ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS
EPA Go Green! Monthly Newsletter
EPA Highlights eNewsletter
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
September Littoral News
USDOE Green Strides: Welcoming Baby Green Ribbon….Sustainably
See the First Live-Streaming Views of Wild Condor Nests
August 2015: Learning More about a Threatened NJ Bat Species
NAAEE EE News for August 19, 2015
NJ Tree Foundation: Volunteer, Join our Board, or be Featured on our Instagram!
Science Update: Create a Pollinator Paradise
eNews: A New Species of Hummingbird and Three Ways to Solve Your Bird Mysteries
Green Knight newsletter -- August 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
August Sustainability Hero Announced
Raritan Headwaters Association August News - A Slice of Summer
EE at EPA: Understanding the Clean Power Plan
August Littoral News
Water Pages eNewsletter
NAAEE: EE News for July 29, 2015
NEEF Announces New Environmental Literacy Report
Banding BatCam Bats At N.J. Home
EE at EPA: Awards, New Partnership Announced
July Brings Sensational STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
Science Update: Catbird Secrets Revealed
GreenSchools! July Update
eNews: Help Us Test a New All About Birds Website
Earth Science Summertime compilation
CWF - July 2015: Be Terrapin Aware!
ICYMI: NJ's favorite beaches
E-NEWS: Grants, CEP rebates, Monmouth Hub, Mayor Ondish spotlight and more . .
Great Places: Beautiful Beach Preserves You Can Visit
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July
Survey: Help Grow Urban Green Spaces
Cloud Institute: What is Education for Sustainability? Plus Summer and Fall Programs
Sustainable Jersey July Sustainability Hero Announced
Raritan Headwaters Association July News - Yay, Summer's Here!
July Littoral News
Water Pages eNewsletter
EE at EPA: Community partnerships, pollinator awareness and climate education.
New Jersey Farm to School Network News: Summer 2015
Soil Health Resources for Districts and Partners
Science Update: Big News for Bats
Identify Your Bird with Computer Vision--Try It Out!
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
Map Them and Zap Them!
2015 Sleepaway Camps at PEEC
NWF wants you and your students to take the #Campout2015 pledge!
The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Success Saving Bats
June Littoral News
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for June
Updates from the Cool Green Science Blog
EE at EPA: Historic Clean Water Rule Finalized
|September Littoral News
|USDOE Green Strides: Welcoming Baby Green Ribbon….Sustainably
|See the First Live-Streaming Views of Wild Condor Nests
|August 2015: Learning More about a Threatened NJ Bat Species
Female Northern long eared bat (c) Ethan Gilardi
Tracking a Federally Listed New Jersey Bat Species
This summer, our wildlife ecologist Stephanie Feigin teamed up with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and Rutgers University to conduct a statewide mist netting and radio telemetry project to learn more about the summer distribution and habitat selection of Northern long-eared bats; an important project that can shed light on a species we know all too little about.
Read the exciting news about our statewide Northern long-eared bat mist netting surveys, straight from our wildlife ecologist who spent her summer in the field!
A Memorable Visit: The South River Dolphin
Like the beluga whale that once visited Trenton, a bottlenose dolphin found an out-of-the-way place that it could call home far up the South River.
Read the story of the South River Dolphin, as told by Executive Director David Wheeler, who joined the crowds with his son to see the bottlenose on the Old Bridge - East Brunswick border of Central Jersey.
WILD Expo 2015: September 12 and September 13
The New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo connects people with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Visitors can learn about, and try fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and much more!
Join us in Jackson Township for bat house building and rain barrel workshops. We will also have a number of activities for Boy and Girl Scouts, CWF merchandise for sale, and discounts on CWF membership. Learn more.
Project RedBand Continues on Barnegat Bay
With an estimated 600 nesting pairs of ospreys throughout the state, our "fish hawks" are doing well. Why put so much time and effort into monitoring a seemingly healthy population?
Even though their population is much larger than it was decades ago, ospreys still face a variety of threats that jeopardize their ultimate survival.
Learn more about these threats and Project RedBand, a citizen science based osprey re-sighting project in our blog post.
Successful Nesting Season for "Jersey Girl"
We have been following the story of "Jersey Girl," a bald eagle banded in New Jersey that now nests in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
This season was her fourth at this nesting location. In 2014, the pair lost two chicks due to a severe winter storm, so it was great when nest observer Linda Oughton reported good news during the 2015 season.
|NAAEE EE News for August 19, 2015
Two Weeks Left to Save on Registration!
Exhibits & Ads
Share Your Talents!
Webinar: Big Money for Small Groups
August 26, 2015, TIME 4:00 p.m. Eastern, 3:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Pacific
Presenters by Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson (www.andyrobinsononline.com) provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, board development, marketing, earned income, planning, leadership development, facilitation, and train-the-trainer programs. He specializes in the needs of organizations working for human rights, social justice, artistic expression, environmental conservation, and community development.
Over the past 20 years, Andy has worked with organizations in 47 US states and Canada. Recent clients include the American Bar Association, League of Conservation Voters, National Audubon Society, American Rivers, the Land Trust Alliance, and many, many local organizations. Andy is the author of six books, including Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money.
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Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators, Second Edition
Edited by Martha C. Monroe and Marianne E. Krasny. The second edition of Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators has been released with 10 chapters and is now available to download. Environmental educators work in a variety of places to design, deliver, and evaluate programs that inform, motivate, and empower learners of all ages. This collection of resources, perspectives, and examples will help nonformal environmental educators learn more about the field of EE, access resources and gain skills to improve their practice, and over time, build a community of practitioners to advance the field.
News from the Natural Start Alliance
Visit a fairy village in Seattle, meet a professor helping teachers use nature and the outdoors as a classroom, and catch up on the latest news and research in early childhood environmental education.
Awards, Grants, Contests
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
Deadline: November 4, 2015
Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights
Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources CourseThis two- to three-week InTeGrate teaching module enables students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean freshwater. Developed by Professor Adriana Perez, University of Texas-El Paso; Professor Jill S. Schneiderman, Vassar College; Meg Stewart, independent instructional technologist; and Professor Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College.
North American Events, Training, Announcements
Every Kid in a Park
Beginning September 1, 2015, U.S. fourth-grade students will receive an Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) pass that will give them free access to all of the federal lands and waters across the country for a full year, with the goal of getting more than one million fourth graders onto public lands. The EKiP initiative is an effort among the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Wilderness Management Distance Education Course
Registration Deadline: September 23, 2015
PolarTREC: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating
Deadline: September 8, 2015
Resources for Students and Educators
Water Runs Through This Book
From Fulcrum Publishing, in cooperation with the Ecology Center at Utah State University, Water Runs Through This Book celebrates this essential ingredient to life: water. Author and educator Nancy Bo Flood and award-winning photographer Jan Sonnenmair, combine imagination and scientific facts to explore this ever-changing and mysterious element. Written for ages 8–12, Water Runs Through This Book teaches how vital water is to all aspects of our lives and includes conservation tips everyone can incorporate into daily life.
Quiver Tree, Phantom Orchids, and Rock Splitters
Plants are often exposed to bitter cold, relentless winds, intense heat, drought, fire, pollution, and many other adverse growing conditions. Yet they are still able to cope with their environment, surviving and often even thriving. Quiver Trees, Phantom Orchids and Rock Splitters: The Remarkable Survival Strategies of Plants showcases these exceptional plants with absorbing information and stunning photos that will inspire a new respect for nature’s innovation and resilience.
Greening School Grounds is Now an ebook
Over 10,000 copies of our most popular book, Greening School Grounds—Creating Habitats for Learning, were sold before it went out of print. Due to popular demand, Green Teacher has republished the book in a brand new format—as an ebook! The most complete compendium of schoolyard greening articles and activities one can find on the topic. Over 175 educators contributed to it. Now available online ($9.99 single copy or as low as $3.99 for bulk copies).
This email bulletin is provided by NAAEE with funding from the EECapacity Project. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education supports the EECapacity Project under cooperative agreement NT-83497401with Cornell University. The contents of this email bulletin do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Cornell University, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.
|NJ Tree Foundation: Volunteer, Join our Board, or be Featured on our Instagram!
Volunteer this Fall
Camden and Newark, NJ
Dig in! The NJ Tree Foundation's fall planting season will kick off in September in both Camden and Newark. Help dig holes, plant trees, and lay mulch alongside other amazing volunteers. For a full list of events, please visit the links below:
Camden Volunteer Events
Newark Volunteer Events
Events take place on weekdays or weekends in September, October, and November. We recommend volunteers sign up in advance by contacting our staff.
Green Streets Crew for Hire
Tree planting. Rain Gardens. Tree watering, mulching, and maintenance. We do that!
The NJ Tree Foundation's fall tree planting schedule is filling up. Contact us now to have your trees planted before the holidays. Our Green Streets Crew is thoroughly trained, bonded, and insured. Municipal, school, government, and corporate contracts welcome. All profit secured through our contract services go directly back into our free educational and tree planting programs.
For a free estimate, please contact Lisa Simms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Green Streets, please visit our website.
NJTF Seeks New Board Members
Since 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted over 202,000 trees in New Jersey's most urban cities. Want to help?
We are looking for energetic, creative, and committed people to join our Board of Trustees for a two-year term.
For more information and an application, please email Lisa Simms at email@example.com.
#TreePitTuesday - Submit Your Photos!
#TreePitTuesday takes place weekly on the NJ Tree Foundation's Instagram account (@njtrees). It celebrates the personality, life, and love that residents bring to their community's trees.
Please send us photos of your favorite tree pits for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page! Photos can be emailed to Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Science Update: Create a Pollinator Paradise
|eNews: A New Species of Hummingbird and Three Ways to Solve Your Bird Mysteries
|Green Knight newsletter -- August 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
|August Sustainability Hero Announced
|Raritan Headwaters Association August News - A Slice of Summer
Conference Registration is Open!
Registration is open for one of NAAEE’s most anticipated conferences ever! Check out the registration packet to learn about the exciting lineup of keynote speakers, workshops, and concurrent sessions, along with the Research Symposium, field trips, and special events. Explore timely topics in depth through the optional Thursday workshops: creating a diverse workforce, early childhood, systems thinking, climate change education, and much more.
Exhibits & Ads
Early registration numbers predict our highest-ever attendance! Don’t miss this opportunity to share your programs and resources with more than 1,200 environmental educators. For more information, visit http://www.cvent.com/events/naaee-annual-conference-research-symposium...
It takes more than 100 onsite volunteers to keep the conference running smoothly, and we welcome your participation. Volunteers assist with registration, monitoring sessions, setting up and assisting with events, and many other tasks. Volunteers who work one half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free or register for the full conference at reduced rates. To apply, complete the online form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Learn more about the conference and Register!
Awards, Grants, Contests
National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) scholarship opportunities provide high school students financial support toward tuition at accredited colleges or universities. Membership required.
Deadline: October 15, 2015
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other nonprofit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed.
Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights
Check out the latest EPA Environmental Justice in Action blog post, Strength in Numbers: Tackling Environmental Challenges By Collaborating with the Neighbors Next Door, by Johnny DuPree of the Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors. Mayor DuPree talks about how mayors in Mississipi working together with their communities, EPA, and each other have accomplished things that would be otherwise impossible.
North American Events, Training, Announcements
NSTA is offering a series of free webinars to help increase science educators' understanding of the standards and ability to implement NGSS in the classroom. The summer and fall/winter schedule is listed online.
This four-course certificate provides advanced ecology training with special attention to the unique conditions and challenges presented by altered environments, offered by University of Victoria. Upcoming courses:
When graduate students from Antioch University New England (AUNE) traveled to Cuba this past spring to study agriculture and food systems, they returned inspired. Dr. Libby McCann, faculty member and director of the environmental education program, has offered this course for a number of years. It’s just one of many examples showing how AUNE students apply what they learn in the real world. This year’s trip, from an historical context, was extraordinary; the group returned with a unique perspective about the before-and-after impact the newly-lifted political and trade sanctions have on the country’s people and culture. Find more information on the Food System of Cuba course here.
Join the Green Ambassadors Institute for a three-part series exploring the intersection of social and environmental justice, sustainable food, and service learning.
Presentations and Publishing Opportunities
Deadline extended: August 15, 2015
What inspires teachers to take students out of the classroom to learn? What are the challenges? What are the rewards? Scheduled for publication in the summer of 2016, this special issue of Green Teacher will address the particular rewards and challenges teachers encounter while learning with their students outside of the classroom. Articles will encompass how educators (classroom teachers and nonformal educators) orchestrate place-based learning worldwide. Green Teacher welcomes contributions about the history of this practice, inspirational tales, how students meet standards, logistics of learning outdoors, and so on. Submit your outline of a possible contribution before August 15.
Resources for Students and Educators
Learn how to use new technology for successful blogs. Get tips on how to engage students in classroom blogs and social media. Edublogger offers teacher guides on Twitter, Flipboard, Feedly, and more.
Learn about careers in the EPA and get to know EPA staff. The videos spotlight employees ranging from special agents, to ocean explorers, and others as they explain their career paths and passion for their work.
Birds Without Borders involves kids in investigations using eBird and other datasets and culminates in their devising conservation initiatives based on themes in Partners in Flight’s Saving Our Shared Birds report. Includes two free downloadable lessons, one on the ecological role of birds and the other on conservation planning.
Green Teacher’s Spring Issue showcases engaging articles on a wide variety of fascinating topics. From bees to caves to youth farm projects and using photography as an educational tool, the Spring Issue has something to offer all teachers and nonformal educators. As with all issues of the nonprofit magazine, two of the articles are fully and freely available to non-subscribers. Everyone can read the first few paragraphs of each article, to help decide whether they might want to purchase the issue or become a subscriber. Note that Green Teacher has expanded the benefits of subscribing: all subscribers have full access to over 50 webinars and 300 articles and activities from past issues, that have been catalogued according to topic and age levels.
To view and download the report, visit http://neefusa.org/environmental-literacy.htm.
A home where a colony of Big Brown Bats have been roosting in a bedroom window was recently visited by biologists with the NJDEP Div. of Fish and Wildlife and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. The bats were tagged and data was collected to assist in learning more about them and their behavior. A 'batcam' has been streaming online from the window several years.
For an account and photos of the visit, as well as a link to the BatCam, visit http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2015/07/banding_bats_at_nj_batcam_home_photos_and_video.html.
Below are a number of resources you may be interested in for yourself or your colleagues.
From John Delaney - 15 boxes of rocks for someone who is interested. Four boxes of igneous, three sedimentary, couple metamorphic, couple fossils, one weathering, one ores,.......
The rocks are currently in Rm 408 Hopewell Valley HS. If you are interested, contact Karen Lucci at firstname.lastname@example.org
ES Week Toolkits:
Once again, NJGWS 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. They are available from us on a first come, first served basis?
Email requests for toolkits should be sent to Kathleen Vandegrift and include the teacher's name, school name and address.
Earth Science Week (ESW) is the second full week in October. This year's theme is ""Visualizing Earth Systems". Check out the ESW website at www.earthsciweek.org for events and details.
Websites of the Week:
Mark has again compiled all of those wonderful websites of the week for us. The Word doc can be found here:
NGSS Summer Institute: Creating NGSS Lessons and Units:
Over the past year, the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Secondary Education has facilitated regional consortia of science educators, from across the state, to work on translating the Model Science Curriculum [frameworks] into local curriculum for grades 6 through 12. The educators focused on developing Units of Study which included pacing guides, Student Learning Objectives (SLO), foundations of the SLOs, connections to English language arts and mathematics, benchmark assessments, lists of core instructional materials, and modifications for special populations.
The next step is to translate this work into classroom instruction. North Plainfield School District and the Office of Secondary Education at the NJDOE have partnered to host the NGSS Institute: Creating NGSS Lessons and Units. The institute will kick-off at the Harrison School (12 Harrison Avenue, North Plainfield, NJ 07060) on August 11 and 12, 2015. Follow-up sessions will be held on November 13, 2015, February 12, 2016 and May 27, 2016. Educators will be encouraged to "think locally" and determine how they will support their students in meeting the Student Learning Objectives in collaborative and creative ways. They will then test the lessons and meet to offer suggestions for future implementation.
Participants must have a strong understanding of the Frameworks for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012) and the Next Generation Science Standards. Questions about the Institute and follow-up sessions should be directed to: email@example.com.
If you are interested in participating, please register here: http://goo.gl/forms/eQHZxUKWGZ
Participants will need print or digital copies of the following documents in order to fully participate in the workshop. Wi-Fi is NOT available at the training site so it is essential that you bring the resources with you.
¨ A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. National Research Council. (2012).Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165
¨ Next Generation Science Standards. Lead States. (2013). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Retrieved: http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards
¨ NGSS Appendix E: Disciplinary Core Ideas. Lead States. (2013). Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Retrieved: http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/Appendix%20E%20-%20Progressions%20within%20NGSS%20-%20052213.pdf
¨ NGSS Appendix F: Science and Engineering Practices. Lead States. (2013). Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Retrieved: http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/Appendix%20F%20%20Science%20and%20Engineering%20Practices%20in%20the%20NGSS%20-%20FINAL%20060513.pdf
¨ NGSS Appendix G: Crosscutting Concepts. Lead States. (2013). Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Retrieved: http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/Appendix%20G%20-%20Crosscutting%20Concepts%20FINAL%20edited%204.10.13.pdf
¨ NGSS Appendix L: Connections to the CCSS- Mathematics. Lead States. (2013). Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Retrieved: http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/Appendix-L_CCSS%20Math%20Connections%2006_03_13.pdf
¨ NGSS Appendix M: Connections to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects. Lead States. (2013). Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Retrieved: http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/Appendix%20M%20Connections%20to%20the%20CCSS%20for%20Literacy_061213.pdf
Other Summer Workshops:
Looking for a summer workshop? Try Duke Farms’ offerings: