for technical guidance for IPM? We offer several resources ranging from a model for an IPM Policy to best management practices to a guide on making the business case.  


Think Green Before You Shop

Think and Shop Green

Decorating a new classroom or helping students green their dorm rooms this fall? This week an EPA intern shared DIY ideas for greening your dorm and a student’s guide to green shopping. Follow the Green Your Dorm (or Home!) Pinterest board for creative new ideas. 

 


Campus RainWorks Challenge Now Open!

EPA's Office of Water is hosting the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will receive prizes of up to $5,000. Start planning your project today and register by October 3!

We encourage you to share our environmental education announcements with your colleagues.

 To subscribe:

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USAEPA/subscriber/new?topic_id=USAEPA_439

Office of Environmental Education
Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education
Office of the Administrator / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
education@epa.gov

Updates & 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 9-24-14)

New Jersey Earth Science Events

Rutgers Geology Museum has a number of events including fossil hunting and a trip to Ringing Rock this fall. For information visit: https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/

The 2014 NJ Science Convention will take place October 14th and 15th at the Princeton Marriott. For information visit: http://www.njscienceconvention.org/

ANJEE is accepting proposals for their annual conference which will be held in West Windsor on January 23 & 24. For information visit:

http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6feee65e8c5f9f9f07e82211b&id=ada25fe079&e=c3480a7915

NGSS preparation workshops at NJACE at Raritan Valley Community College:

http://www.raritanval.edu/comm/njace-sei/teachinginstitute.html

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FREE National Earth Science Week Toolkits!!!

 

Earth Science Week (ESW) is October 12-18, 2014.  This year’s theme is “Earth’s Connected Systems”.  Specific topics, emphasized on specific days, during this annual national event, are International Earthcaching, Earth Science Literacy, No Child Left Inside, National Fossil Day, Geoscience for Everyone and Geologic Map Day.  Check out the ESW website at www.earthsciweek.org for events.

 

Once again, NJ Geological and Water Survey has secured approximately 50 Earth Science Week Toolkits for FREE distribution to earth science teachers across the state.  Priority are the public schools, but they are not exclusive.  Email requests for toolkits should be sent to Karen Edwards and include the teacher’s name, school name and addressKaren.edwards@dep.nj.gov

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Teen Climate Summit and 2015 Shore Bowl

Hi! I hope that your first week(s) of school have gone smoothly. To start of the year, I wanted to pass along information on two free programs that we are running for grades 8-12. 

The Climate and Environmental Change Teen Summit - Climate change is a major threat to our planet and our lives. On December 11, 2014 & March 26, 2015, students in grades 8-12 are invited to work with Rutgers University scientists to learn about climate change science and to develop community service projects that apply this knowledge in their local communities. For more information or to register for this program, please check out the attached flyer or our website at http://4hset.rutgers.edu/teen-summit/.

Shore Bowl - The Shore Bowl is a regional academic competition for high school students in NJ, NY, and PA that focuses on ocean-related topics.  These topics include the biology, chemistry, physics and geology of the ocean, as well as navigation, geography, and related history and literature.  The Shore Bowl will be one of 25 regional competitions hosted around the country. The winners of each regional competition will get an all expenses paid trip to the to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. For more information or to register for this program, check out the attached flyer or our website at http://coseenow.net/?p=5627/.

For additional questions about these programs, feel free to contact me at ferraro@marine.rutgers.edu.

Hope to see you there,

Carrie

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2014-2015 Earth 2 Class Schedule

Hi, All!

Below are the dates and general session themes for the 2014-2015 Earth2Class Workshops at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The website home page has not yet been fully updated, but you can get more information about the schedule for the day, directions to the campus, etc., at www.earth2class.org/site.

This year, we will try to use the afternoon to develop cooperatively lesson plans and activities for these and other themes that will align with the NGSS and your state standards.

Hope you can join us for one or more 

Mike Passow

Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Palisades, NY 10964
http://www.earth2class.org

2014-2015 E2C Dates and Session Themes

20 Sep: Caroline Leland and Mukund Palat Rao—“Tree Rings and Climate Change”

11 Oct (LDEO Open House)

25 Oct:  Mike Kaplan—“Changing Glaciers of Patagonia”

22 Nov: Tim Kenna and Margie Turrin—“GEOTRACES: Marine Biogeochemical Cycles”

10 Jan: Alexis Berg—“Land and Atmosphere Interactions”

  7 Feb: Taro Takahashi—“New Insights about Ocean Acidification”  

  7 Mar: Peter Keleman—“Rock Behavior Under High Pressures”  

28 Mar: Ben Bostick—“Arsenic in groundwater”

11 Apr:  Dallas Abbott—“Impact Sites and Consequences in Russia”

  2 May: Sonya Dyrhman & Sheean Haley—Microbes

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Earth Science Websites of the Week

From: earth science site of the week [mailto:EARTH@LS2.CMICH.EDU] On Behalf Of Francek, Mark
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 7:36 AM
To: EARTH@LS2.CMICH.EDU
Subject: 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week

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Welcome back!  My best wishes for a stellar semester.

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Hello Everyone,

This week’s 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week feature the following resources:

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Editor’s Picks: **1) Exfoliation (Sheet Fracturing) Live On Video *****2) Volcanic Eruption, Pyroclastic Flow, and Shockwave Caught on Film **3) Landslide vs. Train, 4) Map of Cities Inundated if All the Glaciers Melted, ****5) Putting All the World’s Water into Big Cubes, *6) Ever Feel a Frost Quake? , 7) How Astronauts are Affected by Space Exploration, 8) Fracking: Weighing the Risks, *****9) See How The Sun's Energy Drives A Remarkable Planetary Engine, The Climate – Award Winning Video Narrated by Liam Nielson, 10) Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity in Education.

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Geology and Geography

1. Exfoliation (Sheet Fracturing) Live On Video

2. Responding to Young Earth Creationist

3. How do we know the Age of the Earth?

4. Landslide vs. Train

5. The Rock Cycle for Primary School
Water

1. Map of Cities Inundated if All the Glaciers Melted

2. Putting All the World’s Water into a Big Cube

3. Cosee Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

Weather

1. Ever Feel a Frost Quake?

2. Videos Explaining Global Warming in 5 minutes down to 1 minute

Space

1. How Astronauts are Affected by Space Exploration

2. Incorporate NASA Datasets into your Classroom

3. Planets around Other Stars: A Guide for College Instructors

Environmental

1. Fracking: Weighing the Risks

2. Environmental Literacy Lessons

General

1. See How The Sun's Energy Drives A Remarkable Planetary Engine, The Climate – Award Winning Video Narrated by Liam Nielson 2. Lego Planet Earth: Natural Resources

Teaching

1. The 5 E’s Explained on a Page

2. How Cursive Can Help Students with Dyslexia

3. Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity in Education

Demo

1. Soda Bottle Hydrology

Geology and Geography:

Site Name

Exfoliation (Sheet Fracturing) Live On Video

Site URL

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/09/a-big-chunk-of-the-sierra-nevada-caught-fracturing-on-video/

Site Author

Scott K. Johnson

Suggested by

Jim Ebert

Description

Exfoliation caught on film.

Site Name

Responding to Young Earth Creationist

Site URL

http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/geo.age.crit.html

Site Author

ENSI

Suggested by

Larry Flammer

Description

“If a student ever challenges you with criticisms of the reliability or validity of geological age-dating methods, point out these facts”

Site Name

Volcanic Eruption, Pyroclastic Flow, and Shockwave Caught on Film

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9UMODgsIUM

Site Author

Philip McNamara

Suggested by

Bradley Carone, GEO 210 student

Description

While on vacation in Australia, this videographer, Philip McNamara capture an incredible volcano eruption in Papua New Guinea, which causes a sonic boom. Watch as Mount Tavurvur suddenly erupts shooting smoke into the sky.”

Site Name

Landslide vs. Train

Site URL

http://www.break.com/video/landslide-vs-train-fighting-dirty-2398197

Site Author

borges40

Suggested by

Dave Reber

Description

“Train and Landslide collide”

Site Name

The Rock Cycle for Primary School

Site URL

http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/ks3/gsl/education/resources/rockcycle.html

Site Author

The Geological Society

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“This web-resource, which is aimed at UK science students, shows how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on, and use to build our homes.”

Water

Site Name

Map of Cities Inundated if All the Glaciers Melted

Site URL

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/rising-seas/if-ice-melted-map

Site Author

2014 National Geographic Society

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas.” Toggle to see cities flooded.

Site Name

Putting All the World’s Water into Big Cubes

Site URL

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/09/putting-all-worlds-water-into-big-cube.html

Site Author

Wait But Why Staff

Suggested by

Glenn Dolphin

Description

“Distribution of earths water with graphics”

Site Name

Cosee Ocean Education Resources

Site URL

http://www.cosee.net/

Site Author

The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).

Suggested by

Lorraine Neilan

Description

“The mission of the COSEE Network is to spark and nurture collaborations among research scientists and educators to advance ocean discovery and make known the vital role of the ocean in our lives. The mission reflects the three-fold partnership, which composes each COSEE Center-partnerships between formal and informal education institutes and research institutes.”

Weather

Site Name

Ever Feel a Frost Quake?

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB8md0-8P9U

Site Author

James Nye

Suggested by

Stephen Reynolds

Description

“While America collectively freaks out over their impending 'polar vortex', Canada is changing the game when it comes to cold weather phenomenon as reports of 'frost quakes' emerge from around Toronto and across Ontario.”

Site Name

Videos Explaining Global Warming in 5 minutes down to 1 minute

Site URL

http://www.howglobalwarmingworks.org/

Site Author

Lee Nevo Lamprey.

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“The 5 videos below explain how global warming (related to climate change) works in as few as 52 seconds. Even our most chemistry-rich video is less than 5 minutes long.”  OK, greenhouse gas molecules are depicted way too high in the atmosphere but this seems to be a pretty good explanation. Other problems with the videos?

Space

Site Name

How Astronauts are Affected by Space Exploration

Site URL

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/HRP_Feature/

Site Author

NASA

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“Interactive tool showing the different parts of the body and how they are affected when traveling to space”

Site Name

Incorporate NASA Datasets into your Classroom

Site URL

http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/

Site Author

NASA

Suggested by

Scott McComb

Description

“MY NASA DATA (MND) is a tool that allows anyone to make use of satellite data that was previously unavailable. Through the use of MND’s Live Access Server (LAS) a multitude of charts, plots and graphs can be generated using a wide variety of constraints. This site provides a large number of lesson plans with a wide variety of topics, all with the students in mind. Not only can you use our lesson plans, you can use the LAS to improve the ones that you are currently implementing in your classroom.”

Site Name

Planets Around Other Stars: A Guide for College Instructors

Site URL

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/astronomy-resource-guides/the-search-for-planets-around-other-stars/

Site Author

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Suggested by

Andrew Fraknoi

Description

“The discovery and characterization of exoplanets is one of the most exciting and fast-changing areas in modern astronomical research. As a result, Astronomy 101 instructors have had trouble keeping up with the flow of new techniques, instruments and discoveries. To help, NASA missions, educational projects around the country, and scientists themselves have produced a wide range of materials that astronomy instructors (and their students) can use to learn about the latest developments. This annotated guide is designed to highlight useful materials on the web and in print. It was produced in consultation with NASA education specialists, who suggested some resources that may not have been well known.”

Environmental

Site Name

Fracking: Weighing the Risks

Site URL

http://video.mpt.tv/video/2229405982/

Site Author

Maryland Public Television

Suggested by

Don Duggan-Haas

Description

Explore the long-term environmental effects posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a means of extracting natural gas within the Marcellus Shale Deposit in NY, PA, W. VA and MD.”

Site Name

Environmental Literacy Lessons

Site URL

http://edr1.educ.msu.edu/environmentallit/publicsite/html/ci_tm_1213.html

Site Author

Environmental Literacy

Suggested by

Beth Covitt

Description

“My colleagues and I developed a unit template that engages students in evaluating scientific arguments about socioscientific issues. The idea is to plug in different socioscientific issues and have kids read and evaluate arguments made by different stakeholders. One of the examples we developed was on bottled water. The media/stakeholder materials are about a year or so out of date now, but not terribly old. See main unit and bottled water specific materials at this link…”

General

Site Name

See How The Sun's Energy Drives A Remarkable Planetary Engine, The Climate – Award Winning Video Narrated by Liam Nielson

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6hD52H7rQak

Site Author

NASA Goddard

Suggested by

Abe Cohen

Description

A great film for teaching using an earth systems approach. “See how the sun's energy drives a remarkable planetary engine, the climate.”

Teaching

Site Name

The 5 E’s Explained on a Page

Site URL

http://enhancinged.wgbh.org/research/eeeee.html

Site Author

Enhancing Education

Suggested by

Brian Touher

Description

“The 5 E's is an instructional model based on the constructivist approach to learning, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas. The 5 E's can be used with students of all ages, including adults.”

Site Name

How Cursive Can Help Students With Dyslexia

Site URL

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/connecting-dots-role-cursive-dyslexia-therapy/

Site Author

Elizabeth Jones and April Brown

Suggested by

NY Intermediate (5-8) Science Core Curriculum

Description

“Highlights how writing by hand is therapeutic for students with dyslexia”

Site Name

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity in Education

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Site Author

The RSA

Suggested by

Matthew Bobrowsky

Description

“This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.”

Demo

Site Name

Soda Bottle Hydrology

Site URL

http://www.unf.edu/~tcavanau/projects/products/sodabottle/bottle.htm

Site Author

Terence W. Cavanaugh

Suggested by

EarthSciTeach

Description

“The following activities are designed to give students a better grasp of concepts relating to groundwater, aquifers, and hydrology. The suggested materials are commonly available at drug, hardware, and grocery stores. For the activities to work best, students should collect only clear bottles with formed (not attached) bottoms. The bottles need to be stabilized for the activities to work well without making a big mess. This can be done with a ring stand and a clip or rubber band. Also, each activity should be started with dry sand.”

Cornell Lab eNews: Proof That Conservation Works, Plus a Big To-Do List             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.

Now Available: Sustainable Jersey's Sessions during the NJLM Conference             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.

EPA's School Flag Program             (Posted: 9-10-14)

The EPA School Flag Program alerts schools to the local air quality forecast and enables them to take actions to protect the health of students, especially those with asthma.

Here’s how it works:  Each day a school raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches the Air Quality Index (AQI) on airnow.gov. On unhealthy days, schools can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution.

A school can start a flag program with four easy steps:

   1.   Purchase flags (~ $100)
   2.   Educate the school and the community
   3.   Sign up for a daily email about the air quality forecast and fly the corresponding flag
   4.   Take actions when the air quality is unhealthy

The Coordinator's Handbook, fact sheet, recommendations chart, participants list, resources and registration form are available at www.airnow.gov/schoolflag.  Schools can adopt the program by simply completing the online registration form

If you have questions, please contact Donna Rogers at rogers.donna@epa.gov or (919) 541-5478.

Wanda Ayala
Community Involvement Coordinator
Public Affairs Division
(212) 637-3676
www.epa.gov/region2
https://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/
https://twitter.com/EPAregion2
https://www.facebook.com/eparegion2

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium September Newsletter             (Posted: 9-10-14)

EIRC - Helping People Help Kids  NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 6September 2014

Welcome back to the new school year!  We trust that you had an enjoyable summer.  There is no better time than the start of a new school year to focus on what is really important...creating a healthy school environment in which your students can excel, reducing your energy usage so that you're helping to preserve resources, helping our students develop into environmental stewards, and saving the district money by embracing sustainability as a way of living.  The NJSSC Newsletter is designed to assist all schools in their quest to become "Green Schools," and provides proven pathways that are aligned with the three pillars of Green Ribbon Schools to help get you there!  We hope that you are ready to accept the challenge of becoming a Green School! 
 Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost - Pillar I
Upcoming Event: School Sustainability Breakfast Brief *
Overview of Energy Savings, ED GRS Application Process & 2014 Honoree Tour  

KBA Honored in DC
Attend our first Breakfast Brief of the new school year at Kellman Brown Academy, a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools award recipient!  Learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status with a tour of their facility. EIRC's team of green partners will highlight how schools can become more energy efficient and sustainable. 
 
Complimentary breakfast provided 
Date:   October 23, 2014
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Can't attend? Schedule a Sustainability Consultation in your own district! 
Call Allison Mulch at:  (856) 582-7000,  extension 115
Announcing 2014 - 2015 Green Ribbon Schools

 

The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting exemplary practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:

  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways
New Jersey is now launching it's fourth round of Green Ribbon Schools applications. To date, eight schools in NJ has been recognized as Green Ribbon Schools for their significant achievement in the three pillars above. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources that help to advance these complementary aims. 

New Jersey is permitted to nominate up to 4 schools and 1 school district to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for consideration.  ED, in turn, will select the national award winners. Applicant schools are directed to the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) to access information concerning the Green Ribbon Schools program in New Jersey, and to download the application and support documents: http://www.eirc.org/website/programs-services/nj-sustainable-schools-consortium/2015-green-ribbon-schools-home/
 Spotlight on Environmental Education - Pillar III
iRecyle App        

irecylce app iRecycle is the premiere application for finding local, convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1,500,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials.

Free STEM Field Trips!
Apply for the Franklin Institute's Student Access Program

Franklin Institute - STEM Education
The Franklin Institute is proud to continue offering their Student Access Program for its second year. 

The Student Access Program provides eligible schools free visits to the museum. The program also includes a complimentary professional development workshop opportunity for educators. How to Apply

Green Apple Day of Service
Saturday, September 27th

Green Apple Day of Service
The The Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2014 gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impactfind an event in your area and register your 2014 project today! Learn More
 Awards, Grants and Contests
Write a Haiku for Sustainability!
Deadline: September 30, 2014     

We'll share our favorites in our October Newsletter and pick one winner to receive a
copy of A Crow Doesn't Need A Shadow: A Guide to Writing Poetry From Nature by Lorraine Ferra. 

Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants
Deadline: September 30, 2014    
Up to $2,000 available! Need funds to implement a community garden, habitat restoration, recycling, or energy conservation project? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tee® (PLT). READ MORE 
2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Deadline: September 17, 2014

Governors Environmental Excellence Award
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. The awards recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant  contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.  READ MORE
 Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff - Pillar II
Protect Your Students from Cyber Bullying

 NJ Child Assault Prevention's newest program, Cyber Empowerment is now offering a student session which delves into the cyber world of today's youth. The workshops explore how some electronic communications are opportunities for bullying, bias crimes and violence among students. 

Learn more at NJCAP.org 

CDC Links Health and Academic Achievement


CDC The Center for Disease Control's new resource, Health and Academic Achievement, is a synthesis of evidence showing that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement. These resources can help public health and education professionals to engage stakeholders in supporting learning and health through school-based practices in physical activity, nutrition, and management of chronic disease conditions. Read More

 We want to hear from YOU!
Sustainable Solutions submitted by YOU!

Share your story
Do you have sustainable solutions that your school has implemented and resulted in better energy efficiency or healthier school environments? Do you have examples of how you've incorporated sustainability and environmental education into the curriculum? Send your stories to amulch@eirc.org for possible inclusion in our upcoming newsletter.  
 Tips for Greening Your School
Tips for Purchasing
  • Implement an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing policy 
  • Purchase office supplies and consumables that contain recycled content 
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR labeled electrical products for classrooms, offices, kitchens and outdoors 
  • Replace gasoline powered equipment with electric powered 
  • Use rechargeable batteries within the school 
  • Purchase light bulbs, lamps and electronics with little or no amounts of mercury, lead and other hazardous substances 
  • Use organic and locally grown food in the cafeteria where possible 
  • Reuse furniture from within the school, other schools or from other people and places 
  • Start an OSCAR (Office Supply Collection and Reuse) program for staff and students where they can find unwanted but usable school/office supplies. 
Quick Links
In the Archives:

Our team at the NJSSC hopes this newsletter provides you with valuable insight and inspiration that will help you implement green initiatives in your school.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol James 

Director of NJSSC

cjames@eirc.org

Allison Mulch
Assistant Director of NJSSC
amulch@eirc.org

Contact the NJSSC
856-582-7000 ext. 115
* The EIRC is now offering ESIP-related support services by way of shared services arrangements with New Jersey school districts and other public bodies in order to help them navigate the often complex and time consuming ESIP process.  These ESIP related support services, such as investment grade audits, are rendered by and through DPMC certified contracted professional services providers that have already been identified and contracted by the EIRC.  The scope of those shared services is dependent the public body choice whether to pursue a Do It Yourself Project or to retain an Energy Services Company.   This shared services model will allow more public bodies, that may not otherwise have the means, personnel or resources, to realize the benefit and costs savings associated with an ESIP.

NAAEE: EE News for September 3, 2014             (Posted: 9-8-14)

NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now!

We’re Looking for Volunteers!

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen. We still need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

Sign up to volunteer by completing the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Workshops and Field Trips

There’s a wonderful array of workshops and field trips available on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. Check them out at www.naaee.net/conference/program/workshops or www.naaee.net/conference/program/fieldtrips and sign up soon! Individuals (usually local) are welcome to register for workshops and field trips without attending the conference.

Auction Items

Support conference scholarships by donating to the annual Stapp Scholarship Auction. Bring your items with you to the conference, or contact NAAEE in advance. We welcome handicrafts, jewelry, books, clothing, trips, tickets, vacation home stays, pottery, and more.

Exhibits and Advertisements

We’re down to the wire! If you want to be listed as an exhibitor in the conference program, you need to purchase your booth this week! It’s the best way to share your resources and services with 1,000 interested environmental educators. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website: www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Jobs and Resumes

There will be notebooks available at the conference for both job listings and resumes. Bring yours along; you’re bound to find the perfect match!

Hotel Reservations are Open

Our hotel blocks close this week, so be sure to book your room now to ensure conference prices. Information about reserving hotel rooms is posted on NAAEE’s website. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which also offers free wifi.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 5 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

While you're in Ottawa, take a sunset cruise on an eco-friendly water taxi! Au feel de l’eau’s electric Aqua-Taxi provides quick transportation over the Ottawa River between the Bytown Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, providing views of the Rideau Canal, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. And, since it's electric, it produces no pollution! www.aufeeldeleau.ca


EECapacity Online Course: Measuring EE Outcomes

Registration Deadline: September 18, 2014
Course Dates: September 22–October 19, 2014

Do you want to measure the outcomes of your EE program? Sign up for this four-week online course, "Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes." The course is free, offered by Cornell University and EECapacity for educators in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Complete the course and receive a Cornell Certificate.

http://ow.ly/AI5mo


Awards, Grants, Contests

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. fStudents “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


Keep America Beautiful Awards Program

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Keep America Beautiful, America’s leading community improvement organization, that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, would like to recognize youth, educators, and schools who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to improving their community environment through litter prevention, beautification and community greening and recycling and waste reduction.

Awards will recognize youth groups and youth leaders who demonstrate projects or programs that support the Keep America Beautiful mission. Awards will separately recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the KAB mission through environmental education. Application may be submitted for a one-time project or long-term/ongoing program.

http://www.kab.org


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog 100th Blog Post: Harnessing Momentum

Check out the latest blog by Mustafa Ali, "100th Blog Post: Harnessing Momentum for the Next 20 Years of Environmental Justice," highlighting some of the most compelling successes of environmental justice posted in the blog series since its inception in 2012.


EE Research

Playing Outside Enhances Kids' Love of Nature and Animals

A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation found that children who were closer to nature and interacted with the natural world as young children were more likely to care about the environment and conservation. The study included over 1,100 elementary school students in China and affirmed the importance of introducing young students to the natural world and encouraging outside play.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-outside...


National Geographic Education Online Courses

This fall, National Geographic Education brings two free online courses for educators looking for content and resources on watersheds and water. Sign up to learn about environmental topics and explore strategies to implement environmental education in your classroom, as well as develop action plans for your teaching. These courses can be applied toward your professional development requirements.

FLOW Education - September 17–October 29, 2014: For teachers of grades 4&ndah;9 to learn about watersheds and outdoor education using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an example.

Water: The Essential Resources - October 15–December 17, 2014: For teachers of grades 4–8 to learn about ocean and freshwater topics and teaching strategies.

http://www.education.nationalgeographic.com/education/online-courses


Resources for Students and Educators

Habitat the Game: Enviro App

The Wildlife Conservation Society and Rainforest Alliance have created this app for kids to save virtual endangered species and reduce their carbon footprint while on real-life missions. Designed for seven to 12 year-old players, Habitat encourages care of virtual endangered animals while they earn points by completing real-life missions, like recycling or visiting a park or zoo.

http://www.habitatthegame.com


From Pristine to Earth

From Pristine to Earth is an environmental novel for middle school students and young adults interested in an adventure-filled story with a twist. Marlo, the protagonist, is sent from Pristine on two school assignments to observe the environment on Earth. Joined with two other students, Marlo sets out on a quest to bring about positive change for a problem that has become widespread in the country of Urban.

http://www.frompristinetoearth.com


New Series on Bird Health: Winged Warnings

Created by Environmental Health News in partnership with National Geographic, "Winged Warnings" is a new series that explores our changing natural environment through birds—from eagles and ospreys to songbirds. Reporters traveled all around the world to study birds in their habitats to discover how they are being harmed by climate change, among other threats.

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/aug/wingedwarnings1summary

Building Conservation Leaders, Meadow Mentoring, Plus             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Click HERE.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for September             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Click HERE.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Click HERE.

Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014 begins September 1---check it out!             (Posted: 8-27-14)

This is a free, online experience being promoted worldwide.

It runs from September 1-October 5, 2014

I hope that you, your students and your networks will join for a session, to watch the entire MOOC or to earn a certificate.

Check out the program at: http://goo.gl/zilocO

Join the MOOC here (you will be guided to open a WizIQ account if you don't have one): http://goo.gl/ImnEhw

And look over the invitation below, then please forward it to anyone you think will benefit.

Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.
Professor, Environmental Studies Program and Masters of Sustainability Studies Director, Institute for Environmental Studies Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
G419
201-684-7745
http://www.ramapo.edu/mass/

Subject: Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014 September 1-October 5, 2014

In today's times of environmental, economic and social upheaval, more people are considering the need to shift to a sustainable way of living that supports personal, community and ecosystem health, addressing the need to think and act differently in the near and long term. On one hand, there is the issue of achieving quality lives for people today, while, on the other hand, assuring a quality life for future generations. Through an informative set of sessions hosted by eminent speakers, learn how you can get involved in the sustainable transformation, personally, locally and globally..

Join Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC (HSLMOOC14), a free 5-week online course that seeks wide participation from across the globe from those concerned with creating a sustainable future. The MOOC is a collaborative project between WizIQ, Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) and the Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The MOOC runs from the 1st of September to the 5th of October.
The goals are to:
" create an informative program for those who wish to learn more about the sustainability transformation that is occurring worldwide
" broadly frame the issues that can be further explored in future online programming, through educational programs such as MASS and through independent learning and action
" plan to demonstrate an informative and communicative process with a global reach useful to furthering the Sustainable Transformation for a mass audience, informing local initiatives while building networks to promote global sustainable action and facilitate replication of valuable models everywhere.
Check out the program at: http://goo.gl/zilocO
Join the MOOC here (you will be guided to open a WizIQ account if you don't have one): http://goo.gl/ImnEhw

Drs. Nellie Deutsch and Ludmila Smirnova, co-founders of IT4All, have produced and are directing HSLMOOC14. The program is organized by Professor Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D., who will serve as our opening speaker and host throughout the MOOC. Edelstein has collaborated with his colleague, Dr. Ashwani Vasishth, Director of the Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and with many other sustainability experts from across the world to make this MOOC a positive learning experience.

This MOOC affords a chance to think about and act to transition to a healthier and self-sustaining lifestyle, to join with others to build sustainable communities and to participate in global actions in support of policies that will enable, rather than block, a sustainable transition. Learn through keynote speakers, panel discussions and engaging learning tasks as we cover four topics:
" Making the Sustainable Transition
" Making Change at the Global Scale
" Local Scale-Based Sustainable Communities
" Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Future

Join the MOOC now and start making a difference to the world and transforming your life!

Again, this is a free online course. There are no obligations or costs associated with participating. And you can attend live sessions or watch tapes at your leisure. You can attend any or all parts. Those completing work in the MOOC will receive a certificate of participation. Our goal is to help make this a healthy, life-affirming sustainable experience. Join and help make this a healthy, life-affirming sustainable world.

Savings in the Kitchen - Refrigerators and Cooking Equipment             (Posted: 8-25-14)

Click HERE.

Dig in this Fall! 2014 Newsletter             (Posted: 8-25-14)

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FALL 2014 NEWSLETTER
Plant A Tree this Fall
Camden and Newark tree planting events in September, October, and November

Join the NJ Tree Foundation and our local partners as we plant hundreds of trees in Camden and Newark this fall. "Tree plantings are fun for people of all ages!" explains Jessica Franzini, Program Director in Camden. "At our plantings, volunteers join city residents as they beautify their communities with trees. It's an amazing transformation to see," says Elena Lopez, Program Director in Newark. Individuals and volunteer groups are welcome to attend our events! Please sign up in advance by visiting one of the links below.
Right Tree, Right Place Seminars
for Passiac, Morris, and Hudson County

The NJ Tree Foundation and Public Service Electric & Gas Company are offering FREE seminars on Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place in a post-Superstorm Sandy world. Topics include:

  • Planting the right tree, in the right place, the right way
  • The importance of mark-outs prior to planting
  • Tree pests, Community Forestry Management Plans
  • Vegetation management policies to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service
  • The importance of species diversity& proper maintenance
  • Funding & programs 
Who should attend? We recommend Mayors, DPW Supervisors, Environmental and Shade Tree Commission Members attend.

For a full list of seminars, please click here.
Free Trees for Asbury Park

This fall the NJ Tree Foundation, in partnership with American Forests and Asbury Park,  will plant street trees in the city. Over 100 trees are available for planting between the curb and sidewalk. Each tree will be 12-14 tall. Only small growing, ornamental trees will be planted under utility wires.

If you would like a free 12-14 foot tree, planted in the space between the curb & sidewalk, please click here to learn more information about this program.
Church Leads Creative Giving
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill (UUCCH) donated nearly $1,500 to the NJ Tree Foundation during the month of June as part of their split-plate donation program! Their generous contribution will be used to plant trees in Camden to improve the environment and quality of life. Thank you, UUCCH! To learn more about the UUCCH, please visit their website.
 


Announcing New Supporters

The NJ Tree Foundation is grateful to work with several foundations and corporations to make our fall and spring projects successful! We would not be able to conduct tree plantings without financial support from these organizations. Visit our blog to learn about our new partners.

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Cornell Lab eNews: Free, Instant Bird ID Help for 400 Species on Your Phone             (Posted: 8-25-14)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: EE News for August 13, 2014             (Posted: 8-25-14)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now!

Don’t forget your passport!

Time’s getting close: It takes six weeks to process US passport renewals and applications, and passports are required to enter Canada.

Volunteer Positions Still Open

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen! We need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

If you want to help, please complete the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Share Your Experience with a Young Professional—Friday Lunch

The NAAEE/EECOM 2014 Young Professionals committee is organizing an informal “mentworking” session (mentoring + networking) during lunch on Friday at the Ottawa conference. During this time, young environmental educators will have the opportunity to connect with seasoned professionals and researches and benefit from their experience.

If you can give 90 minutes of your conference time to share your experience with young professionals, please sign up as a mentor on your conference registration form or contact Kristian Gareau at kristian.gareau@gmail.com.

Exhibits and Advertisements

There’s still time to guarantee your spot—but not much! The best way to share your resources and services with more than 1,000 interested environmental educators is to participate in the conference Exhibit Fair or advertise in the conference program. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website. Act soon! www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Hotel Reservations are Open

Information about reserving hotel rooms is posted on NAAEE's website. Book early to ensure your preferred spot. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which also offers free wifi.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 8 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

While you're in Ottawa be sure to visit Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada’s Governor General (the Queen’s representative). Over the years, visiting dignitaries, including Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, the Emperor of Japan, and many more, have planted commemorative trees on the grounds, called "Celebrity Trees." Visiting the grounds is free - look for small plaques at the base of the trees explaining who planted it and when.


EECapacity Community Climate Changes Fellows to Implement Innovative Programs

EECapacity, the National Environmental Education Training Program led by Cornell University, in cooperation with the U.S. EPA and a consortium of partners including the North American Association for Environmental Education and Environmental Education Exchange, announced the recipients of a pilot Community Climate Change Fellowship. The fellowship program was designed to address the importance of climate change education and engagement at the grassroots, community level.

Twenty-six fellows from a diverse set of communities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico were selected based on key criteria including experience in environmental education and community development as well as ideas for innovative climate change solutions. Projects range from a Climate Change 101 course for college-aged students in Frankfort, KY to an education program focused on how to grow food in hotter, drier land in Albuquerque, NM. For a complete list of fellows and projects, visit:

http://www.eecapacity.net/meet-the-fellows.html


Awards, Grants, Contests

Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

The Race 4 Birds Foundation (R4B) launched a new nonprofit organization to promote youth birding competitions. The birding competitions challenge youth participants to identify and quantify the number of birds sighted within 24 hours. The site offers a planning guide, detailed instructions, and resources.

http://www.race4birds.org/


Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


ClimateChangeLIVE Grants for School Projects

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Would you like your class to be part of the climate solution and do you have an idea for a school project that can help address climate change? Do you want to start a project that reduces your carbon footprint and/or educates other students or the community about climate change? Want to start a recycling program or energy and water conservation project for your students? Need funds to implement your project? Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant!

More information and an application for the Project Learning Tree/US Forest Service GreenWorks! ClimateChangeLIVE grants up to $1,000 are available at

https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog: Hip Hop is Acting on Climate

Check out the latest EJ in Action blog post: Hip Hop is Acting on Climate! Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus discusses the economic, environmental, and public health benefits of acting on climate issues and the costs of inaction. He also highlights EPA's Clean Power Plan and how to engage in this critical dialogue.


EE Research

Crucial Steps Toward Climate Action by Individuals

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has just published research on what motivates individuals in the U.S. to take action about climate issues. Key steps for non-activists to move toward taking action include: belief that global warming is happening and human-caused; perception that global warming as a serious threat; belief that global warming is solvable; and that their own and our collective actions can make a difference. Read the full report: http://bit.ly/UH1i4L

Additional valuable climate change reports are available, including Climate Change in the American Mind (April 2014) and Global Warming's Six Americas.

http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Next Steps Institute 2014 Focuses on Building a STEM Community

September 22–23, 2014 ~ Washington, DC
The Next Steps Institute brings thought leaders together to address, learn, and plan how to move STEM forward in ways that put youth and their learning front and center. The Fall Institute, Integrating STEM Learning in Communities, will gather STEM-focused stakeholders, including experts from NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WestEd, Murray State University, Earth Force, and Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, providing unique perspectives on STEM learning opportunities.

http://earthforce.org/?q=node/236


Presentation and Publishing Opportunities

Call for Papers - Special Issue: Campus Sustainability & Social Sciences

Deadline: November 15, 2014
This special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education aims to present contemporary, state-of-the-art applications of how social science theories, models, and findings can help overcome campus sustainability challenges—and to illustrate the diversity of social science campus sustainability research conducted across the world.

Papers are sought from a range of social sciences including but not limited to anthropology, communication, economics, education, geography, psychology, political science, and sociology. Interdisciplinary social science contributions are welcome as well.

http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Call-for-Papers...


Invitation to International Comparative Study on Environmental Education

Deadline: September 10, 2014
For environmental educators in Japan and the United States.
Kimiharu To, graduate student at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and assistant professor at Department of Sociology Aomori University in Japan, is seeking input for a study about the relationship between (1) the concept of sustainable development, and (2) environmental educators who may be using it. The study will also compare these relationships between the United States and Japan. Please participate by completing a brief survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6L9CV9T


Resources for Students and Educators

From Pristine to Earth

From Pristine to Earth is an environmental novel for middle school students and young adults interested in an adventure-filled story with a twist. Marlo, the protagonist, is sent from Pristine on two school assignments to observe the environment on Earth. Joined with two other students, Marlo sets out on a quest to bring about positive change for a problem that has become widespread in the country of Urban.

http://www.frompristinetoearth.com


CLEAN Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy

Looking for well-vetted resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom? This CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) searchable portal provides online learning activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy. Use the search engine to find resources reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Join the email list for updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons. CLEAN also provides a set of scientific principles to help with teaching strategies.

http://clea net.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html


Living a Land Ethic: A History of Cooperative Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve

This new book by Stephen A. Laubach, published by University of Wisconsin Press, chronicles the formation of the Leopold Memorial Reserve and the innovative agreement by neighboring families who have cared for and managed the properties since 1967 to honor Aldo Leopold's legacy.

http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5201.htm

A college resource for students and families in New Jersey             (Posted: 8-22-14)

Our organization, the Online College Database, has created a no-cost resource dedicated to higher education in New Jersey. The goal of the guide is to help future college students and their families better understand the campus, online and hybrid learning opportunities available in their state.

The New Jersey guide includes a comprehensive look at the state's community colleges, public universities, private colleges, technical schools and distance learning options. College hopefuls can then identify post-secondary institutions that fit their needs with our easy-to-use search tool, which allows quick and accurate searching by school type, setting, size, city and cost. Students can also see the best colleges in New Jersey for...
- Current and future service members
- Student-teacher ratio
- Women in technology
- Return on investment

All data used in the guide and in our proprietary search tool comes from government databases such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). You can check out our New Jersey colleges guide and the search tool HERE.

Alliance for Childhood: Playing to Learn             (Posted: 8-11-14)

"Playing to Learn" on NPR
August 8, 2014

Dear Friends,

   

The National Public Radio series "Playing to Learn" aired this week and is full of interesting ideas and information. All the segments can be viewed online:

We have posted links to these stories on the Alliance for Childhood Facebook page, and we again invite you to visit the page and "like" us. We post links frequently, with the aim of keeping people up-to-date on media coverage of play and other issues concerning childhood.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!
 

All my best,

 
ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD
P.O. Box 20973 | Park West P.O. | New York, NY 10025 | 202-643-8242

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium August Newsletter             (Posted: 8-11-14)

 NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 5August 2014

 Spotlight on Environmental Education - Pillar III
Yeah, we've got a LOT of apps for that!    

Technology can transform your students into participants and activists for sustainability. See the list of apps we've selected for your classroom of "sustainable citizens" or click apps below:

Butterfly Farm App EcoChallenge Fooducate Healthy Weight Loss leafsnap Paper Karma taptu Treehugger Virtual Water  

Environmental Education Resource List
Created for Camden's Educators

Camden Sustainability Project for Students
See Comprehensive List of Resources

This list provides the City of Camden's educators with services, resources, and grants opportunities through which the concepts of sustainability and environment-based instruction can be incorporated into the classroom. Services include lesson plans, hands-on activities, field trips, and more! 
Engage Students with a Rain Barrel Challenge

Want your students to learn how to protect water quality and natural resources? Create a Rain Barrel Challenge in your school similar to the NJ DEP's Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge. Identify a theme with your students. Have them work in teams to investigate the different aspects of the theme and then develop a design based on their investigations. Then have them paint their theme designs onto their rain barrels. The theme for the 2014 Barnegat Bay Challenge was "Celebrate Barnegat Bay's plentiful resources". Read about the Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge 
iTunes Educational Textbooks 
This free iBooks Textbook series tells the story of life on Earth, giving students a deep understanding of introductory biology with rich interactive content. An iTunes U course extends learning in and out of the classroom with activities, apps and other materials. This series can provide a comprehensive curriculum or enrichment materials.
 Awards and Grants
2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Deadline: September 17, 2014

Governors Environmental Excellence Award
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. The awards recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant  contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.  READ MORE
Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants
Deadline: September 30, 2014    
Up to $2,000 available! Need funds to implement a community garden, habitat restoration, recycling, or energy conservation project? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tee® (PLT). READ MORE 
 Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff - Pillar II
Duties and Responsibilities of the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator and Specialist
Workshop: December 1st, 2014    

What are the three components of Bullying? What constitutes School Grounds? How do I conduct an effective interrogation and investigative process that involves students and parents? Learn the answers to these questions and more!
Water. Rest. Shade.Water. Rest. Shade.
Summer Health Campaign by OSHA
  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not     thirsty 
  • Rest in the shade to cool down 
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an - emergency 
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers

More on OSHA's Water. Rest. Shade. Campaign

 Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost - Pillar I
FREE CHPS Memberships for Schools and Districts
Brought to you by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools       

If your school or district is considering building high performance facilities or simply interested in learning more about the benefits of green schools, joining CHPS is the first step. By becoming a member, your school or district will gain access to the tools and resources needed to design, construct, modernize and operate high performance educational facilities.
Breakfast Brief at 2014 NJ Green Ribbon Award Recipient
Tour Kellman Brown and learn the path to earning a Green Ribbon 

Kellman Brown Academy Students ' Garden Vegetables Attend our first Breakfast Brief of the new school year at Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ), a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools award recipient!  A tour of their facility will be provided while our EIRC Green Team Partners focus on how schools can become more energy efficient and sustainable. Meet key Green Team Members from the Academy's staff so you can learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status. Includes complimentary breakfast 
 

Date:   October 23, 2014
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 Sustainability - Focus on NJ
9 un-fun, even alarming, facts about NJ water systems

When you turn on the kitchen faucet, you may not think much about the vast infrastructure that carried that water into your home. The facts may shock you. 
NJ Ranks # 11 for Least Expensive Energy Costs

According to the EIA, energy consumption peaks in July and August, as Americans try to escape the heat. Rising consumption means rising cost, and while the ranking of most, and least expensive electric bills may be enlightening (shameless pun) 
 Becoming a Green Ribbon School
Tips from Project Learning Tree 
  • Get to know your Green Ribbon School State Authority - they will review your application!
  • Provide a compelling narrative that focuses on comprehensive, innovative, or unique environmental practices at your school.
  • Highlight your school's participation in a local, state, or national green schools program such as PLT GreenSchools!
  • Collect measurable pre and post data, such as energy and water consumption, to illustrate a reduction in your school's carbon footprint and lower operating costs.
  • Reassure your school building engineer that taking steps to become a Green Ribbon School is an improvement program, not a "punitive" program!
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