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Osprey meets plastic bag, piping plovers, and beer!
Green Knight newsletter - May 2013 - News of Environmental Issues and Events in NJ
Cornell Lab eNews: Celebrate Nest Season With A Fun New Challenge
NAAEE: EE-News for May 8, 2013
Peregrine Nestbox Activity on Live Webcam
Coastal Studies for tenth grade Girls
It's Garden for Wildlife Month!
TIDEings for Teachers: Educator Newsletter
Spring 2013: NJ School Garden Report
Air Quality Awareness Week was April 29 - May 3, 2013: FYI
News from Raritan Headwaters Association
Registration Opens for NPLD's 20th Anniversary Celebration
National EE Week Newsletter: April
Spring into the Great Outdoors
Play Again being shown on PBS
News from NJESTA
Join NestWatch to Keep Tabs on Swallows, and Other Breeding Birds
PEEC Newsletter - Why did the Salamander Cross the Road?
COASTodian Newsletter - Spring 2013 Issue
Sustainable Jersey Newsletter: New ESIP Guidebook Available
ALS 2013 NATIONAL FIELD TRIPS
March GSGSC Newsletter 2013
16 March 2013 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Branch Out for Wildlife - It's National Wildlife Week
NAAEE: EE-News for March 20, 2013
Master Gardeners Offer Helpline
Winter 2013: NJ Farm To School Garden Report
9 March 2013 Earth Science Sites of the Week & other items
Interactive Flood Mapping Website Now LIVE!
Cornell Lab eNews: Strutting Through the Sagebrush, a Rare Bird Needs Help
NAAEE: EE-News for March 6, 2013
Great Places: Thrilling and Unexpected Adventures
2 March 2013 Earth Science Sites of the Week
NWF Spring 2013 Activities and Opportunities - Some are very timely
|Osprey meets plastic bag, piping plovers, and beer!
OSPREYS, PIPING PLOVERS, TERRAPINS, and BEER!
What do all of these have in common? And More!
OSPREY MEETS PLASTIC BAG
As seen from our Osprey Cam
Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
|Female osprey with plastic bag around neck.|
|Last week we had quite the scare on the Osprey Cam - a plastic bag around the neck of the incubating female. This is one of the last things that we wanted to see, but humans, and our everyday actions, have a very real impact on wildlife. What we think of as a benign act of using and disposing of single-use plastic bags can have life or death consequences for wildlife. |
Life as an osprey is not easy. Ospreys, as well as other raptors, face very high mortality rates as they migrate to and from wintering and breeding areas and raise young, here on the Jersey Shore. CWF staff, volunteers, and loyal Osprey Cam viewers, monitored the situation and were ready to take action if she needed to be rescued. Luckily, we didn't need to intervene.
SPECIAL BREW CREATES AWESOME PARTNERSHIP
Flying Fish Brewing Company supports post-sandy wildlife restoration efforts
Flying Fish Brewing Company recently donated $15,000 to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ for our efforts in assessing the impacts of Superstorm Sandy on the state's endangered wildlife, and taking steps to restore habitat and protect at-risk populations along the Atlantic coast.
I'LL DRINK TO THAT!
BACK TO NATURE
Grow your own food
Planting, maintaining, and harvesting your own veggies, herbs, and fruits is a healthy and fulfilling way for families to spend time together. As a bonus, kids learn about the value of nutritional foods and see the fruits of their labors as they watch plants grow. Shop Back to Nature for help selecting plants, preparation tips, and raised garden packages. |
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey|
|Green Knight newsletter - May 2013 - News of Environmental Issues and Events in NJ
|Cornell Lab eNews: Celebrate Nest Season With A Fun New Challenge
|NAAEE: EE-News for May 8, 2013
NAAEE Conference News for May
The results of the 2013 NAAEE conference review process will be sent to proposal submitters during the first week of June. This notification will include the day and time for accepted sessions for both the Research Symposium and the general conference. Please make sure that your email filters will accept mail from DO_NOT_REPLY@allacademic.com.
Exhibits and Ads—Early Bird Rates until May 15
Save 25% and get optimal placement by purchasing exhibit booths and program advertisements by May 15. Sign up online at www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads
Registration is expected to open on June 3; check the website!
NAAEE will be offering a limited number of conference scholarships for students, classroom teachers, and professional environmental and community educators. Check the conference home page; information will be posted soon.
Call for Applications Open for EECapacity State Consortia Grants
Applications due June 15, 2013http://www.eecapacity.net
The EECapacity Project is announcing a Call for Applications for Year 3 of the State Consortia grants. Up to four states can receive funding to develop capacity and networking for EE and related practitioners within their state. Each state consortium will include at least 20 educators representing a diversity of organizations such as community-based groups, churches, zoos, nature centers, schools, government nature preserves, parks, organizations that are using outdoor experiences to help veterans, wounded warriors, and their families heal, and similar organizations that are committed to learning from each other, exchanging perspectives, and participating in a series of workshops and online learning opportunities for a period of one year or longer.
EECapacity State Consortia Year 3 Information Webinar
We will host an information webinar to answer any questions about State Consortia and the call for applications.
Friday, May 24, 2013 2:00–3:30 PM, Eastern Daylight Time
To register for the online event
1. Go to
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click "Submit."
Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.
For more information, and to download the RFA, visit:
Awards, Grants, Contests
Student Film Project Contest
Deadline: May 30, 2013http://www.greenlivingproject.com/studentfilmproje...
Green Living Project is excited to accept student short films for the Spring 2013 Student Film Project! In five minutes or less, student short films should tell a unique and compelling story about a sustainability-related project. Winning films will be screened at GLP Films events throughout the year, and winners also receive gear and prizes up to $1,000 in value. Contest is open to 6th grade through graduate level students.
North American Events, Training, Announcements
Living Classrooms Foundation STEM Event: Get Involved!
May 31, 2013 http://livingclassroomsdc.org/news.html
Join Living Classrooms Foundation (LCF) for a day on the water! The Nation’s River Bass Tournament is an outdoor STEM event that will connect local students with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for a day of hands-on activities in sustainability and environmental education. LCF is seeking educational providers to engage small groups of students in 15–20 minute activities throughout the day. To get involved, contact Mackenzie Betrone-Harpst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentations and Publishing Opportunities
2013 NEEEA Conference & Sustainable Schools Summit: CFP
Submission Deadline: May 24, 2013http://www.neeea.org/
Conference: November 1-3, 2013 ~ Newport, Rhode Island
Hosted by the Rhode Island EE Association in partnership with the Sustainable Schools Summit, the 2013 NEEEA Conference will leverage the EE community's expertise, expanding the conversation to build meaningful relationships across curriculum subjects, professional disciplines, and outside the classroom.
The conference is organized around three strands: curriculum, environment, and health. These strands are well aligned with the federal Green Ribbon Schools program, which evaluates and celebrates schools with Healthy School Environments, minimal Environmental Impact, and strong Environmental Education.
Seeking Success Stories on Teaching of Climate & Energy Topics
Mark McCaffrey, Programs and Policy Director of the National Center for Science Education and CLEAN and the Climate Literacy Network, is seeking specific examples from educators on the use of materials or strategies to improve climate or energy literacy for new his new book Climate Smart—Energy Wise: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Submit short summary of teaching strategy and successful outcome directly to: email@example.com://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/index.html
Resources for Students & Educators
Nothing Like Chocolate
Bullfrog Films has just released Nothing Like Chocolate, the story of Mott Green and the solar-powered Grenada Chocolate Company, a farmers' and chocolate-makers' co-op that makes organic chocolate from tree-to-bar. This film will make you think about the food you eat.http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/nlc.html
Free EE App
"Earth Day Carol" is a green retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol with a Plastic Bottle Scrooge being visited by the ghosts Plastic Past, Plastic Present, and Plastic Future. This environmental app explores reduce, reuse, recycle, through animation, pop-up facts, and a narration by actress Janet Varney (the voice of Korra on Nickelodeon's, "The Legend of Korra").http://www.earthdaycarol.org
Hands on the Land
America’s national forests, parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands and waterways offer unique teaching and learning opportunities. Hands on the Land (HOL), a national interagency network of field classrooms, connect learners to lands and waterways all across America, making HOL "America’s largest classroom." HOL program providers offer K-12 hands-on, place-based, conservation education experiences that support 21st century environmental literacy and educational goals. The interactive website supports a network of field sites to connect program providers and teachers with multiple agency resources.http://www.handsontheland.org
|Peregrine Nestbox Activity on Live Webcam
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is happy to announce that the Peregrine Webcam is once again streaming live video from the rooftop nestbox at 101 Hudson Street in Jersey City. Technical problems had prevented the live stream from being accessible to the public, but still images have been available for several weeks. The birds have been incubating four eggs since mid-April and hatching is expected around May 13th-14th.
Since 2001, Nestbox News has chronicled the nesting activity, providing detailed information about each year's activity. (See Nestbox News at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/peregrinecam/jcp-2013nestnews.htm for this year's and previous years' accounts). There are links to the live video as well as current still images from that page. To go directly to the live stream go to http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/peregrinecam/jcp-live.htm .
The Peregrine Project relies on public support. Much of that support is from The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, a non-profit organization which works closely with the division's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. Due to the technical issues we experienced this year, and with the advent of new technology, the foundation will be raising funds for a new webcam configuration in addition to its continued support of this and other activities of the division's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. To make a donation, go directly to their Donate Now Web site at http://partners.guidestar.org/controller/searchResults.gs?action_donateReport=1&partner=networkforgood&ein=22-3130406 .
|Coastal Studies for tenth grade Girls
Coastal Studies for Girls is a semester-long science and leadership school for tenth grade girls. The school brings girls from around the country to the coast of Maine for 16 weeks during either the fall or spring term of their sophomore year of high school, enabling them to immerse themselves in a challenging and rewarding experience while living in a beautiful coastal landscape that serves as a natural laboratory. Students at Coastal Studies for Girls interact directly with scientists and guest lecturers as they pursue a rigorous marine science-based curriculum. For more information, click HERE.
|It's Garden for Wildlife Month!
|TIDEings for Teachers: Educator Newsletter
|Spring 2013: NJ School Garden Report
School Gardening with Eco Schools
|I hope you are outside enjoying this beautiful spring in the garden! The benefits of gardening for healthy living are widely known, but lesser known are the benefits of school gardens to enhance the learning environment. Environment is a factor used to predict standardized tests scores1. That means, the better the environmental quality, the better the results your school is going to have2.|
| 2013 NJ School Garden of the Year Contest: What You Should Know
|This past March, we launched the second annual NJ School Garden of the Year contest. It is a huge undertaking to ensure all of your amazing efforts are captured in one survey, a document and several uploaded images. As the marketing and technical advisor for NJ Farm To School, I want to ensure you are represented in the best light. Therefore, I am offering a few suggestions that will make it easier for the judges to best understand the highlights of your garden.|
| City Green's Learning Farm: Schultheis Farm Site to Expand
|One only has to look at City Green's website to understand the impact this organization with six full-time and one part-time employees has on its community. From Community, Youth and School Gardening programs, to Horticulture Therapy and Urban Agriculture, City Green has a lot going on.|
Healthy Schools, Healthy Children is one way AtlantiCare backs our commitment to take you and your family well into the future. With childhood obesity on the rise, we feel an urgent need to teach kids in our community how to eat healthy, stay active and establish wholesome habits for a lifetime. Our goal? To eliminate child obesity and all the health problems that can accompany it.
Through our partnership with local schools, we assist with the implementation of fitness and nutrition policies and make resources available to schools, students and families.
Visit us on the web to find out more.
Upcoming Events, Contests and Programs:
Healthy Children, Healthy Planet
Hosted by The Riverside School Garden
Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00am - 2:00pm ET
58 Riverside Dr.
Princeton, NJ 08540
This community-wide celebration of school gardens, healthy living and sustainability is now in its third year – last year attracted several hundred visitors who enjoyed gardening and nutrition demonstrations, sports clinics, local food, live music, and crafts in Riverside School’s beautiful school gardens.
For more information: CLICK HERE
Annual Fundraiser Garden Party
Hosted by Camden Children's Garden
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
The Garden Party Fundraiser will be a highlight of the 2013 season.VIP guests, gardeners, and food enthusiasts willenjoy the Camden Children’s Garden in all its seasonal splendor.Guests will explore the Garden’s education, horticultural exhibits under the stars, and browse the Silent Auction while enjoying an enchanted evening. The Champions of Children Awards will honor notable individuals, foundations and corporations who work tirelessly on behalf of children and Camden, NJ. The Awardees are: Honorable Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Congressman Robert E. Andrews, NJ Senator Diane Allen, Camden Councilwoman Dana Burley, Camden Councilwoman DeborahPerson-Polk, 1st Colonial Bank President Gerard M. Banmiller and Whole Foods Market.
For more information: CLICK HERE
School Gardening in the Fall: Strategies for Growing Seed to Table
Co-hosted by edWeb and the National Farm To School Network
Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Thianda Manzara, Ph.D., Founder and President of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids in Delaware
To become part of the Growing School Garden Community and register for this and other complimentary webinars, be sure to join us on the web.
For more information: CLICK HERE
If you have an event, activity or program you would like to add to our calendar and newsletter, please email the information, details and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkley, CA and affiliates in New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Greensboro, and Brooklyn
The stated mission of the Edible Schoolyard is "to create and sustain an organic garden and landscape that is wholly integrated into the school’s curriculum, culture, and food program."
Edible education is making an impact in communities all over the world. Learn about the innovative work being done and support the incredible people doing it. If you have a program, join the network and share your story!
Read the full article here.
Cooperative Growers Association Has What You Need
The Cooperative Growers Association, a farmer-owned growers cooperative based in Tabernacle, NJ has bedding plants for school gardens, as well as strawberry plants, seed potatoes, asparagus roots, herbs, veggie plants, garden supplies and much more!
Read the full article here.
Now here’s a recipe that can bring some serious attention to your green vegetables and legumes. Why cook everything in the back of your kitchen?Find a person who loves to interact with your kids, arm them with a burner or two, a big, non-stick frying pan, and get them out on the line. With the sound of a sizzling wok, the smell of ginger, garlic and scallions in the air, and the added visual excitement, this batch-cooked approach to fresh vegetables will have them lining up for more!
2 lb. Snow Peas, LOCAL blanched for 30 seconds in boiling salted water, drained, shocked, dried
¼ C. Canola, Vegetable or Regular Olive Oil
1 Tb. Garlic, fresh, chopped
2 Tb. Ginger, fresh, chopped
2 Tb. Scallions, white and light green part only, sliced thinly
1Tb. Sugar, granulated
¼ C. Soy Sauce
1 Tb. Sesame oil
Kosher or Sea Salt to taste
In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger and scallions.
Preheat a large sauté pan, 2 smaller pans, or a wok, over high heat.Once the pan(s) is really hot, add the Canola oil and heat through.Add to the hot oil and stir quickly.Add the snow peas and toss well.
Once the peas are heated through, add the sugar and toss again.Add the soy sauce and sesame oil, toss well and taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt if desired.
NOTE:This same process can happen on a larger scale, in a tilt braiser, steam kettle or even an oven-heated, dry roasting pan.The trick is using high heat and being organized so that you can get in and out of the heat source as quickly possible.
Try quickly stir-frying the snow peas and then cooling them down quickly on large sheet trays.This makes an amazing chilled Snow Pea Salad!
CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF recipe card, including nutritional information.
School Garden Online Community & Resources
Online School Garden Community
This online learning community is a place for educators, gardeners, parents, school administration and community volunteers to come together to share information and resources on how to start and maintain a school garden and integrate it into the curriculum and the life of a school.
CLICK HERE to join - registration is free.
Spotlight School Garden:
Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School
Pre-K3 - 6
Bianca Aniski, School Nurse
Dear Sandy... You Just Can’t Say "No" to a School Garden
As a one of many supporters and lovers of the Ethel Jacobsen Schoolyard Gardens on Long Beach Island, all I could think was, "Not again; not another hurricane to coincide with another bountiful harvest from the EJ Garden."
CLICK HERE to read more.
Idea for an article or contribution?
Share your story.
If you have an article you would like to have considered for publication in a future School Garden Report, please submit your idea or article to email@example.com. Articles should be submitted in Word Document format. NJ Farm To School Network reserves the right to accept or decline submissions and edit content. This quarterly Report will be published annually in January, April, July and October.
**The New Jersey Farm to School Network wishes to thank the AtlantiCare Foundation for their generous support initiating this newsletter.
|Air Quality Awareness Week was April 29 - May 3, 2013: FYI
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is kicking off Air Quality Awareness Week, April 29 – May 3, 2013 (http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/). This week emphasizes that you can protect your health, as well as the health of others, by paying attention to local air quality and moving toward living a healthier lifestyle, while still enjoying outdoor activities and saving some money, all at the same time!
By making simple changes to your everyday routine, such as burning only dry well-seasoned wood, keeping your vehicle’s maintenance up-to-date, combining automobile trips, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, conserving energy, such as turning off the lights and maintaining your vehicle, you can reduce air pollution, lessen your impact on the environment, and likely save money in the process.
NJDEP DAILY MESSAGES
Each day of New Jersey’s Air Quality Awareness Week 2013 focuses on an air pollutant, associated example sources of the pollutant, and associated control measures and recent actions taken by New Jersey to control the pollutant. The week also highlights how even our daily routine can impact our environment. As a follow-up, there are tips and suggestions for creating and maintaining a sustainable lifestyle within your community that will simultaneously reduce greenhouse gases, criteria air pollutants, and air toxics. All of the week’s themes, facts, and actions can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/. This site also highlights area or local events scheduled during and around Air Quality Awareness Week.
USEPA AND NOAA WEBSITES
New Jersey’s efforts coincide with a National initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The federal agencies’ themes and facts can be found at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/.
CHECK YOUR AIR QUALITY ANY DAY
Remember to check your local air quality on the NJDEP’s Air Monitoring website (http://www.njaqinow.net/) or by subscribing to EnviroFlash, (www.enviroflash.info), an online alert system, to receive critical air quality information straight to your email inbox or cell phone.
USEPA’s new mobile application, AIRNow (http://m.epa.gov/apps/airnow.html), provides real-time location-specific air quality information that you can use to protect your health when planning your day.
April 29 - May 3, 2013 is Air Quality Awareness Week. Learn about 5 important ambient air pollutants this week and what you can do to improve air quality in New Jersey.
Monday, April 29: Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) – Wood Smoke
Did You Know? Fine Particulate Matter has been linked to many adverse health impacts, including asthma attacks, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. Wood smoke contains large amounts of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which pose a significant health risk, and is one of the largest sources of fine particles in New Jersey.
NJ Rules and Program(s) to Reduce Your Exposure: N.J.A.C. 7:27-3, “Control and Prohibition of Smoke from Combustion of Fuel” includes Outdoor Wood Boilers, Compliance and Enforcement Advisory for outdoor wood boilers, Guidance, Local Ordinances and Materials for controlling wood smoke and smoke from outdoor wood boilers.
Action: Follow best practices for burning wood. Burn only dry well-seasoned hardwood. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or propane torch to start a fire! Upgrade to a cleaner USEPA-certified wood stove, or a USEPA-certified fireplace insert. They burn cleaner and emit less particle pollution.
How? Visit USEPA’s Burnwise webpage for best burn practices.
For all of New Jersey's themes, facts, and suggested actions for the week, go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/
Tuesday April 30: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Consumer Products
Did You Know? Paints, varnishes, stains, hairspray, deodorants, shaving gels, cleaners, air fresheners, cooking sprays and glue are examples of common products we use everyday that may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a pollutant that contributes to ground level ozone (or smog) and hazardous air pollutants.
NJ Rules to Reduce Your Exposure: N.J.A.C. 7:27-24, “Prevention of Air Pollution from Consumer Products”, N.J.A.C. 7:27-23, “Prevention of Air Pollution from Architectural Coatings”, N.J.A.C. 7:27-26, “Prevention of Air Pollution from Adhesives, Sealants, Adhesive Primers, and Sealant Primers.”
Action: Avoid painting or cleaning on really hot days. Purchase consumer products and paints with little or no VOCs.
How? Before you paint, check your local forecast using the Air Quality Index (AQI) at http://www.njaqinow.net/. If it is an orange or red day, avoid using products containing VOCs. These are usually hot days when painting would not be comfortable, so it’s a good excuse not to paint or clean!
For all of New Jersey's themes, facts, and suggested actions for the week, go to
Wednesday, May 1: Ozone (O3) - Cars
Did You Know? Idling vehicles cause fuel not to combust completely, causing an increase in harmful emissions. When you idle your vehicle, you, as well as the people around you, are breathing in a lot of those harmful fuel components. Vehicles that idle for only 10 minutes per day waste more than 29 gallons of fuel each year. So reduce your idling time whenever you can: walk short distances instead of taking the car, park and go in to the fast food restaurant or bank instead of using the drive-thru, and don't idle to heat or cool the interior of the vehicle.
Remember, an idling vehicle gets 0 miles per gallon.
NJ Rules and Programs to Reduce Your Exposure: N.J.A.C. 7:27-15 “Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution from Gasoline-Fueled Motor Vehicles”.
Action: Improve your air, and everyone else’s, when you are behind the wheel. Do not let your car idle for more than 3 minutes. It is the law! It will save you fuel and money, as well as benefit your health.
How? Consider these FACTS –
Myth: Idling for a long time helps the engine warm up. FALSE
Fact: Cars need less than 30 seconds of idle time, even during cold weather, before it is ready to go.
Myth: Idling for a few minutes is more fuel efficient, better for the engine, and saves the starter, instead of turning the engine on and off. FALSE
Fact: Only 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning the engine on and off. Excessive idling causes the car to run inefficiently, leading to an increase in vehicle maintenance and a decrease in engine life.
Myth: Idling your car for a while is the best way to warm up/cool down the interior. FALSE
Fact: The best way to heat or cool the inside of your car is to operate it at its peak performance parameter, which is while driving, and not while idling. It can take more than twice as long to change the temperature by idling instead of driving.
Visit www.stopthesoot.org for more information
For all of New Jersey's themes, facts, and suggested actions for the week, go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/.
Thursday, May 2: Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) – Diesel Engines
Did You Know? Diesel emissions contain more than 40 known and probable carcinogens, including fine particulate matter (PM2.5), commonly called soot. Every year, hundreds of New Jerseyans die prematurely or suffer asthma attacks or other debilitating respiratory illnesses from harmful diesel soot. Pursuant to a New Jersey law, thousands of school buses, garbage trucks, and transit buses have been retrofit with diesel emission control devices to reduce their emissions In addition, construction equipment used on various projects throughout the state are being retrofit with particle control devices to minimize health impacts from the projects.
NJ Rules and Program(s) to Reduce Your Exposure: N.J.A.C. 7:27-32 “Diesel Retrofit Program”, N.J.A.C. 7:27-14 “Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution from Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicles (Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program),” N.J.S.A. 26:2C-8 “Mandatory Program Statute.”
Action: Spread the word about diesel emissions reduction. Do not idle diesel vehicles for more than 3 minutes.
How? Encourage your township to implement diesel reduction measures, such as increased idling enforcement and purchase of new, cleaner diesel vehicles and equipment. Also ask your township to consider requiring that equipment used in local construction contracts be retrofitted or the newest model year. A limited amount of funding is available for construction retrofits by calling (609) 292-7953. Visit http://www.stopthesoot.org/ for more information.
For all of New Jersey's themes, facts, and suggested actions for the week, go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/
Friday, May 3: Air Toxics – Dry Cleaners and Consumer Products
Did You Know? Perchloroethylene, also known as perc, is a cancer-causing chemical used in dry cleaning, automotive repair products such as brake cleaners, carburetor or fuel-injection cleaners and engine degreasers, and in other consumer products such as footwear and leather care products and adhesive removers.
NJ Rules and Program(s) to Reduce Your Exposure: N.J.A.C. 7:27-17, “Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution by Toxic Substances”, N.J.A.C 7:27-24, “Prevention of Air Pollution from Consumer Products” including automotive cleaning products, and footwear and leather care products, Dry Cleaner Reimbursement Program, Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Guidance, Other Initiatives.
Action: Buy clothing that does not require dry cleaning. For dry cleaning, patronize “Green Dry Cleaning Facilities” that utilize other solvents or professional wet cleaning technique. Look at the label and make sure the consumer products you purchase are Perchloroethylene free.
How? Visit New Jersey's Air Toxics webpage for What You Can Do!
For all of New Jersey's themes, facts, and suggested actions for the week, go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqaweek/
|News from Raritan Headwaters Association
Interested in Protecting Clean Water?
Learn how to monitor streams in the headwaters region of the Raritan River at these FREE workshops.
|11th Annual Ride for the River
Motorcycle Poker Run & Fundraiser
This event, a poker run which raises funds to support RHA, is a fixture among motorcycle enthusiasts who have an appreciation for the beauty of our 470 square mile watershed region.
RHA Comes to a School Near You
We conduct a series of classroom-based science lessons and then take students outdoors to study the water in a nearby stream or river. Find out more about our talented educators on our website!
| Spring Community Well Testing Begins...
What's in Your Water?
If your water comes from a private well, it is up to you to make sure it is safe to drink. Our spring Community Well Testing Schedule is up on our website.
|Registration Opens for NPLD's 20th Anniversary Celebration
NPLD's 20th Anniversary
September 28, 2013 will be the 20th annual celebration of National Public Lands Day.
Help us make this year the biggest NPLD in history. Host an event, invite guest speakers and celebrate volunteer service.
For more information, visit publiclandsday.org.
The Public Lands Every Day program encourages Americans to enjoy, protect and maintain our public lands through public engagement, professional development and partnerships.
Since 1999, Toyota has been the national corporate sponsor of the National Environmental Education Foundation's (NEEF) National Public Lands Day.
In 2011, Toyota and NEEF also launched the Public Lands Every Day Program - building capacity for public land organizations.
NPLD 2013 Registration is Open
Join in to celebrate our 20th Anniversary
| Friends groups, nonprofits, public land managers, scout troops and all those interested in outdoor volunteerism are invited to host an event for NPLD. NPLD's 20th Anniversary national day of service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.|
Why lead a volunteer event for NPLD?
When you host an NPLD event, people become motivated and inspired because they are part of something BIG. This year, over 2,000 sites with volunteers across the nation will be celebrating NPLD on public lands. Join in and register your event today!
- Free promotional materials mailed directly to you.
- Your event listed on the NPLD website.
- Free resources including educational materials, the 2013 Manual for Site Managers and the 2013 Media Kit.
- Attract new visitors and volunteers to your site.
- Connect with the NPLD team! We are happy to assist you with planning an event.
What Are You Planning for NPLD's 20th Anniversary
Share your special activities with us
|We'd love to hear from site managers who are planning something special to celebrate NPLD's 20th anniversary this year. |
We're looking for examples of what you are doing in your community. We'll help promote your event via our media and social networks, share your plans with other site managers who are looking for inspiration and we may even invite you and your volunteers to "virtually" participate in our national celebration.
Need ideas on how your public land can celebrate NPLD on September 28? Check out our list of 20 common and unique NPLD projects.
Let us know your plans by emailing us and/or adding details to your event listing on the NPLD website. Feel free to share your plans on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #NPLD20 as well.
We look forward to hearing from you!
NPLD in Your State Parks
Get Involved Guide for State Parks
|If your state park system is looking to attract new volunteers and inspire the community to get involved, consider participating in NPLD 2013. |
A couple of ways to get involved in this year's celebrations are to:
For more tips on how to participate in NPLD, visit the NPLD in Your State Parks webpage or read the Get Involved Guide for State Parks
- Sign a Memorandum of Mutual Support with NPLD.
- Register an event that is already being planned at the state parks. Activities can focus on recreation, service or environmental education.
- Host a state-wide fall festival or hike day on NPLD.
Free Water Quality Kits for NPLD Sites
World Water Monitoring Challenge to provide 100 free kits
World Water Monitoring Challenge
has donated 100 water quality test kits for NPLD sites. The test kits offer an easy and fun way to integrate a citizen science activity into your NPLD project. Site managers can use the kits as an opportunity to jump start discussions on watersheds, runoff, estuaries and pollution.
To request one of the 100 free test kits, register for NPLD
and mark the check box at the end of the form. A test kit will be mailed to you over the summer.
Public Lands Every Day Hiking Resources
Guide from Appalachian Trail Conservancy
|Photo Credit: Appalachian Trail Conservancy|
The Appalachian Trail extends roughly 2,180 miles through 14 states from Georgiato Maine. This vast trail system provides a wide array of hiking andwalking opportunities, ranging from day hikes to long-distance hikes.
The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
(ATC)is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail ensuring that its vastnatural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyedtoday, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. Each year ATC's FamilyHiking Day, held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day
,provides an opportunity to introduce children and families to the trailand to the benefits that come from being active and spending timeoutdoors.
NEEF is the nation's leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet.
We achieve this by providing knowledge to trusted professionals and other leaders who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve everyday environmental problems. Learn more at www.neefusa.org, follow us on Facebook at http://goo.gl/FidAX and Twitter @neefusa.
|National EE Week Newsletter: April
|Spring into the Great Outdoors
|Play Again being shown on PBS
|News from NJESTA
Audubon Teacher's School of Ecology:
Targeting teachers in grades 4 to 8 who teach in the Passaic River Watershed the program offers teachers 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.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum - new lessons available that tie in cross-discipline concepts from grades K-12
Smithsonian Museum freebies
The Smithsonian Institute-Cooper Hewitt Museum is currently in a position to donate objects used in the show "Designing for the other 90%" http://www.cooperhewitt.org/tags/design-other-90.
Of the world s total population of 6.5 billion, 90%, have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted; in fact, nearly half do not have regular access to food, clean water, or shelter. Design for the Other 90% explored more than thirty projects which reflect the growing movement among designers, engineers, students and professors, architects, and social entrepreneurs to design low-cost solutions for this other 90%. This show highlighted a wide variety of design innovations that addressed the basic challenges of survival and progress faced by the world s poor and marginalized.
Objects to be donated range from simple irrigation systems to Kenyan cook stoves to simple laptop tablets (not Windows or Mac) for elementary aged students. These objects could be used in very creative ways and are available to teachers in any discipline. Shipping or pick up of objects is limited to the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland areas only. For pictures and more detailed descriptions of items available contact- Kim Hawkins, Assistant Registrar Coordinator at HawkinsK@si.edu., 1-212-849-8434.
Geology & Geography
Dinosaur Die Out Might Have Been Second of Two Closely Timed Extinctions
"The most-studied mass extinction in Earth history happened 65 million years ago and is widely thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs. New University of Washington research indicates that a separate extinction came shortly before that, triggered by volcanic eruptions that warmed the planet and killed life on the ocean floor."
Geography in the News: Storm Surge Threats
"Superstorm Sandy sent a storm surge of 13 feet (4 m) onto New Jersey's and New York's fragile shorelines, creating chaos and widespread misery for coastal inhabitants. Examining experiences with hurricanes Katrina and more recently Irene, storm surges clearly create more damage than wind and rain during these tropical and middle latitude cyclones."
Interactive Topographic Maps Illustrating Physiographic Features
"Roam your cursor across maps and images to learn about selected features of the American landscape and see how they're represented on topographic maps. "
Geography and Geology Animations
Find an extensive list of "Animations, video clips and interactive images in geography [and geology] that can help you to understand the complex natural processes that take place at or close to the surface of the earth. The animated diagrams and maps speed up time, giving you the opportunity to see and understand the long term changes that take place at or near the surface of the Earth. Many of the animations are also interactive."
Using Topographic Maps to Study Landforms in ArcGIS Online
Using topographic maps to study landforms has been a key part of Geography and Earth Science instruction for over a century. It has never been easier to do, thanks to the seamless USGS topographic maps for the USA and the base topographic map for the world available in ArcGIS Online. Joseph has created a set of 12 questions and a map containing 20 landforms as a starting point for these investigations. To access these maps follow these steps:
1) Click the "Open" button, choose Arc.GIS.com map viewer .
2) Click on "Bookmark" on the right hand part of the menu to view the choice of landforms to analyze.
Atlantic Canadian mega-Volcanoes Blamed in Mass Extinction
A new study shows that eruptions in Morocco likely kicked off the end-Triassic mass extinction, while eruptions in the northeast of North America continued to add to these mass extinctions about 3,000 to 13,0000 years later. The end-Triassic mass extinction set the stage for dinosaur domination. This article is summary of an article from March 21, 2013 Science,
Geography in the News: Iconic Route 66, An Adventure
On Nov. 11, 1926, U.S. Highway 66 became one of the original federal highways. Running from Chicago to Los Angeles, this highway became an icon for generations of western migrants and vacationers. Motoring along the route in the 1950s left millions with indelible memories of incredible physical and cultural sites.
Unusual Indian Ocean Earthquakes Hint at Tectonic Breakup
"A pair of massive earthquakes that rocked the Indian Ocean on 11 April 2012 may signal the latest step in the formation of a new plate boundary within Earth's surface."
"This website gives a lesson plan for making a food model that illustrates plate tectonics."
Maps of the Week
The 20 "Biggest" Cities in the United States Might not be What you Think.
You may be surprised by what you see! When we talk about cities being "big" or "small" it turns out we are usually thinking in terms of how many people live there. This is a pretty unique collective assumption, and you might find that this list of "big" cities challenges your notion of scale when it comes to how we think about populated places.
Animated History Map of the U.S.
An excellent clip for ALL people, young and old, to view. The site is fascinating to watch the growth from the 13 colonies up to the present day.
Inside Climate Change and Our World's Beaches
"The World's Beaches (2011), written with three fellow scientists from around the world, is a comprehensive but relatable guide to the science of the shoreline, teaching readers precisely how beaches work and how to read the "character" of any given shoreline."
Point Nemo Is The Location In The Ocean That Is Farthest From Land
"Want to get away from it all? You can't do better than a point in the Pacific Ocean popularly known as 'Point Nemo,' named after the famous submarine sailor from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."
The Water Cycle: Learn About It and See It in Action
"In this site, you'll find some helpful information and links to experiments and resources about the water cycle for use in the classroom or at home. We hope these resources help you introduce the importance of clean, safe water to your students."
Water Cycle: Hands-On Experiments
"These sites have hands-on experiments and projects about the water cycle and water purification. Learn how to make it rain in your kitchen and how to build your own water cycle environment. There are many other activity ideas, including a script for a play. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on water cycle explanations and illustrations."
Perpetual Ocean: Visualization Shows Ocean Surface Currents
"This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations; the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience." Compare this map with hint.fm/wind/ the coolest wind map on the web.
Derecho Moving Southeastward from the Midwest to the East Coast
"This site has pictures of how the Derecho was moving across the United States at the time."
"A meteogram is a time cross-section of data for a specific surface reporting station. The data plotted include temperatures, winds, pressure, clouds and present weather. These data are updated hourly at around 50 minutes past the hour."
Using NASA Data for Weather Lesson Plans,
"MY NASA DATA is an online avenue whereby educators can bring NASA data into their classroom and provide students with real-world science experiences. The website offers a growing collection of over 120 standard based lesson plans to help teachers get started with data exploration."
An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change from AAAS
"Drawing on several Project 2061 resources, the guide focuses on the ideas and skills that are central to understanding the science of climate change, the process of scientific inquiry, and the trade-offs and constraints implicit in making choices about technology.
iMapTV - A GIS Interface for Weather
If you've downloaded apps in the past to help you track weather alerts, traffic reports and police advisories, you and your students will love this site. iMapTv lets you access real-time weather maps from across the globe. You can check virtually any area's radar, cloud coverage, current temperatures, ski resort status, weather advisories and storm warnings.
Weather Prediction for Novices
"Monitor the weather environment and make predictions about the weather up to 48 hours before special outdoor events."
Comet PANSTARRS at sunset
"Have you seen the comet? As Comet PANSTARRS fades, careful observers -- even with unaided eyes -- should still be able to find the shedding ice ball on the western horizon just after sunset."
Time Lapse: Space Shuttle Endeavour Squeezes Through L.A. Streets
"The space shuttle Endeavour made its last journey, traveling 12-miles on city streets from Los Angeles International Airport, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park."
Interactive Resources for Teaching Astronomy
"The ClassAction Project is developing interactive materials to be used in the introductory astronomy classroom at either the college or advanced high school level. The materials are centered around questions that are projected in the classroom. Students then respond to the questions through voting, oral report, or other means either individually or in groups. A large number of resources are provided to help the instructor provide feedback to the questions. "
Why is the Sky Dark at Night?
"Why does it get dark at night? The answer in this video might be more complicated than you think."
Zoomable Galaxy Size Comparison Chart
The site allows you to click on image to enlarge and compare different types of galaxies. This site is out of this world!
New Discovery: An Alien Solar System With Two Earth-Sized Worlds in Habitable Zone
"Scanning the heavens, you might very well miss the star Kepler-62. It's a rather typical star, slightly smaller, cooler, and more orange than the Sun, much like tens of billions of other stars in our galaxy. But it holds a surprise: It's orbited by at least five planets… and two of them are Earth-sized and orbit the star in its habitable zone!"
Ecological Footprint Calculator
"This website allows the calculation of one's carbon footprint."
The Truth About Ocean Decline
A view of ocean/beach decline in Southern California from the view of surfers.
International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge
"The challenge involves understanding the causes of climate change and then envisioning and embodying effective solutions so we, as a planet, can avoid the worst potential consequences…. Find out how your classroom can take part in this project, specifically designed to help students measure their personal CARBON FOOTPRINT and discuss climate change concerns with students around the world.
Guidelines for Designing an Experiment
Find a short summary of some topics that frequently surface when designing experiments.
Science Daily for Summaries of the Latest Science News
One of the best free sources to keep up with the latest
Make Your Own Sculpture Dough
"This is a recipe for one type of material that can be molded easily that is similar to the clay artists use for their work.
Implementing Experimental Design Vocabulary While Practicing Critical Thinking Skills
"Students will learn and implement experimental design vocabulary while practicing their critical thinking skills in an inquiry based experiment. This lesson is written using the 5E Learning Model."
"Our professional filmmaking team has been shooting behind the scenes at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) for the past five years, here is the story."
Interactive Periodic Table
"This website contains an interactive periodic table. Each chemical element contains a link to a page that explains its chemical properties, health effects, environmental effects, application data, an image and also information of the history/inventor of each element."
A Toxic Tragedy in Bhopal
"Collection of photos of the fallout from the chemical leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant three decades ago."
Class Workbooks for Natural Hazards and Earth Science
"Class workbooks for catastrophic events and earth in space."
Assessment Questions for Science
"Get instant access to 30 years' of well-respected, proven questions for Math, Science, Social Studies and English.70,000 of the best questions from NY Regents, State Assessments, Academic Competitions, and more."
Changing Education Paradigms Talk
"This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award."
The 5 E's, an Instructional Model Based on the Constructivist Approach
"The 5 E's is an instructional model based on the constructivist approach to learning, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas. The 5 E's can be used with students of all ages, including adults."
Texting Students Exchanging Phone Numbers
"A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents for free. Teachers never see students' phone numbers. Students never see theirs."
Science Fact or Science Fiction - Which Statement is Incorrect?
A. Red, orange, green and white cups were used to serve hot chocolate. Orange cups were voted more "chocolaty" even though the same hot chocolate was served in each cup.
B. 1/3 of stars in the Milky Way consist of cooler red dwarf class stars (end dwarf).
C. Puckered digits that occur after taking a long bath are better at holding slippery marbles than non-wrinkled fingers.
D. Poop transplants (Repoopulation) can be used to treat people with chronic diarrhea.
Source: Scientific American's "60 Second Science" podcast
B: It's actually at least 2/3 of stars in our galaxy.
Your Body is a Map Maker
"Envy the Michigan Hand Map. Michiganders have been blessed with a state shaped almost exactly like a hand - well, at least, most of the state"
Making Charts (Graphs) in Excel 2007 & Excel 2010
"Here are 6 tutorial videos dealing with different aspects of Excel charts: How to make them, setting and locating relevant titles, relocating the legend (or hiding it), what are data labels and how to add them, how to rescale the Y-axis, and eventually giving them some style and touch with colors, fonts and backgrounds."
Create an Avatar for your Classroom
"Make quick fun avatars to put on your BB site or Smartboard. A different way to give information. Assign kids to create one to share an idea."
Class Management Tool via Smartphone
"Use this for class management - instantly reward or track good behavior/bad behavior. Can run it on smart board so kids can see, and they can log in to track their "points" and you can get reports or send them to parents. Very easy to customize. You can walk around with it on your Smartphone (icon is found on website) or iPad (app store) during group work to help gather qualitative assessment data."
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|ALS 2013 NATIONAL FIELD TRIPS
2013 NATIONAL FIELD TRIPS
For those who wish to pay with a credit card please add 2.5% to the bill.
MONTAUK SPRING WEEKEND
JUNE 7-9, 2013
Always a trip worth taking. Start with an orientation and slide show on Friday night. This is peak orchid and heather blossom time. Activities include: hiking, birding, tide pools, butterflies, rocky cliffs, a visit to Montauk Light and an optional whale watch.
The Montauk Manor is a perfect place to stay after a long, cold winter with its well-appointed rooms, restaurant, hot tub, and pool. You will enjoy vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and be able to take walks around the grounds. Leaders:Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen
Cost: $385 includes 5 meals, 2 evening programs, a star watch and 2 nights at Montauk Manor. Send deposit of $100 per person to Don Riepe, ALS, 28 W. 9th Rd, Broad Channel, NY 11693 by April 30, 2013.
RHODE ISLAND/BLOCK ISLAND
STRIPED BASS TAGGING WEEKEND
JUNE 8 - 9, 2013
Join our tagging director for a weekend of striped bass tagging; fishing the rocky coast of Rhode Island and the rips of Block Island. We will be fishing with the American Littoral Society's most prolific and successful tagger, Captain Al Anderson of Narragansett, Rhode Island, aboard his boat, "The Prowler", Sailing from the port of Galilee, RI, right next to the ferry to Block Island. The Prowler is a 42 ft. North Carolina Custom Express twin diesel sportfisherman with a cabin, tower and full electronics.
Captain Al, who has recently been inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame; has been stalking and tagging stripers in Rhode Island Waters for over 40 years and has tagged and released well over 50,000 gamefish during that time.
The trip is limited to 6 anglers for the weekend, with an all-day fishing trip both Saturday and Sunday. All bait, tackle, and tags will be provided. Bring your surf fishing gear along, as there will be opportunities to experience some of Rhode Island's great shoreline fishing as well.
On Saturday the party will meet for a late lunch (Dutch treat) at a local seafood restaurant. After lunch we will visit the Point Judith light house, and take a stroll out to Black Rock on Narragansett Bay.
$275 - ALS Member
$325 - Non Member
Price includes all costs for 2 fishing trips and tags, as well as a signed copy of Capt. Al's latest book, "Island Stripers". Anglers are responsible for their own lodging and meals. Call Jeff at (732) 291-0055 for more information.
COLUMBIS RIVER GORGE, MT. ST. HELENS, and the PACIFIC END of the LEWIS & CLARK TRAIL
JULY 18-27, 2013.
A fascinating gorge described as a "Top ten scenic wonder" plus Mt. St. Helens and Lewis and Clark history, what could be better? We will have a leisurely exploration of some dramatic and varied scenery from the amazing river that separates Washington State from Oregon (and spends a significant part of its length in Canada) to the explosive remnants of St. Helens to the windswept coast. Along the way we will learn about and enjoy the fascinating human and natural history. This is a rather different part of the northwest from the rainy Olympic coastline farther north and you will be surprised by the dryness of the interior versus the rugged marine environment. Mammals, birds, and wild flowers will brighten each day. Leader: Bob Quinn
Cost: $1985 per person (double occupancy- $385 single supplement) includes lodging, most meals, ground transportation, guides, and all entrance fees. Not included- airfare.. Please send a deposit of $250 per person to Highlands address by April 15, 2013. This trip begins and ends in Portland, OR.
CAPE ANN WHALE WATCH WEEKEND
AUGUST 15-18, 2013
Gloucester and the surrounding areas are filled with beautiful shorelines and bays teeming with bird life. On your way up stop off at The Butterfly Place just off Rt. 495 (exit 34). There will be leisurely canoeing on the Ipswich River, a half-day whale watch trip where we hope to also see dolphins and seals, a sunset river cruise along the Essex River, and birding at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Don Riepe
Cost: $385 per person ($120 single supplement) includes lodging, lobster dinner, guides, park and boat fees. Limit: 20. A deposit of $50 by June 15, 2013.
MONHEGAN ISLAND, MAINE
SEPTEMBER 23-27, 2013
For the naturalist Monhegan is a major site for fall migration, often with hordes of tired land birds hopping about in the open. Such odd spectacles as warblers flitting through the tide wrack or a Black-billed Cuckoo perching on a lobster pot can be common sights.
On one day we will venture out by boat in search of sea birds such as puffins, shearwaters, gannets, phalaropes, and maybe a whale or two. Monhegan is a gem of the rocky coast of Maine and one of the most enchanting islands on the entire east coast. Its combination of beauty and quiet island life will entrance you and it can be as relaxing or as invigorating as you wish. It creates a sense of serenity, from the calm harbor with beautiful sunsets to the pounding surf against the craggy eastern cliffs, through the beautiful Cathedral Woods with its elfin inhabitants.
Our inn is quite nice and has a commanding view of the harbor and the ocean. We will do a lot of walking and exploring of the island's varied habitats; some moderately vigorous hiking and early morning bird walks will be optional. There is something special about Monhegan, even by island standards, and this short trip is a perfect chance for you to experience that magic. Leaders: Bob Quinn and Phil Brown
Cost: $1195 (Single supplement $295) includes lodging, ferry, boat trip, guides, and most meals. Group Size: Max 14. . Send a deposit of $150 per person to Highlands address by May 15, 2013.
CALIFORNIA'S NORTH COAST: Redwood National Park, Crater Lake National Park, and the Klamath Basin
OCTOBER 13-22, 2013
The Redwoods, tallest trees in the world, tower above the mist-shrouded shoreline. Huge Pacific waves crash upon massive sea stacks and coastal headlands while countless flocks of sea birds migrate south. This is the dramatic and isolated northern California coast. Del Norte county is more like the true Pacific Northwest than the rest of California and it has abundant wildlife and scenery, without the crowds. Besides the magnificent Redwoods we hope to see mammals such as California Sea Lions and Roosevelt Elk plus one of the largest concentrations of water birds in all of North America.
We'll also spend several days in southern Oregon, including a day at the spectacular Crater Lake National Park- with it's almost unbelievably blue volcanic lake. Other sites will include Lava Beds National Monument and the Klamath Basin National Wildlife refuges, all in habitats vastly different from the coast. This is a wonderful time of year to explore an exciting and unique, yet little visited, part of our continent. Leader: Bob Quinn
Cost: $2185 per person (double occupancy- $385 single supplement) includes lodging, most meals, ground transportation, guides, and all entrance fees. Not included- airfare. Send a deposit of $300 per person to Highlands address by June 15, 2013.
ANNUAL MEETING - CAPE MAY, NJ
OCTOBER 24-27, 2013
Once all details have been finalized this site will contain all the information needed to sign up. We will also be sending out the a form tat can be sent in to our Highlands office in our publication "Littorally Speaking" later in the year. There will be no separate form sent so please check our website for details around the middle of April. There will be limited rooms available. If interested please contact Pat by phone or email.
ASSATEAGUE FALL WEEKEND
NOVEMBER 7-10, 2013
The Assateague Wildlife Refuge is always in season to enjoy!
The peak fall migration is beginning at one of the best birding spots on the east coast. We're likely to see snow geese, widgeons, teals, ruddy ducks, eagles, Sika deer, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, wild ponies and if we're lucky, maybe red fox and otters. On Sunday follow us north to Bombay Hook, where at sunset, we'll stop to watch and listen as up to 20,000 snow geese come in to roost. Leader: Don Riepe
Cost: $385 per person (180 single supplement) includes lodging, guides, lectures, and a par excellent seafood buffet on Saturday night. Limit: 20. Send a deposit of $100 per person by August 1.
|March GSGSC Newsletter 2013
Exciting Spring Season at
Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls.
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events, and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
In this issue:
The Scientista Foundation offers the largest network of college and graduate women innovating STEM
- Siemens Science Day Offers Cool STEM Tools Online
- The Program Directory: Is your program listed?
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
The Scientista Foundation offers the largest network of college and graduate women innovating STEM
The Scientista Foundation is the largest network of college and graduate women innovating science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM). Scientista works with student leaders to increase the number of women studying and pursuing careers in STEM by 1) increasing the visibility of women in STEM and by 2) strengthening communities for women in STEM. The Scientista Foundation serves as an umbrella organization for existing women in science organizations, who join our network by becoming a campus affiliate. Scientista also creates new campus communities where none exist through our Scientista Campus Chapter program.
To further help in their endeavors, they utilize The Scientista Network which consists of 20+ campus affiliate organizations from across 15 campuses in 3 United States regions that are able to connect to one another and utilize the Scientista Foundation resources.
Visit The Scientista Foundation on the web here!
| Siemens Science Day Offers Cool STEM Tools Online
The Siemens Science Day website offers a variety of tools and resources that will help you reinvent science class. You'll find new, original hands-on activities and supporting videos, a teacher support center with best practice guides, monthly themes and an Ultimate Cool School sweepstakes.
With these initiatives, Discovery Education, the organization behind the Siemens Science Day website, hopes to transform classrooms, empower teachers and captivate students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small and rural and suburban.
Click here to visit the Siemens Science Day Website!
The Program Directory: Is your program listed?
The Program Directory (at no fee) lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.
The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, Program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
|16 March 2013 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Geology and Geography
|Site Name||Geography in the News: A Geography of the Real Rudolph |
|Description||“Across the United States, children and adults alike recognize Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as the leader of Santa Claus’ sleigh at Christmas. Reindeer first pulled St. Nicholas’ sleigh in a poem by Clement Clarke Moore appearing in a Troy, New York, newspaper just before Christmas, 1823.”|
|Site Name||Storytelling Current Events with Maps|
||“Story maps combine intelligent Web maps with Web applications and templates that incorporate text, multimedia, and interactive functions. Story maps inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a wide variety of topics.”|
|Site Name||Video: Is Ocean Acidification A Threat To Sea Life?|
|Description||“Even animals living in the deep ocean are affected by the increasing emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The ocean naturally absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, resulting in a more acidic habitat for ocean life. Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute use a series of specially designed chambers to study how deep-sea animals will respond to this change in ocean chemistry.”|
|Site Name||NOAA Sunrise, Sunset, Solar Noon, and Solar Position Calculator |
|Description||“Find sunrise, sunset, solar noon, and solar position for any place on Earth.” Remember daylight savings when considering results. |
|Site Name||A Variety of Real-Time Weather Maps from the American Meteorological Society|
|Description||“This site gives a variety of weather maps. DataStreme Atmosphere is a major precollege teacher enhancement initiative of the American Meteorological Society with the main goal of training of Weather Education Resource Teachers who will promote the teaching of science, mathematics and technology using weather as a vehicle, across the K-12 curriculum in their home school districts.”|
|Site Name||The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic |
|Description||“CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”|
|Site Name||NASA Voyager 1 Encounters New Region in Deep Space|
|Description||“NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.”|
|Site Name||Our Climate and Energy Future|
|Description||““Earth: The Operators’ Manual” (“ETOM” for short) is a rigorously researched, beautifully filmed and ultimately uplifting antidote to the widespread “doom and gloom” approach to climate change. The program opens with a thorough grounding in Earth’s climate history and an overview of the current dilemmas, but its main thrust is an upbeat assessment of our many viable sustainable energy options.”|
|Site Name||Science Lessons for 3-5 Year Olds|
|Description||It’s hard to find science resources for the very young. Here’s one: “Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS is a science-centered early childhood curriculum enhancement. The goal of MESS is to foster children's language development, literacy development, problem solving, curiosity and motivation, and general knowledge through science experiences.”|
|Site Name||A Variety of Teacher Science Resources from Master Teacher|
|Description||“The worksheets and activities on this page are here to help my fellow Science Teachers.”|
|Site Name||Popular Game Show Templates for Assessment |
|Description||The Parade of Games website was created to provide educators and trainers with easy-to- assemble educational games in a technology- enhanced environment to support key learning points. The site demonstrates the creative use of popular game shows and other familiar games to reinforce learning.” Sample games and templates available. |
|Branch Out for Wildlife - It's National Wildlife Week
|NAAEE: EE-News for March 20, 2013
North American Events, Training, Announcements
The Hurricanes Webinar SeriesNortheast Coast Webinar: May 8, 2013 and May 15, 2013
The Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS)/National Hurricane Center webinar series will offer one–hour hurricane preparedness webinars for fifth grade students in hurricane-prone regions along the U.S. Atlantic coast. NHC scientists and forecasters, as well as NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) officers who fly into hurricanes, will give region-specific presentations. Interactive questions, videos, and a virtual tour of the National Hurricane Center will be included to engage students. http://www.hurricanescience.org/resources/nhc5grad...
Presentations and Publishing Opportunities
Conservation Television Series Seeks Great EE Content!
THIS AMERICAN LAND is looking for exciting educational stories that can educate young people about nature conservation.
An original conservation newsmagazine series that reaches millions of viewers on public television stations nationwide, THIS AMERICAN LAND opens windows to our country's amazing natural heritage. Its reporters cover engaging stories on America's landscapes, waters and wildlife—taking viewers to the front lines of conservation, science and outdoor adventure with stories that inform and entertain.
Producers are seeking ideas and contact information they can use to develop original story material for the series, especially for stories that can be
used by educators for classroom studies.
To submit your story, email show producer Gary G. Strieker at firstname.lastname@example.org ... http://www.thisamericanland.org/
Resources for Students & Educators
Apply Now! Sc3: Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)June 23-29, 2013 ~ Shepherdstown, West Virginia
The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is accepting applications and nominations for the 2013 Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3), the nation's premier week-long environmental leadership training program. All students entering 9-12th grade, and a limited number of school faculty or staff, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their schools or communities are invited to apply to become a U.S. Green School Fellow and attend this extraordinary event at the nation's premier training facility, the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Apply-N...
Call for Teacher-Collaborators for Research ProjectDeadline: March 31, 2013
BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) is reviewing applications for 35 science teachers (grades 9-12) to field-test an online graduate course. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), "Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT)" is a graduate-level professional development course for teachers that is focused on energy-related concepts. http://www.bscs.org/emat
EPA Eco Student BlogAre your students raising awareness of local and global realities through environmental missions in their communities? Are they participating in a science fair or a neighborhood environmental outreach project? Are the students inspiring other citizens to reflect, connect, communicate and act as responsible caretakers of the earth?
The EPA is looking for students around the country who are seeking creative ways to express their passion in protecting our environment. The Eco Student blog site engages these students as writers and contributors on environmental awareness and stewardship topics. http:/blog.epa.gov/students/
Energy All Stars Video PresentationHosted by the Department of Energy as part of Inauguration Weekend, "Energy All Stars" featured prominent leaders talking about the future of energy. Watch these incredible presentations at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgU0cHea5t3q...
Exploring Global IssuesFacing the Future is offering its newest student text and teacher’s guide, "Exploring Global Issues:Social, Economic, and Environmental Interconnections" at introductory prices. Visit FTF’s website to download a free chapter from the "Exploring Global Issues" student text and teacher’s guide CD to learn more about this new resource. http://www.facingthefuture.org/Curriculum/BuyCurri...
Field Test Opportunity for Science TeachersDeadline: March 31, 2013
BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) is offering "Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT)" field test for grades 9-12 science teachers looking to develop their skills in energy related concepts. Skills will be developed in a graduate-level course, where teachers will be able to further their knowledge and skills. The EMAT allows teachers to expand their teaching in science and make changes to their teaching styles. http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Field-T...
The Water Cycle for KidsThis new comprehensive and amusing diagram for kids and elementary and middle schools was produced by the U.S. Geological Survey and the United Nations. The website offers pdf and jpg versions of the diagram for higher resolution printing. http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle-kids.html
Understanding Global Change SurveyMany aspects of how, where, and when the earth's natural system are changing is well known within the scientific community, yet the public is slow to accept the science behind these global changes.
In response to the need for a better informed and scientifically literate populace, the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) and the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) received funding from the Moore Foundation to develop a web-based resource for educators and the general public that will provide rigorously-vetted, non-partisan, scientific information on global change, specifically how the earth’s natural systems are changing.
NCSE needs your help to better understand how teachers (at all grade levels, in both formal and informal settings) view global change, the importance of teaching it, and the resources available for doing so. Don’t teach about global change issues? We want to know that too!
The following anonymous survey is being conducted by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and should take you less than 15 minutes, but will help hundreds of thousands of educators and students for years to come! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UGC2013
|Master Gardeners Offer Helpline
Do you have questions about planting spring bulbs? Maybe an unfamiliar bug has invaded your house. No matter what season, if you have questions on backyard environmental issues, Middlesex County's Extension office will assist you with their FREE Master Gardener Helpline.
Residents of Middlesex County are encouraged to call 732-398-5220 with questions on plants, bugs and home conservation practices. Rutgers University trained Master Gardeners are available from 9 am until 12 noon, Mondays through Fridays during the growing season. You can also e-mail your questions and concerns to email@example.com.
Please also check out the Master Gardener website at www.mgmcnj.org and follow us on facebook at facebook.com/MGMCNJ.
Trained by Rutgers University experts, Master Gardeners are equipped with the experience and reference materials needed, to provide research based answers to inquiries about horticulture and wildlife related problems. Proper ID of insects and disease is the first step to avoiding reliance on pesticides and herbicides.
Residents of other counties can consult their Master Gardeners by looking up Rutgers Cooperative Extension in their phone book's Blue Pages or consulting the webpage http://njaes.rutgers.edu/mastergardeners/helplines.asp
You can also leave a message anytime and the MGs will return your call as soon as possible. Middlesex Master Gardeners are part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and have a headquarters at the EARTH Center in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
|Winter 2013: NJ Farm To School Garden Report
|9 March 2013 Earth Science Sites of the Week & other items
NGSS Teacher Needs Survey - NESTA is working with partners in the geoscience education community to help prepare for and implement the Next Generation Science Standards. To do so, it is important that we understand the needs of K-12 Earth and space science and environmental science teachers. We would appreciate your responses to the anonymous survey at the link below by March 24th.
Please note that only one response is possible per computer. You will be able to go back, while in the survey, to edit your responses, but you will not be able to go back in to edit your responses after you have hit "Done", so be sure to complete your work in one sitting. There are a total of 21 questions, and the first 9 are mainly demographic. We estimate it may take you about 15 min to complete the survey (depending on how much you have to say)!
NGSS Survey link - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCVLLR7
Geology and Geography
National Geographic Super Volcano Video in Entirety
“A million times more powerful than Hiroshima, a super volcano may exist beneath Yellowstone. If it erupts, would we survive?”
Geography in the News: U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves
Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner
“With average gas prices in the United States hovering around $4 a gallon in October, 2012, the Obama administration briefly considered releasing some of the oil held in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). While it was unlikely the administration would do so and many say it would not alleviate prices at the pump anyway, it is a strategy often touted when gas prices rise quickly. More recently prices began falling, but the strategy will likely come up again with future price fluctuations.”
Your Climate Change Online Petition
Prof. Ranga B. Myneni
Online project to collect one billion signatures for a petition addressed to the UN Secretary-General to act judiciously and expeditiously to protect the Earth from anthropogenic climate change.
Take a Trip Zooming Into the Center of the Milky Way
YouTube User: djxatlanta
“This zoom sequence stars with a view of the Milky Way. We zoom in towards the crowded central region, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). By shifting to an infrared view we see through the dusty clouds in this direction and get a close up view of the objects orbiting the supermassive black hole that lies at the center of the Milky Way. The final views show the motion of a newly-discovered gas cloud that is falling rapidly towards the central black hole.”
Expedition Earth and Beyond: Using Astronaut Photos to Engage Students
This NASA educational program uses the Earth System Science approach to engage students in grades 5-12 in the process of science through the use of astronaut photography. It also provides the opportunity for students to request a new astronaut image to be captured from the International Space Station to support their research.
Extreme Realities Kickstarter for the Journey To Planet Earth PBS series
Hal Weiner, Executive Producer
A new Kickstarter project designed to fund a new episode in the Journey To Planet Earth PBS environmental series. Called Extreme Realities, the episode investigates the link between extreme weather events, climate change, and threats to our national security.
Here's the link that explains everything:
Zoom the Scale of the Universe
“Starting a unit about the universe? This would be a great way to start. Zoom from the very smallest to the very largest with each object 'clickable' for an explanation. Certainly worth a look.”
Tween Tribune Short Articles that Will Interest Middle Schoolers
“You pick the subject and instantly current news articles with subjects appealing to middle-schoolers come up. Just click and choose your article.”
Free Poster Showing Intersection of Biology and Geology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Learn about the geological and biological events that have shaped our dynamic planet. Download and print your own copies of the Holiday Lectures on Science annual poster! Just right-click the link and choose "Save Target As..."
Strategies for Using Inquiry in your Classroom
Earth System Science Education Alliance
This site gives inquiry based strategies that teachers can use in the classroom. The graphic illustrating steps for incorporating inquiry is useful.
Cornell Notes Format for Condensing and Organizing Notes
Fontana Middle School
“The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. The student divides the paper into two columns: the note-taking column (usually on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two inches (5 cm), at the bottom of the page.”
Quotes for the Classroom
“"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged in the way its animals are treated."
"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."
~Baba Dioum - a Senegalese Ecologist~
Each time anyone comes into contact with us,
they must become different and better people
because of having met us.
We must radiate love.
We must know that we have been created for greater things,
not just to be a number in the world,
not just to go for diplomas and degrees,
this work and that work.
We have been created in order to love and to be loved.
Love does not measure...it just gives.
"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." A. Einstein
"Losers quit when they're tired, winners quit when they've won." — I have no idea where I got this, but it's good
"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." — Yoda
“The teacher opens the door, but you must enter by yourself.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Astronomy Apps for Mobile Devices
“The explosion in mobile apps in the last few years has meant that many new astronomy applications have become available. This catalog is a first attempt to make a list of those of particular interest to astronomy educators. For each mobile app, we give the title, then the developer (in parentheses), the web address for downloading it, and a brief description.”
|Interactive Flood Mapping Website Now LIVE!
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve-Rutgers University (JC NERR) and Rutgers Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis have announced a great resource for flood mapping and planning. Contact Lisa Auermuller firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this new tool.
www.NJFloodMapper.org Now LIVE!
Through a partnership with the JC NERR and Rutgers Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, an interactive flood mapping website is NOW available. The new Google Maps-based website allows users to view sea level rise scenarios from 0 to 6 feet, while overlaying GIS layers such as critical municipal facilities, evacuation routes, and floodplain layers.
Flood maps (Advisory and regulatory) from FEMA and the NJ DEP can also be viewed as additional data sets, along with inundation extent from Super Storm Sandy.
Who Will Benefit:
* Municipal Officials
* Emergency Managers
* Resource Managers
* Floodplain Administrators
What the Map Shows:
* Modeled Flooding due to Sea Level Rise
* Evacuation Routes
* Locations of Critical Facilities
* Modeled Marsh Migration
The funding for the development of the website was made possible by NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technologies (CICEET).
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve-Rutgers University
130 Great Bay Blvd
Tuckerton, New Jersey 08087
Contact: Lisa Auermuller 609
|Cornell Lab eNews: Strutting Through the Sagebrush, a Rare Bird Needs Help
|NAAEE: EE-News for March 6, 2013
2013 Call for Presentations
let the deadline pass you by!
The deadline for submitting proposals for the 42nd Annual NAAEE Conference and 10th Annual Research Symposium is March 31, 2013. Take this opportunity to share your research, your programs, your ideas, and your discoveries with the EE professionals from around the world.
NAAEE also needs volunteer reviewers to assist with selecting the presentations that will be on the conference program. Help us ensure that the highest quality, most interesting and engaging proposals are chosen. This requires just a few hours of your time in April.
Deadline: March 31, 2013
New Opportunity Re: Climate Change Education
Deadline: March 20, 2013
Want to work with a small group of educator leaders to enhance climate change education opportunities for professionals and for learners of various ages? Apply to join EECapacity’s 2013 Climate Change Environmental Education Project-based Online Learning Community Alliance, CCEE POLCA.
If you share our sense of urgency about the need to prepare folks to address climate change and can commit at least four hours each month to this collaborative project, let’s dance! An application form and details are available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6KW28ZF
Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights
EPA Soliciting Public Comment on Title VI Draft Policy Documents
Deadline: March 8, 2013
As part of the efforts to protect against discrimination and ensure that recipients of EPA financial assistance do not discriminate in implementing programs and activities, EPA has posted two draft policy papers for review and comment. The first paper proposes to change the way EPA assesses adversity and the second draft paper discusses how to expand the roles of complainants and recipients in the Title VI complaints process. EPA also adopted a "Title VI Terms and Condition" that will be included in grant awards.
North American Events, Training, Announcements
National EE Week 2013
April 14-20, 2013
Hosted by NEEF, the National Environmental Education Foundation, EE Week is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. The 2013 theme, Greening STEM: Taking Technology Outdoors, will explore how technology can enhance environmental learning both inside and outside the classroom. Part of NEEF's series on Greening STEM.
As part of Taking Technology Outdoors, EE Week will highlight the growing opportunity to engage today's students in learning about the environment by "plugging into nature" through new technologies that enable scientific research and 21st century skills including creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration.
Educators who register for EE Week 2013 will be able to take advantage of:
- Free educator webinars and toolkits offering tips, tricks, resources, and ideas for using the latest technology to excite students about environmental learning in their community
- Case studies, success stories, and examples of technology in action and the teachers who are using it to enhance environmental learning and achievement in core subject areas
- Discounts, giveaways, and special offers from NEEF partners
Register today! Registration is free and easy and, in addition to the benefits above, connects you to a national network of educators dedicated to increasing the environmental knowledge of K-12 students.
Resources for Students & Educators
"Crash Course on Climate Change"
This succinct Dumb Scientist blog post by Bryan Killet, a NASA/Caltech scientist, was written for teenagers to explain climate change and the impact of human-generated CO2.
11. A Roundup of Species in 2012
The Scientist interviewed researcher Quentin Wheeler, an entomologist at Arizona State University, for this article, "2012 Noteworthy Species" highlighting the discovery of ~15,000 new species in 2012. Some new species were discovered by researchers in the field, and others were discovered in museums after extinction. Among the newly identified species are the world's tiniest fly, a lion from Ethiopia, and two primates. And sadly from the Galapagos, "Lonesome George" the estimated 100-year-old Pinta Island giant tortoise died last summer.
ARKive School Museum
The ARKive School Museum is an innovative and engaging educational experience that encourages students (ages 5-18) to get creative. By discovering fascinating biological facts about endangered species, designing and creating fun, interactive exhibits, and hosting unique, hands-on activities in their own ‘museum’, students improve their scientific literacy and develop cross-discipline skills that they can apply to an ever-changing global society.
Explore Future Energy Use With New Online Tool
This new interactive online tool from the U.S. Department of Energy is designed to help researchers, educators, and students explore future U.S. energy-use scenarios. The BITES (Buildings, Industry, Transportation, and Electricity Scenarios) tool allows users to adjust inputs to compare outcomes and impacts on CO2 emissions.
Green STEM Initiatives Spark Innovative Learning
This blog post by Suzie Boss on Edutopia highlights the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) theme for 2013 EE Week (April 14-20) "Greening STEM: Taking Technology Outdoors" and how the environment can inspire students toward STEM learning and STEM careers. NEEF’s 2012 Bartlett Award winner, high school teacher, Deborah Wasylik is featured in the blog and talks about how studying the environment has ignited her students' enthusiasm for STEM learning.
New Teacher Forum on Endangered Species Day Site
As part of an ongoing focus on enhancing endangered species education, the Endangered Species Day Teacher Resource Center now features a special Teacher Forum. The Teacher Forum enables teachers to exchange classroom instruction techniques, ask questions, and share resources about endangered species. In addition, they can relate different ways students can participate in the 8th Annual Endangered Species Day, on May 17, 2013.
Think Garden Video Series
This video collection was produced by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) for elementary students as a teaching tool about growing food and all elements around food gardening.
|Great Places: Thrilling and Unexpected Adventures
|2 March 2013 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Geology and Geography
A 3.8 Billion-Pixel Tour Of Mount Everest: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/20/167621313/a-billion-pixel-tour-of-mount-everest
Description "Photographer David Breashears of Glacier Works was on All Things Considered Monday to talk about a new way of photographing the Himalayan region: By stitching together 400-plus images into one giant, zoomable, interactive image - or a "gigapan" containing more than a billion pixels."
Intraplate Quakes Signal Tectonic Breakup: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345387/description/Intraplate_quakes_signal_tectonic_breakup
Description "Two giant earthquakes in the eastern Indian Ocean have shown geologists that breaking up is easy to do - for tectonic plates, that is."
Geography in the News - Lake Effect Snow: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/23/geography-in-the-news-lake-effect-snow-2/
Description "Lake-effect snow has arrived around the Great Lakes as winter has finally come to the Midwest."
International Study Provides More Solid Measure of Shrinking In Polar Ice Sheets: http://www.washington.edu/news/2012/11/29/international-study-provides-more-solid-measure-of-shrinking-in-polar-ice-sheets/
Description "The planet's two largest ice sheets have been losing ice faster during the past decade, causing widespread confusion and concern. A new international study provides a firmer read on the state of continental ice sheets and how much they are contributing to sea-level rise."
Ocean Portal - Resources from Smithsonian Institute: http://ocean.si.edu/
Description "Welcome to the Ocean Portal. We focus on everything ocean - unusual and everyday organisms, ocean-inspired art, researchers devoting their lives to exploring the still mostly mysterious ecosystem. We here at the Ocean Portal learn something new every day and we want to share it with you!"
Hurricane Sandy Vs. Hurricane Katrina Statistics: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/hurricane-sandy-vs-hurricane-katrina/
Description "Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made headlines and raised eyebrows Monday when he said that while Hurricane Katrina was deadlier than Hurricane Sandy, the latter storm was "more impactful" over all and "affected many, many more people and places than Katrina.""
Short Films on Climate Change fromNational Academies: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL38EB9C0BC54A9EE2
Description "Climate Change Lines of Evidence.-Seven Short videos with these titles: What is climate, Is the earth warming, Greenhouse gases, Increased emissions, How much warming, Solar influence and natural cycles."
'Black Marble' Views of Earth and of Light Pollution: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/event.php?id=79869
Description "Twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and colorful auroras are lit up in new dazzling nighttime views of the Earth. The new images released Dec. 5 are courtesy of a newly launched NASA-NOAA satellite that's equipped with a sensor to observe the planet at night."
What's on the Gold Plaques on the Voyager Mission?: http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/goldenrec.html
Description "Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth."
Baumgartner's Freefall from 128k Feet - Full Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f-K-XnHi9I
Description "After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane."
Where To Look For Extraterrestrial Life?: http://journeythroughtheuniverse.org/downloads/Content/Voyage_G58_L6.pdf
Description "This lesson is one of many grade K-12 lessons developed to bring the Voyage experience to classrooms across the nation through the Center's Journey through the Universe program. Journey through the Universe takes entire communities to the space frontier."
National Inquirer - Middle School Science Education Journal: http://www.naturalinquirer.org/
Description The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal! Scientists report their research in journals, which enable scientists to share information with one another. This journal, The Natural Inquirer, was created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells you about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service.
Short Films on Evolution from Howard Hughes Medical Institute: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/shortfilms/
Description This series of short films has been crafted to engage students with memorable examples of the evolutionary process in action. Each film takes students on an adventure-from the postglacial lakes in southern Alaska to the deserts of the American Southwest, and from the icy Antarctic to the highlands of East Africa, where fascinating creatures and pioneering scientists reveal how the fittest are made. Produced by award-winning filmmakers, each film illustrates the role of mutation and natural selection in adaptation."
Science News for Kids On-Line News Stories: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/about/
Description "Science News for Kids (SNK) is an award-winning online publication dedicated to children 9-14, their parents, and their teachers."
Beauty and the Beak - Eagle Gets a Second Chance: http://vimeo.com/15184546
Description "Beauty the Bald Eagle gets a second chance with a little help from technology. Shot and edited by Trooper Media's Keith Bubach for Evening Magazine (KING-TV). 2008 Emmy winner."
Science Movie and Hollywood Science Film Worksheet Database: http://moviesheets.com/site/science-movie-sheets.php
Description "Showing science videos and the occasional Hollywood film in the classroom is an innovative way to demonstrate science concepts and expose common misconceptions while providing a thought provoking change of pace for students. Below is a catalog of science movie worksheets and video guides. Site has many video worksheets and movie guides that go along with popular science movies on DVD/VHS. The collection was generously contributed by other teachers."
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