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CONTENTS:
EE at EPA: Watershed Sleuth, Clean Air Award, Scientific Diving, New Exhibit
ANJEE Online: 345th Edition July 25, 2016
Water So The Soil Can Dry Out
PLT: New GreenSchools Investigations
Duke Farms August-October EEDNews Professional
NAAEE: eeNEWS for July 13, 2016
Microbiome Four-Part Seminar Series
SJ4S: New Trainings, Resources & Other Program Announcements
Eco-Schools USA: Green STEM in Action
PLT GreenSchools: Green ideas for things to do over the summer
Monarch Butterfly Workshop
32nd Annual New Jersey Environmental Education Conference: January 20, 2017
ES Websites of the week archive & Summer PD
EE at EPA: Teacher awards, data mapping, forest fire prevention
Teacher tips, STEM suggestions for environmental activities, teachers’ tours
10th Annual Life Science Field Training Institute
PLT GreenSchools Update, Upcoming Training Opportunties
Special RECYCLING MAGIC SHOWS coming to your LOCAL SCHOOLS in September, October or November?...
Join Trout in the Classroom!
Programs at Duke Farms
NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 28, 2016
PD - now and summer 2016
Duke Farms: Summer Opportunities for Educators!
Invitation to the 2016 New Jersey Science Convention
The Art of Weeding
Summer Science PD Opportunities at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education
Grants, plus stipends for teachers to review a new online unit
NJCORE Now Includes NGSS
Spring/Summer Professional Development Workshops
20th Annual Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops
Registration Now Open for the Sustainability Summit
EE Week Spring Citizen Science Resources & Activity Guides!
New resources, expanded GreenSchools program
Global Education & Equitable Preparation: An Educator's Digest of Facts and Figures
EE Week Infographic Released & New Benefits Announced!
2016 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Middle School and High School Teachers
EE at EPA: Watershed Sleuth, Clean Air Award, Scientific Diving, New Exhibit             (Posted: 7-26-16)

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ANJEE Online: 345th Edition July 25, 2016             (Posted: 7-26-16)

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Water So The Soil Can Dry Out             (Posted: 7-22-16)

Without water, plants cannot absorb nutrients. To water the garden is to allow the roots of plants to access the nutrients surrounding them in the soil. By watering, we also stimulate the growth of beneficial soil-dwelling microorganisms. It may sound simple, but watering is actually one of the gardening tasks that demands the most precision and experience to get right - especially during a drought or in a desert climate.


Simply watering your garden less deeply is not a useful method for watering during drought. If your irrigation is shallow, most of the water you apply will be lost to evaporation. Instead, a deeper and less frequent watering regimen will allow your garden to thrive and minimize your garden’s water consumption.

To read full "Watering in a Drought" article and learn 4 more watering secrets, click here.  

In the fourth of 10 video chapters of Edible Gardening: 10 Essential Practices for Growing Your Own Food, Grow Your Lunch founder Benjamin R. Eichorn guides beginners through the basics of successfully watering their gardens by hand. View more Edible Gardening videos here


Check out  The Real Food Challenge! Their mission is to "leverage the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system." Their primary campaign is to "shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020"  Copyright © 2016, Grow Your Lunch, LLC, All rights reserved.

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PLT: New GreenSchools Investigations             (Posted: 7-21-16)

Project Learning Tree

GreenSchools! Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

See below for some exciting new resources, tips, training opportunities, and grants available from Project Learning Tree.

New and Improved GreenSchools Investigations 

Project Learning Tree has created a new Adult Leader Guide plus updated and redesigned its GreenSchools Investigations based on feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and other school staff over the past 8 years.

A Rising Senior Starts a GreenSchools Program

Read this student’s account of how she got her school principal to agree to the idea of a GreenSchools program, and what she is doing to motivate teachers and fellow students to get involved.

Summer is the Perfect Time for Training

If you live in an area where in-person workshops are not easily accessible or you want to do professional development when and where it’s convenient for you, there are many reasons to try an online training! Check out Project Learning Tree’s online courses.


Green TipsGreen Tips of the Month:
Start the 2016-2017 school year off with excitement! There’s no better way to get students out of the “summer slump” and back on track than with a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant.

  • Engage your students in an action project to improve the environment at their school or to restore a natural area in their community.
  • Link classroom learning to the real world.
  • Apply by September 30. Grants up to $1,000 are available.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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Duke Farms August-October EEDNews Professional             (Posted: 7-21-16)

When: August 15 & 16, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, USA
What: Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies

Description:
Each fall, monarch butterflies from the U.S. and Canada begin a 2,000 mile migration to Mexico; in following spring, their great grandchildren return.'Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies' is a two-day workshop combining classroom and field experiences where participants are taught by a team of experienced educators that provide participants with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs on their own.

This 2-day workshop enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs (but isn't limited to educators).

Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced teachers; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for creating butterfly gardens; Activities for any subject area; Proven models for engaging community support; On-going support.

Cost: $50 per person.

When: October 14, 15 & 16
Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, USA
What: Stories from the Land

Description:
In this weekend retreat you will learn how to become a better storyteller.Stories from the Land offers participants (Educators can take this into the classroom) the opportunity to:Generate writing ideas by interacting and collaborating with peers, Communicate, collaborate and negotiate as a member of a team, Investigate the elements of good stories, Write in one or more languages to express thoughts, ideas and experiences, Infuse stories with the full range of body expression, Understand the importance of storytelling, Write across the curriculum, integrating writing and communication skills with performing art, technology, science and culture, Draw inspiration for gathering, writing, and telling stories from the landscape that sustains us all.

Cost: $150 per person.

Visit www.dukefarms.org to register

NAAEE: eeNEWS for July 13, 2016             (Posted: 7-21-16)

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Microbiome Four-Part Seminar Series             (Posted: 7-20-16)

THE CHEMISTRY OF MICROBIOMES - A FOUR SEMINAR SERIES

Sept 20 - EARTH / Oct 19 - MARINE / Nov 9 - HUMAN / Dec 7 - ALL SYSTEMS

All are 2-5pm. These are public webinars, feel free to share.

Microbiomes-the collections of bacteria, viruses and fungi that inhabit essentially every conceivable environment-impact the metabolic diversity of the planet in many ways. They produce a vast array of chemicals that are used to interact and Communicate with each other, their living hosts, and their surrounding abiotic environment. These molecules catalyze a broad range of chemical reactions responsible for maintaining ecosystem and human health, but there is still much to learn about the chemical mechanisms through which these interactions work.

To examine what is currently known and opportunities for additional research, a series of four seminars will be hosted in Washington, DC during the months of September-December. The first three seminars will each focus on one of three microbiome systems: earth, marine, and human. Each seminar will feature presentations and discussions on:
o The role of chemistry in microbial communities, including microbe-microbe signaling and host-microbe interactions
o Current challenges and potential future research

Commonalities and differences among the chemistries of these interactions across systems will be highlighted in the final seminar scheduled in December.

Series will be webcast at: www.dels.nas.edu/csr
@NASEM_Chem
Hosted by the Chemical Sciences Roundtable

SJ4S: New Trainings, Resources & Other Program Announcements             (Posted: 7-6-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
197 Districts     478 Schools     Participating
Five Schools Awarded Education for Sustainability Scholarships   
 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is proud to announce the award of training scholarships 
offered to  five schools and districts registered with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. The subsidized training registration fee was made possible through a grant from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.  Scholarship recipients will participate in a five-day Education for Sustainability Curriculum Design Studio facilitated by Jamie Cloud, president and founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education taking place at Duke Farms from June 27 through July 1.  Find out more here. 
Sustainability Summit School-Related Presentations Now Available    

If you were unable to attend the 2016 Sustainability Summit, or want to review the school-related topics discussed during the breakout sessions, the presentations are now available and can be found on the Plenary & Breakout Session Presentations page.  School-related presentations include:
PowerSave Schools Opportunity

Once again Sustainable Jersey is partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) to bring the PowerSave Schools program to schools within NJNG's service territory.  NJNG will fund direct program costs for 13 schools continuing with the program and 9 new applicants interested in joining the program for the 2016-2017 school year. The ASE will implement the 
PowerSave program, providing tools and resources to ensure a successful program outcome.  Participating schools receive a $1,000 program grant. For more information click here.
 
Application Deadline:  Monday July 18th at 11:59 pm
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Upcoming Webinar  

Pathways to Financing Clean Energy

An energy efficient home or office not only saves money, it also makes your living space or workplace healthier and more comfortable. Upgrading heating and cooling equipment, increasing insulation, and making sure the building envelope is properly air-sealed can also significantly improve indoor air quality by reducing allergens, mold, and other pollutants.

Join us for this educational webinar to learn more about energy efficiency incentives offered by utility companies in your area. Incentives are available for homeowners, businesses, non-profits, and local government agencies. You will learn about the latest changes in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program as well as incentives available to help finance energy efficiency upgrades to municipal buildings and schools. Hear about Sustainable Jersey's Pathways to Clean Energy guidance concept, to help you identify the most cost effective pathway to achieving energy savings.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Sustainability Night with Major League Soccer's Red Bulls   

The New York Red Bulls will host a sustainability night when they face the Montreal Impact August 13.  Enjoy the game with your fellow school and municipal green team friends and other sustainability -minded people.  As you watch the New York Red Bulls take on the Montreal Impact, you can share ideas for sustainable programs and make new connections with leaders from across the state.  The groups/green teams with the most attendees will be announced on the board during the game.

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
600 Cape May Street, Harrison, NJ 07029
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PSEG Science SPARK Partners Program  

The PSEG Foundation supports programs that spark curiosity and build a continued passion for science, technology, engineering and math learning. Proposals will be considered from out-of-school time providers, including afterschool, summer and youth development programs, to develop new or enhance existing STEM learning opportunities for their students. Recipients can earn up to $20,000 to implement STEM initiatives. Only schools within the PSEG service territory are eligible to apply.  For more information, visit their website.

Application Deadline : Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:59pm
  Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards  

Applications for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)'s 2016 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards is now available.  The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. To learn more about the nomination categories, please visit their website.

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by 5:00pm

Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Bergen County

Henry B. Milnes Elementary School (Fair Lawn)


Cumberland County

Anthony Rossi Intermediate School (Vineland)


Essex County

Irvington Board of Education


 Gloucester County

Bunker Hill Middle School (Washington)

Chestnut Ridge Middle School (Washington)


Hudson County

 Innovation High School (Jersey City)

Secaucus Board of Education


Passaic County

West Milford School District

West Milford High School (West Milford)


Sussex County

Frankford Township Consolidated School District

Montague Township School District

Newton Public School District

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
JULY 21, 2016 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM WEST WINDSOR, NJ 
US Green Building Council NJ Chapter & NJ School Board Association
OCTOBER 20 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM CHATHAM, NJ 
NJ Department of Environmental Protection

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

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Eco-Schools USA: Green STEM in Action             (Posted: 6-29-16)

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PLT GreenSchools: Green ideas for things to do over the summer             (Posted: 6-29-16)

Project Learning Tree

GreenSchools! Update


PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

It’s hard to believe summer ishere! We hope your school year was a great one. As you get ready to head out of school, here aresome ideas for things you and your students might do during summer break.

green your home

Green Your Home Checklists
Discover ways to greenyour home with these questions and tips. Children and families can decide together over the summerwhat they might do to improve the environment at home. For example, you could identify ways to conserve water and lower your energy bills. Or analyze how you currently dispose of items and waysto reduce waste. Answer these yes or no questions and then make a plan as a family to implement somesimple changes around your home.

Online PD

ProfessionalDevelopment Online
If you’relooking for more ways to incorporate environmental education into your classroom, Project Learning Tree’s new online workshops may be a great solution. Over the last 40 years, we’vetrained 675,000 educators to help students learn how to think about complex environmental issues.Now, online trainings that you can complete in your own time are available for early childhood, K-8, and how to become a GreenSchool.

POETREES SummerReading List
Keep inquisitiveminds sharp over the summer! From informative nonfiction reads to silly fictional tales, this listwill help all ages – including adults! – stay on top of their summer reading.

P.S. Don't forget, it's never too early to start planning for a GreenSchools action project at your school next year. Project Learning Treeoffers funding to help cover the cost! Apply for agrant.

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Monarch Butterfly Workshop             (Posted: 6-29-16)

Monarch Teacher Network's workshop in August at the Agriculture Building in Freehold. You don't have to be a teacher to take this workshop.
The flier and registration form can be found HERE.

32nd Annual New Jersey Environmental Education Conference: January 20, 2017             (Posted: 6-2-16)

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ES Websites of the week archive & Summer PD             (Posted: 6-2-16)

Compiled ES Websites of the week Google Forum: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/earth-science-sites-of-the-week

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Last call for registration in all of these summer workshops!

Exploring Stars through the Electromagnetic Spectrum (July 11, 2016)

Spend the day (and optional evening) in a local observatory, collaborating with fellow middle and high school science teachers as you explore stars and the electromagnetic spectrum through a variety of investigations. Reflect on how best to modify lessons to highlight specific NGSS Science and Engineering Practices in your own lessons.  More specifically, participants will carry out a series of activities that illuminate various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and their astronomical applications; engage in investigations that exemplify several of NGSS’s Science and Engineering Practices; and reflect on how the investigations were modified to encourage the engagement of Science Practices and crosscutting concepts, and think about how these investigations may fit into local curriculum units.

The workshop will take place on Monday July 11th, from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the New Jersey Astronomical Association (NJAA) Paul Robinson Observatory in High Bridge, NJ.  All participants (and their families!) are invited back to the Observatory (weather permitting) on the evening of the workshop for an optional private observing session from 7:30-9:30pm. Workshop registration may be found at www.njaa.org and workshop fee of $30 is due at registration and includes all materials, lunch, PD hours, and a 1-year membership to NJAA.  Space is limited to the first 25 applicants. For more information contact Theresa Moody (moody.theresa@gmail.com) or Missy Holzer, PhD (mholzer@monmouth.com). This workshop has been made possible by the support of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, the New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association, and SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).

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Sterling Hill Mining Museum 2016 GeoSTEM Academy: Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future (July 12-14, 2016)

Sterling Hill Mining Museum in scenic Sussex County is hosting their 2016 GeoSTEM Academy "Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future," July 12-14, 2016. New Jersey’s natural resources find their origin in the state’s rich and deep geologic history. Where did all these natural resources come from? Will there be enough for the future? This 3-day workshop explores New Jersey's deep geologic history (NGSS ESS1C) to find the origin of our natural resources and determine if they can be sustained (NGSS ESS3A). The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop, but the workshop also ventures out on a full-day field study to explore the 's geologic wonders of the region, which have provided us with natural resources for hundreds of years. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curricula related to the two Next Generation Science Standards stated above, as well as professional development hours. The registration fee for this 3-day event is $75 ($60 for the first 2 days only) which includes workshop materials, lunch and snacks. Discounted hotel accommodations are available. Visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/education/GeoSTEM.php for more information and to register.

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Climate Science & Sustainable Actions: A Summer Teacher Institute at Duke Farms (August 1-5, 2016)

Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons when you join a team of expert teacher-leaders for an action-packed weeklong summer institute.  Participating teachers will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ’s top experts and develop NGSS aligned lesson plans that will bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Ample opportunities will exist for networking and collaboration with other K-12 educators. The workshop will take place at Duke Farms (http://www.dukefarms.org) August 1-5, from 8AM to 3PM each day. The cost of the workshop is $150 per educator which includes all workshop materials and experiences, snacks, and lunch on Friday.  For more information go to: http://www.dukefarms.org/en/Programs/educators/Professional-Development/

EE at EPA: Teacher awards, data mapping, forest fire prevention             (Posted: 5-18-16)

EE at EPA: Teacher awards, data mapping, forest fire prevention
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Learn about the EPA/NEEF Water Quality Photo Contest 

No dumping imageHave you heard about EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation's photo contest to raise awareness about water quality across the United States? 

Submit photos that illustrate ways to prevent water pollution and raise awareness about the health of our waterways. Examples of activities include use of environmentally friendly products, proper disposal of wastes, watershed cleanups, and water quality monitoring of streams, rivers, lakes, and beaches. The photo contest runs through May 27, 2016. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photo entries. 

Learn more and enter the challenge. (http://bit.ly/220GlPb)


Discover your ecosystem with EnviroAtlas

enviro atlas map imageLooking for an interactive tool to interest your students in data mapping and ecosystems? Introduce them to EPA’s EnviroAtlas.(www.epa.gov/enviroatlas).

EnviroAtlas can help provide students with the background and context to understand the ecosystems surrounding them. An interactive map provides data on ecosystem services, biodiversity, and demographics. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser demonstrates the links between ecosystems and human health. EnviroAtlas users can access, view, and analyze diverse information to better understand the potential impacts of various decisions 

Find a case study on using EnviroAtlas in the classroom (http://go.usa.gov/cuujY) and explore how to use the tool in your classroom.


Rediscover Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear

Woodsy OwlWildfire prevention and conservation practices can be important lessons during outdoor summer activities. Use materials from the U.S. Forest Service (https://www.symbols.gov/) featuring well known characters Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear to talk to students about fire prevention and conservation. Find posters, activity guides, keychains, magnifying glasses, and other materials.

Read the history of the Woodsy Owl (http://go.usa.gov/cuhBH) and Smokey Bear (http://go.usa.gov/cuhKz) campaigns, locate regional contacts, and explore student resources. Learn about wildfire and conservation science, and bring Smokey or Woodsy to your community.


Prepare for classroom cleanup

If you are gearing up for end-of-the-school-year cleaning, but aren’t sure what products to use around your classroom, consider looking for the Safer Choice label in stores.

Last year, EPA launched a labeling program for cleaning and other household products to help you identify which products are made with ingredients that are safer for people and the environment. Find products like laundry detergent, odor removers, and all purpose cleaning supplies. Look for the Safer Choice label to help you find products made with safer chemical ingredients.

To find Safer Choice product, visit your local store or look on the EPA’s Safer Choice website for a full product list and chemical information. 


We encourage you to share EPA's Environmental Education eNewsletter with your colleagues.  To subscribe, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/newsroom/email-subscriptions


Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education
Office of the Administrator / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Teacher tips, STEM suggestions for environmental activities, teachers’ tours             (Posted: 5-18-16)

 
The Branch
 
May 2016
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER
 
 
Feature Article nature activities for families
Nature Activities for Families 
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Project Learning Tree has published many more activities in its “Connecting Kids to Nature” series as well as a new set of “Green Your Home” checklists to help families decide what you might do together to improve the environment of your own home.
 
 

 

NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
EE WEEK
Summer Professional Development 
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Are you hoping to earn continuing education credits this summer? Are you looking for an in-depth field experience? Every summer, PLT programs across the country offer multi-day teachers’ tours and week-long forestry institutes. Learn more about what to expect and find a tour in your state.
 
Educator Tips
 
 
 
Help students work out a land issue with forest consequences
 
Help Students Work Out a Land Issue with Forest Consequences
 
By Karen Christenson
 
A PLT Outstanding Educator shares her adaptations and other useful resources for conducting Project Learning Tree’s Forest Consequences lesson from the PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
STEM Connections
 
STEM Connections: Looking at Leaves
 
By Kris Irwin, Ph.D.
 
Engage students in STEM to examine the physical characteristics of leaves and investigate how they can be used to identify trees with Project Learning Tree's Looking At Leaves activity.
 
 
 
 
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10th Annual Life Science Field Training Institute             (Posted: 5-18-16)

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is offering free Teacher Training on to bring field-based investigations into your biology or environmental science classroom.For details click HERE.

PLT GreenSchools Update, Upcoming Training Opportunties             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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GreenSchools Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community
Below are some upcoming training opportunities for educators and students that may be of interest to you, from our partners at the Green Schools Alliance.

GreenSchools SC3

Student Climate and Conservation Congress (Sc3): Grade 8-11 student leaders are invited by the Green Schools Alliance to participate in the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3), June 26-July 2. Students will learn the necessary skills to make tangible changes in their own communities and get connected to students all around the country who share their same interests and passions. Application deadline is May 15.

Apply at: http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/students/student-climate-conservation-congress-sc3

EC3 GreenSchools

Educator Climate & Conservation Colloquium (Ec3):School professionals and educators interested in becoming more effective school sustainability leaders are invited to engage in this skill-building colloquium on how to be a highly effective sustainability coordinator/director. Participants will work closely with both experts in the field and experienced mentors. Through the colloquium participants will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in sustainability leadership, communication, implementation,and conservation education
  • Work with national experts
  • Share ideas and network with colleagues
  • Explore and enjoy NCTC's extraordinary campus on the Potomac River
Apply to attend at: http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/professional-development

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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Special RECYCLING MAGIC SHOWS coming to your LOCAL SCHOOLS in September, October or November?...             (Posted: 5-18-16)

"The Magic of Recycling!"

Here's your chance to INSTANTLY create a LOCAL recycling public awareness SENSATION -- right in YOUR city or county!

Bring this award-winning, nationwide-touring, interactive, educational LIVE SHOW into the elementary schools in YOUR city or county, in September, October or November.

You can check out these rave reviews, from all across America... http://recyclingmagicshow.com/ravereviews

And these *video reviews*... http://www.youtube.com/user/RecyclingMagic/videos

We would love to bring "The Magic of Recycling" to the elementary schools in YOUR city or county!

Note: Our pricing is very "budget-friendly!"
-- Timothy Wenk, "America's Goodwill Ambassador of Recycling"

Cell = 808-298-6725

PS: Our tour dates are limited, so if you are interested, call me right away.

Join Trout in the Classroom!             (Posted: 5-18-16)

Join the growing community of schools participating in Trout in the Classroom in New Jersey! This fun, interactive, hands-on, science based program engages students in real life water quality studies. They will learn about fish biology, anatomy and habitat as they raise Rainbow Trout from eggs to fry, all as they study the water chemistry of their tank.

Information about this exciting program, including how to get started, equipment needs and more can be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/tic.htm .

Programs at Duke Farms             (Posted: 5-17-16)

When: August 1-5, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, USA
What: Climate Science and Sustainable Actions: A Summer Teacher Institute at Duke Farms
Description:
Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons when you join a team of expert teacher-leaders for an action-packed weeklong summer institute.
Master teachers Laura Gallagher and Missy Holzer will be the lead faculty for the workshop.
Participating teachers will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts and develop NGSS aligned lesson plans that will bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students.
Ample opportunities will exist for networking and collaboration with other K-12 educators.
Cost: $150 per educator.
Visit www.dukefarms.org to register

When: August 15 & 16, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, USA
What: Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
Description: Planning Your Garden - Advanced
Each fall, monarch butterflies from the U.S. and Canada begin a 2,000 mile migration to Mexico; in following spring, their great grandchildren return.'Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies' is a two-day workshop combining classroom and field experiences where participants are taught by a team of experienced educators that provide participants with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs on their own.

This 2-day workshop enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs (but isn't limited to educators).
Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced teachers; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for creating butterfly gardens; Activities for any subject area; Proven models for engaging community support; On-going support.
Cost: $50 per person.
Visit www.dukefarms.org to register

NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 28, 2016             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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Conference Scholarships! There are opportunities for teachers, students, and nonformal educators. Applications due May 31.

Check out the FAQs for information about costs, schedules, hotels, proposals, volunteering, and more. 

Conference proposals are being reviewed and the results will be announced in early June. All submitters will be notified via email.  

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WWF Climate Change Educator Resources

WWF is working to better understand how our changing climate impacts biodiversity and has developed learning resources for educators teaching advanced high school and college students. Read more >
 

Fact Sheet: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

The Obama Administration released this new report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it. The report includes an education initiative. Read more >
 

News from Natural Start

Learn how mindfulness and yoga with preschoolers can enhance children's learning and build essential skills for life. Travel with a naturalist and travel writer as he takes his baby on an epic journey to remote India. Hear about job opportunities in our field. Read more >
 

Children...and Nature

A mother and child sharing nature together...What could be better? What can environmental education do to provide more opportunities for all children and parents and encourage more children and teachers to take their playing and learning outside? Read more >

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PD - now and summer 2016             (Posted: 5-3-16)

NJ Dept of Ed: Science Education Short Courses

The Office of Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of two free on-line Science Education Short Courses. The Institute for Science + Math Education at the University of Washington is producing a series of "Short Courses," acting as resource guides through a particular topic. Short Courses incorporate STEM Teaching Tools, other resources created by our team, and helpful tools created by outside sources. The courses can be explored individually or in a group setting, such as a departmental professional learning community or a day of professional development. The first two short courses focus on formative assessment and how to adapt curriculum materials to meet the demands of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.

·         SHORT COURSE: How to Develop 3D Formative Assessments for the Science Classroom

·         SHORT COURSE: How to use Curriculum Adaptation to Adopt the New Vision for Science Education

Questions regarding the short courses should be sent to michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us.

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Exploring Stars through the Electromagnetic Spectrum (July 11, 2016)

Spend the day (and optional evening) in a local observatory, collaborating with fellow middle and high school science teachers as you explore stars and the electromagnetic spectrum through a variety of investigations. Reflect on how best to modify lessons to highlight specific NGSS Science and Engineering Practices in your own lessons.  More specifically, participants will carry out a series of activities that illuminate various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and their astronomical applications; engage in investigations that exemplify several of NGSS’s Science and Engineering Practices; and reflect on how the investigations were modified to encourage the engagement of Science Practices and crosscutting concepts, and think about how these investigations may fit into local curriculum units.

The workshop will take place on Monday July 11th, from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the New Jersey Astronomical Association (NJAA) Paul Robinson Observatory in High Bridge, NJ.  All participants (and their families!) are invited back to the Observatory (weather permitting) on the evening of the workshop for an optional private observing session from 7:30-9:30pm. Workshop registration may be found at www.njaa.org and workshop fee of $30 is due at registration and includes all materials, lunch, PD hours, and a 1-year membership to NJAA.  Space is limited to the first 25 applicants. For more information contact Theresa Moody (moody.theresa@gmail.com) or Missy Holzer, PhD (mholzer@monmouth.com). This workshop has been made possible by the support of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, the New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association, and SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).

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Sterling Hill Mining Museum 2016 GeoSTEM Academy: Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future (July 12-14, 2016)

Sterling Hill Mining Museum in scenic Sussex County is hosting their 2016 GeoSTEM Academy "Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future," July 12-14, 2016. New Jersey’s natural resources find their origin in the state’s rich and deep geologic history. Where did all these natural resources come from? Will there be enough for the future? This 3-day workshop explores New Jersey's deep geologic history (NGSS ESS1C) to find the origin of our natural resources and determine if they can be sustained (NGSS ESS3A). The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop, but the workshop also ventures out on a full-day field study to explore the 's geologic wonders of the region, which have provided us with natural resources for hundreds of years. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curricula related to the two Next Generation Science Standards stated above, as well as professional development hours. The registration fee for this 3-day event is $75 ($60 for the first 2 days only) which includes workshop materials, lunch and snacks. Discounted hotel accommodations are available. Visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/education/GeoSTEM.php for more information and to register.

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Climate Science & Sustainable Actions: A Summer Teacher Institute at Duke Farms (August 1-5, 2016)

Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons when you join a team of expert teacher-leaders for an action-packed weeklong summer institute.  Participating teachers will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ’s top experts and develop NGSS aligned lesson plans that will bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Ample opportunities will exist for networking and collaboration with other K-12 educators. The workshop will take place at Duke Farms (http://www.dukefarms.org) August 1-5, from 8AM to 3PM each day. The cost of the workshop is $150 per educator which includes all workshop materials and experiences, snacks, and lunch on Friday.  For more information go to: http://www.dukefarms.org/en/Programs/educators/Professional-Development/

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Duke Farms: Summer Opportunities for Educators!             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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Invitation to the 2016 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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The Art of Weeding             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Believe it or not, weeding is an art. Timing is everything when it comes to weeding. Pulling weeds before they make seeds and reproduce is crucial to successfully weeding your garden. Spring is the ideal time for major weeding projects because the ground is still soft and the weeds have not yet reproduced.

(Once the weeds in your garden produce seeds, you have missed your ideal window for pulling them out for the season.)

Many weeds are actually good for the garden and it is never bad to have a diversity of plants around – the more diverse the plant cover in your garden, the more resilient a living system you will encourage.

There are, however, a few primary concerns when it comes to weeds:

1.) Some weeds are invasive and can actually take over the garden if left unchecked.
2.) Weeds might not die when you pull them, so make sure to get the plant out from the root.
3.) The third concern is that some weeds compete for nutrients, water and sunlight with our intended plants in the garden.

Whether you are working in your own backyard, or leading a weeding project with a group of students in a school garden, here are some tips that will save you significant time and energy:

1.) Identify the weeding priorities in the garden, from highest to lowest priority.
2.) Focus on pulling out one to three types of weeds at a time (if working with young children, choose only one type of weed to pull at a time). 
3.) If you are weeding within a garden bed that is already planted, consider using a small hand-weeding tool or working by hand without any tools at all. A garden hoe can also be useful in a larger bed that is already planted.
4.) If you are working in an area of the garden that is not planted, a digging fork is the best tool for the job as you can use its tines to dig out the roots of the weeds. 

This piece was excerpted from Edible Gardening: 10 Essential Practices for Growing Your Own Food. If you haven't already, please download free PDF or purchase hard copy and share this resource with family, colleagues and friends. 

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Summer Science PD Opportunities at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory             (Posted: --)



Here is an update about Summer 2016 Professional Development opportunities I am offering at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University. These will provide you with new resources for teaching K -12 Earth Science topics and the chance to reflect about incorporating the NGSS and other innovative strategies into your courses. 

1) "Product Review: "The Hackensack River Past, Present, and Future"
          18 - 19 Jul
     We have a grant from the Robert and Catherine Charitable Trust to develop curriculum materials centered on the Hackensack River. Draft versions are posted at http://earth2class.org/site/?page_id=9247.
     We are seeking 6 teachers to review what we have already created and make suggestions for our final versions. There is a stipend for participating in the two days of work on this.
     If interested, complete the application available from the link above and send it to me by 15 May.

2) Four-Day NGSS-State Standards Workshops
       We will offer three four-day workshops providing opportunities to explore the pertinent NGSS and State Standards, expand your "teaching bag of tricks," and enjoy special visits to area museums (AMNH and Sterling Hill Mining Museum, as appropriate.)
        Themes are:
             "Teaching about Weather and Climate" (25 - 28 July)
             "Teaching about Astronomy" (1 - 4 Aug)
             "Teaching about Minerals, Rocks, and Resources" (8 - 11 Aug).
        More information: http://earth2class.org/site/?page_id=7820.

        There is a $450 registration fee ($500 after 15 Jun) for each program. You will receive a certificate for 28 hours of PD activity, plus lots of useful resources for your classroom.
        We have also made arrangements to earn 2 graduate education credits in conjunction with each workshop. These are provided through St. Thomas Aquinas College at a special reduced rate ($1,200 for 2 credits.) 

3) Calendar Alert: 2016 LAMONT-DOHERTY OPEN HOUSE
     The LDEO Open House will take place on Saturday, 8 Oct. This is the one day every two years when this world-class research center is open to the general public.
      More information will be posted in the fall.

The Lamont Campus of Columbia University is located on Rt. 9W at the NJ/NY State Line. It is easily accible from Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 4.

Please send me any questions off-list. Also, please share this information with colleagues who may be interested.

I hope you can join us for one or more of these.

Thanks,

Dr. Michael J Passow
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Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Palisades, NY 10964
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Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education             (Posted: 4-15-16)

In this publication, veteran farm and garden educator Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden through fifteen guiding principles and engaging stories from the field. The book features vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings, an inspiring foreword by Whitney Cohen of Life Lab, and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Dr. Sam Dennis of the Environmental Design Lab at UW-Madison.

Thanks to generous public health funding, free ebook downloads are currently available HERE.

Grants, plus stipends for teachers to review a new online unit             (Posted: 4-15-16)

 
The Branch
 
Spring 2016
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article GreenSchools for Early Childhood
GreenSchools for Early Childhood
 
By Rachel Bayer
 
Project Learning Tree has expanded its GreenSchools program to specifically meet the needs of younger learners. A set of 5 GreenSchools Investigations for Early Childhood teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
PLT Seeks K-2 Teachers to Review New Science Unit
PLT Seeks K-2 Teachers to Review New Science Units
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Project Learning Tree has drafted a new K-2 instructional unit, which is founded on NGSS Performance Expectations. Stipends are available for teachers selected to review the draft content this summer.
 
 
Apply for a GreenWorks Grant
GreenWorks! Grants Now Available
 
By James McGirt
 
Do you have an idea for a service-learning project for your students to improve the environment at your school or in your community? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tree to help get your project off the ground.
 
 
EE WEEK
Register for EE Week: April 17-23, 2016
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Register for EE Week and you'll get a 10% discount on Project Learning Tree's PreK-8 e-Guide and Online Course. You'll also get benefits from other partners such as Green Teacher Magazine, Acorn Naturalists, Ranger Rick Magazine (National Wildlife Federation), Nature Watch, and World Water Monitoring Challenge.
 
 
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Literature Connection: Wild Ones: Observing City Critters
 
Literature Connection: Wild Ones, Observing City Critters
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Readers are invited to play a game of I Spy along with this story’s main character, a family dog named Scooter. Use this book’s colorful illustrations to find urban wildlife that Scooter both does and does not detect.
 
 
 
 
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NJCORE Now Includes NGSS             (Posted: 4-15-16)

The DOE's NJCORE website now includes the NGSS. NJCORE is intended to be a common location to share science education resources, PD resources, and other documents that may be useful to colleagues. We have a lot of great science teaching happening across the state, this is an opportunity to contribute to the larger science teaching community.
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Spring/Summer Professional Development Workshops             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ

To register for any of these programs please visit http://jcnerr.org/education/educators.htmlIf you have any questions contact Melanie at reding@marine.rutgers.edu609-812-0649 x206

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands
May 14, 2016- register by 5/02/16 9:00- 3:30 PM
Registration Fee: $15 (Includes: lunch, WOW Guide, continuing education credits)
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is an instructional guide for educators that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide. WOW! has been called, "the most comprehensive introduction to wetland issues and definitions" by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). WOW! is a recommended resource by the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA).

Talking Trash: Marine Debris Workshop
July 20-21, 2016- register by 7/08/169:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: Free, funded by NOAA's Marine Debris Program (Includes: lunch, up to a $150 stipend, CECs, and high quality resources)
Join us for this fun and exciting two-day workshop focused on marine debris. We will use NOAA's curriculum Turning the Tide on Trash and An Educators Guide to Marine Debris, as we learn how to bring these activities into your classroom and informal settings.We'll blend research, STEM, stewardship and art as we explore the impacts of marine debris and ways that students and communities can raise awareness and help prevent this common problem that impacts our oceans and coasts.We'll explore current NJ marine debris removal projects funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Project and the variety of NOAA resources that exist. Attendees will be eligible to receive a stewardship stipend to use for a class marine debris project.Geared towards middle, high school and informal educators.Onsite lodging available.

Teachers on the Estuary: Benthic Habitats and Advanced Technologies Workshop
August 9-12, 2016- register by 7/30/16 9:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: $25 refundable deposit (Includes: snacks, lunch, $150 stipend, CECs, and high quality resources)
The Jacques Cousteau Reserve in partnership with the National Park Service, is offering an exciting 4-day workshop focused on advanced technologies and benthic habitats. Immerse your-self in real-world research as we explore a submerged marine habitat mapping project occurring at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, NJ while you build your ocean and climate literacy. Key topics of the workshop include bathymetry, bedforms and bottom types, benthic biological communities, sampling techniques and advanced technologies including: multi-beam sonar, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). You'll collaborate with other teachers, science educators and scientists as you explore ways to bring STEM and real-world science into your classroom.Geared towards middle and high school educators.Onsite Lodging available.

20th Annual Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops             (Posted: 3-28-16)

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20th Annual 
Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops
 
Join us as we make our way down the estuary from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia to Central Delaware, exploring natural resources, diverse communities and unique, hands-on ways to engage students!  There’s something to learn at every corner, and we’ll give you interdisciplinary ways to make watersheds, water quality and the natural world come to life in your classroom!
 
Attend one, two, three or all four of ourworkshops!
July 18, Schuylkill and Berks Counties, PA
       Rural Waters 
July 19, Fairmount Water Works
        Urban Waters
July 20, DuPont Environmental Education Center
        WOW! Workshop and Wetland Exploration
July 21, Center for the Aquatic Sciences
        Citizen Scientist - You and Your Students too


Best part? We’ll bring the lunch! You will also walk away with 4-6 credit hours (professional development hours) per session plus curriculums and lessons ready to use in your classroom.
 
Teacher Workshop Participants 2014

Want to learn more?
View workshop descriptions, daily agendas and photos from last year’s adventures on our website
 
Register online here!
 
Questions? Contact Michelle Hoover at 1-800-445-4935 x.112 ormhoover@DelawareEstuary.org
Resources Available!
2015 Delaware Estuary Water Education Resource Guide
2015 Teacher Resource Guide

Find field trips, classroom speakers and opportunities for your students in this easy to use, estuary-wide guide!

Dowload a free copy on ourwebsite!
 
 
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Registration Now Open for the Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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EE Week Spring Citizen Science Resources & Activity Guides!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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New resources, expanded GreenSchools program             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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GreenSchools! Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

This month we have lots of new resources to share with you!

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GreenSchools for Early Childhood
Project Learning Tree has expanded its GreenSchools program to specifically meet the needs of early childhood educators and younger learners. PLT's GreenSchools for Early Childhood includes an Educator Guide and five Investigations that teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more. To access the materials, login or create an account (it's free!)

Special Offer for EE Week
EE Week is the nation's largest annual celebration of environmental education that takes place this year April 17-23. Register for EE Week and you'll get a 10% discount on PLT's PreK-8 e-Guide and Online Course. You'll also get free "Greening STEM" materials and educator toolkits, plus benefits from other partners such as Green Teacher Magazine, Acorn Naturalists, Ranger Rick Magazine, Nature Watch, and World Water Monitoring Challenge.

Green TipsBurst into Spring with
Project BudBurst and PLT!

The clocks have changed, Spring is on its way! Take your students outside and get them to connect their seasonal observations about plants to those being made all across the country. They'll gain invaluable experience collecting data and contributing to ongoing scientific research about climate change.

  • Use Project Learning Tree's free activities, like "Bursting Buds," "Looking at Leaves," and PLT's School Site Investigation, to help your students make observations of plants.
  • Get your students to share their data by contributing to Project BudBurst's well-established citizen science project. They'll see their data appear on an online map and compare it to other data being recorded in their community and around the country.
  • Find plenty more resources to teach about phenology and how changes in climate affect a plant's lifecycle. For more information, see https://www.plt.org/newsletter-project-budburst-and-plt.

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Global Education & Equitable Preparation: An Educator's Digest of Facts and Figures             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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EE Week Infographic Released & New Benefits Announced!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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2016 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Middle School and High School Teachers             (Posted: 3-8-16)

Sterling Hill Mining Museum in scenic Sussex County is hosting their 2016 GeoSTEM Academy "Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future," July 12-14, 2016. New Jersey's natural resources find their origin in the state's rich and deep geologic history. Where did all these natural resources come from? Will there be enough for the future? This 3-day workshop explores New Jersey's deep geologic history (NGSS ESS1C) to find the origin of our natural resources and determine if they can be sustained (NGSS ESS3A). The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop, but the workshop also ventures out on a full-day field study to explore the 's geologic wonders of the region, which have provided us with natural resources for hundreds of years. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curriculums related to the two Next Generation Science Standards stated above. Additionally, professional development hours will be provided. The registration fee for this 3-day event is $75 ($60 for the first 2 days only) which includes workshop materials, lunch and snacks. Discounted hotel accommodations are available. Visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/education/GeoSTEM.php for more information and to register.

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