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CONTENTS:
C&NN: This Week's International News Roundup
Duke Farms Newlsetter: Our Role in Climate Change 
Developers Green Infrastructure Grants; the Suburbs Return; We're Hiring! and more
Green Knight Newsletter - August 2018
OCSCD: FREE Native Plants for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
SJ: August Sustainability Hero & Grant Cycle Announced
CWFNJ: August E-News 2018
Check out these fantastic Afterschool News items, Webinars, Grants and more!
Project Green Schools Back from Key Largo
RH: The Joy of Learning
August Littoral News
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
TreeHugger Daily News
Children & Nature Network News
USDOE July Green Strides
ICYMI: Read what's happening - Afterschool Public Policy & Advocacy News - July 2018
Sustainable Jersey News
C&NN News
NAAEE eeNEWS
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
TreeHugger News
Great Places: Nature Helps Tackle Climate Change
CWFNJ: July E-News 2018
GSNN: Up for a Hike? Physical Adventure in the Great Outdoors Brings Out the Joy in Learning!
Treehugger Daily
NJTF: Spring 2018 News and Recap
July is Our Plastic Awareness Month
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
Sustainability Summit Presentations Now Available
eeNEWS for June 27, 2018
July Littoral News
Children & Nature Network
Read the Summer 2018 Issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly
Caucus New Jersey with Steve Adubato: Environmental Education!
C&NN: This Week's International News Roundup
Summer Newsletter - Spotted Lanternfly Threat & More!
Spring Fever at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, 2018 Newsletter Edition
TreeHugger Daily News
June Green Strides: Get Ready for 2019
CWFNJ: June E-News 2018
SJ: June Sustainability Hero Announced
From the fields and kitchen of Terhune Orchards: Strawberry Recipes
June is Great Outdoors Month
RH: Water, Water, Water
Treehugger News
Great Places: Help Save Corals
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 06/05/2018
June Littoral News
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
SJ: Five sustainability success stories
Duke Farms May 2018 Newsletter
eeNEWS for May 23, 2018
Green Knight newsletter - May, 2018
Green Strides: The 2018 ED-GRS Have Arrived!
Children & Nature Network News
TreeHugger Daily News
Let's Leverage Technology to Co-Create a More Sustainable Future
CWFNJ: May E-News 2018
Spring Refresh
C&NN: This Week's International News Roundup             (Posted: 8-15-18)

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Duke Farms Newlsetter: Our Role in Climate Change              (Posted: 8-15-18)

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Developers Green Infrastructure Grants; the Suburbs Return; We're Hiring! and more             (Posted: 8-15-18)

Developers' Green Infrastructure Grants
New Jersey Future has issued a call for submissions to identify and support at least two private-sector development or redevelopment projects located in one of the William Penn Foundation Delaware River Initiative Areas of the Highlands, or the area of southern New Jersey underlain by the Kirkwood or Cohansey aquifers. Builders, developers, property owners or design professionals with projects located within these areas, are encouraged to apply.

Are recent reports highlighting a resurgence in population growth in the suburbs accurate? Maybe. It all depends on how we define "suburb." Perhaps we should focus more on characteristics than location. Read more.

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Founded in 1987, New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes sensible growth, redevelopment and infrastructure investments to foster vibrant cities and towns, protect natural lands and waterways, enhance transportation choices, provide access to safe, affordable and aging-friendly neighborhoods and fuel a strong economy. The organization does this through original research, innovative policy development, coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on strategic assistance.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Webinar: Transforming Your Streetlighting

Rain Barrel Workshop

Implementing Complete Streets at the Local Level

Wetlands Construction: Principles, Planning and Design

Asset Management: Mapping and Data Analysis

National Drive Electric Celebration

To submit an event to New Jersey Future's calendar, please complete our Upcoming Event form.

Green Knight Newsletter - August 2018             (Posted: 8-15-18)

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OCSCD: FREE Native Plants for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!             (Posted: 8-14-18)

August, 2018
Grow Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Join Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership, The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education and The Watershed Institute for our Jersey-Friendly Yards Series of Programs this growing season! FREE plant giveaways!
Thursday, August 16 (6:30-7:30pm)
NEW! Jersey-Friendly Yards - Landscaping for a Healthier Environment
Learn how to create a beautiful, low maintenance, bay-friendly landscape using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website as a tool www.JerseyYards.org. The program will feature native plants that thrive on New Jersey's coastal barrier islands. Presented by Barnegat Bay Partnership and Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants will be offered as Door Prizes. PROGRAM LOCATION: Long Beach Township Marine Education Field Station 127 West Osborn Avenue, Holgate, NJ. For more information, link to the Long Beach Township website.

Sunday, August 19 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center, 1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms Rivers, 08753. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Monday, September 17 (6:00-7:30pm)
Designing a Jersey-Friendly Garden for the Benefit of Wildlife
Jersey-Friendly plants offer myriad benefits to wildlife. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to design a garden or yard that will attract and support birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, September 15 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Showcasing the Pine Beach Jersey-Friendly Garden
Come explore the newly installed Jersey-Friendly Garden in Pine Beach. Join us for an indoor presentation and an outdoor tour of the garden. We will showcase native and Jersey-Friendly plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Juliane Esposito, pinebeachutilities@comcast.net. PROGRAM LOCATION: Pine Beach Borough Hall, 599 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pine Beach. Program hosted by the Pine Beach Environmental Commission and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Saturday, September 22 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, October 20 (8:15am-3:00pm)
Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference
"Inspiration for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard"
Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference on October 20, 8:15am-3:00pm at Ocean County College, Gateway Building, Toms River. Enjoy a series of morning workshops followed by our afternoon Keynote Speaker, Kathy Salisbury. Cost is $35 and includes all conference activities, morning refreshments and lunch. Our native plant sale offers opportunities for fall planting. More information available on the JerseyYards.org website! For questions email Karen Walzer kwalzer@ocean.edu or call (732) 255-0472 ext. 2.

OCSCD | Education & Outreach | 609-971-7002 ext. 114 | education@soildistrict.org | www.soildistrict.org
SJ: August Sustainability Hero & Grant Cycle Announced             (Posted: 8-7-18)

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CWFNJ: August E-News 2018             (Posted: 8-7-18)

ASBURY PARK STUDENTS MEET OSPREYS
AT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD
Third-grade students in the CWF Summer Learning Experience program, a part of the Asbury Park School District Summer Camp offerings, had the opportunity to not only see an osprey up close, but to visit a local nest and learn to simulate building the predatory bird's nesting place.

The state's leading osprey biologist Ben Wurst and CWF education director Stephanie DAlessio met with close to 50 students at the William 'Butch' Bruno Football Stadium, where a known osprey nest overlooks the field. Many students remembered Wurst for his widely publicized rescue in late June of an osprey entangled in balloon ribbon at Island Beach State Park.

Sponsored by New Jersey Natural Gas, the 5-week program is a part of the Asbury Park School District's hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Athletics, and Math (STEAAM) focused summer programming.

Photo by Asbury Park School District
2018 OSPREY OUTLOOK
CWF Osprey Banding Apprentice Northside Jim holds a young osprey 13/K after banding.
INSIGHT INTO IMPORTANT BIOINDICATORS
Mid-summer marks the nestling period of nesting ospreys, a coastal raptor, whose diet consists mainly of fish. As a state that is heavily influenced by its location along the Atlantic Ocean, these birds play a critical role in our coastal ecosystem. Ospreys are important bioindicators of the health of our coastal waters, through the lens of their prey, where pollutants are biomagnified through the food chain. They show the effects of these pollutants long before humans, so the health of their population has implications for our coastal waters and local citizens.
ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR OSPREY POPULATIONS
This season's weather has been optimal, with no high wind events. Prey has been plentiful, as observed at many nests, including all with nest cameras, which had large brood sizes. Despite some minor setbacks, many nest are predicted to yield high productivity numbers, indicating good health measures of osprey populations.

Full results from the 2018 Osprey Project Survey will be published later this year. Continued monitoring of osprey nests and maintenance of their nesting platforms is crucial to their long term sustainability. CWF's work and maintenance of aging nest platforms will continue into the fall. All in all, it's safe to say that ospreys will continue to do well if we continue to care for and protect our coastal environment.

Read more about the summary of this year's osprey work, and to see many pictures from the 2018 Osprey Project.
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill
THE SANDPAPER: FALCON ON LBI BRIDGE PERISHES, BUT PEREGRINES' PROGRESS CONTINUES

"Northside Jim" Verhagen regularly monitors the peregrine falcon family that resides in and around a new nesting platform in the marsh to the south of the eastbound stretch of the Dorland J. Henderson Bridge. Early last week, after the sole fledgling, named Blue Bonnet, was found dead on the roadway there, he believes her parents, Bridgeboy and Jo Durt, demonstrated mourning. "They do a certain call," said Verhagen. "Jo Durt landed on the pier with her mate, which is very unusual."

Despite the young peregrine's death, as Ben Wurst, habitat program manager for Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, pointed out, "This is still kind of a success story."

WOMEN & WILDLIFE AWARDS 2018
NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH FRIDAY AUGUST 31, 2018

Fifth-grade girls participating in CWF's Soaring with STEAM program at Island Beach State Park
Nominate an exceptional woman! For the 13th year, CWF will present Women & Wildlife Awards to special individuals for their achievements and their contributions to wildlife in New Jersey. 

By acknowledging these special individuals, we hope to encourage more young women to strive to make a positive impact on species and habitat protection, especially through the biological sciences.

RAPTORS OF NEW JERSEY WITH DAVID WHEELER
Join CWF Executive Director David Wheeler on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11AM at the Bridgewater Library to learn about New Jersey's magnificent raptors. Bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and ospreys have made an inspiring recovery over the past few decades, thanks largely to the work of devoted biologists and faithful volunteers from Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the State Endangered & Nongame Species Program.

Come and learn more about these incredible species, and the innovative work being done to study and protect them in the Garden State!

BEACH NESTING BIRDS WITH TODD POVER
Join CWF Biologist Todd Pover on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6PM at the Cape May Library as he discusses New Jersey's elusive endangered beach nesting birds, Piping Plover, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, and American Oystercatcher. Although they share the same beach habitat to nest and raise their chicks, each species has its own unique behaviors and life cycle. Against all odds, these birds struggle to survive on some of the most heavily visited beaches on the East Coast - learn what CWF and its partners are doing to protect them and recover their populations.

New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo
Volunteers help construct osprey platforms at last year's NJ WILD Outdoor Expo
The 2018 New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both September 8 & 9 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County. This event is FREE of charge and will take place rain or shine. Conserve Wildlife Foundation will be doing osprey building workshops on Saturday and bat house building demonstrations on Sunday (times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day).

The Expo celebrates the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage. It helps connect people with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities, including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and much more. Please visit the website below for more information!

HORSESHOE CRABS EXPANDED BREEDING INTO NEAP TIDES
Dr. Larry Niles writes a three-part blog on his shorebird work this summer. Good horseshoe crab egg densities have drawn many red knots to the bay, but the birds still face many challenges. 

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: NJ BALD EAGLE CHICKS

OSPREY CHICKS GET A NECESSARY "HOME" UPGRADE
Dedicated CWF staff and Osprey Project volunteers save three osprey chicks from what could have been an unhappy fate.


HELPING OYSTERS RECOVER IN BARNEGAT BAY
CWF joined the American Littoral Society at their annual Parade of Boats event in conjunction with the Operation Oyster program. Read more about our crab pot recycling project. 

Check out these fantastic Afterschool News items, Webinars, Grants and more!             (Posted: 8-7-18)

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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!

New Jersey's Annual Conference on Afterschool is set for Nov 2018!
The 2018 conference, Strengthening Tomorrow's Leaders, celebrates long-term success in the ever-changing landscape of Afterschool, S.T.E.A.M. and Expanded Learning.

The conference features 54 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 2018!
Workshops fill up quickly so register early!
Conference Fees:
2 days - $278
1 Day - $168

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

Accommodations:
Room Rates:  $122 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 2, 2018
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

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Grant to Help Women Enter Apprenticeships, Expand Job Opportunities
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The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of funding to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare, among other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter in, and lead in, all industries.

The grant program will award at least $994,000 to community-based organizations to encourage women's employment in underrepresented occupations and pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. Grants will be awarded to up to six recipients. 

Organizations applying must provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:
  • Developing pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
  • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers; and
  • Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women to improve their retention.

The 2018 grants are administered by the Department's Women's Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration. 

Click here to visit the Women's Bureau for more information.

VOICES OF THE FIELD:
Talking Series for Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Professionals
Join us on Wed August 15th!
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From 12:00pm - 2:00pm, join NJSACC and your colleagues (on the dates below) in an informal discussion of field news, best practices and program challenges. NJSACC staffers will also be available to provide technical assistance in any related areas.

Call Dates:
  • Thursday, June 14th, 2018
  • Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
  • Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
  • Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 
Click here to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/voicesofthefield

After you register, you will receive an email confirmation and the conference call in numbers.

All are welcome! 

We look forward to hearing your voice...

Professional Development Workshops in STEM, Language Arts & Social Studies!*
Using sports and experiential, hands-on learning as a vehicle to teach these content areas.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 OR Thursday November 8, 2018

TIME: 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
(on the campus of Montclair State University)

WHAT: Earn 4 hours of professional development credit in the areas of STEM, Language Arts and Social Studies, enjoy a catered lunch and network with fellow educators.

COST: $10.00

To register, email or call: Jenny Pollack, Education Director
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
pollackj@montclair.edu

Cell: 718-974-3984
Museum Main: 973-655-2378

Small Action, Big Impact!
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From our friends at the Afterschool Alliance:  

Now is the time to let Congress know that federal afterschool funding is critical to support local community-based afterschool and summer learning programs in your community. The House and Senate appropriations committees are in the midst of passing their education spending bills for FY2019 which begins October 1and goes through September 30, 2019. Funding for education programs like the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative appropriated as part of this process will be available for programs during the 2019-2020 school year. So far, afterschool supporters have made 745 contacts to Congress this week-reach out now and keep our momentum strong!

Check out this great overview from the Afterschool Alliance of the federal budget making process and how it impacts programs for youth and families in YOUR community!

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Grant Opportunity: New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program - apply by Thursday 8/23
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The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to release the New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program (NJASP) Notice of Grant Opportunity(NGO).
 
This opportunity is a limited, competitive grant program open to any national or statewide public or private 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization or 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees not funded for the 2018-2019 academic year, excluding non-public schools, but limited to those that:
  • have implemented an afterschool program that has been evaluated and demonstrated positive results; and
  • have at least four years' experience operating an afterschool program; and
  • currently operate an afterschool and summer enrichment program serving New Jersey youth from low-income families.
Funding supports afterschool, before school and/or summer enrichment programming for 100 students attending NJDOE designated comprehensive or targeted public schools or other schools as defined in the NGO. Interested applicants should read the NGO for more information. The NGO can be accessed by clicking here.

A technical assistance session will be held this month, the details are within the NGO. Good luck!

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FYI: NJ Workforce Registry's Extended Hours Announcement
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This email is to update all NJ Workforce Registry members on the extended hours for the call center.

As of Thursday, June 28, 2018, the call center hours are:

Monday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

For additional information:
NJ Workforce Registry
PO Box 9619
Trenton, NJ 08650
Phone: 1-877-522-1050
E-Mail: NJWorkforceRegistry@pcgus.com

Summer Fun, Friends and FREE Meals!
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For many kids, summertime means food, friends and fun. For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, however, the summer months can mean hunger. Free summer meals are available to children and teens ages 18 and younger at safe places like schools, parks, churches and other sites in your community.

Free Summer Meal Details:
  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a summer meals site.
  • Food served is healthy and follows federal nutritional guidelines.
  • Summer meals sites are at fun, safe places for kids and teens to be active and visit with friends.
  • No application, ID or proof of income is needed. You can just bring your child to a summer meals site in your community.
  • For more information about summer meals in New Jersey, contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-292-4498, or visit the Department's website.
To find meal sites, visit the USDA sitefinder or text "Summer Meals" to 97779

To find meal sites go to: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Have questions? Contact the NJ Department of Agriculture at: 609-292-4498 OR
SFSPCommunication@ag.state.nj.us

Bedtime Math creates brand new series of hands-on math activities - your input is needed!
Click here to access the survey!
Good news! Bedtime Math is creating a brand new series of quick, hands-on math activities for your afterschool program. Each simple activity will teach a math skill using toys and materials you already have on hand, and the directions will be available of charge.

Could you please help by filling out this very brief survey identifying the materials and supplies you have on hand at your site? It will help us prioritize which activities will be most useful.

Thank you so much! We look forward to sharing these great new activities with you and your kids.
Click here to access the survey!

Beyond The Bell Webinars you should definitely know about!
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Join AIR's Jaime Singer, Beyond the Bell director and senior technical assistance consultant, and our team of AIR experts every other month for a short webinar featuring one of the 96 Beyond the Bell tools. Hear from AIR experts on topics related to managing, designing, implementing, and improving quality afterschool and expanded learning programs.

Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the Beyond the Bell website. The featured tool from the webinar will be available for download from the websitefor a limited time.

Join us for one or all six webinars. Be sure to register for the event ahead of time, as space is limited.
  1. Positive Youth Development Beyond the Bell with Fausto Lopez. July 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  2. Staff Development: Where to Start with Janet Levings. September 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  3. SEL Beyond the Bell: Integrating SEL Practices in Out-of-School-Time Programming with Jessy Newman. November 7, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  4. Preparing for Summer Success: Getting an Early Start on Planning Your Summer Program with Laura Shankland. January 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  5. Data: Your Continuous Improvement Reality Check with Marion Baldwin. March 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  6. Making Service Part of Your Afterschool Program Culture with Danny Martinez. May 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. CT.
     
As always, if you have questions or would like to speak with a member of our team, reach out to us at: beyondthebell@air.org. Be on the lookout for in-person training opportunities in Austin and Chicago.

Click here to learn more!

Grant Opportunity: Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program
Click here to learn more and apply!

Through the Community Grant Program, Walmart Foundation associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.

Before applying, please note:
  • The 2018 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2018 and the application deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days.
  • Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000.
Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:
  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed in the IRS Master File that conduct activities in the United States.
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc.
  • All organizations must verify that they meet the eligibility requirements. This may require submitting a support ticket through Cybergrants.
  • Applications must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered.
  • Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.
  • The facility manager and the grant administrator reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.
Please read the Community Grant Guidelines before beginning your application.

Click here to learn more and apply!
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Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org

Project Green Schools Back from Key Largo            (Posted: 8-7-18)

August 2018

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Project Green Schools Has A New Address

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Project Green Schools

3 Village Green North #311 PMB 191

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Project Green Schools Partners with UgMo Technologies

Boston, MA, and King of Prussia, PA – July 30, 2018 - Project Green Schools and smart irrigation specialist UgMO announced today a partnership to develop impactful water conservation curriculum for K-12 students. The partners begin curriculum development this month and will sponsor individual projects and the students implementing those initiatives. The goal of this support is to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to innovate new ways of driving water conservation and sustainability.

“Smart Irrigation Month makes the perfect backdrop for a partnership that can have a lasting impact on how the next generation views its ability to protect one of our planet’s most important and diminishing resources,” said Brian Dalmass. “It’s an honor to partner with the amazing team at Project Green Schools who has already made incredible inroads in inspiring young people across the country to do their part to reduce environmental impact and costs. We look ... READ MORE" lymouth, MA 02360 |

PGS In Key Largo with Coral Reef Foundation

?Well, our new fiscal year is off to a "swimming" start! The end of July found us finishing up our first class of Ocean Ambassador training with our partners at the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, Florida. During this program, students in grades 6-12 learned about the plight of coral reef systems around the world, saw first-hand the work being done to restore the reefs, went snorkeling in the open ocean, saw reef sharks & stingrays, and even went face-to-face with some visitors of an underwater hotel located in the lagoon of our training venue (MarineLab)! They also participated in a marine debris clean-up where they picked up 88 lbs of trek in the first quarter mile of their trek alone... in only 30 minutes. Students had the opportunity to be citizen scientists when they entered their data in both Florida Microplastic Awareness Project and the Mote Marine Lab Debris databases. The weekend was a raging success and the students had a blast!

PGS at Jack Johnson!!

?Project Green Schools was thrilled to have partnered with Jack Johnson and his foundation at his June 15th concert in Detroit making the Green Difference! 

#allatonce #jackjohnson #greendifference #projectgreenschools#environmentalaction #leadership Special thanks to Nicole, Director of School Engagement, for representing our students and schools across the nation and globe!!

Project Green Schools National Youth Council Leadership Team

We are excited to announce our leadership team for the 2018 - 2019 National Youth Council!

President

Olivia San - Lexington High School 12th-MA 

Co-President

Harjap Singh- Princinton Day School 11th Co- NJ

Secretary

Sarah Salvato -- Caddo Parish 12th- LA 

Lead Communications Officer

Molly Gun Aashland High School 11th- MA 

Social Media Executives

Libby Scapperotto- Wilton High School 12th - CT 

Rebecca Pan - Los Altos High School 11th -CA (Co-secretary)

Events Officer

Jennifer Su - Rio Americano H.S, 11th - CA h, MA 0

National Youth Council students in grades 5-12 are difference-makers who are invited to participate in important regional, national and world events.  Students are given a seat at the table – with government, corporate and professional leaders. 

Learn more and sign up!

Congratulations to the Environmental Eagles

The 5th Grade Environmental Eagles of Captain Samuel Brown School in Peabody, MA, also 2017-2018 Green Difference Award winners, made a wonderful slideshow reflecting on their inspirational work making the Green Difference this school year with their teacher. Click to view slideshow.

Students Across New England: Volunteer or Work at the Next Xfinity Center Concert

Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. 

Live Nation Entertainment is looking for dedicated students and adults to support sustainability efforts at the Xfinity Center's events located in Mansfield, MA.  

Here's how YOU can help:

Recycling Sorter

The Recycling Sorter will improve the Xfinity Center's sustainability efforts by sorting the recycling totes that are used throughout the venue to reduce and/or eliminate any contamination in our recycling compactors. (Paid position for 18+)

Green Team Volunteer (Must be at least 14 years of age).

Seeking 10 Volunteers and 1 Chaperone per school group/per event. 

The Green Team is made up of students who are participating in Project Green Schools and who are looking to earn volunteer hours towards induction into the National Green School Society. These students will share their knowledge of sustainability and recycling with guests of the Xfinity Center in an effort to improve the Center's sustainability and diversion efforts.

Click for more details!

2018 Healthy Kids Heroes Announced

"For 2018, there are three heroes. Each is known for effective advocacy and professionalism, the ability to inspire others, and especially for being compassionate, genuine and kind. Their work illustrates the power of... Read More"

Nominations for the "Who is Your 2019 Hero?" will be in the fall.

North American Marine Environmental Protection Association Contests, Programs, Field Trips and More!

Marine Science Call for Papers Competition: a competition for high school and college undergraduate students to showcase meaningful research projects related to marine science, marine industry, or marine technology. Applications will be accepted until September 1, 2018. Scholarship money and networking opportunities will be provided for winners. Submission portal link: http://www.namepa.net/science-fair/.

NAMEPA High School Chapter Program: a unique opportunity for high school students to begin a NAMEPA chapter and lead initiatives that benefit the marine environment. This could include planning a beach clean-up or educational presentation, all with the guidance and materials from NAMEPA. Read more here: http://www.namepa.net/start-a-chapter/.

In class presentations or field trips: We offer free educational programming for students all over Connecticut. We are very flexible and will meet the needs of the teacher.

Download or request hard copies of our free educational materials, including two educator's guides with NGSS aligned lesson plans and educational handouts that can be displayed at school. Find them here: http://www.namepa.net/education/

Grants, Recognitions, Scholarships, Internships and Competitions

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

GreenWorks! Grants grant a $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Deadline: September 30th, 2018

Apply Today

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge

The program facilitates the placement of college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences in paid internships across the state. Apply Today

Feature Your Business with Project Green Schools

Consider a listing level that works for you:  

 

Gold Listing - $250...2 Featured Business articles in Newsletter and also shared over PGS Social Media Platform [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn]. Plus year-round banner ad ½ year on our website. Choose your time of year!

  

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July 2018
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Green Infrastructure Initiative for Gloucester City and North Camden
The RCE Water Resources Program has partnered with the Camden County Soil Conservation District to implement green infrastructure programs in Gloucester City as well as the neighborhood of North Camden. Through a grant from the NJDEP 319(h) nonpoint source pollution program to the Soil Conservation District, funding is being provided for educational outreach and community-based demonstration projects that engage local residents. In Gloucester City, the New Jersey Tree Foundation is working with the Soil Conservation District and Rutgers to conduct outreach and begin the development of several green infrastructure projects. In April, Meredith Brown coordinated and directed the first program with a tree planting at a neighborhood park. Working with community volunteers, the New Jersey Tree Foundation led an effort to plant 15 trees in public spaces.  
Tree planting at Washington Avenue Park in Gloucester City on April 21, 2018
Project partner, Camden Lutheran Housing, is leading efforts in the neighborhood of North Camden to engage residents in an urban stormwater management and green infrastructure program. Camden Lutheran Housing hosted a public meeting with residents in April to introduce the program. Later in April, a cistern was installed through the program at Esperanza Community Garden in partnership with Hopeworks.
Esperanza Community Garden project partners and cistern
In July, Camden Lutheran Housing and the Block Supporter Initiative built and installed the first five downspout planter boxes at residences in the neighborhood. This program will continue with at least 15-20 boxes installed by the end of the year.   
Downspout planter box in North Camden
The partners in both communities are continuing to pursue other implementation projects and educational programs. Efforts are scheduled to continue in both communities for at least another two years.
Microplastic Pollution in New Jersey Rivers

Microplastics are tiny fragments, pellets or fibers of plastics with a size less than 5 mm, which are smaller than a grain of sand and invisible to the naked eye. The widespread production and use of plastics are the main reasons for plastic/microplastic pollution around the globe. Rutgers University has conducted a study at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) on urban New Jersey freshwaters (Raritan and Passaic Rivers) to quantify the extent of microplastic pollution and to identify chemical compounds associated with this pollutant. The study also focused on whether identified associated compounds with microplastics might have physiological effects on aquatic organisms (Ravit et al., 2017). 

The samples were collected from 15 locations in the Raritan River Watershed and 10 locations in the Passaic River Watershed; both watersheds are comprised of densely developed urban and suburban areas in New Jersey. Microplastics densities ranged from 28,000 to over 3,000,000 particles/square kilometer and were observed at the 25 sampling locations. Among the counted plastic particles, 85% were microplastics (<5 mm), and 38% of those were <1 mm in size. Microplastics absorb contaminants like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides, and flame retardants, all of which were found in high concentrations in the collected samples. When contaminated microplastics were mistaken for food resources by the species living within this habitat, the microplastics were incorporated into the food webs. Several studies showed that microplastic contamination was found in the tissues of finfish and shellfish, which then has the potential to move up the food chain and pose harm to human populations. In the Rutgers study, larval zebrafish exhibited morphologic abnormalities when exposed to the microplastic fragment recovered from the field samples. 

EPA Trash-Free Waters (https://www.epa.gov/trash-free-waters) states that nearly 80% of trash found in marine waters comes from terrestrial sources, and between 33%-66% of trash on beaches is single-use disposable plastics. The EPA also contends that source reduction is the most effective way to reduce marine debris as well as plastic pollution of freshwater bodies. Changes in public consumption and proper disposal habits will dramatically decrease the amount of microplastics getting into the waterways and subsequently into the aquatic food chain.

References:
Ravit, B., K. Cooper, G. Moreno, B. Buckley, I. Yang, A. Deshpande, S. Meola, D. Jones, A. Hsieh. 2017. Microplastics in urban New Jersey freshwaters: distribution, chemical identification, and biological affects. AIMS Environmental Science, 2017, 4(6): 809-826. doi: 10.3934/environsci.2017.6.809.  

The Water Resources Program Takes a Field Trip to Sandy Hook
The RCE Water Resources Program would like to thank the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium for hosting our program out on the Hook on July 17th! We want to especially thank Diana Burich for showing us the ropes, or as Sea Grant would say, the seines. The RCE Water Resources Program staff and undergraduate student interns were able to explore the beaches of Sandy Hook and learn about the marine environment. The outdoor program introduced us to the salt marsh and ocean beach environment through a variety of hands-on activities. Some of those activities included plankton sampling and identification, water quality testing, seining with waders, and a walk to the ocean to learn about beach erosion. These activities helped advance our knowledge about our state's marine and coastal resources.
Municipal Action Teams' Green Infrastructure Initiative Updates
Harrison TIDE (Transforming, Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) meetings have been suspended for individual project meetings for the summer. Members of Harrison TIDE will be meeting with Harrison Middle School on August 2nd to discuss a rain garden at the school. Rutgers and PVSC are leading the design of a right-of-way stormwater planter along South 7th Street adjacent to the Harrison Fire Headquarters.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) partners met on July 12th. Plans for the MLK Boulevard tree pits are moving forward to bid. For more information, please contact Kate Lawrence at KLawrence@jcnj.org.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) partners met at Passiac Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) on July 24th, 2018. Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program (RCE) presented on the PVSC Administration Building green infrastructure demonstration project designed and built in collaboration with PVSC. DIG was then led on a tour of the Administration Building and stormwater best management practices. Newark DIG’s Green Infrastructure Reformers introduced their Clean Waters Healthy Waters and GI Pledge outreach programs. The City of Newark Office of Sustainability continues to promote awareness about stormwater and environmental issues by conducting a catch basin painting program and the Newark Love Your Block Program. The City of Newark continues work on implementing several green infrastructure demonstration projects in partnership with the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program. 

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) members met on June 27th. Rain gardens at JFK High School, Public School 28, and Frank J Napier Public School 4 were replanted with students from each school. 

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) has continued their efforts toward promoting green infrastructure throughout the city of Perth Amboy. On July 19th, the group met to discuss upcoming project installations and ground breaking events throughout the city. In the upcoming months, residents can expect more green infrastructure projects and a demonstration at Washington Park (dates and time to follow). In addition, the group continues to discuss the new Long Term Control Plan regulations and the potential for green infrastructure as part of this process. Recently, the City of Perth Amboy published their Public Participation Process Report (June 29, 2018). The report is available to view through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website at: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/dwq/pdf/CSO_PublicParticipation_MCUA_2_20180629.pdf. The SWIM partners continue to meet regularly on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The next meeting will take place at the Brighton Avenue Community Center (56 Brighton Avenue, Perth Amboy) on Thursday, August 16th at 10AM. All are welcome. 

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners members met on June 28th to discuss updates on green infrastructure projects. Tree plantings in the spring on North Clinton Avenue were a success, and the public school projects are moving forward over the summer. The next meeting is scheduled for July 31st.

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Going for a 2019 Green Ribbon?

The 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) were announced on May 16 and will be honored at a Sept. 19 ceremony in Washington, DC.  See the list of selecteespress release, and a report about these schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are achieving sustainability gains in facilities and grounds, health and wellness, and environmental literacy.  Read this blog post highlighting the actions of a few of the 2018 honorees.

If your institution has not already been recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2019 application cycle by using the resources and programs available on Green Strides.  Read some common misconceptions about the award dispelled in a blog post by the director and review frequently asked questions on all three award categories  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are eligible only if nominated by state authorities.  Interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact their state education agenciesState education authorities can find award criteria and other state implementation guidance on ED's website and should email U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for information.   >>>>

Meet the 2018 ED-GRS Awardees

Congratulations to the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  View the honorees and read about their work on the Green Strides website and ED awards page.  Three of the honorees are spotlighted below.

Drew Charter
The Drew Elementary Academy serves approximately 1,000 students in a building that was constructed in 1999. The Junior and Senior Academy serves about 750 students in a building that was constructed in 2014 and acquired LEED Gold certification.

Charles R. Drew Charter School, Atlanta, Georgia

Charles R. Drew Charter School (Drew) opened in 2000 as Atlanta’s first public charter school and is an integral part of a holistic neighborhood revitalization.  The Junior and Senior Academy building is home to an environmental dashboard that gives real-time data on the amount of water and electricity used, along with the amount of solar power captured by the panels on the building’s roof (roughly 15 percent of the school’s energy needs).  Drew’s long school day and extensive after-school program offerings mean parents are only making one commute in the morning and one commute in the evening.  Drew’s charter gives preference to families living in the surrounding community, making it more feasible for them to walk or bike to school.  Physical education offerings include tennis, golf, PE, health, dance, and swimming. An affordable and well-attended after-school program offers martial arts, yoga, dance, capoeira, flag football, soccer, sports conditioning, and golf.  Past health and wellness events have included fresh produce tastings, cooking demos, on-site farmers markets, meditation days, and staff wellness events.  Drew offers a full-time school nurse and at least two guidance counselors on each campus, and a full-time social worker for the Pre-K–12  student body.  By teaching all subjects and standards through a real-world project, Drew incorporates community involvement, the school facility and grounds, lessons on the use of finite resources, and local experts into its instruction.  Every student at the Elementary Academy (K–5) will take an environmental education enrichment course, and, at the Junior and Senior Academy, students have the opportunity to take an environmental science class.  Both campuses house learning gardens that are used for instruction, tastings, and curricular support.  >>>>

Gustavus Adolphus Solar
Gustavus Adolphus College installs solar panels on a shed in the Big Hill Farm student garden, also home to a greenhouse.

Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota

Gustavus Adolphus College's (GAC) signature, yearly Nobel Conference on science has focused on the environment, energy, water, food, and oceans, and will add themes of soil and climate change to the list in the immediate future.  In the 1970s, the college dedicated a portion of its land to form the Linnaeus Arboretum, which has become a venue for environmental reflection and learning for students, staff, and the public.  With a full-time naturalist on staff, the “Arb,” hosts programs for elementary school students and their families, college students, and senior citizens.  The two most recent major construction projects on campus have resulted in LEED Platinum and Gold certification. The college maintains two solar electric arrays, three large solar thermal arrays, and a small wind turbine. In 2013, the college began an onsite composting effort for all pre- and post-consumer food waste from dining services and is exploring ways to extend this to food waste generated in residence halls and other buildings.  The “Gus Bus” shuttle brings students to and from downtown Saint Peter businesses and Gusties on the Go offers free loaner bikes on campus. The dining service is à la carte and offers reusable take-out containers to reduce waste and encourage better food choices.   Student organizations like the Gustavus Greens and the Climate Justice Coalition and staff collaborate to create lasting institutional efforts such as GAC’s Fair Trade Campus designation and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.  The environmental studies program draws on faculty from nine different academic departments, ranging from anthropology to physics.  Students have the opportunity to participate in January term classes like Introduction to Renewable Energy, and elective courses like Local Food Production. Several study abroad programs focus on sustainability topics.  A religion and ecology course engages students in learning about the environmental perspectives and activities of diverse faith communities.  >>>>

Manchester Valley High School Clean Up
Manchester Valley High School students clean up an outdoor space on school grounds during National Honor Society Student Service Day.

Manchester Valley High School, Manchester, Maryland

Beyond its solar skylit hallways, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and student-generated “turn off the lights” mini-posters, Manchester Valley High School (MVHS) has come together to create a model for reduction in environmental impact and cost within Carroll County Public Schools.  Through administrative, staff, and student-driven efforts to reduce paper waste by promoting digital curricula, recycling, and composting programs, Manchester Valley has reduced landfill waste by more than 50 percent.   Science and agriculture programs incorporate hydroponics, aquaponics, and rain barrels to conserve water.  Meticulous state department of health inspectors, a school safety sommittee, interdepartmental safety inspections, and even student data-keeping play active roles in assessing school indoor air quality.  From fundraising walks like Relay for Life, to supporting Special Olympics athletes, to community races, to the Polar Bear Plunge, the school community makes its miles count.  All educators are encouraged to bring their classes outside.  School grounds include two outdoor classrooms, a 10,400 square foot pollinating garden, a wetland designated as an endangered bog turtle habitat, a system of wooded hiking and streamside trails, and a “no-mow zone” wildflower area.  Environmental literacy is a systemic collaboration that extends beyond isolated curricular islands: World history classes require research on non-native species and habitats; 10th-grade English classes incorporate agriculture in argumentative writing; physical education classes have included trash and recycle clean-up activities; and technology classes design and test wind-generated electric technologies.  >>>>

Resources and Opportunities

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Every Kid in A Park Continues for Fourth Year

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. To obtain a pass, a fourth-grader should get an adult’s permission, and then visit www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an educational activity, and download and print the paper pass voucher.  Some state parks are also honoring the pass>>>>

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Apply for a GreenWorks! Environmental Education Grant by Sept. 30

Project Learning Tree offers grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project that they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.  The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses, and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. >>>>

Webinars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Summer

The Green Strides Webinar Series has promoted over 1000 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 additional free, publically available webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov for listing. (Note: All times listed are ET.)

July 24, 2–3 p.m.  Leveraging Nutrition Programs in Disasters (USDA)

July 24, 2–3 p.m.  Safe Access to Parks (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)

July 24, 3–4 p.m.  New Ideas for Sustainability, Social Theories, and More (NAAEE)

July 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  ISS:  Mass vs Weight (NASA)

July 25, 1212:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

July 25, 3–4 p.m.  Natural Herbicides:  For a Greener Campus Environment (AASHE)

July 25, 5–6 p.m.  A Day in the Life on Board the ISS(NASA)

July 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth(NASA) 

July 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Environmental Control and Life Support Systems – Life Science (NASA)

July 31, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Dark Matter and Energy – Physical Science (NASA)

Aug. 1, 3–4 p.m.  Accelerating Change through the President’s Sustainability Research Program (AASHE)

Aug. 2, 1–2:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101(EPA)

Aug. 2, 2–3 p.m.  Indigenous Foods in Early Care and Education Settings (USDA)

Aug. 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Detecting Exoplanets(NASA)

Aug. 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Characteristics of Planets – Earth and Space Science (NASA)

Aug. 8, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Technology Drives Exploration:  Drag Devices (NASA)

Aug. 9, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201(EPA)

Aug. 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Technology Drives Exploration:  Thermal Protection (NASA)

Aug. 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  X-rays on Earth and from Space(NASA)

Aug. 16, 2–3 p.m.  Top 10 Most Under-used ENERGY STAR Resources (EPA)

Aug. 21, 1–2 p.m.  ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems (EPA)

Aug. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Solar Sail (NASA)

Aug. 22, 3–4 p.m.  Herding Cats?  Tried and Tested Behaviour ChangeMethods(AASHE)


Aug. 23, 6–7 p.m.  The Spread and Ecology of an Invasive Seaweed (NOAA)

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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The 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo is Oct. 25 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual conference 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 the theme Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge, the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo will examine the critical role of higher education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   >>>>

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The 2018 NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium is Oct. 913 in Spokane, Washington

For more than four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, from classroom teachers and teacher educators, to nature center staff, to climate science researchers, and everyone in between. Averaging 1,000 participants each year, the event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and the dissemination of best practices.  This year’s conference, with the theme A Force for the Future, is in Spokane, Washington. >>>>

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Green Clean Schools ISSA/INTERCLEAN Educational Facilities Track is Oct. 2930 in Dallas, Texas

This two-day program will provide facility directors at schools and universities and their teams with the knowledge and tools necessary to support healthier, safer cleaning programs that promote learning. Together with leaders in the field of green cleaning in schools, participants will examine Healthy Schools Campaign’s 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, a guide to healthier cleaning in educational facilities, through a combination of case studies, deep dives into practical applications, and panel presentations focused on new and emerging trends in the field of green cleaning in schools. >>>>

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LearningSCAPES 2018 is Nov. 14 in Chicago, Illinois

Association for Learning Environment’s mission is to connect those whose passion is to create the best possible physical learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, and other skills that will empower students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.  Its LearningSCAPES 2018 conference includes educational sessions, keynotes, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future through thoughtful school facilities.      >>>>

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EDspaces Is Nov. 7–9 

in Tampa, Florida

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators, and dealers to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning through advanced school facilities.  Leaders from school districts and colleges, architects, interior designers, dealers, and exhibitors collaborate in the transformation of physical educational environments.   >>>>

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Greenbuild 2018 Is Nov. 

14–16 in Chicago, Illinois

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of the host city's green buildings. >>>>




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ICYMI: Read what's happening - Afterschool Public Policy & Advocacy News - July 2018             (Posted: 7-26-18)


July 2018 Issue

Hello Everyone!Photo of ED Diane Genco


   We're delighted to share good news and exciting updates related    to advocacy and public policy in afterschool.




   Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. - Diane


 




The 2018 conference, Strengthening Tomorrow's Leaders, celebrates long-term success in the ever-changing landscape of Afterschool, S.T.E.A.M. and Expanded Learning.

The conference features 54 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 2018!

Workshops fill up quickly so register early!

Conference Fees:
2 days - $278
1 Day - $168

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

Accommodations:
Room Rates:  $122 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 2, 2018. 

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 funds under Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Showcase Alley 2018: A Great Opportunity to Showcase Your Business to NJ Afterschool Communities!
Friday, November 16, 2018 / 11am

Click here to register!


Showcase Alley is a special 1 day opportunity for you to promote your business and/or organization by securing an exhibit table. Showcase Alley takes place on Friday, November 16, 2018, day 1 of NJSACC's annual 2-day conference on afterschool.

FEE = $150 per exhibit

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

Showcase Alley is designed so that ALL conference participants are channeled through the exhibits between 11am to 1pm. Historically, conference participants on Friday are those people who have the purchasing power for their youth serving organizations.

While we at NJSACC love children and they are a driving force behind the work we do, children may not attend Showcase Alley. The conference as well as Showcase Alley 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 and Showcase Alley hours.

Payment and registration must be received by Friday, November 9, 2018

To secure an exhibit table, please click on REGISTER NOW below and follow all prompts to register and process your payment FEE of $150. Please make all checks, payable to: NSJACC. Please note that exhibit space is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis.

MAILING ADDRESS:
NJSACC
Showcase Alley
208 Lenox Avenue
#363
Westfield, NJ 07090

Please note that there is no fee for Not-for-Profits but you must be cleared by NJSACC Office prior to completing on-line registration form AND indicate your non-profit status in the registration form.

IMPORTANT DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Register at: https://www.regonline.com/showcase2018
 

  • Payment must be received by Friday, November 9, 2018
  • You may arrive no earlier than 9:30am on Friday, November 16, 2018 at The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal. Please be available at your table from 11am - 1pm.
  • There is electricity on the premises. Please bring extension cords.
  • A complimentary coffee and water station will be available - no lunch. 

Complimentary WIFI will be available - login details to be provided there. 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact Adam Cruz via email at: acruz@njsacc.org

We look forward to seeing your business/organization become part of this great opportunity!
Did You Know?  Afterschool Meals Don't Have to Stop on Weekdays!
Afterschool meals don't have to stop at weekdays. With the help of the Afterschool Meal Program through CACFP, children under 18 can receive meals on weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Additionally, other afterschool clubs can be reimbursed for providing these meals. Many other operations that exist for children while schools are closed can provide these meals as well.
School nutrition departments, local government agencies, and private nonprofits are eligible to be sponsors and can apply at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/ school-meals/school-meals-contacts
As sponsors, these agencies can help local afterschool programs start meal reimbursements and minimize each afterschool program's use of resources and provide the highest number of healthy meals to the children they serve.  
To find out more information visit: https://bit.ly/2vJdAN6

This is Afterschool: Social & Emotional Skills for Success

Check out this great video from our friends at the Afterschool Alliance!  Afterschool programs are engaging children and youth in safe and supportive settings, where they learn social and emotional skills that allow them to thrive.
NJ Afterschool Action
In This Issue

Thank you for reading this edition of NJ Afterschool Action.  We always want to hear from you, so please send your questions, comments, and ideas to: action@njsacc.org.  

Sincerely,

Diane Genco
Executive Director 

NJSACC works to build lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership,

NJSACC enhances public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers, and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners, and parents, and shares best practices in the field.
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Grant Opportunity: New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program - apply by Thursday 8/23
Click here to learn more!

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to release the New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program (NJASP) Notice of Grant Opportunity(NGO).
 
This opportunity is a limited, competitive grant program open to any national or statewide public or private 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization or 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees not funded for the 2018-2019 academic year, excluding non-public schools, but limited to those that:
  • have implemented an afterschool program that has been evaluated and demonstrated positive results; and
  • have at least four years' experience operating an afterschool program; and
  • currently operate an afterschool and summer enrichment program serving New Jersey youth from low-income families.
Funding supports afterschool, before school and/or summer enrichment programming for 100 students attending NJDOE designated comprehensive or targeted public schools or other schools as defined in the NGO. Interested applicants should read the NGO for more information. The NGO can be accessed by clicking here.

A technical assistance session will be held this month, the details are within the NGO. Good luck!

Click here to learn more.
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!

Professional Development Workshops in STEM, Language Arts & Social Studies!*
Using sports and experiential, hands-on learning as a vehicle to teach these content areas.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 OR Thursday November 8, 2018

TIME: 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
(on the campus of Montclair State University)

WHAT: Earn 4 hours of professional development credit in the areas of STEM, Language Arts and Social Studies, enjoy a catered lunch and network with fellow educators.

COST: $10.00

To register, email or call: Jenny Pollack, Education Director
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
pollackj@montclair.edu

Cell: 718-974-3984
Museum Main: 973-655-2378
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Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org

Sustainable Jersey News             (Posted: 7-26-18)

Summer is Heating Up!
July Sustainability Hero Announced

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
302 Districts     777 Schools     Participating
Strategically Maximizing the Energy Efficiency
 of Your District Building Portfolio
Webinar: August 14, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 PM

Combining New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) incentives with a strategic vision can help schools and municipalities finance energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities. Planning efforts can start with Energy Tracking and Management to highlight current energy use. The next steps involve assessing energy upgrade projects and identifying available incentives from both NJCEP and utilities that can help bring projects from planning to implementation.

For the past four summers, Sustainable Jersey has partnered with New Jersey Natural Gas and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to provide onsite technical energy assistance to local officials. This program has matched highly trained EDF Fellows with New Jersey schools and municipalities to identify energy savings opportunities through an individualized strategic approach.

Come join us for this one hour webinar as this year's EDF Fellows guide you through the process they used to help their clients address their unique energy needs. Learn how measuring current energy use and planning for energy efficiency can help your school or municipality identify opportunities for leveraging NJCEP and utility incentives to maximize potential energy savings -- and cost savings -- for your facilities.

Speakers:
Lauren Kaapcke, EDF Fellow for Asbury Park, Freehold Boro, and Neptune Township
Sage Lang, EDF Fellow for Little Egg Harbor Township School District, Ocean Gate Boro, and Little Egg Harbor Township
Erin Lannon, EDF Fellow for Jackson Township School District, Point Pleasant Beach Boro, and Lake Como Boro

Please invite your colleagues and join us! To register, click here.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
2018 Recycling Award Application- Due July 27th

NJDEP promotes recycling through the annual recycling awards program that is coordinated in conjunction with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR). The awards recognize the outstanding recycling achievements of municipalities, counties, businesses and industry and individuals, as well as schools and other institutions and are presented at ANJR's annual recycling symposium. 

2017 winners include: Camden City School District, Essex County Vocational Technical School-West Caldwell Campus, and the Egg Harbor City Community School.  View the nomination packet here. 
September Certification Webinar Series

For those looking ahead to 2019 bronze or silver certification, mark your calendars for our fall webinar series!

Learn more about the Sustainable Jersey for Schools application website and certification process. Participants will learn how to upload documentation, add users, and use application features to track progress towards certification. 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification is good for three years at a time. If you are one of over 30 schools with a certification expiring in August 2019, you will want to attend this informative webinar on the re-certification process. Participants will learn how to determine which expired actions need to be updated for re-certification and how to make a game plan for maintaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification for 2019 and beyond!

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze certification is just the beginning of your school's sustainability journey! Learn how to make a plan to take your certification to the next level and get recognized for Silver certification (350 points and up)
Add Your Arts Education Events 
Find Arts Education Events

This summer, arts ed advocates all over the state are gearing up to launch "Arts in Education Week" Sept 9-15 (and throughout September).  Visit the Arts Ed Now website for more information on how you can become a change agent for arts education!
Welcome Newly Registered Schools
Atlantic County
Smithville Elementary School (Galloway)
 
Bergen County
Applied Technology High School (Bergen Co. Vo-Tech District)
 
Hunterdon County
Alexandria Middle School

Middlesex County
Adult Learning Center (New Brunswick)
Lincoln Annex School (New Brunswick)
Lincoln Elementary School (New Brunswick)
Livingston Elementary School (New Brunswick)
Lord Stirling Community School (New Brunswick)
McKinley Community School (New Brunswick)
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick Middle School
Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts (New Brunswick)
Roosevelt Elementary School (New Brunswick)
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School (New Brunswick)
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

DUKE FARMS - Professional Development
Programs are designed to get educators comfortable using the environment as an integrated context for learning whether in the schoolyard, a local park or at Duke Farms. Go here to see current offerings, including:
Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
August 2-3, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
$50 fee for this 2-day workshop includes rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials.  Register here

New Jersey Technology & Engineering Educators Association (NJTEEA)- STEM Bootcamp
August 14, 8:30-12pm Madison Jr High School STEM Facility, Madison NJ
A workshop on adaptive design based learning.  Topics include: Design based learning, real-world challenges, safety, facility design, curriculum design, clubs, and cross-collaboration between cores and electives. Registration $15. Register here.

CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION- Curriculum Design Studio
August 6-10,  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 - "Imagine a World Outdoors"
September 28 8:00-4:30 Duke Farms Coach Barn Hillsborough, NJ
For more than three decades ANJEE has organized one of the leading annual conferences for environmental professionals in NJ designed to promote innovation, networking, learning and dissemination of best practices.  This fall's conference will be All Outdoors, ZERO Powerpoint, Maximum Inspiration. Register here. 
 
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!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

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

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sponsors 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
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C&NN News             (Posted: 7-25/26-18)

Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement
Children & Nature Network Research Digest | July 2018
This Week's International News Roundup
This Week's International News Roundup

NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 7-25-18)

Connection to Nature Survey
eeNEWS for July 12, 2018
eeNEWS for July 12, 2018

This Week in the New Jersey Skylands             (Posted: 7-25-18)

July 19 - 26
July 12 - 19

TreeHugger News             (Posted: 7-25-18+)

We go full nanny
If your dog could talk
The Future We Want will be all electric
The real sharing economy
A meaty subject
Coffee Time!
The not so big mini-house 
Who needs disposable coffee cups?

Great Places: Nature Helps Tackle Climate Change             (Posted: 7-25-18)

Click HERE.

CWFNJ: July E-News 2018             (Posted: 7-10-18)

CWF RESCUES BABY OSPREY TANGLED IN STATE PARK NEST

CWF joined forces with Island Beach State ParkThe Friends of Island Beach State Park, and Seaside Heights Public Works to free an osprey nestling entangled by a balloon ribbon. The historic nest at IBSP is littered with plastic debris. Ospreys collect most nesting material from within view of their nests, and so this is a clear sign that the area has been impacted by plastic throwaways and other litter.

Please never release balloons. And the next time you visit a New Jersey beach, help our feathered friends by picking up plastic litter and disposing of it properly. On behalf of the ospreys, we thank you!

Click here to read more about the rescue, and visit our website to learn more about the Pete McLain osprey cam.

SLOW DOWN... and Save a Terrapin!
DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN NESTING SEASON
Northern diamondback terrapins are an aquatic "coast hugging" turtle that lives exclusively in brackish water. During summer months, adult females emerge from the safety of their estuarine habitat to find suitable nesting areas that are above the high tide line. These areas are often near roads, since many other shorelines have been bulkheaded.

Since 2010 we've been conducting road patrols/surveys on Great Bay Boulevard (GBB) - also known as "7 Bridges Road" - using local volunteer "citizen scientists" to collect data on terrapins in the roadway and to help reduce mortality rate of nesting adult females on on area roads. Our successful campaign has managed to cut the road mortality rate in half! In 2016 we started to notch or mark terrapins for future identification.

CWF RELEASES NEW VIDEO ABOUT ABANDONED CRAB POTS IN BARNEGAT BAY
"FISHING FOR A CLEANER BARNEGAT BAY"
Crabbing has been an annual tradition of residents and visitors to the Barnegat Bay region. Yet when those crab pots are abandoned or adrift, they can become death traps for local wildlife, including at-risk species like diamondback terrapin.

Due to a passing boat, a storm, or simply forgetfulness, abandoned "ghost" crab pots litter Barnegat Bay, continuing to catch crabs and fish. Worst of all is that when animals get stuck in a crab pot, they attract more animals, which in turn also are trapped. Each animal caught acts as bait for new animals to come along.

Fish are not the only victims of the crab pot death traps - the famous diamondback terrapin, a turtle species that is currently experiencing an alarming population decline rate, also is a common victim of being trapped by abandoned crab pots. One crab trap has even been found to contain 17 dead terrapins.

CWF's crab pot retrieval program is addressing this problem. Watch our brand new video, "Fishing for a Cleaner Barnegat Bay", to learn more!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMPS!
We still have space in our exciting outdoor programs to engage your child this summer! While school is out, CWF Summer Learning Experiences help kids learn about science and nature.

Our programs are hosted at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, Leonardo State Marina, Barnegat Bay, and Belmar Beach. Kids get close-up with eagles and snakes, seine on the bayshore, explore living habitats, and see what it takes to be a real wildlife biologist!

BARNEGAT BAY DAY ON L.B.I.
How slippery is an eel? How slithery is a snake? Why do some fish have course scales and others have very smooth scales? What does a snail feel like when it crawls across your hand? 

Come and find out at Barnegat Bay Day 2018!

Join CWF and Long Beach Island Foundation on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM for an exciting hands-on day of learning about the Barnegat Bay and its fascinating wildlife. Local organizations will have a variety of person-to-person experiences, with table-top displays for learners of all ages!

STRUGGLE TO EXIST: ART EXHIBITION IN BRANCHBURG
Join CWF Executive Director David Wheeler at Frontline Arts in Branchburg on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 6 PM for the opening reception of "struggle to EXIST". 

Wheeler will speak about the threats facing America's birds and how art can inspire people to protect wildlife. This innovative new exhibition features artists from across the nation seeking to deepen the discourse about North American bird species. 

PEREGRINE FALCONS: THE FASTEST ANIMAL ON EARTH
Join CWF Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst at the Beach Haven Public Library on Monday, July 23, 2018 for a discussion about the peregrine falcon.

Also known as the duck hawk, the peregrine is the largest falcon in New Jersey, and the world's fastest animal, capable of flying at speeds over 200 miles an hour. Just a few decades ago, peregrine falcons disappeared east of the Mississippi River - yet today we can celebrate 28 active falcon nests in New Jersey. For the world's fastest animal to again thrive in New Jersey speaks both to the peregrine falcon's inspiring resiliency and to the hard work and visionary leadership of those who worked for their successful comeback.

A YOUNG EAGLE GETS A LITTLE HELP
Wildlife rehabilitator Vicki Schmidt picked up and transported an injured juvenile bald eagle to Tri-State Bird Research and Rescue with the help of volunteers Tom Jones and Jim McClain.


TERRAPINS GIVEN 'HEAD START', THANKS TO SCHOOLKIDS
Head Start Terrapins, a school course started by the Ocean County MATES program and CWF, gives kids a head start in learning about nature.

GSNN: Up for a Hike? Physical Adventure in the Great Outdoors Brings Out the Joy in Learning!             (Posted: 7-10-18)

Click HERE.

Treehugger Daily             (Posted: 7-10-18)

On Recycling

NJTF: Spring 2018 News and Recap             (Posted: 7-9-18)

Spring 2018 Newsletter
Volunteers gather for a group photo after planting 20 trees in Farnham Park, Camden.
NJ Tree Foundation programs planted 880 trees and worked with 671 volunteers this spring! Thanks to our great partners and hard-working volunteers for all their help this season.
Renaissance Trees Program
Washington Street in Jersey City planted with 8 shade trees!
The Renaissance Trees Program and partners planted 88 trees in three different cities and worked with 214 amazing volunteers. We planted In Jersey City along Washington Street, an event sponsored by Tradeweb and powered by their employee volunteers. With a grant from the Arbor Day Foundation's TD Green Streets Program, we planted 20 trees around Plainfield Academy for the Arts in Plainfield with help from students and TD Bank volunteers. In Newark, we planted trees in the Forest Hill neighborhood and at Aspen River Park, the Elliot Street School, and Technology High School. Thank you to all our dedicated partners, volunteers, and contractors who made this season great!
Saying Goodbye & Branching Out
After 5 wonderful years with the NJ Tree Foundation as the Renaissance Tree Program Director, Elena Lopez has stepped down from her position. We thank Elena for all her hard work planting trees and organizing events in Newark, Paterson, Jersey City, and more! We wish her the best in her new job and future endeavors!
NJ Tree Foundation Board of Trustees Openings!
We are looking for a few good folks to become members of the NJ Tree Foundation's Board of Trustees! If you love our mission and would like to contribute to our success, please send an email to Lisa Simms, Executive Director at: LSimms@njtreefoundation.org to learn more.
Urban Airshed Reforestation Program
Children celebrating Arbor Day after planting a tree in Gloucester City.
The Urban Airshed Reforestation Program planted 237 trees throughout Camden and Gloucester City! This season would not have been possible without the help of 457 hard working volunteers. We planted 21 new trees at Cooper's Poynt Park and throughout North Camden. Along the 1200 blocks of Mechanic & Liberty streets, we planted 11 trees. At Gateway Park in Camden, we planted 20 trees. Gloucester City received 16 new trees this season. We planted 11 new trees at the Camden Shipyard & Martime Musuem. Together with Subaru and Cooper's Ferry Partnership, we planted 48 cherry trees along Linden St and near the Abigail House in North Camden. Cooper Grant neighborhood received 10 trees. With Campbell's Soup volunteers, the NJ Tree Foundation planted 65 trees at Dudley Grange Park. Finally, we added 34 trees to Farnham Park. Special thanks to all our partners and volunteers who helped make this season run smoothly!
Green Streets Program Update
The Green Streets crew had a productive spring, planting 555 trees in 13 towns! In addition to supporting both programs during their tree planting season, the crew worked on their own projects throughout New Jersey. As summer begins, say hi to the crew as they install rain gardens, water & mulch trees, and help keep rain gardens beautifully maintained in Camden. In the summer months you can hire the Green Streets Crew to water, mulch & prune your newly planted trees, and install, plant or maintain your rain gardens. For more information or to hire the Green Streets crew, please check out our website: http://njtrees.org/green-streets/
Treekeepers Camden Workshop
Our annual TreeKeepers workshop for Camden took place on June 9th.We had 18 dedicated, tree-loving residents from Camden, Gloucester City, and neighboring towns participate in the program and become Certified TreeKeepers. The workshop covered basic tree care, how to ID tree hazards, pruning skills, and watershed health. Each participant took home tools they will need to care for their trees. Thank you to Camden Lutheran Housing for hosting the event, and to the Camden Shade Tree Advisory Board for tabling. Caption: NJ Tree Foundation Board of Trustees member Bob Bartosz showing a Camden resident how to ID an oak tree.
Planting Trees Along the Circuit Trail
The NJ Tree Foundation made planting trees along the Circuit Trail a priority this season. The Circuit Trail is an 800-mile network of trails in the greater Philadelphia area. Trees planted along the trail provide beauty, stormwater management, and shade. This season, the NJ Tree Foundation planted 89 trees thanks to funding from the William Penn Foundation. An additional 40 trees were planted with funding from outside partners. For more information about the Circuit Trail, please visit their website: http://circuittrails.org/ Caption: Two Campbell's Soup volunteers standing next to a newly planted tree at Dudley Grange Park in Camden.
Thank You to all our Grant Funders and Partners!
Arbor Day Foundation TD Green Streets
Aspen River Park
Camden Greenways, Inc
Camden City Department of Public Works
City of Camden
City of Newark
Elliot Street School
EPA
Farbrook School
Forest Hill Community Association
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Gloucester City Garden Club
Gloucester City Green Team



Gloucester City Water & Sewer
Department
Gloucester City Shade Tree Advisory Board
Jaz Be
Jersey Cares
Johanette Wallerstein Foundation
La Voz De Newark
Masijun-Nur Islamic Learning Center
Miguel A. Goyco
MKM Foundation
Plainfield Academy for Arts & Advanced Studies
PowerCorps Camden
Rutgers University
Subaru
Technology High School
Tradeweb
USDA Forest Service
Whole Foods-Newark
William Penn Foundation

NJ Tree Foundation | www.njtreefoundation.org

July is Our Plastic Awareness Month             (Posted: 7-6-18)

July 2018
Bags Bill Doesn't Go Far Enough
   
Raritan Headwaters and our environmental colleagues have been working with our allies in the New Jersey legislature for years to craft a law that would limit the scourge of plastic bags on our landscape and in our water by encouraging people to use reusable bags. However, the bill recently passed by the legislature, which puts a five-cent fee on each disposable bag given out by retailers has many flaws, and we are asking Governor Murphy to either veto the bill entirely or conditionally veto the harmful parts of the bill. 

Read more at www.njspolight.com and on our blog.

We're Keeping Tabs
   
The most common items picked up at our annual Stream Clean Up are plastics. This year, in just a few hours, our army of volunteers collected 7,208 plastic bottles and 2,370 plastic shopping bags from 56 stream clean up sites! Read more.
Microscopic sample showing black microbead (upper right corner). Yellow square is only 5 mm wide.
Microplastics: An Emerging Contaminant
 
Adding to concerns over the abundance of plasic bottles, bags, cups, straws and the like in our landfills and landscapes is the emergence of microplastics in our water, which is proving to be harmful to marine wildlife and even human health.

Microplastics--particles so small they're nearly invisible--may be in the form of tiny beads found in personal care and cleaning products (which have been banned in NJ!), as well as the breakdown of larger plastic items into smaller pieces...even "micro-fibers," or tiny strands of plastic released in the laundering of certain synthetic fabrics. 

RHA is currently investigating sources of microplastics in the upper Raritan River watershed as part of a larger network of organizations studying microplastics in the region. Learn more about our study and what you can do.

Did You Know?

According to the EPA, Americans buy enough plastic water bottles each week to circle the earth five times!

A whopping 5 out of 6 used bottles end up in landfills, or as trash on the land and in our rivers and oceans. 

Learn how to be part of the solution:

Reduce Your Plastic Waste (National Geographic Kids)

Events and Happenings

It's Time for Nature Day Camp! 

Red Squirrels: July 16-20 and July 23-27
Tree Frogs: July 16-20 and July 23-27
Honey Bees: July 30-Aug 3 and Aug 6-10
Garden Camp: July 30-Aug 3
Photo Camp: Aug 6-10


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!

Thanks to our growing network of individual and corporate volunteers, we have a number of stewardship projects on tap this summer...and not enough tools to go around! Please consider donating a tool from our Amazon Garden Tools Wish List.
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.

Contact us to learn how to become an RHA Social Media Ambassador!

Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 7-6-1018)

June 2018
WATER PAGES eNEWSLETTER
What's happening in Woodbridge?
The Henry Inman Branch and the Fords Branch of the Woodbridge Public Library are now treating rainwater runoff differently, thanks to newly installed rain gardens and bioswales. These public demonstration projects are a part of a series of green stormwater infrastructure projects planned across Woodbridge Township in partnership with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program. 

Rain gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff and allow groundwater infiltration, promoting healthy streams and rivers. In addition to having a positive aesthetic landscape value, the native plants found in rain gardens also provide habitat for local wildlife and can support critical pollinator species. These projects demonstrate best management practices (BMPs) for stormwater management, can reduce localized flooding, and help promote improved water quality in Woodbridge. 
Planting day at the Fords Branch Library, led by Woodbridge Township Eagle Scout candidate.
Planting day at the Henry Inman Branch Library, Water Resources Program undergraduate student interns
In the spring of 2018, the RCE Water Resources Program and Woodbridge Township designed rain gardens and bioswales to better manage rooftop stormwater runoff in the landscape. Existing downspouts surrounding the libraries were rerouted into the shallow landscaped depressions lined with river stone for erosion control and planted with flowering native perennials and shrubs. A Woodbridge Township Eagle Scout candidate lead a dozen Scouts and volunteers in the planting of the rain garden at the Fords Branch Library.

These projects were completed with the generous efforts of the Woodbridge Township Department of Public Works and funded in part by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Green infrastructure implementation projects currently underway in the Raritan River Watershed
Spotswood Memorial Middle School rain garden construction
In the spring of 2018, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program completed several rain garden projects with local partners across the Raritan River Watershed. A total of five rain gardens were designed by the RCE Water Resources Program to manage stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. 

Rain gardens are designed to capture stormwater runoff and allow groundwater infiltration, promoting healthy streams and rivers. In addition to having a positive aesthetic landscape value, the native plants found in rain gardens also provide habitat for local wildlife and can support critical pollinator species. These projects demonstrate best management practices (BMPs) for stormwater management and provide a positive impact on the water quality in the Raritan River Watershed.

Rain gardens were installed at the following locations:

• Greater Brunswick Charter School, New Brunswick
• Spotswood Memorial Middle School, Spotswood
• Millpond Park, Milltown 
• Henry Inman Branch Library, Woodbridge 
• Bridgewater Raritan Middle School

These rain gardens could not have been completed without the support of our local partners including Greater Brunswick Charter School, Spotswood Memorial Middle School, Milltown Environmental Commission, Woodbridge Township Department of Public Works, and the students and teachers of Bridgewater Raritan Middle School. This project, “Implementation of the Raritan River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL),” is funded by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Planting day at Greater Brunswick Charter School with RCE staff and interns, master gardeners, and school staff
Guess where one of the largest rain gardens in New Jersey has just been installed?
Rain garden installation at the Cumberland Insurance Group in Bridgeton, NJ
A rain garden was constructed at the Cumberland Insurance Group in Bridgeton, NJ and planted on June 16th. The existing area was constantly saturated and had standing water due to a large volume of stormwater discharged to the area from the parking lot. Rain gardens were designed to allow proper capture and infiltration of this water while also providing aesthetic value to the property. The garden is about 4,000 square feet, easily one of the largest in the state! The project was completed through a collaboration with American Littoral Society who had funding available through a grant and asked for us to help by providing engineering designs and overseeing construction. Several employees from the Cumberland Insurance Group also volunteered their time to help with planting the garden. We are happy to see yet another successful project come together that the employees will be able to enjoy as well as make a positive environmental impact!
2018 Camden Environmental Summit

The 2108 Camden Environmental Summit was held at the Rutgers Camden campus on Wednesday, June 6th. The 2018 Summit was the Camden Collaborative Initiative's largest event with 275 participants from Camden and the region coming together to learn about Camden’s many environmental initiatives. The 2018 Summit included recognition of Camden's 2018 Environmental Heroes, environmental displays, as well as presentations and discussions on infrastructure, flooding, energy, and health. Event sponsorship was led by New Jersey American Water. For more information on the efforts underway to transform Camden's environment, visit www.camdencollaborative.com

Check out the NJTV News story at: 
Welcome Summer 2018 Undergraduate Student Interns!
Our hard working summer undergraduate student interns, Kahourie, Ryan, Miranda, Gerardo, Jill, Andrea, Zack, Maithreyi, and Sahar
This summer we have nine undergraduate student interns with different educational backgrounds, including one landscape architect student, six engineering students, one environmental science student, and one biology student. The student interns are learning how to assess sites for possible green infrastructure projects. They are learning how to use geographic information systems (GIS) to map municipal boundaries and identify sites. They are designing site plans in AutoCAD (a design software) and modeling stormwater in HydroCAD to properly size green infrastructure implementation projects. Our student interns have already completed three design plans, six impervious cover assessments (ICAs), and four impervious cover reduction action plans (RAPs). They have assessed ten municipalities for green infrastructure opportunities as well as maintained existing rain gardens and installed five new ones. We are off to a great start, and we are excited to see how much more we can accomplish this summer!
Municipal Action Teams' Green Infrastructure Initiative Updates
Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners and the Camden Collaborative Initiative hosted the annual Camden Environmental Summit at Rutgers-Camden Campus Center on June 6th. This month, a new team of Camden PowerCorps members are beginning their six-month service,and the Camden SMART partners are continuing to provide training and leadership to these young residents of the City. The next Camden SMART partner meeting is scheduled for June 26th at the offices of Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority.

Gloucester City Green Team continues to meet monthly. Partners are pursuing green infrastructure and tree planting projects in the City. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for July 11th.

Harrison TIDE (Transforming, Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) met at City Hall on June 24th. Rutgers and PVSC are leading the design of a right-of-way stormwater planter along South 7th Street adjacent to the Harrison Fire Headquarters. Members are also working to collaborate with the local schools and are planning to meet with the PTA at Washington Middle School for a potential rain garden project. Regular meetings are to resume in September, but the team will continue to meet about specific projects as needed.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) partners met on June 14th. For more information, please contact Kate Lawrence at KLawrence@jcnj.org.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) partners are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 26th. The members are reviewing and discussing several reports prepared by the Long Term Control Plan consultants that will be submitted to NJDEP by July 1.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners are scheduled to meet on June 27th. Partners worked with the public schools to clean up and plant rain gardens installed last summer and will be installing three cisterns at community gardens in the near future.

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) has continued their efforts toward promoting green infrastructure throughout the city of Perth Amboy. On June 21st, the group met to discuss a report recently completed by the NY/ NJ Harbor Estuary Program. In an effort to understand the stormwater benefits of green infrastructure, the report outlines the hydrologic modelling of two neighborhoods in Perth Amboy to see how green infrastructure can reduce combined sewer overflows. For the past few months, the group continues to discuss the new Long Term Control Plan regulations and the potential for green infrastructure as part of this process. The partners continue to meet regularly on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners are scheduled to meet again June 28th at Trenton City Hall.

Sustainability Summit Presentations Now Available             (Posted: 7-6-18)

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eeNEWS for June 27, 2018             (Posted: 7-6-18)

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July Littoral News             (Posted: 7-6-18)

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Children & Nature Network             (Posted: 7-6-18)

This Week's International News Roundup
Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement
This Week's International News Roundup
Children & Nature Network Research Digest | June 2018

Read the Summer 2018 Issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly             (Posted: 7-6-18)

Click HERE.

Caucus New Jersey with Steve Adubato: Environmental Education!             (Posted: 6-25-18 +)

First Episode:

NJTV
Saturday, June 30 at 8 am
Sunday, July 1 at 8:30 am
Sunday, July 1 at 11:30 am
Tuesday, July 3 at 5:30 am

Channel 13
Saturday, June 30 at 8:30 am

WHYY
Tuesday, July 3 at 5:30 pm

Marc Rogoff, Environmental Education Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection sits down with Steve Adubato to discuss how he believes offering outdoor classrooms in all schools, regardless of location, will help students understand the importance of the environment. Steve Adubato and Allison Mulch, Project Coordinator for Eco Schools USA at the New Jersey Audubon discuss the Eco-Schools USA program and their goal to further develop Green Ribbon schools and create the next generation of conservationists. John Jones, Teacher at Adler Avenue Middle School and Project Advisor, The Catawba Project, speaks with Steve Adubato about the environmental education program designed to partner Township leaders, environmentalists, parents and community leaders to work together to solve environmental problems.

View online HERE.

Second Episode:

NJTV
July 7 @ 8:30 am,
July 8 @ *:30 am & 11:30 am,
July 10 @ 5:30 am

WHYY
July 10 @ 5:30 pm

Countless studies have shown that the outdoor environment contributes to learning in very young children, as hands-on experiences are invaluable. Early childhood educators recognize that children are learning all the time, and they benefit from a broad variety of learning opportunities, using as many of their senses as possible. That is why the concept of "outdoor classrooms" has become more widespread in recent years. Using the outdoors as a learning environment helps children build language, develop an interest in science, and encourage physical activity. This panel will address the importance of outdoor learning and explore efforts being made in our region to develop schoolyard habitats and deeper appreciation of other outdoor learning environments. Guests Include: Marc Rogoff, Environmental Education Specialist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Allison Mulch, Project Coordinator for “Eco Schools USA” at the New Jersey Audubon; John Jones, Teacher at Adler Avenue Middle School & Catawba Project Advisor; & Laura Rotella, Education Manager at the Center for Family Resources

View online HERE.

C&NN: This Week's International News Roundup             (Posted: 6-25-18)

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Summer Newsletter - Spotted Lanternfly Threat & More!             (Posted: 6-25-18)

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Spring Fever at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, 2018 Newsletter Edition             (Posted: 6-25-18)

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TreeHugger Daily News             (Posted: 6-25-18)

There's a heat pump in your kitchen
Dying for a cookie
Teeny tiny houses are big
Question Everything

June Green Strides: Get Ready for 2019             (Posted: 6-25-18)

Meet the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
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Going for a 2019 Green Ribbon?

The 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) were announced on May 16.  See the list of selecteespress release, and a report about these schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are achieving sustainability gains in facilities and grounds, health and wellness, and environmental literacy.  Read this blog highlighting the actions of a few of the 2018 honorees.

If your institution has not already been recognized, now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2019 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 on all three award categories.  Interested colleges and universities should contact state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are eligible only if nominated by state authorities.  State education authorities can find award criteria and other state implementation guidance on the ED website and should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for information.   >>>>

Meet the 2018 Honorees

Congratulations to the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  View the honorees and read about their work on the Green Strides website and ED awards page.  

Nipmuc Laying Down Compost
At Mendon-Upton Regional School District’s Nipmuc Regional High School, students lay down compost. School garden vegetables are used in district cafeteria salad bars and donated to the Mendon Food Bank during the summer months. The district has also partnered with the Mendon Senior Center, which lends volunteers to help students with garden maintenance.

Mendon-Upton Regional School District, Mendon, Massachusetts

Mendon-Upton Regional School District (MURSD) entered into a power purchase agreement with 2.4 million kWh of solar production generated from two ground arrays in Dighton, Massachusetts and a series of seven large solar carports on the campus of the district's middle school.  MURSD also worked with National Grid to retrofit every interior and exterior lighting fixture in the district to LED.  Between these efforts, Mendon-Upton saves approximately $132,000 in electricity costs annually.  All four schools in the district have technologically advanced HVAC and control systems that regulate heating and air ventilation to optimum comfort, quality, moisture level, and efficiency.  The district has used only green cleaning products for at least a decade. Schools implement wellness weeks and participate in Fuel Up to Play 60.  The food services department has forged a partnership with Maple Farms Sanctuary in Mendon to take food waste from school cafeterias to feed rescued farm animals.  For the past five years, the district has been a 1:1 learning district, by providing every student in grades 512 with an iPad to use.  All high school freshmen take Ecology and Populations, a class that provides project-based learning opportunities.  Students garden, go on outdoor education overnights, and have the opportunity to travel to the Amazon.  >>>>

Sewing Seeds Project
Through their Sowing Seeds project, Green Trails Elementary School students harvest, package, illustrate, research, and write planting instructions for seed packets, which are then gifted to “grandfriends” at a local senior center, and are also sold to community partners to ensure pollinator gardens are being grown throughout the community.

Green Trails Elementary School, Chesterfield, Missouri

Green Trails Elementary started by turning off lights and unplugging appliances which saved about $8,000 in a single year.  Since 2010, Green Trails has reduced energy use by 31 percent.  One project added a 25 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the school, which generates a little over 5 percent of the school’s energy needs.  There is a monitor in the front lobby of the school that displays the energy production levels, with the data also available on the school’s website.  In 2014, the Green Trails community came together to build a community garden with raised beds, composted soil, deer fencing, mulch, a shed, and an educational information board.  The school now has a demonstration compost station, a sandbox, a pollinator bed, a watering system, and an herb garden.  In 2015, a separate perennial fruit and berry garden was installed, and Green Trails was recognized as a Certified National Wildlife Habitat.  Examples of using school garden produce in the cafeteria include baked sweet potatoes fries or smoothies with kale.  Students have participated in tasting and cooking demonstrations such as making pesto.  After studying compost, a group of school leaders requested a demonstration worm composting bin.  The school has hosted local gardening experts for home gardening sessions open to the public.  Many families have since started their own organic gardens and pollinator beds.  When administrators raised the idea of doubling recess time outside, educators were worried that there would not be enough time to complete the academic requirements of the school day, but they quickly discovered that it was easier to teach with more focused, happier children.  >>>>

Carnation learning next to water
At Carnation Elementary School, classroom instruction is combined with direct field studies to give students a sense of place in their local environment and develop stewardship values.

Carnation Elementary School, Carnation, Washington

At Carnation Elementary School (CES), the environment is presented as a global issue that touches the local community in tangible ways.  The school partners with local agencies and organizations not only to learn about the environment, but also to work actively at improving conditions. Students have the opportunity to work with local scientists, educators, organic farmers, and specialists who impart a perspective and understanding that is personal and meaningful. Students participate in environmental studies during a multi-day and night trip.  Through citizen science programs, like the Great Backyard Bird Count, students conduct field studies and record their data.  Carnation’s student-led environmental club set up a program that collects food scraps from the school cafeteria for use as hog feed in the community. Students are also working to get filtered water bottle stations installed throughout the school building.  A major renovation was completed in 2010 in which energy-efficient systems and appliances were installed.   All bathrooms have been outfitted with automatic and low-flow fixtures. All storm drains at Carnation Elementary are stenciled with "Salmon to Sound" markings to remind students, staff, and parents to be careful of what goes into the school runoff.  The CES recycling rate is above 60 percent and, with food recycling programs currently underway, this rate is expected to climb even higher. CES offers a morning walking club; students participate in 55 minutes of recess daily; and students and staff participate in mindful minutes throughout the school day. Students participate in walking field trips that take them into the local community and ecosystem.  Off campus, students have been involved in tree plantings, river exploration and restoration, forest trail studies, and ecological presentations at the local farmers market, in addition to the releasing of salmon into local streams. >>>>

Resources and Opportunities

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Captain Planet Foundation ecoTech Grants Are Due July 15

EcoTech Grants are offered to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities. EcoTech Grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.  The grants are available as cash of up to $2,500, and support the purchase of materials and other project implementation expenses. >>>>

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Apply for a GreenWorks! Environmental Education Grant by Sept. 30

Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project that they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.  The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. >>>>

Webinars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Has Promoted over 1000 Webinars to Date

The Green Strides Webinar Series has promoted over 1000 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 additional free, publically available webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov for listing. (Note: All times listed are EST.)

June 21, 2–2:30 p.m.  Adding Whole Grains to Your Menu(USDA)

June 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Using the Rockets Educator Guide to Teach Basic Physics (NASA)

June 22, 12 p.m.  The Value of Benchmarking Higher Education Buildings (EPA)

June 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging (NASA)

June 26, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Journey to Mars:  Understanding Radiation (NASA)

June 27, 12–12:30 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

June 27, 12 p.m.  Success Stories on Hosting Energy Efficiency Competitions

(EPA)

June 27, 2–3 p.m.  State Report Cards and Report (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)

June 27, 3–4:30 p.m.  The Nitrogen Footprint Tool for Universities (AASHE)

June 27, 6–7 p.m.  Integrating Life Sciences (NASA) 

June 28, 3–4 p.m.  Bringing Research to Life (NAAEE)

June 28, 6–7 p.m.  Designing the Mission (NASA)

July 5, 2018, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

July 9, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Modern Figures – OSIRIS Rex – Launch Windows (NASA)

July 12, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

July 12, 5–6 p.m.  Explore NASA STEM Resources (NASA)

July 17, 6:30–7:30 p.m.  ISS – YES – Pressure Suits (NASA)

July 19, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

July 18, 1–2:15 p.m.  Growing the Managers of Tomorrow’s Sustainable Urban Forests (USDA)

July 18, 3–4 p.m.  Motivating and Quantifying the Impacts of Behavior Change (AASHE)

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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The 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo is Oct. 25 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual conference 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 “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge,” the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo will examine the critical role of higher education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals>>>>

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The 2018 NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium is Oct. 913 in Spokane, Washington

For more than four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, from classroom teachers and teacher educators, to nature center staff, to climate science researchers, and everyone in between. Averaging 1,000 participants each year, the event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and the dissemination of best practices.  This year’s conference, with the theme “A Force for the Future,” is in Spokane, Washington. >>>>

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Imagine a Day Without 

Water on Oct. 10

Imagine a Day Without Water is the fourth annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.  Millions of Americans participate in sharing a collective message through strategic channels, including television, radio, local events, social media, and digital content creation.  >>>>

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Green Clean Schools ISSA/INTERCLEAN Educational Facilities Track is Oct. 2930 in Dallas, Texas

This two-day program will provide facility directors at schools and universities and their teams with the knowledge and tools necessary to support healthier, safer cleaning programs that promote learning. Together with leaders in the field of green cleaning in schools, participants will examine Healthy Schools Campaign’s 5 Steps to Green Cleaning in Schools, a guide to healthier cleaning in educational facilities, through a combination of case studies, deep dives into practical applications, and panel presentations focused on new and emerging trends in the field of green cleaning in schools. >>>>

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LearningSCAPES 2018 is Nov. 14 in Chicago, Illinois

Association for Learning Environment’s mission is to connect those whose passion is to create the best possible physical learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, and other skills that will empower students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.  Its conference includes educational sessions, keynotes, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future through thoughtful school facilities.   >>>>

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EDspaces Is Nov. 7–9 

in Tampa, Florida

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators, and dealers to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning through advanced school facilities.  Leaders from school districts and colleges, architects, interior designers, dealers and exhibitors collaborate in the transformation of physical educational environments.   >>>>

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Greenbuild 2018 Is Nov. 

14–16 in Chicago, Illinois

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of the host city's green buildings. >>>>

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CWFNJ: June E-News 2018             (Posted: 6-18-18)

NJDEP Supervising Zoologist Kathy Clark, Acting NJDEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe, and CWF Habitat Manager Ben Wurst with newly banded Jersey City chick

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TAG PEREGRINE FALCON CHICKS IN
JERSEY CITY AND ELIZABETH
On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, CWF and NJDEP scientists banded the peregrine falcon chicks from New Jersey's famed falcon webcam nests on the roofs of 101 Hudson Street in downtown Jersey City and the Union County Courthouse in downtown Elizabeth.

NJDEP Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe joined the scientists in Jersey City to help check the health and measurements of the falcons, while also placing both USGS bird bands and state auxiliary bands that will enable each individual falcon's identification in future years.
Peregrine falcons, an endangered species that has recovered from being wiped out in New Jersey by the 1960's to now having 35 known pairs in the state, have been nesting on the Jersey City skyscraper every year since 2000. Now in its 18th season of 24/7 live streaming video, it is the oldest online streaming wildlife camera in New Jersey. The Union County nest, hosted through a partnership between Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Conserve Wildlife Foundation, has offered a public webcam for the past two years. Be sure to tune in to watch the chicks grow as they prepare to fledge.

The three falcon chicks, or eyases, being banded at Jersey City, were originally found in a steel girder displaced during the demolition of the old Goethals Bridge. While the Jersey City falcon parents adopted these three eyases, the lone eyas that hatched in Jersey City was successfully fostered into a nest off of Island Beach State Park. (Biologists fostered these chicks so that their ages remain consistent within each nest; having a gap in ages of the eyases would almost certainly negatively impact their likelihood of success.)
In Elizabeth, falcons have successfully raised chicks in a nest on the roof of the 17-story Union County Court House for 12 of the last 13 years. The one exception - 2017 - occurred when a new female claimed the nest after a fierce battle, and then her two eyases did not live long enough to fledge. The pair is successfully raising their four young in the Elizabeth nest this year.

Click here to see Channel 12 News' video coverage on the Elizabeth event, and click here for the Record story about Jersey City.
May Days on the Delaware Bay 
ANOTHER YEAR IN THE HORSESHOE CRAB AND SHOREBIRD SAGA
Our team prepares a catch of knots turnstones and semipalmated sandpipers for extraction to keeping cages. Photo by Stephanie Feigin.
Delaware Bay horseshoe crab eggs gave red knots and other shorebirds a good start on the fat they needed to fuel the last leg of their yearly journey. Knots need at least 180 grams to fly to the Arctic and breed successfully.  
CWF biologists caught light birds that had just arrived from a long flight, probably from Tierra del Fuego, Chile or Maranhão, Brazil. In the same catch, they weighed heavier red knots that were probably from Florida or the Caribbean wintering areas and so arrived earlier, resulting in them having more time to gain weight. 
The horseshoe crab is a keystone producer of an abundant resource that maintained the bay ecosystem, especially for these migrating shorebirds. In 1991, we counted an average of 80,000 horseshoe crabs per meter squared. Now we count 8,000.  
Click the link below to learn more about how our horseshoe crab populations are declining.
2018 CONTEST WINNERS HONORED AT CWF AWARDS CEREMONY
Conserve Wildlife Foundation celebrated and recognized the winners of the 2018 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest at an awards ceremony hosted at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), in Trenton, New Jersey. Over 2,800 fifth graders participated in the 16th annual statewide educational contest, which encourages students to become wildlife biologists through their research and artwork on the endangered and threatened wildlife species in New Jersey.
Each New Jersey county had a winner and a runner-up selected. Students drew a picture of one of New Jersey's over 80 at-risk wildlife species and composed an essay about what can be done to help protect that species. The Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest inspires students to learn about local environmental issues, consider how their actions impact the natural world, and think creatively about ways to improve it. 
The contest is sponsored by PSEG, NJEA, GAF, Church & Dwight, and ShopRite.
Visit our website to see the winners and runner-ups of each county, and stay tuned to see their amazing artwork to be posted!  

ARTIST JAMES FIORENTINO VISITS RIDGE STREET SCHOOL

Renowned artist James Fiorentino enthralled over 100 fifth grade students at Ridge Street School in Newark last week with his breathtaking paintings and exciting stories involving some of New Jersey's most charismatic wildlife species such as eagles, ospreys, and peregrine falcons. Mr. Fiorentino shared how he uses art to educate and inspire people about conservation issues, encouraging both children and adults to help protect the state's most vulnerable wildlife.

These students could certainly relate to the artist's purpose and passion. They had all entered Conserve Wildlife Foundation's statewide Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest, which empowers students to advocate for an endangered New Jersey species of their choice by writing a well-researched essay and creating an art piece about the species.

Click here to learn more about James Fiorentino's partnership with CWF.

NATIONAL MARINA DAY AT LEONARDO STATE MARINA
Come out to Leonardo State Marina on Saturday, June 9, 2018 to celebrate National Marina Day - Pirate Spirit! This is a FREE family day of fun with lots of activities for everyone! 
Find treasures at our flea market and take a paddle on the bay! Dress as your favorite pirate and walk the plank in our pirate parade! Prizes awarded for age groups 0-5 yrs old, 6-10 yrs old, 11-15 yrs old, and 16 & up. Kayak along the Raritan Bay with an able instructor. Visit our Nature Center and learn about the animals, watch a live snake feeding, enjoy free crafts and more!
SECOND ANNUAL "CONSERVATION CELEBRATION" AT SEDGE ISLANDS
Join CWF and our partners on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM to celebrate the achievements of the Sedge Islands Marine Conservation Zone at Island Beach State Park! This is a FREE (with paid park entry) family-friendly event!

During the day there will be multiple tours, hands-on activities and demonstrations, guided tours of the historic Sedge House, osprey nest viewing and talks with NJ osprey expert Ben Wurst, kayaking tours, clamming in Barnegat Bay, fishing, a terrapin release, kids activities, and more! Stay for lunch and sample fresh-shucked Barnegat Bay clams, hosted by The Friends of Island Beach State Park at the Nature Center at 12:30pm.

AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES AT STEPHENS STATE PARK 

Learn about amphibians and reptiles of New Jersey and how they live throughout the seasons! Join CWF for a walk through Stephens State Park on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to spot some native New Jersey species, and to hear about their exciting life cycles.

The walk will be on natural trails, protective footwear is recommended. Event is FREE, and we will be meeting at the Stephens State Park Office (800 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840). 

CAPE MAY HORSESHOE CRABS & MORE

Jim Wright, a great friend to CWF and author of "Duke Farms' Bald Eagles", was out on the Delaware Bay looking for shorebirds a few weeks back. Check out his blog on the phenomenal showing of the red knots and more.


QUICK ACTION ENSURES SURVIVAL OF POISONED EAGLES
NJDEP Wildlife Biologist Kathy Clark covers the story of a bald eagle being rescued, rehabilitated, and released with a satellite transmitter to track its movements.

MANAGING URBAN NESTING FALCONS IN NEW JERSEY
CWF Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst discusses how human interaction and quick action can ensure the survival of young peregrine falcons in urban areas. 
JUNIOR GOES TO SEDGE ISLAND
After emergency care from Tri-State Bird Rescue, peregrine falcon chick "Junior" was successfully fostered from our Jersey City nest into another nest in the Barnegat Bay. Read more about his story from photographer Northside Jim.

SJ: June Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 6-18-18)

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From the fields and kitchen of Terhune Orchards: Strawberry Recipes             (Posted: 6-18-18)

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June is Great Outdoors Month             (Posted: 6-11-18)

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RH: Water, Water, Water             (Posted: 6-11-18)

It's Stream Monitoring Season
 
Beginning June 15, through June 30, RHA volunteers and staff will conduct visual, biological and chemical assessments at stream sites in each of our 52 sub-watersheds.
Biological sampling reveals what creatures are living in the streams. A diversity of organisms is good news, especially the presence of a diverse community of benthic macroinvertebrates--organisms large enough to see without a microscope.
Our chemical monitoring program includes assessments of dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, nitrates and phosphates--in addition to arsenic, coliform, pesticides (from non-point sources) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at known point sources such as landfills. 
View our stream monitoring map for details on water quality conditions at each of our monitoring locations. 

How Safe Is Your Drinking Water?
   
Eighty percent of residents living in our region rely on underground aquifers that supply their wells with drinking water. Since 1974, RHA has been testing water quality in private wells as a service to these residents. 
In addition, the data collected through this testing over time helps us understand trends in groundwater quality and identify environmental influences on the health of our watershed. Take a look at RHA's 2016 in-depth study, The Quality of Our Groundwater, to find out what we've learned.
This spring, we held Community Well Testing events in 12 municipalities, including for the first time Hillsborough and Bernardsville Borough. Our private well testing program is offered all year long. So if you missed our spring community events, you can still get your water tested by picking up a kit at either our Bedminster or Flemington office. Learn more.
Meet Our Water Science Team
   
RHA's watershed scientists, supported by dedicated interns and a broad network of citizen scientists, focus on the health of our streams and drinking water year-round to ensure we understand water quality issues and how to remedy them. 
Meet our core team (pictured, l to r) keeping a watchful eye on the health of our streams and drinking water:
Maria Berezin, Watershed Scientist, Surface Water
Nate Henderson, Summer Research Intern
Mara Tippett, Watershed Scientist, Groundwater
Kristi MacDonald, PhD, Director of Science 
Jimmy Thomson, Summer Stream Monitoring Intern