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CONTENTS:
NWF: Schoolyard Habitats and Saving Songbirds
Join Us at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon!
TNC: Announcing the winners of our 2019 Photo Contest
eNews: Get to Know the Hawks of Your Backyard With Our New Poster
CWFNJ: Explorations September E-News 2019
NJ Tree Foundation: Our Fall 2019 Newsletter is here!
RH: Birds, Bikes, Kayaks and Clydesdales
September Littoral News
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
What's going on at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium?
C&NN News
Check out this week's #AfterschoolNJ news brought to you by #NJSACC - 9/6/19
Nature Conservancy News
News from NWF
August Green Strides Newsletter
NWF: Birds Love Berries
CWFNJ: Itchy bites got you down? Bats help control mosquitoes!
Meet the EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019
eNews: What Can a Woodpecker Tell Us About Forest Fires?
Vote for GSNN to Present at SXSW EDU 2020!
NWF: An Opossum Quiz and Extra Buzzworthy Content
C&NN News & Links
Prepare for a Campout Under the Stars
Green Knight Newsletter August 2019
Natural Ways to Attract “Good Bugs” and Repel “Bad Bugs”
CWFNJ: Explorations August E-News 2019
RH: Coming Attractions
GrowNYC Education Newsletter: August 2019
August Littoral News
Great Places: August Nature News
SJ: August Sustainability Hero Announced
Deeper Learning through Exploring Place, Projects, and Problems
Science Update: Little Birds VS Big Birds
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
How to talk climate change with kids
July 2019 Green Strides Newsletter
EPA: Little July CitSci Update
SJ4S: Making Sustainability Part of Your Annual Goals
CWFNJ: July E-News 2019
NWF: Be Inspired to Create a Wildlife Habitat Garden
C&NN News
eNews: Female Birds Finally Get Recognition; Summer Food for Feeder Birds; Birding Tips for the Big Apple; and More
SJ: July Sustainability Hero Announced
Great Places: July Nature News
C&NN News
Get Your Summer on with RHA!
Take a quick survey & help improve NJ State Parks!
July Littoral News
ANJEE: Farewell from Pat
Nature Getaways You'll Love
Expanding the Definition of Literacy to Educate for Sustainability
NWF: Schoolyard Habitats and Saving Songbirds             (Posted: 9-18-19)

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Join Us at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon!             (Posted: 9-18-19)

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TNC: Announcing the winners of our 2019 Photo Contest             (Posted: 9-18-19)

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eNews: Get to Know the Hawks of Your Backyard With Our New Poster             (Posted: 9-12-19)

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CWFNJ: Explorations September E-News 2019             (Posted: 9-12-19)

September 2019
Bayshore Adventure Program Inspires Love of Wildlife,
Sparks Interest in Conservation Careers
Getting kids excited about a career in science is no walk in the park, but thanks to the Bayshore Adventure Program, it is a week at the marina.

Conserve Wildlife Foundation, the State Parks Department and the Leonardo State Marina welcomed 40 Monmouth County 8-11 year olds to the Bayshore Adventure Program last month. The program gives kids the chance to peek into the lives of a variety of science-based professionals through exciting, hands-on activities that foster exploration and discovery of the natural world. 

Special thanks to OceanFirst Foundation for providing scholarships for many of the kids!

Photos From the Field: Ospreys Nest on Abandoned Crab Pot
An end of season survey turned up a surprise for Habitat Manager, Ben Wurst - a previously unknown nest built atop an abandoned crab pot!

Taking a closer look, Ben found a five week old nestling was on the ground. Knowing that the young bird wouldn't survive if it wasn't placed back in the nest (adults don’t feed young if they fall to the ground), he returned the youngster to the nest alongside its sibling, giving the bird the best chance at survival.

Both young birds were banded and we hope to hear of future sightings of both siblings.




EarthShare NJ's Earth Care Day
at Cheesequake State Park

Sunday, October 13, 11 AM to 3 PM

Join CWF at this free family friendly day featuring environmental experiences that raise awareness of the air, water, land and wildlife around us. We'll be busting myths about bats in our presentation Bats: Creatures of the Night at Earth Care Day 2019!

In case you missed it!
?CWF news, social media and blog posts from around the world wild web.
What Trump administration's changes to Endangered Species Act could mean for New Jersey
 “As the most densely populated state, we face challenges as great as any state in the country,” said David Wheeler, executive director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

Osprey Soars in New Mural at Ship Bottom Hotel
Many thanks to Evan Lovett, Co-Founder and Creative Director of V.U.R.T (Visual Urban Renewal & Transformation)! Evan created this amazing osprey mural to help spread the word about CWF's work on The Osprey Project.

"They (CWF) are your neighbors. They are constantly fundraising, and they need public support in order to do what they do, to build platforms and maintain nesting pairs, and make sure this remains a home for ospreys."

Plovers and People: An Essential Union
Over the past five years, CWF has worked with the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge to help monitor and manage their breeding piping plovers and other beach nesting birds.

Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig recently penned this blog about the plight of these endangered shorebirds, and we think she perfectly captured why we need to protect them.

NJ Tree Foundation: Our Fall 2019 Newsletter is here!             (Posted: 9-9-19)

Fall 2019 Newsletter
The Luis Munoz Marin School made t-shirts to celebrate the planting; volunteers are seen here wearing them and standing proudly by their tree.
The NJ Tree Foundation is gearing up for another busy season this fall. All tree plantings are listed below, and are open to the public unless listed as a closed event. Events run on Satudays from 9am-12pm, unless otherwise indicated. Water, tools, and training will be provided at all events. Families welcome!
Renaissance Trees Program
Volunteers from Impact100 Essex celebrated Mother's Day by planting trees.
The Renaissance Trees Program is ready to plant this fall! The full schedule is listed below. All events are family-friendly. Scouts, school groups, and other organizations welcome. To volunteer for an event, contact Crystal Wessel at cwessel@njtreefoundation.org or call 609-439-1755.

Fall 2019 Renaissance Trees Program Schedule:

10/1 - Oscan E. McClinton Park, Atlantic City - 34 trees (closed event)
10/3 - Build Jake's Place, 12 Hartford Rd, Delran - 20 trees (9:30-12:30)
10/8 - Liberty State Park, Jersey City - 37 trees (closed event)
10/18 - West Side Park, Newark - 34 trees (closed event)
10/26 - Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 208 Broadway, Newark - 12 trees
11/9 - First Baptist Church, 400 Monmouth St, Gloucester City - 10 trees
11/23 - Forest Hill, 838 Degraw St, Newark - 11 trees

For more information about these plantings, please visit our website.
Urban Airshed Reforestation Program
Volunteers big and small pitch in to plant a tree along the 600 block of York Street this spring.
The Fall 2019 season is here! All events are from 10am-1pm unless otherwise noted. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. For more information or to RSVP for an event, please contact Meredith at mbrown@njtreefoundation.org or call 856-287-4488.

Fall 2019 Urban Airshed Reforestation Program Schedule:

9/28 -Cramer Hill Nature Preserve 3323 Farragut Ave Camden-10am-1pm-10 trees
10/5 -Gateway Park part 1 2896 Admiral Wilson Blvd Pennsauken Twp- 10am-1pm-50 trees
10/16 OR 10/17 -Shane Chapman Memorial Park 75 Park Ave Gloucester City-9am-12pm-11 trees
10/19 -Gateway Park part 2 2896 Admiral Wilson Bvd Pennsauken Twp-10am-1pm-50 trees
10/26 -Mt. Sinai Church, 621 Kaighn Ave Camden-9am-12pm-12 trees
11/9 -First Baptist Church, 400 Monmouth St Gloucester City-9am-12pm-10 trees

For more information about our South Jersey plantings, please visit our website.
Green Streets Program Update
The Green Streets crew stands beside their recently planted tree.
Hire our Green Streets crew to plant trees, construct rain gardens, or prune, mulch, and water your existing trees! We are currently accepting bids for the fall season. Please submit bid packages to Lisa Simms at lsimms@njtreefoundation.org.

Learn more about our Green Streets Program on our website.
Gifts in Lieu of Flowers
Flowers on a Kousa Dogwood tree.
Tribute and memorial gifts offer a meaningful way of honoring a loved one, family member, or colleague. Celebrate a special occasion, honor a memory, or pay tribute to someone special by making a tax-deductible gift to the NJ Tree Foundation that will make an immediate impact on New Jersey’s environment. Donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement, along with the option of having a card sent to the honoree or relevant family members.
Submit your Shovel-Ready Projects!
Dogwoods planted in Rahway to create a memorial park.
The NJ Tree Foundation is looking for shovel-ready project ideas. These are projects where tree locations and numbers have already been determined but the only thing missing is funding. The NJ Tree Foundation will work with applicants to find and apply for grants for the project and, if awarded, will partner with them to organize and conduct the planting with volunteers. Projects can be located anywhere in New Jersey and should have a minimum of 20 trees.

Please check out out Shovel-Ready Project Page for more information and to fill out an application. We look forward to hearing your ideas!
Thank you to our fall funders!
If you would like to help support our work, please make a donation here.
NJ Tree Foundation | www.njtrees.org

RH: Birds, Bikes, Kayaks and Clydesdales             (Posted: 9-9-19)

September 2019
We're Having a Party!
   
In case you haven't heard, 2019 marks RHA's 60th year protecting the watershed. Guests at our Sept. 21 anniversary celebration will enjoy cocktails, food by BEX Eatery and Metropolitan Seafood, music by Maribyrd and a live auction. Get your tickets here.  

For more information, contact Blake Putnam at 908-234-1852, ext. 320 or bputnam@raritanheadwaters.org.
Help Us Reach Our Goal
Tap into Our Community Well Testing Program
 
Do you know what's in your water? RHA partners each spring and fall with municipalities throughout the watershed to offer residents an opportunity to test their well water. Here's the schedule of where and when you can pick up a test kit this fall.

Residents on public water are also encouraged to test for lead. Learn more about our well testing program.
Join Us on the River
   
The last of our river paddles for 2019 will take place this month. The 4th South Branch River Sojourn, hosted by RHA and Appalachian Mountain Club is set for Sept. 7. Registration is required.
 
Our final open paddle of the season will be held on Sept. 15 on the South Branch Raritan River in Clinton. Register in advance or drop by for a first-come, first-served opportunity to paddle these gentle waters in one of RHA's kayaks. Donations are appreciated.
Did You Hear? Country Fair Is Back in Town!
   
Load up the car with your favorite people and head on over to Fairview Farm for some fall fun at our 40th annual Old Fashioned Country Fair, October 13, rain or shine


Thank You for Your Kind and Generous Support
 
RHA works hard to protect water in our rivers, our streams and our homes. But we don't do it alone. Heartfelt thanks go out to our strong member base. Without you, we could not be the effective watershed watchdog we've been these past 60 years! 
 
The continued support of our members is critical to RHA's vision that everyone within our reach has access to clean, safe water...now and for the future. So please, renew or join today!
On the Watchdog Front

RHA's Director of Policy Bill Kibler has been nominated by NJ Governor Phil Murphy to the Highlands Council, a 15-member appointed body tasked with implementation of the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act of 2004. Read more.

Please join us in congratulating Bill on this well-deserved appointment. His commitment to advocating for sound environmental conservation policy decisions and legislation in NJ will undoubtedly enhance the important work of the Council.
Did You Know?

Naturalist Alan Rennie, who leads our Monday morning birding walks, has compiled an impressive list of 160 bird species sighted on Fairview Farm between May 25, 2016, and May 25, 2019, along with E-bird records dating back to 1991. Read more.

View the "Birds of Fairview Farm Checklist" here or stop by the Farm and pick up a pocket guide.
Events and Happenings

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Raritan Headwaters.
  
Just start with smile.amazon.com and choose Raritan Headwaters Association as your charity. Think how much you'll be helping our mission simply by shopping at smile.amazon.com!
Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

September Littoral News             (Posted: 9-9-19)

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Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 9-9-19)

August 2019
WATER PAGES eNEWSLETTER
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Stormwater Management
On Tuesday, August 20th, Dr. Obropta participated in a forum on HABs that was hosted by the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation in Sparta, NJ and jointly sponsored by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC).  Dr. Steven Souza started the evening speaking about Harmful Algal Blooms: Why do they occur, and how do we control them?  Since phosphorus from stormwater runoff was identified as a significant cause of HABs, Dr. Obropta provided an overview on various stormwater management practices that could be used to reduce phosphorus loading from stormwater runoff to lakes.  James Cosgrove rounded out the presentations with a discussion about funding opportunities for addressing the HAB problem such as stormwater utilities.  After the presentations, there was a 90-minute question and answer session with lots of great questions from the audience.  It was a productive evening, and a great deal of information was shared by both the speakers and audience.

Here is a link to the New Jersey Highlands Coalition website where you can see the three PowerPoint presentations that were given: 

If you were not one of the 300 people who attended this forum, it was recorded and is available at https://youtu.be/0dQ3iaQqon4, or you can wait to see it live.  Plans are currently underway to hold the same forum at Greenwood Lake and at Mountain Lakes in the near future!

RCE Water Resources Program partners with the New Jersey Highlands Council to complete regional stormwater management planning for 27 municipalities
The New Jersey Highlands Council just awarded the RCE Water Resources Program a grant to complete green infrastructure plans for 27 municipalities in the Highlands portion of Watershed Management Area 8 — North and South Branch Raritan.  Over the next 12 months, impervious cover assessments (ICAs), impervious cover reduction action plans (RAPs), and green infrastructure (GI) feasibility studies will be completed for all 27 municipalities.  These plans characterize the impervious cover of each municipality on a subwatershed basis and identify opportunities for installing green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff.  Since the information in each of these municipal green infrastructure plans is prepared on a subwatershed basis, information for subwatersheds can be combined from the municipal plans to summarize recommendations for subwatersheds (e.g., HUC 14 basis).  This will provide the foundation for regional planning to address many stormwater issues.  Many of these municipalities are in the Sustainable Jersey program and can earn points to their accreditation for both green infrastructure planning and implementation.  The RCE Water Resources Program will work closely with the New Jersey Highlands Council to engage municipalities throughout this rapid planning process and to help them implement recommendations from the plans.
Municipal Action Teams' Green Infrastructure Initiative Updates
AUGUST 2019
Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training): The next monthly meeting is postponed until Wednesday, September 11th at 10:30AM.

Gloucester City Green Team met on August 14th. The group is going to have a school contest to develop a logo for the group which will be awarded at the September 28th Cultural Arts Festival. Construction of the rain garden at the Gloucester City Water Department is scheduled for the end of August. The water department and NJ Tree Foundation will excavate and shape the garden, and students and local volunteers will be involved to help with planting the garden. Locations for tree plantings throughout the city were discussed for Shane Chapman Park, Brown Street, and other areas. The group also continued discussing the Sustainable Jersey certification application. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for September 14th at 1PM at the Gloucester City Municipal Building.

Harrison TIDE (Transforming, Infrastructure and Defending our Environment): The next monthly meeting is postponed until September 12th at 2PM at Harrison Town Hall.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) members met on Thursday August 8th at the JCMUA office and received a presentation from Arcadis on the draft report of the Evaluation of Alternatives plan that was recently submitted to the NJDEP. The group is planning public meetings for the fall to receive comments from the public on the details of the CSO Long Term Control Plan. The Division of City Planning is also rolling out their Flood Overlay Zones and will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, August 28th at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on 99 Broadway at 6:30 PM. The next START meeting will be September 12th at the JCMUA at 10 AM.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) held a conference call in lieu of the regularly scheduled August meeting on August 27th. Comments and questions were discussed and recorded for submission to NJDEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) regarding the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Report for the CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Long Term Control Plan. The Newark Green Infrastructure Reformers and City of Newark Office of Sustainability shared that 40 catch basins were adopted, 10 catch basins were painted, and over 20 local businesses participated in the Adopt a Catch Basin Program. The Urban League of Essex County will begin installing green infrastructure in the fall of 2019 as a part of the Fairmount Model Block Project. New Jersey Tree Foundation will be hosting two public tree plantings in Newark in the coming months. For additional information and upcoming public meetings about the LTCP and CSO issues, visit the webpage of Newark DIG. Newark DIG meetings are held at 11:00 AM on the fourth Tuesday of every month in Newark City Hall.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) members and community members met on August 22nd in the Great Falls Youth Center at 5:30 PM and reviewed the alternatives outlined in the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives for the CSO Long Term Control Plan. SMART members also received comments and concerns from the members of the community in attendance. Community members expressed interest in the green infrastructure projects at schools throughout the city and suggested that the educational aspects of these programs can be expanded to include more parents. A rain garden was constructed at Paterson Public School 7 on August 26th and will be planted by students in the fall, where SMART members will engage the students and parents to further CSO and stormwater education efforts. The next meeting time and location are TBD but will be an evening meeting held in Ward 3. 

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) members met on Wednesday August 21st in the Perth Amboy Fire Department building and continued to discuss methods for engaging the community to promote green infrastructure projects throughout the city. The group also discussed finalizing comments for the recently submitted Development and Evaluation of Alternatives for the CSO Long Term Control Plan. Efforts to install downspout planter boxes at City Hall have been halted due to the structure's historical significance, and the group is determining alternate locations for cisterns/downspout planter boxes in the city. The next SWIM meeting will be on September 19th at 6PM, location TBD. 

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners (TGIP) members met in conjunction with the Trenton Green Team on Tuesday, August 20th and discussed ongoing green infrastructure projects in the city. A rain garden has been installed at the Joyce Kilmer Middle School, and TGIP members will be working with the students in the fall to plant the garden. Members of the group are working with the City to form a complete streets ordinance, which would prioritize green street development. The group is also working with the Tri-State Transportation Campaign on their upcoming Ciclovia event on September 21st from 10 AM-4PM. The next TGIP meeting will be held at 3PM on either September 16th or 26th at the Isles Tucker Street offices, date TBD.

What's going on at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium?             (Posted: 9-9-19)

COASTodian | Summer 2019
At New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the busy summer season officially comes to an end sometime in mid-August, when the sounds of lively banter and hasty footsteps slowly fade away from the bustling hallways.

But that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down anytime soon! “Fall back” into the swing of things with NJSGC in this latest edition of the COASTodian newsletter. 
Congratulations to Michael Acquafredda (Rutgers University), Victoria Luu (Princeton University), and Brittany Schieler (Rutgers University) for being accepted into the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program for 2020.

Of the 69 inductees representing 27 of the 34 Sea Grant programs nationwide, we are proud to report that these three individuals were accepted as representatives of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

Read more here.
Did you miss this year's "Favorite Beaches" ceremony held at Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ? View NJSGC's full list of winners here!

NJSGC also held a Jersey Shore photo contest, with winning entries to be featured in the 2020 downloadable desktop calendar. Check it out!

C&NN News             (Posted: 9-9-19+)

August 2019 Children & Nature Network Research Digest
This Week's International News Roundup
The Latest from New Nature Movement Guest Writers
This Week's International News Roundup
Reserve your spot for our next webinar: Cities Engaging Youth as Nature Advocates
This Week's International News Roundup

Check out this week's #AfterschoolNJ news brought to you by #NJSACC - 9/6/19             (Posted: 9-9-19)

Join us on Tues Oct 29th for Safety for All: A Blueprint for Schools and Outside Agencies Working Together
Click here to download the full announcement (PDF)
Click here to learn more and register
 
School emergency preparedness and training should be all-inclusive of any staff members who work on a school site with youth during school and out-of-school hours, including after-school, before school, weekends and summer. Staff working with students, pre-K to Grade 12, whether employed by the school/district or another public or non-public entity, should be provided training that gives them the necessary tools and resources to keep all children safe in times of trauma, crises and/or natural disasters. This training session will provide guidance in partnering and collaborating with the host school to align with existing school emergency preparedness plans.

Click here to download the full announcement (PDF)
Click here to learn more and register
New Jersey's Annual Conference on Afterschool is set for November 2019!

The 2019 conference, Level Up Afterschool!, celebrates long-term success in the ever-changing landscape of Afterschool, S.T.E.A.M. and Expanded Learning.

The conference, taking place on Friday and Saturday, November 22nd and 23rd, features over 50 workshops aimed at improving the quality of afterschool programs.

Registration for the conference will be online only.  The brochure will be launched after Labor Day 2019.

Workshops fill up quickly so register early!

Conference Fees:
2 days - $283
1 Day - $173

Conference Location and Accommodations:
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal 
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ  08540

Accommodations:
Room Rates:  $129 per night
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290 or 609-452-7800

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 8, 2019

When you call, make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

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While we at NJSACC love children and they are a driving force behind the work we do, children may not attend the conference. The conference is a professional development opportunity for adults, and as such, we respectfully request that you take this time to focus on you. If you do bring children, we must insist that you make other arrangements during conference hours.

This conference is funded in part by the:
  • NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
  • Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B of No Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education

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This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

IEEE Photonics Society

The IEEE Photonics Society is the professional home for a global network of scientists and engineers who represent the laser, optoelectronics and photonics community, within the parent IEEE. The Society provides its members with professional growth opportunities, publishes journals, sponsors conferences and supports local chapter and student activities around the world. This includes K-12 STEM, teacher instructions and pre-university outreach. 

IEEE
Website: IEEE.org

Founded in 1884, the IEEE is the largest technical, professional association in the world, dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its 430,000 members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and educational activities. 

This includes TryEngineering, powered by the IEEE, that aims to encourage educators to foster the next generation of technology innovators. The IEEE provides educators and students with resources, lesson plans, and activities that engage and inspire.
It Pays to Serve Afterschool Meals!
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The USDA just released the 2019-2020 CACFP reimbursement rates For At-Risk Afterschool Snack/Supper, the new meal rates rose 3%, rising from $3.31/meal to $3.41/meal, while snack rates increased by 3.3%, from $.91 to .$94.  All the more reason to apply for CACFP reimbursement funding and put meals on the table for kids.

For more information about the CACFP Afterschool Meals Program, please visit the NJ Food for Thought Coalition website.

Click here to learn more
Is Your Afterschool Program Ready in Case of Emergency?
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Writing your emergency plan can seem daunting.  Child Care Aware of America has developed free resources to help you write your emergency plan.  These resource guides cover all kinds of emergencies ranging from winter weather to flooding. Please visit the Child Care Aware website to learn more.

Click here to learn more
Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grant allows for #AfterschoolNJ to receive support for educational bee hives!
Click here to learn more and apply!
 
Bee Grant
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BEE CAUSE PROJECT
The Bee Grant program allows for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational bee hives, so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system.

TYPE
Monetary Grant or Equipment Grant

ELIGIBILITY
K-12 Schools or Non-Profit Organizations in the U.S./Canada

GRANT VALUE
$2,000

About the Program
The Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational bee hive.

Four Grant Options
  1. Monetary Grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program
  2. Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom-made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project.
  3. Traditional Langstroth Hive: equipment grant an outdoor hive with Starter Kit
  4. Top Bar Hive: equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit
WHAT'S INCLUDED
All equipment grants include a small monetary grant of $300 to cover the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project.

For more information on each grant option, please read the Program Overview and Support Guide on The Bee Cause Project's Resources page.

Questions?
Attend our webinars for more information about the application process and the best practices on getting your bees approved.
  • Our 2018 Webinars can be found here and here.
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 3PM CST. Click here to register.
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 11AM CST. Click here to register.
Click here to learn more and apply!
Negro Leagues Coming to Yogi Berra Museum - book your Fall trip today!
Click here to download the Education One Pager (PDF)
Click here to download the Negro Leagues One Pager (PDF)
 
As of September 18, 2019 we'll be introducing a brand new education program on RACE, THE GREAT MIGRATION and the NEGRO LEAGUES -- in conjunction with our brand new NEGRO LEAGUE installation -- directly on loan from the Negro League Museum in Kansas City! (Through School year 19-20 only).

We are particularly thrilled to think that students of color can see themselves represented on the walls of our Museum in such a way that puts them at the center of the story.

Field trip dates will fill up fast, so please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like some date options to bring your school. See attached for more info.

As always, our tried-and-true programs in STEM, POETRY/SPOKEN WORD and CHARACTER BUILDING continue to entertain and educate kids in new ways and are also available for trips in school year 19-20!

For more information and/or to book a trip contact:
Jenny Pollack, Education Director
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
pollackj@montclair.edu
cell: 718.974.3984
Museum: 973.655.2378; yogimuseum@montclair.edu
www.yogiberramuseum.org
Free KIND Snacks are Back: Lights On Afterschool!
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We're thrilled to announce that KIND is celebrating Lights On Afterschool
 
For a limited time, KIND is donating 150 free KIND Simple Crunch and KIND Kids snacks to programs for Lights On Afterschool celebrations. These went fast last year, and supplies are limited, so register now for Lights On Afterschool . You must complete the full registration form; offer available until supplies run out.
 
Daunted by the idea of holding an event? Check out our comprehensive Event Kit and searchable events database to find ideas that fit your interest, timeline, and expertise.
 
KIND's donation is part of the company's commitment to "make the world a little kinder." That mission also drove the creation of Empatico, a free research- and standards-based platform designed to help educators spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy. Empatico connects young people ages 6-11 with peers around the world. It's been named a Fast Company World Changing Idea and is being used by educators in 134+ countries and all 50 states. Get the details and sign up here to earn a $50 Amazon gift card for trying out Empatico.
 
Read KIND founder Daniel Lubetzky's blog  to learn why the company wants to recognize your work and Lights On Afterschool.
KIT needs your help!
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KIT is researching inclusion in STEM/STEAM programs and we want to hear from you! If you are running any kind of STEM/STEAM programs or activities your experience will help us make sure kids of all abilities can access these programs. We'd really appreciate your participation.

Click the button below to start or continue the survey. It will take less than ten minutes to complete and your feedback is invaluable! Thank you for your time.

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Administration Slashes Funding for Afterschool Programs
Click here and let your voice be heard!

Tell Congress: Don't eliminate afterschool!

President Trump's budget plan zeroes out federal afterschool funding for 2 million young people. Please take two minutes to tell your representatives in Congress to stand up for America's children, families, and afterschool options. The threat is real, but it's up to Congress to determine whether local afterschool and summer learning programs remain open or close their doors.

If the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative is eliminated, many programs will not survive. With your help, Congress has twice rejected the proposed elimination. Take action now.

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Good news for child care, but more advocacy needed today!
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We did it! We passed the first hurdle!

Our voices were heard loud and clear! Yesterday, the New Jersey Legislature introduced its version of the state's proposed FY 2020 budget, which included an additional $9 million for the child care subsidy rate to help pay for the first increase in the minimum wage on July 1st. State leaders have already heard from nearly 1200 New Jerseyans who spoke up about the need for more child care funding. But our advocacy work is not done yet!

Now to the next hurdle.

Let's make sure the final budget includes this funding! During the next two weeks, Governor Murphy and the Legislature will be working to develop a final budget that both sides agree on.

Even if you have already called or emailed, we need you to take two more advocacy steps NOW:

Call/Write to thank legislative leadership: We need EVERYONE to call or email legislative leadership. Below is the contact information and a sample of what you can say when you call or write:

Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Phone: 856-251-9801 or 856-339-0808
Email: Sensweeney@njleg.org

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin
Phone: 732-855-7441
Email: Asmcoughlin@njleg.org

SCRIPT:

My name is _________________________ and I live in (Name of Town). I am reaching out to thank Senator Sweeney/Speaker Coughlin for adding $9 million to increase the child care subsidy rate and help child care programs pay for the first increase in the minimum wage. This funding is critical for these programs, so that they may remain open to care for more than 50,000 children whose families are eligible for the child care subsidy. Please make sure that this important funding remains in the final FY 2020 budget. Thank you.

Urge Governor Murphy to support the additional funding for child care. We also need you to reach out to Governor Murphy urging him to support the additional funding. You can click here to send Governor Murphy a message now or call his office at 609-292-6000. Below is a sample of what you can say when you call.

SCRIPT:

My name is _________________________ and I live in (Name of Town). I am reaching out to urge you to support the additional $9 million that was included in the proposed legislative budget for child care subsidies to help child care programs pay for the increase in the minimum wage set to go into effect on July 1st. This funding is critical for these programs, so that they may remain open to care for more than 50,000 children whose families are eligible for the child care subsidy. Please make sure that this important funding remains in the final FY 2020 budget. Thank you.

As we have said before, VOLUME MATTERS and every call/email is important! Please do not wait and do it today! If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Rice at crice@acnj.org or at 973-643-3876. THANK YOU!
NJSACC's On The Road to Quality Webinar makes FREE eLearning a snap!
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The New Jersey Quality Standards for Afterschool and the companion Self-Assessment Tool/Rating Form were specifically designed for New Jersey's afterschool and out-of-school time practitioners in an effort to continuously improve and maintain a quality program. The Self-Assessment Tool/Rating Form assesses program performance in each of the seven (7) categories of the Quality Standards. This training module, titled "On the Road to Quality," describes the layout and uses of the Self-Assessment Tool, the benefits of using a team approach, action planning for program improvement as well as additional resources and tools to aid you in your program assessment.

This fun and informative webinar includes text, videos, images, narration and a quiz to help you get on the road to quality!
  • This training can be taken at any time, 24/7.
  • A review quiz is given at the end of this training.
  • A certificate is issued at the completion of each training course.
  • Trainings are acceptable by the New Jersey Office of Licensing and the NJ Workforce Registry (formerly known as PINJ.)
  • Cost for this training is FREE.
IMPORTANT DETAILS TO KNOW PRIOR TO TAKING THIS TRAINING
Please follow these steps to sign up for the NJ Workforce Registry:
  1. Go to www.njccis.com and click Log In in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  2. On the next screen, click Register in the gray bar that asks if you are a new user.
  3. On the next screen fill in all the required information. It will ask you what you are requesting approval for. Please select the option that best describes your position. For afterschool providers either Director, ECE Assistant Teacher or ECE Teacher will be the best match. Then click Register in the lower right hand corner.
  4. You should receive an email to activate your account.
If you have a technical question about the NJ Workforce Registry, please call PCG at 1-877-522-1050 or email them at: atnjworkforceregistry@pcgus.com .
For any other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg, Director of Program Services, at: jessicaheiberg@njsacc.org and 908-789-0259
Girls Who Code Seek New Free Afterschool Clubs in New Jersey
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Girls Who Code, a leading non-profit with the mission to close the gender gap in technology, offers free after-school Clubs for grades 3-12. There is no cost, no computer science experience is required, and we offer funding of $300 per Club that can be used for snacks and other items. To start a Club or for more information, visit: www.girlswhocode.com/Clubs or contact our NJ coordinator, Eve Balick at: eve.balick@girlswhocode.com. Our application for the 2019-20 school year is open now.

With 6,500 Clubs nationally and over 350 in NJ, Girls Who Code Clubs can be 3-5 grade Clubs or 6-12 grade Clubs. Our 3-5 grade Clubs are based on our books, which we provide for free, with optional online activities. To run our 6-12 grade Clubs, you need a host site (like a school, library, university, etc.), computers, internet and a facilitator (someone over 18 years old, no computer science experience necessary.) Students learn computer science skills with our online curriculum, gain exposure to women in technology careers, and work together on a project to impact their communities. We also offer an alumni job network for students after 11th grade called #HireMe.

Check out the following YouTube link:
NJSACC's Intro to NJ Quality Standards Webinar makes FREE eLearning a snap!
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New Jersey's Quality Standards for Afterschool (NJQSA) is an excellent resource available to afterschool and out-of-school time programs and staff for use in quality program improvement and self-evaluation. The NJQSA and the accompanying tools use state-licensing childcare regulations to establish and implement high-quality program implementation.

This fun and informative webinar includes text, videos, images and narration to walk you through an introduction to New Jersey's Quality Standard's history, benefits and layout.
  • This training can be taken at any time, 24/7.
  • A review quiz is given at the end of this training.
  • A certificate is issued at the completion of each training course.
  • For those of you who need CEUs, CEUs are issued with each training.
  • Trainings are acceptable by the New Jersey Office of Licensing and the NJ Workforce Registry (formerly known as PINJ.)
  • Cost for this training is FREE.

IMPORTANT DETAILS TO KNOW PRIOR TO TAKING THIS TRAINING
Please follow these steps to sign up for the NJ Workforce Registry:
  1. Go to www.njccis.com and click Log In in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  2. On the next screen, click Register in the gray bar that asks if you are a new user.
  3. On the next screen fill in all the required information. It will ask you what you are requesting approval for. Please select the option that best describes your position. For afterschool providers either Director, ECE Assistant Teacher or ECE Teacher will be the best match. Then click Register in the lower right hand corner.
  4. You should receive an email to activate your account.
If you have a technical question about the NJ Workforce Registry, please call PCG at 1-877-522-1050 or email them at: atnjworkforceregistry@pcgus.com.
For any other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg, Director of Program Services, at: jessicaheiberg@njsacc.org and 908-789-0259
Legal Alert: NJ Clarifies Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Increases Penalties for Failure to Report
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New Jersey Nonprofits: New Jersey Clarifies Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Increases Penalties for Failure to Report
 
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed into law amendments to the landmark 1971 law that imposes a mandatory obligation on any person who has reasonable cause to believe that an act of child abuse has been committed to immediately report the abuse to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP, formerly DYFS). The amendments clarify that the child abuse reporting requirement includes instances of child sexual abuse.

The reporting requirement applies to any individual in New Jersey, including employees and volunteers of nonprofits. The DCPP maintains a central hotline, 1-877 NJ ABUSE, for reporting child abuse.

In addition to reporting child abuse to the DCPP, Pro Bono Partnership recommends that individuals report the abuse to the local police.

Any person who knowingly fails to make a mandatory report of child abuse to DCPP is guilty of a disorderly person offense, which carries a potential penalty of up to six months of imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. However, as a result of the amendments, any person who knowingly fails to make a mandatory report of child sexual abuse is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, which carries a potential penalty of up to 18 months of imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

For more information on how and when to report child abuse, see the website of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) at: https://www.nj.gov/dcf/reporting/how. Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey (PCANJ) also has helpful information on reporting requirements on its website at: https://www.preventchildabusenj.org. In 2013, the NJDCF endorsed the following two PCANJ publications:
Pro Bono Partnership can assist eligible nonprofits with drafting abuse reporting guidelines for their employees and volunteers. For such assistance, please contact Alexandra E. Kilduff, Esq., at: 973-240-6955 ext. 305.

This document is provided as a general informational service to volunteers, clients, and friends of Pro Bono Partnership.  It should not be construed as, and does not constitute, legal advice on any specific matter, nor does distribution of this document create an attorney-client relationship.
SPAN Seeks Childcare Centers who have a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child in their Program
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NJ Deaf Mentor Program

SPAN's Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Mentoring & Family
Engagement Project's New Jersey Deaf Mentor Program is looking for childcare centers who have a Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH) child in their program.

In collaboration with the childcare center and the family, SPAN will place an ASL
Deaf Language Associate with the center. The ASL Deaf Language Associate will support children with hearing loss and their families in the childcare setting.

What is an ASL Deaf Language Associate?
  • A Deaf adult with experience working with young children/babies/toddlers.
  • Has strong communication skills and is able to interact and develop rapport with children, adults in the daycare setting and the parents of the child.
  • Has advanced ASL Proficiency skills to provide a fluent language model for the child.
  • Provides supplementary services to support the child's educational plan.
  • Has knowledge of and participates in Deaf Community events.
  • Able to follow curriculum guidelines, maintain records, and submit regular reports.

ASL Deaf Language Associates will be required to attend initial and ongoing training sessions at the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

Please contact Pamela Aasen via email at: paasen@spanadvocacy.org
NJ Workforce Registry: Let your voice be heard in this survey!
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The opportunity to complete this survey regarding your experience utilizing the registry for professional development and scholarship opportunities is coming to you since you are more than likely a registered member within the NJ Workforce Registry. You are invited to complete the survey using the link below.

The following survey will require a maximum of 8 minutes to complete and all information will remain confidential. Please answer all questions as accurately as possible. Participation is strictly voluntary.

If you require additional information or have questions, please contact Jay Joshi, Executive Director of the NJ Workforce Registry at: jjoshi@pcgus.com

Thank you, in advance, for your participation. Your voice matters!

Click here to begin.
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators!

The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators with strategies and training so they can provide students with powerful access to technology outside of classroom hours.

This toolkit is for those who lead or oversee out-of-school time programming in various settings including schools, community-based organizations, private organizations, churches, libraries and homeless shelters.

Click here to learn more!
Are you looking for new ways to teach kids about math and science?
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Are you looking for new ways to teach kids about math and science? Do you want activities that meet you where you live, whether your "classroom" is an active volcano, the shark tank at the local aquarium, or your own kitchen table? You've come to the right place. howtosmile is a collection of the best educational materials on the web, in addition to learning tools and services - all designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings.

SMILE was launched in 2010, by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world. Our organizations are resource hubs for educational programs that involve people of all ages and backgrounds. The founding partners of howtosmile were the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Exploratorium, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Houston, and the New York Hall of Science.
Important Notice from NJ Dept of Children and Families
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New Jersey law requires individuals in certain employment categories and volunteer capacities to undergo Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) background check with the state Department of Children and Families (DCF). Beginning February 1, 2019, DCF will launch an electronic system to allow programs to request, pay for, and receive results of CARI checks. The Department will begin to phase out paper-based CARI applications after February 1, 2019.

This new system will be accessible through the My New Jersey portal, a secure website maintained by the State of New Jersey. All programs that are statutorily required to conduct CARI background checks of employees and prospective employees must create My New Jersey accounts at:

The website for the CARI application will be https://www.njportal.com/dcf/cari, but will not be accessible until February 1, 2019. When registering your facility, you will need to enter your Center Identification Number and your unique PIN to create your program's account to submit electronic CARI requests.

The new system will allow participants to maintain an individual account, check the status of submitted applications, and store payment information. Through this system, employees will be able to complete the electronic CARI check application onsite, or through an emailed link that expires in two weeks. All completed CARI checks will be returned through the electronic system, as well.

The fee for CARI applications for specific programs will increase to $15, inclusive of a processing fee, with the implementation of this electronic system, but it is expected that it will save time and resources. To help with this transition, the Department will be providing training, through webinars, in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued partnership and for working with the Department to keep families safe, healthy and connected.

Respectfully,

Clinton Page, Esq.
Director of Legal Affairs
Department of Children and Families


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Auburn University Study: What Motivates Out-of-School Educators to Implement STEM?
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While much of the current research focuses on new curricula and strategies to engage students in STEM, there is very little research on what motivates both in-school and out-of-school educators to implement STEM and what increases their confidence in their ability to do so.

Due to the lack of consensus on the definition of inter-related, cross disciplinary STEM education or how to implement truly integrated STEM learning, Afterschool professionals are left feeling confused and lack motivation and confidence to implement STEM in their Afterschool programs. Informing and supporting educators on how to implement integrated STEM correctly and confidently is an essential first step to engaging students in STEM.

Currently, there are no instruments with evidence of validity to gauge motivation and self-efficacy of Afterschool educators specifically focusing on STEM engagement. Until educators become comfortable with guiding their students through the engineering design process, they will be less motivated to plan and implement quality STEM activities.

Therefore, investigating motivation and self-efficacy of Afterschool staff can inform future professional development design and implementation. With such a high emphasis on providing integrated STEM in the out-of-school time, stakeholders, policy makers, and educators should be aware of the foundation of providing maximum learning opportunities in STEM which is teacher motivation and self-efficacy. Therefore, this research has the ability to inform practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers about how to motivate Afterschool program staff to effectively provide integrated STEM learning with confidence. Such evidence will help solidify Afterschool STEM learning, as a non-negotiable component of the equation for student STEM education.
Bear Education Seminars & Resources Offered
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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife offers "Know the Bear Facts" educational seminars for residents to learn practical information about coexisting with black bears. Bears have been sighted in all 21 of New Jersey's counties so it is important for residents throughout the state, including those within urban areas and southern Counties, to know the facts about them.

"Know the Bear Facts" education seminars are free of charge and available to municipalities, schools, homeowner associations, civic and environmental organizations and a variety of other audiences.

Program attendees learn all about the history and biology of the Garden State's largest land mammal, black bear research, and get common-sense tips on how to react if a black bear is encountered. The seminar also provides simple precautions that residents should take to discourage bears from entering a property, and how to react if a black bear is encountered.

The Division also offers educational publications about New Jersey's black bears and for educators, the "Understanding Black Bears" K-8 Classroom Curriculum, all free of charge.

To inquire about scheduling a bear education seminar, or to receive bear publications, please contact Michelle Smith at (609) 259-6961 or Michelle.Smith@dep.nj.gov

For more information about black bears, visit: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm
Let's help young people be the promise of change!
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Following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we were encouraged to see all of the organizations and families who spent their time giving back to their communities. Service is a valuable tool to help young people learn more about themselves, become civic minded, and act with compassion.

That's why we've launched the Power of Youth Challenge in partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Peace First -- to encourage and inspire young people to use their voices, skills, and talents to bring positive change to their communities.

Through the Power of Youth Challenge, young people will create and lead service projects that not only improve their communities, but also teach them valuable leadership skills for the future. With coaching from online mentors, they will learn how to identify a need in their community, create a service project plan to solve the problem, and apply for a grant to put the project into action.

Invite a young person in your life to take the Power of Youth Challenge.

Young people who complete the submission process will have the opportunity to receive a mini-grant of up to $250 to make their project a reality, in addition to being eligible for a $5,000 acceleration grant next year.

Serving your community is a great way to make a difference and be a positive agent of change. Help spread the word and encourage young people you know to take our Power of Youth Challenge.
How to sign up and complete the New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Health and Safety Trainings
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Some of the instructions on how to sign up and complete the New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Health and Safety Trainings

All required training information and links can be found on www.ChildCareNJ.gov/Providers/Training

Please note: Only the health and safety training courses linked to below or the courses offered through your CCR&Rs will be counted towards your required training hours for DFD's Subsidy Assistance Program Health and Safety Requirements.

You can go directly to the online course through this link -
https://bkc.vmhost.psu.edu/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=BKC-OnDemand&-loadframes

This will take you to the sign in screen. If you already have an account, enter your email address and select the option for "Yes, I have a password." Enter your password and click "Continue".

If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. Enter your email address and select the option for "No, I am a new customer." Then click "Continue". There will be several pages of profile questions. You must fill these out completely.

When you have successfully created your profile, you will end up back at the log in page where it will say "Your registration was successful. You may now Sign In with your email address and password."

Enter your email address and select the option for "Yes, I have a password." Enter your password and click "Continue".

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Click here to download the instructions in full (PDF)

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August Green Strides Newsletter             (Posted: 8-26-19)

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In the News

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Join us on the 2019 Green Strides Tour

Year round, ED-GRS and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and fitness; and environmental education.  Each fall, we have the pleasure of visiting school communities.  This year, the Green Strides Tour will return to the state of Washington for the first time since 2013, with the theme Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability.  See the October 28–30 tour schedule and join us! 

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Watch the 2019 Ceremony Live

The 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) were announced on May 22.  See the list of selectees and a report about these schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are achieving sustainability gains encompassing facilities and grounds, health and wellness, and environmental literacy.  Watch them receive their awards live on Youtube, Twitter, or Facebook on September 25, at 2 p.m. EDT.

For 2020 applications, interested colleges and universities may contact state higher education authorities, while preschools, elementary and secondary schools, and districts may contact state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are eligible only if nominated by state authorities.  State education authorities may contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.   >>>>

Green Strides Resources

Have You Seen Green Strides Lately? 

Every week, through the generous efforts of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, new resources are added to Green Strides, including district sustainability policies, reports, and plans that you can use as models for your own school or district.  Visit the Green Strides school sustainability resource hub today!

Get to Know the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Get to know the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools in our annual Highlights Report.  Below, we spotlight just a few of the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.

Forest Lake Area High School, Forest Lake, Minnesota

Forest Lake High School native prairie planting

At Forest Lake Area High School in Minnesota, environmental education, integrated into both required and elective courses, focuses on human interaction with Earth’s four spheres (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere).

One thousand five hundred solar panels on the rooftop of Forest Lake High School save the school district approximately $70,000 per year.  A stormwater reuse project includes retention ponds for water storage before filtration and irrigation onto athletic fields.  Curriculum integrates the technology and water conservation concepts into biology, agriculture, and earth and space science courses.  The cafeteria staff composts approximately 75 gallons per week of leftover and unusable food through the Food to Hogs program.  Student volunteer hours, measured through an online recording system and organized by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, surpassed 3,000 hours in the fall of 2018.  Physical education offers two outdoor education courses: The fall and spring course includes bicycling, canoeing, water safety, and orienteering; and the winter season includes skiing, snow caving, winter survival, and broomball.  Other courses include fish and wildlife management, natural resources science, alternative energies, animal science, environmental science, and meteorology. 

Warwick Valley Middle School, Warwick, New York

Warwick Valley Middle School

On the Warwick Valley Central School District’s grounds is a 8800-panel solar field that generates enough energy for the whole district.

Each eighth-grader at Warwick Valley Middle School is required to participate in 20 full weeks of sustainability education, which provides a foundation for developing environmentally and socially conscious citizens. As these students progress through middle school, they can opt to take such classes as Energy and the Environment and Green Architecture. The school’s newly constructed outdoor classroom is a place that provides the perfect setting for science experiments and observations, but also a setting to promote creative thought, expression, contemplation, and appreciation of the planet. Fifth-grade students spend time at the Greenkill Outdoor Education Center each autumn, where they can take nature hikes, explore water and forest ecology, and participate in team-building activities.  Warwick Valley Middle School educators receive training and guidance from the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation and Sustainable Warwick.

Brookstown Middle School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Brookstown Aquaponics

At Brookstown Middle School, the aquaponics class oversees all water quality testing, data recording, and calculations.

During the 2017-2018 school year, students at Brookstown Middle School harvested 21 different types of lettuce from the aquaponics program, resulting in over 120 pounds of lettuce grown and served to students in the BMS school cafeteria, guests at school functions, school board members, and East Baton Rouge Parish staff and faculty members.  Students research and select the crops, water quality, effects of pollution, plant nutrition, fish nutrition and health, growing mediums, and components of a successful aquaponics system.  The Junior Cadet Corps participates in community cleaning projects and environmental careers in the military are an area of focus. The speech course integrates environmental debates, and the marketing class highlights how companies are addressing sustainability issues when advertising.   

Webinars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Fall

The Green Strides Webinar Series has promoted over 1,000 sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and teach effective environmental education.  Consult the webinar calendar, and submit suggestions for listing additional free, publicly available webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov. (Note: All times listed are EDT.)

August 28, 3–4 p.m.  Student Power to Fund Renewable Energy: A New Take on the Solar Power Purchase Agreement (AASHE)

August 29, 2–3 p.m.  International Coastal Cleanup (National Wildlife Federation)

August 29, 6–7 p.m.  Moon to Mars:  Mission and Resources Overview (NASA)

September 4, 12–1 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

September 4, 2–3 p.m.  Celebrating Diversity is not Enough:  Teaching Social Justice (AASHE)

September 5, 1–2 p.m.  How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR (EPA)

September 5, 1–2 p.m.  Building Our Future:  Engaging and Empowering Youth in Vision Zero (Safe Routes Partnership)

September 10, 1–2 p.m.  A Look at the 2019 Safe Routes to School Program Census (Safe Routes Partnership)

September 11, 1–2:15 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

September 11, 2–3 p.m.  Community Outreach Strategies for Health (America Walks)

September 11, 3–4 p.m.  Implementing Energy Efficiency through Sub-meters (AASHE)

September 12, 1–2 p.m.  Discovering Energy Savings with Treasure Hunts (EPA)

September 12, 4–5 p.m.  Get Schools Cooking 2019 Informational Webinar (The Lunch Box)

September 18, 12–1 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

September 18, 2–3 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

September 18, 3–4 p.m.  Sustainability Master Planning from All Perspectives:  Social, Environmental, and Economic (AASHE)

September 19, 1–2 p.m.  Ten Things to Know about the Afterschool Meal Program (Food Research & Action Center)

Events

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Plan a Green Apple Day of Service at Your School This Fall

A Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments through local service projects.  Check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, and register your project online. 

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Association for Learning Environments LearningSCAPES 2019 Oct. 4–6

LearningSCAPES is the conference for those who plan, design, equip, furnish, and maintain places where students learn. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 4–6 in Anaheim, California. Attend for groundbreaking educational sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future. 

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North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference Oct. 16–19

The 48th North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) annual conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky Oct. 16–19.  The theme for this year’s conference is Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future.  NAAEE convenes one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices.  The annual research symposium, held in advance of the conference, attracts new and established researchers to examine in-progress environmental education research and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners. 

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EDspaces 2019 Oct. 23–25

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, dealers, pre-k–12 schools, colleges and universities, independent manufacturers representatives, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 23–25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

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AASHE 2019 Conference is Oct. 27–30

The 2019 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference is Oct. 27–30 in Spokane, Washinington.  It is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations, and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. With a theme of Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, this year's conference seeks to showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement for a sustainable economy.  >>>>

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Attend the Green Clean Schools ISSA/INTERCLEAN Educational Facilities Track Nov. 18– 19

This two-day program in Las Vegas, Nevada provides facility directors at schools and universities and their teams with the knowledge and tools necessary to support healthier, safer cleaning programs that promote learning. Attendees will participate in immersive, interactive workshops and panel discussions followed by networking opportunities and exclusive access to ISSA’s New Attendee Breakfast and trade show floor orientation session.

Caesar Rodney School Districtcatching aquatic insects

At 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee Caesar Rodney School District, in Wyoming, Delaware, students catch aquatic insects.

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NWF: Birds Love Berries             (Posted: 8-20-19)

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Plant Berries for Birds

Now is the time to start thinking about fall planting in your yard or garden! Many birds such as cardinals, chickadees, bluebirds, robins, cedar waxwings and mockingbirds are year-round residents or migrate south to your area in winter. By planting native berry producing shrubs or trees you will attract these birds and ensure they have food throughout the winter.

In Eastern states, consider:

  • Winterberry—The attractive bright red fruit of winterberry is eaten by small mammals and many bird species.
  • Beautyberry—The long-lasting fruits provide food for birds and other animals well into the winter months when other food-sources are unavailable.

In Western regions, plant these for your winter visitors:

  • Snowberry—This provides attractive shrub provides cover and food for various birds and small mammals.
  • Saltbush—Native to the Southwest and California, this drought tolerant shrub is a great choice.

By providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young you are eligible to have your yard recognized as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. When you certify, you’ll join over 232,000 gardeners across America who provide safe places for pollinators and other wildlife to thrive.

Certify today!

Thank you for all you do for wildlife.

David Mizejewski

Sincerely,

David Mizejewski
NWF Naturalist

P.S. Your $20 application fee will help further protect and restore key habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife nationwide. Plus, your certified garden will count toward meeting the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, which will help support pollinators responsible for one third of our food supply.

Benefits of Certification

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- One year subscription to National Wildlife magazine
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- 10% off the NWF catalog

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Certified Wildlife Habitat® Plaque
Once you are certified, help neighbors (and wildlife!) easily recognize your yard as animal-friendly with this stylish sign.

Made from rust-free recycled cast aluminum, this durable 8"x14" sign is available for wall ($89) or lawn mounting ($99). When you certify, select the lawn or wall plaque bundle at checkout.

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CWFNJ: Itchy bites got you down? Bats help control mosquitoes!             (Posted: 8-20-19)

Summer evenings in New Jersey offer something for everyone – barbecues, ballgames, bonfires, and block parties. They also offer an abundance of mosquitoes – and that means lots of itchy bites. 

Help Conserve Wildlife Foundation strengthen a natural deterrent – bats!
A single little brown bat can consume up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects in an hour and up to 3,000 insects in a night. Nursing mothers can eat up to 4,500 insects nightly – more than their own body weight! 

Bats are also vital to a healthy ecology and economy. In addition to mosquitoes, they dine on the most damaging agricultural pests, decreasing the need for chemical pesticides, saving money for landowners and farmers, and reducing contamination of fragile ecosystems. Scientists estimate that bats are worth up to $53 billion a year in reduced crop damage and pesticide use in the United States! 
White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that attacks during winter hibernation, has killed around 7 million bats in the northeastern United States since 2006. Habitat loss and persecution by people have taken a serious toll on our bats, but WNS’s impact has been unprecedented. With populations plummeting, bats need our help.
CWF's team of devoted biologists and volunteers is working tirelessly this summer to ensure that the remaining bats are given the best chance at survival. We’re:
• Researching the distribution, habitat preferences, and roosting behaviors of the federally endangered Northern long-eared bats using mist-netting and radio telemetry surveys.

• Counting bats emerging from roosting locations, including attics, barns, bat houses or trees and creating range maps.

• Prioritizing efforts to help bats through a statewide acoustic bat monitoring survey along hundreds of road miles across the state.

• Hosting bat house building workshops and training community groups to provide alternative roosts for bats before they are evicted from buildings. Each house can accommodate up to 80 bats!
Best regards,
David Wheeler
Executive Director

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August 2019
Asbury Park Students Experience Nature on "Wildlife Wednesday"
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, the Asbury Park mayor’s office and public schools, and New Jersey Natural Gas hosted Wildlife Wednesdays Field Experience at North Beach at the end of July.

Part of a five-week series, the hands-on, project-based outing taught elementary school students about Asbury Park’s rare wildlife, and how to protect and preserve the environment the kids - and wildlife - call home.

Three Birds Fledge to Redeem Frightening 2019
Falcon Cam Season in Jersey City
The breeding season started off well enough for the peregrine family that star on our Falcon Cam in Jersey City this year. Four eggs were laid, three sisters hatched and were banded high atop the skyscraper at 101 Hudson Street. 

Then, on Father’s Day, a crew of window washers entered the 41st floor roof where the eyrie (falcon nest) and young were located. Two of the young birds prematurely left the roof before they were old enough to fly (fledge).

After a tense couple of weeks, and visits to the Raptor Trust for rehabilitation for two of the three sisters, all three young fledged successfully. The window washing company has paid a substantial fine for disturbing the nest.

Maternity Roosts, Delayed Ovulation and Mating Swarms:
Protecting the (Truly Weird) Reproductive Cycle of Bats
Bats’ family lives sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Learn about these fascinating mammals and CWF's survey project in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect them.

Surveys are conducted at Joint Military Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in the northern part of Pine Barrens. The goal is to capture northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis), a federally threatened species, and track them back to their roost tree using radio transmitters.

Protecting New Jersey's Pollinators
at the Mercer County Wildlife Center

Thursday, August 8 at 7 PM

Join David Wheeler and Blaine Rothauser from CWF on a photogenic tour of the world of pollinators in New Jersey, exploring why pollinators are crucial to our environment, health, food systems and economy.

Second Sunday Program on Eagles
at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, August 11 at 1:30 PM

Join Kevin & Karin Buynie, CWF Bald Eagle Project Volunteers, who are completing their 11th season monitoring nests. Learn all about bald eagles and the history of bald eagle conservation in New Jersey.

Raptors of the Garden State:
Osprey Project at the Cape May Library

Thursday, September 5 at 6 PM

Monitoring and managing New Jersey's unofficial bird of summer with Ben Wurst at the Cape May Library. Learn about ospreys' life history and amazing comeback from only 50 nesting pairs in 1973, to over 600 today.

CWF at the 2019 Wild Outdoor Expo
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8 from
10 AM to 4 PM

NEW JERSEY WILD Outdoor Expo!!! A FREE event for the public. Over 100 exhibitors provide a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on outdoor activities. Rain or shine, activities 10 AM to 4 PM both days.

In case you missed it!
?CWF news, social media and blog posts from around the world wild web.
Nominations Open for 14th Annual Women & Wildlife Awards
Nominate an exceptional woman for her work with wildlife by August 19!

Causeway Improvement Project Includes Protecting Northern Diamondback Terrapin
“When the turtles attempt to cross the road, they too often are hit and killed by vehicles."

Observant Osprey Fan Helps Juvenile Back to its Nest
Kudos to observant osprey watcher Jody Sowell for noticing a juvenile on the marsh beneath a nest platform. 

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August 2019
Fairview Farm's Bird and Butterfly Garden
Turning 60 in the Year of the Brook Trout
   
Raritan Headwaters has protected the North and South Branch Raritan watershed since 1959. And we couldn't have done it without you! Join our 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 21

For more information, contact Blake Putnam at 908-234-1852, ext. 320 or bputnam@raritanheadwaters.org.
Trustee Dallas Hetherington,
RHA team captain
Support Team RHA!
 
We're still recruiting cyclists to join our team in this year's Garden State Fondo on Sept. 8. Learn more and register here.

If you can't ride, please consider a donation...or come out to cheer on the team!

What a Summer We're Having!
 
Nature Day Camp, family fun, bird walks, stream monitoring, corporate workdays, Get Your Feet Wet programs...all this and more is making for a busy, buzzy summer

See what we've been up to @raritanheadwaters on Instagram. 

High School Students Engaged in Citizen Science
 
RHA launched a 7-week High School Citizen Science Certificate Program this summer, offering high school students an in-depth introduction to scientific method and STEM careers as they explore future opportunities for college and professional life. 

Visit our Instagram page @raritanheadwaters for more photos.  
Corporate Volunteers Clean Up
   
RHA is thankful to a group of volunteers from Royal Bank of Canada, who cleaned up a segment of the South Branch using our fleet of kayaks to pluck debris from the river and its banks. Read more.

Interested in a workday with RHA? Contact Trish McGuire.
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Come to the Fair
   
Save the Date! RHA's annual Old Fashioned Country Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 13. 

Horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, good food, local artisans, pumpkin painting, scarecrow dressing -- all traditions that await you and your family again this year. More...

On the Watchdog Front

Harmful algae blooms--most notably on Lake Hopatcong, Spruce Run Reservoir and Rosedale Lake--have caused state-wide alarm this summer. Warm water temperatures and excessive nutrients from fertilizers, animal waste and septic systems are likely contributors.

Did You Know?

Fairview Farm Barn
Fairview Farm is a perfect setting for outdoor weddings, corporate retreats and team building, birthday parties, family reunions, photo shoots and more. This 170-acre wildlife preserve, which RHA calls home, offers an historic barn, gardens, meadows, hiking trails and open space for gatherings. Learn more here and @fairviewfarmbedminster on Instagram.
Events and Happenings


Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

GrowNYC Education Newsletter: August 2019             (Posted: 8-9-19)

GrowNYC’s education initiatives foster environmental and community stewardship among young New Yorkers, school by school and classroom by classroom.  

A BERRY fun fact!

Did you know a blackberry isn't technically a berry? According to botany, berries include grapes, currants, and tomatoes, as well as avocados and eggplants, but exclude certain fruits commonly called berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. In botany, a berry is defined as a fleshy fruit without a stone produced from a single flower containing one ovary. (source)

School Gardens

**Our Annual Survey is Open!**

We want to hear your thoughts and will take your advice to heart as we plan next year's events, giveaways, and workshops. Please fill out our quick survey here and you'll be entered to win a prize!

Grow to Learn Upcoming Events

September 27, 2019 - October 30, 2019

Applications will be open from September 27th, 2019 — October 30th at 11:59pm. Applications will be available on our Mini-Grant pageon September 27th.

Monday, October 10, 2019 @ 10am-11am or 5pm-6pm

Is your school applying for the Grow to Learn Mini-Grant this fall? Join the Grow to Learn team to learn how to write a successful grant application and stay for the Garden Planning workshop to create your optimal garden vision. This EventBrite event is password protected: the password is growtolearn.

For the morning 10am session, RSVP here.

For the evening 5pm session, RSVP here.

Thursday, October 10 @ 4pm-5:30pm

163 West 97th Street

New York, NY 10025

Learn the best rat prevention and control practices for your school garden, straight from the experts! Join us at the PS 163 school garden for a hands-on training with professionals from the Rat Academy (of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene).This EventBrite event is password protected:

the password is growtolearn.RSVP here

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 @ 11:59pm

Applications will be open from September 27th, 2019 — October 30th at 11:59pm. Applications will be available on our Mini-Grant pageon September 27th.

Governors Island Teaching Garden

News from the Teaching Garden:

If you are interested in scheduling a school field trip to the Teaching Garden for your students this fall, we will open our fall registration on August 13th. Be sure to book quickly because we will likely fill up fast. Register by following the link on the Teaching Garden page of the Grow NYC website.

August is a busy month at the Teaching Garden! We are harvesting many summer vegetables including peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes, tomatillos, squash, and more! As always our farm stand is open to the public between 12-4pm on weekends. The first weekend of August we will also have our first drop-in volunteer hours, as well as a yoga workshop on Saturday August 3rd from 1-2pm.

During the week our camp groups are enjoying their visits to the garden. They have been helping us plant, learning about compost, making beautiful nature art, and tasting their own hand-made salsa, hummus, and all of our seasonal vegetables!

Greenmarket Education

School Tours at Greenmarkets:

With summer fruit at peak ripeness and fall vegetables arriving, the autumn is an exciting time to take students on an interactive tour of one of our weekday Greenmarkets. Students explore their community Greenmarket, learn about regional agriculture and healthy eating from our educators, and talk directly with farmers. Let us know what you’re studying in the classroom and we will tailor the tour to address those issues. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year opens on September 3rd, 2019 on the Greenmarket Education webpage.

Recycling Champions

News from the Recycling Champions Program:

Starting September 2019, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is expanding the Organics Collection Program (OCP) to include an additional 91 DOE buildings that house 128 district and charter schools. These schools join over 700 others already receiving organics collection, getting NYC closer to the goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030 (0X30) as set forth in One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.

 

Students and staff in schools create a lot of waste…every school day. But up to 51% of that waste is compostable! When food scraps and food soiled paper (like napkins and lunch plates) are separated from other materials, schools can significantly reduce the amount of waste they send to far away landfills. Instead, organics are taken to local facilities where they are turned into compost, a nutrient rich soil amendment. Organics collection reduces greenhouse gas emissions from trucking waste to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions released when organics decompose in landfills. The compost created from the food scraps is put to good use in community gardens, parks, school gardens and around street trees!

 

In partnership with DSNY and the DOE Office of Sustainability, GrowNYC Recycling Champions Program (RCP) will provide on-the-ground educational and operational support to the new OCP schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Our team will provide trainings, activities and lessons relating to waste, sustainability and environmental action. We can’t wait to work with the 129 new OCP schools, reaching over 70,000 students and 8,000 teachers with the message of reducing waste and helping NYC be a leader in sustainability.

 

We look forward to sharing updates about the new OCP schools with you throughout the year! Please check out our website to see many of the resources we use when working with schools to improve recycling and organics collection.

Grant Opportunities for your School

Below are grants from outside GrowNYC that are specially aimed at providing funds for school gardens, recycling initiatives, and greening schools in general:

Compost Grant from Citizens Committee for NYC Deadline: September 16, 2019

Karma for Cara Student Grant Deadline: October 1, 2019

Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant Deadline: October 1, 2019

Seeds for Education Micro Grant Deadline October 15, 2019

Annie's Grants for Gardens Deadline: November 1, 2019

Seed Money Crowdfund Grant Deadline November 12, 2019

From Our Partners

August 6th, 2019 from 6pm-8pm:Composting with black soldier fly larvae

August 20th, 2019 from 6pm-8pm:Composting in the city

September 10th, 2019 from 6pm-8pm:Composting with red worms

A BBG expert will teach how to compost using various methods. You can enroll for one or all of the free classes here.

Deadline: Rolling, Fall 2019

Green Beetzis now accepting school applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Green Beetz is an unique STEM-based and common-core aligned curriculum that teaches students about the intersection of healthy and sustainable eating. Green Beetz is fully supported, cost-free, and ready to teach - it's geared towards 5th and 6th grade classrooms.

Summer Saturdays and Sundays 11am-4pm

The farm stand is open to the public between 12-4pm on weekends. The first weekend of August we will also have our first drop-in volunteer hours, as well as a yoga workshop on Saturday August 3rd from 1-2pm.

Gowanus Canal Conservancy offers a free, downloadable climate change unit in the STEM Gowanus Curriculum. This unit explores how climate change is affecting New York City, specifically the impact on our waterfront communities. It is a place-based study of the Gowanus Canal that focuses on designing adaptive solutions for our waterfronts to prepare for and adjust for new conditions to reduce harm. To access this unit, and the entire STEM Gowanus curriculum, please fill out this quick form.

About GrowNYC

GrowNYC helps New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a truly livable city, one where every person can flourish.

GrowNYC relies on generous support from donors like you to ensure schools across NYC have the resources, technical assistance, and training they need to get learning gardens growing in every NYC school.

GrowNYC | PO box 2327, Suite 3300, New York, NY 10272

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June/July 2019
WATER PAGES eNEWSLETTER
Americorps Ambassadors – We train them; we support them; we build gardens with them!
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program holds a paraprofessional training program for the twenty AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors. The Watershed Ambassadors learned about stormwater basics, how to manage stormwater, and how impervious cover assessments (ICAs), impervious cover reduction action plans (RAPs), and green infrastructure feasibility studies are prepared. When a Watershed Ambassador wants to move forward with a green infrastructure project, the Water Resources Program will assist them with the project. Together site visits are conducted at locations that the Watershed Ambassador has selected, and partnerships are formed. This year the Water Resources Program worked with four Watershed Ambassadors to produce four different designs, and two projects were installed. One project was a rain garden installation at Blairstown Elementary School in partnership with the school’s Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Susie Elias. Another project was a rain garden at Cape May Point Municipal Building in partnership with the municipality’s green team, environmental commission, and department of public works. The Water Resources Program is excited to see where these partnerships go in the future thanks to the Watershed Ambassadors!
Blairstown Elementary School -
?RCE Water Resources Program staff and interns, Watershed Management Ambassador Area 1
Cape May Point Municipal Building - RCE Water Resources Program staff and interns, Cape May Point Environmental Commission/Green Team
Newsflash - We now have 37 new Green Infrastructure Champions!
From February through June 2019, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program piloted a Green Infrastructure Champions Program which included nine unique sessions. The sessions were held at the Rutgers EcoComplex, which was chosen due to its location in central New Jersey in hopes to attract individuals statewide. Folks fcame from across the bridge in Philadelphia, as far north as Essex County, and as far south as Cape May County to hear the information being taught about green infrastructure. More than seventy individuals participated in one or more workshops. Thirty-seven completed five or more sessions to become certified as Green Infrastructure Champions and leaders who can advocate for green infrastructure in their communities!  

We are now working on forming an advisory committee comprised of those who are certified as Green Infrastructure Champions to map the future of the program. This pilot program was made possible by support from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Jersey Water Works. Donations are welcome to help continue this successful training program. 

For additional details about the Green Infrastructure Champions Program as well as the topics discussed at each session please visit:
Woodbridge is blazing forward with green infrastructure projects!
The Township of Woodbridge has embraced the sustainability movement. For many years they have been a leader in completing Sustainable Jersey Actions and reaching the top level of certification. As one of the older communities in New Jersey, the Township does have flooding problems and needs to reduce the impact of urbanization on their waterways. While many municipalities have also recognized similar issues in their towns, Woodbridge is doing something about it. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program developed an impervious cover reduction action plan for the Township that identifies opportunities to install green infrastructure to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff from existing development that currently has no stormwater management practices. Over the last two years, the Township has installed a series of complex rain gardens at three of their five libraries. This effort was so successful that the Township is about to begin a project to manage stormwater runoff from Fulton Street with roadside rain gardens. Like the library projects, the Fulton Street green infrastructure project will be constructed by the Woodbridge Township Department of Public Works with the help of the RCE Water Resources Program staff and student interns. Woodbridge continues to be a shining example in the quest to improve our state’s water resources and stop localized flooding.
Municipal Action Teams' Green Infrastructure Initiative Updates
JULY 2019
Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) met on July 10th. The discussion focused on the challenges of maintenance for green infrastructure. Issues such as enforcement as well as passing responsibility on to the property owners to reduce the burden of responsibility on CCMUA to keep up with maintenance. The biggest issue is the limited funding dedicated to maintenance and the possibility of a stormwater utility fee was discussed as a potential solution. The next monthly meeting is postponed until Wednesday, September 11th at 10:30AM.

Gloucester City Green Team met on July 10th. The group discussed submitting for Sustainable Jersey certification. Plans for construction of a rain garden at the Gloucester City Water Department were discussed. NJ Tree Foundation will excavate the garden, and students and local volunteers will be involved to help with planting the garden. The Gloucester City High School courtyard project continues to move forward as plans are being finalized and will soon be sent to contractors for estimates. Locations for tree plantings for the urban forestry LSR grant have been visited and narrowed down to a total of twenty redesigned enhanced trees pits that will be installed in the City. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for August 14th at 1PM at the Gloucester City Municipal Building.

Harrison TIDE (Transforming, Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) did not meet in July. The next monthly meeting is postponed until September 12th at 2PM at Harrison Town Hall.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) members met on Thursday July 11th at the JCMUA office and reviewed the PVSC regional CSO Long Term Control Plan and discussed how Jersey City fits into the regional plan. A hybrid plan is being considered by START. There is a CSO supplemental team meeting for PVSC communities on July 31st at the Ironbound Early Learning Center from 5-8PM. Jersey City Planning is hosting informational meetings throughout the city about the new flood overlay zoning that will be implemented. The next meetings are Tuesday August 6th at Our Lady of Mercy at 6:30 pm and Monday August 12th in the Caucus Room of City Hall at 6:30PM. The next meeting will be at 10am on August 8th at the JCMUA.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) met in Newark City Hall at 11:00AM on July 23, 2019. A representative from the engineering consulting group, HDR Engineering, presented on Development and Evaluation of CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Alternatives Report for the City of Newark, of the Long Term Control Plan submitted to NJDEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) on July 1, 2019. Cost analysis and comparison of alternatives in meeting Newark’s CSO permit were discussed with DIG partners. The Long Term Control Plan Submittals are available from NJDEP Division of Water Quality here, and the Newark Alternatives Evaluation is in Appendix G. For additional information and upcoming public meetings about the LTCP and CSO issues visit the webpage of Newark DIG. Newark DIG meetings are held at 11:00 AM on the fourth Tuesday of every month in Newark City Hall.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) members met on July 10th at 10:30am in City Hall. The Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Report for CSOs in Paterson was reviewed, and it was decided that green infrastructure needs to be a higher priority. There will be a community barbeque to kick off the Adopt-a-Catch Basin program on August 3rd at Barbour Park – come out to help keep Paterson clean & green. Green infrastructure projects are being planned for schools in the city as well as maintenance on the existing green infrastructure throughout the city. The next meeting will be held on August 20st at 5:45PM, location TBD.

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) members met on Thursday June 18th in the Perth Amboy Fire Department building and continued to discuss methods for engaging the community to promote green infrastructure projects throughout the city. Maintenance of the existing projects is also a priority, and the Washington Park rain garden has been maintained for the season so far, with more existing green infrastructure maintenance on the way. A green infrastructure project at City Hall is being coordinated by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program and the Perth Amboy DPW and will be installed over this summer. The Perth Amboy CSO supplemental team is reviewing and preparing comments for the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Report. The next SWIM meeting will be on August 15th at 6PM, location TBD. 

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners (GIP) met along with members of the Trenton Green Team on Tuesday July 23rd at the Isles, Inc. Tucker Street offices. Members went over upcoming projects such as the tactical urbanism project, which will repaint safe crosswalks at two city intersections along safe walking routes for schools and the upcoming Ciclovia event which will be September 20th. The meeting also focused on upcoming green infrastructure installations throughout the city, prioritizing public locations, and plans for events in the fall. The next meeting will be held at 3PM on August 20th at the Isles Tucker Street offices.  

JUNE 2019
Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) met on June 12th. In an effort to add to the group's new focus on lead in drinking water, the meeting focused on a presentation and discussion of information provided by NJDEP on funding for lead water line replacement. Additionally, the group provided suggestions for potential sites for two green streets projects to be designed for the City of Camden. Also discussed was the potential to assist the Camden Lutheran Housing Corporation to incorporate green infrastructure on a proposed 18 unit public housing project. The group was updated on the progress with the design of the Camden County Historical Society rain garden project, including the addition of three sculptures to the park intended to address the history of racism in Camden. The next monthly meeting is planned for Wednesday July 10th at 10:30AM.

Gloucester City Green Team met on June 12th. Plans for the construction of a rain garden at the Gloucester City Water Department were discussed. NJ Tree Foundation will excavate the garden, and students and local volunteers will be involved to help with planting the garden. The Gloucester City High School courtyard project continues to move forward as plans are being finalized and will soon be sent to contractors for estimates. Locations for tree plantings for the urban forestry LSR grant have been visited and narrowed down for where a total of twenty redesigned enhanced trees pits will be installed in Gloucester City. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for July 10th at 1PM at the Gloucester City Municipal Building.

Harrison TIDE (Transforming, Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) met on June 13th. The rain garden project at Washington Middle School was discussed, and PVSC will begin construction in the next few weeks. The garden will then be planted with students in the fall. The CSO long term control plan was a center of discussion as the evaluation of alternatives has been completed and is soon to be submitted to NJDEP. Various options, including green and gray infrastructure, were looked at to determine what options the town has to eliminate their CSO occurrences. Since partners will be focusing on the Washington Middle School project, the next monthly meeting is postponed until September 12th at 2PM at Harrison Town Hall.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) members met on Thursday June 13th at the JCMUA office and reviewed the PVSC regional CSO Long Term Control Plan and discussed how Jersey City fits into the regional plan. The JCMUA and the city have begun coordinating the installation of green infrastructure and trees during the routine infrastructure updates that will be happening over the next upcoming years. The JCMUA is also launching their summer outreach program where interns will be helping to paint 50+ city catch basins over the summer as well as reaching out to the public about stormwater management in the city. The next meeting will be at 10AM on July 11th at the JCMUA.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) met in Newark City Hall at 11:00 am on June 26, 2019. Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program updated partners on recent site assessments for the feasibility of green infrastructure projects at several locations in Newark. The Newark Office of Sustainability updated partners on findings from a recent trip to Buffalo, New York to learn about rain barrel monitoring data and an upcoming rain barrel program for the City of Newark. The Office of Sustainability also shared information about the ongoing citywide “Adopt-a-Catch Basin” program and plans for additional outreach and public engagement in schools and youth groups and for the future development of an online virtual tour. Discussed also was the submission of group comments on the Long Term Control Plan Alternatives Analysis draft report. Newark DIG meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month in Newark City Hall at 11:00 AM.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) will be postponing meetings until the city's budget has been finalized. Meetings will resume on July 10th at 10:30am in City Hall. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Great Swamp Watershed Association, and the Paterson Green Team have been coordinating to implement an adopt-a-catch basin program throughout the city and continue to do so. Green Infrastructure projects are being planned for schools in the city as well as maintenance on the existing green infrastructure throughout the city.

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) members met on Thursday, June 20th in City Hall and continued to discuss methods for engaging the community to promote green infrastructure projects throughout the city. Maintenance of the existing projects is also a priority, and plans for maintenance over the summer are being developed by the group. A green infrastructure project at City Hall is being coordinated by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program and the Perth Amboy DPW and will be installed over this summer. A CSO supplemental team meeting was held on June 17th with SWIM members, community members, city officials, and the city's consultant, CDM Smith, to discuss the details of the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Report being submitted on July 1st. The next SWIM meeting will be on July 25th at 2PM in City Hall. 

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners (GIP) met along with members of the Trenton Green Team on Tuesday June 18th at the Isles, Inc. Tucker Street offices. Members reviewed the city’s Urban Tree Canopy management plan to identify sections to improve as the management plan will be updated in 2020. The meeting focused on upcoming green infrastructure installations throughout the city, prioritizing public locations and plans for events in the fall. The next meeting will be held at 3PM on July 23rd at the Isles Tucker Street offices.

How to talk climate change with kids             (Posted: 7-29-19)

A couple of months ago my eight-year-old daughter slumped in her chair at the dinner table and said, "In 2050 it’s all over."

July 2019 Green Strides Newsletter             (Posted: 7-29-19)

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In the News

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Going for a 2020 Green Ribbon?

The 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) were announced on May 22.  See the list of awardees and a report about these schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are achieving sustainability gains encompassing facilities and grounds, health and wellness, and environmental literacy.  Read this blog highlighting the actions of a few of the 2019 honorees.

If your institution has not already been recognized, now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2020 application cycle by using resources and programs available on Green Strides.  Read some common misconceptions about the award dispelled in a blog by the director, and review frequently asked questions about all three award categories.  

For 2020 applications, interested colleges and universities may contact state higher education authorities, while preschools, elementary and secondary schools, and districts may contact state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are eligible only if nominated by state authorities.  State education authorities may contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information

Get to Know the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Get to know the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools in our annual Highlights Report.  Below, we spotlight just a few of the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.

Raintree School student writing about nature

The native landscapes that surround the Raintree School on the nearly 11-acre wooded campus serve as the foundation for every child’s experience, the curriculum, and the approach in every classroom.

Raintree School, St. Louis, Missouri

Raintree School is a private, Reggio Emilia-inspired forest school, serving children ages 2 to 8.  Raintree installed a 51-kW solar array, providing 80 percent of the school’s electricity.  All impervious surfaces drain to a water retention basin with a native raingarden.  Raintree composts food waste to fertilize its gardens.  Kitchen policies include no plastics and no disposables, as well as ardent efforts to re-use leftovers.  In February 2014, the campus ended use of paper towels in bathrooms, replaced by electric hand-dryers powered by solar panels.  Raintree has two electric car chargers on site that are free and available to the public.  An online carpool database includes parent schedules and addresses to aide in coordinating carpool relationships. The campus is a pesticide-free property on which only green-certified cleaning products are used. All paint and wood finishes used in building are zero or low-volatile organic compound.  Radon is tested bi-annually.  Two full-time chefs are dedicated to the preparation of locally sourced meals and to offering regular cooking classes for parents.  Every semester, all students engage in action projects that focus on the woodland or the neighborhood surrounding the forest.  Raintree has made play in wild outdoor spaces a regular part of the school week, year round, rain or shine.

Sharon Measurements

The Sharon Elementary School Garden is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and an Atlanta Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sharon Elementary School, Suwanee, Georgia

The Sharon Elementary School (SES) outdoor classroom includes a pergola with handicap accessible tables;  a concrete path stamped with native Georgia animals and plants; an amphitheater;  a native rock garden;  a  butterfly garden; a loofah garden; a three-sided barn; signage for self-directed learning; a tool shed; a WeatherBug Station; and six simple machines.  Compost bins provide nutrients for the garden and an erosion table helps to teach about resource management.  Other projects include a water-wicking bog, a Venus flytrap, an in-ground sundial ellipse, and an archaeological dig site. The science lab hatches a new bird species each spring, including Indian Runner ducks, Top Hat chickens, quail, and emu.  SES also hatches and raises a variety of praying mantises, butterflies, moths, worms, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Students provide daily care for a bearded dragon, two eyelash-crested geckos, and two White’s Dumpy tree frogs.  An indoor tower garden adds salad to daily lunches and vegetables grown in 10 raised beds and harvests from two 20x20-foot plots are used in the school lunch.  A chicken coop has seven hens, whose eggs are used in the cafeteria and offered to staff and families.  SES collects water in a 200-gallon cistern buried underneath its outdoor classroom area, which is used to irrigate the crops. 

Lake Washington Garden Class

Students at Emerson High School in Lake Washington School District work to finish a hoop house as part of the Green Sustainable Design Technology class.

Lake Washington School District, Redmond, Washington

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has the largest solar-energy capacity of any district in the state, at 615 kilowatts.  Waste-reduction and recycling efforts have reduced costs by $120,000 per year since 2008.  All schools recycle and about 75 percent of the schools collect organic food waste for composting at a regional facility.  LWSD students have unlimited access to fresh fruits and vegetables in lunch garden bars.  "Local Wednesday" features locally sourced foods. Elementary students have morning and afternoon recess each day, in addition to P.E. twice weekly.  LWSD is one of 12 districts in the nation to receive Excellence in Integrated Pest Management star certification by passing a rigorous 37- point evaluation.  In 2017, LWSD received the Green Cleaning Award from American School and University Magazine.  Courses include Physics in the Universe, Environmental Science, Sustainable Design, and Urban Gardening.  The Lake Washington Parent Teacher School Association (PTSA) Council established a district PTSA Sustainability Committee, with parent representative chairs in every school.  

Resources and Opportunities

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Deadline Extended for Application to Present at the 2020 Green Schools Conference & Expo

Mark your calendars for the Green Schools Conference and Expo, which will be held March 2–4 in Portland, Oregon.  The session proposal and peer reviewer application deadline has been extended until Aug.1.  Focus areas include: 1) what it means to be a green school; 2) whole-school sustainability; and 3) the three Pillar areas of ED-GRS!  

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Every Kid in A Park Continues

Every Kid in a Park encourages stewardship of public lands by introducing children and underserved communities to park sites, forests, and seashores, as well as recreational opportunities within these spaces.  The program provides free passes to fourth-graders and their accompanying families to access hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for a year. Some state parks also honor the pass. 

Resource Central

Reduced Rate Participation in Renew Our Schools for Title I Schools

A grant from All Points North Foundation will allow some 30 underserved middle schools to participate in Resource Central's energy reduction program, Renew Our Schools, for only $200. The program has schools compete to reduce their energy use by changing their school’s energy behaviors.  The program allows students to analyze their school’s energy use and make efforts to reduce it.  >>>>

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Plan a Green Apple Day of Service at Your School This Fall

A Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments through local service projects.  Check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, and register your project online.  

Webinars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Summer

The Green Strides Webinar Series has promoted over 1,000 sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and teach effective environmental education.  Consult the webinar calendar, and submit suggestions for listing additional free, publicly available webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov. (Note: All times listed are EDT.)

July 25, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.  Vibrant and Healthy Kids:  Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity (American Public Health Association)

July 25, 1:30–3 p.m.  Mapping Your Waste Stream and What to Do with It (College & University Recycling Coalition)

July 25, 3–4 p.m.  Climate Projections as a Way to Illustrate Future Possibilities (DOI)

July 29, 2–3 p.m.  Launching Efforts to Create Safe and Equitable Access to Parks (Safe Routes Partnership)

July 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Moon to Mars Resource Overview (NASA)

July 30, 5–6 p.m.  What’s Up in the Atmosphere? The Air We Breathe (NASA)

July 30, 7–8:30 p.m.  Teacher Webinars:  Mapping Air Pollution (Alliance for Climate Education)

July 31, 3–4 p.m.  Teaching Your Robot to Fetch (NASA)

July 31, 3–4 p.m.  Understanding Sustainability Through Transdisciplinary Narratives (AASHE)

July 31, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Explore Humans in Space – Pressure Suits (NASA)

August 1, 1–2 p.m.  Trending Topics in Farm to School:  State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills (National Farm to School Network)

August 6, 12–1:30 p.m.  Online Tools are Making Sustainability Management in Higher Education Easy (AASHE)

August 6, 1–2:15 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

August 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Small Steps to Giant Leaps:  Sound Effects (NASA)

August 7, 12–12:45 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

August 7, 1–2 p.m.  Make a Splash with Quick Water Wins (EPA)

August 7, 2–3 p.m.  Graphic Public Health:  Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion and Advocacy (American Public Health Association)

August 7, 3–4 p.m.  STARS Incorporation into Capability-Based General Education Curriculum (AASHE)

August 7, 6–7 p.m.  NASA Commercial Crew Program:  Mission and STEM Resources Overview (NASA)

August 8, 5–6 p.m.  NASA STEM Lessons on Coding Flight Patterns (NASA)

August 13, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

August 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Explore Flight:  Flying with Bernoulli (NASA)

August 14, 1–2:15 p.m.  Quantifying Rainfall Interception in the Urban Canopy (USDA)

August 14, 2–3 p.m.  Community Outreach Strategies for Transportation (America Walks)

August 14, 3–4 p.m.  Exciting and Effective Community – Higher Education Collaborations (AASHE)

August 14, 5–6 p.m.  Explore Flight:  Let’s Go Fly a Kite (NASA)

August 15, 2–3 p.m.  Benchmarking Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants in Portfolio Manager (EPA)

August 20, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

August 21, 12–1 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

August 22, 2–3 p.m.  Overview of Changes to 2018 and 2019 Certification Application Rules (EPA)

Events

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Association for Learning Environments LearningSCAPES 2019 Conference Is Oct. 4–6

LearningSCAPES is the conference for those who plan, design, equip, furnish, and maintain places where students learn. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 4–6 in Anaheim, California. Attend for groundbreaking educational sessions, inspiring keynote speakers, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future.  

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North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference Is Oct. 16–19

The 48th North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Annual Conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, Oct. 16–19.  The theme for this year’s conference is Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future.  NAAEE convenes one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices.  The annual research symposium, held in advance of the conference, attracts new and established researchers to examine in-progress environmental education research and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners.  >>>>

ED Spaces 2019

EDspaces 2019 Conference Is Oct. 23–25

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, dealers, pre-K–12 schools, colleges and universities, independent manufacturers representatives, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 23–25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  >>>>

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AASHE 2019 Conference Is Oct. 27–30

The 2019 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference is Oct. 27–30 in Spokane, Washington.  It is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations, and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. With a theme of Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, this year's conference seeks to showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement for a sustainable economy.  

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Safe Routes to School  Conference Nov. 12–14

The 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown from Nov. 12–14. Join hundreds of active transportation and public health advocates and practitioners from across the country for valuable networking, sharing of best practices, and exploring one of Florida’s most vibrant and active cities.  

FAU Lab School District middle school students hike on the nature trail.

Middle school students at 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee Florida Atlantic University Lab School District hike on their nature trail.

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EPA: Little July CitSci Update             (Posted: 7-29-19)


  • RESOURCES
    • Community Guide to EJ and NEPA Methods
      • A product of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice & National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Committee
      • This guide provides information for communities who want to assure that their EJ issues are adequately  considered when there is a federal agency action that may involve environmental impacts on minority populations, low-income populations & indigenous communities.
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

 

    • Dive deep into the Great Lakes on Deep Lake Explorer
      • Scientists need your help hunting for Great Lakes invaders! Great Lakes ecosystems have been transformed by invasive species like zebra mussels, quagga mussels, and round gobies. In Deep Lake Explorer, you can learn to identify these species in underwater videos and can see for yourself how invaders transform coastal areas. You can also experience deep, pristine habitats with native fish and other fascinating organisms. These places are nearly impossible to see in person.
      • Anyone of any age can help, and no experience is necessary. A simple tutorial will teach you how to make observations.
      • Deep Lake Explorer is run by the USEPA and hosted on Zooniverse.org, a web platform that lets the public participate in cutting-edge scientific research. Your observations will help scientists understand where invasive species are and how they impact the Great Lakes. Results will be shared with users and will help inform management and protection of the Great Lakes!
      • Join over a million other Zooniverse users and dive intoDeep Lake Explorer today!

SJ4S: Making Sustainability Part of Your Annual Goals             (Posted: 7-26-19)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
332 Districts     871 Schools     Participating
Making Sustainability Part of Your District's Annual Goals

Over 55 percent of New Jersey school districts are participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. From energy audits to integrating sustainability into student learning to boosting recycling efforts, over 3,900 sustainability actions were completed by schools and districts that have achieved certification with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

Increasingly, New Jersey school administrators are incorporating sustainability into their annual goals. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program features best practices and resources that support the quality implementation of these goals. "Participation in Sustainable Jersey for Schools helped us identify, set and achieve our district sustainability goals," said Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D., the Hopewell Valley Regional School District Superintendent of Schools. He explained, "The program's format and guidance provide an excellent framework for us to access our progress and identify our areas for growth."  Read more at The New Jersey Association of School Administrator's website. 
Missed the Sustainability Summit? 
Presentations are now online!  

Our 10th Anniversary celebration drew over 650 change-makers from across New Jersey  who came together to advance sustainability strategies for New Jersey and local communities.  The Bell Works location supported several activities new to the Summit, including an electric vehicle ride and drive with 14 of the hottest EVs, an electric scooter demonstration, and a Sustainability Exhibit with 57 companies and organizations sharing resources to help communities achieve local sustainability goals.  Thank you to all the wonderful speakers, exhibitors, and attendees for helping us celebrate 10 years of success for the municipal certification program and making this a momentous occasion.  Here's to another ten! View presentation materials here. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools

Bergen County
Ridge Elementary School (Ridgewood)
 
Camden County
Gibbsboro Elementary School
 
Essex County
Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School (Newark)
Livingston Public School District
Livingston Senior High School
 
Monmouth County
Belmar Elementary School District
Clark Mills Elementary School (Manalapan)
Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools
Milford Brook Elementary School (Englishtown)
NJDEP Recycling Awards

It's time once again for the NJDEP's annual recycling awards program!  Nominations are due Friday, July 26 and awardees will be notified in September. Award winners will be honored at the Association of New Jersey Recyclers Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Oct. 10, 2019 in Neptune, Monmouth County. 

Click here for the application - available at recycle.nj.gov (scroll down to Recycling News box) and on our Recycling Awards webpage found at https://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/awards.htm.
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION- Curriculum Design Studio
August 5-9th,  Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Join the Cloud Institute for a 5-day curriculum design studio in August, where educators, administrators, and program designers will learn how to design and embed EfS into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time!
Held at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, you will get access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you will create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Come yourself or bring a team! Register today. 
Space is limited. Scholarships available through Omega Institute.
ANJEE Fall Conference - "EE Outdoors: A Force for the Future"
September 27th 8:00-4:30 Duke Farms Coach Barn Hillsborough, NJ
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available 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!

CWFNJ: July E-News 2019             (Posted: 7-25-19)

Video: Barnegat Light Osprey Chicks Banded
FEISTY NESTLINGS GET SILVER, RED BANDS
Get a bird's-eye view of Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst & volunteer Northside Jim banding a couple of feisty osprey. Banding birds helps scientists and conservation managers learn where osprey eat, mate, nest and migrate over their life spans. All of that data then gets put to work crafting plans to ensure osprey populations continue to grow and recover.

Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the information gathered from banded birds also helps to identify and address other ecological issues through effective science, management and conservation practices.
Barnegat Light Osprey Cam Banding

In addition to getting a silver USGS band on their left leg, these feisty chicks become Project RedBand participants, getting a second, red band on their right leg. Project RedBand engages the public in osprey management and conservation along the Jersey Shore and lets scientists track Barnegat Bay osprey. Since CWF started the project in 2014, over 320 osprey have been tagged with the special red bands.
Congratulations to the 2019
Species on the Edge 2.0 Contest Winners
NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS ON PROTECTING NEW JERSEY'S RARE WILDLIFE
Sometimes the path to the wilderness starts with a screen. For teens growing up in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the country, connecting with nature can seem a bit unnatural. Smartphones, tablets, computers these are all a part of everyday life. But bald eagles, diamondback terrapins, or bobcats can seem like creatures from a different world. 

The Species on the Edge 2.0 contest, a free statewide educational competition open to all high school students, bridges these two worlds to inspire the next generation of wildlife lovers and conservation leaders. In celebration of these future leaders, Conserve Wildlife Foundation and contest sponsor PSEG Foundation recently presented the winners of the fourth annual Species on the Edge 2.0 contest with scholarships at a ceremony at PSE&G headquarters in Newark.

First place winner, Ashley Laveriano from Science Park High School in Newark, focused on the need to protect the northern diamondback terrapin. Second place finisher Katie Barcheski of Mater Dei Prep High School in Middletown also created a campaign about protecting northern diamondback terrapins. Third prize went to Mayley Rodriguez of Dover High School in Morris County for her campaign on protecting New Jersey's beaches, shorelines and oceans
First Flights: Bald Eagles Take to the Skies
E/89, subject of the Mercer County Eagle Cam takes flight
Photo by Kevin Buynie
MERCER COUNTY EAGLE CAM UPDATE
Just three weeks ago E/89, a male eaglet in Mercer County, was found on the ground by nest monitor volunteer Kevin Buynie. The young bird was in luck, Kevin is a trained and experienced volunteer and knew to take him to the Mercer County Wildlife Center, where he was found to be uninjured, but a little underweight. After a short stay at the center the bird was returned to the nestcam nest. 

While his parents and siblings had relocated to a new nest nearby, E/89 was returned to the older nest as it was safer for the birds at the new nest, who will not be disturbed, and for the rescuers. Biologists watched to be sure the adults were feeding both nestlings.

Three short weeks after his unfortunate adventure E/89 embarked on an bigger, better one, taking to the skies in his first flight. His sibling is actively hopping from branch to branch and should be fledging any day. 

DUKE FARM EAGLE CAM UPDATE
The male eaglet at Duke Farms (E/88), who was fitted with a transmitter, fledged in mid- June and has been seen returning to the nest to get a free meal from his parents. Once he moves far enough away from the nest for his movements to been seen on Eagle Trax, you'll be able to follow him on his journey. In the past eagles with transmitters were able to be tracked as early as mid-July.

The female eaglet at Duke (E/87) also fledged, although not very gracefully. She was perched on a branch and appeared to slip off. We don't know if she landed on a lower branch or on the ground. At that point she was 11 weeks of age and old enough to be able to work her way off the ground. After not seeing her on the nest cam for a few days Duke Farms staff got permission to go and look for E/87 at the nest. They didn't see her on the ground or in the area and hoped she was up in one of the nearby trees.
CWF Kids Summer Programs Offered
 Throughout the Garden State
15 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AT LEONARDO STATE MARINA PROGRAM 
Want to get your young environmentalists out exploring and learning about the world around them? Look no further than Conserve Wildlife Foundation's summer nature programs! We are thrilled to offer three different opportunities for your child across the Garden State. 

Kids can learn about raptors at Duke Farms - the site of our famed EagleCam. They can get up-close and personal with beach nesting birds such as piping plovers and American oystercatchers at Belmar and Barnegat Light. Marine-loving kids will discover fish, crabs and other marine wildlife at Leonardo State Marina, where we have 15 scholarships available for qualifying families, thanks to the Ocean First Foundation. Space is limited, register soon!
Beach Nesting Birds Gain Ground in First Half of 2019
PLOVER POPULATION GROWS
Great news for New Jersey's piping plovers! Based on early research, our statewide count has increased by more than 20 pairs this season compared to last year. While last 
Photo by Northside Jim
year we only had 96 pairs across the state, one of our lowest totals on record, this is an exceptionally strong one-year increase (20-25%) by any standard. 

A huge thanks to all the individuals and partners across the state working hard to make this possible. We are especially proud that about half of the growth this year was at the Holgate Unit of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, one of the sites that CWF monitors and manages on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Twenty-nine pairs of piping plovers have nested at Holgate this year, up from just 18 last year.

OTHER SUCCESSFUL NESTS ON AN UNUSUALLY BUSY BEACH
Photo by Nina Colagiovanni, via app.com
Piping plovers aren't the only beach nesting birds making a splash this summer. Least terns, black skimmers and American oystercatchers have been successfully making themselves at home on an unusually busy stretch of beach in Point Pleasant, thanks to help from local businesses and the public. These species are all facing challenges from habitat loss, nest disturbances and climate change, but help from Jenkinson's Aquarium in the form of fencing and nest monitoring are giving the birds a good chance to have a successful breeding season. Read the app.com article "Move over beachgoers, endangered birds nesting at Point Pleasant Beach."
WOMEN & WILDLIFE NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
Nominations for the 14th annual Women & Wildlife Awards are now open. You are invited to nominate a woman for using her time and talent to protect New Jersey's wildlife.

 
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION KEY TO PROTECTING TERRAPINS ON ROADS
#BeTerrapinAware. Please slow down and keep an eye out for terrapins crossing the road. Read all about the Terrapin Project and how you can help.  

 
Barnegat Bay Day
July 10, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Join CWF, LBIF and other local environmental organizations and agencies at the 13th Annual Barnegat Bay Day. Hosted by Long Beach Island Foundation.

The Silent Majority: Moths of NJ
July 11, 6 PM 
Under appreciated cousins of butterflies, moths are truly the silent majority of the Stygian world. Hosted by the Cape May Library.

The Amazing Osprey 
July 23, 10 AM
Join Ben Wurst at the Beach Haven Library for a presentation about the amazing osprey, New Jersey's unofficial bird of summer. 
The Bald Eagle's Amazing Recovery 
July 11, 7 PM 
The magnificent bald eagle has made an inspiring, all-American recovery here in New Jersey. Hosted by the Mercer County Wildlife Center. 

Bird Watching on the Beach
July 18, 6 PM 
An evening on the beach to spot and learn about New Jersey's amazing avians. Hosted by the Schiavo Library. 


All About Horseshoe Crabs
July 25, 6 PM 
Learn all about horseshoe crabs, fascinating 'living fossils' that have roamed the earth since before the time of dinosaurs. Hosted by the Schiavo Library.

NWF: Be Inspired to Create a Wildlife Habitat Garden             (Posted: 7-25-19)

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C&NN News             (Posted: 7-24-19+)

This Week's International News Roundup
C&NN's Annual Report: Advancing the Evidence Base and Mobilizing the Children and Nature Movement
This Week's International News Roundup
This Week's International News Roundup
This Week's International News Roundup
July 2019 Children & Nature Network Research Digest
This Week's International News Roundup
The Latest from New Nature Movement Guest Writers
This Week's International News Roundup

eNews: Female Birds Finally Get Recognition; Summer Food for Feeder Birds; Birding Tips for the Big Apple; and More             (Posted: 7-15-19)

Click HERE.

SJ: July Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 7-3-19)

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Great Places: July Nature News             (Posted: 7-3-19)

Click HERE.

C&NN News             (Posted: 7-3-19)

This Week's International News Roundup
June 2019 Children & Nature Network Research Digest
The Latest from New Nature Movement Guest Writers

Get Your Summer on with RHA!             (Posted: 7-3-19)

July 2019
Welcoming Summer!

The skies brightened just in time for the Summer Solstice Family Campfire, one of our Get Your Feet Wet programs, on June 21 at Fairview Farm. Hunterdon County Parks showed off a box turtle and corn snake, a local storyteller shared fun tales of nature and a Morris Museum Astronomical Society astronomer pointed out Jupiter and four of its moons! S'mores and fireflies rounded out the evening. Happy summer!
Get Your Feet Wet
   
Our fun low-key programs designed to get you outside and enjoying the watershed all year round continue this summer with Meet the River on July 14, and our popular River Sojourns, which kick off July 27.

Camp counselors are ready!
There's Still Time to Register
 
Another summer of adventure awaits children ages 3 to 16. Each day at Nature Day Camp is a unique experience, providing positive outdoor experiences and memories that last a lifetime! 

Camps are almost full so register today!
Garrett Temples, Kevin Kober, Libby Lee, Blair Gomes (L to R)
Meet Our Summer Science Interns
 
Each year RHA's science program welcomes summer interns to help organize our stream monitors, conduct biological, habitat and chemical monitoring, and participate in special research projects, GIS mapping, bird nest box monitoring and stewardship of our preserves. This summer we have four talented (and fun!) interns we'd like you to meet.
 
Have You Tested Your Drinking Water Lately?
   
Local Health Departments, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for Disease Control all recommend that private well owners test their drinking water annually for bacteria, nitrates, and any other contaminants that are known to be of local concern. RHA's "Test My Well" program offers testing by a certified lab at discounted rates. Learn more.
Did You Know?

Nearly every toothbrush made of plastic since the 1930s "is still out there in the world somewhere, living on as a piece of trash." In fact, if people in the US replace their plastic toothbrushes every 3-4 months, a billion a year add to our plastic problem. (Source: National Geographic). Read more.
Events and Happenings

Support Team RHA!

We're still recruiting cyclists for this year's Garden State Fondo on Sept. 8. If you can't ride, consider a donation...or come out to cheer on the team.
You're Invited!
RHA has protected the North and South Branch Raritan watershed since 1959. And we couldn't have done it without you! Join our 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 21
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Save the Date!
RHA's Old Fashioned Country Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 13. Horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, good food, local artisans, pumpkin painting, scarecrow dressing -- all traditions that await you and your family again this year. More to come.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Raritan Headwaters.
  
Just start with smile.amazon.com and choose Raritan Headwaters Association as your charity. Think how much you'll be helping our mission simply by shopping at smile.amazon.com!
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