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CONTENTS:
NWF Eco-Schools USA: Explore, Engage, Learn
Teacher Aquatic Workshop in June
Resources to reduce, reuse, recycle
2017 Pinelands Short Course
Google Make and Take
Limited Time: Save 25% on Next Generation Science Standards Titles
Eagles for Educators at Duke Farms
SJ4S: First 2017 Submission Deadline Approaching
Invitation: Peer Review Panel
Green Your School Through PLT's Online Courses
ANJEE Online
C&NN: 10 Reasons You Should Attend CNC 2017
EARTH Educator Professional Development Workshop - summer of 2017
Water Use Information
November 2016 Earth Science Websites of the Week (Collected)
NAAEE: eeNEWS for December 14, 2016
i-Tree News - December, 2016 Edition
Teaching Climate Change: Teacher Workshop
2017 Rutgers Environmental Steward Program
Teacher Friendly Guides for Earth and Environmental Science
[MARE] Video Teleconference Schedule of Programs 2016-17
ANJEE Alert - 2017 Conference Information
Teacher Professional Development at Duke Farms
PLT Branch: Inspiration for pollinator gardens and outdoor classrooms
SJ4S: Recycling Resources
PAEE Conference Registration is Open!
PLT GreenSchools helped one school win $10 million
Happy Birthday Schoolyard Habitats®!
Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy for Teachers
Green Teacher's 3 upcoming webinars and a recent one of interest
ES Education Update November 6 2016
ANJEE Alert - 2017 Conference Update
20th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
Duke Farms PD
October 2016 i-Tree news, user stories & tool updates
Make Learning Fun with these Activities and Resources
Get Help Crowdfunding and Locating Resources for Greener Schools
Let students lead through local investigations
You, Too, Can Study Ornithology with Our New Book and Course
Eco-Schools USA--Nurturing Climate Literacy
Earth Science Update 10.2.16
EPA Tool Helps Communities Across the Country Prepare for Climate Change
Great News for Teachers- PD Workshops, Field Trip Grants, FREE Resources
New EPA climate education resources
Free Project WET Training Available
Free! Reuse Explorations Guide
Wetland Informational Materials
Rain Garden Phone Apps!
NWF Eco-Schools USA: Explore, Engage, Learn             (Posted: 1-19-17)

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Teacher Aquatic Workshop in June             (Posted: 1-19-17)

A three-day workshop utilizing the Green Eggs & Sand workshop experience and set of curriculum modules exploring the Atlantic Coast horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon and management controversy will be held June 2-4 in Stone Harbor, Cape May County. The curriculum is designed for use with middle and high school students.

For information on the curriculum, workshop and registration, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/greeneggs.htm on the DFW website.

Resources to reduce, reuse, recycle             (Posted: 1-13-17)

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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

On behalf of PLT GreenSchools, I wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2017!

In the coming year, Project Learning Tree looks forward to helping you engage young people in environmental citizenship by providing inspiration and resources for students to take action and make a difference in their communities.

Because You Asked: How Can I Teach My Kids the Importance of Recycling? how-can-i-teach-my-kids-the-importance-of-recycling
I was recently asked by Recyclebank to respond to a parent’s question: I’ve always known that recycling is better for the environment…but now I’m faced with convincing my teenage son. He read somewhere that recycling produces more pollution than creating new products…How do I convince [him] the importance of recycling and other environmental efforts?
Read my tips
for how parents and educators can best educate and involve kids in sustainability.


GSA-purchasing-solutionGreen Schools Alliance Purchasing Solution 
Free Informational Webinar

Join this webinar on Wed, Jan 25th to learn how schools can save money, source better quality products, and simplify purchasing to drive down the price of sustainable products and make them more accessible to schools.



Green TipsGreen Tips of the Month

  • Encourage students and staff to use both sides of paper before recycling. If possible, change the default setting on printers at your school to print double-sided.Start a waste-free lunch program at your school. For example, switch to reusable plates, cups, and utensils. Avoid excessively packaged items.
  • Start composting organic waste such as fruit peelings and vegetable scraps – and use the compost in your school’s gardens to improve the soil.
For more tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle throughout the year, download PLT’s GreenSchools Waste & Recycling Investigation.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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2017 Pinelands Short Course             (Posted: 1-13-17)

The 28th annual Pinelands Short Course will feature 38 presentations, including 20 new programs that will explore the region's unique history, ecology, culture and music.

Registration is now open for the daylong event, which will be held at Stockton University in Galloway Township, Atlantic County, on March 11, 2017. The event will be held at Stockton for the fourth straight year.

This year's event will feature a new, guided tour of the Mullica River watershed. Attendees will be taken on a 2½-hour van tour that will include stops at various watershed habitats. The Short Course will also offer three on-campus field courses, including a program in which attendees will venture outside to learn how to identify different bird species, a tour of Stockton's ecologically-based management of forests on its campus, and a new course that will examine biodiversity hotspots on the school's campus.

For more information about the courses and how to register, please visit: http://nj.gov/pinelands/about/events/
Press release: http://nj.gov/pinelands/home/news/PSC_PinelandsShortCoursePressRelease2017%20(2).pdf

Joel M. Mott
Public Programs Specialist
NJ Pinelands Commission
(609) 894-7300 ext. 125

Google Make and Take             (Posted: 1-12-17)

This workshop provides teachers with the skills to create activities and assignments using Google Drive. Participants will get ideas for using Google Docs, Drawings, and Slides with their students. Attendees will participate in hands-on exploration and leave with activities or assignments that they have made and can use with students in their classrooms.
Bring your fully charged device to follow along!
Date: January 31, 2017
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Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Cost: $149
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Location: EIRC
200 College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(Located at Camden County College in the Wolverton Library)
Presented by Susan Ross
Susan Ross is a retired classroom teacher with over 35 years of experience in the classroom, including adjunct professor at Stockton University. She is a lifelong learner who is passionate about technology integration. Susan became a Google Certified Teacher in 2007 and is also a Certified Educator. She has conducted dozens of workshops on using Google's technologies in education.
Questions about this workshop? Please contact:
EIRC Professional Development
(856) 582-7000, ext. 173 or email pwill@eirc.org
Limited Time: Save 25% on Next Generation Science Standards Titles             (Posted: 1-12-17)

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Eagles for Educators at Duke Farms             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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SJ4S: First 2017 Submission Deadline Approaching             (Posted: 1-5-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
232 Districts     571 Schools     Participating
January 18th 2017
The First Step in Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification
 
Schools seeking to become bronze or silver certified with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program for 2017 are encouraged to take advantage of multiple review periods in the application cycle. Incremental submission of application materials allows your green team to receive valuable feedback on your efforts as you accumulate points towards certification.  

2017 Certification Application Deadlines
January 18, 2017
-First 2017 Application Submission Deadline
April 10, 2017
 Second 2017 Application Submission Deadline
June 29, 2017
-Third (FINAL) 2017 Application Submission Deadline
Check out these past webinar presentations for tips, tricks, and instructions for a successful submission: 
Preparing for Certification (access narrated recording here)
Reminder: PSEG Sponsored Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant Applications due February 3, 2017
    
Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. Grants are available at the $2,000 and $10,000 level. If your school has not received a $2,000 capacity building grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, we strongly suggest viewing the informational webinar and submitting an application for 2017. 
Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Bergen County
Midland Park High School
Montvale School District
 
Camden County 
Winslow Township Middle School
Winslow Township School No. 3 Elementary
Monmouth County
Cedar Drive Middle School (Colts Neck)
Conover Road Elementary School (Colts Neck)
Conover Road Primary School (Colts Neck)
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a webinar series for school board members that seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting them.

January 11th 10-11am- Safe Routes to Schools
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide movement aimed at encouraging elementary and middle school students to walk or bicycle to school. The goal of New Jersey's Safe Routes to School initiative is to get children walking and bicycling to school where it is safe and to make it safe where it is not. Learn about the SRTS initiative and how the board can adopt a Safe Routes to School policy, and earn up to 40 points toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in additional related actions.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
February 8th 10-11am-  School Foundations Supporting Sustainability
March 8th 10-11am-  Creating School Policies that Support Sustainability
April 12th 10-11am-  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10th 10-11am- Education for Sustainability
April 6th 10-11am- Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders
Youth Engagement Grants
 

New Jersey Health Initiatives: Next Generation Community Leaders is intended to further the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's vision of building a Culture of Health by leveraging the strengths of youth to affect change in their communities. This program will support communities in preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders by providing them with the resources and technical assistance they need to focus the time, talent, and energy of youth and providing the youth with an opportunity to make meaningful change in their communities through summer employment on a self-designed, community-focused project. At the conclusion of this three-year initiative, successful grantees will have engaged teams of 10-15 youth in the following actions:
  • Developing Civic Engagement and Leadership Skills
  • Participating in Meaningful Summer Employment
  • Participating in Civic Engagement Opportunities
  • Actively Engaging in an Alumni Network 
Grants will total up to $200,000 per grantee over three years, beginning July 2017. Visit NJHI information page here.
 
Application Deadline: January 12, 2017
NJ Agricultural Society Learning Through Gardening Grants
 
The NJ Agricultural Society Learning Through Gardening grant provides teachers with curriculum, training and materials for three raised beds so that they can use the school garden to teach their core curriculum, including math, social studies, language arts, and science. 

Learning Through Gardening grant is awarded to schools planning to launch a schoolwide gardening program during school hours. Grants are not awarded to schools that intend to use the garden solely for after-school or club activities. Grant recipients must assemble a garden management committee of teachers from various grade levels. Garden committees can also include administrators and other stakeholders such as custodians, cafeteria managers, and parents. Grant recipients must plan for the garden to be used by at least two grade levels during the first year, and show plans to expand the garden's use by additional grade levels in future years. Every application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the school principal.
 
Application deadline February 1. 2017
Fun Run Grants Available
 
The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is challenging America's schools to collectively run, jog, and walk one billion miles. The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is hosted by Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition.  A Fun Run Grant will equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun run event for their school communities. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an airhorn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. 
 
 Application deadline February 15. 2017
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
JANUARY 11, 2017 1:00-2:00PM  WEBINAR
Join this webinar to learn about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's new toolkit, Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School, an easy-to-follow guide to getting a walking school bus up and "walking" in your community! A walking school bus program can help reduce air pollution, increase the number of students walking and bicycling, give children and adults an opportunity to socialize, and manage student transportation costs, all while getting to school on time! Register for this free training here.

PEOSH/NJADP Indoor Air Quality Training 2016-2016
Throughout the state, every month from January 13th to May 12th. 
Free training open to all with a focus on the role of the school nurse and Indoor Air Quality Team in effective IAQ programs. Participating school nurses  & facilities managers will receive 4.0 CEU's. 
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  

JANUARY 20, 2017 9:30AM-3:30PM, Trenton, NJ
In the one-day sessions, participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive three board member academy credits for participation in this working session.Register for this free training here.

JANUARY 21, 2017, 9:00AM- 3:00PM, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptions. Enhance your understanding of the science behind NJ's bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Register for this $25/pp. training here.

JANUARY 31, 2017 4:30PM-6:00PM, Princeton, NJ (Middle School Teachers)
FEBRUARY 7, 2017 4:30PM-6:00PM, Princeton, NJ (High School Teachers)
OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) and the Rutgers University Climate Institute are pleased to offer this free professional development training to help educators improve their understanding of climate science and develop effective teaching and learning practices to teach about climate science. Register for this free training here.

FEBRUARY 4, 2017, 9:00AM- 3:00PM, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
Teachers will explore the power of PBL as they spend the day working with other teachers at their grade level and will then leave with new tools including a problem-based task, analytic rubric, unit level scaffold, and tools for facilitation to implement a new bald eagle  unit in their classrooms. Register for this $30/pp. training here

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

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

Invitation: Peer Review Panel             (Posted: 1-5-17)

NJ K-12

Earth & Space Science & Environmental Science Educators

Invitation to a join a Peer-Review Panel

You are cordially invited to participate in a Peer Review Panel to evaluate the quality and alignment of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) materials related to our domains.

Objective: To identify lessons, units, and other curriculum resources that best exemplifies the 3-D teaching and learning of the NJSLS-S within the domains of K-12 Earth, Space, and Environmental Science. We will review (not endorse) existing materials in order to provide NJ educators with a repository of quality teaching resources. Once finalized, the evaluations will be made available to Environmental, Earth & Space Science teachers across the state.

The two-day training will be hosted by NJ Earth Science Teachers Association, and led by Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education. Review panel participants Must attend both of the following training sessions:

           Saturday, February 4, 2017 at scenic Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ (http://www.palmyracove.org/)

  and

           Wednesday February 22, 2017 at Learning Resource Center at NJ Dept of Ed, 200 Riverview Plaza, Trenton NJ 08625 (verify your GPS directions by also looking up Arm and Hammer Baseball Park)

Both sessions are 9AM – 3PM

This is a great Professional Development opportunity to further deepen your understanding of the NGSS Framework. Snacks will be provided, but please bring food and drinks for lunch. There is no cost for attending the trainings and participants will receive PD hours for attending.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/B9YyWJ2jMQthA4tz2


for more information contact Missy Holzer at
mholzer@monmouth.com

Green Your School Through PLT's Online Courses             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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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

On behalf of PLT GreenSchools, I want to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Hands-On Service Learning for Students in Grades 6-12
If you find you have time during the holidays, don’t forget you can always learn how to empower students to green your school through Project Learning Tree’s online course. You’ll get helpful tools, training, and resources for student-led Green Teams to reduce their environmental impact and create healthier schools.


Corporate Conservation Projects
PLT has launched a new partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), the only conservation organization to work exclusively with corporate landowners to establish, enhance, maintain and protect wildlife habitat around the world. Many WHC members partner with schools to provide educational opportunities for students through conservation projects. Students can visit WHC’s Conservation Registry to learn how corporations in your area are managing their lands for wildlife habitat, and how these corporations might partner on your efforts.


Green TipsGreen Tips of the Month
As you prepare to vacate your schools for the holidays, here are a few tips to keep your buildings “green” in the interim.

  • Turn down building thermostats to 58 degrees Fahrenheit to save on heating bills, while preventing pipes from freezing.
  • Turn off all lights and electronics.
  • Clean out refrigerators, properly store food, and remove all trash to avoid molds, insects and odors.
  • Charge AEDs and replace smoke detector batteries.
  • Take this time to complete tasks that cannot be done while students are in school (run IT diagnostics on hardware, exterminate/fumigate, etc.)
Register or log in to access the Greening Communities with PLT GreenSchools Guide.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Washington, DC 20036

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ANJEE Online             (Posted: 12-23-16)

349th Edition December 1, 2016
ANJEE Conference Early Bird Rates End SATURDAY

C&NN: 10 Reasons You Should Attend CNC 2017             (Posted: 12-23-16)

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EARTH Educator Professional Development Workshop - summer of 2017             (Posted: 12-23-16)

FYI - Please don’t forget to apply!  We cover expenses to CA for participation in the workshop.

EARTH 2017 will be July 16-21 here in Monterey, California. The focus will be on polar research as we are partnering with Rutgers University and CSUMB on our joint NSF Polar-ICE grant (https://www.facebook.com/polarICEeducation). We are adding the C-DEBI group (www.darkenergybiosphere.org/) as well so there'll be some extreme environment topics. If you are interested in participating in 2017:
All application materials and questions can be sent to EARTH (earth@mbari.org).
The application process

1. Trial an EARTH lesson (
http://www.mbari.org/products/educational-resources/earth/earth-lesson-plans/)
2. Complete the online feedback rubric (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EARTH_lesson_feedback).
3. Provide a cover letter than includes the following information:
*your school/district,
*grade level/s and subject/s taught, and
*email/phone contact (both school and personal as the school email system sometimes rejects our group emails).

Please also address the following questions:
*Why do you want to be selected for this workshop?
*What makes you the ideal candidate?
*Include any other information that you think might be useful to us as we make our decisions.

Deadline for applications is February 14th, 2016


and you can learn more about EARTH at http://www.mbari.org/EARTH


Dr. George I. Matsumoto
Senior Education and Research Specialist
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, California 95039
831 775 1757; 831 775 1620 (fax)

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Water Use Information             (Posted: 12-23-16)

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November 2016 Earth Science Websites of the Week (Collected)             (Posted: 12-14-16)

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NAAEE: eeNEWS for December 14, 2016             (Posted: 12-14-16)

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i-Tree News - December, 2016 Edition             (Posted: 12-14-16)

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Teaching Climate Change: Teacher Workshop             (Posted: 12-12-16)

Teaching Climate Change: Teacher Workshop (PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED)

" Do you feel comfortable and skilled to teach about climate change?
" What should you teach at what level?
" What are effective ways of teaching it?
" How can you teach about it in different disciplines?

OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In School) has partnered with Rutgers University Climate Institute to create two workshops: one for Middle School and one for High School teachers. The teachers at the workshop will be Professors Tony Broccoli and Janice McDonnell from Rutgers Climate Institute.

" For Whom? Middle School teachers Jan. 31; High School teachers Feb.7
" When? 4:30-6pm Jan. 31 and Feb. 7
" Where? Princeton Day School
" Cost? FREE
" PD credit? YES
" How to register? http://tinyurl.com/jq4x2tb
" More info? email lcutler@pds.org
" Registration capped at 30 participants

2017 Rutgers Environmental Steward Program             (Posted: 12-12-16)

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program: Helping Citizens Make A Difference in New Jersey

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s Geology from the people who map it.  How about learning about habitat restoration in your own community or helping improve water quality of a local river or stream?  These are some of the opportunities available to enrollees in the 2017 Rutgers Environmental Steward Training Program.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer the Environmental Stewards Program at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick.  Classes take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm starting January 25th and run till June. The program is also run in Passaic, Somerset, Burlington and Atlantic Counties.

The Rutgers Environmental Stewards (RES) Program educates the public about the science behind pressing environmental issues and helps participants create positive change in their communities. Stewards start out by attending class once a week on topics including climate change, soil health, energy conservation, water resource protection, invasive species management, pollinator protection, habitat conservation, and environmental policy. Optional fieldtrips to environmentally significant sites around the state are included as part of the program.

“Anyone can become a Rutgers Environmental Steward,” said Michele Bakacs, coordinator of the Middlesex County program. “The program introduces non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State.” Leading researchers from Rutgers are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share their knowledge with the Stewards and help them make a difference in their own communities.

In order to become a certified Environmental Steward, graduates of the class portion of the program complete a 60-hour volunteer internship of their choosing. Internships are unique and intended to align with the passion of the individual, the needs of the program, and the community.

Steward internship projects have included helping farmers adapt to climate change, composting restaurant food waste, mapping and eradicating invasive species in local parks, restoring native dune vegetation in shore communities, and creating rain gardens, among others.

The classes, fieldtrips, and internship does not replace a science degree, but helps citizens educate themselves when presented with a real world environmental problem. Students are introduced to a network of expert individuals and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with solving local environmental problems.

To register or to find out more information, visit http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu, or contact Michele Bakacs at (732) 398-5274 or mbakacs@rutgers.edu.

Teacher Friendly Guides for Earth and Environmental Science             (Posted: 12-12-16)

http://www.priweb.org/outreach.php?page=teacherprofdev/Teach_Guides

The Teacher-Friendly Guides are available at teacherfriendlyguide.org.
" At that website, you can choose the link to the Earth science guides (you'll see the link "Teacher-Friendly Guides™ to Geology").
" That link will take you to a map of the seven region regions, and you can click on the map for the Northeast.
" That will take you to a Table of Contents along the left side, so you can access the content on the website.
" You can click the "download" button at the bottom of the list, where you'll find downloadable pdfs, for teachers who would prefer to print the chapters or images directly.

[MARE] Video Teleconference Schedule of Programs 2016-17             (Posted: 12-12-16)

Please check out this opportunity to connect with scientists in Antartica! Note the deadline for applications is December 23, 2016. Educators will be notified in early January of their acceptance into the program. We are accepting classes grades 5-9. We will group into relevant age groups to ensure balance in the call schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions. We expect admission to be very competitive so register early!

Janice McDonnell
Science Agent, Department of Youth Development
Rutgers University
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
P: (848) 932 3285
E: mcdonnel@marine.rutgers.edu

Connect Your Students With Scientists in Antarctica

Students will engage in a 30-minute virtual scientific briefing and discussion with an LTER scientist. Students will learn about Antarctic food web ecology and how scientists are conducting long-term monitoring to understand our changing climate and the consequences to the Antarctic ecosystem.

Video Teleconference (VTC) Calls with Scientists in Antarctica
Participate in an opportunity to virtually join in the Long Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) program with a polar scientist.

Prior to the VTC, educators will be asked to:
• Prepare the students to better understand the research by implementing a relevant lesson plan.
• Test video conferencing software with LTER Education Team.
• Submit up to 10 questions from your students for the VTC with scientists at least 48 hours before the event.

Call Dates & Times:

January 24, 2017 @ 10:00am EST
Phytoplankton & Zooplankton: Learn how about the plant and animal plankton that fuel the food web of Antarctica.

January 25, 2017 @ 10:30am EST
Sea Birds: Learn about penguins around Palmer Station and how the population sizes are changing because of climate change.

February 6, 2016 @ 12:30pm EST
Marine Mammals: Learn how scientists are using tracking and tagging technology to understand the whale populations in Antarctica.

February 15, 2016 @ 11:00am EST
Marine Mammals: Learn how scientists are using tracking and tagging technology to understand the whale populations in Antarctica.

February 21, 2016 @ 12:00pm EST
Microbe Ecology: Learn how microorganisms at the base of the food web help catalyze transformations in the carbon cycle of Antarctica.

February 28, 2016 @ 1:00pm EST
Sea Birds: Learn about penguins around Palmer Station and how the population sizes are changing because of climate change.

March 1, 2016 @ 12:00pm EST
Microbe Ecology: Learn how microorganisms at the base of the food web help catalyze transformations in the carbon cycle of Antarctica.

How to Apply? Complete the application before Dec. 23, 2016:
Application http://tinyurl.com/zm33m3x

ANJEE Alert - 2017 Conference Information             (Posted: 12-12-16)

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Teacher Professional Development at Duke Farms             (Posted: 11-29-16)

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PLT Branch: Inspiration for pollinator gardens and outdoor classrooms             (Posted: 11-29-16)

 
The Branch
 
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 

EDUCATOR TIPS
 
 
 
Pollinators: Why They’re Important and How Schools Can Help
Pollinators: Why They’re Important and How Schools Can Help
 
By Rebecca Reyes
 
It’s critical we teach students about the role of pollinators. See how students of all ages can put their knowledge into practice and support pollinators.
 
 
Creating an Outdoor Classroom: Things to Consider
Creating an Outdoor Classroom: Things to Consider
 
By Annie Hermansen-Baez
 
Our outdoor classroom includes seating for 24 students, as well as bird feeders, bird baths, and native plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
EE Resources
 
Resources for PLT Lessons
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Our latest compilation of environmental education resources – and a unique professional development opportunity for PLT educators in the Amazon Rainforest!
 
 
Recommended Reading: The Walking Fish
 
Recommended Reading: The Walking Fish
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Use this book with grades 6-8 to emphasize several Science and Engineering Practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.
 
 
 
 
 
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SJ4S: Recycling Resources             (Posted: 11-29-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
226 Districts     555 Schools     Participating
Resource Spotlight: ANJR School Recycling Video Series
 
Looking to improve your school recycling in 2017?  The Association New Jersey Recyclers has traveled to New Jersey schools and produced a "Recycling In Our Schools" video series to help you tackle some of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Waste Management Actions such as  "How to Conduct A Waste Audit"

Check out what other Sustainable Jersey for Schools certified schools are doing about recycling. 2017 Elementary School Champion, Reeds Road Elementary in Galloway Township was approved for 40 points in the Waste Management & Recycling category. Scroll down to the bottom of their Certification Report to read their story and see their recycling program documentation here. 
Did you know that additional assistance is available in right in your community? Contact your county/municipal recycling coordinator for education programs, collection bins, grants and recycling guidance.
Reminder: Upcoming Grant Webinar
December 1st 3:30-4:30

An informational webinar for the first Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant cycle of 2017 will be held on December 1, 2016 3:30-4:30pm.  To participate, register online here.
    
Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. If your school has not received a $2,000 capacity building grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, we strongly suggest attending the webinar and submitting an application for 2017. 

Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
 
Bergen County
Colonial Road School (Franklin Lakes)
Woodside Avenue Elementary School (Franklin Lakes)
 
Camden County 
Pennsauken High School
Runnemede Public School District
Cape May County
Cape May Special Services School District
 
Morris County
Harding Township Elementary School
NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders
Youth Engagement Grants
 

New Jersey Health Initiatives: Next Generation Community Leaders is intended to further the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's vision of building a Culture of Health by leveraging the strengths of youth to affect change in their communities. This program will support communities in preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders by providing them with the resources and technical assistance they need to focus the time, talent, and energy of youth and providing the youth with an opportunity to make meaningful change in their communities through summer employment on a self-designed, community-focused project. At the conclusion of this three-year initiative, successful grantees will have engaged teams of 10-15 youth in the following actions:
  • Developing Civic Engagement and Leadership Skills
  • Participating in Meaningful Summer Employment
  • Participating in Civic Engagement Opportunities
  • Actively Engaging in an Alumni Network 
Grants will total up to $200,000 per grantee over three years, beginning July 2017. Visit NJHI information page here.
 
Application Deadline: January 12, 2017
USDA Farm to School Grant Program 
Request for Applications Now Available 
 
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Visit USDA the information page here. 
 
Application Deadline: December 8, 2016
NJDEP Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program
 
With funding from the Conserve Wildlife License Plate renewal fund, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) offers small matching grants for projects that advance nongame wildlife conservation and education. Approved projects are funded on a single-year basis and must be located in New Jersey. Grants are awarded every other year. 
 
The total amount available through the Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program in 2017 is $39,000 The maximum request per proposal is $3,500 ($1,000 is the minimum). This is a 1:1 matching grant; therefore grant funds cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. At least 25% of the grantee's share of project funding must be monetary, and the remainder may be from in-kind support.

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations are eligible to apply.  Partner with your School Foundation or a local environmental nonprofit to bring project funds to your school.  
 
Application deadline December 15, 2015. 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
DECEMBER 8, 2016 9:30-3:30PM or
JANUARY 20, 2017 9:30-3:30, Trenton, NJ
In the one-day sessions, participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive three board member academy credits for participation in this working session.Register for this free training here.

DECEMBER 1 & 14, 2016, 4:00P- 5:00PM, Free Webinar Series
Eco-Schools USA
*Please note that student led energy audits do not meet the criteria for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Energy Audit action, but can serve as practical educational tools. Eco-Schools is an international program, hosted in the US by the National Wildlife Federation. 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November
See the complete schedule for dates & locations  here. 
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

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

PAEE Conference Registration is Open!             (Posted: 11-29-16)

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PLT GreenSchools helped one school win $10 million             (Posted: 11-18-16)

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

We’re thrilled that a PLT GreenSchools project in the East End of Houston has helped one school win a $10 million grant! Based on the success of all 11 schools who participated in this GreenSchools project, Project Learning Tree has published a new guide, Greening Communities with PLT GreenSchools.

From Inspiration to Impact – NAAEE Strengthens the Green Schools Movement

I recently attended my 7th North American Association for Environmental Education conference. This was the first year the conference had an entire strand dedicated to Green Schools. There were over 30 sessions about how to use green schools programs to enhance student achievement, conserve resources, meet education trends, link schools and communities, and build support for environmental education on K–12 campuses.

Texas High School Leverages Environmental Education to Win $10 Million Grant
Furr High School, a PLT GreenSchool in Houston, has used environmental education, student leadership, and community support to beat tremendous odds, win a $10 million grant, and transform their school and community in the process.


Green TipsGreen Tips of the Month

Based on the success of 11 schools in the East End of Houston, Project Learning Tree’s new guide, Greening Communities with PLT GreenSchools, offers advice for schools interested in joining together on projects that benefit their whole community.
The guide includes tips such as:

  • Establish a network of schools. If students from several other schools and grade levels can work together and share responsibilities, the project will have greater benefits and a lasting impact.
  • Use green ambassadors. Student ambassadors can serve as teachers and mentors to their peers. This model provides leadership opportunities for the older students and helps them cement their knowledge by passing it on.
  • Find local partners. Local partners have a stronger connection to the immediate area. They are likely to care about the cause and remain involved.
  • Assemble a community advisory team. Members help articulate the project’s goals to make sure they are in line with those of the community, and fashion a plan to achieve them.
  • Recognize youth leadership. When students are given responsibility, they will rise to the challenge. When they are recognized, they are further empowered to set the stage for their younger peers.
Register or log in to access the Greening Communities with PLT GreenSchools Guide.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Happy Birthday Schoolyard Habitats®!             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy for Teachers             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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Green Teacher's 3 upcoming webinars and a recent one of interest             (Posted: 11-16-16)

Introducing Biomimicry: Inspiration and Innovation for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce,

Presenter:  Dorna Schroeter        Available until November 26, 2016.   (After this date, you must be a Green Teacher subscriber to access this and our 65+ other webinars.)

Deep Engagement via Story, the Arts & Gamification

Presenter: Vanessa LeBourdais     Thursday, November 17 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST

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There is often a missed opportunity in environmental education for students to apply the knowledge and skills they gain to solve real-world problems. Kids can be effective agents of change in their families. Not only do they jump at the opportunity, but recognizing their agency can increase educational outcomes, involve parents in their child’s learning and help tackle pressing environmental problems.  Using examples from Planet Protector Academy, Vanessa will share how educators can empower their students to become planet protecting superheroes by:

+Using storyline to endow their students with superhero powers and aspiration.
+Making student learning hands-on and connecting it to the home through superhero missions.
+Nurturing identity-based change through arts-based activities that engages the whole child.
+Getting buy-in from families and making behaviour change easier.
+Incentivizing participation, engagement and action through team competition and gamification.

Vanessa LeBourdais is the Executive Producer and Creative Director at DreamRider Productions  a national Canadian environmental education charity. Over the past 18 years, Vanessa’s and her team’s arts-based and digital programs on zero waste, climate, water and littering have reached over 900,000 elementary school children in 900+ schools in five provinces. Their latest digital classroom resource, the Planet Protector Academy won the 2015 TELUS Innovation Award, is now in five Canadian provinces, and is launching in the US this fall.

Place-based Education

Presenter: Amy Demarest      Wednesday, February 1st 2017 7:30-8:30pm EST

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In contrast to so much of schooling that is presented with little or no context, place-based education offers educators opportunities to build skills, knowledge, and aptitudes with engaging storylines. Places—natural and built, rural, urban and suburban all provide compelling narratives which students can investigate as they build the many points of understanding and proficiencies required in K-12 schooling. The presentation will include examples and discussion about what constitutes excellent place-based curriculum and student work and how these authentic products inspire deep learning.

Teachers are often challenged to incorporate the inspiring examples of place-based education into their daily plans. With a focus on curriculum design, Amy will offer strategies and examples of different ways to build meaningful learning opportunities grounded in the local community. Amy will present the foundational elements of place-based education that educators can use to more intentionally design community-based curriculum. These elements serve as inspiration and multiple entry points for educators–classroom teachers and non-formal educators — to creatively weave together personal engagement, mastery of subjects, understanding of place and acts of service. These elements are reflected in these four questions:

  • How can I better relate school to my students’ life experience?
  • How can I help students better understand how this big idea works in the real world?
  • How can I help students better understand this place?
  • How can I help students better understand themselves and their possible futures?

Amy Demarest is a former middle-school teacher who now works with formal and non-formal educators in a variety of settings. In her work both as an educator and as a writer, she seeks to find ways to help teachers do the things that are most important to them as well attend to the myriad of less rewarding tasks they are required to do. Most of the graduate courses she has taught have been on standards-based curriculum design. Recently she has been able to focus solely on the more inspiring (to her) place-based design work. Her “Reading the World, Not Just the Words” article in Green Teacher 106 (Spring 2015) outlined why it is crucial to take students of all ages out of the classroom and into the community. More recently, she guest-edited Green Teacher #110, which showcased a wide range of innovative place-based education programs and strategies. Her second book is titled Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding the Standards Through Local Investigations. Her work is outlined on her website Ourcurriculummatters.com.

The Power of Positive,  Inspiring Solutions

Presenter: Guy Dauncey        Monday, February 20th 2017 7:30-8:30pm EST

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Judging by Guy’s experience speaking in high schools, the new generation, following Gen X and the Millennials, is Gen W - Generation Worry. When he asks students: “When you think about the future of our world, what do you feel - Hope, or Worry?” Very few hands go up for “hope”—almost all go up for “worry”. Our need as educators is to generate hope - to turn Gen W into Gen H.

The webinar will showcase the power of positive, inspiring solutions to the worries that are causing so many young people to lose hope, including the climate crisis, the wider ecological crisis, which includes the oceans filling up with plastic, and larger economic and political worries. It will show how, using a positive three-step approach, you can turn worry into hope, and then into action.

Guy Dauncey is a futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He is founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, which developed the successful middle-school program the Climate Change Showdown. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming and Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible. He is an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. His websites are www.earthfuture.com, www.journeytothefuture.ca and www.thepracticalutopian.ca. He lives on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia.

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ES Education Update November 6 2016             (Posted: 11-16-16)

Earth Science Education Update
November 6, 2016

NJESTA Events:
NGSS Transition Workshop: February 4, 2017
at Palmyra Cove Nature Park. The focus of this workshop is the creating of NGSS-style assessments congruent with NGSS-style lessons. For more information and to register ($15.00) go to the NJESTA website: njesta.org

NJESTA Annual Conference: Earth's Systems in Your Classroom. Join us Saturday March 18, 2017 at Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Studies on the SEBS Campus in New Brunswick. Registration opens December 1st. For more information go to: http://njesta.org/conference.htm If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send your proposal to Missy Holzer by December 1st and include a description of your resource and how you plan on sharing it with an audience of educators.
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Teaching Resource:
Concord Consortium's High Adventure Science
https://has.portal.concord.org/
From our colleague Loris Chen: I signed up and created four classes for future of climate change. The units are NGSS aligned and provide a PARCC like assessment platform. Some of the units connect with a variety of digital sensors allowing students to collect data.
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Events offered by other organizations:

Rutgers Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences:
Careers in the Geosciences: Sunday November 20th, 3PM at the Rutgers Geology Museum in the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University. For more information, contact Dr. Gail Ashley at gmashley@rci.rutgers.edu For directions and parking go to: https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/visit-the-museum/parking-and-directions

Princeton Energy Case Competition:
Calling all high school students... Interested in energy? Sustainable development? How climate change solutions are approached in the real world?

Princeton Energy Case Competition gives high school students the chance to explore topics including renewable energy, New Jersey's energy plan, carbon capture, and energy storage from an interdisciplinary framework, and then come up with energy solutions from a combination of fields - science, policy, economics, sociology, and more! Participants will have their presentations judged by renowned Princeton faculty in the newly opened Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and also get the chance to tour Princeton energy facilities and participate in research workshops with Princeton graduate and undergraduate students. Learn more on our website, PrincetonECC.com

BTANJ:
NGSS Transition Professional Development Workshops - Visit the BTANJ website (http://www.btanj.org/pd-academy) to see current listings and to register.

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Earth Science Websites of the Week

Geology and Geography
Interactive Map Showing 50 Years of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and SO2 Emissions
http://volcano.si.axismaps.io/
The "Eruptions, Earthquakes, & Emissions" web application (or "E3") is a time-lapse animation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes since 1960. It also shows volcanic gas emissions (sulfur dioxide, SO2) since 1978 - the first year satellites were available to provide global monitoring of SO2.

Eight Awesome Maps from Stanford's New David Rumsey Map Center
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eight-awesome-maps-stanfords-new-david-rumsey-map-center-180958861/?no-ist
"Cartography geeks rejoice-earlier this week Stanford University's Green Library unveiled the David Rumsey Map Center, a collection of more than 150,000 maps, atlases, globes and other historical treasures donated by the retired San Francisco real estate developer."

The Really Big One : the Pacific Northwest
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one
"When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are common in Japan-that one was the third of the week-and the participants were, after all, at a seismology conference. Then everyone in the room checked the time."

GazdonianProductions: Earth Science Videos for Teaching
http://www.gazdonianproductions.com/
With a motto of "The world is big, your classroom is small" the goal of this site is to bring the real world into the classroom by providing links to hand-picked videos from around the web. [Scroll over to "Videos by Topic" for the list of available videos.]These best-of-the-web videos generally run under 7 minutes and are perfect to use within lectures, presentations or assignments on almost any earth science topic. Using videos in class enables teachers to show locations, features, occurrences, experiments, and processes from all over the globe (and beyond). Never has a blackboard seemed more obsolete…

Using Google Earth to Explore Plate Tectonics
http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/examples/49004.html
"Students are introduced to Google Earth, and then start by exploring the major physiographic features of the continents and seafloor. They then use a kmz file, compiled by the author, which includes layers showing seafloor age, locations and depths of 20 years' worth of large earthquakes, USGS dynamically updated near-real time earthquakes, volcano locations, "hot-spot" tracks with age dates, and the Bird (2003) plate boundary model."

Hear the Sounds from Oklahoma Injection-Induced Earthquakes (and from other Locations)
https://vimeo.com/seismicsoundlab
The Seismic Sound Lab (seismicsoundlab.org) is located at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, in Palisades, New York. We develop methods for sonic and visual representations of natural data. We started with and focus on seismic data but are interested in working on many natural phenomena.

A Geology Musical Interlude for Your Enjoyment
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/rosetta-stones/a-geology-musical-interlude-for-your-enjoyment/
"If I had known that at least a quarter of geology consists of making terrible puns and frequently involves beer, I'd probably have been far more likely to dive in during college, rather than spending a couple decades thinking there was no way someone like me could have such a serious career. I mean, yes, there is a lot of hard work and difficult thinking involve, but there's also quite a bit of fun involved. This song captures some of the adventurous spirit of the science. I wish I'd seen it way back when, because it accurately reflects just how awesome geology actually is."

Fossilization - How Fossils Form
http://www.fossilmuseum.net/fossilrecord/fossilization/fossilization.htm
"The term "fossil" is used for any trace of past life." Learn everything you need to know about fossils in one place.

Ship Finds Itself In Two Different Days, Two Different Months, Two Different Years, Two Different Seasons, But In Two Different Centuries - All At The Same Time.
Even if this isn't true - the implications of if it DID happen are awesome.
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix & brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0º 31' N and LON 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899.
"Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line". Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor.

At midnight the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many: The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & the middle of summer.
The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
Forward it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different years, two different seasons but in two different centuries - all at the same time.

Interactively View Global Population in 3-D
http://metrocosm.com/3d-world-population-globe/
To navigate around the globe, use the left mouse button to rotate and the right button to drag. To zoom in and out, use the middle mouse button (= scroll wheel, two-finger swipe, or both buttons at the same time). (may be browser dependent)

See the World of Maps from a Whole New Perspective from the USGS
https://www.usgs.gov/products/maps/overview
"Our programs produce accurate geologic maps and 3-D geologic frameworks that provide critical data for sustaining and improving the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation. They also organize, maintain, and publish the geospatial baseline of the Nation's topography, natural landscape, built environment and more."

Quake or Bomb? Seismic Waves Speak Truth, Even If Nations Don't
https://eos.org/articles/quake-bomb-seismic-waves-speak-truth-even-nations-dont
"When the Earth rumbles and no one knows why, seismologists can analyze the seismic event's waveforms to determine whether a hidden explosion or an earthquake caused the shaking."

Mount Vesuvius & Ancient City of Pompeii Herculaneum Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xhucNGq108
"Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano located near the city of Naples, Italy. This volcano is most famous for its eruption in 79 AD and proves to be great danger to the city of Naples, which has over 3 million inhabitants."

Manipulate Angular Unconformities, Disconformities, Or Nonconformities in 3-D
http://app.visiblegeology.com/profile.html
"Visible Geology now gives you the ability to create any type of unconformity with a planar base. This could include such unconformities as angular unconformities, disconformities, or nonconformities. Additionally, one your unconformity is created; you can tilt, fold, and fault it as much as you want!"

Weather
How Windy is Windy? On top of Mt. Washington
https://www.mountwashington.org/experience-the-weather/observer-comments.aspx?id=38368
"If you've ever spent time on the summit with me, I call all wind from 40-70 miles per hour "a bit breezy". With winds pushing the century mark, and gusts up to 109 mph, I think I will upgrade that to "Blustery." But how windy is windy, really?"

Region by Region Climate Teaching Resources
https://www.climate.gov/teaching/national-climate-assessment-resources-educators/2014-national-climate-assessment-resources
"The National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks and possible responses to human-caused climate change. NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed a series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the Assessment Report, helping to unpack the key messages of each region and point to related, high-quality online resources."

Climate Science is Core to Science Education
https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/about-ams/ams-statements/statements-of-the-ams-in-force/climate-science-is-core-to-science-education/
"The Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) developed in collaboration with 26 states and several scientific organizations is a transformative set of guidelines for teaching science in the United States. For the first time, climate change is recommended as a core concept for U.S. science curricula, including an emphasis on anthropogenic or "human-caused" effects. As an association of scientists and science-based professionals, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) affirms the inclusion of climate change in the NGSS."

GISS Surface Temperature Analysis
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/
This site has a series of graphs relating to climate change. They range from land, global, latitude, hemispheric, surface and the United States.

Why do Raindrops Sizes Matter in Storms?
http://nineplanets.org/news/raindrops/
"NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission are focusing on raindrops. The drop size distribution is one of many factors that determines how big a storm will grow, how long it will last and how much rain it will ultimately produce. We've never been able to see how water droplet sizes vary globally until now."

Denver Blizzard March 23, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/twcstuostro/videos/10154684950764057/
"Radar for the entire Denver blizzard in all its synoptic/mesoscale/orographic glory."

Caught on Oklahoma earthquake radar: Thousands of birds took flight minutes before
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/09/06/caught-on-radar-thousands-of-birds-took-flight-minutes-before-an-okla-earthquake/
At 6:47 a.m. on Saturday, thousands of birds took flight across the state of Oklahoma. Weather radars lit up with blue and green, signifying that a large number of birds suddenly became airborne at nearly the same time. Then at 7:02 a.m., a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the state, originating in Pawnee County.

Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and Change
https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=1184#.V35QsKKDu5I
"Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and Change describes the terminology, global evidence, regional manifestations, and basic science of global climate variability and anthropogenic change, with a focus on water resources management. The lesson presents this information using rich graphics, animations, and interactions."

Climate Change: The Video View From Minute Earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEX2J_sAdGs
A short 3 minute video highlighting the impact of climate change around the world.

How Teachers Are Getting it Wrong on Climate Change
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/02/11/how-teachers-are-getting-it-wrong-on-climate-change/
"A major new survey of U.S. middle school and high school science teachers has found that across the country, a majority are teaching about climate change in their classrooms - but a significant percentage are also including incorrect ideas, such as the notion that today's warming of the globe is a "natural" process."

Motions of the Sun Simulator
http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion3/animations/sunmotions.html
The sun's website is a great webpage for visual learners. There are many different features you can control and it is easy to use.

Water
Atlantic Water Surface Temperature
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/avhrr/sst.html
"At this site, we present rapidly processed estimates of sea surface temperature for various regions. The imagery includes both single pass data and composite data from multiple passes. We have included at this site a Primer on the measurement of sea surface temperature."

Greenland Ice spring 16 Melt Off to Record Early Start
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/15/world/greenland-ice-melt/index.html
"Greenland's massive ice sheet has started its annual summer melt earlier than ever before; according to stunned scientists who said they had to recheck their calculations before releasing the results. Nearly 12% of Greenland's nearly 656,000 square miles of ice saw some melting this week, the earliest date on record for the start of the summer melt season, according to scientists with the Danish Meteorological Institute."

What's across the Ocean from New York City? Australia of Course!
http://metrocosm.com/whats-across-the-ocean/
"If you have any doubt whether it's possible to sail from New York to Australia along a straight line, here is what it looks like in 3 dimensions. Technically, there are no straight lines on a globe, since the surface itself is curved. The shortest distance between any two points, the closest thing to a straight line, is known as a great circle arc."

Lake Ontario, a Quest for Hope Video
https://vimeo.com/165682289/0d5fb6b7c6
"Watch this informational video to learn about Lake Ontario and why it is considered to be in the "red zone."

The Rise and fall of the Great Lakes Video
https://www.nfb.ca/film/rise_and_fall_of_the_great_lakes/
In this short documentary from conservationist Bill Mason, he illustrates that although the Great Lakes have had their ups and downs, nothing has been harder to take than what humans have done to them lately. In the film, a lone canoeist lives through the changes of geological history, through Ice Age and flood, only to find him in the end trapped in a sea of scum.

Space
Northern Lights Teaching Activities
http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/northern_lights.pdf
"In Data Analysis and Measurement: Dancing in the Night Sky,
Students will learn about the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. They will learn the many legends and myths that have revolved around the aurora throughout the history of mankind. Students will also discover how NASA scientists and engineers use satellite technology to measure and analyze aurora data."

Near Earth Object Program
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/
This site is full of articles about asteroids, comets and several other space topics. "Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth's neighborhood. Composed mostly of water ice with embedded dust particles, comets originally formed in the cold outer planetary system while most of the rocky asteroids formed in the warmer inner solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter."

History of the Universe Worksheet Grades 6-12
http://astrosociety.org/edu/astro/act2/H2_Cosmic_Calendar.pdf
"Students (and adults) have a lot of trouble envisioning the history of the universe, from the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, through the development of various structures in the cosmos and the evolution of life on Earth, to the present moment. In this activity, students will equate the full span of cosmic time with one calendar year, and see where different cosmic events fall on a 12-month time scale."

Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doN4t5NKW-k
"In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station's modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost."

An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time
https://aas.org/education/ancientuniverse
"How astronomers know the vast scale of cosmic time an ancient universe. A guide for teachers, students, and the public published by the American Astronomical Society with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific."

Seasonal Changes Worksheet
http://www.charlesburrows.com/earth/activities.labs/07CLIMATE.INSOLATION/SeasonsChart.pdf
This site has two printable charts to help make charting seasonal changes easier.

New Gravity Map Gives Best View Yet Inside Mars
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/mars-gravity-map
"The improved resolution of the new gravity map suggests a new explanation for how some features formed across the boundary that divides the relatively smooth northern lowlands from heavily cratered southern highlands. Also, the team confirmed that Mars has a liquid outer core of molten rock by analyzing tides in the Martian crust and mantle caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and the two moons of Mars. Finally, by observing how Mars' gravity changed over 11 years - the period of an entire cycle of solar activity -- the team inferred the massive amount of carbon dioxide that freezes out of the atmosphere onto a Martian polar ice cap when it experiences winter."

Astrobiology Magazine
http://www.astrobio.net/
"Astrobiology Magazine is a NASA-sponsored online popular science magazine. Our stories profile the latest and most exciting news across the wide and interdisciplinary field of astrobiology - the study of life in the universe. In addition to original content, Astrobiology Magazine also runs content from non-NASA sources in order to provide our readers with a broad knowledge of developments in astrobiology and from institutions both nationally and internationally."

The Drake Equation: Estimating the Number of Extraterrestrial Civilizations
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/origins/drak-flash.html
"At first glance, the Drake Equation may look daunting, but it's really quite straight forward and intuitive. As you make your way through the formula, you'll see that for some of the terms, particularly those on the right side of the formula, scientists have enough knowledge to make reasonable guesses, while for others your guess is probably as good as theirs."

Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barns-are-painted-red-because-of-the-physics-of-dying-stars-58185724/?no-ist
"Have you ever noticed that almost every barn you have ever seen is red? There's a reason for that, and it has to do with the chemistry of dying stars. Seriously." Read the full article to find out why.

Documentary Probes Challenger Disaster on 30th Anniversary (Exclusive Video)
http://www.space.com/31527-space-shuttle-challenger-tragedy-documentary.html
"A powerful new documentary takes a fresh look at the space shuttle Challenger explosion, a tragedy that is still seared into the minds of a generation 30 years after the smoke cleared."

New Publication For Kids From Earth Observatory NASA EO Kids
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/eokids
Introducing a new publication from Earth Observatory - EO Kids - bringing engaging science stories from Earth Observatory to a younger audience. The premier issue of EO Kids explores how NASA observes and measures fresh water from space with examples of freshwater storage around the globe. There stories about the Lake Mead reservoir, snow pack in mountains of California, and notes of scientists in the field. With a Maker Corner, DIY Science, and Data Detective, there are lots of hands-on activities for kids to explore.

General
The Science Myths That Will Not Die
http://www.nature.com/news/the-science-myths-that-will-not-die-1.19022
"Once a myth is here, it is often here to stay. Psychological studies suggest that the very act of attempting to dispel a myth leads to stronger attachment to it."

Biomes and Climatology Comparison Lab Activity
http://serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/weather/4b.html
"In this lab you will work with Google Earth, a dynamic interactive map visualization tool. You will observe temperature patterns, biome types, and climatographs from selected cities around the world. As you work though the links and images in this activity, keep in mind how climate, a long-term average of weather patterns, shapes the life of a region."

World's First Ibuprofen Patch Can Deliver Pain Relief Through Your Skin
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/researchers_create_world146s/
"Researchers at the University of Warwick have worked with Coventry-based Medherant, a Warwick spinout company, to produce and patent the World's first ever ibuprofen patch delivering the drug directly through skin to exactly where it is needed at a consistent dose rate."

Solar Farm Rejected amid Fears It Will 'Suck up the Sun's Energy'
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/solar-farm-suck-up-the-sun_us_566e9aeee4b0e292150e5d66
"A town council in North Carolina rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after residents voiced fears it would cause cancer, stop plants from growing and suck up all the energy from the sun."

The Story Behind the Science: Bringing science and scientists to life in post-secondary science education
https://www.storybehindthescience.org/geology.html
"Students have prior conceptions regarding scientists and how science works. These prior conceptions can interfere with accurately interpreting the project stories. This article is designed to be read and discussed by students prior to reading the individual science stories. Doing so will help students build a more accurate understanding of the nature of science."

Where Wild Microbes Grow: Under the Seafloor
http://joidesresolution.org/node/2998
"This is an interactive eBook for kids, and it is free to download. The book attracts young readers because of its great illustrations, while teaching them all about habitats and organisms that most adults do not even know about."

Improve Access To The Geosciences For Individuals With Disabilities
http://www.theiagd.org/
"The IAGD mission is to improve access to the geosciences for individuals with disabilities and promote communities of inclusive research, instruction and student support."

Welcome to Fun Science Demos!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_FnLqcY6a4
"Important science ideas for all young students. Dr. George Mehler & Jared Hottenstein invite you to bring fun science demonstrations to your students & children."

3 Million LEGO Bricks in One Room!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYfskR4_HLs
Robbie McCarthy always dreamed of being a LEGO master model builder and his dreams became true. Robbie along with several other co-workers design and build LEGO structures. They come up with ideas on what they want to build and then take it to paper or a computer to put their thoughts together. When it comes time to build the LEGO model they all work on it together. Every person is a key factor to the project because everyone has different strengths.

Bio Interactive
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive
"At Bio Interactive, you can find award-winning multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom. Our rich video resources range from a series of short films on evolution, hosted by an award-winning author-scientist, to lectures on the brain given by a Nobel-prize winner-all supplemented by teacher guides and classroom activities. Our team members include scientists, artists, and educational experts."

Cougar Release Video
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ct3n-yks5iw?rel=0
This video clip is about two men releasing a cougar. During the video they face some struggles with putting on the animal control pole around its leg. The video is concluded with the final releasing of the cougar into the wild.

Environment
Earth: The Operators' Manual Videos for Energy and Climate Issues
http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/for_educators
"Earth: The Operators' Manual is changing how people think about energy and climate issues. Downloadable videos, activities and enriching tools you can use in your classroom. Roll up your sleeves and dig in with us on clean energy, climate change, and your sustainable energy future."

News: 23-year-old hasn't produced any trash in 2 years
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/10/23-year-old-hasnt-produced-any-trash-in-2-years/21139114/
"Singer has barely produced any garbage since she began subscribing to a zero-waste lifestyle, which meant eliminating anything that will end up in a landfill or can't be composted from her day-to-day - a process she's documented in detail on her blog Trash is for Tossers."

Natural Inquirer
http://www.naturalinquirer.org/
"The Natural Inquirer program produces a variety of science education materials for Pre-K through grade 12. Natural Inquirer products are produced by the USDA Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA), and other cooperators and partners."

Teaching
Demo
Tidal Cycle Demo
"I could have a student stand in the center and rotate while identifying whether he was seeing a high or low tide. Then another student would act as the Moon, and move the bulges forward while the "Earth" rotated so that students could visualize the reason for the theoretical 24 hr. 50 min tidal cycle."

Supporting 2YC Students with Disabilities
http://serc.carleton.edu/sage2yc/broadenparticipation/disabilities/index.html
"Disability, or differing ability, is a natural part of human existence. As faculty or instructors, we are in a position to minimize challenges that a disability might create for our students who live with disabilities, and to then help these students change their college stories from struggling to success. As a community, the field of geoscience has demonstrated proactive leadership in the area of open access to all interested students."

Demo
Making Sedimentary Peels for the Classroom
"If you live near sedimentary deposits, you may use sediment peels as a teaching tool in your classroom. The process is pretty straightforward, though results improve with practice... and there are many variants. For example, liquid latex can be substituted for glue, and excellent results can be got with low-viscosity epoxy.
You might even consider making peels a fun summer project!
Procedure:
1) Wait for a string of warm, sunny days.
2) Carve a vertical face in sand that's damp enough to stand vertically, if necessary using a spray bottle to moisten the face. Get the face as flat as possible. (A wooden scraper makes a decent tool, or use a "sanding block" made by fastening coarse sandpaper to a piece of plywood.)
3) Use nails as pins to tack a piece of gauze-like cloth (cheesecloth) to the surface. Common nails, 6d or larger, work well. (Insert them only around the perimeter.) Cloth may be moist when applied or sprayed with clear water after tacking in place. Either way, the cloth should be damp before you apply glue. Make sure the cloth is everywhere in contact with the sand.
4) Spray dilute Elmer's Glue (any water-based white glue will do) on the cloth, allowing it to soak in. Repeat this several times. You want a fair amount of glue in the sand.
5) Allow plenty of drying time - maybe a couple days. Now glue a piece of plywood to the cloth, using contact cement and pressing firmly. The plywood should be slightly smaller than the area of your peel. It will keep the peel from bending while you remove it from the outcrop and serve as a backing for later display. (If you're not familiar with contact cement, practice with scrap material beforehand.)
6) Carefully remove the whole thing from the outcrop. Typically, an inch or so of glue-cemented sand (and lots of loose sand) will come off with the backing board and cloth.
7) Allow additional time for complete drying in the lab.
8) Using a soft paint brush, hold the dry peel vertically and brush off loose sand. Keep brush strokes parallel to any depositional layers. Gently vacuum, with a brush attachment.
9) Trim edges of the peel to match the backing board. For this, you can use a sabre saw, working from the plywood side and using a blade you won't mind throwing away.
10) Your peel is ready for display. If you like, you can frame it and mount it on the wall. Be sure it's right-side-up!

Addendum: A retired petroleum geologist, Charlie Bartberger, offered a couple suggestions for making larger peels that are worth passing on.

For large peels use a garden sprayer rather that a laundry-size spray bottle. This gives a broad, even spray, and plenty of volume.

The glue should be diluted about 5:1 - five parts water to one of glue - so it looks a bit more watery than skim milk. (The ratio isn't critical, so long as the stuff sprays easily and soaks quickly into the cloth-draped sand.)

You will need something like a quart of diluted glue per square foot of peel."

Computer
Screencast-O-Matic
http://screencast-o-matic.com/home
"Screencast-O-Matic is trusted by millions of users to create and share screen recordings. Educators, businesses, gamers, anyone needing a fast recording app to create a video file, share on YouTube, or even uploading to a custom branded site hosted by us!"

NGSS Supporting Documents
"The Science Education Steering Committee (SESC) assembled by NYSED has recommended sufficient supporting documentation be presented with the survey to ensure respondents have the necessary information to provide informed feedback. Additional background knowledge will likely translate to greater content validity on the survey." -Ken Huff

Members of the SESC strongly encourage one read three key documents:
"Executive summary of the NGSS" can be found at: http://nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/NGSS%20Executive%20Summary%20-%206%2017%2013%20Update.pdf.
"How to Read the NGSS" can be found at:
http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/How%20to%20Read%20NGSS%20-%20Final%2008.19.13.pdf
"Conceptual Shifts in the NGSS" can be found at: http://nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/Appendix%20A%20-%204.11.13%20Conceptual%20Shifts%20in%20the%20Next%20Generation%20Science%20Standards.pdf

Educators Are Feeling Drained By The Insistent Emphasis On Collaboration And "Social Learning"
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/why-introverted-teachers-are-burning-out/425151/
"Educators are feeling drained by the insistent emphasis on collaboration and "social learning"-and that could be undermining kids' achievement."

Humor
TED Talks. James Veitch. A Guy Answers Spam Mail. See What He Does
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT2BNsMSwEo
"What happens when you reply to a spam email? He answers a spam email. He got incredible replies. A must watch TED episode."

Inspiration
Animated Short: "The Present" Heart-Tugging Short Film About A Young Boy And A Very Special Puppy
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/animated-short-the-present-2/
"May 8, 2016, 12:18 PM|This heart-tugging short film about a young boy and a very special puppy, based on a comic strip by Brazilian artist Fabio Coala Cavalcanti and animated by Jacob Frey and Markus Kranzler while they were film students at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany, has won dozens of international awards - and earned the young animators jobs with Pixar and Disney."

ANJEE Alert - 2017 Conference Update             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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20th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable             (Posted: --)

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Duke Farms PD             (Posted: 11-14-16)

New Jersey Geography for Elementary and Middle School Students
December 10 from 9am to 3pm
Cost: $25 per educator


Join the New Jersey Geographic Alliance for a workshop and hands-on activities that focus on the physical and human geography of our home state. Our work will be specifically geared towards 4th grade standards but can easily be scaled up or down for different grade levels.

Special emphasis will be placed on the newly released Jersey-specific version of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Map! Teachers will experience the 16x20ft floor map and learn how to reserve the map for a visit to their school! Traveling maps bring hands-on and feet-on geographic education to hundreds of thousands students around the country each year.
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Bald Eagle Ecology for Teachers (K-12)
January 21, 2017 from 9am to 3pm
Cost: $25 per educator


The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptions. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Duke Farms will help you to enhance your understanding of the science behind NJ's bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Eagle biologist Larissa Smith will talk about her work with this charismatic species, live birds of prey will make an appearance and an opportunity will be announced for one teacher to participate in the spring eagle chick banding at Duke Farms.
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Bald Eagles in the Classroom: Using an NGSS Aligned and Problem Based Approach (K-12)
February 4, 2017 from 9am to 3pm
Cost: $30 per educator


If you are a K-12 teacher who is passionate about STE(A)M, environmental studies, biology or earth science education and want to bring a NGSS bald eagle Problem-Based Learning (PBL) unit into your classroom, this workshop is for you!

Duke Farms and Innovative Designs for Education (IDE) have partnered to create grade level specific PBL units that will meet the needs of the CCSS and NGSS including the cross-cutting standards, practices, and core ideas. Teachers will explore the power of PBL as they spend the day working with other teachers at their grade level and will then leave with new tools including a problem-based task, analytic rubric, unit level scaffold, and tools for facilitation to implement a new bald eagle unit in their classrooms.
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Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy
For dates and time please see schedule below.
Cost: $150 per educator


Weather, climate, and sustainable actions are prominent in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons on these topics.

Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts, and develop NGSS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students.

Academy Topics:
1. The processes that lead to climate change
2. How human activity contributes to climate change
3. Local and global impacts of climate change
4. Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
5. Sustainable actions within educational institutions

Academy Schedule:
- Registration Deadline March 1, 2017
- In-Person Orientation Dinner (Wednesday, March 15, 2017)
- Pre-Academy Distance Learning (March-June; roughly 12 hours of independent work)
- In-Person Summer Academy Sessions (June 26 - June 29, 2017 8:00am-4:30pm)
- FINAL NGSS-Aligned Teaching Plan (Due: September 30, 2017)
Cost: $150 includes all course materials, orientation dinner and on-site housing (June 26-29) for the first eight registered participants.

Participants can also earn points for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

October 2016 i-Tree news, user stories & tool updates             (Posted: 11-10-16)

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The i-Tree Team needs your help - Click HERE.

Make Learning Fun with these Activities and Resources             (Posted: 11-10-16)

 
The Branch
 
October 2016
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
Feature Article

It’s Here! Announcing the Launch of Our New Website
By Vanessa Bullwinkle

After months of dedication, PLT is very pleased and excited to announce the launch of our brand new website. With a fresh new look, user-friendly navigation, a wealth of resources, and a responsive design that works on all devices (desktop, tablet and phone), we hope you like it!

NEWS & UPDATES
Help Your School Access Federal Funding for Environmental Education
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
There is historic new federal funding available for environmental education through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Invite your school superintendent to learn how to apply for this funding and why.
EDUCATOR TIPS
Leaf Activities for Young Learners
By Rebecca Reyes
Fall is a great time to teach young students about the changing seasons and the science of leaves. Check out over 50 ideas for incorporating science, math, art, and literature into your lesson plan about leaves.
RESOURCES
 
Resources for PLT Lessons
By Jaclyn Stallard

Here’s our latest compilation of environmental education resources that support Project Learning Tree’s lessons – infographics, interactive websites, educational apps, videos, guidebooks, fact sheets, posters, teacher-generated materials, grant opportunities, and more!


STEM Strategies: Poet-Tree
By Kris Irwin, Ph.D

Engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through the power of the written word. Try these enrichments for Project Learning Tree’s Poet-Tree activity.

Recommended Reading: Chocolate
By Jaclyn Stallard
What is the difference between cacao and cocoa? Where do cocoa woods grow? Why do we crave chocolate? This book (for ages 12+) explores these questions.
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Get Help Crowdfunding and Locating Resources for Greener Schools             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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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

Have you thought about trying crowdfunding to help get a GreenSchools project off the ground? Or reaching out to your community to find advocates and volunteers? The ioby crowd-resourcing platform can connect you with funding and support.

Young Adult Clean Up Funding for Greener Schools
Have a great idea for a project that would make your school greener and more sustainable? Join the national nonprofit crowdfunding platform ioby (in our back yards)for a free webinar, Thu. Oct 20th 3:30-4:30pm EST, tolearn how to use online crowdfunding to grow community support and find the resources you need to bring your project to life!

The webinar willcover essential fundraising tips taken directly from case studies ofpast successful green schools campaigns, including best practices onbuilding a fundraising team, finding local business support, involvingstudents, and thanking donors. Register here.

Classroom Resources
How Electricity Works Infographic
Help students understand the science of electricity with this animated infographic from SaveOnEnergy.com. It includes the basics of electricity all the way to how we harness this power to fuel homes, schools, hospitals and more. (Use with PLT’s Energy Investigation as well as the PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Guide’s “Energy Sleuths” Activity and PLT’s Energy & Society Kit)

EPA’s WaterSense Kids Website
The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Kidswebsite teaches elementary and middle level students about theimportance of water and why we need to conserve it. Test knowledge withan online animation, or identify simple water solutions to use waterwisely.(Use with PLT’s Water Investigation and the PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Guide’s “Every Drop Counts” Activity)

Get  PLT's PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide by attending a PLT professional development workshop.
Green Tips

Tips to Re-Energize Your School Green Team

  • Make sure that your Green Team reflects a cross section of all school stakeholders including students, facilities personnel, teachers, administrative staff and parents
  • Recruit new Green Team members, at PTA meetings for example.
  • Establish a regular meeting schedule with your Green Team.
  • Develop S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) to reduce your school’s environmental impact.
  • Share your goals with school administrators and custodial staff to ensure that they approve and are on board.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Let students lead through local investigations             (Posted: 10-19-16)

All humans are natural investigators.

Local investigations engage students' natural investigatory instincts while developing their knowledge of core academic content by demonstrating true connections between academic subjects and the world around them.

Download our free local investigations guidebook to find:
  • Methods for guiding effective local investigations.
  • Examples of simple questions that can lead to great local investigations.
  • Helpful dos and don'ts for getting started.
Use local investigations to develop informed and active students without deviating from standards-based instruction.


              

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You, Too, Can Study Ornithology with Our New Book and Course             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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Eco-Schools USA--Nurturing Climate Literacy             (Posted: 10-12-16)

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Earth Science Update 10.2.16             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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NASA Science Education Links:

Don't miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA's website:
-- Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
-- Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels -- from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. http://nasawavelength.org/

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

NASA Office of Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

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M. Holzer, PhD

Science Teacher, Chatham HS
Instructor, Rutgers Dept. of Geography
Appointed Director, NESTA

Executive Board Member, NJESTA
NASA SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador

EPA Tool Helps Communities Across the Country Prepare for Climate Change             (Posted: 10-5-16)

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthen America’s climate resilience, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated online climate change risk assessment tool that assists users in designing adaptation plans based on the types of threats confronting their communities. EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is designed for water utilities.

“Water utilities operate on the front lines of climate change and face the challenges of increased drought, flooding and sea level rise. EPA is working to strengthen America’s communities by providing climate preparedness tools like CREAT that local leaders can use to make smart decisions,” said Joel Beauvais, deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.

In its updated version, CREAT presents information in a series of intuitive modules, provides climate change projection data, and presents monetized risk results. CREAT’s climate projection map illustrates future climate scenarios including precipitation intensity for a 100-year storm or the number of days per year with temperatures above 100ºF. With this powerful information, utility owners and operators can better prepare for the impacts of climate change.

CREAT was built and updated in consultation with drinking water and wastewater utilities, water sector associations, climate science and risk assessment experts, and multiple federal partners. The tool has been used by a number of communities in their adaptation planning efforts. For example, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. used CREAT to better understand the vulnerability of its wastewater infrastructure and operations while the city of Houston, Texas used the tool to better understand the vulnerability of its surface water supplies.

Click the following links to see videos that show how CREAT has benefitted utilities such as Camden, N.J. and Faribault, Minn.

To access CREAT or to learn more about water sector climate readiness, visit EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative.

Great News for Teachers- PD Workshops, Field Trip Grants, FREE Resources             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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New EPA climate education resources             (Posted: 10-5-16)

Do you know what climate change means for your state? Are you trying to help your students understand what climate change will mean for their communities? Explore new factsheets on how climate change will impact each of the 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico (factsheets for the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia coming soon!)

Do your students know how climate change can impact the health of people around us? Explore the connection between climate change and human health with factsheets and a quiz.

Find these EPA climate education resources. (https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts/)

Need more? Promote climate literacy with education resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (http://www.education.noaa.gov/Climate/). Delve into the carbon cycle, climate monitoring, climate change impacts, and seasonal change with free lesson plans, videos, and activities.

Free Project WET Training Available             (Posted: 10-4-16)

Mike and Debbie Bennett are arranging for a free Project WET Training to be held at Ocean County Park in Lakewood with the date to be determined (sometime this fall). The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of more than 64 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans for K-12 students, useful for both formal and informal educators. Visit www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/projwet.htm for more information about Project WET. The Bennetts would like to hear from you if you're interested in attending -- the minimum number to run the training is 10. Please contact them as soon as possible at BEAR@boatingeducationandrescue.org or 732-492-4009.

Free! Reuse Explorations Guide             (Posted: 10-4-16)

Reuse Explorations Guide: Innovative Programs and Strategies

NERC’s new Reuse Explorations Guide is intended to benefit a wide range of people—state, tribal, municipal, and community leaders; materials managers; economic development specialists; citizen activists; reuse businesses; charity/non-profit representatives; and others who desire to expand reuse in their communities. The Guide offers particular insights for small and tribal communities; however, it is designed to assist communities of all sizes and demographics. It is designed for electronic viewing, with hyperlinks to additional information throughout.

Many reuse strategies and models are explored in the Guide, from food recovery to repair. Program implementation, keys to success, and program examples are included in each reuse strategy.

Reuse and NERC’s Guide offers something for everyone! Available for free download on NERC’s Website.

For more information, contact Athena Lee Bradley.

Athena Lee Bradley, Projects Manager
Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC)
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Wetland Informational Materials             (Posted: 9-30-16)

The Wetlands Protection Program at USEPA Region 2 has a collection of wetland informational materials that we would like to share.

If your organization would like to have any of these materials, please send us a request. Please find additional information below:

·         Please be advised that the EPA Wetlands Division / EPA Region 2 produced the posters and postcards a number of years ago and the contact and telephone information noted
on these materials is no longer viable. The EPA Wetlands Hotline/Helpline is no longer in operation, and its contact number (800)-832-7828 has been reassigned to a commercial
business.  Please do not call that number to reach EPA or our wetlands program.  

That said, the images and messages remain relevant, addressing the importance of wetlands and wetland protection, and as such these materials may be useful to you in your wetland
education and outreach efforts. If your organization would like to have any of the materials depicted, please send a request by October 15th to Drake.kathleen@epa.gov and
Andreescu.stephanie@epa.gov
with a contact name and mailing address to whom we can mail the materials.

·         Please identify ‘Wetlands Outreach Material Request’ in the email subject line, and note within the email which item(s) and the number of each you would like.

The numbers in parentheses beneath each depiction clarify how items should be requested. You can request some items in singles or more (e.g., 1 or 6); in bulk of 10 or more (e.g., 10 or 20),
or in bulk of 25 or more (e.g., 25 or 50).  This is because some posters and booklets are pre-packaged.

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Kathleen Drake | Wetlands Protection Section | Clean Water Division
US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 | 290 Broadway | New York, NY 10007-1866 
212.637.3817

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