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CONTENTS:
Alliance for Childhood: July Update
The Heat Is On with July STEM News at Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC)
Cornell Lab eNews: Summer Birdhouse Tips and Great Feeder Ideas
Free Rain Gardens in the Neshanic Watershed
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium July Newsletter
COASTodian Newsletter - Summer 2014 Issue
NJCCVTS Newsletter - July, 2014
News from Raritan Headwaters
Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring
News: EDF Climate Fellow; Best Summer Party; Regional Hubs Rise Up; 4 Towns Get Grants; Board Spotlight
Summer 2014 NPSNJ Newsletter
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July
NJ Farm To School News
Don't Overheat This Summer
Littorally Speaking in June!
Water Pages eNewsletter
Video Contest & Online Media Toolkit
NAAEE: EE News for June 18, 2014
News Release: Maybe Birds Can Have It All: Dazzling Colors and Pretty Songs, Too
June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
Healthier in Nature: New Tools to Engage Communities in Outdoor Activities
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium June Newsletter
Creating a Healthier Next Generation and Supporting a Healthier School Day
Four Year Anniversary of NJ Parent Link: Navigate Parenthood, Navigate New Jersey
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
Cornell Lab eNews: Learn to "See" Bird Songs With Our Fun New Game
NJ Trails Association is looking for your photographs!
Get Outside NJ
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for June
Water Pages eNewsletter
New! Countdown to Certification Webinar and Other Sustainable Jersey Trainings
Barnegat Bay Partnership video blog on Blitz Day
NAAEE: EE News for May 14, 2014
NJ Farm To School: Spring Network News
Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires
Green Knight newsletter -- May 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
May NSTA Field Reports
Great Places: Spring's Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles
Links from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
NAAEE: EE News for April 30, 2014
NJ Afterschool Action: April 2014
Great Places: Celebrate the Earth--Give Nature a Hand
NAAEE: EE-News for April 9, 2014
Cornell Lab eNews: Feathers As You've Never Seen Them Before
Video: Biologists Visit Black Bear Den
How to get Water Quality Data
Earth Month Tip of the Day: Choose WaterSense
New April Sustainability Hero Announced
U.S. EPA GoGreen! APRIL 2014 EARTH MONTH Monthly Consumer Newsletter
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
SAVED: Jersey City Falcon Cam!!
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for April
March 2014: NJ Farm To School Network News
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium April Newsletter
Earth Gauge News: National Environmental Education Week and more!
June Application Deadline Quickly Approaching
COASTodian Newsletter - Spring 2014 Issue
Cloud E-news | Education for Sustainability Events & Opportunities
Be Out There - National Wildlife Federations: March Into Spring
Please Take the Illegal Dumping Survey
Federal Urban Waters Program Aims to Improve Environmental and Outdoor Education
CACD: Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter
NAAEE: EE-News for March 19, 2014
Sustainable Jersey: New Workshops and State Grant Opportunities for Walkable and Bikeable Communities
Take a Second for the Environment!
RCE: Water Pages eNewsletter
It's National Wildlife Week! Join the Celebration!
Schoolyard Habitats Enewsletter - February 2014
What you can do for wildlife and water during National Wildlife Week
Take the Living With Deer In NJ Survey
NAAEE: EE-News for March 5, 2014
Great Places: Where Have All The Sea Stars Gone?
News from Raritan Headwaters
NJDOE: Next Generation Science Standards Alert and more!
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March
Sustainable Jersey: 406 Municipalities Now Participating!
Alliance for Childhood: July Update             (Posted: 7-28-14)

July Update
July 2014
EventsUpcoming Events

* On Saturday, September 13, the second annual Sacramento Play Summit will take place. This is being presented by Fairytown in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library. Read more here.

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

* The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play will take place February 15-18. Sponsored by the U.S. Play Coalition, it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. Session proposals are now being accepted, with a deadline of September 17.

* 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. Session proposals are now being accepted. The deadline is August 1.

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RecentArticlesRecent Videos, Articles, and Publications

* The International Play Association has created a wonderful 3-minute video entitled "This Is Me: Article 31 and a Child's Right to Play."

* Take a look at adventure playgrounds in Germany in this delightful video called "Playing for Life."

Remember! The Alliance for Childhood Publications page  (http://allianceforchildhood.org/publications) is filled with many reports, articles, books, and policy briefs, many of which you can download for free.

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.

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

The Heat Is On with July STEM News at Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC)             (Posted: 7-21-14)

July
2014
The Heat Is On with July STEM News at 
Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC) 
 
Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
 
In this issue:
  • Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty 
  • Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News - All Aboard! 
  • Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM in Afterschool!
  • Support STEM Education and Take the Dow Teacher Challenge by 7/30/14! 
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 7/31

 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
 
By Caroline Bologna

A new Verizon commercial cites a sad statistic by the National Science Foundation: 66 percent of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female.

  

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

  

The video depicts one girl's development from toddler to teenager. She wanders curiously through nature, examines the plants and animals around her, creates an astronomy project, and builds a rocket with her older brother. But all along the way, she hears many all-too-common refrains from her parents: "Who's my pretty girl?" "Don't get your dress dirty," "You don't want to mess with that," and "Be careful with that. Why don't you hand that to your brother?" These statements are subtle, but the ad suggests that they can ultimately discourage girls from pursuing traditionally male-dominated STEM subjects in school.

  

According to AdWeek, the powerful commercial is the result of a partnership between Verizon and Makers and is narrated by Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani.

  

The video ends with a thought-provoking question: Isn't it time we told her she's pretty brilliant, too?

  

 
It sure is.
 
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the National Science Foundation.
 
Click here to read from this article's source.
Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News - All Aboard!
 
Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills (National Science Foundation). NJSACC's new Full STEM Ahead! Afterschool Initiative continues to help New Jersey afterschool providers become STEM leaders, preparing students for these jobs.
 
Some of their latest informative STEM news include such items as:
Click here to stay up-to-date at FullSTEMAhead.org
 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM in Afterschool!
 
NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let's find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM.

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!
  Support STEM Education and Take the Dow Teacher Challenge by 7/30/14!
 
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

Take the Dow Teacher Challenge!

Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

How do I participate?
  • Visit www.dow.com/education to submit an entry.
  • The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014.
  • The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014.
  • The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.
Together we can build a STEM-strong future!
Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
 
The Online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 


When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.

The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

 

Click here to register your STEM program
 
NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 7/31

National Afterschool Matters STEM Practitioner Fellowship
A collaborative effort between the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, the National
Writing Project, and NJSACC: The Network for NJ's Afterschool Communities
 
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008. The first two participating cities were Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the San Francisco Bay area through the Bay Area Writing Project.

We have also have or had Fellowships in Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and New York City. NIOST and NJSACC are excited to bring this opportunity to out-of-school-time (OST) practitioners  and classroom teachers in New Jersey. The fellowship is grounded in the inquiry-based, writing, and professional development approaches of the National Writing Project (NWP) and NIOST. This effective professional development model provides frequent and ongoing opportunities for educators in and out of school to write and to examine theory and practice together systematically. Educators who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other practitioners as well as partners in development and implementation of effective and quality practice. Research findings by the fellows will be presented at a research roundtable in the Fall of 2015, and fellows will be encouraged to submit papers for publication.

Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Through the year-long course the Fellows will explore some of the issues emerging from recent studies that challenge the dichotomy of learning experiences as well as traditional structures of learning. Researchers and policy makers have increasingly questioned the split between in-school and out-of-school programs, calling for new policy and innovative thinking to bridge these divides. 
 
Click here to download the fellowship flyer
Click here to download the fellowship application
 
Those selected for the New Jersey STEM Practitioner Fellowship will:
  • Become part of a community of practitioners. Fellows work collaboratively to study effective practices and investigate the structures in which effective practice happens - at the program/classroom, activity, curriculum, and individual levels using their own Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics curricula as the objects of study.
  • Learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry. Fellows learn approaches and strategies that will help them become better at program/classroom observation and analysis.
  • Improve programs and practice. Fellows identify and investigate effective instructional strategies and bring these strategies back to their classrooms and/or OST programs.
  • Collaborate to identify ways that schools and OST programs can better work together to support youth in STEM learning and engagement.
  • Engage in leadership activities to disseminate program/classroom improvement strategies. Fellows present their work to peers, administrators, parents and community members. They are encouraged to design and deliver workshops based on their work to share new expertise with others in the field.
  • Write a STEM-focused inquiry paper that intentionally brings the worlds of OST and the school classroom together as part of an article for professional journals.
Responsibilities of Fellows:
  • September 2014 to November 2014: twice monthly Saturday meetings at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ
  • December 2014 to May 2015: monthly meetings, one Saturday per month in Westfield, NJ
  • April or May 2015: a spring writing retreat, where rough drafts of STEM research articles will be completed. Location TBD.
  • October 2015: a formal Round Table Presentation of research to the broader community
Application Process:

Employer approval must be obtained (see Memorandum of Understanding). Please complete the Practitioner Fellowship application and return, along with the MOU, by Thursday, July 31st 2014 by e-mail, fax, or mail to:

National Institute on Out-of-School Time,
National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship
Wellesley College, Waban House
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

fax: 781-283-3657

For more general information contact: Elizabeth Meister, (781) 283-2607 or emeister@wellesley.edu

If you have specific questions in regards to the New Jersey Fellowship please contact Mike MacEwan, Director of STEM Initiatives for NJSACC at: mmacewan@njsacc.org

To apply, request the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from mmacewan@njsacc.org, the NJSACC website at: www.NJSACC.org or on the NIOST website here.
Contact
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 

Cornell Lab eNews: Summer Birdhouse Tips and Great Feeder Ideas             (Posted: 7-21-14)

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Free Rain Gardens in the Neshanic Watershed             (Posted: 7-21-14)

Are you interested in protecting water quality in your community? North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development is currently recruiting residents in the Neshanic Watershed to sign up to receive a FREE rain garden! Rain Gardens are beautiful, engineered gardens that protect water quality by reducing flooding and preventing pollution from entering our waterways. To see if you are eligible, residents that live in Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, East Amwell and Delaware Township can e-mail their address to Blaire Langston at blangston@northjerseyrcd.org. Or give us a call 908-439-2518!
NJRC&D is a nonprofit organization working to protect New Jersey's natural resources.

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium July Newsletter             (Posted: 7-14-14)

 NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 4July 2014

 Competitions and Grants
Enter the EPA Food Recovery Challenge 
 
Enter your school in the Food Recycling Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce your bottom line, support your community, reduce your environmental footprint and receive recognition. Winners will be recognized on the EPA's website. READ MORE

President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) 
Deadline: Ongoing 
 
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's young people. READ MORE


Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014 

  

Up to $2,000 available! Do you have an idea for a community garden, habitat restoration, recyclying, or energy conservation project? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tee® (PLT). READ MORE

  

Model Program Initiative Grant Winners Announced
10 NJ Districts will Pilot Environmental Education Program
 

The NJSSC would like to congratulate the following school districts selected to participate in a Model Program Initiative Grant in cooperation with NJ Project Learning Tree (PLT), NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium (NJSSC), and Rutgers University. This exciting pilot project is designed to prepare NJ school districts to participate in the national Project Learning Tree Green Schools! program through professional development training in PLT materials and personalized support and guidance from a local PLT facilitator. The selected schools will receive free professional development in the area of environmental education, and the student investigations conducted through this program will foster a strong connection between your efforts to "green" the building and the curriculum. The winners are: 

  • Newark
  • Fairfield
  • Green Brook
  • Long Branch
  • Monroe
  • Pittsgrove
  • Bellmawr
  • Kellman Brown Academy
  • Milltown
  • Ogdensburg
  • West Orange

 

EIRC Grant Evaluation Services
 

For information on EIRC's Grant Evaluation Services, contact Pat Bruder at pbruder@eirc.org

 Announced by US DOE's July 2014 Edition of Green Strides
Watch Live: ED-Green Ribbon Schools to be Honored July 22
NJ Schools: Kellman Brown Academy and Three Bridges Elementary  

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots, and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Mark Schaefer will honor the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22 at the U.S. Department of Commerce Herbert C. Hoover Auditorium in Washington, D.C. At the awards ceremony, Secretary Duncan will also announce the legs of the second annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour. 
 
EPA Proposes National Limits on Carbon Pollution
Reduction in Carbon Pollution Could Reduce Asthma Attacks and Missed School  

In July, the EPA proposed national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants that would reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30%. One anticipated result would be 150,000 fewer asthma attacks in children each year -- and they would miss an estimated 180,000 fewer days of school. READ MORE
 Pillar I - Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost
How Can my District Reduce Energy Costs and Finance Building Upgrades through Energy Saving Improvement Programs (ESIPs)?
ESIPs maximize savings created by combining all possible Energy Conservation Measures including the retrofit of outdated systems with all new equipment. 
 
The EIRC  "RENEW Program" assists your district with the implementation of a "Do-It-Yourself" ESIP involving capital improvements aimed at reducing energy costs, while concurrently educating your district staff.

 

Interested in finding out more about RENEW?  Call Carol James at 732-329-6642 or cjames@eirc.org and set up a complimentary district consultation, or attend one of our up and coming Breakfast Briefs. READ MORE

TCPN Makes Purchasing Green Products Easier - NO BID!
TCPN wants to make purchasing green products and services offered by their vendors easier. Below is a portion of their green products that NJ school districts buy and skip the bidding process. To make a purchase, contact the vendors below and mention the TCPN contract numbers listed here: 
Breakfast Brief at 2014 NJ Green Ribbon Award Recipient
Tour Kellman Brown and learn the path to earning a Green Ribbon 

Attend our first Breakfast Brief of the new school year on October 23, 2014 at Kellman Brown Academy, a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools award recipient!  Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ) will host a tour of their facility for the NJSSC and our guests, while our EIRC Green Team Partners focus on how schools can become more energy efficient and sustainable. Your district leaders will meet key Green Team Members from the Kellman Brown Academy 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.
What does the Newark Public School District have in common with NJ Transit and the NJ State Aquarium?  

The NJ Energy Tracking System! School districts and public entities are realizing the savings that can be achieved by tracking and analyzing their energy usage. The NJ Energy Tracking System has already been implemented at the NJ Transit Authority, NJ State Facilities, School Districts, Municipalities, Counties and more!  NJ ETS has discovered billing errors that have resulted in the recouping of $$ millions of dollars that would have been impossible to find without the auditing capabilities of NJ ETS. LEARN MORE
 Pillar II - Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff
Expansive Classrooms: Take Learning Outside 

"Outdoor and experiential lessons guide students to become leaders who are balanced physically, emotionally, and academically." From snow shoeing to outdoor poetry, Erin Nicoldi provides a examples of outdoor learning experiences. Read the full article at
2014 Right to Know Update - July 11th Webinar 

This year school districts must submit a "Full Survey Online Report" to the state.  There are important changes that districts must be aware of. Partner Engineering provides full service Right-to-Know compliance and hazard communication support to school district. To learn about these changes, EIRC and Partner are providing the following complimentary webinar:
 
Topic: IMPORTANT 2014 Right to Know Update 
Date:  July 11th, 2014
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Security Assessment, Design, Equipment & Installation

IP Security Cameras & Access Control 
  • No Bid  Services for CCTV and Door Access Control
  • Design & Install all new systems based on open standards
  • Will not lock districts into a proprietary solution that will create vendor lock-in
  • Will support legacy installations
Network Security (Intrusion Prevention)
  • Secure Network from Compromises from Hackers, Malware, Bots and Viruses
  • Secure all content and vital information from any outside interference
For a free consultation in your district, contact sales@eirc.org
Summer Health & Safety Alert
Ticks and Lyme Disease

Did you know that in 2012, 95% of Lyme Disease cases were from 13 states including New Jersey and Pennsylvania? Lyme disease is a serious illness that is caused by the infection of the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi spread to people by the bite of an infected tick. Short-term symptoms include...READ MORE 
Tips for Greening Your School
 Because it's more than just saving energy

Health and Air Quality

  • Install and maintain entryway mats or grills to keep dirt and particles from entering the school
  • Implement a green cleaning policy using non-toxic cleaning materials and sustainable products, equipment and paper products
  • Require procedures for safe handling and storage of cleaning chemicals
  • Set up a hand washing or sanitizing program to keep everyone healthy
  • Use high efficiency air filters 
  • Require a green indoor integrated pest management program to reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals  
 Pillar III - Environmental Education
Green Challenge for K - 12 Students 

Empower K - 12 students to take ownership of their local environments! Students develop green solutions that give them the ability to make changes in their homes, their schools and in their communities. The Green Challenge is intended to bridge connections between students and green professionals, resulting in an exchange of knowledge not available in a classroom setting.
 

Green Schools Leadership Institute (GSLI)

 

Are you ready to transform your student body into Environmental Stewards? Utilize Project Based Learning to create and implement a green plan for transforming your schools. The green plan and your school buildings become your teaching tools! Integrate existing school content, 21st century skills, and state & national education standards into instructional designs. Focus on the following six areas:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Design (ID)
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    Contact the NJSSC today to schedule GSLI in your district for 2014-2015!
    Quick Links

    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
    732-331-9307

    Allison Mulch
    Assistant Director of NJSSC
    amulch@eirc.org
    856-582-7000 ext. 115

    COASTodian Newsletter - Summer 2014 Issue             (Posted: 7-11-14)

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    NJCCVTS Newsletter - July, 2014             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    News from Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 7-3-14)


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    July 2014
    Getting Ready for Nature Day Camp: Spots Still Available!

    We can't wait for Nature Day Camp to start next week!  Registration has openings for Wild Creativity! Arts and Crafts Camp, Tree Frogs Nature Day Camp for ages 7 to 10 and Honey Bees Nature Day Camp for ages 3 and 4!


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    website or contact Lauren at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org or (908)234-1852 x314 for more information and to sign up! 

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    Bird & Butterfly Garden Spruced Up            
    We are the happy recipients of a generous grant from the Garden Club of Somerset Hills to restore the Bird & Butterfly Garden at Fairview Farm. Please come by Fairview Farm at 2121 Larger Cross Road in Bedminster, dawn till dusk, to enjoy the full display of blooms, hummingbirds, and butterflies. 
    Will you be a voice for the Raritan River?
    Here is your chance to be a River Ambassador!
    Raritan Headwaters is looking for volunteers to help spread awareness about the importance of leaving no trace at the streams and rivers enjoyed by fisherman, kayakers and boaters. River Ambassadors will table at community events, locals parks and present information to recreational groups. No experience necessary. Training provided.
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    Greetings from the Stream!

    Raritan Headwaters is visiting a stream near you

    Our stream monitoring season is underway! Volunteers have been busy collecting visual and biological data from 56 stream monitoring sites throughout the watershed. Check out our volunteers in action.

    Volunteers Needed!          
    There are plenty of volunteer opportunities here at RHA and we could always use an extra hand:
    • Garden Maintenance and Weeding
    • Stream Clean-Ups
    • Trail Clearing 
    • You name it!
    Please register yourself and your interests in our Volunteer Database, or contact Patty Smeltzer for more information.
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    First Day of Nature Day Camp Sessions
    July 7th
    Fairview Farm

    Volunteer Appreciation
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    August 21st 
    5:00pm
    Fairview Farm
        

    Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    Since 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted 200,754 trees across the state of New Jersey.
    ISSUE NO. 1 / JUNE 2014 
    Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring
    April and May, 2014

    The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to announce a successful spring tree planting season! Thanks to our partners, volunteers, donors, and sponsors, we planted 640 big, beautiful trees across NJ! Check out the accomplishments of our three largest programs!

    GREEN STREETS

    Planted 406 trees in Haworth, Red Bank, Liberty State Park, Glen Rock, Bergenfield, Metuchen, Asbury Park, Bound Brook, Seer Farm,Vineland, Montclair, Bloomfield, and Newark while employing  3 individuals in transition
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    CAMDEN URBAN AIRSHED REFORESTATION PROGRAM
    Planted 116 trees in the City of Camden with 347 volunteers
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    NEWARK RENAISSANCE TREES PROGRAM
    Planted 118 trees in the City of Newark with 275 volunteers
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    TreeKeepers Workshops
    Camden and Newark, Summer 2014

    The NJ Tree Foundation's TreeKeepers Workshop Series is a fun way to learn how to care for your community's trees, from identification to pruning to preventing hazards! Newark sessions were held in June, and Camden workshops will be held in July. For a full list of workshops or to sign up for a session in Camden, please click here.
    Green Streets Crew for Hire
    for Fall 2014 Tree Planting Season

    Is your New Jersey town looking for high-quality tree planting and landscaping services? Then Green Streets is the program for you! This fee-for-service division of the NJ Tree Foundation bids on opportunities to plant "the right tree for the right place" across the state, while providing jobs to individuals in transition from the prison system. 

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    NPSNJ Fundraiser
    FundraiserSaturday September 27
    2:00 - 5:00

    Join New Moon Nursery owner James Brown for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of his Wholesale Only Native Perennial Nursery in Bridgeton NJ. For a donation of $100 to the NPSNJ you will receive an empty tray and as you tour the nursery you will be able to fill your flat with up to 50 perennial plugs of your choosing. You may mix and match your plants, straight species and native cultivars will be available. Light refreshments will be served. 

    To make a donation go to the NPSNJ website and click the donation button. 
     
    NATIVE PLANT SALES
    Wondering where you can buy native plants? Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook Page for upcoming sales. 

    Saturday September 13 - Clemenson Farms Native Nursery

    Sundays from 9-1 until November find Toadshade Wildflower Farm selling native plants at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market.
    Not Finding Native Plants at your Favorite Nursery?
    Simply print out these cards from our website. List the name of the native plants you are looking for and your contact information and leave it at the nursery. Let the nurseries and garden centers know you are looking for native plants!
    NPSNJ's Woodland Preserve in 
    Hunterdon County
    Attention! Hunterdon County Residents and those interested in traveling to Hunterdon County! We are forming a Kracji Preserve Chapter of the NPSNJ which will focus on the stewardship of the NPSNJ's woodland property in Holland Township, Hunterdon County NJ. If you are interested in helping out, an introduction to the property will be held on Thursday July 10 at 6PM. If interested please email for details and directions. 
     
    Thank you! 
     
    Please share with anyone you think may be interested in participating.

     

    We Need Your Photos of
    Jersey Friendly Yards!
    The Barnegat Bay Partnership is looking for photos of yards landscaped with mostly native plants (doesn't have to be all native) to use on a new website about environmentally friendly landscaping in New Jersey, to be called Jersey Friendly Yards. 
     
    We already have photos of individual plants - now we need photos from around the state that show front, back, or side yards with beautiful native landscaping. 
     
    Please email all photos to Karen Walzer. 
     
    Not sure what to send? We are modeling the Jersey Friendly Yard site after the Florida Yards site. Take a look at this site and then send us your photos of Jersey Friendly Yards!

     

    Mark Your Calendars!
    Saddler's Woods Seasonal Botany Series
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    Saddler's Woods, a unique old growth forest in urban NJ, enjoyed offering the NPSNJ Seasonal tours last year so much they have decided to continue them this year, through their organization. 

    For more information visit their webpage.
    Greetings!

    Happy Summer! 

    After all these years, I am sure you have realized by now that summer is not my favorite season. I could do without the heat and humidity just fine. Every time this season rolls around I daydream of moving to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where, I imagine, it never gets this hot or this humid. But really, with how wonderful winter, fall and spring are around here, I can stick the summers out for a couple of steamy months. Besides, summer is the time of fragrant milkweeds, plate-sized hibiscus and hydrangea blooms and THOSE are worth being around for! 

    Only a few days into summer I found myself planting some plants that just seemed to end up in our home-nursery pile. (Does that ever happen to you plant people?) I don't remember purchasing them and I don't remember receiving them as a gift, they are just there. So I planted them. They were Itea virginica 'Merlot' and Hamamelis vernalis 'Autumn Embers'. Both of these are reported to sport vibrant fall foliage, which I am very excited about. Both have the typical flowers and flowering time for their species. The Itea will stay smaller and more compact than the species. Both of these are native to the Southeast and the South and wouldn't naturally be found where I live. But they do just fine in this climate and perhaps will be a part of the continuing discussion on climate change and the new palette of plants we will be working with into the future.

    More and more often we have been getting questions regarding cultivars of native plants. Sometimes called 'nativars', these plants are bred from native plants for a specific characteristic: double flowers, leaf color, fragrance, disease resistance, cold or heat tolerance. There are many debates as to whether or not these are true 'native' plants. There is also quite a bit more discussion around the value of these 'nativars' to native and non-native pollinators. While the discussion still continues and debates ensue, some folks are doing some really important research on the topic. We encourage you to come up to speed on research that has happened and follow the research happening now and draw your own conclusions regarding these native cultivars. Here are just some of the research projects and results we have come across:




     From the Center for Plant Conservation: Genetic Consideration in Ecological Restoration Bibliography

    One thing we always recommend, however, is that you should always, always stick with straight species native plants for any restoration project. 

    Have you been a part of any research regarding native plants and cultivars? Or just native plants in general? We are looking for projects to recognize at an upcoming event. If you have been doing research on native plants, please send your information to president@npsnj.org, we would like to learn more about what you are doing.

    Speaking of events, be sure to look left to learn of an upcoming NPSNJ fundraising event and read farther below to learn what the NPSNJ regional chapters are up to.

    See you on the trail.

    Kathy 
    Kathleen V Salisbury
    President, Native Plant Society of NJ
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    2014 Fall Conference 
    We Want Your Input & Participation!
    Keep your eye out for an email announcing our annual Fall conference date and details. This year's conference will focus on the NPSNJ mission of appreciation,protection and study. We will be highlighting various projects and programs throughout the state that work towards the NPSNJ's mission to promote the appreciation, protection and study of New Jersey's native flora.
     
     
    If you would like to nominate someone to participate, or would like to tell us about your projects and have them considered as part of this event please reach out to Kathy Salisbury, President of the NPSNJ to discuss the details.  
     
    We will send out a separate email with date, time and location details.
    NJ Native Plant Resources
    We have a lot of great resources on the NPSNJ webpage, but to our delight there are a lot of other organizations spreading the word about the value of NJ native plants. Have you checked out these NJ-Specific Native Plant Resources?







    Upcoming Native Plant Events
    Click on the links for more details about these upcoming native plant events happening around the state.

    Saturday July 19 - Duke Farms - Creating Meadows
    Sunday July 29 - New Jersey Botanical Garden - Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants
    Friday September 19 - Duke Farms - Native Seed Collection
    Friday September 19 - Frelinghuysen Arboretum - Berries, Bark and Buds Native Plants for Multiple Seasons of Interest

    Know of other native plant events going on around the state? Send them to president@npsnj.org and we will announce them to the 1100 Fans of our Facebook page and put them in the next newsletter scheduled for the Autumn Equinox.
    REGIONAL CHAPTER UPDATES


    NPSNJ Bergen Passaic Chapter display at the Hackensack Riverkeepers Earth Day Event at Overpeck Park

    You will now be able to find us at events all over the state. Regional Chapters allow the NPSNJ to address local native plant issues and participate in regional events like the Hackensack Riverkeepers Earth Day and the Morris County Butterfly Bonanza. We are growing and growing! With 8 chapters going strong and a couple in the works, there is a regional chapter near you. To become involved simply send an email to the chapter leader. Chapter membership is free with membership in the NPSNJ.
     
    Bergen/Passaic - bergenpassaic@npsnj.org
    North (Morris) - north@npsnj.org
    Kracji (Hunterdon) - president@npsnj.org
    Highland Park (Middlesex)  - highlandpark@npsnj.org
    Jersey Shore (Ocean/Monmouth) -  jerseyshore@npsnj.org
    Rancocas (Burlington) - rancocas@npsnj.org
    Delaware Bayshore (Cumberland/Salem) - debayshores@npsnj.org
    Southeast (Atlantic/Cape May) - southeast@npsnj.org
    Warren (Somerset County) - president@npsnj.org

    Our chapters are hosting some exciting events this year. See below for just some of the highlights! 

    Bergen/Passaic Chapter - 

    September 18 - 7pm - Chapter Meeting - Wetlands 

    October 23 at 7pm - Chapter Meeting 

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    Southeast Chapter -  

    July -  SATURDAY, JULY 12, 9:00-11:30 AM

     

    The Rain Garden Workshop, led by Jesse Connor and Barbara Fielder, will feature the nuts and bolts of rain garden installation as well as an opportunity to visit three nearby rain gardens of varying sizes and configurations. The workshop will begin at the Ambulance Building directly behind the Galloway Main Municipal Building on Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township where we'll go over the basics of rain garden design, native plant choices, and installation. We'll proceed from there by foot to a rain garden located near the Ambulance Building and then we'll travel by car to two additional rain gardens, both a short drive from our starting point.  Registration is limited to fifteen and the registration deadline is Monday, July 7.  Register by emailing Barbara Fiedler.   We will send a confirmation email with directions to workshop participants on Tuesday, July 8.  

     

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    North Chapter - 

    July:  Moth night on July 19 to celebrate the beginning of National Moth Week.  We will try to identify moths and then cross reference them with Douglas Tallamy's list of host plants.  To be held in Mendham.

     
    August:  Field/buying trip to Timber Creek Nursery in Farmingdale    
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    Delaware Bayshore Chapter -  

    August - Saturday, August 9 9 A.M. Summer Botany Walk led by Renee, on the Maurice River Walking Trail, led by Renee. Chance to use photo and sketch pad and record changes across the seasons, ie: Phenology! Fall, Winter, Spring walks to follow.

      

    October - Saturday, October 4 10 A.M. Fall Botany Walk. Maurice River Walking trail. This is our third walk this year. A nice observation record is developing. We can share resulting observations at meetings and in on-line newsletters. Meet at Pedestrian Walk off City Drive.

      

    January '15 - SATURDAY, January 10, 2015 10 A.M. Winter Botany Walk led by Renee on the Maurice River Walking Trail where trees block winter breezes. We have now recorded a seasonal cycle and can be ready to compare the 2014-2015 cycles in genera and species that we have been monitoring. 

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    For more details, and to see what the rest of the chapters are up to, please visit our Chapters and Events pages on our website.

     

    We are in the Gardener News! 
    The Gardener News, "New Jersey's most influential monthly gardening newspaper", is now featuring a monthly Native Plant column written by NPSNJ president Kathy Salisbury. The July edition features an article about Milkweed (see page 17!). Follow us on Facebook or find yourself a monthly copy of the Gardener News to read more about New Jersey's native plants and the activities of the NPSNJ!

    Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    NJ Farm To School News             (Posted: 7-3-14)

    NJ Farm To School Network News

    From the Director's Desk


    We seem to always be writing about not believing it is some season or month. Well, we have to say, we can't believe it is June and the school year has ended. We wish you all a restful summer with lots of time to spend with family and friends, if possible.

    Please contact us over the summer and let us know what you're planning for next year. We try to help schools figure out where to purchase local foods. We're happy to communicate with growers and produce distributors to share information that will assist schools in servingmore local produce.

    If you're thinking of putting in a garden next year, click on our School Gardens link on the website. This pull down menu has information to get you going. Please don't hesitate to contact us as well. There are many organizations and individuals working to promote school gardens in New Jersey and our role is to connect folks who need technical assistance with those who can provide it.

    Our next newsletter will come out in August. We'll be taking a break in July (and hopefully you all will be, too). Thanks for a great school year. We looks forward to hearing what you have planned for the 2014-15 school year.

    Sincerely,
    Beth Feehan, Director

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    The New Jersey Farm to School Network will be on hiatus for a few weeks in July and will publish the next newsletter in August. Until then, enjoy your summer and we’ll be back in touch then.
    FoodCorps

    FoodCorps Update

    As the school year wraps up, a few of our service sites report a lot of activity across the state. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Division of Family and Community Health Sciences and the New Jersey Farm to School Network have enjoyed hosting our first year of FoodCorps in New Jersey and look forward to continuing this vibrant program in the 2014-15 school year.

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    Kitchen Essentials

    To All Food Service Directors: HELP TO INCREASE FARM TO SCHOOL IN NJ!

    You are invited to participate in a research study that is being conducted by the Family and Community Health Sciences Department at Rutgers University. Please note that you must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

    Read More


    FoodCorps

    Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

    The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards are the State's premier environmental awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects in the state.

    Winners of the New Jersey Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards will be honored in December at an awards ceremony and reception hosted by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

    Read More


    Kid at Garden Scale

    Cooking from Scratch Makes a Difference: Hopewell Elementary School

    Since the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act took effect in September 2012, Hopewell Elementary School in Hopewell Valley Regional School District experienced a decline in lunch participation and revenues.Sodexo's General Manager, Tony Kowalak, had seen participation return close to pre-regulation numbers at the other three elementary schools in the district, but not at Hopewell.He knew he needed to try something different.

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    Littorally Speaking in June!             (Posted: 6-20-14)

     


    REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT
    Annual Fluke Tagging Trip in NJ!
    On Saturday, June 28th, come sail with Jeff Dement, Fish Tagging Director for a fun and educational day of fishing and become a citizen scientist by helping us tag fish safely and responsibly!

    Contact Jeff Dement
    for more information, or click here to purchase your ticket today!
    9th Annual Shorebird Festival in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
    Join us on Saturday, August 23, 2014 for peak shorebird migration time in NYC!  Northeast Chapter Director, Don Riepe will be joined by expert birders Lloyd Spitalnik and Kevin Karlson to provide insight into the migrating patterns and behavior of shorebirds. In partnership with NYC Audubon and Gateway National Recreation Area.

    To learn more, click here or contact Don Riepe.
    Save the Date!
    Oct. 23-26, 2014
    Annual Meeting in Chincoteague, VA

    Join us for a weekend on the beautiful island of Chincoteague and explore its barrier beaches, wetlands and maritime forest habitat with Littoral Society naturalists and learn more about our work!

    For more information contact: Megan.
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    June 2014 
    Greetings!

    We're really "all season" coastal fans here at the Society but somehow the warm weather tends to kick our activities up a notch. Like lots of (other) coastal wildlife, we come out of our winter slumber, return to our favorite roosting spots and spend a lot of time splashing around in the water!

    Since the thaw, we have worked with Society members, local communities and state and federal agency partners to replant acres of salt marsh, rebuild dunes destroyed by Sandy, defended a conservation area from being sold by the state of New Jersey to an industrial developer and worked to advance laws to protect, restore and care for the coast, just for good measure.

    Get out to the coast, and look for us - better yet, join us, volunteer for a project, join a field trip or stop by our Sandy Hook headquarters for our Annual Member's Day this Saturday and sit on the porch. The view is great, and there's a lot going on.

    Tim
    Executive Director

    Creating a More Resilient Coast: Littoral Society Wins Major Federal Grant for Restoration

    The American Littoral Society is embarking on a major new effort to promote a more resilient coast in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy: restoring horseshoe crab and migratory shorebird beaches, strengthening salt marshes to resist the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and shaping a new relationship between coastal communities and the coastal environment. We have been awarded a $4.75 million grant from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on behalf of the Department of the Interior to pursue these goals along the Delaware Bay, and are partners in several projects within Jamaica Bay, New York City.

     

    Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, announced the winners at a press conference on Monday, June 16th at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, in Queens, NY. "We are taking the lessons learned from this natural disaster to help local communities strengthen natural barriers between themselves and major storms such as Sandy that can cause major flooding and other damage," Jewell said. "Together with our partners, we are stabilizing beaches, restoring wetlands, and improving the hydrology of coastal areas, both protecting local residents from the next big storm while creating jobs and restoring habitat for wildlife."  

     

    The Society's Delaware Bay project will be in partnership with the State of New Jersey, Dr. Larry Niles, a leading shorebird biologist involved in the conservation of the endangered red knot, and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. The Jamaica Bay projects will be in partnership with the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and others.

     

    "These projects are important pieces of the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. They will support our efforts to rebuild our communities, using nature based approaches, and to restore important coastal habitats damaged by the storm." said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society. Click here to continue reading

     

    Annual Member's Day in Sandy Hook This Saturday, June 21st!

    Explore Sandy Hook with members and staff of the American Littoral Society. Discover flora and fauna with a guided walk along the bay, beach, or marsh. Join us for seining by the bay, and a seafood lunch to follow with hot dogs for kids. Support the Littoral Society through our silent auction!

     

    Bring chairs or blankets for a picnic style lunch, this event is rain or shine! Free for members, guests are $20.00. Members can register here, or you can click here to become a member today!      

     

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    Noon-4pm

    American Littoral Society headquarters

    18 Hartshorne Drive

    Highlands, NJ 07732

     

    Contact: Megan or call (732) 291-0055 ext. 107. 

     

    Register Today for our Sandy Hook Marine Science Summer Camp!
    There is still time left to register! Get your kids onto the beaches this summer for marine science programs with American Littoral Society naturalists and educators! Summer camp programs include seining, shell collecting, coastal arts and crafts, marine science, underwater robotics and surfcasting clinics! To learn more about our day camp, visit our website.
     
    One Day Sessions for Kids Ages 6-13 in July and August

    Dates: July 10, 24, 25, 31,  

    August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14,15, 21, 22, 2014
    Cost: $15.00 - $60.00

    Contact: Stevie Thorsen, Education Director at stevie@littoralsociety.org or call (732) 291-0055 ext. 109. 

     

    Community Marsh Planting Day in Jamaica Bay
    For the second year, the American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers organized a community planting day on Black Wall island in Jamaica Bay as part of our Marsh Restoration Initiative. On Sunday, June 1st, 2014, over 70 people, including our generous partners from Mitsui & Co., Ltd., along with NY State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his staff, traveled to the island by boats and kayaks and planted 5000 plugs of spartina alterniflora. This program is part of an ongoing effort to restore the marsh islands of Jamaica Bay, a vital part of New York City's open space environment. 

    The Marsh Restoration Initiative is made possible through funding from the NYS DEC, NYC DEP, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

    Barnegat Bay Clean Water Project Celebrates Second Stormwater Basin Retrofit With Community Medical Center and Partners

    On June 9th, the American Littoral Society and partners held a native planting event and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Community Medical Center (CMC) in Toms River, NJ. Administrators and staff from CMC, Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers, Princeton Hydro and other project partners helped plant native plants in the bio-retention/rain garden stormwater improvement on the facility grounds, which are adjacent to Toms River, the largest freshwater tributary of Barnegat Bay.  To read the news article in the Asbury Park Press, click here. 

     

    The next green infrastructure and stormwater improvement projects will be completed within the next six months in partnership with the Toms River Board of Education and Toms River Township. Funding for this project was provided through a Watershed Restoration Grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.   

     

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    We want to see you in action on a public land that is special to you. Video Contest Flier Maybe it's fishing at a public lake, getting lost in a book at a state beach or volunteering to help beautify a local park.  

     

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    No purchase necessary. All contest participants must be residents of the U.S., who as of June 17, 2014 are at least 18 years of age and meet all eligibility requirements. Void where prohibited. Click here for complete rules. 

     

    Great Outdoors Month

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    With longer days and warm weather, June is an ideal time to be outside. June is Great Outdoors Month. Celebrate by getting out on our public lands.
     
    Check out our list of 20 Free & Low-Cost Summer Fun Activities, which has suggestions for kids and adults of all ages! Ideas include: tubing, star-gazing, outdoor movies and more--all of which can be done on our public lands! Jump start your adventures by reading our list of fun outdoor activities here.  
      

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    To further motivate individuals and families to get active outside, NEEF's Heath & Environment Program developed a new resource--Apps for Outdoor Activity. This list of 10 free apps provides children and their families ideas on where to go and what to do outdoors.

    The resource includes apps to help you locate a park nearby, learn how to recognize invasive species, stay fit and more. Check out the Apps for Outdoor Activity resource and discover additional materials to benefit your health at: neefusa.org/health/children_nature/resources.     

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    NAAEE: EE News for June 18, 2014             (Posted: --)

    NAAEE Announcements

    1. Conference News

    Proposal Results Coming by Monday

    We are nearing completion of the proposal review and scheduling process. Notification of the results will be emailed to submitters early next week. The schedule of sessions will also be posted at that time. Thanks for your patience.

    Conference Registration Opening Soon

    Watch your email for the conference registration package, which will include conference details, information on pricing, and registration options. Don’t forget: it takes six weeks to process US passport renewals and applications, and passports are required to enter Canada.

    Exhibits and Advertisements—Save 10% until July 18

    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. Sign up by July 18 and save 10%. http://www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

    Hotel Reservations are Open

    NAAEE has room blocks in three hotels close to the Ottawa Convention Center and reservations are open Information about reserving a room is posted on NAAEE's website. Book early to ensure your preferred spot. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which is also the least expensive and offers free wifi.

    http://www.naaee.net/conference


    2. NAAEE Conference Scholarship Opportunity

    Deadline: July 15, 2014
    The Albert I. Pierce Foundation announces a one-time scholarship for a person who is presenting at the NAAEE Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada, in October 2014. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded. The recipient will be notified by July 30. To apply, go to:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AIPscholar


    3. Countdown to Ottawa: 16 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.

    Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as Canada’s capital city over Toronto, Kingston, Montréal and Québec City. Back in 1857, Ottawa got the nod because of its location—not immediately adjacent to the U.S. border and therefore more easily defended from possible American attack—as well as its bilingual nature. The waterways also proved to be great transporters to and from other major cities, making Ottawa the obvious choice for capital!


    4. Using Technology in Environmental Education ~ Online

    This eight-week (self-paced) online course is designed to get you up and running with technologies you can use immediately in your organization and environmental programs. Choose the technologies you want to learn. You can focus on mobile and non-mobile tools to enhance your education programs, or focus on social media apps for marketing your programs. Or you can focus on both! The course is free, funded by EPA.

    https://sites.google.com/a/eelearn.net/...


     

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    5. STEaM Photography Show and Competition

    Application Deadline: August 29, 2014
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host a photo art exhibit that invites members of the community to share their photographic talent and eye for everything that is science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEaM). The “Atomic STEaM Photography Show” exhibition will display photography ranging from the literal engineering feats of the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza, to the abstract interpretation of science as seen through a plant experiencing photosynthesis. Winners receive cash prizes and their entries will debut at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History from November 8, 2014, through January 4, 2015.

    http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/see/exhibits/atomic-steam-photography-show


    6. Zayed Future Energy Prize

    Deadline: July 14, 2014
    This $100,000 prize is awarded annually to a high school in each of five regions (The Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Middle East). Schools must submit a detailed proposal for a project with the main objective promoting sustainability in schools. Emphasis of the proposed project should be on specific measurable initiatives to promote renewable energy and sustainability, which may include improvements in energy or water efficiency, or a reduction in waste.

    https://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com/...


    Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

    7. EJ in Action Blog: "StartUp Box: SouthBronx" Bridges the Digital Divide

    Check out the latest EJ in Action blog post: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Environmental Justice. Sherrell Dorsey of Bridgeport, Connecticut inverviewed Majora Carter on Creative Leadership, about her achievements as an entrepreneur and her efforts to advance environmental justice. Carter's current project, StartUp Box: SouthBronx, aims to bridge the "digital divide," a gap in access to computers or the internet in lower income communities.


    North American Events, Training, Announcements

    8. Student Climate & Conservation Congress

    June 22–28, 2014
    Is your school represented? An unparalleled opportunity for national recognition and training. Apply or nominate today!

    Students in the Nation's Premier Student Environmental Training Program (and a limited number of faculty or staff) are invited to apply to become U.S. Green School Fellows and participate in the 2013 Sc3 Congress. Includes community service credit.

    Sc3 empowers outstanding high school students, entering grades 9–12, from across the country and abroad, with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address climate and conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities.

    Sc3 accepts a limited number of participants and is filling quickly. Click here for details and application links.

    Sc3 is a program of the Green Schools Alliance in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center.

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    9. Practice Makes Perfect: MITS 2014 Professional Development Institutes

    July 7–11, July 14–18, or July 21–25, 2014 - Massachusetts
    The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) is offering a series of Professional Development Summer Institutes offering EE STEM-based professional development for formal educators. To be responsive to the interests and needs of elementary, middle and high school educators, MITS has developed three formats for these summer institutes:

    • One-week institutes for elementary and middle school educators
    • One-week institutes for middle and high school teachers
    • Hybrid institute for elementary and middle school educators

    All Institutes are collaborations of environmental education, science, and cultural institutions and organizations. Graduate credit and housing available.
    The Museum Institute for Teaching Science specializes in providing hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based STEM professional development for formal and informal educators.

    http://mits.org/2014-summer-professional-development-institutes


    12. Ocean Sampling Day June 21

    On June 21, 2014, the summer solstice, thousands of scientists will join together to participate in Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), an international collaboration to collect water samples from the ocean and rivers around the world. Within the water samples, scientists will also be collecting things so small that, in most cases, they are invisible to the naked eye. These marine microbes—Bacteria, Archaea, Eukaryota, and viruses—make up 98 percent of the biomass in Earth’s ocean and they are responsible for most of the biological activity that takes place within it.

    http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/ocean-sampling-day/welcome.html


    Resources for Students and Educators

    13. Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment (NCA)

    Teaching Climate Change Using the National Climate Assessment Report Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state, and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience. So, too, are coastal planners in Florida, water managers in the arid Southwest, city dwellers from Phoenix to New York, and Native Peoples on tribal lands from Louisiana to Alaska. The 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA) concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country. To see the health, life-support, and economic impacts in different parts of the US, go to the map at http://www.globalchange.gov/explore. Decisions we need to be making to do something about this in our own communities and states are highlighted at http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report#section-1949

    http://globalchange.gov


    14. Environmental Education in Teacher Education—The DEEPER Resource Guide

    Looking for ways to go deeper into environmental education in preservice and teacher education programs? DEEPER—the "Deepening Environmental Education in Pre-Service Education Resource" guide has been created to inspire university faculty, staff, and students to deepen environmental education in teacher education programs. The guide was created by a team of Canadian teacher educators and is full of practical strategies, case studies, and recommended resources.

    http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ese/DEEPER.html


    15. PlanetExplore

    Find outdoor activities and events in your area through this online resource. PlanetExplore is a portal to the outdoors designed to inspire and enable people of all ages to become regularly active outside, and to develop the benefits gained through a connection to nature. PlanetExplore members receive updates on their interests, explore local parks and outdoor spaces using Urban Nature Guides, and have access to partners and visionaries blogs, videos, and podcasts.

    http://www.planetexplore.com


    16. Education and the Environment: Creating Standards

    In this timely book, curriculum expert Gerald A. Lieberman provides an innovative guide to creating and implementing a new type of environmental education that combines standards-based lessons on English language arts, math, history, and science with community investigations and service learning projects. By connecting academic content with local investigations, environmental study becomes not simply another thing added to the classroom schedule but an engaging, thought-provoking context for learning multiple subjects. The projects outlined in the book further students’ understanding of the way human and natural “systems” interact locally and globally, and provide the next generation with the knowledge necessary for making decisions that will be critical to their future—and ours.

    http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/EDUCATION...

    News Release: Maybe Birds Can Have It All: Dazzling Colors and Pretty Songs, Too             (Posted: 6-20-14)

    Click HERE.

    June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)             (Posted: 6-20-14)

    June
    2014
    June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
     
    Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
    As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
     
    In this issue:
    • Haddonfield Elementary Students Participate in "CAN" Program
    • To Get Ahead in STEM, the Key Is C -- Computers 
    • NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! 
    • Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News! All Aboard!!
    • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
    • Guitar building teaches Oregon students math, science, history

     
    Mike MacEwan
    Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
    Haddonfield Elementary Students Participate in "CAN" Program 
     

    By Kyle Carney

     

    Students from Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School came in with a "can do" attitude to participate in the We CAN Help program on May 28.

    The program challenged students to use the STEM skills they have learned during the year to build structures with canned foods.

    "This program is great for a few reasons," Denise Sellers of Haddonfield Child Care said. "The kids are able to use the STEM skills they have been learning in a fun way; we get the kids and their parents together to do something fun; and we get to help out the community by giving the canned food away."

    The students collected the cans during the school year. Cans were also donated by Wegman's Supermarket and the two teams battled it out for those cans in a chess tournament.

    The cans were put to good use on May 28, when the two teams squared off in a competition to design and build the best structure. The two teams, the Minions versus the Swagin Dawgs, were able to build anything they wanted, so long as they only used the cans they had collected. Parents were also invited to participate in the event and they pitched right in on their hands and knees stacking cans.

    "The whole concept of this event came together after Torani Syrups began their 'Power Down, Connect Up' initiative," Sellers said. "We wanted to create something that would allow the kids to turn off their screens and be with their families."

    The We CAN Help program is based on the CANstruction events that have become popular for architecture firms around Philadelphia and New York, in which architects and engineers compete is design competitions with only canned foods.

    "We took that idea and made it a little more fun," Sellers said.

    The collection of cans was extensive and after the half hour time limit, both teams had finished constructing their buildings. The Minions designed a castle with a moat surrounding it, while the Swagin Dawgs went in a different direction, building a police station and car.

    It was then left to the judges, which included architect Jay Reinert, landscape architect Joseph Sikora, Elizabeth Haddon Principal Craig Ogelby and local sculptor John Giannotti. After some intense deliberation, Mayor Jeffrey Kasko announced the winner: the Swagin Dawgs. All was not lost for the Minions though, as they took home the award for most cans collected, brining in 297 cans.

    "It's always a great thing when you can get kids and parents together having fun," Sellers said. "And it's always nice to be able to give back in the process too."

    In total, the We CAN Help program collected over 500 canned goods, which were donated to the St. Paul's Church Food Pantry after the competition ended. 


    Click here to read from this article's source.

    Click here to download the press release and learn more. 

    Op-Ed: To Get Ahead in STEM, 
    the Key Is C -- Computers 
     

    By Evan Charles

     

    STEM is more than a buzzword or a fad. President Obama has built a significant portion of his education policy around increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from hosting White House science fairs to launching a "master teaching corps" of STEM educators.

     
    The STEM focus is based, in large part, on an assessment that STEM fields will produce the most high-wage jobs and entrepreneurial innovation in the near and long term. Focusing on STEM is a smart investment based on pretty solid evidence.
     
    But at the same time, we may be under-emphasizing the best STEM opportunities out there.
     
    According to research from the University of Washington, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 71 percent of all future STEM jobs will be "computer occupations." This chart from the research hits you over the head: It shows that nearly three out of every four jobs we expect to be open in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math will be in technology - in particular, computers. Computer coding, software design, data and system management.
     
    The next highest percentage of future STEM jobs is in engineering - at 15 percent. No other single projected STEM-related occupation tops 4 percent. When U.S. News ranked the best jobs of 2014, the first two spots were software developer and computer systems analyst. Web developer was No. 9.
     
    Computer skills will be essential to success in non-STEM fields as well. As Ed Lazowska, the author of the University of Washington report, pointed out: "Fields from anthropology to zoology are becoming information fields. Those who can bend the power of the computer to their will - computational thinking but also computer science in greater depth - will be positioned for greater success than those who can't."
     
    Perhaps it's time we start thinking of future workforce opportunities - and our corresponding investments - in terms of C for computers and then E, M and S for engineering, math and science. "CEMS" isn't as pretty an acronym, but it's a lot more accurate.
     
    The challenge is that our education system - from primary schools through graduate schools - simply isn't training people fast enough to fill these computer-related jobs. According to Code.org, in 2013, 14,000 more high school students took the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in Art (44,000) than the exam for computer science (29,555). Five times as many high school students - 151,477 - took the AP Spanish test.
     
    And less than 3 percent of college graduates are earning degrees in computer science.
     
    It's not too surprising then that the growing need for employees with computer skills has put pressure on educators and training providers to close the skills gap. I'm partial to one such solution - the coding camp. And not just because I run one. I'm partial to them because coding camps address the problem more quickly and directly than changes to our overall education can or will.
     
    To me, coding camps are a fast pass to the STEM job market. And the fact is that this type of skip-ahead option isn't viable in most other fields - especially the STEM ones. Nobody wants an engineer skipping ahead in school. And unless you're Doogie Howser, you don't get to do your undergraduate education and medical school in three years.
     
    Of course, no computer coding camp will make you an expert in eight to 10 weeks. The truth is that computer technology is changing so quickly, you'll never stop learning, whether you invested years earning an advanced degree or months at a coding camp.
     
    But the good news is that years of school isn't the only option.
     
    The demand - both now and in the future - is too high for the long lead time it will take to make computer literacy a core component of middle and high school education, although that needs to happen, too.
     
    It's time we start to focus as much on computer education as we have on STEM in general, and include computer education more directly and prominently as we adjust our classrooms to meet our workforce needs. It's time, also, to welcome computer coding camps as an indispensable part of that conversation. 

    Click here to read from this article's source.

     
    NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity!

    National Afterschool Matters STEM Practitioner Fellowship
    A collaborative effort between the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, the National
    Writing Project, and NJSACC: The Network for NJ's Afterschool Communities
     
    The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008. The first two participating cities were Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the San Francisco Bay area through the Bay Area Writing Project.

    We have also have or had Fellowships in Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and New York City. NIOST and NJSACC are excited to bring this opportunity to out-of-school-time (OST) practitioners  and classroom teachers in New Jersey. The fellowship is grounded in the inquiry-based, writing, and professional development approaches of the National Writing Project (NWP) and NIOST. This effective professional development model provides frequent and ongoing opportunities for educators in and out of school to write and to examine theory and practice together systematically. Educators who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other practitioners as well as partners in development and implementation of effective and quality practice. Research findings by the fellows will be presented at a research roundtable in the Fall of 2015, and fellows will be encouraged to submit papers for publication.

    Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Through the year-long course the Fellows will explore some of the issues emerging from recent studies that challenge the dichotomy of learning experiences as well as traditional structures of learning. Researchers and policy makers have increasingly questioned the split between in-school and out-of-school programs, calling for new policy and innovative thinking to bridge these divides. 
     
    Click here to download the fellowship flyer
    Click here to download the fellowship application
     
    Those selected for the New Jersey STEM Practitioner Fellowship will:
    • Become part of a community of practitioners. Fellows work collaboratively to study effective practices and investigate the structures in which effective practice happens - at the program/classroom, activity, curriculum, and individual levels using their own Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics curricula as the objects of study.
    • Learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry. Fellows learn approaches and strategies that will help them become better at program/classroom observation and analysis.
    • Improve programs and practice. Fellows identify and investigate effective instructional strategies and bring these strategies back to their classrooms and/or OST programs.
    • Collaborate to identify ways that schools and OST programs can better work together to support youth in STEM learning and engagement.
    • Engage in leadership activities to disseminate program/classroom improvement strategies. Fellows present their work to peers, administrators, parents and community members. They are encouraged to design and deliver workshops based on their work to share new expertise with others in the field.
    • Write a STEM-focused inquiry paper that intentionally brings the worlds of OST and the school classroom together as part of an article for professional journals.
    Responsibilities of Fellows:
    • September 2014 to November 2014: twice monthly Saturday meetings at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ
    • December 2014 to May 2015: monthly meetings, one Saturday per month in Westfield, NJ
    • April or May 2015: a spring writing retreat, where rough drafts of STEM research articles will be completed. Location TBD.
    • October 2015: a formal Round Table Presentation of research to the broader community
    Application Process:

    Employer approval must be obtained (see Memorandum of Understanding). Please complete the Practitioner Fellowship application and return, along with the MOU, no later June 27th 2014 by e-mail, fax, or mail to:

    National Institute on Out-of-School Time,
    National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship
    Wellesley College, Waban House
    106 Central Street
    Wellesley, MA 02481

    fax: 781-283-3657

    For more general information contact: Elizabeth Meister, (781) 283-2607 or emeister@wellesley.edu

    If you have specific questions in regards to the New Jersey Fellowship please contact Mike MacEwan, Director of STEM Initiatives for NJSACC at: mmacewan@njsacc.org

    To apply, request the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from mmacewan@njsacc.org, the NJSACC website at: www.NJSACC.org or on the NIOST website here.
    Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News! All Aboard!!
     
    Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills (National Science Foundation). NJSACC's new Full STEM Ahead! Afterschool Initiative continues to help New Jersey afterschool providers become STEM leaders, preparing students for these jobs.
     
    Some of their latest informative STEM news include such items as:
     
    Click here to stay up-to-date at FullSTEMAhead.org
    Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
     
    The Online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 


    When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.

    The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

     

    Click here to register your STEM program
    Guitar building teaches Oregon students math, science, history 

    By Chelsea Davis


    COOS BAY - A group of Coos Bay fourth-graders are ending the school year on a good note.


    On Tuesday, Nick Krissie's class of nine students at Sunset Middle School put the finishing touches on their diddley bows, one-string slide guitars that originated in the South and became a big influence on the blues.


    When the music class became overcrowded this year, Krissie had an idea. In his spare time, he makes cigar box guitars.


    "They're simple enough a fourth-grader could do," he said. "When I was in fourth grade, the money to buy a guitar was outside of reality; so was making one."


    So he put a call out for essays. Out of the school's 125 fourth-graders, 70 wrote essays hoping to get into the class - 10 made the cut. Some talked about why they deserved to be in the class. Others, like Ryan Liggett, went into extensive historical detail about the one-string guitars. He was among the first on Tuesday to find the right frets and play the first three immediately recognizable notes of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."


    The diddley bows are made of very few parts - cookie tins, dominoes, nails and wire - but soon the students were plucking away, trying out that famous riff.


    The class did the math. After doing just a few chores, they would each be able to afford the materials required to make a diddley bow.


    "It's organized chaos," Krissie said to superintendent Dawn Granger, with the students scattered behind him, heads bent over their new instruments.


    "That's OK," Granger laughed. "That's what learning is."


    The students built everything themselves, besides the holes that Krissie drilled.


    Principal Dale Inskeep even joined in, wowing the kids with his guitar chops as lead of the Dale Inskeep Band.


    Fourth-grader Anna Quaglia said the diddley bows took four weeks to make. She plans on practicing over the summer, hoping to add some more songs to her repertoire.


    This class is a new realm of hands-on learning, incorporating science (sound waves), math (calculating fret positions) and history.


    "If you practice it, you will get better at it," Krissie told his students. "All you need to do is practice."


    Click here to read from this article's source.

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    Healthier in Nature: New Tools to Engage Communities in Outdoor Activities             (Posted: 6-20-14)

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    June 12, 2014  www.neefusa.org 
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    June is Great Outdoors Month
    President Obama has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month and Saturday, June 14 is National Get Outdoors Day. This is a great opportunity for health professionals and nature partners to work together, engaging communities in outdoor activities for better health. Visit NEEF's Children and Nature Initiative: Rx for Outdoor Activity to learn about our free tools and resources and how you can participate in our nationwide effort to get kids active in nature. 
    Apps for Outdoor Activity
    NEEF's new tool, Apps for Outdoor Activity, is a list of ten free apps, providing children and their families ideas on where to go and what to do outdoors. The app list was designed to be a companion to our Get Outdoors for Better Health brochure to help further motivate people to get active outside. 
    Developed with support from U.S. Forest Service (USFS), this tool also provides additional resources beyond mobile apps. NEEF is partnering with USFS' Discover the Forest, which provides a wealth of information on getting outdoors, including PSAs, an interactive map, and bilingual guides for outdoor activity. 
    NEEF's Apps for Outdoor Activity is available for download on our website, as are all of our Children and Nature Initiative tools and resources. Please feel free to share this new tool with your networks!
    Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide 

    The newly released eGuide is the first in a digital series to chronicle and share the development of Healthy Parks Healthy People programs in parks and communities across the country. This first edition shares how parks and partners are engaging diverse audiences and new partners to promote parks as places for healthy living.

     

    This eGuide was created in collaboration between the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association's Center for Park Management, with assistance from several partners, including NEEF. Explore this interactive toolkit to get inspired, find helpful resources, and learn about parks and partners who are integrating health into parks and communities. 
    We Want to Hear From You!
    Are you using the Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide for inspiration on engaging new audiences in your programs? Are your patients motivated by NEEF's Apps for Outdoor Activity tool to get into nature? Are you prescribing National Get Outdoors Day events or other activities at local green spaces in your community? Share your story with us by taking a brief feedback survey on our website or send us a note on Twitter or email!
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    NEEF is the nation's leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. To accomplish this, NEEF provides knowledge to trusted professionals and other leaders who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve every day environmental problems. NEEF sees a future whereby 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. 

     

    Learn more at neefusa.org - or follow us on Facebook & Twitter @neefusa.

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    Do you remember when you first felt a personal connection to the Earth? My Earth Changing Moments is a platform to collect photo, video or written stories of the "aha" moments people experience that forever connect them to the environment. Visit http://myearthchangingmoments.org, share your story and inspire others to share their own!
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    NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium June Newsletter             (Posted: 6-20-14)

     NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
         Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
    Issue: # 3June 2014

    De-Mystifying the ESIP  

    Do you have a Local Energy Audit (LGEA) sitting on a shelf collecting dust?

    null If the answer is yes, then you'll be in the company of many districts in NJ that have had an LGEA done and find themselves asking the question....Now what?

     

    The EIRC "RENEW Program" just might be the answer for you, Our uniquely managed "Do-It-Yourself" ESIP offers districts the ability to engage in capital improvements aimed at reducing costs while our green team manages the process from start to finish and currently educates your district staff.

     

    Interested in finding out more about RENEW?  Call Carol James at 732-329-6642 or cajames@me.com and set up a complimentary district consultation. Read more

    What the DOE's 2016 Mandate Means for your School
    Article by Larry Schoff

    As I walked through a 10-year-old school building recently with the district energy manager, I pointed out to him the often-overlooked "little things" that increased energy waste daily in the operation of the school. I told him these inefficiencies and waste seem insignificant, but when added up in a school or across the district, they amounted to a significant waste of energy and money annually. Read More

    2014 Right to Know Update - Free Webinar

    This year school districts must submit a "Full Survey Online Report" to the state.  There are important changes that districts must be aware of. Partner Engineering provides full service Right-to-Know compliance and hazard communication support to school district. To learn about these changes, EIRC and Partner are providing the following complimentary webinar:
     
    Topic: IMPORTANT 2014 Right to Know Update
    Date:  July 11th, 2014
    Time:  11:00 a.m. 
     
    To sign up for this webinar please send an email with you name, title, email address, and organization name to Allison Mulch at amulch@eirc.org. You will receive a login and password for the complimentary webinar. If you are unable to sit in on this session, it will also be archived for later review. 
    Health, Safety and Regulatory Compliance Consulting 

     

    NJSSC is pleased to announce it's recent partnership with the Health & Safety Division of Partner Engineering and Science. Districts can again benefit from EIRC's shared services offerings.

     

    Health and safety regulations are ever-evolving and are becoming more and more complex.  It has become increasingly difficult for both public and private entities to stay up-to-date and compliant with the latest regulations.  From the initial risk identification phase through incident management, implementation, final tracking and auditing, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. has the expertise necessary to successfully mitigate you health, safety and regulatory compliance concerns. Learn more 

     

    For more information or a complementary Health & Safety Consultation, please contact Allison Mulch at amulch@eirc.org or call 856.582.7000 ext.115. 

    Visit a Green Ribbon School 
    Kellman Brown Academy opens their doors to the NJSSC

    This Fall the Kellman Brown Academy in Voorhees, NJ will host tours of their facility for the NJSSC and our guests. Your district leaders will meet key Green Team Members from the Kellman Brown Academy staff so you can learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status. The NJSSC will also discuss how your district can get started through our 1st Steps to Green Program, discuss establishing a Green Team in your district as well as funding mechanisms. Sign-up for tours now being scheduled by contacting Allison Mulch at (856) 582-7000 ext. 115 or amulch@eirc.org. 
     
     Pictured left to right: Voorhees Mayor Michael R. Mignogna & Kellman Browan Academy's Rabbi Moshe Schwartz
    Weequahic High School has a Blast Turning Food Waste into Soil
     
    Looking for ideas for how your school can do something useful with food waste and save money at the same time?  You might want to contact Weequahic High School in Newark and ask them about the Rocket Composter.
     

    "The Rocket Composter is an on-site aerobic system that will allow Weequahic to recycle school generated food waste into a useful soil amendment for landscaping, horticultural needs and for science projects. This automated composting system will eliminate food waste disposal costs the school now pays and it will reduce local truck traffic as well as minimize greenhouse pollution. Students at Weequahic now have a fantastic hands-on learning tool that can help them better understand biology and earth sciences. We are proud the Rocket Composter was chosen to be part of this environmental initiative and thankful for the vision of the Newark Board of Education and for Clean Water's leadership that has made this all possible", stated Peter Marcalus, NATH Sustainable Solutions. Read more

    Green Schools Leadership Institute (GSLI)
     
    The GSLI is for educators interested in promoting "the greening of education" so their schools will be environmentally healthy places to learn, work, and play, and all students will be prepared for a world of emerging green collar and STEM careers. Greening a school provides an extraordinarily cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs and, ultimately, increase school quality and competitiveness. GSLI is aligned with the three guiding pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools national award program. Following are the essential questions that guide the week - long Institute:
     
    1. How can you create a green strategic plan for your school, and get it approved by your district?
    2. How can you use the building as a teaching tool in the process of greening your school?
    3. How do you develop a culture of sustainability at your school that encourages students to develop an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources (Stewardship).    

    Contact the NJSSC today to schedule GSLI in your district in 2014-2015.
    Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
    Click links below to register 

    Aug. 8th & 9th  - Raritan Valley Community College (Somerset County) 
    Aug. 14th & 15th - EIRC (Gloucester County)
     
    This workshop can also be scheduled for presentation in your district by contacting bhayes@eirc.org or call 856.582.7000 ext. 110.
    NJ Energy Tracking System

    Who audits the energy bills in your district? Most common answer...

    No one.

     

    The NJ Energy Tracking System can measure and analyze all your utilities and SAVE YOU MONEY! This system has already been implemented at the NJ Transit Authority, NJ State Facilities, School Districts, Municipalities, Counties and more!  NJ ETS has discovered billing errors that have resulted in the recouping of $$ millions of dollars that would have been impossible to find without the auditing capabilities of NJ ETS. 

    Learn more

    Student Sustainability Programs

    Green Challenge
    Read a student essay submitted as one component of EIRC's Green Challenge -  Green Challenge Essay Submission 
     
    Go Green Tiger Team, Three Bridges School
    Learn how a Green Ribbon School incorporate sustainability into their curriculum as first grade students report on their field trip to the Readington Township Community Garden. Read more
    Summer Health & Safety Alert
     
    POISONOUS PLANTS This broad group of plants (poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac) causes inflammatory rashes know as eczema.These poison plants grow in and around woods, wastelands, fence rows, stone walls, and hedges. 
     
    The chemical which causes the rash is called Urishiol.2 out of 3 people will develop a rash from contact.Contract with the plant oils may cause contact dermatitis (rash).Only 1 billionth of a gram is needed to cause a reaction- ¼ ounce of pure Urishiol is enough to cause a rash on every person on the planet.The rash may occur 1 hour after contact or up to 5 days later and can last for 1-3 weeks.Severe reactions may cause breathing problems, swelling of the throat, weakness, and dizziness which may lead to professional medical treatment.   
     
    In order to protect yourself, wear gloves, long pants and shirts when working around poisonous plants.Be careful not to touch your face if you are wearing glove.If you come in contact with a poisonous plant, wash the affected area with soap and cool water as soon as possible after contact for 20-30 minutes.This action may prevent a reaction. 
    Tips for Greening Your School
     Because it's more than just saving energy

    Transportation

    • Walk (or bike) to school when the weather is nice - www.saferoutesinfo.org
    • Carpool with other students when the weather is bad
    • Carpool with other teachers/staff or use hybrid/fuel efficient vehicles
    • Be bicycle friendly - install and maintain bicycle racks
    • Implement a policy of no idling for buses
    • Use hybrid/fuel efficient vehicles for school security service

     

    Water

    • Post signs and reminders in bathrooms and classrooms to reduce water use
    • Capture rainwater and reuse it to water indoor plants, greenhouses, courtyards or gardens
    • Install low flow toilet fixtures or waterless urinals
    • Install aerators/restrictors and motion sensors on sinks to reduce the amount of that water is used
    • Install meters for irrigation, hot water and toilet fixtures - display results for everyone to see
    • Drink water from the fountain or fill a reusable bottle instead of using bottled water
    Quick Links

    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
    732-331-9307

    Allison Mulch
    Assistant Director of NJSSC
    amulch@eirc.org
    856-582-7000 ext. 115

    Creating a Healthier Next Generation and Supporting a Healthier School Day             (Posted: 6-12-14)

    Click HERE.

    Four Year Anniversary of NJ Parent Link: Navigate Parenthood, Navigate New Jersey             (Posted: 6-12-14)

    • Log on to NJ Parent Link(www.njparentlink.nj.gov) the State of New Jersey's Early Childhood, Parenting and Professional Resource Center.
    • Experience one of New Jersey's best practice models for innovative IT/digital communication between government and citizens.
      (National Association of State Chief Information Officers, 2011)
    • Share NJ Parent Link with your family, friends and colleagues today!

    National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 6-10-14)

    National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter 

     

    Announcement: Eco-Schools Statewide Sustainability Events Calendar - Supporting individuals and organizations contributing to the whole. Find out what opportunities exist statewide. Email events to Jennifer.Dowd@njaudubon.org.

    You may qualify for a Bronze Award!

    Have you applied for an award yet? It is time to get recognized for the work you and your students are doing to contribute to sustainability. You may be eligible for international recognition at one of these levels: bronze, silver or green flag. Sign in to your dashboard and input your measurable data on the dashboard. Get recognized for your effort and add your individual data to the larger collective so we can make the feedback visible to the larger community.  All schools who earn an award by June 15, 2014 will be recognized in a press release.

    Bronze award - These actions are self-assessed and applying is as easy as checking off boxes and filling in measurable impacts- no documentation is required until you apply for a Green Flag.

    Silver award- Energy +1 other pathway

    Green Flag award- Energy +2 other pathways
    Includes documentation of your Eco-Action team, audits, and photographs. However, if you have applied for the Green Ribbon then you can just submit that application.

    If you are unsure about any part of the process, please dont hesitate to reach out to me.

    While youre at it, have you considered working with your municipality in becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey? Many of the activities you are doing in the school also count for municipality actions points. The deadline for getting your application in is June 8, 2014.  You do not have to have completed all your actions by the submission deadline. 

    In this months newsletter you will find:

    1. Professional learning opportunities for this school year and this summer.

    2. Eco-Schools participation certificates and the latest news from the network.

    3. Funding opportunities to support sustainable school transportation.

    4. Key links for free resources to increase the biodiversity of your school grounds. 

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


    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING:

    Please check out our FULL ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR for Eco-Schools programs as well as Partner Programs. To add your event please email Jennifer.Dowd@njaudubon.org.

    REGISTER: Eco-Schools’ Professional Learning Community: Summer Hiking Series
    July 5th, July 13th, August 2nd; 9- 11:30 am, Free
    Capacity: 30 participants/ hike

    Do you enjoy getting outside for learning? This series will explore school ground ecology and a nature center in different parts of the state, allowing you to connect with statewide key stakeholders in student learning focused on sustainability issues. We will cover outdoor classroom management techniques, instructional strategies, tools, and frameworks for engaging students in outdoor learning. 1 professional development credit per hour.

    July 5th: Sherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville, NJ
    July 13th
    : Phillips Academy, Newark, NJ
    August 2nd: New Egypt Primary School

    REGISTER: New Jersey Audubon 2 day in-depth Eco-School workshops at Duke Farms 
    June 30-July 1:  Focus on Biodiversity
    July 16-17:  Focus on School Ground Habitats
    Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

    REGISTER: New Jersey Audubon Week-long Institute: Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed (with applications to any watershed) 
    For Middle and High school teachers
    July 28th to August 1st
    Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

    REGISTER: Arts Horizons: The Artist/ Teacher Institute
    July 7- 11, 9am- 5pm at William Paterson University
    July 27-August 2
    , 9am- 5pm Stockton College

    Hands-on Studio workshops in graphic design, poetry, ceramics, digital photography, creative writing, oil painting, printmaking, book arts, music technology, glass painting. 

    REGISTER: NJ Audubon Teacher’s School of Ecology  
    Learn effective ways to integrate ecology, S.T.E.M. and sustainability concepts into your existing curricula
    August 18- August 22 
    STIPEND: $250 
    Questions: Kelly.Wenzel@njaudubon.org

    The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.
    4th- 8th grade teachers

    REGISTER: Sustainable Jersey Web Events and In-Person Events April- June 

    Creative placemaking, energy savings improvement plans, walkable and like friendly communities, financing building upgrades, solar sitting.

    SAVE THE DATE: Certification Webinar November 17
    Unsure of how to apply for bronze or silver awards through the Eco-Schools website?  Join us for this live webinar where we will walk you through the process step by step.  If you have already met the qualifications you will be certified by the end of the webinar!  More information to come.

    PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATES

    Would you like to recognize someone in your school for exemplary contributions to the Eco-Schools program?  Download an Eco-School certificate for an individual or the entire Eco-Action team.

    ECO-SCHOOL IN THE NEWS

    The Star Ledger took an interest in Eco-Schools and their combined efforts to celebrate Earth Day in this article.

    Students in Egg Harbor Township were recognized in this Shore News Today article.

    Learn how Eco-Schools are using art to teach sustainability at National Wildlife Federations blog post, The Art of Sustainability.

    Eco-Schools USA video.  See Eco-Schools in action in schools around the country (featuring one in NJ)!

    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

    $20 Million in Grant Funding for Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Programs is Now Available.  

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Programs.  The solicitation for these federally funded programs is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). For more information, visit their website


    Application Deadline (SRTS) EXTENDED: June 30, 2014
    Application Deadline (TAP) EXTENDED: June 30, 2014

    To assist with the application process, a SRTS and TAP webinar are now available to view.  Both webinars can be found on the
    SRTS Funding page.

     
    RESOURCES

    Rutgers Department of Entomology
    At the Department of Entomology, Rutgers, faculty conducts research involving the systematics of caddisflies and dragonflies, insect plant interactions, urban entomology, biology and spread of invasive insects, public health issues, and pests of blueberries, cranberries, ornamentals, tree fruit, turf and vegetables. They have a long-standing tradition of direct interaction and education with the wider New Jersey community, through collaboration with local county government agencies, growers, landowners, local non-profit organizations and schools on various topics insect-related of interest to each group. While currently no faculty specializes in entomophagy in the Department, they maintain colonies of mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, and superworms, Zophobas morio, both of which are widely eaten globally. During their last seminar in the fall, they had a guest speaker Lou Sorkin of the American Museum of Natural History give a presentation on entomophagy. For further information please see: www.rci.rutgers.edu/~insects, and for further details on entomophagy please visit a website initiative co-advised by Lou Sorkin: http://www.insectsarefood.com/faq.html.

    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 and click on the "Free Milkweeds" button or
    http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds
    for complete detail
    s.

    Facebook For more information about New Jersey Audubon activities, visit us on our web siteon Facebook, or on Twitter, 

    Cornell Lab eNews: Learn to "See" Bird Songs With Our Fun New Game             (Posted: 6-10-14)

    Click HERE.

    NJ Trails Association is looking for your photographs!             (Posted: 6-9-14)

    Click HERE.

    Get Outside NJ             (Posted: 6-9-14)

    Click HERE.

    Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for June             (Posted: 6-3-14)

    Click HERE.

    Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 6-3-14)

    Click HERE.

    New! Countdown to Certification Webinar and Other Sustainable Jersey Trainings             (Posted: 5-19-14)

    Click HERE.

    Barnegat Bay Partnership video blog on Blitz Day             (Posted: 5-19-14)

    Click HERE.

    NAAEE: EE News for May 14, 2014             (Posted: 5-16-14)


    NAAEE Announcements

    Conference News

    Seeking Volunteers to Chair Two Committees

    NAAEE is looking for volunteers to chair two conference committees: volunteers and auction. The volunteer committee chair schedules volunteers and oversees volunteer participation at the conference. The auction committee chair documents all auction contributions and prepares donations for sale in the silent and live auctions. Committee chairs receive registration discounts. Contact conference manager Lori Mann at lori@naaee.net if you’re interested or want more information.

    Hotel Reservations are Open

    NAAEE has room blocks in three hotels close to the Ottawa Convention Center and reservations are open Information about reserving a room is posted on NAAEE's website. Book early to ensure your preferred spot.

    http://www.naaee.net/conference


    Countdown to Ottawa: 21 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.

    Don't Forget Your Passport!
    Travel from the United States (and other countries) to Canada requires a current passport. It takes 6 weeks to process new or renewal passport applications. Plan ahead to avoid extra fees for expediting applications. For information on U.S. passports, click here >>


    Seeking Partners: “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo/Aquarium” Grant Opportunity

    “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” is a new collaboration between AZA and The Walt Disney Company that provides financial, logistical, and creative support for organizations and individuals seeking to increase or enhance family-centered nature experiences in their communities. As part of this initiative, AZA is offering a grant opportunity for accredited zoos and aquariums and their community partners to expand their nature play programming and to create innovative ways to connect families to nature.

    http://www.aza.org/educator-resources


    Climate Change and Environmental Education: Framing Perspectives

    June 3, 2014, 9:30–4:00 EDT - New York University
    Participants in this one-day workshop will generate ideas that will be used to help the field of environmental education and EE practitioners better address the social and environmental changes posed by climate change. Registration required.

    http://www.eecapacity.net/ccee-workshop


    Linking EE and the Next Generation Science Standards

    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) dramatically change the vision of science education in the United States. We believe strongly that environmental education can play an important role in the development of science curriculum that addresses this new vision. We also believe that curriculum can be designed that supports both the NGSS and the development of environmental literacy. To assist in these efforts, we have developed a resource that highlights some of the connections between the NGSS vision of science education and environmental literacy.

    A DRAFT version of Linking Environmental Education and the Next Generation Science Standards is available for review and comment at: eelinked.net/n/guidelines. Please provide your feedback to borasimmons at gmail.com.


    Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

    EJ in Action Blog

    Check out the EPA’s Environmental Justice blog for the latest post by Gelena Constantine of EPA Office of Research and Development. In Deep Impact, Ms. Constantine recounts her visits to a community facing issues with a composting facility. Also, check out the 20th anniversary page and video series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders and students who share stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.

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

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    North American Events, Training, Announcements

    Student Climate & Conservation Congress

    June 22–28, 2014
    Is your school represented? An unparalleled opportunity for national recognition and training. Apply or nominate today!

    The Nation's Premier Student Environmental Training Program Students (and a limited number of faculty or staff) are invited to apply to become U.S. Green School Fellows and participate in the 2013 Sc3 Congress. Includes community service credit.

    Sc3 empowers outstanding high school students, entering grades 9–12, from across the country and abroad, with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address climate and conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities.

    Sc3 accepts a limited number of participants and is filling quickly. Click here for details and application links.

    Sc3 is a program of the Green Schools Alliance in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center.


    Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment ~ Online

    This self-study, e-learning course is designed for natural resource professionals, extension educators, and environmental educators who work with communities. Through an interactive format and investigation of practical examples, participants build skills and confidence in identifying and analyzing behavior change opportunities. After completing the course, participants will have a draft plan for increasing people's involvement in an environmental situation. The course requires an account, but there is no fee.

    Sponsored by the eXtension Drinking Water and Human Health interest area, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Resources Center. Initial work to develop course content was funded by the USDA Water Program. Course content has been extensively tested and reviewed, in collaboration with Extension and natural resource professionals around the USA. Background information is available at http://wateroutreach.uwex.edu. Course instructors: Elaine Andrews, Kate Reilly, Patrick Robinson.

    http://campus.extension.org/


    Energypath 2014 ~ Pennsylvania

    Energy Camps: June 16–18, 2014
    Conference and Expo: June 19–20, 2014
    Science Fair: June 20, 2014

    Energypath is the Mid-Atlantic region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers, and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow. This year's conference will focus on “Convergence”—how the interaction between energy producing, conversion, and management technologies is changing the energy industry and can provide safe, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. The week-long event will be held at prestigious Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

    http://www.energypath2014.org


    Art & Environment K12 Teacher Professional Development Course

    Flexible weeks June 16–Aug 18, 2014
    With 11 years’ experience teaching Eco Art to high school students, the Wexner Center’s Shelly Casto has extensive materials and resources to share. Designed for K–12 art teachers, this online-only course will provide an in-depth introduction to the field of Eco Art as well as a basic introduction to environmentalism. Teachers will leave the course with an extensive online curriculum packet. K–5 general classroom, 6–12 humanities, and 6–12 science teachers will also find the course of interest.

    http://wexartenvironment.wordpress.com/teacher-course/


    Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

    Invitation for Submissions

    Classroom teachers are invited to submit to a new book on teaching children (ages 5–12) about climate change with descriptions of teaching practices around climate change, sustainability practices, and/or climate activism. Chapters should be between 1500 and 4000 words and written for classroom teachers or educators in informal learning settings. Writing style of articles in Green Teacher is preferable. If interested, send an email indicating interest to winograk@oregonstate.edu


    Resources for Students and Educators

    Teaching Climate Using the National Climate Assessment (NCA)

    On May 6th the White House released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) developed by a 60-person Federal Advisory Committee. What’s new about this report is that it addresses both the scientific evidence regarding human-induced climate change and the economic, health, and other impacts that are increasing across the country. Two quick ways to delve into this comprehensive report:

    Go to the map at www.globalchange.gov/explore and click on your state to see specific impacts for your part of the country.

    Go to nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/response- strategies/mitigation to learn about the decisions and choices we need to be making to reduce climate change.

    http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/


    Environmental Education in Teacher Education - The DEEPER Resource Guide

    Looking for ways to go deeper into environmental education in preservice and teacher education programs? DEEPER—the "Deepening Environmental Education in Pre-Service Education Resource" guide has been created to inspire university faculty, staff, and students to deepen environmental education in teacher education programs. The guide was created by a team of Canadian teacher educators and is full of practical strategies, case studies, and recommended resources.

    http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ese/DEEPER.html


    Climate Voices

    The Climate Voices network, from Boulder's University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, is a database of experts from around the country bringing non-political conversations about the research findings of climate scientists to citizens across the United States and Puerto Rico. Scientists and other experts meet with neighbors and community organizations to initiate discussions about the local effects of a changing climate and possible ways to address impacts. Use the map to find a speaker near you and invite them to local meetings.

    http://climatevoices.org


    Standing on Sacred Ground: Eight Cultures - One Fight

    In this four-part series, indigenous people from eight different cultures stand up for their traditional sacred lands in defense of cultural survival, human rights, and the environment. Featuring Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Satish Kumar, and activist Clayton Thomas-Muller (Cree), among others.

    http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/ssg.html


    Free Biomimicry Resource for K–12 Educators

    Looking for new ways to engage students in STEM subjects? The Biomimicry Institute offers a free digital flipbook, called Biomimicry in Youth Education, filled with more than 80 nature-inspired lesson plans, activities, and videos geared to K–12 educators.

    Biomimicry is an approach to sustainable innovation that looks to living things for inspiration. In the classroom, biomimicry has helped improve student performance in STEM subjects, encourages appreciation for biodiversity, and cultivates a willingness to sustain the environment. The flipbook features a special orientation for educators new to biomimicry.

    http://ben.biomimicry.net/curricula-and-resources/youth-curricula/resource-toolkit-for-k-12-educators/


    Storm Water Game

    Science teacher Pete Mecca, his George Mason High School (VA) students, and some community partners developed an online game to engage learners of all ages in learning about storm water runoff and water quality. Read how they did it and play the game!

    NJ Farm To School: Spring Network News             (Posted: 5-16-14)

    Click HERE.

    Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires             (Posted: 5-16-14)

    Click HERE.

    Green Knight newsletter -- May 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 5-14-14)

    Click HERE.

    May NSTA Field Reports             (Posted: 5-14-14)

    Click HERE.

    Great Places: Spring's Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles             (Posted: 5-14-14)

    Click HERE.

    Links from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology             (Posted: 5-8-14)

    Join New “YardMap” Project to Restore Bird Habitat
    Click HERE.

    Results of Cornell Team's 24-Hour Birding Quest
    Click HERE.

    Celebrate Spring With a Bounty of Birding Tales and Tips
    Click HERE.

    NAAEE: EE News for April 30, 2014             (Posted: 5-8-14)


    NAAEE Announcements

    Conference News

    Scholarship Selection Committee: Volunteers Needed

    NAAEE is looking for a few people to help review scholarship applications. This work will be done over the next few weeks. If you’re interested, please contact committee chair, Angelica Fernandez, angafernandez@gmail.com soon. Reviewers need to be well versed in environmental education and have a minimum of three years of related professional experience.

    Hotel Information Coming This Week

    NAAEE has room blocks in three hotels close to the Ottawa Convention Center. Information about reserving a room is coming later this week and links to book at conference rates will be posted on NAAEE's website by Friday.

    Registration

    No need to wait until the last minute: you KNOW you want to be with us in Ottawa. The new Gold LEED convention center, an easily walkable city, inspiring keynotes, cutting edge sessions—there are many great reasons to attend. Registration opens in early June.

    http://www.naaee.net/conference


    Countdown to Ottawa: 23 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. As a Gold LEED building, the Ottawa Convention Centre has carbon dioxide sensors in rooms where occupancy varies widely to reduce energy use. When no one is in the room, the ventilation fans supply less fresh air to the space. As the room fills up, the sensor ramps-up the ventilation accordingly!

    http://www.naaee.net/conference


    New EECapacity Course: Engaging Military Communities

    May 12–June 8, 2014 ~ Online
    This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators and community development professionals interested in working with members of the military community. Exposure to nature through outdoor recreation, gardening, tree planting, and similar activities has been especially valuable to returning warriors and their families. The potential impacts include improved personal health, resiliency, strengthening family ties, and community cohesion. The objective of this course is to increase participants' capacity to develop programs that increase environmental awareness and utilize the therapeutic value of nature in building resilient communities. Limited to 30 participants.

    http://www.eecapacity.net/cornell-online-courses.html


    Climate Change and Environmental Education: Framing Perspectives

    June 3, 2014, 9:30–4:00 EDT - New York University
    Participants in this one-day workshop will generate ideas that will be used to help the field of environmental education and EE practitioners better address the social and environmental changes posed by climate change. Registration required.

    http://www.eecapacity.net/ccee-workshop


    Linking EE and the Next Generation Science Standards

    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) dramatically change the vision of science education in the United States. We believe strongly that environmental education can play an important role in the development of science curriculum that addresses this new vision. We also believe that curriculum can be designed that supports both the NGSS and the development of environmental literacy. To assist in these efforts, we have developed a resource that highlights some of the connections between the NGSS vision of science education and environmental literacy.

    A DRAFT version of Linking Environmental Education and the Next Generation Science Standards is available for review and comment at: eelinked.net/n/guidelines. Please provide your feedback to borasimmons at gmail.com.


    Awards, Grants, Contests

    2015-2016 Fulbright Core U.S. Scholar Program

    Application Deadline: August 1, 2014
    The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries for the 2015-2016 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars, and many others.

    Of the 583 awards being offered this year, there are over 93 awards available in the field of Environmental Sciences. Moreover, there are 341 All Discipline awards that welcome teaching and/or research proposals in any area of study, including interdisciplinary projects. These awards are offered in various regions around the world.

    In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to accommodate better the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2015-2016 program, including Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.

    Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.

    http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards


    Youth Voices of Change

    Deadline: May 16, 2014
    Engage youth in climate change solutions through video. Youth in grades 4–12 are invited to submit a video (maximum two minutes long) for Youth Voices of Change that shares solution-oriented projects or helps raise awareness about climate change issues for a chance to win great prizes, including money for their project, new video equipment, and gift certificates to local businesses. Ten lucky finalists and their videos will be featured on the big screen at the Youth Voices Film Festival in the evening of August 22, 2014 on the Sustainability Stage at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.

    http://bit.ly/youth-voices


    Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

    EE Scholarship to Hog Island for Diverse-Background Educators

    Deadline: May 1, 2014
    Program Dates: July 20–25, 2014

    The National Audubon Society is seeking applicants to attend their six-day residential program in environmental education this July on Maine's beautiful Hog Island. Audubon will pay 90% of tuition for ethnically diverse, qualified educators, on a competitive basis. This is a fun, exciting, and multi-disciplinary program with excellent instructors and great field opportunities. Email session director Pete Salmansohn at psalmansohn@audubon.org for more information.

    http://hogisland.audubon.org


    EJ in Action Blog

    Check out the EPA’s Environmental Justice blog for a few new posts! First, Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response reflects on his own experiences working with communities as he highlights community-based initiatives during his tenure. Next, Dr. Marva King of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice honors Women’s History Month with a reflection on some of the many women in the Environmental Justice movement that have made an impact on her life. Also, check out the 20th anniversary page and video series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders, and students who have shared stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.

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


    Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

    Invitation for Submissions

    Classroom teachers are invited to submit to a new book on teaching children (ages 5–12) about climate change with descriptions of teaching practices around climate change, sustainability practices, and/or climate activism. Chapters should be between 1500 and 4000 words and written for classroom teachers or educators in informal learning settings. Writing style of articles in Green Teacher is preferable. If interested, send an email indicating interest to winograk@oregonstate.edu

    Resources for Students and Educators

    Nature Pre-schools in Green Teacher’s Spring Issue

    The movement to get young children outside has grown by leaps and bounds. So much so that much of Green Teacher’s spring issue covers the exciting developments. Non-subscribers can read the full text of two of the articles, and excerpts from all others. Other articles address bird migration, invasive species and citizen science, wellness policies, and school gardens, among others.

    http://greenteacher.com/contents102


    Professional Development for Teachers: A Pollinator for Every Classroom

    RSVP Deadline: May 23, 2014
    June 5, 2014 - Queens, New York

    Educators will learn how to use NWF’s Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat Programs™ to help their students develop critical thinking skills, analyze, and solve relevant environment-based problems, from understanding the local impacts of climate change and implementing school-wide carbon reduction plans, to increasing biodiversity at their schools and beyond. A hands-on ecological restoration activity at the Refuge in the afternoon will provide a much-needed food source for migrating monarch butterflies. This is a hands-on professional development workshop for K–12 educators with the National Wildlife Federation, Gateway National Recreation Area, and Community Greenways Collaborative Staff. Certificates of attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop. Please RSVP by May 23, 2014.

    http://tinyurl.com/mgosjtz


    Celebrate Endangered Species Day

    Celebrate the 9th Annual National Endangered Species Day—May 16, 2014
    The 9th annual Endangered Species Day is an ideal opportunity for teachers and students to learn about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways to participate. To accommodate school schedules, events can be planned earlier in May, on Endangered Species Day (May 16), or the following weekend. Visit the website to register your classroom activity and check out the materials provided in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit. The website also features a Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.

    http://www.endangeredspeciesday.org


    Resource for Environmental Educators Aligned to Common Core State Standards

    Natural Heroes is a broadcast series on some PBS stations around the country. Each episode profiles an individual or group doing something positive for the environment. The series offers a valuable resource for the classroom. To help more teachers and students take advantage of the rich content of these timely stories, a 46-page classroom guide was developed, consisting of six projects aligned to Common Core State Standards to accompany these films. Also included are interactive links to additional resources and short video clips from the films.

    The heroes in these films are fueled by passion, yet apply the critical thinking and problem-solving strategies that today’s students need to develop. Their backgrounds range widely to include wildlife experts, inventors, urban farmers, soil scientists, Native American elders, and some young people whose efforts are certain to inspire students.

    http://naturalheroes.org/educational-resources

    Newsela Helps Students Build Skills Using Current Events

    Read closely. Think critically. Be worldly. Newsela is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. This website serves as a self-paced learning tool that automatically gives each student the version of an article that is appropriate for his or her reading level. After reading an article, students are given a short, Common Core-aligned quiz to provide feedback. Teachers can assign articles, review quizzes, and track Common Core mastery.

    http://www.newsela.com


    Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council Application

    Deadline: May 16, 2014
    The 2014–2015 National Youth Advisory Council application process is open. The National Youth Advisory Council, supported by the Wrigley Co. Foundation, creates a framework for youth engagement. This is a unique opportunity for ten high school students (15–18 years old) from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform KAB on programs while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities. KAB is seeking to infuse the youth voice into programs and build on the model of youth leadership seen in local and state affiliates. Members will serve as ambassadors and represent KAB within their community and state. YAC members will participate in the KAB 2015 National Conference and produce materials to distribute to the KAB affiliate network.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014YAC

    NJ Afterschool Action: April 2014             (Posted: 5-8-14)

    Click HERE.

    Great Places: Celebrate the Earth--Give Nature a Hand             (Posted: 4-11-14)

    Click HERE.

    NAAEE: EE-News for April 9, 2014             (Posted: 4-11-14)

    NAAEE Announcements

    Conference News: Scholarship Deadline, Reviews, Hotels, and Registration

    Conference Scholarship Applications Due by April 21!
    NAAEE is now accepting applications for a variety of conference scholarships! Check out the list here >> and apply online.

    Hotels
    NAAEE has room blocks in three hotels near the Ottawa Convention Center. Information about reserving a room will be posted on the conference website within the next few weeks.

    Registration
    No need to wait until the last minute: you KNOW you want to be with us in Ottawa. The new Gold LEED convention center, an easily walkable city, inspiring keynotes, cutting edge sessions—there are so many great reasons to attend. Registration opens in early June.
    http://www.naaee.net/conference

    Countdown to Ottawa: 26 Weeks!

    The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and see our Facebook and Twitter to learn about AMAZING Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements. Have you heard of the Rideau Canal Skateway? Ottawa is home to the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink—it's over 4.8 miles long! Once the ice is a foot thick, the Skateway is open 24/7 for free!
    http://www.naaee.net/conference

    GivEE Where You Live! EE Giving Week 2014

    April 16 – Earth Day, April 22
    Get ready! Environmental Education Giving Week 2014 is bringing NAAEE and our Affiliate Network together to create more visibility and support for environmental education across the globe. Each Affiliate will be competing to see who can engage the most donors and raise the most money for their state or province. This week-long campaign for EE begins on April 16 and ends on Earth Day, April 22. Mark your calendars and make a donation!
    http://www.razoo.com/team/Eegivingweek

    2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program

    Application deadline: April 18, 2014
    The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with support from EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.
    http://www.eecapacity.net

    New EECapacity Course: Engaging Military Communities

    May 12–June 8, 2014 ~ Online
    This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators and community development professionals interested in working with members of the military community. Exposure to nature through outdoor recreation, gardening, tree planting, and similar activities has been especially valuable to returning warriors and their families. The potential impacts include improved personal health, resiliency, strengthening family ties, and community cohesion. The objective of this course is to increase participants' capacity to develop programs that increase environmental awareness and utilize the therapeutic value of nature in building resilient communities. Limited to 30 participants.
    http://tinyurl.com/eem-register

    New E-Book: Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes

    NAAEE and EECapacity announce a new e-book, Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes. The e-book is authored by 20 environmental educators across the U.S., who are trying to offer a fresh look at environmental education outcomes and their measurement. The e-book may be useful for environmental educators and program evaluators.
    http://www.naaee.net/publications

    Awards, Grants, Contests

    Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling

    Preliminary Applications Deadline: April 30, 2014
    Taking its name from brimstone, the elusive element medieval chemists believed would transform base metals into gold, this $5,000 award focuses on the transformational properties of storytelling, and aims to increase understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities. The grant supports a model storytelling project that is service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and to some extent replicable in other places and situations. The goal is that projects receiving this award will have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients, inspiring excellence in applied storytelling work and communicating to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.
    http://www.storynet.org/grants/brimstone.html

    Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize

    Deadline: April 15, 2014
    Do you know a young person who is doing great things to help other people or the planet? Nominate him or her for the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people (ages 8–18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment.
    http://www.barronprize.org/

    Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

    EE Scholarship to Hog Island for Diverse-Background Educators

    Deadline: May 1, 2014
    Program Dates: July 20–25, 2014

    Educators from diverse ethnic backgrounds: The National Audubon Society is seeking applicants to attend their six-day residential program in environmental education this July on Maine's beautiful Hog Island. Audubon will pay 90% of tuition for ethnically diverse, qualified educators, on a competitive basis. This is a fun, exciting, and multi-disciplinary program with excellent instructors and great field opportunities. Email session director Pete Salmansohn at psalmansohn@audubon.org for more information.
    http://hogisland.audubon.org

    EJ in Action Blog

    Check out the EPA’s Environmental Justice blog for a few new posts! First, Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response reflects on his own experiences working with communities as he highlights community-based initiatives during his tenure. Next, Dr. Marva King of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice honors Women’s History Month with a reflection on some of the many women in the Environmental Justice movement that have made an impact on her life. Also, check out the 20th anniversary page and video series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders, and students who have shared stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.
    http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/EJ-in-A...

    North American Events, Training, Announcements

    Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment ~ Online

    This self-study, e-learning course is designed for natural resource professionals, extension educators, and environmental educators who work with communities. Through an interactive format and investigation of practical examples, participants build skills and confidence in identifying and analyzing behavior change opportunities. After completing the course, participants will have a draft plan for increasing people's involvement in an environmental situation. The course requires an account, but there is no fee.

    Sponsored by the eXtension Drinking Water and Human Health interest area, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Resources Center. Initial work to develop course content was funded by the USDA Water Program. Course content has been extensively tested and reviewed, in collaboration with Extension and natural resource professionals around the USA. Background information is available at http://wateroutreach.uwex.edu. Course instructors: Elaine Andrews, Kate Reilly, Patrick Robinson.
    http://campus.extension.org/

    Resources for Students & Educators

    Education and the Environment: Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts

    In this timely book, curriculum expert Gerald A. Lieberman provides an innovative guide to creating and implementing a new type of environmental education that combines standards-based lessons on English language arts, math, history, and science with community investigations and service learning projects. By connecting academic content with local investigations, environmental study becomes not simply another thing added to the classroom schedule but an engaging, thought-provoking context for learning multiple subjects. The projects outlined in the book further students’ understanding of the way human and natural “systems” interact locally and globally, and provide the next generation with the knowledge necessary for making decisions that will be critical to their future—and ours.

    The book is available from Harvard Education Press or Acorn Naturalists.

    The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community

    This Bullfrog film examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.
    http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/wts.html

    Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council Application

    Deadline: May 16, 2014
    The 2014–2015 National Youth Advisory Council application process is open. The National Youth Advisory Council, supported by the Wrigley Co. Foundation, creates a framework for youth engagement. This is a unique opportunity for ten high school students (15–18 years old) from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform KAB on programs while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities. KAB is seeking to infuse the youth voice into programs and build on the model of youth leadership seen in local and state affiliates. Members will serve as ambassadors and represent KAB within their community and state. YAC members will participate in the KAB 2015 National Conference and produce materials to distribute to the KAB affiliate network.
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014YAC

    Michael Caduto Releases Premier Storytelling CD’s

    Michael Caduto is known for books and programs on environmental education and Earth stewardship, including Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun, and the Keepers of the Earth® series. After presenting live to over 500,000 people throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East, Michael has recorded listeners’ favorite tales from around the world on two CD’s. Action, humor, and drama are enhanced with sound effects, musical atmospherics, and a menagerie of human and animal voices. Includes tales that received the Aesop Prize, Storytelling World, and Skipping Stones Honor Awards. (Published by Luna Blu®). The two new CDs are:

    The Rainbow Garden: Tales of Wisdom (ages 5 to 10)
    The Wisdom of Nature and other Earth Tales (ages 11 and up)
    http://p-e-a-c-e.3dcartstores.com/Storytelling-Aud...

    New Resource for Environmental Educators Aligned to Common Core State Standards

    Natural Heroes is a broadcast series on some PBS stations around the country. Each episode profiles an individual or group doing something positive for the environment. The series offers a valuable resource for the classroom. To help more teachers and students take advantage of the rich content of these timely stories, a 46-page classroom guide was developed, consisting of six projects aligned to Common Core State Standards to accompany these films. Also included are interactive links to additional resources and short video clips from the films.

    The heroes in these films are fueled by passion, yet apply the critical thinking and problem-solving strategies that today’s students need to develop. Their backgrounds range widely to include wildlife experts, inventors, urban farmers, soil scientists, Native American elders, and some young people whose efforts are certain to inspire students.
    http://naturalheroes.org/educational-resources/

    Two New Films from Green Planet Films: Sand Wars and Thrashed

    Sand Wars
    This film will be of special interest to environmental educators along coastlines or rivers where commerce takes place. It is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet and will take the viewer around the world to witness this new gold rush firsthand.

    Trashed
    Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. Irons showcases the individuals, activists, corporate, and advocacy groups around the world who are working to affect change and reform the current model. Special 20% off discount on Trashed until April 30 coupon code: 20earth14

    Cornell Lab eNews: Feathers As You've Never Seen Them Before             (Posted: 4-11-14)

    Click HERE.

    Video: Biologists Visit Black Bear Den             (Posted: 4-11-14)

    A short video documenting NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists on a research visit to a black bear den has been posted on the nj.com website. Award -winning videographer Andre Malok captures the work performed on the female and her four cubs, gathering data used to monitor the overall health and size of the state's bear population, information essential to the Division's management of the population.
    For a link to the video, as well as information about the state's black bears, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm on the Division's website.

    How to get Water Quality Data             (Posted: 4-11-14)

    Below is some of the follow-up information for folks who are interested in getting access to the water quality data. I would recommend using the Water Quality Portal which is highlighted below.

    USGS NWIS- has both water quality data and flow data, some of which is available in real time.

    http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nj/nwis/nwis

    EPA STORET- has water quality data, biological data and some habitat data. It is a national database.

    http://www.epa.gov/storet/dw_home.html

    The Water Quality Portal- this is more of a one stop shop, it will pull data from both NWIS and STORET. Also a national database.

    http://www.waterqualitydata.us/

    GeoWeb- This is a mapping platform and has links to the data reports.

    http://www.nj.gov/dep/gis/geowebsplash.htm

    Barnegat Bay Interactive Map-We designed a unique interactive map for the Barnegat Bay data collection, if folks are interested.

    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/barnegatbay/bbmapviewer.htm

    Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Restoration
    Division of Water Monitoring and Standards
    401 E. State St., PO Box 420; Mail Code 401-04I
    Trenton, NJ 08625
    Phone: (609) 292-0502; Fax: (609) 984-6505

    Earth Month Tip of the Day: Choose WaterSense             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Happy Earth Month from EPA! Each day in April, we’ll send an environmental tip to everyone who subscribed to our list. This year, we’re focusing on how you can act on climate change.

    Today’s Tip: Choose WaterSense

    Choose WaterSenseWaterSense is an EPA partnership program that helps consumers conserve water and save money without compromising performance. Products and services that have earned the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient than their counterparts.

    Did you know that using WaterSense labeled products could reduce a household's faucet water use by more than 500 gallons annually? Upgrading to more efficient WaterSense labeled products can help us to save billions of gallons of water in each year, conserve energy and reduce carbon pollution.

    Learn more: http://epa.gov/watersense/

    New April Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Click HERE.

    U.S. EPA GoGreen! APRIL 2014 EARTH MONTH Monthly Consumer Newsletter             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Click HERE.

    National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Eco-Schools USA - NJ Spring Newsletter

    Schools across the state are investing in green infrastructure: school gardens, meadows, bee hives, chicken coops, natural playscapes, outdoor classrooms, solar panel, rain barrels and rain gardens. Below are:

    Opportunities to learn with others how to incorporate those features within your existing curriculum as student learning activities that improve instruction in multiple disciplines.

    Key links for free resources to increase the biodiversity of your school grounds.

    Here are the previously recorded Eco-Schools Professional Learning Community: Winter Webinar Series around the topics of Sustainable Foods, School Grounds, and Biodiversity.

    We are putting together stories about school Earth Day celebrations. Contact Jessica Brown if you have a story to share for a phone interview.  jbrowncommunications@outlook.com or 802-522-4209. Update your Eco-Schools dashboard to track your progress towards sustainability measurements. 

    Professional Learning:

    FULL ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR including Partner Programs


    REGISTER: Sustainability in Teaching, Practice, and Design, A Whole School Approach:  

    This workshop will present current sustainability practices in independent schools and encourage participants to share ideas on the green issues that matter most to them.  Participants will choose from elective selections including Health and Sustainable Foods, Learning Through Nature, and Strategic Planning for Sustainability.    
    April 3, 8:45am - 3pm
    Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills, NJ
    Contact Jennifer Dowd for more information. 

    REGISTER: Eco-Schools USA: Using Native Plants to Improve Student Achievement in Reading and Math
    During this experiential workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of native plants and place-based student activities that support math and reading instruction while connecting children with nature and stewarding the land. Learn how to use the Eco-Schools USA framework and pathways for student achievement. Aligned with Common Core and supports teacher evaluation systems. Garry Annibal from NJ Native Plant Society will be a special instructor for this program helping to identify native plants, their history and their uses. Open to K-12 educators.

    May 15, 2014 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    Cost: $15 per person

    Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ


    REGISTER: Eco-Schools Professional Learning Community’s: Summer Hiking Series

    Do you enjoy getting outside for learning? This series will explore school ground ecology and a nature center in different parts of the state, allowing you to connect with local and regional key stakeholders focused on sustainability issues. Learn tools and strategies for engaging your kids in outdoor activities that improve reading and math skills. One will be hosted in the North, Central, and South in diverse educational settings.

    Locations TBD. Free

    July 5th, July 13th, August 2nd; 9- 11:30 am

    Capacity: 30 participants/ hike


    REGISTER: Urban Sustainability in Jersey City Certificate Program  

    Fast track series of 8 workshops that introduce participants to the Principles and Practices of Urban Sustainability, cumulatively linked to a Certificate in Urban Sustainability In Jersey City, plus additional select accreditation.

    (24 Hours of Study For Community Leaders & Professionals - USGBC & Eco-Schools USA CEUs available.) This certificate course will give you a foundation in urban sustainability, which you can immediately apply in Your Community, while furthering your knowledge in the sustainability arena and satisfying Continuing Education Requirements. Partners include: Ramapo College’s Sustainability Program, Cloud Institute, Hudson County Community College’s Culinary Conference Center, Eco-Schools USA and Green Path NJ.


    Time: Mondays from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

    April 21- June 16th, 2014 – (Skipping Memorial Day, May 26th)

    Location: HCCC Culinary Conference Center – Room TBA; short walk from Journal Square PATH Station

    Cost: $225 (early bird registration) / $275 (regular registration)

     

    SAVE THE DATE: New Jersey Audubon 2 day in-depth Eco-School workshops at Duke Farms 
    June 30-July 1:  Focus on Biodiversity
    July 16-17:  Focus on School Ground Habitats
    Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

    SAVE THE DATE: New Jersey Audubon Week-long Institute: Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed (with applications to any watershed) 
    For Middle and High school teachers
    July 28th to August 1st
    Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

    REGISTER: Arts Horizons: The Artist/ Teacher Institute

    Hands-on Studio workshops in graphic design, poetry, ceramics, digital photography, creative writing, oil painting, printmaking, book arts, music technology, glass painting. 

    July 7- 11, 9am- 5pm at William Paterson University

    July 27-August 2, 9am- 5pm Stockton College

    REGISTER: NJ Audubon Teacher’s School of Ecology  
    Learn effective ways to integrate ecology, S.T.E.M. and sustainability concepts into your existing curricula
    The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.

    4th- 8th grade teachers
    STIPEND: $250 
    August 18- August 22 
    Questions: Kelly.Wenzel@njaudubon.org


    REGISTER: Sustainable Jersey Web Events and In-Person Events April- June 

    Creative platemaking, energy savings improvement plans, walkable and like friendly communities, financing building upgrades, solar sitting.

    RESOURCES

    Article of Interest: 
    Read this article about growing interest in urban biodiversity.  New research demonstrates how changes even to small spaces can have a positive impact on biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

    Gerald Lieberman’s book, Education and the Environment Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts (Harvard Education Press, November 2013), covers a wide range of topics including strategies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating environment-based education.


    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 and click on the "Free Milkweeds" button or
    http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds
    for complete details.\

    Eco-Schools in News

    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. 

    Facebook For more information about New Jersey Audubon activities, visit us on our web siteon Facebook, or on Twitter, 

    SAVED: Jersey City Falcon Cam!!             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Click HERE.

    Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for April             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Click HERE.

    March 2014: NJ Farm To School Network News             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Click HERE.

    Sustainable Jersey for Schools             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Tasks force meetings to develop the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program have begun. Facilitated in partnership with the New Jersey School Boards Association and over 300 public and private partner organizations, volunteer task force members are developing actions items and building the program infrastructure for an October launch at the 2014 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop. It's not too late to get involved in the program development phase. To volunteer for a task force, email schools@sustainablejersey.com. Read more..

    NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium April Newsletter             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Click HERE.

    Earth Gauge News: National Environmental Education Week and more!             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    National Environmental Education Week 2014
    Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World
    Sponsored by Samsung, National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) takes place April 13-19, 2014 and is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. The 2014 theme, Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World, will explore the application of engineering to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people.

     

    Take a Second
    Watch, Learn and Share
    Did you know there are over 80,000 seconds in a day? Individual environmental actions only take a few seconds. Together, we can make a huge impact with simple everyday actions. NEEF invites you to learn about the environment and see how just a few seconds add up to a huge impact.

    Watch NEEF's Take a Second video and be inspired, Learn from EPA how simple everyday environmental actions add up to a huge impact, and Share how you are taking a few seconds for the environment to help inspire others at takeasec.org.

    Until May 8, share how you are taking a few seconds to conserve water in a Vine or Instagram video for a chance to win an Apple MacBook, an Apple iPad, or a $300 REI gift card!


    What's Your Earth Changing Moment?
    Remember when you first felt a personal connection to the Earth that changed the way you viewed the world forever? My Earth Changing Moments is a campaign to collect stories of the "aha" moments people experience that forever connect them to the environment. We need your help. Take a minute to tell us about your Earth Changing Moment with a photo, video or written entry. If your Earth Changing Moment was meaningful to you, it will be meaningful to others - and it may help them learn about, experience and help care for the world around us. (Check out the Spanish-version, Mi Momento Verde, below.)

    Start sharing here:

    Mi Momento Verde
    Mi Momento Verde es una oportunidad para compartir con otros tu momento de cambio o de inspiración sobre el medio ambiente y expandir la conversación a nivel nacional.

    Queremos saber cómo una o más experiencias te enseñaron sobre el medio ambiente en donde vives, cambiaron tu perspectiva, o te inspiraron a hacer algo de forma diferente para el medio ambiente.
     
    Are You Weather-Ready?
    Be a Force of Nature
    From floods and drought to heat waves and tornado outbreaks, the United States experienced seven weather and climate disasters in 2013, each with losses in excess of one billion dollars. Severe weather can strike at any time, anywhere, and it affects all of us.

    Be a Force of Nature: NEEF is proud to be recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador and recommends taking a few minutes to know your risk, prepare for severe weather, and share your knowledge and actions with friends, family and your community.

    For more information, graphics and resources, visit earthgauge.net/beaforce.

    NEEF is Weather-Ready! 
    June Application Deadline Quickly Approaching             (Posted: 4-2-14)

    Click HERE.

    COASTodian Newsletter - Spring 2014 Issue             (Posted: 3-25-14)

    Click HERE.

    Cloud E-news | Education for Sustainability Events & Opportunities             (Posted: 3-25-14)

    Click HERE.

    Be Out There - National Wildlife Federations: March Into Spring             (Posted: 3-25-14)

    Be Out There

    March 22, 2014

    E-NEWS SIGN UP   |   SHOP NWF

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    How to Tell if Spring Has Sprung
    How to Tell if Spring Has Sprung

    In this activity, learn how to identify signs of spring and hunt for clues with your kids. The first official day of spring was March 20, but new signs of life will pop up all season.

    Get your detective sheet and investigate now.

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    National Wildlife Week 2014

    This year, learn all about wildlife and water! Spend time with your kids exploring wildlife, fishing, or doing fun crafts and games during National Wildlife Week.

    Dive into National Wildlife Week today.

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    Apps to Enhance Your Outdoor Experiences Apps to Enhance Your Outdoor Experiences

    Have you been looking for the right apps to learn everything you can about the great outdoors? Use the technology you love to get connected to nature.

    See the full list here.

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    The Big Night Phenomenon

    After the first warm rain of spring, either in late March or early April, spotted salamanders come out to play! Our partner at AMC’s Kids Outdoors shared a lot of great information on how to introduce “Big Night” to kids.

    Read more and learn how to spot the night here.

    The Big Night Phenomenon

    Please Take the Illegal Dumping Survey             (Posted: 3-21-14)

    The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is conducting a survey to measure awareness of the problems and agency responses associated with illegal dumping. The NJDEP will utilize the data collected to understand the effectiveness of outreach efforts and how they can be better targeted.
    Thank you for your participation; results can be viewed immediately after completing the survey. Click HERE.

    Federal Urban Waters Program Aims to Improve Environmental and Outdoor Education             (Posted: 3-21-14)

    Through the Urban Waters Federal Partnership and the 18 local partnerships, federal agencies are engaging America's students in order to improve environmental and outdoor education in urban communities, allowing students to reconnect to our nation's treasured rivers and lakes. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and the Education participant Elyse Bilardo of EPA's Urban Waters Program details these efforts in an entry on the Department of Education's blog
    Click HERE.

    CACD: Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter             (Posted: 3-21-14)

    Click HERE.

    NAAEE: EE-News for March 19, 2014             (Posted: 3-19-14)

    NAAEE Announcements

    Conference News: Deadlines Approaching for Proposals, Reviewers, and Scholarships!

    Call for Presentations Deadline Approaching!
    Two weeks to go! NAAEE is seeking dynamic and engaging proposals for our 43rd Annual Conference and 11th Annual Research Symposium. Read about this year’s strands and formats and submit your proposal now!
    Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014

    Proposal Reviewers Needed
    We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals, select the best possible sessions, and shape the conference program.

    If you are willing to serve as a reviewer for the conference or Research Symposium, please log in on the NAAEE website and follow the "Volunteer to Review" link. Sign up by March 31.

    Conference Scholarship Applications are Open!
    NAAEE is now accepting applications for a variety of conference scholarships!
    Check out the list here >> and apply online.
    Applications are due by April 21.
    http://www.naaee.net/conference

    Countdown to Ottawa: 29 Weeks!

    The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and see our Facebook and Twitter to learn about AMAZING Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements. Did you know the Ottawa Convention Centre uses daylight sensors to decrease the amount of artificial light used throughout the building? It’s good for our health and great for the environment!
    http://www.naaee.net/conference

    2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program

    Application deadline: April 18, 2014
    The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with support from EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.
    http://www.eecapacity.net

    Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes

    NAAEE and EECapacity announce a new e-book, Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes. The e-book is authored by 20 environmental educators across the U.S., who are trying to offer a fresh look at environmental education outcomes and their measurement. The e-book may be useful for environmental educators and program evaluators.
    http://www.naaee.net/publications

    Urban EE Online Community 2014

    Application deadline: April 2, 2014
    EECapacity invites environmental educators in cities to apply for the "Urban EE" project-based online learning community (UEE PLC), April—December 2014. Educators with any level of experience and from any type of organizations (museums, schools, community-based, youth development, friends of parks, urban planning, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Thirty selected educators will exchange ideas on urban EE, take part in professional development webinars, access urban EE publications, expand their network, and co-author an e-book on urban EE.
    http://tinyurl.com/2014-UEEPLC

    Awards, Grants, Contests

    Call For Nominations: ASA, CSSA, & SSSA Awards

    Deadlines: March 27, 2014 to initiate online nominations
    April 3, 2014 for reference letters and final nomination submission.

    The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America are accepting nominations for 2014 Awards, which honor researchers, educators, extension professionals, and students. Nominate a colleague for one of dozens of awards. Visit each organization’s websites for nomination information and award requirements.
    · www.agronomy.org/awards
    · www.crops.org/awards
    www.soils.org/awards

    Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize

    Deadline: April 15, 2014
    Do you know a young person who is doing great things to help other people or the planet? Nominate him or her for the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people (ages 8–18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment.
    http://www.barronprize.org/

    Youth Voices of Change Video Contest

    Make a video for Youth Voices of Change and engage youth in climate change solutions. Youth in grades 4–12 are invited to submit a video (maximum 2 minutes long) that shares solution projects or helps raise awareness about climate change issues for a chance to win great prizes, including money for their project, new video equipment, and gift certificates to local businesses.

    Ten finalists and their videos will be featured on the big screen at the Youth Voices Film Festival on the evening of August 22, 2014 on the Sustainability Stage at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.
    http://bit.ly/youth-voices

    Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

    EJ in Action Blog: Hazel Johnson—A Legacy, Founder, and Leader

    Check out the latest EPA Environmental Justice blog post written by Cheryl Johnson, the daughter of Ms. Hazel Johnson. Ms. Hazel had a significant impact on the environmental justice movement, inspiring others to work in the fields of environmental justice and advocacy. Also, check out the 20th Anniversary Video Series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders, and students who share stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.
    http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/02/mama-johnson/

    North American Events, Training, Announcements

    Art and Environment K–12 Teacher Professional Development Course

    June 16–Aug 18, 2014
    With 11 years’ experience teaching Eco Art to high school students, the Wexner Center’s Shelly Casto has extensive materials and resources to share. Designed for K–12 art teachers, this online-only course will provide an in-depth introduction to the field of Eco Art as well as a basic introduction to environmentalism. Teachers will leave the course with an extensive online curriculum packet. K–5 general classroom, 6–12 humanities, and 6–12 science teachers will also find the course of interest. Graduate credit available.
    http://wexartenvironment.wordpress.com/teacher-cou...

    Resources for Students & Educators

    Celebrate Endangered Species Day

    Celebrate the 9th Annual National Endangered Species Day—May 16, 2014
    The 9th annual Endangered Species Day is an ideal opportunity for teachers and students to learn about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways to participate. To accommodate school schedules, events can be planned earlier in May, on Endangered Species Day (May 16), or the following weekend. Visit the website to register your classroom activity and check out the materials provided in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit. The website also features a Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.
    http://www.endangeredspeciesday.org

    School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarden

    This new Bullfrog Films documentary, "SCHOOL’S OUT: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten" is a combination of pure observational footage of the children at kindergarten in the forest, paired with interviews with parents, teachers, child development experts, and alumni, offering the viewers a genuine look into the forest kindergarten.
    http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/school.html

    Sustainable Jersey: New Workshops and State Grant Opportunities for Walkable and Bikeable Communities             (Posted: 3-19-14)

    Click HERE.

    Take a Second for the Environment!             (Posted: 3-19-14)

    Take a Second!

    Individual environmental actions only take a few seconds. Together, we can make a huge impact with simple everyday actions. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) invites you to learn about the environment and learn how simple everyday environmental actions add up to a huge impact.


    Watch NEEF's Take a Second video and be inspired, Learn from EPA how a few seconds add up to a huge impact, and Share how you are taking a few seconds for the environment to help inspire others at http://takeasec.org.


    Until May 8, share how you are taking a few seconds to conserve water in a Vine or Instagram video for a chance to win an Apple MacBook, an Apple iPad, or a $300 REI gift card!


    NEEF sees a future where by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. Learn more at takeasec.org
    RCE: Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 3-19-14)

    Click HERE.

    It's National Wildlife Week! Join the Celebration!             (Posted: 3-19-14)

    Click HERE.

    Schoolyard Habitats Enewsletter - February 2014             (Posted: 3-18-14)

    Click HERE.

    What you can do for wildlife and water during National Wildlife Week             (Posted: 3-18-14)

    Click HERE.

    Take the Living With Deer In NJ Survey             (Posted: 3-18-14)

    The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a survey on NJ residents' opinions on living with white-tailed deer.

    The purpose of this survey is to assess the viewpoint of the general public, with an emphasis on NJ residents living in suburban/urban areas. The results of this on-going data collection will aid the Division by suggesting areas of the state where limited (or no) deer management is currently taking place. Such areas will be targeted for educational and outreach programs on deer.

    For more information and to take the Living With Deer in New Jersey Survey, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/survey_deermgt14.htm on the Division's website.

    NAAEE: EE-News for March 5, 2014             (Posted: 3-5-14)

    NAAEE Announcements

    Conference News: Call for Presentations, Reviewers, and Scholarships!

    Call for Presentations Deadline Approaching!
    NAAEE is seeking dynamic and engaging proposals for our 43rd Annual Conference and 11th Annual Research Symposium. Read about this year’s strands and formats and start preparing your proposal.
    Submit Soon! Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014

    Proposal Reviewers Needed
    We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals, select the best possible sessions, and shape the conference program.

    If you are willing to serve as a reviewer for the conference or Research Symposium, please log in on the NAAEE website and follow the "Volunteer to Review" link.

    Conference Scholarship Applications are Open!
    NAAEE is now accepting applications for a variety of conference scholarships!
    Check out the list here >> and apply online.
    Applications are due by April 21.
    http://www.naaee.net/conference

    Countdown to Ottawa: 31 Weeks!

    The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and see our Facebook and Twitter to learn about AMAZING Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements. Did you know that the Ottawa Convention Centre has a Green Housekeeping Program? The custodians are trained to care for the environment, and use only environmentally friendly cleaning products and methods. It's the perfect place to hold an EE conference!
    http://www.naaee.net/conference

    2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program

    The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with support from the EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.
    http://www.eecapacity.net

    Awards, Grants, Contests

    Call For Nominations: ASA, CSSA, & SSSA Awards

    Deadlines: March 27, 2014 to initiate online nominations and April 3, 2014 for reference letters and final nomination submission.
    The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America are accepting nominations for 2014 Awards, which honor researchers, educators, extension professionals, and students. Nominate a colleague for one of dozens of awards. Visit each organization’s websites for nomination information and award requirements.
    · www.agronomy.org/awards
    · www.crops.org/awards
    www.soils.org/awards

    Fishing for Entries

    Deadline: March 31, 2014
    The 16th annual FLW (Forrest L. Wood) Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest for students (grades K-12) provides the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, habitats, and conservation.
    http://www.wildlifeforever.org/news-events/fishing...

    Seeking Teachers for Project Localize

    The Lexicon of Sustainability is seeking exemplary high school teachers to participate in a revolutionary new school program to promote environmental and food literacy through Project Localize. The program integrates learning with creativity and promotes community outreach. The goal is that future generations can teach America how to improve our food system, one town at a time. The Lexicon of Sustainability is based on a simple premise: people will live more sustainable lives if they are taught the basic terms and principles that define sustainability. Project Localize teaches students to create and share art that documents sustainable agriculture methods. The art is promoted in Pop Up Shows organized by students for the community. Selected teachers will collaborate on Project Localize and receive financial and mentoring support from the Lexicon of Sustainability. Nominate a teacher today!
    http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/localize/

    Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

    EJ in Action Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Working toward Environmental Justice

    In the latest EPA Environmental Justice Blog, Charles Lee of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice writes about the 20th anniversary of EO 12898, which established the Office of Environmental Justice and helped to amplify much of the community activism that led to its signing by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1994.
    http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/02/evolving-visions-of...

    North American Events, Training, Announcements

    NSTA Virtual Conference: NGSS Practices in Action

    March 8, 2014
    Learn how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into K–12 classrooms. This web-based professional learning opportunity will feature interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline. Speak with NGSS experts, engage in dialogue with other science educators, and discover new classroom instructional strategies.
    http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_cou...

    National Wildlife Week 2014

    March 17–23, 2014
    National Wildlife Week is National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the wonders of wildlife. This year’s theme is "Wildlife and Water: From the mountains to the rivers to the oceans." Also offered on the website—a toolkit that includes lessons, activities, and more.
    http://www.nwf.org/national-wildlife-week.aspx

    STEM Educators’ Series

    Rutgers University hosts STEM educator events for teachers interested in bringing current STEM research into their classrooms. Each meeting includes a scientific presentation followed by the opportunity to review curriculum developed to align with the research presented that evening. Background materials, topic-related and data-specific lesson plans, and the presentation will be posted for each lecture.
    http://coseenow.net/mare/ocean-lecture-educators-n...

    Resources for Students & Educators

    ClimateChangeLIVE Webinar Series

    Educate, Inspire and Engage: March 5, 2014
    Join the Climate Change Conversation: March 12, 2014

    This webinar series provides online climate-science learning as electronic field trips giving students a way to interact with climate experts and educators.
    http://www.climatechangelive.org/

    Educationalist: Jobs, Events, Resources

    Educationalist marks its two year anniversary and the site use continues to grow as a solid service for the EE community. This community-sourced catalog of resources provides the space for individuals or groups to share information on their organizations, programs, events, job opportunities, and more.
    http://educationalist.net/

    NASA Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary (Video)

    In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth. Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8's historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. The visualization draws on numerous historical sources, including the actual cloud pattern on Earth from the ESSA-7 satellite and dozens of photographs taken by Apollo 8, and it reveals new, historically significant information about the Earthrise photographs.
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/dE-vOscpiNc

    Great Places: Where Have All The Sea Stars Gone?             (Posted: 3-5-14)

    Click HERE.

    News from Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 3-5-14)


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    March 2014
    Build a Rain Barrel
    Just in time for the spring thaw!

     

    Pre-registration is required through Hunterdon County Parks.  Please download a registration form at their website (www.co.hunterdon.nj.us - click on "Parks & Recreation") and mail it in with check or drop off payment at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 State Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  

     

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    Join Us For Our 24th Annual Stream Clean Up
    Calling All Volunteers!
      

    Our annual stream clean up will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9 am - 12 pm at multiple sites throughout the headwaters region of the Raritan River.

     

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    Have you heard about rock snot?
    Discovered in the Big Flat Brook in Sussex County, NJ in 2012
     

    Rock snot is a nuisance algae that can form thick mats on the bottom of streams, impacting plants, bugs, fish, and the overall health of the waterway. This alga can be introduced into a stream through fishing gear that has not been properly cleaned.

     

    Raritan Headwaters is looking for volunteers to help us spread awareness about rock snot to fisherman, kayakers and boaters at local parks with stream access in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris Counties. No experience necessary. Training provided.

     
    Ken and birthday guest, Candy Ashmun

    Members Turn Out!


    Over 80 members attended our

    Annual Member Meeting and Dinner, Friday evening the 28th to hear Ken Klipstein present his "Portrait of a Watershed".  

     

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    Our Winter Wishlist
    Extraordinary amounts of snow and ice have demonstrated our urgent need for onsite equipment to clear parking, access to outbuildings and utilities on Fairview Farm.  A generous grantor recently contributed funding for a secondhand ATV (all terrain vehicle) to transport trail-clearing equipment.   A plow attachment would be a big help!  Any leads or help to acquire this equipment would be very much appreciated!
    Summer Camp Registration & Open House

    RHA's Nature Day Camp offers an opportunity for children to explore, create and play in a vibrant outdoor setting - absent of video games, TV and competitive sports. 

     

    Visit out Open House on March 16th from 1-4pm in our Nature Classroom for more information! 

      
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    Wednesday, March 12th
    7:00pm
    Echo Hill Park

     

    Saturday, March 22nd
    8:00am
    Busch Campus Student Center - Rutgers University


    Summer Camp 

    Open House
    Sunday, March 16th
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Fairview Farm
     
    Stream Clean Up
    Saturday, April 26th
    9:00am-12:00pm

      

    Stream Monitoring Training
    Saturday, May 3rd
    10:00am
    Fairview Farm
     
    Stream Monitoring Training
    Saturday, May 17th
    9:00am
    Echo Hill
     

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    NJDOE: Next Generation Science Standards Alert and more!            (Posted: 3-5-14)

    Regional Meetings on Next Generation Science Standards

    The New Jersey Department of Education has scheduled three regional meetings to allow public discussion and comment about what students in grades K-12 should know and be able to do in the content area of science.

    Members of New Jersey's education community and the general public are encouraged to participate in the regional sessions, which will be held on the following dates and locations:

    Monday, March 10, 2014
    5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Richard Stockton College, Campus Center Theater,
    101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    5:00 - 7:00 p.m. New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association,
    12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ

    Thursday, March 13, 2014
    5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Kean University, STEM Building, STEM and Liberty Campus, 1 Elizabethtown Plaza, Union City, NJ

    Monday, March 17, 2014
    9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Webinar

    Friday, March 21, 2014
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Webinar

    Pre-registration is required and can be done on the Calendar of Events webpage. (https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827203)

    Comments can also be sent to the Department of Education via email at: science@doe.state.nj.us

    In addition to the regional discussion sessions, two hour-long webinars have been scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday, March 17; and at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 21. People interested in participating must register on the Calendar of Events webpage: https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827204

    These meetings will inform whether the Department will propose adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to the State Board of Education later this year. These standards were developed through a collaborative effort among 26 states, including New Jersey. The project was managed by Achieve, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization that works with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. NGSS is based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which was developed by the National Research Council.

    Information about NGSS can be found the following site: https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827205

    NSTA Virtual Conference on the Next Generation Science Standards Saturday, March 8, 2014

    Join NSTA for an intensive one-day virtual conference on Saturday, March 8 to learn how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your K-12 classroom.

    This web-based professional learning opportunity will feature interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline.

    Engage with leading experts, discuss ideas with colleagues, and gain practical insights and strategies to better understand and apply key principles from the Next Generation Science Standards-all from the convenience of your home.

    For more information and to register for this one of a kind opportunity visit https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827206

    Saturday, March 8, 2014
    10 am-6:30 pm ET
    9 am-5:30 pm CT
    8 am-4:30 pm MT
    7 am-3:30 pm PT

    NOT AN NGSS ADOPTION STATE?

    Learn more about NGSS best practices in modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering and specific grade level and discipline specific strategies you can incorporate into your classroom teaching.

    Avoid travel costs and time away from home and family! A virtual conference is an exciting and cost effective way to engage in professional learning.

    BONUS! Educators who participate in the virtual conference can earn a printable certificate recognizing 10 hours of effort.
    NSTA Virtual Conference: NGSS Practices in Action NSTA members: $79
    Nonmembers: $99

    QUEST and CONNECT-ED take place July 7-18, 2014.

    Rider and Princeton Universities are collaboration in STEM professional development this summer. The summer institute will engage K-12 teachers in a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas, including Engineering, as identified in the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core.

    The offerings are designed to enhance K-12 STEM teachers' knowledge of Science and Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas as identified in the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core.

    QUEST is offering two sessions July 7-11 on the Princeton University campus: Sustainability - Living on the Edge and How Do Humans Impact Local Climate?

    CONNECT-ED will take place July 14-18 on the Rider University campus in Lawrenceville and focuses on Engaging in Argument from Evidence.

    Teachers may attend one or both weeks. Registration deadline is April 14th.

    Registration fee: $500 per week per teacher
    ($250 teacher stipend and $250 program expenses)
    Princeton and Rider University are subsidizing costs.

    Contact Anne Catena, Program in Teacher Preparation at Princeton University, acatena@princeton.edu or Cathlene Leary-Elderkin, SELECT at Rider University clearyelder@rider.edu for more information.

    A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS: Boasts About Textbooks Aligned to Common Core a 'Sham,' Say Researchers

    By Benjamin Herold on February 21, 2014 8:15 PM Claims from publishers that traditional instructional materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards are largely a "sham," say two researchers who have conducted extensive reviews of classroom textbooks, but the jury is still out on the new wave of digital curricula hitting the market.

    "Non-traditional and new-media resources hold a great deal of promise," said Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California. But districts' mantra should be "don't trust, and still verify" any claims of common-core alignment, he said.

    Polikoff and William Schmidt, the co-director of the education policy center at Michigan State University, gave a presentation on textbooks and the new standards, now adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, at a seminar hosted here by the Education Writers Association. Both have conducted exhaustive reviews of the extent to which traditional textbooks are aligned to new standards, and they are in the early stages of similar research into digital materials.

    Schmidt blasted the publishers of widely used paper textbooks as "snake-oil salesmen" who "tell poor districts and teachers [their textbooks] line up to" the common core.

    His team analyzed 40-50 textbooks covering first through ninth grades-books that are used by roughly 60 percent of U.S. school children-that were purportedly aligned to the new standards. "Page by page, paragraph by paragraph," many were identical to the old, pre-standards textbooks, he said. Polikoff, meanwhile, analyzed a number of textbooks, including three major-publisher 4th grade math textbooks that are used in Florida and claim to be "common-core aligned." The books, he found, were "only modestly aligned to the common core" and "systematically failed to reach the higher levels of cognitive demand" called for in the standards. From 15 to 20 percent of the material covered in the books was not tied to grade-level common-core standards, and most of the books failed to cover between 10 and 15 percent of the content in the standards. The books were about 60 percent to 70 percent identical to their earlier, pre-common-core versions, Polikoff found.

    Textbook publishers generally don't want to do thorough, meaningful revisions to accommodate the new standards, the researchers said, because such work is expensive and difficult. Schmidt framed the textbook problem as just one of several challenges looming over the implementation of the common core. Teachers-many of whom support, but don't understand, the new standards, he said-tend to teach what is in their textbooks, his research has found. When that material doesn't match what's in the standards, it's a big problem.

    Many of the same questions and fears apply to new digital instructional materials, said Polikoff. "My hope is that materials created after [adoption of] the common core would be better than textbooks that have basically been modified," he said, but no systematic research has yet been conducted.

    In the near term, the growing number of one-off digital instructional materials being curated on online platforms such as Share My Lesson could play an important role in helping educators plug the common-core holes left by traditional textbook publishers, Polikoff said. But the real promise of the common core, at least in math, argued Schmidt, is finally having "coherent" standards that focus on high-level conceptual understanding. For the time being, he said, neither individual digital lessons nor adapted versions of traditional paper textbooks are likely to fulfill that goal, and there don't yet appear to be any comprehensive year-long digital curricula ready to do so either. "Don't spend your money until [instructional materials] arrive that actually fully line up" with the new standards, Schmidt said he advises districts.

    Follow @BenjaminBHerold and @EdWeekEdTech for the latest news on ed-tech policies, practices, and trends.

    Part-Time Planetarium Educator needed at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton.

    Educator needed to present astronomy-based programming in the planetarium for grade levels pre-K through high school. The ideal candidate should feel at ease with computers, public speaking, and astronomy knowledge. Will introduce constellations and astronomical events during live planetarium show; must be able to answer questions and keep up-to-date with astronomy advances. Pre-recorded programs are operated from computer console. Tuesday- Friday from 9am - 2pm during school year and summer. Reports directly to the Planetarium Director. Available immediately. If interested, please send resume, cover letter and 3 references for consideration to Jay.Schwartz@sos.state.nj.us no later than March 24, 2014.

    GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Teachers
    From Ore to Store: Environmental Geochemistry Applications for Middle School and High School

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    The 2009 NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards strongly support the integration of science topics and practices. Natural resource management is a topic ideally suited for the spirit of this integration, and Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect venue to host a workshop on classroom applications of this topic. The museum is on the grounds of a former zinc mine that operated for over 100 years, closing in 1986. Participants will use this museum as their living laboratory while exploring all aspects of the mining process.

    Join the elite science and engineering team from Sterling Hill this summer for a hands-on FREE workshop that uses problem-solving approaches to investigate the exploration, extraction, and processing of natural resources. This is the perfect STEM workshop as it will integrate aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math in the context of natural resource management.

    Audience: Space is limited to 24 teachers, and middle school and high school science and technology teachers are welcome to apply for this FREE (a $200 value!) workshop. Preference will be given to teachers applying from the same school district.

    Logistics: Participation in this workshop includes taking part in pre-workshop (August) webinar and post-workshop (October) webinars along with attending the full day workshop at Sterling Hill Mining Museum (https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827207) in Ogdensburg, NJ. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources, and professional development hours.

    Registration: https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827208

    Contact information: Missy Holzer at mholzer@monmouth.com

    Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March             (Posted: 3-5-14)

    Click HERE.

    Sustainable Jersey: 406 Municipalities Now Participating!             (Posted: 3-5-14)

    Click HERE.

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