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"Ignite the Conversation" - Education & Outreach Retreat on March 25th
Welcome to the NGSS - Using the Environment to Build Capacity for Science Education in New Jersey
New Jersey Audubon invites you to attend these professional development institutes
Webinar 3/4 | Building a Youth Beekeeping Program
Calling all Presenters! 18th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
ANJEE retreat information/registration
Upcoming Sustainable Jersey Webinars for March
Freehold Soil Conservation District offers program to schools
NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
NEW! Free NASA SMAP mission lessons from Project WET
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Feb. Newsletter
Save the Date: 2015 Education & Outreach Retreat on March 25th
2015 Pinelands Short Course
Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education
Green Eggs & Sand Workshop May 29-31 in Cape May
NJ GeoSTEM programs
Online Registration Now Open For 2015 Land Ethics Symposium
The Winter of Webinars is gearing up!
December PLT GreenSchools! Update
NAAEE EE News for December 10, 2014
GreenSchools National Conference
Using Eagle Cam in Your Classroom
The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking
Granny Green's Green Machine
Duke Farms Resources for Educators
October PLT GreenSchools! Update
NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
|"Ignite the Conversation" - Education & Outreach Retreat on March 25th
To: Education and Outreach Practitioners; Master Naturalists; BBP Committees and Interested Parties
The 2015 Barnegat Bay Education and Outreach Retreat is just around the corner! The Retreat (agenda attached) will take place at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 25th. Please RSVP to Mary Judge (email@example.com) by March 18th and indicate whether or not you would like to order a boxed lunch (details below).
Ignite the Conversation!
The theme of the retreat is Citizens and Scientists: Partners in Protection, and we have an exciting line-up of activities. This year we will hear from teams of scientists and educators and experience a new outreach tool, the Ignite Talk (a fast-paced and timed format -- 5 minute presentation with 20 slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds). A panel discussion with the presenters will continue the conversation about science, outreach, and citizen participation. We'll fish for your ideas for a coordinated social media blitz around National Estuary Week, so start thinking and get ready for a fun exchange of ideas. Let's really "Make a Splash" about Barnegat Bay that week. Then we'll finish the day with a nature walk led by THE Duffy Barrow!
As always, the retreat is FREE; however, please be aware that lunch is not provided. For your convenience, a boxed lunch from The River Market can be pre-ordered at a cost of $10 per person, or feel free to bring your own. The boxed lunch includes a sandwich, brownie, small bag of chips, and drink. There will also be fruit available (apples and bananas) on the buffet. If you would like to order a boxed lunch, please include your selection from the three choices below when you RSVP to Mary Judge (firstname.lastname@example.org). Payment will be collected at the Retreat - please bring cash or a check made out to The River Market.
1. Fresh Veggie Sandwich on Whole Wheat with Cheddar, Tomato, Cucumber, Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers and Hummus.
2. Turkey and Swiss Cheese with Honey Mustard and Field Greens on a Kaiser Roll.
3. Chicken Salad Wrap with Lettuce and Tomato in a Spinach Wrap.
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08753
|Welcome to the NGSS - Using the Environment to Build Capacity for Science Education in New Jersey
Welcome to the Next Generation Science Standards -
Using the Environment to Build Capacity for Science Education in New Jersey
Spring Regional Workshop Series Sponsored by NJDEP, ANJEE and NJDOE
Featured Speaker: Michael Heinz, State Science Coordinator, NJ Department of Education
Monday, March 16, 2015 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Chatham, New Jersey
Host: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Host: Jacques Cousteau Environmental Education Center
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Friday, March 20, 2015 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Host: Plainsboro Preserve, New Jersey Audubon
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Pre-registration is required.
Overview: The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted by the New Jersey State Board of Education in July 2014. According to the North American Association for Environmental Education, “The NGSS represent an unprecedented opportunity for the environmental and sustainability education community…The good news is that NGSS is strong on environmental content, much stronger than what is being taught now in the vast majority of schools throughout the nation."
- To register, send your workshop choice, name, primary phone #, email, work title and employer to:
Tanya Oznowich (NJDEP), at: Tanya.email@example.com or 609.984.9802. A confirmation email will be sent to attendees with additional details (meal, location and facility info, final agenda, etc.)
- There is no cost for the workshop; participants must bring own lunch and drinks
- Professional development certificates will be available to teachers who complete the workshop
- Non-formal educators/teachers who have programs/lessons that support NGSS are invited to share their efforts at these workshops (Please send your interest in doing this to Tanya Oznowich)
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE) are among several NJ science education partners that have been called upon by the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) to help build capacity and support for NGSS delivery and implementation in classrooms statewide. That is the purpose of this workshop.
Mr. Michael Heinz, New Jersey’s State Science Coordinator, will present the workshop with assistance provided by environmental education professionals Tanya Oznowich or Marc Rogoff (NJDEP) and guests.
After completing this workshop participants should be able to:
Targeted audiences include: Science, natural resource and environmental educators, naturalists, youth leaders, camp staff, school board members, PTA members, green team and environmental commission members, teachers, consultants, professors, etc.
- Describe and understand the Next Generation Science Standards (content, design, strengths);
- Describe NJDOE plans for NGSS implementation (curriculum, training, assessment, etc.);
- List ways that non-formal EE/science providers can provide NGSS support to local schools;
- Redesign/align their own offerings to support NGSS, including use of NAAEE’s NGSS correlations; and
- Identify State and federal offerings that promote EE and green/sustainable school activities.
|New Jersey Audubon invites you to attend these professional development institutes
INVESTIGATING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE RARITAN WATERSHED
July 20 to 24, 2015
at Duke Farms in Hillsborough
For teachers in grades 5 through 12
Sponsored by Duke Farms; FREE
Deepen your understanding of the environmental issues facing society from the perspective of the local watershed. Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control. Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.
TEACHERS' SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY
August 10 to 14, 2015
at NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville
For elementary and middle school teachers
Sponsored by Ashland, Inc. - FREE
This weeklong program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies and understanding environmental issues. Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control. We will focus on a different set of issues each day and provide field experience, lessons and resources to support your existing curricula. Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.
Ms. Dale Rosselet
Vice-president for Education
New Jersey Audubon
Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
|Webinar 3/4 | Building a Youth Beekeeping Program
Join us for the next Growing School Gardens webinar!
Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Building a Youth Beekeeping Program
Presented by Jennica Skoug, Goodman Youth Farm Manager at Community GroundWorks
In This Session
Many students are fascinated with insects in the school garden. Given the opportunity, many are also fascinated by that iconic pollinator: the honeybee. Bees themselves are a living example of cooperation, hard work, and symbiosis. Beekeeping helps students learn about everything from biology to small business skills. In this webinar, Community GroundWorks’ Jennica Skoug will introduce the benefits of adding a beehive to your school garden, and answer questions about logistical challenges. Specific topics will include:
- Background of the Goodman Youth Farm program
- How beehives benefit students
- Safety around the hive
- Initial costs
- Facilitating hive management and upkeep
- Keeping students involved
- Using bee products to sustain a bee program
At the Goodman Youth Farm of Community GroundWorks, many students name the bees as their favorite part of the farm. Other children have overcome fear, found their inner calm, and become teachers to their peers after learning about the bees. Join Jennica to hear about positive opportunities for students around beekeeping and learn how you can add this activity to your school!
To Participate in the Live Session
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
About the Presenter
Jennica Skoug is the Goodman Youth Farm manager with Community GroundWorks in Madison, WI. The Youth Farm engages students in hands-on farming experiences, including organic vegetable production, on-site cooking, and beekeeping. Jennica also assists with the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative, Community GroundWorks' state-wide program to support and connect school gardens. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and former summer camp director at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.
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|Calling all Presenters! 18th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
Mark your calendars - the 18th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable has been scheduled for April 22, 2015 at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, in Waretown. This year's theme celebrates the 2015 International Year of Soils, as declared by the 68th United Nations General Assembly.
We are seeking organizations and educators interested in presenting a program and/or workshop for this year's event. Please consider lending your expertise and sharing your enthusiasm with the 100+ educators who attend the Roundtable. This year, we ask that your program makes a simple connection to the theme of "soil". As you know, healthy soil supports life! For example, if your program is about Monarch butterflies, include a connection between the importance of healthy soil to support the growth of milkweed that feeds the Monarch caterpillars. As in the past, we would like to offer both 1 and 2 hour program options to attendees.
Go to http://www.soildistrict.org/educational-programs/roundtable/ for more information. Complete the form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 6th.
Thank you for your participation and support. We are looking forward to another successful Roundtable! Don't hesitate to call or email with any questions.
Education Outreach Specialist
Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, New Jersey 08731
609-971-7002 ext. 21
|ANJEE retreat information/registration
|Upcoming Sustainable Jersey Webinars for March
New Features of the Sustainable Jersey Website for 2015
March 11, 2015 1:00-2:00 PM - REGISTER
March 16, 2015 7:00-8:00 PM - REGISTER
Whether you're new to the Sustainable Jersey program, or have already been certified, this webinar will keep you updated on all of the new changes to the Sustainable Jersey website. We will walk you through the new application layout, the variable point actions, and also recap the basics of the managing your profile.
Renee Haider, Associate Director of Sustainable Jersey. As the Associate Director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University for 18 years, Renee worked with the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration to support intergovernmental sustainability initiatives and collaborated with local, state, and federal government representatives on transportation and land use and statewide transportation planning and programming efforts aimed at supporting the core value of sustainability.
Samantha McGraw, Program Assistant for Sustainable Jersey. Samantha assists New Jersey municipalities with the Sustainable Jersey certification process. Samantha brings both a science and policy background to the Sustainable Jersey team, along with experience working in local government as an intern with the City of Fort Collins Environmental Services Department.
Fostering Sustainability Education through a Film Festival
March 18, 2015 -- 1-2:00 PM - REGISTER
Looking for a new, innovative and fun way to bring your community together and communicate environmental information? Holding a film festival is one of the many ways to earn points for the Community Education and Outreach action. Festivals are a great way to bring your community together on a cold winter night, or enjoy the warm summer weather, and can be geared toward all age levels! In this webinar you will learn about the resource partners that can assist your green team to organize a film festival.
Winnie Fatton, Program Manager for Sustainable Jersey, who will provide a brief overview of the Community Education and Outreach action.
Marnie Vyff, from the Mountain Lakes Green Team, who has headed environmental movie events to promote awareness in New Jersey. Marnie has also assisted neighboring communities with their own environmental events.
Lindsey Kaymen, President of the Environmental Education Fund, who will talk about EEF's efforts to foster environmental education through film and multimedia events. Lindsey has been a member of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival planning committee since 2007. She was so excited about the films shown at the festival and the associated energy, excitement and motivation that develops as a result of the festival that she refocused the mission of EEF into helping organizations to show these films and hold environmental festivals.
Tara Shepherd, Executive Director of HART Commuter Information Services, a non-profit transportation management association (TMA) dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Hunterdon County, NJ for the past 15 years , who will explain how HART has been instrumental in helping Hunterdon municipalities to organize film festivals. In recent years, HART has expanded its programming to include assisting Hunterdon municipalities with a number of actions in their pursuit of Sustainable Jersey certification.
|Freehold Soil Conservation District offers program to schools
FREEHOLD SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT
4000 Kozloski Road - PO Box 5033
Freehold, NJ 07728
732-683-8500 FAX 732.683.9140
Teachers Can Receive Classroom Equipment for Plants for Pollinators Program
Freehold Soil Conservation District will provide free "Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom" Resource Kits to several teachers in Middlesex and Monmouth County in early 2015. The Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom program is designed to help students discover the importance of native pollinators and to study the relationship between plants and pollinators.
Selected teachers will receive indoor growing kits complete with a plant stand, grow bulbs, potting soil and seeds for students to explore plant growth, conduct experiments and raise pollinator plants. The kit also includes a packet of resources, lessons, plant information and planting guidelines. In the spring, student-grown plants are to be planted in a school or community garden. Participating teachers will also receive a supply of potted plants to enhance their pollinator garden. All materials will be provided free of charge.
Pollinators, such as bees, hummingbirds, moths and birds play a critical role in the production of over 150 food crops in the United States - among them apples, almonds, blueberries, cranberries, melons, pears and squash. An estimated 90 percent of flowering plants depend on bees and other insects as well as birds and bees for pollination.
Teachers must apply for the program by March 1, 2015 and supplies are limited. The Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom registration brochure is available online at www.freeholdscd.org, by emailing email@example.com, or by calling Freehold Soil Conservation District at 732-683-8500. This program is open to teachers in Middlesex and Monmouth County schools.
|NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
READY, SET, NGSSSave the Date39th Annual New Jersey Science Convention
October 13th and 14th, 2015
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal2015 Banquet Speaker
Dr. David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist
Interested in Participating as a Presenter...
Consider submitting a program proposal or two…
Especially those K-12 programs that address:
Hands-On Activities Focusing on Implementation of the NGSS
Effective and Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom
Elementary/Middle Lessons that Address Instruction and Implementation of NGSS
How to Address the Teacher Evaluation Process
Online program proposals are being accepted.
The priority deadline to submit a program is April 15, 2015
Submit Program Proposal
Please forward to colleagues who have quality programs to submit.
Additional convention information may be found on our website at: http://www.njscienceconvention.org
Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:
NJSC Office Servicesnjscienceconvention@gmail.com
See you in October!
Nancy Evans Bennett and Lola Szobota
|NEW! Free NASA SMAP mission lessons from Project WET
Bring Space Lessons Down to Earth
NASA's newest mission, SMAP, launched over the weekend, and Project WET wants to help you explain why it matters. Working with scientists from
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we developed two classroom activities that explain soil moisture and the freeze-thaw cycle. They are now available for free on the Project WET website.
The NASA SMAP satellite will map the entire globe every two to three days, providing the highest-resolution maps of soil moisture ever obtained.
PROJECT WET SMAP MISSION RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE
"Dirt to Dinner" gets students moving to learn how water moves into, through and out of soil.
"The Breathing Boreal Forest" teaches about cycles of freezing and thawing as well as dormancy.
|National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Feb. Newsletter
Register now for NWF's Eco-Schools USA Professional Learning Community's Winter Webinar Series. Flyer available here.
You are invited to participate in a professional learning community where diverse schools from across the state will reflect on what mechanisms contribute to successful sustainability education initiatives at their schools. In this interactive webinar, you can hear stories, ask questions, and form relationships with others who are using sustainability as a context to integrate STEM and the arts. These webinars are designed to inspire and share resources and ideas within this year's webinar topics: energy reduction and sustainable foods. Professional development credits can be earned.
Webinars will take place on:
March 2, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm (Energy)
March 23, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm (Sustainable Foods)
In the first webinar, we will learn about the role of New Jersey forests in carbon sequestration from NJ Audubon stewardship forester, Jeremy Ciaggiano, and hear reflections from schools in Jersey City, Pennington, and Blairstown. John Henry, STEM and Sustainability Specialist from New Jersey School Boards Association, will share leadership resources that support in-school implementation. A local artist will also join us to discuss methods for using arts to communicate messsages of sustainability.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback, access links and download documents for future use.
REGISTER HERE: Statewide Professional Learning Community Winter Webinar
Panasonic Corporation of North America, along with the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, are looking for NJ 4th-8th grade classrooms to participate in the Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project at NO COST. Teachers will receive all necessary resources. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.
|Save the Date: 2015 Education & Outreach Retreat on March 25th
To: Communication and Education Committee; Education and Outreach Practitioners; Master Naturalists
Please save the date for this year's Education and Outreach Retreat to be held on March 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education (http://www.lighthousecenternj.org/) in Waretown. There will be science updates by Barnegat Bay researchers, a panel discussion about translation of research results into effective outreach and participation in science and stewardship, and a brainstorming session for planning National Estuary Day events. The complete agenda will be coming soon!
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08753
|2015 Pinelands Short Course
The 2015 Pinelands Short Course will be held on Saturday, March 14th, at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's main campus in Galloway, NJ.
This year marks the 26th annual, and will feature 35 presentations, including 22 new programs, and a new track of family-friendly courses that explore the region's unique history, ecology, culture and music.
Registration is now open and the brochure is available on the Pinelands Commission's web site at: http://nj.gov/pinelands/about/events/.
|Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education
|Green Eggs & Sand Workshop May 29-31 in Cape May
A Green Eggs and Sand Curriculum workshop will be held May 29-31 at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor (Cape May Co.). The workshop will delve into the ecological connections between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, human connections to horseshoe crabs, and the challenges encountered in managing this resource via presentations, field trips and hands-on activities.
Workshop participants will receive the award-winning, Green Eggs & Sand curriculum pack, recently updated with current information and new activities.
For more information visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/greeneggs.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.
|NJ GeoSTEM programs
Earth System STEM Teacher Professional Development Series and GeoSTEM Teacher-To-Teacher Initiative II both of which take place at the Mount Laurel Campus of Burlington county Community College.
Also this is the International Year of Soil! Visit www.soils.org/IYS to sign up for announcements, get free stickers, etc.
Finally, the Spring 2015 registration is now open for the American Meteorological Society DataStreme online courses in Atmosphere, Oceans, and Earth's Climate System. Each course is an innovative Internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers. These courses are offered FREE of charge to K-12 teachers. Upon completion of any one course, teachers are awarded 3 graduate-level science credits through the State University of New York. Please contact Peter Dorofy at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Moore at email@example.com for more information.
Earth System STEM Teacher Professional Development Series
GeoSTEM Teacher Professional Development Series brought to you by The Institute for Earth Observations of Palmyra Cove Nature Park. This 8-week series is designed to give teachers and administrators an overview of programs, resources, and activities that can often be immediately incorporated into the classroom and/or used for curriculum development. The focus will be on the relationship between the Next Generation Science Standards (2013) and the Geosciences, Earth/Oceans/Atmosphere. It will include a guide toward developing a rigorous course of study that focuses on planet Earth. Throughout the seminar series, the GeoSTEM Teacher-to-teacher Initiative will host Master GeoSTEM Teachers as presenters who will introduce innovative programs, resources, and best practices. The twin goals of this series are to develop teacher-leaders and to highlight innovative classroom applications.
Program highlights include:
• GLOBE, Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment: world-wide, hands-on, promotes collaboration on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth System.
• GLOBE SCRC, Student Climate Research Campaign: measuring, investigating, understanding the climate system.
• GLOBE Satellite Partnerships.
• NASA S’COOL, Student Cloud Observations On-Line: making and reporting ground observations of clouds to assist with NASA’s CERES satellite instruments.
• Google Earth: develop a Remote sensing lab in the classroom through the use of Geoscience data sets including clouds, radar, earthquakes, and ocean data.
• USGS Remote Sensing: use images generated by data collected by two remote sensing satellites to assess the impact of natural disasters, monitor global agricultural production, monitor impact of climate and other global changes.
• Project ATMOSPHERE & The Maury Project, American Meteorological Society’s Education Programs: directed towards improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understandings in science, technology, and mathematics among students at precollege levels.
8 sessions Mt. Laurel
T 4:00 – 5:00 pm Jan. 20 – Mar. 10
Continuing Education Units will be available.
To register for this free program, please email John Moore, Director of GeoScience STEM Education at: firstname.lastname@example.org
GeoSTEM TEACHER-TO-TEACHER INITIATIVE II
PREREQUISITE: GeoSTEM Professional Development Series or by permission of the instructor.
Building on the resources presented in the GeoSTEM Professional Development Series for Teachers, this teacher leadership seminar series will continue to focus on the relationship between the Next Generation Science Standards (2013), STEM Education, and the Geosciences; Earth—Oceans –Atmosphere.
Teachers will be introduced to the Space to Earth: Earth to Space (SEES) Model that develops field experiences for students to make observations and measurements, learn scientific protocols, and use technology, coupled with identifying satellite imagery and data that provide environmental interpretation from Space. The SEES Model identifies and uses resources provided through, but not limited to, NASA, NOAA, the GLOBE Program, and the American Meteorological Society.
Lessons, projects and experiences will be used in the development of a GEOSCIENCE and REMOTE SENSING LABORATORY where students do real science in real time.
Teachers will work together to develop grade/age appropriate lessons and projects that utilize the Next Generation Science Standards and STEM Education initiatives in the Geosciences.
8 sessions Mt. Laurel
W 4:00 – 5:00 pm Jan. 21 – Mar. 11
Continuing Education Units will be available.
To register for this free program, please email John Moore, Director of GeoScience STEM Education at: email@example.com
Burlington County College Offers:
– Affordable Tuition
– Flexible Scheduling
– Financial Aid and Scholarship Options
– Dedicated Faculty
– Transfer and Career Services
– More than 80 majors
We are here to help you discover your potential at BCC and guide you through the process.
For more information or to apply, please visit bcc.edu/fall.
|Online Registration Now Open For 2015 Land Ethics Symposium
|The Winter of Webinars is gearing up!
The Trailside Nature and Science Center is scheduling a Project WOW workshop for Thursday March 26 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The fee is $20 and a morning refreshment will be provided. Attendees should bring lunch.
Adult Program Coordinator
Trailside Nature and Science Center
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
|December PLT GreenSchools! Update
As you prepare for the upcoming holiday season and winter break, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of an exciting and environmentally friendly way to usher in the new year at your school – Become a Certified PLT GreenSchool and receive a free PLT GreenSchools! Certification Kit!
Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, the first10 schools that complete PLT’s new application for certification and meet the requirements to become a Certified PLT GreenSchool will receive a free PLT GreenSchools! Kit containing the following:
- 1 weatherproof, vinyl mesh banner, 60” x 24”
- 4 outdoor signs, 6” x 6”
- 5 PLT GreenSchool! posters
- 10 window stickers
- 10 buffs
- 10 wristbands
- 10 magnifiers
Not yet ready for certification? We still want to hear your story. Complete our “Tell Your School’s GreenSchools Journey!” survey and you’ll also have the opportunity to enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and set of PLT GreenSchools! wristbands for your students! The survey closes December 31 and the drawing will take place the first week of January.
Green Gift Idea for Your Holiday List
Give a meaningful gift of nature this holiday season that’s fun and full of outdoors learning! Project Learning Tree’s Nature Activities for Families booklet is an ideal gift idea for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers to help introduce children to nature in their own yards and local parks. This collection of 25 fun and easy-to-do activity ideas is suitable for children ages 3 – 15. But hurry! Purchase your gift before the 12/14 shipping deadline to ensure on-time delivery.
Regards, James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036
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|NAAEE EE News for December 10, 2014
Conference News: Survey, CEUs, Photo Gallery
Thanks to all who completed the recent survey about conference strands; your ideas and insights were great! The Call for Presentations for the 2015 NAAEE conference and research symposium in San Diego will be open in early January. Watch for an announcement soon.
Photos and Social Media from the Conference
Be sure to check out our #NAAEE2014 Storify page to see tweets and photos from conference attendees, and take a look at our conference photo album on Facebook!
EECapacity Webinar Recording: How are You Bringing EE to Your Work with Pre-service Teachers?
Did you miss the final 2014 EECapacity webinar for professors of education? Becca Franzen, of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and Prisca Moore, of Carthage College, presented how they bring environmental education to pre-service teacher training. Watch or download the webinar: https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/lsr.php?RCID=0ec3fd1910ab7a8b8d283dfa86968c89
Questions? Contact Susan Gentile at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAAEE Accredits Four Distinguished College and University EE Programs
NAAEE is pleased to announce a new initiative designed to formally recognize distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that will translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.
Four programs—Montreat College, Eastern Kentucky University, Nova Southeastern University, and University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point—are the first institutions to receive recognition. We applaud their efforts and hope this is the start of expanding high quality EE in higher education. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered.
The next deadline for accreditation applications is March 15, 2015.
Cal Water H2O Challenge
Deadline: February 27, 2015
Cal Water H2O Challenge is a free project-based, environmentally focused competition for California classrooms grades 4–6 within a Cal Water service area. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and the California Water Service Company, the competition aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, and aims to help kids develop a core understanding of environmental principles, teach them to care for water, and empower them to make a difference.
UL Innovative Education Award
Deadline: February 28, 2015
In recognition of our world’s changing needs, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global leader in safety science, and NAAEE launched the UL Innovative Education Award, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to invest $250,000 in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment. The program offers recognition grants to increase the impact of existing innovative nonprofit programs in the US and Canada that are leading the way to inspire a passion for STEM education in young people through a focus on the environment. Learn more and apply now!
Awards, Grants, Contests
EPA Accepting Proposals for 2014 EE Model Grants Program
Deadline: February 2, 2015
The EPA is seeking grant proposals for the EE Model Grants program to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques. Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period. Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded.
Deadline for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Request for Applications Extended
Deadline Extended: January 9, 2015
The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community with special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). The EJSG Program is designed to help eligible organizations and Tribal communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level. In an effort to ensure that support reaches new areas, the Agency also is prioritizing funding to organizations that have not recently received an award under the EJSG Program.
Help Save Gorillas and Win $5,000
Deadline: April 3, 2015
Save gorillas and help the environment by entering the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Go Bananas! Challenge sponsored by Gorilla Glue! Answer the call by collecting and recycling cell phones, which contain an ore called coltan. One of the only places in the world where this ore can be found is right in the middle of gorilla habitats. Recycling coltan reduces habitat destruction for many endangered species.
World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest
Deadline: February 19, 2015
Create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the global challenges listed on the website. All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, b) why the issue is important, and c) at least one idea for a sustainable solution. Teachers encouraging students to enter the contest will receive a free resource kit.
Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop
Deadline: March 1, 2015
The 2015 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest (July 1–11, 2015) allows environmental educators to use and learn innovative instructional tools while exploring one of the world’s most important resources—the Amazon! The program includes:
- 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, Inquiry Explorations, STEM Investigations
- Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree, BirdSleuth, Project Noah
- Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning, Sustainability, Global Education
- Rainforest Explorations: Biodiversity, Rainforest Ecology, Conservation and Climate Change, and more
Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights
EJ in Action Blog: Cities on the Edge
The latest EPA Environmental Justice in Action blog post, "Cities on the Edge," by Katherine Takai of the International City/County Management Association, discusses resources and tools from the White House's Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, available for cities and communities to increase the their economic competitiveness and integrate equity and environmental justice for more sustainable and resilient communities.
North American Events, Training, Announcements
Online Courses on Management of Recreation Resources
Registration Deadline: January 21, 2015
Course Dates: February 2—May 22, 2015
Management of Recreation Resources in Wilderness or Managing Recreation Resources in Wilderness Settings will be offered online with a facilitated discussion group led by instructor Kari Gunderson. Invited guest instructors may include Carhart Wilderness Training Center staff, academics, and working wilderness managers. The online format enables students to work through the course efficiently while benefiting from discussion with other students, agency managers, and academics.
Learn more about the course: http://wmdep.wilderness.net/407_562%20online.pdf and the Graduate Certificate in Wilderness Management:
Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
Course begins: January 27, 2015
This free six-week course is being offered by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools, and communities.
Presentation and Publishing Opportunities
Environmental Education Journal Call for Contributions
Deadline for eJournal: January 15, 2015
Deadline for Print Journal: February 15, 2015
The National Association for Environmental Education UK (NAEE) produces a timely journal, Environmental Education, covering all aspects of environmental education and education for sustainable development (ESD). NAEE UK is seeking contributions from around the world, including a North American feature with provincial reports on EE and ESD to broaden the contents of the journal and increase the journal's interest to readers. Submissions should be a maximum of three pages, 500 words per page submitted in word doc. Attach high resolution photos separately.
Send inquiries and copy direct to email@example.com and copy in Henricus.firstname.lastname@example.org with subject 'EE America report.' View sample journal: http://naee.org.uk/naee-journal.
Resources for Students and Educators
New Nature Activities for Families Guide
Project Learning Tree has compiled 25 of its most popular activities for families into a 40-page booklet. These fun and easy-to-do activities are perfect for parents—and grandparents—to help introduce children to nature while walking in the forest, visiting a local park, exploring your own backyard, or when all else fails—inside! Journal pages provide room for children to make notes and draw sketches of what they observe. If you are looking for simple, entertaining and educational ways to engage children or grandchildren in the outdoors, Nature Activities for Families is a great gift idea this holiday season. The cost for the guide is $16.95, plus shipping and handling.
New Bullfrog Film: Groundswell Rising
In Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water we meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers, and individuals across the political spectrum who are decrying the practice of fracking for natural gas. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights.
Sweet Water Hunt
A watershed mystery, Sweet Water Hunt, by Connie Nye, is an interactive, interdisciplinary novel set in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Watershed. Solve the riddle of “madness,” visit Dr. Water’s kooky hoose (house of organic and sustainable endeavors) and numerous sites in the Brandywine Valley. Learn to test water quality as the characters embark on this adventure story integrated with hands-on activities in all subject areas to understand watershed dynamics. Events can be scheduled at your school. Consider booking a watershed dynamics round-robin program.
New Film Documents Climate Change Impacts Along the Andes
Seattle-based documentary filmmaker, Ethan Steinman of Daltonic Films is promoting the educational release of his latest film Glacial Balance. The film is a country-by-country journey along the spine of the Andes, providing a narrative of climate change impacts on communities through their own words.
The special edition DVD set of the film is available for purchase at glacialbalance.com. NAAEE members may purchase the film at the discounted price of $19.99 with free shipping (normally $29.99 for the special edition). Click here to purchase.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/channels/glacialbalance
Consumers Can Help Move the Economy Towards Sustainability
Consumption represents 70% of the US economy. In a recent study by Nielsen, as many as 42% of all consumers in North America indicated that they would be willing to pay more for a more sustainable product.
EarthTouch by Earth Accounting will deliver sustainability information about different products to users who simply scan a barcode. The idea is to empower consumers to make purchasing decisions based on the environmental footprint and workplace justice of products.
Earth Accounting has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds, promote the idea and connect with interested parties and activists.
The main challenge is the collection of the data to deliver through the app and the website. For this purpose Earth Accounting proposes the formation of a new and unique “information cooperative” the Alliance for Consumer Empowerment and Sustainability (ACES.coop). Complete transparency and user participation are also the goals.
EPA Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of Climate Change Indicators in the United States presenting observed data on key measures of our environment. The third edition adds more years of data, new indicators, and new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest. The report focuses on long-term trends for key measures of our environment for which high-quality data exist. Each indicator and the report itself were peer-reviewed by independent experts, and extensive technical documentation accompanies the report.
|GreenSchools National Conference
Announcing the GreenSchools National Network's 5th annual Green Schools National Conference! Early Bird Registration ends December 15th!
"Think BIG, Start smart, ACT NOW" is the theme as conferees gather March 4-7, 2015, in Virginia Beach, VA. Sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), the conference is the largest gathering of K-12 green school advocates in the nation. It will focus on how any school can begin to 'green' itself for the benefit of students and the planet.
The term "green schools" has come to mean more than energy-efficient buildings and school gardens. Zero waste programs, indoor air quality assessments, 'green' purchasing policies, healthier options in the lunchroom, and more are among the strategies being adopted by schools and districts.
"Whether your school is a comprehensive 'green school' or just getting started, our 2015 conference will offer practical strategies and solutions. We know that many, many administrators, teachers and students want to join the green school movement - this conference will point them in the right direction."
For more information, visit their website by clicking HERE.
|Using Eagle Cam in Your Classroom
|The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking
Today, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), in collaboration with the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), launched the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking®, a national, online, interactive training and certificate program for building energy and water benchmarking professionals. The program is designed to educate users through a no-cost online training component on how to accurately collect building energy and water benchmarking data and use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR™ Portfolio Manager® tool to benchmark building performance, and for a fee, certify participants who successfully complete the training and exam.
As building energy transparency grows at the city-level and beyond, supported by initiatives such as NRDC and IMT’s City Energy Project, the accuracy of self-reported data is especially important. Training and certificate programs like the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking are the first step in improving the quality of benchmarking information.
NRDC is pleased to have supported the development of the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking, along with the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Energy and a large group of industry advisors. Please see the attached press release and help us spread the word about this exciting new program. Any questions you may have about the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking can be directed to Terra Meierdierck with NJIT at email@example.com
Lauren Zullo, LEED AP O+M
Director of National Initiatives | The City Energy Project
Natural Resources Defense Council
40 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10025
phone: 212.727.4612 | cell: 703.609.1800
www.cityenergyproject.org | @lauren_zullo
|Granny Green's Green Machine
Environmental theater, music, puppets and books for kids
Granny Green (aka Brenda Cummings) is a professional actor who has been writing and performing for children for decades. As a collaborating member of The Paper Bag Players for many years, she created plays, songs and dances for young audiences all over the US, Canada and Asia. When she became a parent she realized how little environmental education is available for small children, so she wrote "Granny Green's Green Machine" a show with puppets made from recycled materials, and original songs and books about the 3 Rs, composting, the water cycle, planting trees, worms, insects and remembering to turn off the water and lights. Granny Green highlights for young children the many ways that they are connected to the natural world and how they can help to make it greener. Brenda wrote and illustrated several books that are read and performed as part of the show. The response to them has been enthusiastic.
For more information please check out Granny Green's website: http://grannygreensgreenmachine.weebly.com/
"The Dance of the Seahorses", is now an ebook on Amazon.com.
A print version of the book will soon be available.
The CD of "Granny Green's Green Machine" is available through Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/The-Green-Machine-Granny-Greens/dp/B002WP1GJA and iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-green-machine/id339153351.
Also see "The Wiggle Worm Wiggle" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxjLMsn9O1c
|Duke Farms Resources for Educators
|October PLT GreenSchools! Update
Energy may be the most important issue of our time. It affects the quality of our lives every day as it powers transportation, communication, lights, and heating and cooling systems. According to the US Department of Energy, K-12 schools spend more than $8 billion annually on energy, making energy the second highest operating expenditure for schools after personnel cost. Therefore, this month we want to provide you with information on how to save energy, and money, at your school.
Energy Webinar: Transforming Schools with PLT
GreenSchools! Energy Investigations
Check out our archived webinar to learn how how ENERGY STAR tools can help schools improve energy efficiency, and how GreenSchools! teams can make a difference by using the GreenSchools! Energy Investigation to examine their school’s energy use and implement action plans to reduce energy impacts.
Energy Saving Tips For Schools
As we head into the fall and winter months where the thermostats are turned up and the lights are on longer, we wanted to provide you and your students with some easy tips for saving energy at your school.
James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree
|NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
|EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
|Did you know that EIRC offers STEM workshops? Become the student with these interactive sessions. Explore hands-on classroom activities, strategies, and tools that you can add to your science curriculum!|
About the Series
Select individual workshops, or attend
each workshop in the series to enhance your STEM classroom!
Each workshop will be held at EIRC from
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
South Jersey Tech Park
107 Gilbreth Pkwy,
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
$139.00 per workshop
(Includes continental breakfast)
Barbara Mammen has over 35 years' experience in education, including experience as Supervisor of Science and Technology. Barbara has held positions at Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, and Rider University's Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Pace University and a Master's Degree in Science and Environmental Education from Brooklyn College.
The NGSS: Rethinking Science Teaching & Learning
October 23, 2014
- Understand the format and dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.
- Learn how to develop assessments using the NGSS Performance Expectations.
Science & Engineering Practices: Claims, Evidence, Explanation, Argumentation (Grades 3-8)
November 21, 2014
- Follow the CER (claims, evidence, rebuttal) Framework for Scientific Explanation as proposed by Joseph Krajcik (NGSS Development Team).
- See how to use variations of the CER approach and construct assessment rubrics.
Integrating Engineering with Science in Elementary and Middle Grades
December 11, 2014
- Participate in interactive engineering activities.
- Analyze science concepts and skills necessary for engineering design solutions.
The Literacy STEM Connection (Grades 3-8)
February 6, 2015
- Explore literacy activities to enhance student understanding of STEM concepts, particularly science and math.
- Learn how to use the activities to assess student progress, inform instruction, and realize ways to modify strategies for diverse learners.
The Best STEM Websites
March 20, 2015
- Delve into the best websites for STEM education resources, including lesson plans, activities/projects, videos, simulations, rubrics, and more.
- Gather information relevant to your specific grade level and student population.
EIRC - Educational Information & Resource Center
South Jersey Tech Park, 107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Suite 200
Mullica HIll, NJ 08062-4446
Phone 856-582-7000 Fax 856-582-4206
Our nonprofit is offering teachers and students a science prize that is literally out of this world. We hope you will share this opportunity with your audience, as that will give them a chance to win and will encourage engagement in STEM.
The students of the winning teacher will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to control a satellite and run experiments in space for a week as it orbits the earth at 18,000 miles per hour and 310 miles up.
Students and teachers will be provided with support and resources to make sure that they are successful:
- Videos, worksheets, and guides to present the fundamentals of working with a satellite.
- Sample code and experiments with step by step instructions to run and develop your own experiments.
- Direct access to the Ardusat support team to assist in implementing the process in your class.
The promotion is a campaign of ClassWish.org, a 501(c(3) nonprofit, which addresses the dire lack of science equipment in schools. The severity of the need is seen in 42% of all eighth grade science teachers reporting that they do not have most of the equipment they need to teach; the figure for teachers of minority students is more than 50%. Indeed, ClassWish is the only nonprofit that lets anyone contribute to provide STEM (and other) resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers visit the site to create wish lists; people make tax-deductible contributions to help; and ClassWish sends the supplies and equipment right to the classrooms at no cost.
The prize is being supplied by Nanosatisfi, whose team of non-traditional space engineers deployed the world’s first crowd-funded satellite—Ardusat (a portmanteau of Arduino and Satellite). They remain committed to providing an education platform for hands-on space exploration and a truly remarkable STEM experience for students across the globe.
Teachers easily enter by creating a wish list at http://ClassWish.org, which also lets them receive donations for the science equipment their students need. Each teacher who creates a wish list automatically gets a satellite page, such as this sample: http://classwish.org/teachers/15699-Bill-Nigh.
Anyone can help their favorite teacher win by “liking” the teacher, inviting other teachers, spreading the word, or contributing towards supplies.
If, as we hope, you are interested in sharing this opportunity with your readers, feel free to grab any of the banners that we provided here: http://www.classwish-banners.org/satellite-prize.html
Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
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