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CONTENTS:
EXPLORATIONS February 2015: Eagle Rescue Caught on Video!
Water Pages eNewsletter
Raritan Headwaters Association February 2015 Newsletter
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
NAAEE EE News for February 25, 2015
Injured Eagle Rescued - Watch the Video!
Water Pages eNewsletter
Hot February News for Teachers! Bald Eagles and More at Duke Farms
Provide Comment on Wildlife Action Plan Update
Sustainable Jersey Featured on "This is Jersey with Gary Gellman"
NAAEE EE News for February 11, 2015
Prepare your backyard for winter birds!
February Sustainability Hero Announced
Green Knight newsletter -- February 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
Earth Science Sites of the Week and NASA Earth and Space Science Education News - February 2015
NAAEE: EE News for January 28, 2015
Water Pages eNewsletter
NJ Bald Eagle Video
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
Cornell Lab eNews: Return of the Snowy Owls, Duck Courtship Begins—Plus a New Bird Cam!
National Wildlife Federation January 2015 Newsletter
New Jersey Farm to School Network News: January 2015
RU Geology Museum Open House & January 17, 2015 Earth Science Sites of the Week
NAAEE: EE News for January 14, 2015
Comment on Wildlife Action Plan Update
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for January
A Month Long Celebration of The Eagle's All-American Comeback
Gardener News-January 2015
December Sustainability Hero Announced
Cornell Lab eNews: Simple Feeder Dos and Don'ts, Holiday Gift Ideas—Plus Penguins!
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium December Newsletter
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for December
Water Pages eNewsletter
Award programs and 22 November 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Duke Farms Educator News - November 2014 Issue
NAAEE EE News for November 19, 2014
NJ Farm to School Network News: Autumn 2014
Check out our Fall newsletter, the Coastodian!
New video - The Heart of the Pine Barrens
Cornell Lab eNews: Our Tips for Great Late Fall Bird Watching
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
NAAEE: EE News for November 5, 2014
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium November Newsletter
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Interactive Website Makes Learning Bird Biology Fun
EXPLORATIONS February 2015: Eagle Rescue Caught on Video!             (Posted: 3-24-15)

WATCH: Bald Eagle Rescue Caught on Camera
In Case You Missed It: Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst rescued Bald Eagles that were battling and landed in a pine tree. He filmed the rescue on his GoPro! Read the amazing story and watch the unbelievable video on our blog.

You can help us by making a contribution to support our Bald Eagle Monitoring Project.

Restoring Critical Wildlife Habitat in Delaware Bay
Photo by Jan Van der Kam
American Littoral Society and Conserve Wildlife Foundation are working together on projects that promote a healthy Delaware Bay ecology and economy. Learn more about our restoration work on our newly created project website:

Peregrine Falcon Nestbox Installation
Photo by Jean Bickal
On February 5th, Conserve Wildlife Foundation helped install a new nestbox on top of a roof at 20 West State Street in Trenton.

We are hoping that the Peregrine Falcon seen that day will find a mate and use the nestbox to raise young. Fingers crossed that we get some good news soon!


Protecting Eastern Tiger Salamanders
Conserve Wildlife Foundation proudly partners with Atlantic City Electric to help protect New Jersey's rarest amphibian, the Eastern Tiger Salamander. 

The survival of Eastern Tiger Salamanders is threatened by sea level rise, over-development of critical habitat and climate change. Learn more.

We are excited to announce March as Amphibian Awareness Month! Look out for fun facts, quizzes and interesting blog posts on our social media channels!
Explore New Jersey's Wetlands
Photo by Brian Zarate
Wetlands are important because they are part of New Jersey's water resources and are vital to the health of our waterways. Although historically underappreciated, wetlands provide many environmental benefits such as filtering pollutants, storing floodwaters and serving as carbon sinks.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 3-3-15)

Click HERE.

Raritan Headwaters Association February 2015 Newsletter             (Posted: 3-3-15)

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Watershed Watchdog

 

 

RHA is your Watershed Watchdog!

 

We are extremely proud to announce our participation in the NJ Water Quality Monitoring Council, joining great water conservation partners like USEPA, USGS, NOAA, NJDEP, and NJ Water Authority. Angela Gorczyca, RHA Water Quality Program Manager, was invited to represent us on the Council.

25th Annual Stream Cleanup
  
In the spirit of Earth Day, RHA organizes annual cleanups to protect water quality and promote public stewardship of local streams and rivers. This year's Stream Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 18th at multiple locations around the watershed in Hunterdon, Somerset, and Morris Counties.

 

Register by March 6th for free t-shirt!

Rain Barrels & Rain Gardens
  
Jersey-sized potholes, pollutants in our streams, and local flooding - you may be asking what these things have in common...
 
They can all be attributed to how quickly and how much stormwater runs off impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways, and roads. If only there were something we could all do to help...
 
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens! Both are simple tools we can all use to help filter, slow, and even prevent stormwater entering our streams and rivers too quickly.
          Learn more on March 18 at our next Water & Wildlife Speaker Series: Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens

    

"Timberdoodle"

  

The American Woodcock, also known as the timberdoodle, is a forest-dwelling bird that lives in much of the eastern US. Join us one evening at Fairview Farm for a Woodcock Watch, where one of our naturalists will guide you to a Woodcock "Singing Field" to observe this amazing creature.

 

Learn more here.


 

March 9th, 11th, 12th - Woodcock Watches


March 13th - RHA Member Meeting


March 18th - RHA Build a Rain Barrel Workshop


March 22nd - World Water Day Hike


April 1st - Spring Community Well Testing begins


April 18th - RHA Stream Cleanup 2015

National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 3-3-15)

Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey
A Partnership between National Wildlife Federation
and New Jersey Audubon

March Newsletter


Professionally grow and develop in a learning community focused on sustainability education. Register to participate in the Eco-Schools USA in NJ Winter Webinar Series. This year’s topics:

Sustainable Foods; March 23rd, 7- 8:15pm

Join us for an interactive, participatory webinar where you can hear reflections, ask questions, provide feedback and form relationships with others who are using a sustainability process and the environment as a context to integrate STEM and the arts in the existing curriculum. 


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NEWSLETTER

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Learn effective ways to integrate ecology, STEM and sustainability concepts and skills into your existing curricula.

Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan Watershed, July, 20- 24th
NJ Audubon’s Summer Institute, School Ecology for Teachers, August, 10-14.

Grant Opportunity
Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey is
recruiting now for the PSEG School Sustainability Grant Program.  Select Eco-Schools will be given training and resources to raise money from their own community for sustainability projects with matching funds.  Please see the newsletter for more information.  


Resources
Free native tree seedlings!
Increase the biodiversity on your school grounds. All registered Eco-Schools are eligible to apply for free native tree seedlings from National Wildlife Federation.   Apply here.

Green Hour Radio
Mondays at 6:00. The ‘Green Hour’ will inform, educate, inspire and provoke on issues both local and global concerning the environment and sustainability, including energy, the economy and business, technology, food and farming, health and education. Podcasts archived online. www.greenhourradio.com


Access the full newsletter here. In this month’s issue you will find more professional development opportunities, links to funding opportunities, and resources to help you progress along the Eco-Schools pathways. 

NAAEE EE News for February 25, 2015             (Posted: 3-3-15)


NAAEE Announcements


Proposals Due by March 24
One month to go! Submit your proposals for NAAEE's 2015 conference and research symposium in San Diego. The Call for Presentations (conference or research symposium) provides all you need to know about the strands, formats, and review criteria. Be a part of the action: submit your proposal by March 24, 2015.

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We need your help! NAAEE depends on our professional members to help us review proposals and select the best possible sessions for the conference program. For more information, check the conference home page on NAAEE’s web site. To sign up, follow the “Volunteer to Review Proposals” link after login.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The theme for this year’s conference is Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement. In an effort to broaden the base for environmental education, we strive to dedicate at least 15 percent of our concurrent sessions within each strand to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in EE. Please help us by sharing the Call for Presentations announcement and encouraging participation throughout your extensive networks.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


NAAEE Seeks Advisory Team for High School Climate Curriculum

Do you work with high school students? Do you care about climate change and its impact on wildlife and conservation? NAAEE has partnered with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop teaching materials related to WWF's work in helping wildlife adapt to climate change. We are seeking a small number of professionals experienced in high school curriculum and teaching to provide guidance as an advisory team. Responsibilities include participating in two conference calls, providing input, and reviewing materials. NAAEE will provide a $250 honorarium in consideration of your time and expertise. Interested teachers should contact Christy Merrick at christymerrick@gmail.com.


NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs

This new NAAEE initiative formally recognizes distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing the well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.

Accreditation is open to all college/university environmental education programs that meet the NAAEE Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, including but not limited to college/university undergraduate and graduate environmental education majors, environmental education minors, environmental education certificate programs, and other cross-disciplinary or integrated studies programs. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered.

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

http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered/accreditation2015


NAAEE Advocacy Committee Needs Members to Promote Environmental Education

The Advocacy Committee needs your help to advance the cause of EE in the 114th Congress. The No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) has been re-introduced, and the ongoing appropriations to benefit EE through NOAA and the EPA are due to be determined by the end of March. The decisions to support EE nationally will be made district-by-district; led by our Congressional champions, and voted for by other lawmakers who have heard from their constituents that EE is a critical asset.

http://www.naaee.net/advocacy


No Child Left Inside Act Re-Introduced in Congress

Congressional environmental education champions Sen. Reed (RI) and Kirk (IL), and Rep. Sarbanes (MD-3) and Fitzpatrick (PA-8) have again sponsored the introduction of the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) on Feb. 11 & 12, along with 41 House cosponsors (just one shy of all of last term), and four Senators (level with the introduction figure in the 113th Congress). As in the past, the Congressional sponsors are also proposing to include NCLI provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which has the best chance in years of moving this term. Environmental education leaders are optimistic about making progress on this legislation in the 114th Congress.

http://www.naaee.net/advocacy

Awards, Grants, Contests

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Deadline: March 13, 2015
The U.S. EPA, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers who demonstrate leadership, service, innovation, and achievement in environmental education. Winning teachers receive an award up to $2,500 to further their EE professional development and the winning teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund EE activities and programs.

http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential...


Climate Change Challenge for Students

Deadline: March 9, 2015
The Innovate to Mitigate project, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites high school and middle school students to participate in a competition to reduce climate change by coming up with ideas to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Initial submission of a brief statement describing one or more ideas for how to reduce greenhouse gases is due March 9th.

https://external-wiki.terc.edu/display/innovate2...


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog Post on Building Partnerships Between Colleges and Underserved Communities

Mike Burns of EPA’s Region 4 discusses the EPA's College/Underserved-Communities Partnership Program, in which EPA works to help build partnerships between local colleges and the surrounding communities. "Through the program, schools provide technical support to communities at no cost to them. Small rural communities are able to use this assistance to address important issues—like energy savings projects, land reuse, and economic development—that will support the long-term viability of their communities."

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2015/02/building-partnerships...


EE Research

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Announces New Research Report

NCSE announces the release of their ninth research report on interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) education, focusing on Leadership and Administrative Structures. Findings include nationally representative data on administrative program structures and resources as well as views of program leaders on the challenges they face and the factors important for program success. Twenty-four leaders are profiled to present their distinct views on interdisciplinary program management and illustrate the diversity of approaches on campuses across the country.

http://ncseonline.org/national-council-science-and-environment...


Will Steger Foundation Summer Institute

June 1517, 2015 ~ Apple Valley, Minnesota
The Will Steger Foundation Summer Institute looks back at "10 Years of Climate Change Education." The program will include an evening public forum in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Ben Santer, a climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be the keynote speaker. Reunite and network with participants from past Summer Institutes for Climate Change Education. Engage with hands-on activities from many climate change resources. Hear from experts in climate science, climate change education, and climate solutions.

http://willstegerfoundation.org/summer-institute


Endangered Species Day

May 15, 2015
The 10th annual national Endangered Species Day offers teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered species. On that day and throughout May, teachers are encouraged to hold classroom discussions, plan a school-wide fair with exhibits, arrange a school library/cafeteria display, invite a local expert to speak, work with an environmental group on a habitat restoration project, and/or attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, or other location.

http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/


Turning Learners Into Leaders ~ Online

June 29August 2, 2015
The 2015 Roots & Shoots Summer Online Course: Turning Learners Into Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service in Education is free and open to everyone. This course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign.

http://www.rootsandshoots.org/onlinecourse


Presentation and Publishing Opportunities

STEM Education Study: Survey Participants Needed

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC) received an NSF grant to develop a new resource that seeks to better connect formal and informal educators to each other and to STEM learning research. As part of the front-end study, David Heil & Associates is conducting a survey to gain insight regarding the potential for such a resource, and would like to hear from you. You can access the survey through February 28.

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


Resources for Students and Educators

Energy Research and Education Mapping Tool

The Energy Zones Mapping Tool is a free online mapping tool that allows users to map existing and potential energy resources in the 39 states in the eastern US. Users can run site-suitability analyses for biomass, solar, water, wind, natural gas, geothermal, and nuclear power development, map existing energy resources and environmental characteristics that impact energy development, create a custom map of their region using an extensive database of mapping layers, and search over 2,000 related policies and incentives.

https://eispctools.anl.gov


K–12 STEM Activities and Materials for Nonformal Education

Howtosmile.org collects quality educational materials on the web—learning activities, tools, and services—all designed for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings. Howtosmile is led by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing STEM education to children everywhere. Educators can contribute their own materials to the website.

http://www.howtosmile.org/


NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project provides formal and nonformal educators sustained professional development, collaborative online tools, and the support to build a climate-literate public engaged in climate stewardship. Climate Stewards educate themselves and others as they work with their students and communities to reduce their carbon footprints and “go green.”

If you are interested in professional development opportunities in climate science and doing a stewardship project, contact Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov, subject line: "Join CSEP Education Community" to be put on the educator email list for announcements about resources, webinars and book club announcements.

Injured Eagle Rescued - Watch the Video!             (Posted: 3-2-15)

An eagle injured in an aerial battle was rescued from the upper branches of a pine tree in south Jersey. The combined efforts of a Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ biologist and local citizens got the bird down for transport to a rehabilitation facility.

Such efforts by our partners in the CWF and the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's own staff are made possible in part by past and long-time Check-off For Wildlife supporters who have made endangered species recoveries like the eagle possible.

To learn more about the rescue, including an exciting video shot from a camera on the biologist's helmet, visit http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/blog/2015/02/18/battling-bald-eagles-land-in-tree/ on the CWF website. For information on supporting endangered species recovery, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/checkoff.htm on the Division's website.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

Hot February News for Teachers! Bald Eagles and More at Duke Farms             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

Provide Comment on Wildlife Action Plan Update             (Posted: 2-26-15)

The State Wildlife Action Plan is being updated and portions of it are now available for review and comment. The plan update will identify priority species and habitats, assess the threats they face and outline actions to take to improve or stabilize their condition. The Plan serves as a strategic and cost-effective guide to preserve these resources for the future.

To learn more, including how to submit comments online, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/waphome.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

Sustainable Jersey Featured on "This is Jersey with Gary Gellman"             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

NAAEE EE News for February 11, 2015             (Posted: 2-26-15)

EENews


NAAEE Announcements


Proposals Due by March 24
Submissions are open! NAAEE is looking for thought-provoking proposals for our 2015 conference and research symposium in San Diego. Review the Call for Presentations (conference or research symposium) for details about the strands, formats, and review criteria. Be a part of the action: submit your proposal by March 24, 2015.

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals and select the best possible sessions for the conference program. For more information, check the conference home page on NAAEE’s web site. To sign up, follow the “Volunteer to Review Proposals” link after login.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The theme for this year’s conference is Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement. In an effort to broaden the base for environmental education, we strive to dedicate at least 15 percent of our concurrent sessions within each strand to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in EE. Please help us by sharing the Call for Presentations announcement and encouraging participation throughout your extensive networks.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


NAAEE Seeking Affiliate Relations and Advocacy Specialist

NAAEE is seeking a talented Affiliate Relations and Advocacy Specialist to work in our DC office. The Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership and support to NAAEE and the NAAEE Affiliate Network and to help with all aspects of our collective work to advance EE. Please apply if you’re a team player, with a high energy level and exceptional networking and communication skills, who is excited about working at NAAEE to create positive environmental and social change. This full-time position will be based in DC.

http://www.naaee.net/jobs/araspecialist


NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs

This new NAAEE initiative formally recognizes distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing the well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.

Accreditation is open to all college/university environmental education programs that meet the NAAEE Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, including but not limited to college/university undergraduate and graduate environmental education majors, environmental education minors, environmental education certificate programs, and other cross-disciplinary or integrated studies programs. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs /highered.

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

http://www. naaee.net/programs/highered/accreditation2015


Cal Water H2O Challenge

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

http://calwater.com/challenge


UL Innovative Education Award

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

http://naaee.org/ulinnovative education


News from Natural Start

Take a walk into Walking Stick Woods, an unstructured nature play area in the heart of Chicago. Tag along with children as they explore nature at the Nike Child Development Center at Nike's World Headquarters in Oregon. And learn about new resources and opportunities for networking, professional development, and more.

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


Champions of Change Honored at White House Include NAAEE Member Kristin Poppleton

On February 9, Will Steger Foundation teacher Craig Johnson and Education Director and NAAEE member Kristin Poppleton were at the White House for a gathering that honored Champions of Change who are helping to increase science-based understanding and awareness of climate change, and enhancing climate literacy in their communities.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions


Awards, Grants, Contests

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Deadline: March 13, 2015
The U.S. EPA, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers who demonstrate leadership, service, innovation, and achievement in environmental education. Winning teachers receive an award up to $2,500 to further their EE professional development and the winning teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund EE activities and programs.

http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential...


Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Deadline: February 16, 2015
The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries. Selected scholars will participate in an individual Fulbright exchange of six weeks to three months between spring 2015 and fall 2016. Scholars will focus on collaborative work in multidisciplinary and multinational research teams, and will propose and carry out an individual exchange element.

http://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-arctic-initiative


International Young Eco-Hero Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2015
Action For Nature is calling for applications for its 2015 International Young Eco-Hero Awards for a chance to join over a hundred young environmentalists from more than 16 countries who are making a difference. Applicants should be 8 to 16 years as of February 28, 2015 and have achieved a significant environmental self-initiated accomplishment. Winners will receive public recognition, cash prizes, and certificates for their outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment.

http://www.actionfornature.org/award_guidelines.aspx


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Green Teacher's Winter Webinars

Green Teacher's free 2015 winter webinar lineup is listed below. Each webinar is one hour and begins at 7:30 p.m. EST.

  • February 12: Invasive Species: Towards a Deeper Understanding (Instructors: Lisa Zinn and Jonathan Schramm)
  • February 25: Citizen Science Tackles Invasive Species (Instructors: Christine Voyer and Jeff Chandler)
  • March 10: Popping the Bubble Wrap for Child Health (Instructor: Mariana Brussoni)
  • March 24: Invasive Species Learning Options (Instructor: Sue Staniforth)

http://greenteacher.com/webinars


A Watershed Moment: Workshop Series on LA Water Issues

February 21 and March 21, 2015
Environmental Charter Schools is bringing together dozens of Los Angeles organizations and educators for workshops on local and global water issues, watersheds, water sources, LA River revitalization projects, environmental effects of dams, DIY rain barrels, water wise gardening, and a special networking happy hour. Participants will leave with blueprints and curriculum that empower students to take action in their communities.

http://greenambassadors.org/watershed


Water in the Western U.S. ~ Online

April 1—30, 2015
Why is water at the heart of so much conflict in the American West? How have major cities and extensive agricultural systems been able to thrive in the Western United States despite most of the region being either a desert or semi-desert environment? How will a warming climate affect the availability and use of water in a region populated by tens of millions of people? Participate in this University of Colorado, Boulder, online course to explore these and other questions that combine an overview of the science behind water and climate in the Western U.S. with a survey of the major legal, political, and cultural issues focused on this precious resource.

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


Endangered Species Day

May 15, 2015
The 10th annual national Endangered Species Day offers teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered species. On that day and throughout May, teachers can hold classroom discussions, plan a school-wide fair with exhibits, arrange a school library/cafeteria display, invite a local expert to speak, work with an environmental group on a habitat restoration project, and/or attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, or other location.

http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/


Presentation and Publishing Opportunities

New STEM Education Research Journal

Deadline: March 15, 2015
The Journal of Research in STEM Education is a new journal that will facilitate the sharing of new ideas among science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. In addition to original research articles, J-STEM will feature articles on innovative pedagogies developed by both formal and informal educators. This international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, to be published in June 2015.

http://j-stem.net/


Resources for Students and Educators

K–12 STEM Activities and Materials for Nonformal Education

Howtosmile.org collects quality educational materials on the web—learning activities, tools, and services—all designed for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings. Howtosmile is led by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing STEM education to children everywhere. Educators can contribute their own materials to the website.

http://www.howtosmile.org/


NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project provides formal and nonformal educators sustained professional development, collaborative online tools, and the support to build a climate-literate public engaged in climate stewardship. Climate Stewards educate themselves and others as they work with their students and communities to reduce their carbon footprints and “go green.”

If you are interested in professional development opportunities in climate science and doing a stewardship project, contact Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov, subject line: "Join CSEP Education Community" to be put on the educator email list for announcements about resources, webinars and book club announcements.


21. Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide

Lynn Levine, environmental educator, forester and tracking teacher, has written a new tracking guide called Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide. It includes life-size tracks and scat, waterproof and pocket-sized. For a volume discount, call 802-254-4717.

http://heartwoodpress.com


Biography of John Dewey Released

Dewey (Routledge Press, December 2014) was recently published in the authoritative Routledge Philosophers series. The book is a comprehensive introduction to John Dewey's philosophy by Steven Fesmire, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Information and links, including an education-focused interview are posted on the John Dewey Society web page

http://www.routledge.com/u/Fesmire.


Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities

Over the past year, the defense and intelligence communities have issued a slew of reports making it clear that climate change is here and having real impacts on national security. Narrated by Matt Damon, Extreme Realities focuses on recent political conflicts and severe weather events throughout the world. In the wake of these disasters, this documentary addresses some fundamental questions:

  • Did a severe weather event help spark the Arab Spring?
  • Are we merely experiencing once in a hundred year weather events or are they really early warning signals of an altered reality—a new normal?
  • Are we approaching a tipping point that's pushing our planet towards an ecological cliff?
  • Are there ways to mitigate or adapt to these newly emerging challenges?

http://www.screenscope.com/program_details...


New Bullfrog Film: DamNation

DamNation explores the change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the call for dam removal. Witness the seismic power of a dam breaking apart and, once the river breaks free, the elation in watching wild salmon—after a century of denied access—swimming their way home.

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


Cartoon Offers Creative Perspective on Why We Should Love Bats

Watch the five-minute cartoon, published on TED Ed, at http://ed.ted.com/lessons/i-m-batman-amy-wray. Want more? Grab a new EduBAT kit and go teach kids about bats: http://batslive.pwnet.org. Also check out the latest resources at the BatsLIVE site.

Prepare your backyard for winter birds!             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

February Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 2-25-15)

Click HERE.

Green Knight newsletter -- February 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 2-19-15)

Click HERE.

Earth Sciecne Sites of the Week and NASA Earth and Space Science Education News - February 2015             (Posted: 2-19-15)

Click HERE.

Clifton NJ is in need of an Earth Science teacher, for the rest of the year.  Contact Gary Frankel, Science Supervisor as soon as possible.   Gary can be reached at gfrankel@cliftonschools.net.

Geology and Geography

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Video on Turning Mushroom Hunting Into Gold in the Yukon

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gold-rush-turning-mushroom-hunting-into-gold-in-the-yukon/

Description

“In Canada's Yukon Territory, Bob Simon found a man whose technique for finding mushrooms inspired him to create a method to find gold that's made him the Yukon's biggest gold prospector”

 

Site Name

This Map Shows The World's Bedtime On New Year's Eve

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/mapbedtime/#close

Description

“Ever wonder if the only person to go to bed before midnight on New Year’s Eve is you? The data was collected and shared by Jawbone, a leader in the field of Fitness Trackers where the software tracks activity as well as sleeping patterns. And although this data is not scientific, it certainly gives insight into New Year’s Eve’s party patterns.”

   

Site Name

Video Trip Down to a Lava Lake

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/selfievolcano/

Description

“In heat protectant suits, the pair experienced the lava lakes, flying molten rock, and splashing acid rain. [The descent is] like climbing Everest in reverse, with the 400 meters of near vertical loose rock face, which they faced on the descent and ascent. Their equipment was a GoPro camera and a Sony NX camera.” Some of the images seem unbelievable and there is some question about their origin. 

Water 

Site Name

Elephants Save A Calf Pulled By Powerful River Currents

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/elephantscalf/

Description

“Tourist Sandy Gelderman spotted a herd of elephants crossing a river at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and gets the opportunity to record a dramatic calf rescue. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in Africa and is the home to many animals.”

 

 Weather

Site Name

Succinct Source for Addressing Climate Change Myths

Site URL

http://realitydrop.org/#myths

Reality Drop

Description

Find a list of myths concerning climate change.  Click the myth for a rebuttal.

 

Space

Site Name

Involve your Students in a Citizen Science Project in Sun Spotting

Site URL

http://www.sunspotter.org/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SunspotterLaunch&utm_content=B

Zooniverse

Description

“We need your help to organize sunspot images in order of complexity to better understand and predict how the Sun's magnetic activity affects us on Earth.”

 

Site Name

Video on How Big the Moon Really Is

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/bigmoon/

Description

“Animation team Kurzgesagt puts the size of the Moon into perspective by relating its gigantic surface area with comparable stuff on Earth. Although the Moon may look tiny in the night sky, Kurzgesagt creatively shows why this isn't the case at all.”

 

Environment

Site Name

Educational Resources for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Site URL

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/

Description

Here’s a clearinghouse for accessing UN resources. 

General 

Site Name

Ideas for Science Projects

Site URL

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml#browseallprojects

Description

“Looking for inspiration for a science fair project? Science Buddies has over 1,150 Project Ideas in all areas of science”

 

Site Name

Utility Summarizes News and Culture the Year you were Born

Site URL

http://whathappenedinmybirthyear.com/

.

Description

“Enter the year you were born and explore the events that took place during that time” Facts scroll across your screen – BUT SLOWLY.  Click to go back and it will list the entire text all at once.

 

Teaching

Site Name

Utility that Simplifies Difficult English

Site URL

Rewordify.com

Description

“Rewordify.com lets you read more, understand more, learn more words, and teach more effectively. It simplifies English, teaches vocabulary, creates learning materials, and lets you create documents to teach people all over the world. It has many more features, and it's all free.”  This might be of use to English learners.   When cutting and pasting text from our textbook, there is some simplification but the many technical terms remain intact.

 

Demo

Site Name

Activity in Giving Directions that Underscores the Importance of Accurate Directions

Description

“I cut out several different geometric shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, etc.) and each is a different color.  I pair students up and put a barrier between them.  They take turns giving each other directions on how to lay out the shapes in front of them.  Putting a shape “on top” can mean literally on top of it or above it.  They then compare each other’s layout to see how close they come.  After a few tries they start to realize how specific they need to be.”

Inspiration

Site Name

25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

Site URL

http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-animal-parenting/

Description

“A parent’s love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you’ll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child.”

 

Humor

Site Name

Video of Bear Relaxing on Hammock

Site URL

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2014/06/04/ac-ridiculist-bear-in-hammock.cnn

CNN

Description

Video of Bear Relaxing on Hammock

 

Geology and Geography

Site Name

How to Add USGS Topographic Maps to Google Earth

Site URL

http://equipped.outdoors.org/2012/12/how-to-add-usgs-topographic-maps-to.html

Description

“Did you know that you can overlay every available USGS topo map on Google Earth for free? And that you can set it up in a matter of minutes? Here's how:”

 

Site Name

What Goes Behind Designing a Map of the U.S.

Site URL

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2012/01/the_best_american_wall_
map_david_imus_the_essential_geography_of_the_united_states_of_america_.html

Description

“Fascinating stuff about making an intricate map!”

  

 Water 

Site Name

Marine Life Resource Collection from NOAA

Site URL

http://www.education.noaa.gov/Marine_Life/

Description

“The collections in this thematic area provide educational resources to increase the understanding of marine life, the pressures that threaten their existence, and the role each of us play in the stewardship of marine ecosystems.”

 

 Weather

Site Name

Animated .gif shows Sun’s Path across the Arctic Summer Sky: the Sun Does not Set

Site URL

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D1LC3KkrcKw/Uvoyy8ndGII/AAAAAAAAI34/Nza2r8_cPGI/w506-h304/arctic%2Bsummer.gif

Description

“A day in the artic summer when the sun does not set “

  

Space

Site Name

First Definitive Detection Of Organic Molecules on the Red Planet

Site URL

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=10274

NASA

Description

“There’s big news coming out of the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite (SAM) on NASA’s Curiosity rover. For the first time, organic matter has definitively been detected on Mars. In addition to finding organic compounds in rocks, SAM has also detected sharp increases and decreases in methane levels in the atmosphere. MSL participating scientist, Danny Glavin, explains these findings and what they tell us about our search for life on the Red Planet.”

 

Environment

Site Name

Tapped – a Documentary of the Impact of the Bottled Water Industry on the Environment

Site URL

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tapped/

Top Documentary Films

Description

“Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is well structured and presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water.”

 General 

Site Name

Video on States of Matter with Molten Glass

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAPc6JH85pM

columbusmuseum

Description

“This video is used by docents at CMA to show how glass can change from solid to fluid and back again. The artists at Jason Antol Studios in Columbus, Ohio, graciously performed the demonstrations on camera. The 10-second on-screen countdowns allow visitors a chance to answer each question. As used in the exhibition Chihuly Illuminated, the video is silent. Here it's presented with background music.”

 

Site Name

Bill Nye  Narrates the Joy of Discovery

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0_YHVFoXkM

Description

“A marvelous excerpt from Bill Nye's recent debate set to original music. Subscribe for more science mashups and remixes!”

 

Site Name

Discover the #1 Pop Chart Song the Day you were Born

Site URL

http://billboard.fm/birthday-song

Description

“Enter the date into this web page and it will return to you the top song for that date. Great for work avoidance.”

Teaching

Site Name

To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

Site URL

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/to-remember-a-lecture-better-take-notes-by-hand/361478/

Description

“You might be interested in a study that got a lot of buzz a while ago:

 The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking  which is summarized in several articles”

  

Demo

Site Name

Rock Demo with Lichens

Description

“I had an igneous rock with lichens on it for several yrs. At the beginning of the year wash all dirt, place in a tub; assign one student from last period to spray water. Leave the rock undisturbed by the window. Watch the rock slowly weather and the dirt quantity increase. Kids learn the slow speed of this process and the needed.... water, sunlight help lichens grow and break down rock.”

Computers

Site Name

Veteran Teacher Suggests Free or Inexpensive Apps

Description

“I check amazon daily for the free app of the day.  Every once in a while they have something useful. I don't use many educational apps mainly because students are not allowed to bring their phones.  Here are the few that I do use:

-          Foxfi & foxfi key or PDA net +: This enables me to use my phone as a wifi hotspot without my provider being aware of it and charging me for it.  It is very useful if I want to show my students something that is blocked by the school's filter (such as YouTube)

-          Swiss Army Knife:  Has the following: flashlight, stopwatch, unit converter, timer, compass, bubble level, calculator, magnifying glass, mirror, and ruler

-          Cam Scanner: uses the phone as a scanner and makes a pdf document

-           Google Voice: I use this for calling and texting students and parents.  It is a dedicated work number for me, and it saves all texts and voicemails

-          Total Relaxation: good after a hard day.  Relaxing through hypnosis

-          PC remote: turns my phone into a remote control for my computer”

Inspiration

Site Name

Father's Day Surprise – Reunited with a Sick Child

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irxTbB_4y0g#t=283

Description

“To celebrate dads everywhere, we worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada to surprise a hardworking dad, Marc Grimard, with an early Father's Day gift by reuniting him with his sick child and family.

 

Humor

Site Name

Serenading Cattle with a Trombone- See ‘Em Come to Papa

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_-emj1qR4#t=15

Description

“Serenading the cattle with my trombone”

 

Site Name

Van Damme – One Split for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind

Site URL

http://www.flixxy.com/van-damme-zero-gravity-split.htm

Description

“Jean Claude Van Damme performs splits in outer space.   Jean Claude Van Damme's viral video of doing the splits between two moving Volvo trucks was followed by many parodies, but none of them were as "far out" as this sequel by Linh Mai.    Original music by Enya. “

Geology and Geography

Site Name

Mystery of how Rocks Move across Death Valley lake bed Solved: Ice Rafting

Site URL

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rocks-move-death-valley-lake-bed-20140827-story.html

Description

“At long last, someone has definitely figured out how the rocks on Racetrack Playa in Death Valley move.”

 

Site Name

USDA Video: the Science of Soil Health: Fighting Plant Disease with Microbes

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjgeBzKLR1I

USDA

Description

“One of the critical functions of healthy soils is that they contain beneficial microbes that can enhance plant defense against disease, and sometimes against insects; our journey took us to Clemson's Dr. Geoff Zehnder to talk about his work.”

   

Water 

Site Name

Cost of Plastic Junk: Albatross Chick Regurgitating Plastic Trash

Site URL

https://vimeo.com/46998919

Description

“Before leaving the nest, albatross chicks regurgitate a bolus, a mass or pile of the indigestible material they have eaten in the four months. A bolus is a record of the chick’s diet. They contain hard parts from squid, seeds, wood, feathers, rocks, and increasingly human trash.”

 

 Weather

Site Name

Video of Dust Storm Sweeping over Phoenix (and during a Wedding)

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdfdpOPtuSE and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_eR0PmDXfs

Description

“A large dust storm rolled over Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday as the National Weather Service issued a warning for the area”

  

Space

Site Name

International Dark-Sky Foundation

Site URL

http://www.darksky.org/

International Dark-Sky Foundation

Description

“Here is a link to the International Dark Sky Association (its headquarters

just happens to be near where I live here in Tucson, Arizona). They have

many activities under education and resources.”

 

Site Name

Video on How We Measure the Distance of Stars

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyuI4n5ILP8&list=TLUqc4xe79qKC53KGe4zDdhAcYP3sksW_D

Description

“It's School of YouTube Week! Comic Relief and YouTube are partnering to send students to school! The Bad Astronomer Phil Plait teaches Hank how to measure the distance to the stars.”

 

Site Name

Ride a Photon of Light away from the Sun

Site URL

https://vimeo.com/117815404

  

Description

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in real-time, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

 Environment

Site Name

Protecting the Planet from Overpopulation

Site URL

http://www.populationconnection.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issues_protectingtheplanet

Population Connection

Description

“Population growth stretches natural resources to their limits. Deforestation, food and water shortages, and climate change are all intensified by the addition of over 80 million people a year to the world's population.”

General 

Site Name

STEM Careers Exploration

Site URL

http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/interactive/stem-careers-exploration

NASA

Description

“This presentation includes links to videos about scientists and engineers working with the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (from the Faces of GPM series), as well as other STEM careers videos, followed by a number of links to online career resources. It is designed to be used students working at their own pace, choosing which videos and links they are interested in watching and exploring, but could also be used in front of a larger group.”

 

Site Name

Video Showing the Presence of Subatomic Particles

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fi6uyyrEs

Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations

Description

“The trajectories of individual charged particles leave behind cloudy trails as they ionize the cooled, supersaturated air-alcohol vapor inside this diffusion cloud chamber. Alpha particles from the radioactive decay of an inserted 2% thorium alloy rod form dense condensation trails nearby. Farther from the rod (beyond 10 cm or so) various types of charged particles leave evidence of their activity, including alpha particles (dense tracks, perhaps from the decay of radon isotopes), muons and energetic electrons (faint, seemingly straight tracks), and relatively low-energy electrons and beta particles (faint, tangled tracks). This movie shows a basic, qualitative demonstration of the presence of subatomic particles; techniques to more accurately identify and measure individual subatomic particles are possible with this apparatus.

Site Name

Their World is in the Grip of a Lethal Outbreak: Surprise Ending

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ0aksbiiXw

Description

“Their world is in the grip of a lethal outbreak. A mysterious blue substance is leading to catastrophic destruction. Who is behind it all?”

Teaching

Site Name

Tips to Stay Organized

Description

“For me, my strongest skill is ORGANIZATION. Staying organized will make or break you. Here are my tips:

*LATE WORK CRATE: I have a hanging file with numbers 1-31. These are there dates of the month. All extra handouts go in there. I have a laminated page as well were I write what we did, he, what was collected; it gets wiped off each month. You won't be bombarded (likely at the beginning of class) with absent kids asking questions or kids that misplaced a handout.

*TURNED IN/ GRADED WORK CRATE: I have another crate labeled "needs to be graded," "needs to be recorded," "needs to be passed back" with each of my classes in each section I just listed. This is great for collecting assignments, for my TAs to record scores, and to pass back papers.

*LAB ASSISTANTS: each class, each week, I assign a student to be my Lab Assistant. He/she helps with passing out materials for a lab, helps with a demo (a HUGE plus for that week!), passes back papers or helps clean up. At the beginning of the year I just go through my roster and put the names on a blank calendar. That is then attached to the wall.

Good luck! And PLEASE take breaks on yourself and show a video every once in a while. It’s not a bad thing at all!!”

 

Demo

Site Name

Using an Egg Investigation to Understand Earth’s Internal Structure

Description

“I have my kids investigate what's inside the egg.  I have several different eggs in an egg carton (hard boiled, blown (the inside removed through a pen hole), raw egg, and a plastic egg.  Kids then first make observations only by looking and drawing what's inside the egg.  We then discuss that most of their sketches don't truly work because they need more data - like feeling and measuring.  Then I relate this to the inside of the earth and how do scientists know what's inside of the earth. “

Inspiration

Site Name

Meet Chris: One Incredible Farmer

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9S3n_tILKo

Description

“Everyone knows farming requires hard physical labor. While Apricot Lane Farms has a lot of excellent farmhands, none have been as memorable as Chris. Hear Chris' extraordinary story in this Super Soul Short from John Chester.”

 

Humor

Site Name

25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments in the Animal Kingdom

Site URL

http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-animal-parenting/

Description

“A parent’s love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you’ll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child.”

NAAEE: EE News for January 28, 2015             (Posted: 1-29-15)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: 2015 Call for Presentations Open Now

Proposals Due by March 24
Submissions are open! NAAEE is looking for thought-provoking proposals for our 2015 conference and research symposium in San Diego. Review the Call for Presentations (conference or research symposium) for details about the strands, formats, and review criteria for this year’s sessions. Be a part of the action: submit your proposal by March 24, 2015.

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals and select the best possible sessions for the conference program. For more information, check the conference home page on NAAEE’s web site. To sign up, follow the “Volunteer to Review Proposals” link after login.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The theme for this year’s conference is Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement. In an effort to broaden the base for environmental education, we strive to dedicate at least 15 percent of our concurrent sessions within each strand to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in EE. Please help us by sharing the Call for Presentations announcement and encouraging participation throughout your extensive networks.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


News from the Natural Start Alliance

Learn about a preschool that partnered with the local school district to create nature-based kindergartens in public schools, meet Natural Start's first member preschool from the Arabian Peninsula, and catch up on the latest from the Natural Start blog.

Natural Start Updates


NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs

This new NAAEE initiative formally recognizes distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing the well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that will translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.

Accreditation is open to all college/university environmental education programs that meet the NAAEE Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, including but not limited to college/university undergraduate and graduate environmental education majors, environmental education minors, environmental education certificate programs, and other cross-disciplinary or integrated studies programs. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs /highered.

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

http://www. naaee.net/programs/highered/accreditation2015


Cal Water H2O Challenge

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

http://calwater.com/challenge


UL Innovative Education Award

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

http://naaee.org/ulinnovative education


Awards, Grants, Contests

EPA Accepting Proposals for 2014 EE Model Grants Program

Deadline: February 2, 2015
The EPA is seeking grant proposals for the EE Model Grants program to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded.

http://www2.epa.gov/...


Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Deadline: February 16, 2015
The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries. Selected scholars will participate in an individual Fulbright exchange of six weeks to three months between spring 2015 and fall 2016. Scholars will focus on collaborative work in multidisciplinary and multinational research teams, and will propose and carry out an individual exchange element.

http://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-arctic-initiative


Elephant Ivory Crush Challenge

Deadline: March 31, 2015
Across Africa, elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory tusks. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crushed six tons of elephant ivory to show that we will not tolerate the illegal ivory trade and the toll it is taking on elephants. Now, USFWS is asking for your help in creating a compelling and informative campaign that uses the crushed ivory to increase awareness and reduce demand for ivory and other illegal wildlife products.

http://www.fws.gov/international/ivory-challenge.html 


World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

Deadline: February 19, 2015
Create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the global challenges listed on the website. All videos must include (a) how population growth impacts the issue, (b) why the issue is important, and (c) at least one idea for a sustainable solution. Teachers encouraging students to enter the contest will receive a free resource kit. 

http://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest


International Young Eco-Hero Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2015
Action For Nature is calling for applications for its 2015 International Young Eco-Hero Awards for a chance to join over a hundred young environmentalists from more than 16 countries who are making a difference. Applicants should be 8 to 16 years as of February 28, 2015 and have achieved a significant environmental self-initiated accomplishment. Winners will receive public recognition, cash prizes, and certificates for their outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment.

http://www.actionfornature.org/award_guidelines.aspx


EE Research

New Report on American Attitudes Toward Global Warming and Energy Policy

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies released initial findings from its first environmental poll conducted as part of a new partnership with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Findings from the report indicate that most Americans say the United States should take a leadership role in combating global warming and say environmental protections will improve economic growth and provide new jobs in the long run.

http://www.apnorc.org/


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Green Teacher's Winter Webinars

Green Teacher's free 2015 winter webinar lineup is listed below. Each webinar is one hour and begins at 7:30 p.m. EST.

  • January 28: Taking Kids to the Community (Instructor: Bob Coulter)
  • February 12: Invasive Species: Towards a Deeper Understanding (Instructors: Lisa Zinn and Jonathan Schramm)
  • February 25: Citizen Science Tackles Invasive Species (Instructors: Christine Voyer and Jeff Chandler)
  • March 10: Popping the Bubble Wrap for Child Health (Instructor: Mariana Brussoni)
  • March 24: Invasive Species Learning Options (Instructor: Sue Staniforth)

http://greenteacher.com/webinars


Webinar on Future of Global Climate Policy

February 4, 2015, 12:00–1:00 p.m. EST
Dr. Rachel Cleetus, the lead climate economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists will lead this webinar, focused on where the world left off in the recent global climate talks in Lima, Peru. She will offer viewpoints on the United States climate and energy policy landscape, opportunities and challenges ahead, and rethinking how we cope with the growing risks and costs of climate change. Dr. Cleetus will speak about policy in the United States at the regional, state, and national levels, including EPA standards, carbon pricing, clean energy policies, and policies that help build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and how we can prepare for the upcoming climate talks in Paris.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3981449614551465730/


Endangered Species Day

May 15, 2015
The 10th annual national Endangered Species Day offers teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered species. On that day and throughout May, teachers can hold classroom discussions, plan a school-wide fair with exhibits, arrange a school library/cafeteria display, invite a local expert to speak, work with an environmental group on a habitat restoration project, and/or attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, or other location.

http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/


Resources for Students and Educators

President Obama's Science Advisor Answers Questions on Climate Change

In December 2014, President Obama's Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, invited the public to ask him anything about climate change on social media. View the video series with his answers to questions and learn more about #AskDrH here.


Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide

Lynn Levine, environmental educator, forester and tracking teacher, has written a new tracking guide called Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide. It includes life-size tracks and scat, waterproof and pocket-sized. For a volume discount, call 802-254-4717.

http://heartwoodpress.com


Biography of John Dewey Released

Dewey (Routledge Press, December 2014) was recently published in the authoritative Routledge Philosophers series. The book is a comprehensive introduction to John Dewey's philosophy by Steven Fesmire, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Information and links, including an education-focused interview are posted on the John Dewey Society web page

http://www.routledge.com/u/Fesmire.


Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities

Over the past year, the defense and intelligence communities have issued a slew of reports making it clear that climate change is here and having real impacts on national security. Narrated by Matt Damon, Extreme Realities focuses on recent political conflicts and severe weather events throughout the world. In the wake of these disasters, this documentary addresses some fundamental questions:

  • Did a severe weather event help spark the Arab Spring?
  • Are we merely experiencing once in a hundred year weather events or are they really early warning signals of an altered reality—a new normal?
  • Are we approaching a tipping point that's pushing our planet towards an ecological cliff?
  • Are there ways to mitigate or adapt to these newly emerging challenges?

http://www.screenscope.com/program_details...


Bullfrog Films Releases New Documentary on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it's become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In Bullfrog Film’s new documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels and meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

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


Cartoon Offers Creative Perspective on Why We Should Love Bats

Watch the five-minute cartoon, published on TED Ed, at http://ed.ted.com/lessons/i-m-batman-amy-wray. Want more? Grab a new EduBAT kit and go teach kids about bats: http://batslive.pwnet.org. Also check out the latest resources at the BatsLIVE site.


Water Quality Management Video on Demand

The Water Quality Management collection on the INTELECOM Online Resources Network® is a fully-hosted video streaming library for use in support of water treatment, water quality, and water management programs. Full-length videos and topic-specific clips from the American Water Works Association and the NSF-funded Preserving the Legacy video series. Topics covered include water filtration and operation, treatment technologies, irrigation, water operator safety and more. Professionally-produced and captioned video. Free 30-day trials available. From INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

http://www.intelecomonline.net/browse_career_water_management.aspx

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 1-29-15)

Click HERE.

NJ Bald Eagle Video             (Posted: 1-28-15)

The state's Bald Eagle population is at an all-time high, and NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Kathy Clark is interviewed in a video feature on the NJTV News website.

For information on bald eagles and a link to the video, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/raptor_info.htm on the Division's website. "Check-off For Wildlife" on your state tax return ( www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/checkoff.htm ) to support our management efforts.

National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 1-22-15)

January Newsletter


Eco-Schools Professional Learning Community’s Winter Webinars are coming up!
  
What mechanisms contribute to successful sustainability education initiatives at schools?  Join us for an interactive, participatory webinar where you can hear stories, ask questions, and form relationships with others who are using sustainability concepts to teach STEM and the arts. 

Are you integrating art and sustainability into STEM?  We are still accepting presenters for these webinars.  Contact Jennifer Dowd at Jennifer.dowd@njaudubon.org or 
908-292-8030. 

Find out more about these webinars in this month’s newsletter & the attached flyer.

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING to SUPPORT S.T.E.M, Sustainability and Arts in the Environment

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


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY WINTER WEBINARS

March 2, 2015. 7-8:15 pm: Energy
March 23, 2015. 7:00-8:15pm: Sustainable Foods

Presented by: NJ Audubon, Sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

What mechanisms contribute to successful sustainability education initiatives at schools? Join us for an interactive, participatory webinar where you can hear stories, ask questions, and form relationships with others who are using sustainability concepts to teach STEM and the arts.

Each seminar will begin with content experts and artists who will frame the pathway issues in the context of our state.  School representatives share their experiences implementing the energy and sustainable foods pathways using the Eco-Schools framework for transformational leadership. Each school will discuss:

  1. Contributing factors to their success: Organization, planning, collaboration, partnerships, action and student empowerment.
  2. The use of arts to communicate ideas to the larger community.
  3. The effects on student achievement: social, physical, emotional, and intellectual health.

Contact Jennifer Dowd at Jennifer.dowd@njaudubon.org if you are interested in presenting.   

REGISTER HERE: Statewide Professional Learning Community Winter Webinar

 

SJC’s CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR URBAN SUSTAINABILITY IN JERSEY CITY

February 23, 2015. 6:30 – 9:30 (8 consecutive Mondays)

Fast track series of  workshops / 3 hours each, that introduce participants to the Principles and Practices of Urban Sustainability, cumulatively linked to a Certificate in Urban Sustainability for Jersey City. AND  WOW! 24 CEUs for professionals completing tracks A or B are available from Eco-Schools USA or USGBC. 

 

INVESTIGATING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE RARITAN WATERSHED

July 20-24, 2015

Presented by: NJ Audubon, Sponsored by Duke Farms

This weeklong summer institute is designed for Middle and High School teachers. We will explore the Raritan Watershed by looking at environmental conditions and events as well as problems and issues. Our investigations will include study of local habitats, ecological principles and sustainable practices, and how these can be used to galvanize a school’s curriculum and community using an integrated approach to learning and teaching. While the focus will be on the Raritan Watershed, all aspects of the institute are applicable to any watershed in the state; teachers will be provided with the tools and resources to develop a cohesive plan for implementing curricular changes that suit their circumstances.

To register, contact Duke Farms at

http://www.dukefarms.org/en/Programs/educators/Professional-Development

For more information contact Dale Rosselet at dale.rosselet@njaudubon.org

 

TEACHERS' SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY

August 10-14, 2015

Presented by: NJ Audubon, Sponsored by Ashland, Inc.

New Jersey Audubon’s Teacher’s School of Ecology sponsored by Ashland, Inc. is a week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers. 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.

For more information and to register contact Kelly Wenzel at kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org


RESOURCES

New Jersey Audubon’s Young Birders Club
New Jersey’s first state-wide club for young birders. Members are invited to go on monthly trips to birding hotspots around the state with expert naturalists from New Jersey Audubon. It’s a great way to get outside, explore, and meet up with other kids interested in birds and nature.  To register for upcoming trips or join the club (it’s free!) go online to http://njyoungbirders.weebly.com or contact Sam Wilson at sam.wilson@njaudubon.org.

Upcoming Young Birders Club events: 
January 10. 10 am.  Sandy Hook and the North Shore
February 15. 10 am. Barnegat Light State Park
March 21. 9 am. Hackensack Meadowlands

Engineers Decide I Book - Download and share this iBook titled "Engineers Decide," which depicts the great work that engineers do in a way that makes it easy for kids to connect with and understand. It's available for free in the iBooks Store, http://tinyurl.com/engineersdecide.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Recycling Awareness Contest. Deadline January 15, 2015
Students in grades 5–12 are invited to participate in a national recycling awareness contest sponsored by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning.

ExploraVision Competition. Deadline January 30, 2015
K-12 students and teachers, working in groups of 2-4, are eligible to apply for this STEM-focused competition which asks participants to research and develop technologies that could solve real world problems.

Captain Planet Grants. Deadline January 31, 2015
Grants awarded to schools for project based environmental learning.

NEA Foundation Grant. Deadline February 1, 2015
The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for professional development experiences, collegial study or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program.  Deadline February 1, 2015
Sustainable Jersey is accepting applications from NJ municipalities for sustainable projects through Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program.

Toshiba Grants for Grades 6-12.  Deadline February 1, 2015 for grants over $5,000.  Rolling submissions for smaller grants.
Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program.  Deadline February 2, 2015
Grants available for projects such as wetlands creation and restoration, green infrastructure and stormwater management, citizen’s science and volunteer water monitoring, projects that reduce or eliminate trash from entering waterways, and coastal habitat, riparian, urban forest restoration and other water quality protection and restoration projects in local communities. 

Habitat Hero Grants.  September – May 2015.

BirdSleuth K-12 from Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offeringHabitat Hero and classroom sets of binoculars (thanks to a generous donation from Celestron).

Fruit Trees Available
Donations of fruit trees are available to public schools who can care for the orchard.

 

CONTESTS

Christopher Columbus Competition for Middle Schools.  Deadline February 2, 2015
The Christopher Columbus Awards program is a cutting-edge national competition for middle Schools that combines science and technology with community problem-solving in a real-world setting.

National Wildlife Federation’s Young Reporters for the Environment National Competition. Deadline March 13, 2015. 
Youth between the ages of 13 and 21 are invited to participate. Participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it in writing, photography, or video. Entries must be relevant to participants' local community, connect to a global perspective, include possible solutions, and be disseminated to an appropriate target audience. First place winners in each category will continue to the international competition. 

Warmly,

Jennifer Dowd, Ed.S.
Eco-Schools USA – New Jersey Coordinator
New Jersey Audubon -Plainsboro Preserve
80 Scotts Corner Road - PO Box 446
Cranbury, NJ  08512
(c) 908-292-8030
www.njaudubon.org
www.ecoschoolsusa.org
NJ Audubon's Facebook
ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR 

Facebook For more information about New Jersey Audubon activities, visit us on our web siteon Facebook, or on Twitter, 
New Jersey Audubon Society 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ  07924
www.njaudubon.org

Cornell Lab eNews: Return of the Snowy Owls, Duck Courtship Begins—Plus a New Bird Cam!             (Posted: 1-22-15)

Click HERE.

National Wildlife Federation January 2015 Newsletter             (Posted: 1-22-15)

Click HERE.

New Jersey Farm to School Network News: January 2015             (Posted: 1-22-15)

Click HERE.

RU Geology Museum Open House & January 17, 2015 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 1-22-15)

Rutgers Geology Museum Open House – Saturday January 31st.

https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/museum-events/events-calendar/47th-annual-rutgers-geology-museum-open-house

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Geology and Geography

Mapping Rare Soils

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6210/692.full

“In a verdant woodland on the Calhoun Experimental Forest in South Carolina, soil scientist Daniel Richter peers into a gash in the ground. It's a kind of earthen operating room, where researchers have sliced open the soil to examine its subterranean profile.”

 

Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to the Regional Earth Science of the U.S.

http://geology.teacherfriendlyguide.org/index.php/prologue-mw

Why does this place look the way it does? The Teacher-Friendly Guides™ to Geology offer a comprehensive review of local and regional Earth science. [Explore by region.] With a newfound understanding of local Earth science, students can open the door to inquiry by applying learned scientific concepts and principles to situations outside the classroom.”
Link to the Northeastern US site: geology.teacherfriendlyguide.org/index.php/northeast

  

 

Helicopter with Wrecking Ball Knocks Down Dangerous Rock Spire

http://www.wimp.com/helicopterspire/

“A helicopter from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration equips itself with a wrecking ball to knock down a dangerous rock spire before it can collapse on a local road. Other unusual attachments for helicopters include flamethrowers and chainsaws.”

Water

 

Web GIS for Streamflow and Stream Basin Characteristics

http://water.usgs.gov/osw/streamstats/ssonline.html

USGS

A good example of GIS being adapted for the web.  Even watershed boundaries can be delineated.  Too bad more states aren’t fully implemented. “The primary products delivered by StreamStats are streamflow statistics and basin characteristics. Examples of streamflow statistics include the 100-year flood, the mean annual flow, and the 7-day, 10-year low flow. Examples of basin characteristics include the drainage area, stream slope, mean annual precipitation and percentage of forested area. Basin characteristics are the physical factors that control delivery of water to a point on a stream. This information is used to protect people and property from floods and droughts, and to manage land, water, and biological resources. StreamStats also provides descriptive information for data-collection stations, such as station name, identification number, latitude, longitude, and station type.

  

Weather

Carbon Emission Calculator

http://epa.gov/climatechange/kids/calc/index.html

“There are many things you can do to help reduce climate change and its effects on people and the environment. Use this calculator to learn about some simple steps you can take to reduce your impact on the planet.”

 

 See How Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe.

http://www.nasa.gov/press/goddard/2014/november/nasa-computer-model-provides-a-new-portrait-of-carbon-dioxide/#.VHYS88m9azr

NASA

“An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources.”

  

Space

Why Nobody Can Explain The 'Moon Illusion'

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/why-nobody-can-explain-the-moon-illusion

“A huge-looking moon at the horizon isn't actually bigger, closer or even distorted by the atmosphere. It's just a lunar illusion that has defied explanation for millennia.

 

Planetary Panoramas of Night Sky

http://www.vincentbrady.com/planetarypanoramas

“While experimenting with different photography tricks and techniques back in 2012, I was shooting 360 degree panoramas in the daytime and long exposures of the stars streaking in the sky at night. It suddenly became clear that the potential to combine the two techniques could be a trip!”

  

Environment

Ted-Ed:  A Guide To The Energy of the Earth

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-guide-to-the-energy-of-the-earth-joshua-m-sneideman

“Energy is neither created nor destroyed — and yet the global demand for it continues to increase. But where does energy come from, and where does it go? examines the many ways in which energy cycles through our planet, from the sun to our food chain to electricity and beyond.”

General 

What Is Systems Thinking? Why Use It?

http://watersfoundation.org/systems-thinking/what/

Waters Foundation

“Systems thinking utilizes habits, tools and concepts to develop an understanding of the interdependent structures of dynamic systems. When individuals have a better understanding of systems, they are better able to identify the leverage points that lead to desired outcomes.”

  

Teaching

Smart Classroom Management

http://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/

“Here at Smart Classroom Management we believe in two principles thought by many to be on contradictory ends of the classroom management spectrum.  On one side we believe in strictly following a classroom management plan. This allows teachers to hold students accountable without yelling, scolding, lecturing, or using any other stressful or hurtful method. On the other side we believe in creating a classroom that students love being part of, that they’re excited to come to every day. This combination of strength and joy holds the key to effective classroom management.”

 

Demo

Create a Flubber Glacier

http://www.geology.um.maine.edu/user/Leigh_Stearns/teaching/flubber.html

“Students make a "flubber" glacier using glue, water and detergent and construct a glacier valley using plastic sheeting.”

Inspiration

Relaxing 3 Hour Video of A Tropical Beach with Blue Sky White Sand and Palm Tree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qREKP9oijWI&list=PLbpi6ZahtOH6dJBt3GkUn07t10vzmP4zT&index=2&feature=inp-em-w40-12

“Relaxing video by ocean” This is a way to get students to chill before class begins.

 

Humor

Marshmallow Farming Hits Hard Times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yflTu150QZw

Too much rain ruins marshmallow crop in North Carolina.

Humor from Will Rodgers

Will Rodgers

“Never Squat With Your Spurs On - Will Rogers

Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with bush pilot Wiley Post, was one of the greatest political country/cowboy sages the USA has ever known. Some of his sayings:

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and

put it back into your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation.  The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he

started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.

The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.”

NAAEE: EE News for January 14, 2015             (Posted: 1-14-15)

EENews


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Call for Presentations

2015 Conference
The Call for Presentations for the 2015 NAAEE conference and research symposium will be opening soon; watch your email for the coming announcement that the system is open for submissions. In the meantime, you can start preparing by reviewing the Call for Presentations for the conference or the research symposium on the NAAEE web site.

The theme for this year’s conference is Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement, and we are seeking related proposals in six strands. In an effort to broaden the base for environmental education, we strive to dedicate at least 15 percent of our concurrent sessions within each strand to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in EE.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


EECapacity for Public Garden Educators ~ Online

Deadline: January 18, 2015
Course: January 19—February 27, 2015

This new EECapacity six-week professional development course is designed to help guide public garden educators as they develop outreach programs aimed at improving environmental awareness among their adult and youth constituents. Topics covered during the course will include green community redevelopment, promoting environmental justice, and introducing children to ecological concepts underlying climate change. The course is limited to 24 participants.

http://www.eecapacity.net/training- networking/events/eecapacity-public-garden-educators


NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs

This new NAAEE initiative formally recognizes distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing the well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that will translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.

Accreditation is open to all college/university environmental education programs that meet the NAAEE Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, including but not limited to college/university undergraduate and graduate environmental education majors, environmental education minors, environmental education certificate programs, and other cross-disciplinary or integrated studies programs. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs /highered.

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

http://www. naaee.net/programs/highered/accreditation2015


UL Innovative Education Award

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

http://naaee.org/ulinnovative education


News from the Natural Start Alliance

Learn about a preschool that partnered with the local school district to create nature-based kindergartens in public schools, meet Natural Start's first member preschool from the Arabian Peninsula, and catch up on the latest from the Natural Start blog.

Natural Start Updates


Awards, Grants, Contests

EPA Accepting Proposals for 2014 EE Model Grants Program

Deadline: February 2, 2015
The EPA is seeking grant proposals for the EE Model Grants program to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded.

http://www2.epa.gov/...


Help Save Gorillas and Win $5,000

Deadline: April 3, 2015
Save gorillas and help the environment by entering the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Go Bananas! Challenge sponsored by Gorilla Glue! Answer the call by collecting and recycling cell phones, which contain an ore called coltan. One of the only places in the world where this ore can be found is right in the middle of gorilla habitats. Recycling coltan reduces habitat destruction for many endangered species.

http://cincinnatizoo.org/savingspeciescontest


World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

Deadline: February 19, 2015
Create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the global challenges listed on the website. All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, b) why the issue is important, and c) at least one idea for a sustainable solution. Teachers encouraging students to enter the contest will receive a free resource kit. 

http://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest


Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop

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

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

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


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog: Cities on the Edge

The latest EPA Environmental Justice in Action blog post, "Cities on the Edge," by Katherine Takai of the International City/County Management Association, discusses resources and tools from the White House's Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, available for cities and communities to increase the their economic competitiveness and integrate equity and environmental justice for more sustainable and resilient communities.

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/11/cities-on-the-edge


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Online Courses on Management of Recreation Resources

Registration Deadline: January 21, 2015
Course Dates: February 2—May 22, 2015

Management of Recreation Resources in Wilderness or Managing Recreation Resources in Wilderness Settings will be offered online with a facilitated discussion group led by instructor Kari Gunderson. Invited guest instructors may include Carhart Wilderness Training Center staff, academics, and working wilderness managers. The online format enables students to work through the course efficiently while benefiting from discussion with other students, agency managers, and academics.

Learn more about the course: http://wmdep.wilderness.net/407_562%20online.pdf and the Graduate Certificate in Wilderness Management:


Miami University's Earth Expeditions from Project Dragonfly

Deadline: January 28, 2015
This program offers courses in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, bringing together graduate students, scientists, educators, and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Earth Expeditions are open to zoo and aquarium educators, formal classroom educators, and professionals from all disciplines and settings. Courses are for stand-alone graduate credit or can be applied to a full master's degree, the Global Field Program. Tuition is reduced thanks to support from Miami University. Applicants may also be interested in the Advanced Inquiry Program master’s degree, co-delivered with premier zoological institutions in select U.S. cities.

http://www.EarthExpeditions.org


Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Course begins: January 27, 2015
This free six-week course is being offered by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools, and communities.

http://ets.educ.ubc.ca/IndEdu200x


Resources for Students and Educators

New Nature Activities for Families Guide

Project Learning Tree has compiled 25 of its most popular activities for families into a 40-page booklet. These fun and easy-to-do activities are perfect for parents—and grandparents—to help introduce children to nature while walking in the forest, visiting a local park, exploring your own backyard, or when all else fails—inside! Journal pages provide room for children to make notes and draw sketches of what they observe. If you are looking for simple, entertaining and educational ways to engage children or grandchildren in the outdoors, Nature Activities for Families is a great gift idea this holiday season. The cost for the guide is $16.95, plus shipping and handling.

www.plt.org/store


New Bullfrog Film: Groundswell Rising

In Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water we meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers, and individuals across the political spectrum who are decrying the practice of fracking for natural gas. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights.

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


Sweet Water Hunt

A watershed mystery, Sweet Water Hunt, by Connie Nye, is an interactive, interdisciplinary novel set in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Watershed. Solve the riddle of “madness,” visit Dr. Water’s kooky hoose (house of organic and sustainable endeavors) and numerous sites in the Brandywine Valley. Learn to test water quality as the characters embark on this adventure story integrated with hands-on activities in all subject areas to understand watershed dynamics. Events can be scheduled at your school. Consider booking a watershed dynamics round-robin program.

http://www.sweetwatered.com


New Film Documents Climate Change Impacts Along the Andes

Seattle-based documentary filmmaker, Ethan Steinman of Daltonic Films is promoting the educational release of his latest film Glacial Balance. The film is a country-by-country journey along the spine of the Andes, providing a narrative of climate change impacts on communities through their own words.

The special edition DVD set of the film is available for purchase at glacialbalance.com. NAAEE members may purchase the film at the discounted price of $19.99 with free shipping (normally $29.99 for the special edition). Click here to purchase.

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/channels/glacialbalance


Consumers Can Help Move the Economy Towards Sustainability

Consumption represents 70% of the US economy. In a recent study by Nielsen, as many as 42% of all consumers in North America indicated that they would be willing to pay more for a more sustainable product.

EarthTouch by Earth Accounting will deliver sustainability information about different products to users who simply scan a barcode. The idea is to empower consumers to make purchasing decisions based on the environmental footprint and workplace justice of products.

Earth Accounting has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds, promote the idea and connect with interested parties and activists.

The main challenge is the collection of the data to deliver through the app and the website. For this purpose Earth Accounting proposes the formation of a new and unique “information cooperative” the Alliance for Consumer Empowerment and Sustainability (ACES.coop). Complete transparency and user participation are also the goals.


EPA Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of Climate Change Indicators in the United States presenting observed data on key measures of our environment. The third edition adds more years of data, new indicators, and new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest. The report focuses on long-term trends for key measures of our environment for which high-quality data exist. Each indicator and the report itself were peer-reviewed by independent experts, and extensive technical documentation accompanies the report.

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/indicators.html

Comment on Wildlife Action Plan Update             (Posted: 1-14-15)

The State Wildlife Action Plan is being updated by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and public input is requested. The plan update will identify priority species and habitats, assess the threats they face and outline actions to take to improve or stabilize their condition. The Plan serves as a strategic and cost-effective guide to preserve these resources for the future.

To learn more, including how to submit comments online, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/waphome.htm on the Division's website.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for January             (Posted: 1-5-15)

Click HERE.

A Month Long Celebration of The Eagle's All-American Comeback             (Posted: 1-5-15)

SOARING HIGH
A Month Long Celebration of the Eagle's All-American Comeback


Happy New Year from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey! 

What are these bald eagles squawking about, you ask? They heard January 2015 is going to be the Month of the Eagle! That's right, CWF is kicking off the new year by celebrating all things eagle. 

Follow us on social media and be sure to check your email for weekly stories on these amazing raptors from our own eagle biologist Larissa Smith.

Larissa, a wildlife biologist who has been working for Conserve Wildlife Foundation since 2000, coordinates the New Jersey Bald Eagle Monitoring Project. This month, she will involve 80 volunteers in the monitoring of 175 territorial eagle pairs in New Jersey! 

To start celebrating the Month of the Eagle, catch up on two recent eagle blog stories:

Eagles Battles in New Jersey

Eagles fight over duck at LBI. Readings From the Northside

Wildlife Blogger Jim from Readings From The Northside was lucky enough to witness two bald eagles fighting over a deceased duck. 

As the numbers of eagles increase in New Jersey, these type of disputes are becoming more common place.

Eagles not only fight over food but territory as well. Several eagles have been found deceased; or injured this past year due to conflicts with other eagles.Read more.

Tracking New Jersey's Bald Eagles


Juvenile male bald eagle (D/95) with GPS transmiter being attached. Kathy Clark/ENSP

Since 2011, the NJDFW Endangered and Nongame Species Program and Conserve Wildlife Foundation have been following the movements of young eagles outfitted with transmitters that have fledged from the Merrill Creek nest in Northern New Jersey.

Currently, two eagles are being tracked from the Merrill Creek nest. Read more.

Gardener News-January 2015             (Posted: 1-5-15)

Click HERE.

December Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 12-11-14)

Click HERE.

Cornell Lab eNews: Simple Feeder Dos and Don'ts, Holiday Gift Ideas—Plus Penguins!             (Posted: 12-11-14)

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NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium December Newsletter             (Posted: 12-11-14)

EIRC - Helping People Help Kids  NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 9December 2014
 Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost - Pillar I
Last Opportunity to Apply for 2015 ED-GRS
Application Deadline: December 19th, 2014

US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
New Jersey's participation in GRS over the past three years has been hugely successful, resulting in the award of eight NJ Green Ribbon Schools State and National winners. New Jersey will be participating in the 2014-2015 ED-GRS program open to all PreK-12 public and private schools in NJ. See Application and Instructions
EPA Hits Homestretch on Climate Rule  

The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is entering the homestretch on President Obama's landmark climate regulation aimed at curbing carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants. Read More
ED Green Strides Webinar Series

Green Strides

ED's Green Strides Webinar Series continues with the tools ALL schools can use to reduce costs; improve health; and teach effective environmental education. Find sessions for educators, facilities managers, and advocates weekly. 

 

Dec. 2, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m.  ENERGYSTAR and Green Building Rating Systems (EPA)

Dec. 3, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Indoor Air Quality for School Building Upgrades (EPA)

Dec. 3, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

Dec. 3, 2014, 3:00-4:00 p.m.  How to Be a Summer Meals Champion (USDA)

Dec. 4, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m.  How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR (EPA)

Dec. 10, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager Schema Changes (EPA)

Dec. 11, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager: Benchmarking Mixed Use Properties (EPA)

Dec. 16, 2014, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Bed Bugs in Schools (EPA)

 Spotlight on Environmental Education - Pillar III
App by DisneyNature   
         

Disneynature Explore combines an augmented reality experience with animal behavior game play to encourage children ages 4-8 to get outside and connect with nature. The technology allows 3-D images of animals to appear in the camera's viewer, providing wild adventures in a child's own backyard.  View surroundings through a butterfly's eyes, follow tracks along with the bear to find its cub, and crack a nut like a chimpanzee. Additional features include a Spanish option, suggestions for outdoor play, photo journal capabilities, and fun sound effects. There is also an accompanying educators guide. Get App

LEAVE the LEAVES for WILDLIFE!

Leave the Leaves for Wildlife
Many butterfly and moth species overwinter as pupae in leaf litter. If you rake up and throw away all of your leaves this fall, you'll be getting rid of these beneficial and often beautiful insects too. Remember, butterfly and moth caterpillars are a critically important food source for birds in the spring when they are feeding their babies. If you remove all the pupae with your leaves in the fall, there will be fewer of these insects in and around your yard in in spring.  Read More
Visit Ireland with the Monarch Teacher Network
October 2015 - Details coming soon!

Trim Castle
Take part in this 7 - 8 day trip to Ireland guided by the Monarch Teacher Network. Your agenda will include Voices from the Land activities, an environmental service project, and tours of historical sites and natural areas. Look for more details and registration information in our upcoming newsletters.  
 Awards
Nominations close on April 1, 2015   

Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching Nominations for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching  are now open.  Principals, teachers, students, parents, and the public may nominate exceptional math or science teachers who are currently teaching grades 7-12.  Teachers may also self-nominate.  The President bestows up to 108 awards each year.  Since the program's inception in 1983, over 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. More
President's Environmental Youth Award
Deadline: December 31, 2014   
The President's Environmental Youth Awards

The President's Environmental Youth Awards program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. The program includes two components: a regional certificate of special recognition and a national award competition. All qualified applicants each year receive a certificate of recognition from their EPA regional office. In addition, one outstanding project from each region is selected to receive a national award plaque. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. READ MORE 
 Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff - Pillar II
2013 RTK Survey Submission Deadline is Rapidly Approaching
Deadline extended to February 15th, 2015
   

The new RTK online system reporting requirements this year changes the entire landscape of the reporting process to New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). By now, you should have designated your "Official Right to Know Coordinator".  The Official RTK Coordinator must set up their "My New Jersey" portal account and enter the authorization code to gain access to the new RTK Survey online reporting system. Read More

Holiday Safety Alert

Holiday Lights

Artificial trees should be labeled "Fire Resistant" and may still catch on fire, but will resist burning and will extinguish quickly.  NEVER use electric lights on metallic trees as faulty lights may charge the metal and electrocution may result. Read More

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

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


Allison Mulch

Senior Manager of NJSSC
amulch@eirc.org
856-582-7000 ext. 115

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for December             (Posted: 12-11-14)

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Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 12-11-14)

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Award programs and 22 November 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 11-25-14)

K-8 Teachers Should Apply for the Roy Award for Excellence

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award is presented to one full-time K-8 teacher in the U.S. or U.K. whose excellence and innovation in the classroom elevates students' understanding of the Earth and its many processes. The winner of the Edward C. Roy Award will receive a cash prize and an additional travel grant to attend the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Chicago in March 2015. To be eligible, applications must be postmarked by January 10, 2015. The Edward C. Roy Award is given in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy Jr., a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. A past president of AGI and former chair of the AGI Education Advisory Committee, Roy was a lifelong supporter of teachers and students of all ages. For more information on requirements, application procedures and deadlines, please visit Edward C. Roy Jr. Award For Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. (http://www.americangeosciences.org/education/awards/roy)

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Application to participate in the 2015 GIFT Teachers Symposium (April 13-15, 2015)

EGU General Assembly

Austria Center Vienna (ACV)

Vienna, Austria

GIFT Workshop Theme: Mineral Resources

Grants are available to support teachers to participate in the 2015 Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) Symposium at the 2015 European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria. Selected teachers will receive a travel/hotel stipend and free registration to the meeting.

Participating teachers will be selected based on their teaching experience and a supporting statement from their school administration. Selected teachers will be expected to attend the entire workshop and submit a statement within 1 year after the workshop on their impression of the workshop and how they plan to use this experience in their future teaching activities.

To apply please submit the following information:

             Applicant name, contact information, E-mail address

             School name and address

             Your teaching experience (how many years?)

             List the subjects you teach, and ages of students

             The workshop will be conducted in English. Please describe your capability to understand and speak English.

             A description of any leadership activities you have taken at your school or in national educational activities (examples: training new teachers, developing curriculum, etc.).

             A letter of recommendation (by attached PDF document), from the senior administrator in your school supporting your application.

             (Optional) There will be opportunities for teachers to present any creative science activities they have developed for their classrooms to other teachers at the workshop. These presentations are in the form of a poster at the associated “Science in    tomorrow’s classroom”. If you would like to present a science activity, please provide a title and description for inclusion in the program.

Applications should be received as soon as possible and in any case no later than November 28, 2014.

Send your application via email to any of the members of the Committee on Education (In the U.S. this is Dr. Stephen Macko at the University of Virginia; sam8f@virginia.edu. Entire list is at : (http://www.egu.eu/education/committee/) preferentially the one in your country if there is one, or to education@egu.eu

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Applications and nominations are being accepted for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists 2015 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) Award until December 1, 2014. The TOTY award, given by the American Association for Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, will once again be granted to a K-12 teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. Six teachers across the country will be identified as finalists, each from one of six U.S. geographic regions (Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent, Southwest, Gulf Coast, and Eastern). The regional award, presented by AAPG-Eastern Section and the AAPG Foundation is $1,500.

 

The teachers of the Eastern Section have a very strong reputation. Chris Bolhuis of Michigan and Heather McArdle of New York are the two most recent AAPG Foundation TOTY winners.

All applicants must adhere to the following requirements in order to be considered for the TOTY:

  • Minimum of 3 years full-time U.S. teaching experience at any K-12 level.
  • Teaching at least one unit per year on natural resources. Natural resources are defined as earth materials used by civilizations past and present such as:

o   Organic materials such as petroleum, natural gas, coal and oil shale.

o   Inorganic substances found in the Earth such as mineral ores, building stone and aggregate.

o   Energy resources from the Earth such as geothermal energy.

  • Teaching should include the scientific study of these resources, their origin, discovery, extraction, and historic and present use. It should also include the preservation of the environment, reclamation, the conservation of resources, and the use of earth science knowledge in decision-making.

 

After regional winners are named, the Foundation’s TOTY Committee will convene to pick the final winner of the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award. The National TOTY winner will receive a $6,000 award which will be presented to the individual at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) in Denver, Colorado, May 2015. The award includes $3,000 for school use under the teacher’s supervision for educational purposes and $3,000 for personal use by the teacher. The winner will also receive an expense paid trip for two to ACE to receive the award. Check out the link below for important information about guidelines, deadlines, how to nominate and/or apply! Application deadline is December 1, 2014.

 

Visit this link to nominate or apply today: http://foundation.aapg.org/programs/toty/index.cfm

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Geology and Geography

The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds

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

“Produced by Claire L. Evans. The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds is an experiment in scale: By condensing 4.6 billion years of history into a minute, the video is a self-contained timepiece.”

Detailed Video of Pyroclastic Flow Origin, Sinabung Volcano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WF0os9xCtI

“The prolonged eruption of Sinabung Volcano is disrupting the lives of the tens of thousands of Indonesians living nearby. In this natural-color satellite image (top), a steam and ash plume from the volcano partially obscures the town of Kabanjahe, located between Sinabung and Lake Toba. Ash settles on the surrounding villages and farmland, destroying crops, and causes breathing problems for people far from the volcano. The satellite image was acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on January 29, 2014.”

Giant Boulder Destroys Building In Italy, Another One Misses By Inches

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/giant-boulder-destroys-building-in-italy-misses-anothe-1511504057

“Capricious Mother Nature destroyed a building with a giant boulder in northern Italy, with an even bigger boulder missing a three-story farm house by a just few inches, stopping right at its main entrance.”

Interactive Images of Cave Features

http://www.goodearthgraphics.com/virtcave/virtmap.html

“Here is the original Virtual Cave, devoted to the astounding variety of nature's handiwork found in solution caves, those dissolved out of solid rock by acidic waters. Most solution caves are found in carbonate rocks (limestone, dolomite, or marble) or gypsum. They may also occur in sandstones, since carbonates often form the "glue" that holds sandstone together. They can also occur in salt, which dissolves quickly.”

Historic maps for Students & Teachers

http://etc.usf.edu/maps/index.htm

“Welcome to ETC's collection of historic maps. Here you will find over 5,000 maps representing many different time periods. A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 25 maps in non-commercial school projects without further permission. All maps are available as GIF or JPEG files for screen display as well as in PDF for printing. Use the GIF or JPEG maps for classroom presentations and student websites. Use the PDF maps for displays, bulletin boards, and printed school reports”

Brazil: Drone captures landslide in World Cup Town

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13oEz7HHWms&sns=em

“A landslide destroyed houses and streets in the World Cup host city of Natal on Sunday, just one day before the USA take on Ghana in their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

Water

Drone Captures Waterfall Video in Winter

http://www.fingerlakes1.com/addedstories/20140322112639.php

FingerLakes1.com

“Another amazing quadcopter video of the majesty of Taughannock Falls, this time set to music in the throes of winter”

Weather

Identify These Weather Phenomena Quiz

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/quiz/can-you-identify-these-weather-phenomena#content

“Do you know a tornado when you see it? Can you identify the different types of clouds? Put your weather knowledge to the test with this photo-based quiz”

Stunning New Storm Video Puts The 'Super' In Supercell

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/stunning-new-storm-video-puts-the-super-in-supercell

“This time-lapse masterpiece from Kansas might be the best video of a thunderstorm you'll ever see”

Lake Effect Storm South of Buffalo, NY – How Bad is it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imS2v8NeW5o

Walking in 5 inch+ per hour snowfall rates. Winds gusting near 40 MPH. Whiteout conditions, visibility is 10 feet.

Space

Space

The 6 Biggest Space Discoveries Of 2013

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/the-6-biggest-space-discoveries-of-2013

“The year 2013 saw a wealth of discoveries, insights, and milestones that advanced the fields of astronomy and other space sciences. From extrasolar planets to extraterrestrial neutrinos, these finds have made sure that 2013 has been an unforgettable year.”

Seeing Earth Rise over the Moon for the First Time - Earthrise

http://www.youtube.com/embed/dE-vOscpiNc

NASA

“The Untold Story Of The World's Most Famous Photo”

Time-Lapse of a Star’s ‘Light Echo’

http://petapixel.com/2014/06/10/remarkable-hubble-time-lapse-captures-stars-light-echo-rippling-space/

“Remarkable 4-Year Hubble Time-Lapse of a Star’s ‘Light Echo’ Rippling Out in Space”

Environment

Earth Week: A Clearinghouse for Environmental Articles for Class

http://www.earthweek.com/

“News articles related to environmental issues”

General

Chemistry Crayon Labels

https://www.etsy.com/listing/54533368/chemistry-crayon-labels-set-of-120

Etsy.com

“Children play and draw with crayons practically every day, so why not make the experience more educational? This listing is for a set of 120 labels to stick in the crayons in a basic 120 pack of crayons so that while children are coloring, they are also exposed to the names of chemicals that will make those colors! So instead of thinking "I want green" they will think "I want Barium Nitrate Ba(NO3)2 Flame" and then when they take chemistry in high school and their teacher sets some gas on fire and it makes a green color and they ask the class what chemical it was your student will know it was Barium! Genius!”

General

National Geographic Photo Gallery: 100 Years of Football in America

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/pictures/141011-pictures-football-sports-high-school-college-people/

National Geographic

National Geographic photography captures 100 years of football.

Teaching

Critical Skills Employers Seek

http://www.schoolleadership20.com/profiles/blogs/college-and-career-ready-soft-skills-are-crucial-by-ben-johnson

“Facts about 21st century essential skills”

This High School Student’s Speech On The Problems Of Modern Education Will Leave Your Mind Blown

http://pursuingcontext.com/blog/2013/11/this-high-school-students-speech-on-the-problems-of-modern-education-will-leave-you-mind-blown-

“Ethan Young, a high school student, clearly explains what we have forgotten about education”

Duke Farms Educator News - November 2014 Issue             (Posted: 11-25-14)

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NAAEE EE News for November 19, 2014             (Posted: 11-25-14)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Survey, CEUs, Photo Gallery

2015 Conference
The Call for Presentations for the 2015 NAAEE conference in San Diego will be open by the end of the year. Also watch for a survey link to provide input on conference strands.

Conference Evaluation
If you haven’t yet completed the 2014 conference evaluation, please take a few minutes to do so. We'd especially like to hear what you thought of our new mobile app. Click here to go to the online survey, or access it from the home screen of the conference mobile site.

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

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


NAAEE Accredits Four Distinguished College and University EE Programs

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

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

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

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


International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education Winter 2014

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

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


Cal Water H2O Challenge

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

http://calwater.com/challenge


UL Innovative Education Award

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

http://naaee.org/ulinnovativeeducation


Awards, Grants, Contests

World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

Deadline: February 19, 2015
Create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the global challenges listed on the website. All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, b) why the issue is important, and c) at least one idea for a sustainable solution. Teachers encouraging students enter the contest and will receive a free resource kit. Visit the website for details.

http://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

Revitalization is Good Medicine

Check out the latest EPA Environmental Justice in Action blog post, Revitalization is Good Medicine, by Stepanie Cwik of EPA's Region 5. Stephanie talks about the progress being made in Gary, Indiana where the city, residents, and medical community are partnering to create a medical district and working toward revitalizing the surrounding neighborhoods.

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/11/revitalization-is-good-medicine


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Master of Education Online Through Texas Tech University and Houston Zoo

Texas Tech University and the Houston Zoo are offering a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Informal Science Education (online). Scholarships in the amount of $1000 are now available to those who apply and are accepted for Spring 2015. For more information contact: Dr. Patricia Patrick, PhD., trish.patrick@ttu.edu, Cell: 336-471-1185, Office: 806-834-1803.


Digital Learning and Curriculum

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

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

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


Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning

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

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


Resources for Students and Educators

National Institutes of Health K–12 Science Education Resources

The National Institutes of Health provide free K–12 resources, lesson plans, and projects for science educators. This webpage lists materials to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement science and health education programs. Topics include environmental education and science including biology and environmental health science/chemistry. They also list some Spanish-language resources.

http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/k12.html


Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate

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

http://www.gettingthepicture.info


EPA Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of "Climate Change Indicators in the United States" presenting observed data on key measures of our environment. The third edition adds more years of data, new indicators, and new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest. The Indicators report focuses on long-term trends for key measures of our environment for which high-quality data exist. Each indicator and the report itself were peer-reviewed by independent experts, and extensive technical documentation accompanies the report.

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/indicators.html


Climate at Your Doorstep

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

http://www.dailyclimate.org/doorstep

NJ Farm to School Network News: Autumn 2014             (Posted: 11-24-14)

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Check out our Fall newsletter, the Coastodian!             (Posted: 11-24-14)

Click HERE.

New video - The Heart of the Pine Barrens             (Posted: 11-13-14)

Click HERE.

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

Click HERE.

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

Click HERE.

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

EENews


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Survey, CEUs, Photo Gallery

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

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

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

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


NAAEE Accredits Four Distinguished College and University EE Programs

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

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

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

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


International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education Winter 2014

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

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


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

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

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

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


Cal Water H2O Challenge

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

http://calwater.com/challenge


UL Innovative Education Award

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

http://naaee.org/ulinnovativeeducation


News From Natural Start

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

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/...


Awards, Grants, Contests

Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

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

http://www.race4birds.org/


Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop

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

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

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


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Earth Expeditions Graduate Courses

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

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

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

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


Digital Learning and Curriculum

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

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

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


Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning

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

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


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

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

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

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Resources for Students and Educators

Teaching about Invasive Species

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

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


Pumpkins and Petunias; Things for Children to Do in Gardens

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

http://pumpkinsandpetuniasbook.co m


Harford County Public Schools Save Big with Energy Efficiency

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

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

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Interactive Water Cycle Resource

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


Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate

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

http://www.gettingthepicture.info


SMILE: New STEM Activities for Educators

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

http://www.howtosmile.org


Three New Books by Joseph Cornell

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

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

Solution Generation

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

http://solutiongeneration.org


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

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

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

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Download Program Resources

Review the Certification Actions

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

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

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

Register Your District or School

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

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

 

Sustainable Jersey

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

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