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CONTENTS:
Upcoming Webinar: "Using EPA's Pollution Prevention Greenhouse Gas and Cost Calculators to Measure Environmental Outcomes"
Sedge Island Field and Research Experience Registration Deadline April 18
17th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable Programs
Invitation: Next Gen Science Standards and Environmental Education Webinar
LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS
The Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) Program
Announcing New Sustainable Jersey Training Opportunities
Roundtable Registration Now Available!
NJ Geographic Alliance: Spring Professional Development
Upcoming EE Week Webinar: Engineering in the Field or Schoolyard
New book: Education and the Environment-Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts
Webinar: Crafting a Successful Farm To School Produce Bid
17th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable - April 30, 2014
Green Eggs and Sand Teacher Workshop In May
Biomimicry K-12 Educator and Tertiary Educator's with interest in K-12
Educational Resources & Poster Now Available for National Wildlife Week 2014!
Upcoming EE Week Webinar: Practices of Science and Engineering on your School Campus
New Webinars | Common Core in the Garden, Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens
NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
Don't Miss Out - National Wildlife Week 2014 Webinar -Space almost gone
Duke Farms Foundation: Free Field Trips, Professional Development and much more!
Cornell Lab eNews: Happy Birding This New Year With Our Free ID App
Stossel in the Classroom: Special Offer for Educators
Duke Farms Educators Webpage
Recently released book Education and the Environment-Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts
Learn about Water Facts: Explore NRCS's new interactive water publication
Children's Environmental Health Webinar Archives Now Available
NJDEP Black Bear Education Website & Free Curriculum Available
Upcoming Webinar: "Using EPA's Pollution Prevention Greenhouse Gas and Cost Calculators to Measure Environmental Outcomes"             (Posted: 4-11-14)

Click HERE.

Sedge Island Field and Research Experience Registration Deadline April 18             (Posted: 4-11-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), is offering the Sedge Island Field and Research Experience July 10-16 for students going into grades 10 and 11 this fall.

During this residential research program students will learn field research skills that will lead them to conduct team research projects on the Barnegat Bay, culminating in a sharing session the last day of the program. The Lighthouse Center in Waretown and the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay, will be the research settings.

The cost is $770 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of students needing financial help. Deadline to apply is April 18, 2014.

More information, including the application form, can be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/sedge_summer14.htm or by contacting Karen Byrne at karen.byrne@dep.state.nj.us or 609-748-4347.

17th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable Programs             (Posted: 4-11-14)

17th Annual Barnegat Bay Roundtable - REGISTER BY APRIL 14!  Please Share & Post

Please visit our website for Program Descriptions and the Registration Form for the 17th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable on April 30, 2014.  www.soildistrict.org (Click the link on the far right of our Homepage)

Please print the registration form and mail it with a check for $25.00.  Register by April 14!

We look forward to seeing you and hosting another successful Roundtable! 

Please share with anyone that may be interested in attending.

 

We are working on updating our mailing list.  If  you would like to receive future announcements from us, please register online for our e-mail list.

Thank you.

Christine R. Raabe

District Director

Ocean County Soil Conservation District

714 Lacey Road

Forked River, New Jersey 08731

609-971-7002 ext. 19

609-971-3391 Fax

CRaabe@soildistrict.org

http://www.soildistrict.org/

Invitation: Next Gen Science Standards and Environmental Education Webinar             (Posted: 4-11-14)

Webinar 2: Next Gen Science Standards at the State Level


Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us in a webinar about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and opportunities at the state level to advance the field of environmental education. 

The NGSS represent an unprecedented opportunity for the environmental and sustainability education community. In a webinar on March 17 (archived here) more than 500 participated in an initial webinar on NGSS and environmental education. This follow-up webinar will focus on opportunities at the state level—and how our organizations can partner with formal educators to aid the implementation of NGSS and advance the field of environmental education.

We have organized a webinar Tuesday, April 29 from 2 to 4 pm EST The webinar will feature Martin Storksdieck, Ph.D., Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council which developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education; Louisa Koch, Education Director at NOAA; Laura Downey, Executive Director of Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education; and Lisa Alexander, Executive Director, Audubon Naturalist Society.

We hope that you can join us online on April 29. RSVP online and you will be sent login information in advance of the webinar. Participation in the webinar is limited and registration is done on a first-come first-served basis. We will have an archived copy of the webinar available for those who are not able to participate on April 29.

Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested.

RSVP

If you have any suggestions, thoughts, or questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of us.

Kindest regards,

Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation
Gerald Lieberman, State Environment and Education Roundtable
Jennifer Seydel, Green Schools National Network
Jim Elder, Campaign for Environmental Literacy
Judy Braus, North American Association for Environmental Education

 NGSS webinar sponsors

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS             (Posted: 4-2-14)

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS 'Creating a Culture of Sustainability'- presented by USGBC NJ and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). Learn how sustainability can lower a school’s operating and maintenance costs- for school board members, school staff & facilities, and professional service providers. Offered in two locations: 4/30/14- Burlington County College, Pemberton, NJ and 5/15/14- Stockton College, Galloway, NJ. THREE PART DAYTIME SERIES (3 workshops each day). Additional evening workshop offered for School Board members. SEE WEBSITE for details, fees, and registration.

The Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) Program             (Posted: 3-25-14)

at Ramapo College of New Jersey is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester.

Whether you are seeking to transform your career, discover new directions in your life, or enhance your own practice of sustainability, our accelerated nine-course MASS program for working professionals will help you leverage your passion for sustainability to your advantage, in a hyper-connected and rapidly globalizing marketplace,

Our uniquely transdisciplinary program is all about the student-you define your own interests and we work with you to customize the content of the curriculum, using active learning to help you crystalize your vision and shape your career.

Taking nine courses over a period of 21 months, with classes held one evening per week, and with half the content online, and culminating in a Capstone Project that is uniquely your own, this program will prepare you to:

  • Work effectively within the business world, addressing issues such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability in operations and management;
  • Engage with civic organizations, non-profits, and community groups, deploying your acquired leadership skills to manage social change in ways that improve outcomes for communities at local and regional levels;
  • Work with your local government or Green Team to implement the ways in which the powerful concepts from resiliency planning and adaptive management can be deployed to enhance the sustainability of the places you inhabit;
  • Engage with K-12 schools and community education organizations to infuse sustainability in the classroom, and across the curriculum and campus


Please contact Dr. Ashwani Vasishth, at vasishth@ramapo.edu or at (201) 684-6616 for more information on the program and the application process.

Announcing New Sustainable Jersey Training Opportunities             (Posted: 3-21-14)

Click HERE.

Roundtable Registration Now Available!             (Posted: 3-18-14)

There are a variety of Programs and Opportunities Awaiting
Please visit our website for Program Descriptions and the Registration Form for the 17th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable on April 30, 2014. www.soildistrict.org (Click the link on the far right of our Homepage)
Please print the registration form and mail it with a check for $25.00. Register by April 14!

We look forward to seeing you and hosting another successful Roundtable!

Please share with anyone that may be interested in attending.

NJ Geographic Alliance: Spring Professional Development             (Posted: 3-18-14)

I am happy to announce that the dates for our spring Flow Education workshops have finally been set!!! And for the first time ever we have a venue in North Jersey! The workshop dates are May 31st, June 7th, and June 10th.

The June 7th workshop will be held at the Wetlands Institute in Shore Harbor, NJ from 9 am to 1 pm. May 31st and June 10th will be held at the Poconos Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry, PA from 10 am to 3 pm. Lunch provided at all workshops . All Workshops will focus on the Delaware Bay Watershed and are geared toward 4th - 8th grade teachers.

The participating teachers will be taught how to bring National Geographic's Fieldscope, an interactive and cutting-edge GIS technology program, into their classrooms. All participants will also get field experience on the water. Free materials, including maps, books, and sample lesson plans will be handed out at the workshops! The organizers are also offering up to a $200 stipend for teachers participating in the workshops!

To register go to NJGA.org, registration for the Flow Education workshops is under the Events Tab. For more information please contact NJGeographicAlliance@gmail.com. When registering please send you name, school, grades taught, subject area and rank your choices for workshop dates. There are only 15 seats available for each workshop. First come, first serve. Workshops are hosted by the New Jersey Geographic Alliance (NJGA), in partnership with the National Geographic Education Program (NGEP) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Katrinka Somdahl-Sands
Alliance Coordinator
New Jersey Geographic Alliance

Upcoming EE Week Webinar: Engineering in the Field or Schoolyard             (Posted: 3-5-14)

Click HERE.

New book: Education and the Environment-Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts             (Posted: 2-27-14)

You may be interested in my recently released book Education and the Environment, Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts—a two-year project with Harvard Education Press.

This book summarizes the lessons that I have learned, over the past 32 years, seeking to more fully integrate the environment into the K-12 education system. It pulls together my experiences working with schools, districts, and state departments of education in 17 states, as well as in Central and South America. A chapter and extensive appendix summarize the research into the benefits of implementing environment-based education programs.

It covers a wide range of topics including strategies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating environment-based education. Numerous real-world examples provide insight into the opportunities and challenges involved in achieving success—based on my national work with the EIC Model and the state of California’s Education and the Environment Initiative.

Please take a look and share this information with colleagues who have similar interests hepg.org/hep/book/198/EducationAndTheEnvironment.

Gerald A. Lieberman, Ph.D.
Director, State Education and Environment Roundtable
13648 Jackrabbit Road
Poway, CA 92064

Founding Sponsor—The Pew Charitable Trusts
Telephone: (858) 676-0272 ext. 04
Facsimile: (508) 462-8331
E-mail: gerald@seer.org
Visit our Internet site at http://www.seer.org

SEER developed and supports implementation of the EIC Model™, an educational system that interconnects "best practices" into an instructional tapestry that improves student achievement by using local natural and community surroundings as a context for learning.

Webinar: Crafting a Successful Farm To School Produce Bid             (Posted: 2-27-14)

Navigating the process of writing a bid or RFP for locally grown produce might seem daunting at first glance, but it really can be quite simple.

This webinar will highlight how to incorporate language and specifications into your produce bid or RFP, or existing contracts, to specify your preference for locally grown fruits and vegetables. Hear from two food service directors about their formal and informal methods of bringing fresh, tasty, local produce to cafeteria trays in their districts.

You'll leave this webinar excited and ready to get Jersey Fresh for the 2014-2015 school year!

Click HERE.

17th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable - April 30, 2014             (Posted: 2-27-14)

Please consider presenting at the 17th Annual Roundtable. Please complete and submit the presenter sign up form at the site below by March 6.
Click HERE.

Green Eggs and Sand Teacher Workshop In May             (Posted: 2-24-14)

Are you looking to infuse a globally significant ecological phenomenon and current real-world resource management challenge into your classroom? If so, you should consider signing up for the Green Eggs and Sand Workshop being held from May 16-18, 2014 at the Aquatic Resource Education Center in Smyrna, Delaware.

During the full and new moon events in May and June, thousands of horseshoe crabs come ashore to spawn, primarily in Delaware Bay. It is also during this time when migrating shorebirds descend upon the beaches to rest and feed on the horseshoe crab eggs before continuing onto their Arctic breeding grounds. The Green Eggs and Sand Workshop will delve into the ecological connections between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, our human connections to horseshoe crabs, and the challenges encountered in managing this resource.

Workshop sessions will offer presentations from experts in the field, explore the Green Eggs & Sand curriculum, and provide demonstrations of the rich assortment of hands-on activities the curriculum offers. Field trips to Delaware Bay beaches are a special highlight of the weekend and include the opportunity to observe nighttime spawning of horseshoe crabs, and a day trip to a beach to observe horseshoe crab eggs and shorebird feeding. Experts will also discuss the biomedical use of horseshoe crabs, and horseshoe crab management.

Workshop participants will receive the award-winning, Green Eggs & Sand curriculum pack, which was recently updated with current information and new activities.

Don't miss this great opportunity to take part in an intensive, not-to-be-missed, field enriched workshop during the peak horseshoe crab spawning and shorebird-viewing time on Delaware Bay!

Deadline for registration is May 2. The cost is $100. A registration form is available at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/greeneggs.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

For more information regarding this workshop please contact Karen Byrne at karen.byrne@dep.state.nj.us.

Biomimicry K-12 Educator and Tertiary Educator's with interest in K-12             (Posted: 2-14-14)

For educators, Biomimicry is a vehicle to help teachers embed a strong engineering and design component in their curriculum and meet the goals of NGSS, CCS and STEAM. Biomimicry is rooted in systems so it is innately interdisciplinary, about solving big, real problems, promotes environmental and ethical literacy and is research driven because our knowledge and understanding is changing every day. Finally. Biomimicry provides a tool to engage students in the science of today, inspire them with solutions-based thinking, and introduce them to the jobs of tomorrow.

Target Audience: Educators Grades 3-12
Date: June 30, July 1-3, 8 am-4:30 pm
Location: Omega Institute Center for Sustainable Living Rhinebeck,http://www.eomega.org/omega-in-action/key-initiatives/omega-center-for-sustainable-living
Presenter: Dr. Sue Kezios, Director of Youth Programs, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Fee: Thanks to support from NYSERDA & Omega, participant fee is $75
To Register: http://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13064&I=1492756
Questions:
Dorna Schroeter
dschroeter@pnwboces.org
914-248-2335.

Lunch is provided courtesy of Omega
LODGING OPTIONS:
Stay at Omega 800-944-1001 (Available on a first come– first serve basis)
Other local options: http://www.eomega.org/visit-us/rhinebeck-ny/planning-your-stay/local-hotels-inns
Couch Surfing: https://www.couchsurfing.org/# stay with a local participant:
dschroeter@pnwboces.org
There are 4 - $100 scholarships available, provided by BIOMIMICY NYC, to defer housing costs To be eligible you must be: paying for the workshop out of your own pocket and not being reimbursed by your school, teaching for 10 years or less & live beyond a daily commutable distance from the Omega Institute

To apply: adiel@biomimicrynyc.com

Educational Resources & Poster Now Available for National Wildlife Week 2014!             (Posted: 2-14-14)

Click HERE.

Upcoming EE Week Webinar: Practices of Science and Engineering on your School Campus             (Posted: 2-14-14)

Click HERE.

New Webinars | Common Core in the Garden, Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens             (Posted: 2-14-14)

Click HERE.

NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals             (Posted: 2-7-14)

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Save the Date

Looking for an Excellent Science Professional Development Opportunity

38th Annual New Jersey Science Convention
October 14th and 15th, 2014
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

2014 Banquet Speaker

Dr. Ricki Lewis author of The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It

Admission Options -
Register for 1 day or 2 day admission

2014 Call for Program Proposals

We cordially invite you to submit your program proposals for the
38th Annual New Jersey Science Convention.
Programs are limited to 150 this year and we are looking for new, innovative K-12 programs
that address Science Instruction, the NGSS, Technology in the Classroom, and 21st Century
Thinking and Science Practices.
Online program proposals are being accepted.
The priority deadline to submit a program is April 14, 2014

Click to Submit

Please forward to colleagues who have quality programs to submit.

Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:
Janet Gaudino
NJSC Office Services
njscienceconvention@gmail.com

Additional convention information may be found on our website at:
http://www.njscienceconvention.org

See you in October!

Convention Co-Chairs
Nancy Evans Bennett and Lola Szobota

Don't Miss Out - National Wildlife Week 2014 Webinar -Space almost gone             (Posted: 2-6-14)

Click HERE.

Duke Farms Foundation: Free Field Trips, Professional Development and much more!             (Posted: 1-31-14)

Click HERE.

Cornell Lab eNews: Happy Birding This New Year With Our Free ID App             (Posted: 1-31-14)

Click HERE.

Stossel in the Classroom: Special Offer for Educators             (Posted: 12-20-13)

Dear Educator,

We'd like to send you our totally-free DVD (even shipping and handling is free) for use in your classroom. Our 2014 Edition Free DVD is 47-minutes long and includes eight segments from John Stossel television programs (listed below), chosen and edited specifically for the classroom.

To supplement your 2014 Edition video segments, we also provide you with a FREE downloadable and printable Teacher Guide (available in English and Spanish) with suggested lesson plans, discussion topics, worksheets, and activities! The guides are included on the DVD, as well as being available on our Teacher's Guides page to download.

Our teachers tell us that our videos really liven up classroom discussion and that their students love our videos. Here are the video segments on this year's free DVD:

- College Tuition and Campus Luxuries
- Product Liability Lawsuits: Who Gets Burned?
- High Speed Rail: Boondocks & Boondoggles
- The Fracking Debate
- Food Nannies: Who Decides What You Eat?
- Entrepreneurs: Doing Good by Doing Well
- The Psychology Behind Political Campaigns
- Taxi Licensing: Are We Being Taken for a Ride?

To order your free DVD or to get more information, including segment descriptions, click here.

Feel free to forward this email to other teachers who might appreciate this opportunity.

Sincerely,
John Stossel

Stossel in the Classroom
is a project of the Center for Independent Thought
1112 River Oaks, Benton, AR 72019

Duke Farms Educators Webpage             (Posted: 12-20-13)

Click HERE.

Recently released book Education and the Environment-Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts             (Posted: 12-12-13)

You may be interested in my recently released book Education and the Environment, Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts—a two-year project with Harvard Education Press.

This book summarizes the lessons that I have learned, over the past 32 years, seeking to more fully integrate the environment into the K-12 education system. It pulls together my experiences working with schools, districts, and state departments of education in 17 states, as well as in Central and South America. A chapter and extensive appendix summarize the research into the benefits of implementing environment-based education programs.

It covers a wide range of topics including strategies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating environment-based education. Numerous real-world examples provide insight into the opportunities and challenges involved in achieving success—based on my national work with the EIC Model and the state of California’s Education and the Environment Initiative.

Please take a look and share this information with colleagues who have similar interests (http://hepg.org/hep/book/198/EducationAndTheEnvironment)

Thanks.

Jerry

Gerald A. Lieberman, Ph.D.

Director

State Education and Environment Roundtable

13648 Jackrabbit Road

Poway, CA 92064

Education and the Environment

Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts

(Harvard Education Press, November 2013)

Order here.

My newly published book is a guide to creating and implementing environment-based education—combining standards-based instruction on English language arts, math, history, and science with community-based investigations and environmental service-learning.

Founding Sponsor—The Pew Charitable Trusts

Telephone: (858) 676-0272 ext. 04

Facsimile: (508) 462-8331

E-mail: gerald@seer.org

Visit our Internet site at http://www.seer.org

SEER developed and supports implementation of the EIC Model™, an educational system that interconnects "best practices" into an instructional tapestry that improves student achievement by using local natural and community surroundings as a context for learning.

SEER was the principal consultant for the design and development of California’s Education and the Environment Initiative. Recently approved by California's State Board of Education, the curriculum was developed under the auspices of the California Environmental Protection Agency. It can be viewed at www.californiaeei.org

Learn about Water Facts: Explore NRCS's new interactive water publication             (Posted: 12-9-13)

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Learn how to keep water clean with ‘Your Hometown Clean Water Tour’

Hometown Water Tour

Students and Teachers: Take an interactive tour to learn about the importance of keeping our hometown water clean and clear. While you are visiting "'Your Hometown," test your knowledge of water by taking at 10 question water quiz.

Teachers can also order the "Your Hometown Clean Water Tour" brochures for your classroom.

Check out the interactive "Your Hometown Clean Water Tour" (SWF file)  

Children's Environmental Health Webinar Archives Now Available             (Posted: 11-27-13)

Children's Environmental Health Webinar Series
 

Watch the National Environmental Education Foundation and Children's Environmental Health Network 2013 children's environmental health webinar series. These webinars preview the release of newly revised, peer-reviewed resource: "Pediatric Environmental Health: Putting it into Practice."

 

Children's Environmental Health: Building Champions Among Health Care Professionals

 

Health care professionals can play key roles in identifying common environmental hazards that may be present in a child's environment and providing guidance to parents on preventive measures and treatment options. This webinar provides an introduction to children's environmental health and highlights the importance of integrating environmental history taking into clinical practice. Learn more and watch the archive here

 

Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers

 

This webinar provides participants with an overview of the Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers. It includes an outline of relevant competencies in environmental health and discusses the importance of interventions to control environmental hazards in children's homes and other primary settings as part of a complete pediatric asthma management plan. Information on helpful resources are also provided. Learn more and watch the archive here

 

More topics in this webinar series are coming. NEEF and CEHN will announce the next webinar date in the near future. 

NJDEP Black Bear Education Website & Free Curriculum Available             (Posted: 11-27-13)

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has partnered with Untamed Science to offer New Jersey teachers and students award-winning black bear education materials on the new bear education website: http://blackbearinfo.com

Teachers and students will find a vibrant assortment of FREE multimedia bear education resources on the site that is rich with a wide range of movies, images and text that cover almost every aspect of understanding and living with black bears.  The site also offers a specialized educational impact for teachers and students with the downloadable Understanding Black Bears Curriculum.

The free classroom curriculum is a self-contained computer program that was developed by educators exclusively for use in K-8 classrooms. It's full of quizzes, puzzles, computer games, special bear movies and tons of interactive learning within 29 lesson activities.  In just minutes, students and teachers can access an entire year's worth of exciting black bear education. The teacher's section of the program contains 29 Lesson Activities and their related classroom support materials for teaching the program.

The new bear education website, http://blackbearinfo.com, is part of the DEP’s continuing effort to educate New Jersey residents about co-existing with black bears.  Black bears have been sighted throughout the State and this site is an important addition to the public education component of the DEP’s science based Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, which also includes research, monitoring, nuisance black bear response, feeding ban enforcement and black bear population management.

For more information about black bears and to view the State's Comprehensive Black Bear Management policy, visit: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm .

Archived PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CLASSROOM MATERIALS are available upon request throught the webmaster.