As the school year comes to a close, one great way to make the most of those days when you can’t plan regular instruction is to have students identify a need in their school or community, and plan a service project. PLT offers grants to help students execute their ideas! Grants up to $1,000 are available. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
NEWS & UPDATES
New Curriculum and Professional Development
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
PLT has just released new supplemental curriculum constructed around the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers can get Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5 or Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8 in conjunction with professional development – either by attending an in-person workshop in your state, or by purchasing an online training with an accompanying e-unit for $40 from shop.plt.org. Stay tuned for more information in our next newsletter.
in the Right Place, the Right Way - Essex County Area
Emerald Ash Borer, Utility tree pruning, grants & More!
The New Jersey Tree Foundation and Public Service Electric & Gas are offering a FREE seminar on Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way on Friday, July 7th at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ.
Please RSVP by Friday, June 30, 2017 to Lisa Simms
Planting the right tree, in the right place, the right way-Green end up!
The importance of utility mark-outs prior to planting - Do you smell gas?
Emerald Ash Borer - It's here! The latest news on this bad bug.
Vegetation management policies to ensure safe & reliable delivery of electric service - Who turned off the lights?
Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW Supervisors, Environmental & Shade Tree Commissioners, County Officials and any other interested parties. Space is limited. First come first served.
Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 8:00am registration. Program starts promptly at 8:30am and runs until 12:30pm.
Place: Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Branch Brook Park, Branch Brook Park Drive & Verona Avenue, Newark, NJ
A continental breakfast will be served.
This seminar is worth 3 Continuing Education Units for towns with a 5-year Community Forestry Management Plan, is approved by the ISA for 3 (three) Arborist certification renewal credits and for 3 (three) Public Works CEUs.
To register: RSVP with your name, town/organization and email address by Friday, June 30th to Lisa Simms at
New Jersey Audubon extends an invitation to you to join us for this week of professional development to help you integrate ecology, STE(A)M and sustainability concepts into your existing curricula. As educators, we are in a unique position to help children become tomorrow's environmental stewards.
New Jersey Audubon's Teachers' School of Ecology, sponsored by Ashland, Inc., is a week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers. The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.
For nearly 50 years, New Jersey Audubon has been providing experiential learning to New Jersey students and teachers. In 2016 alone, our professional staff reached NJ Audubon educators and naturalists taught more than 34,000 students and 1,000 teachers. The Teachers' School of Ecology program will model lessons and teaching techniques for classroom use, offer practice using appropriate skills associated with field study, and provide an opportunity for teachers to develop methods for integrating natural system studies and sustainability education into their existing curriculum.
Summer Institute attendees will also:
* Participate in over 20 field investigations.
* Gain experience in integrating lessons/activities in to existing school curricula and address the NJ Student Learning Standards for Science.
* Investigate the forested regions of the NJ Highlands and the Passaic River watershed from the headwaters to the bay.
* Share ideas with and gain insight from professionals in the environmental field.
* Receive free NJ-specific curricular materials and other supplemental information and resources.
* Earn 30 professional development hours
* Receive a $250 stipend for participation of all five days.
The Teachers' School of Ecology is limited to 14 participants. Participants must submit their letter of interest and application by June 15, 2017 . Notification of acceptance will be by June 20.
For information on the program or to register, please visit http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionEducation/ProvidingfortheEducationCommunity/ProfessionalDevelopmentforTeachers/SchoolofEcologyforTeachers.aspx
You can also register directly here: https://goo.gl/forms/ra0ROCrhFR5ySZGw2
If you have questions, contact me at 908.396.6506 or via email email@example.com
Thank you for joining us as we work to provide creative programs that enhance teachers skills to engage students in the classroom and inspire our next generation to shape their future environments.
Registration is now open for the first-ever Pinelands Summer Short Course in Hammonton NJ! The event is set for July 27, 2017, and it will feature guided nature hikes, history and blueberry tours, a canoe trip on the Batsto River, a dragonfly walk, live music and presentations on winemaking, butterflies, moths and the American Revolution. The Pinelands Summer Short Course is sponsored by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and Stockton University. For more information, please visit: http://nj.gov/pinelands/about/events/.
Joel M. Mott Public Programs Specialist NJ Pinelands Commission (609) 894-7300 ext. 125
Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture
Friday, June 9, at 8:30 AM - Saturday, June 10, at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Pkwy W Hillsborough, NJ 08844
$50 per educator
The Voices from the Land project and this workshop (for educators of pre-k to 12, naturalists, artists and other adults) is a celebration of oral and written language… of natural science, art, performance and technology. Taught by veteran teachers, participants experience all aspects of a Voices project, learning strategies for connecting children to natural landscapes… fostering a love for the natural world.
Through this workshop, participants learn how to help children work in small groups as they explore and discover a natural site, using art concepts and skills to create art from natural materials. Communication skills (oral and written) are used to create, edit and publish poetry. Digital technologies are used to document and share the art then students help layout, design and publish a full-color book of their art and poetry… or full-color posters that showcase their work. Finally, students develop performance strategies to share their work. Questions? Email Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org. No questions? Register HERE.
Congratulations to all the schools honored as 2017 Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools! Many of these schools have benefited from the resources and training offered by Project Learning Tree, including our GreenSchools program, environmental education materials, and teacher professional development.
PLT GreenSchools Honored as National Green Ribbon Schools PLT’s Green Schools program once again had a strong showing with 9 schools and one school district among the 45 schools, 9 school districts and 9 institutions of higher education honored as 2017 Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Read more.
Special Offer for PLT GreenSchools Grade 8-11 student leaders can receive a $300 discount from the Green Schools Alliance to participate in their Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3), June 25-July 1, if you mention you heard about Sc3 through PLT. Sc3 is a transformative week of leadership training and environmental education. Students leave Sc3 with an Action Plan to implement a project in their school or community. Application deadline is May 15.
Green Tips of the Month
“As the leader of the Green Team at my high school, I’m proud of the collaborative efforts of over 100 students, the principal, and volunteers,” says high school student Leann Soyka. “We’ve made our school a greener and healthier place, gained skills in leadership, and learned about many environmental careers.”
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) just launched its most recent publication in its Guidelines for Excellence Series, entitled, Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement. If you are interested in reviewing or obtaining this (or any other guidelines in this series), they are available for free download at this NAAEE website.
As the leader of the Green Team at my high school, I’m proud of the collaborative efforts of over 100 students, the principal, and volunteers. We’ve made our school a greener and healthier place, gained skills in leadership, and learned about many environmental careers.
These in-depth professional development experiences include lots of critical-thinking opportunities, lesson planning, and resources to incorporate teaching about forests and forestry into your classroom.
Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5 and Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8 will be released later this month. Treemendous Science! for grades K-2 will launch in August. Learn more about PLT’s new online curriculum.
A limited number of spaces remain available for the June 2-4 Green Eggs Sand workshop. This horseshoe crab workshop introduces educators to the experts in the field presenting all aspects of what makes the horseshoe crab such an important species. Participants who attend the workshop receive the Green Eggs and Sand DVD with videos and lessons ready to be incorporated into the classroom, plus a variety of other resources. For information, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/greeneggs.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.
To: BBP Committees and Interested Parties; Education and Outreach Practitioners; Master Naturalists
Please see the information below about a new training being piloted for the first time here in New Jersey. There are only 15 spots left as of today. Contact Lisa Auermuller (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Building Risk Communication Skills: A Training Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity to take part in a training being piloted for the first time in New Jersey! As a participant, your input will be requested during the training in order to help shape this course.
Many communities struggle with how to prepare for hazards. It can be difficult to talk about our vulnerability to hazards and it can be even more difficult to keep people engaged and motivated to take action to be better prepared. This training provides insights into how and why people respond to risk and will help you develop new skills to better connect with a variety of audiences. Understanding and connecting with an audience's diverse values and concerns can lead to a higher level of community engagement and can help motivate action to reduce risk.
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and the New Jersey Coastal Management Program are partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management to offer this training June 15, 2017 (9:00am-4:00 pm at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Center, 130 Great Bay Blvd. Tuckerton NJ 08087).
Registration is limited to only 32 people:
Cost: There is no fee for the training.
Who should attend?
The course is designed for municipal level staff, land use planners, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, emergency managers, community groups, FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) coordinators, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Coordinators, members of civic organizations, coastal resource managers, and concerned citizens.
FREE Behind the Scenes Tour of Sterling Hill Mining Museum for NJESTA Members
Saturday May 20, 2017 9AM to 12 PM
Join NJESTA and NYESTA for a behind the scenes tour of Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Visitors to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum step into a piece of New Jersey history as they enter the grounds of this former industrial site. The museum exhibits, offices, and other facilities are housed in the original buildings used by the New Jersey Zinc Company when the mine was operational. Several of these buildings, as well as the underground zinc mine itself, are featured parts of our public tours. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the only place in New Jersey where members of the public can tour a large underground mine and see for themselves how mining was done at one of the world's most famous mineral localities. Other stops on the tour include the Zobel Exhibit Hall with an extensive collection of mineral and mining artifacts and the magnificent Warren Museum of Fluorescence.
Green Eggs & Sand Workshop on Delaware Bay
June 2-4, 2017 - Stone Harbor, NJ
" Looking to infuse a globally-significant ecological phenomenon and current real world resource management controversy into your classroom? Interested in meeting and learning firsthand from a select and diverse group of experts and stakeholders offering a wealth of knowledge and experience with the issues?
" Take part in an intensive, full-weekend, not-to-be-missed, field-enriched workshop during the peak horseshoe crab spawning and shorebird-viewing time on the Delaware Bay in May. Take home the award-winning, recently revised and updated middle school and high school targeted, video and hands-on activities Green Eggs & Sand curriculum.
" Where: Wetlands Institute (Stone Harbor, NJ) with Lodging in Cape May, NJ
" When: Friday, June 2 (starting around 5:30pm) through Sunday, June 4 (ending at 12pm), 2017
" Who to contact: Karen Byrne at (609) 748-4347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
" Fee: $125, covers all meals, lodging (Friday/Saturday) and all workshop materials
NJSTA 2017 SPRING MEETING
Join us at the annual NJSTA Spring Meeting on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 beginning at 4:00 PM. Our meeting will be hosted by the RUTGERS GARDENS a National Horticultural Landmark as recognized in April 2017 by the American Society for Horticultural Science. Beginning at 4:15PM, Mr. Bruce Crawford, Director of the Rutgers Gardens, will talk with us about plants over a 400 million year period. Following this, he'll lead us on a walking tour through some of the beautiful and varied Gardens' collections that may include the American Holly Collection, the Pollinator Garden, and the Sun & Shade Garden.
A non-refundable workshop fee of $10 for NJSTA members; $35.00 for non-members, which includes the $25.00, 1 -year membership to NJSTA, is required for attendance.
To register for the NJSTA Spring Meeting and for further information please visit the NJSTA web site: http://www.njsta.org/2017-spring-meeting.html
M. Holzer, PhD
Science Teacher, Chatham HS
Instructor, Rutgers Dept. of Geography
Appointed Director, NESTA
Executive Board Member, NJESTA
NASA SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador
Project Learning Tree 2000 M St. NW, Suite 550 Washington, DC 20036
GreenSchools! Update April 2017
April is an exciting month to celebrate environmental learning! Earth Day, held each year on April 22, teaches people, young and old, about the importance of environmental conservation. National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is April 23-29 and National Arbor Day, which celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care, is on April 29 this year.
Earth Day Activities to Inspire Your Students Earth Day is about raisingawareness about the importance of protecting our planet and taking action. Use these activities to inspire your students to take actionthis Earth Day, and every day.
EE Week EE Week encourages educatorsto incorporate high-quality environmental education across thecurriculum. Register to receive free activities and resources.
Tree Planting Tips Express your appreciationfor trees on Earth Day, Arbor Day (and every day) by planting a tree atyour school or in your community. Here is a little more inspiration andsome tips to get you started.
For Students Grade 8-11 student leadersare invited by the Green Schools Alliance to participate in the StudentConservation Corps & Congress (Sc3), June 25-July 1. Students willlearn the necessary skills to make tangible changes in their owncommunities and get connected to students around the country who sharetheir same interests and passions. Application deadline is May 15.
For Educators Join this free webinar GreenSchoolyards for Connecting Children to Nature on April 27. Learn fromcity leaders in Grand Rapids and staff from the Children & NatureNetwork about the benefits, best practices, partnership development andshared use policies that can help you successfully implement greenschoolyards in your community.
James Riley McGirt Manager of Education Programs Project Learning Tree
Tree 2000 M St NW, Suite 550 Washington, DC20036
NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project(CSEP) and Connecticut Sea Grant are collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene a climate science and education workshop for formal and informal educators. Participants will learn from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts. The workshop will focus on topics of climate science and resilience strategies for the northeast region of the United States, with a goal of connecting educators and their students and/or audiences to the best available science-based information and pedagogic resources.
Registration for the workshop is on a first come first serve basis and the number of participants is very limited! When enrollment has reached capacity, online registration will be closed. Registration is $40 per person. It includes daily lunch, snacks, field trips, and a plethora of resources! Attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging.
To register for the workshop you must fully complete the online formand send a check or purchase order to: Connecticut Sea Grant - Climate Workshop, 1080 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340.
You will receive an email confirming your participation in the workshop only when your registration fee has been processed. A detailed workshop itinerary, lodging and dining recommendations, and additional information will be sent to all confirmed registrants well in advance of the workshop.
All attendees will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the workshop as well as the number of professional development hours earned.
·Lunch and snacks will be provided during the workshop.
·Participants must make their own travel and overnight arrangements. Lodging and dining recommendations and additional information, will be sent to all confirmed registrants well in advance of the workshop.
Peg Steffen, Education Coordinator NOAA National Ocean Service 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 240.533.0880 office
The 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will explore how coordinated local action can achieve an increased collective impact. Sustainable Jersey brings together a unique mix of public and private, state and local partners to support communities in achieving remarkable progress.
This event attracts over 300 diverse participants from across New Jersey. Attendees will participate in thought provoking conversations that focus on engaging government, community, schools, business and academia in sustainable action.
Promoting a Clean Energy Future at the Local Level
The clean energy future is here! As costs for solar panels and electric vehicles (EV) have fallen, local policies and programs supporting the adoption of clean energy solutions have become more important than ever. Find out how to make your town 'solar friendly' and 'EV friendly' and gain insight on community-led initiatives that help residents and businesses.
The Art of Sustainability: Turning Creativity into Problem Based Solutions
The intersection of the arts and sustainability is becoming increasingly important. What is New Jersey doing in this area? We will highlight examples from participating schools using Integrated Science Technology Engineering Art and Math to prepare the next generation of sustainability leaders. Hear from organizations at the forefront of harnessing New Jersey's creative resources.
Waste Not, Recycle More! Waste Management Strategies at the Local Level
Municipalities and schools play an important role in supporting the state level goals related to solid waste, reuse and recycling and hazardous waste. Learn about Sustainable Jersey's new Gold Star Standard in Waste. Review new and upgraded waste management actions and hear from municipal leaders who have implemented impactful local strategies.
NJSTA’s Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Committee announces its 2017 Summer Institute 21st Century Science Connections: Real World Applications for the Classroom July 17-21, 2017 College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
This five day institute will investigate implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards from a multi-discipline perspective. 24 middle school teachers will gain a new understanding for science applications and classroom pedagogy. Educators will discover innovative methods of engaging students through natural phenomena in dimensional science activities.
New Jersey Science Teachers’ thirteenth annual Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Summer Institute will be dynamic and student centered. Throughout the sessions, teachers will be offered opportunities to collaborate and enrich their ideas. The productive goal is to transform learning experiences into lessons.
Middle school teachers of Grades 6-8 are welcome to apply. Those who are accepted for the Institute must become NJSTA members in order to participate.
Please look for information about this exciting workshop and an online application on the NJSTA.org website: http://www.njsta.org/simmons-2017-institute.html or email Cheryl Zanone, email@example.com.