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CONTENTS:
Project WILD Workshop in November
Invitation to the 2019 New Jersey Science Convention
Enjoy the Latest Edition of i-Tree News
Stossel in the Classroom: Our new FREE DVD is now available!
NJ Eco-Schools September Newsletter
ANJEC Environmental Congress, Friday October 4th
Register for GSNN's first quarterly webinar: Energy Education and Management
ANJEE ALERT!
Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Course Offered This Fall
3rd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Register Now!
Workshops announced for ANJEE Fall Conference!
PAEE: Pennsylvania Needs Your Help!
NWF: Back To School
Join us for the 2019 ANJEE Fall Conference
NAAEE eeNEWS
Enjoy the Latest i-Tree News
PRPS/PAEE 2020 Conference
NEW Right Tree - Right Place Seminar
NDAL 2019 Workshops with Dr. Larry Weaner
ANJEC 2019 Environmental Congress
Educational Experiences You Don't Wanna Miss
Grant Writing Workshop at Rutgers University
Don't Forget Your Free Nature Escape Guidebook
Deadline Extended! 2020 Green Schools Conference Proposals Due August 1
SJ: New Webinar: Priority Actions
Read the Summer 2019 Issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly
NAAEE: eeNEWS for July 10, 2019
KIT needs your help!
Project WILD Workshop in November             (Posted: 9-12-19)

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Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on wildlife and habitat. The goal of Project WILD is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. Project WILD’s mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment.
A special PW workshop for educators is being offered on Friday, November 22 in Hunterdon County. For more information visit the following:

Invitation to the 2019 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 9-12-19)

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You are cordially invited to register for the
43rd Annual New Jersey Science Convention


2019: Science is for Everyone, Everyday!
Date: October 22nd & 23rd, 2019
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

The 2019 Annual Banquet on October 22 will feature Dr. Sabine Kastner Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology. Dr. Kastner is passionate about public outreach such as fostering the career of young women in science, promoting neuroscience in schools and public education

Please don't forget to request professional time off.
 

The Preliminary Program is available on our website: 
http://www.njscienceconvention.org/view-program.html


Educational Research Poster Presentations
This year we would like to expand our presentation venue at NJSC to include original educational research poster presentations.  If you are working towards an advance degree in education and have primary research to share, or if you have implemented in your classroom an independent student research-based project in which your students have designed and implemented an inquiry-based research project and have presented in a public forum, and you would like to share your data with the NJSC attendees, please submit a poster proposal by contacting Lisa Doyle at: ldoyle@njscienceconvention.org 

Poster Contest
We are hosting a poster contest for students grades 9-12. Submissions are being accepted now until 10-15-19 Please get download the Poster Contest Flyer or get more information on our website: 
http://njscienceconvention.org

Please forward this invitation to any of your interested colleagues



See you in October!
Lola Szobota and Lisa Doyle
Convention Co-Chair
 

WHEN
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:00 am - Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:00 pm
Eastern Time

WHERE
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540

 

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NJDOE OVERNIGHT TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT WAIVER: Please check our website for the overnight travel reimbursement waiver allowing individuals whose one-way travel exceeds 50 miles may be reimbursed by their district, charter school, or renaissance school project for overnight lodging.


Cancellation and Refund Policies: Please refer to our Cancellation and Refund Policies posted on the NJSC Website: http://www.njscienceconvention.org/teacher--presenter.html


Attendees must be at least 18 years of age on the first day of the Event to be eligible to attend the Event.

Enjoy the Latest Edition of i-Tree News             (Posted: 9-12-19)

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Stossel in the Classroom: Our new FREE DVD is now available!             (Posted: 9-12-19)

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We're excited to announce that our 2020 EDITION DVD is now available to order—completely free of charge! This year's edition is our biggest yet, featuring 13 videos from John Stossel, plus 5 bonus segments from our friends at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the Federalist Society, and izzit.org.

And, as always, we've included a TEACHER'S GUIDE to help make your job a little easier. This guide includes lesson descriptions, activities, additional resources, and more.

So head on over and ORDER YOURS TODAY, or go to our STREAMING VIDEO LIBRARY and check out all of the videos from our DVD, plus hundreds more.

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I'm sure that you’re busy getting into the swing of things and your mind is on the school year at hand. I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few tools from Stossel in the Classroom that are sure to help you this fall. Let us do the heavy lifting by creating great video content for you that sparks discussion and critical thinking in your classroom. In addition to our DVDs and Streaming Video Library, take a look at our:
  • Standard Alignment Tool – select your state, subject, and the standard you want to cover to
    find the best video for the lesson
  • Teacher Guides – powerful lessons with discussion questions that are sure to get your
    students talking
  • Both Sides of the Issue – to assist you in presenting fair and balanced lessons
If you have questions or need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at custsvc@stosselintheclassroom.org. All of us at Stossel in the Classroom are here to help you empower your students to think critically! 

Looking forward to a wonderful year working together,

Rob Schimenz
Stossel in the Classroom 

P.S. We are trying to reach a new user registration goal of 5,000 new teachers this year and we need your help! If you know anyone else in your department that could benefit from using our free resources, please pass this email along. They can register on our website for a free account by going to https://stosselintheclassroom.org/register/

Stossel in the Classroom
1420 Walnut St., Suite 1011
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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NJ Eco-Schools September Newsletter             (Posted: 9-9-19)

NJ Eco-Schools September Newsletter
Kick-off the school year with sustainability!
News, Programs and Events:
Eco-Schools Monthly Pathway

The National Wildlife Federation has paired each of the Eco-Schools pathways with a month of the year. September is the Learning About Forests (LEAF) pathway.

Check out these resources that support the LEAF pathway:

Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. Applications are due by October 4th.

Renew Our Schools Program

Your school can participate in this nation-wide energy competition. The student-led, Renew Our Schools program makes energy conservation fun and easy.

Field Trip New Jersey

Applications are now being accepted for the Field Trip New Jersey fund. Apply by October 18th for the opportunity to receive funding for student field trips.

Festomato!

This celebration of NJ organic tomatoes will be held in Princeton on September 8th. Festomato will feature activities for all ages including crafts, cooking demonstrations, speakers, a canning workshop and children's programs.

Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey is supported by:
Contact Allison Mulch, Project Director
(856) 404-7657 / allison.mulch@njaudubon.org

ANJEC Environmental Congress, Friday October 4th             (Posted: 9-9-19)

Environmental Congress

Friday, October 4
West Windsor
Friday, October 4
9:00am -4:30pm 
The Conference Center at Mercer County College
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor
 
The Environmental Congress is an annual statewide gathering of environmental commissions, local officials, agencies,
?citizen groups and environmental organizations.



Keynote address:
  • Dr. Anthony Broccoli: New Jersey’s Changing Climate: What Lies Ahead? 

Featured Speaker:
  • NJDEP Commissioner, Catherine McCabe
2019 Congress Highlights Include:
  • Celebration of ANJEC's 50th Anniversary!
  • Presentation of Municipal Environmental Leadership Award
  • Workshop sessions: morning and afternoon
  • 2019 ANJEC Environmental Achievement Awards Presentation
  • Ride & Drive Electric Vehicle Showcase
  • Non profit and Commercial Exhibits
  • Annual Membership Vote -see below for meeting information
Thanks to a generous donation, 
ANJEC is pleased to continue offering scholarships for
the 2019 Congress.
Environmental Commission members representing Environmental Justice communities are welcome to apply for a scholarship to attend the Congress.
ANJEC's Board of Trustees propose amendments to the organization's bylaws and ask for the memberships' vote of support to approve these amendments. The bylaws are proposed for change to facilitate compliance with best management practices, legal, and ethical guidance to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest as advised by counsel.
The annual meeting and vote on these proposed amendments will be held at the Congress.
The proposed new bylaws with amendments can be read here.
For sponsor and advertising information, email ANJEC
ANJEC www.anjec.org 973-539-7547 info@anjec.org

Register for GSNN's first quarterly webinar: Energy Education and Management             (Posted: 9-9-19)

Click HERE.

ANJEE ALERT!             (Posted: 9-9-19)

Student Scholarships available for Fall Conference
Pre-Conference Nature Walks before the ANJEE Fall Conference

Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Course Offered This Fall             (Posted: 8-26-19)

 Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Course Offered This Fall


If you enjoy learning about the wildlife, ecology, and traditions of the Barnegat Bay and sharing what you’ve learned with others, then the Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Program is for you! Registration is now open for the fall 2019 training course offered by theBarnegat Bay Partnership through theOcean County College Continuing and Professional Education Department (OCC CPE).


Led by Barnegat Bay naturalist and educator Becky Laboy, the course will get students out on the bay and around the watershed for a true Barnegat Bay experience. Students will learn about marine life, special habitats such as seagrasses and wetlands, birds and other wildlife, native plant identification, forest resources, soil health, Pinelands ecology, and more. During Saturday field trips to local parks and nature centers, participants will hike, kayak, seine, and photograph as they learn from experienced naturalists and field ecologists.  The course also includes training in interpretive techniques for educating others about the bay’s amazing resources.

 

The course dates are from September 4 to October 9,2019 with four Wednesday evening classroom sessions and five Saturday field trips. Visitwww.barnegatbaypartnership.org for more information about the course and how to register. Course details are available on page 47 of theOCC CPE fall catalog.


Taking the course is the first step in becoming a certified Master Naturalist.  After finishing the course, participants who wish to become certified must complete 40 hours of volunteer service within the Barnegat Bay watershed.  


One of 28 National Estuary Programs, the Barnegat Bay Partnership brings together community, government, academic, and business groups to collaborate on protecting and restoring the water quality and living resources of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed.


For additional information about the course, contact Karen Walzer at kwalzer@ocean.edu or 732-255-0472 x 2.  


Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10
College Drive

PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-255-0472
Fx:  732-255-0358
http://www.barnegatbaypartnership.org/

3rd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference - Register Now!             (Posted: 8-26-19)

August, 2019
Join us for our 3rd Annual
Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference:
"Putting Your Jersey-Friendly Yard in Practice!"

Join Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership and Rutgers Cooperative Extension for a full day of workshops, exhibitors, native plant sales, lunch, and two inspirational Keynote Speakers: Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and Pat Sutton, renowned naturalist and author. Our 3rd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference will be held on October 19, 2019, from 9:00am-4:00pm, at Ocean County College's Gateway Building. The event will start at 9:00am for sign-in and morning refreshments. The Conference begins promptly at 9:30am. Lunch is included in the $35 ticket price. Purchase your ticket now, as seating is limited.

OCSCD | Education & Outreach | 609-971-7002 ext. 114 | education@soildistrict.org | www.soildistrict.org

Workshops announced for ANJEE Fall Conference!             (Posted: 8-26-19)

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PAEE: Pennsylvania Needs Your Help!             (Posted: 8-20-19)

We are still accepting proposals for our 2020 Conference - Deadline is August 31!
Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool
August 19, 2019
 
Dear Educator/Administrator,
 
The Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) is a federally-directed effort to collect information from all public school districts in the Mid-Atlantic region every two years to monitor the status of environmental literacy efforts at a district level. The results from these data help the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup most effectively support local efforts to implement strategies that support students’ environmental literacy.  In support of the Pennsylvania Literacy Plan, all Local Education Agencies (e.g. LEAs, school districts, charter, private schools) across the commonwealth are invited to participate.
 
We request that you – or the appropriate district staff-person – complete the Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) by October 15, 2019 to provide important information about activities related to district-wide environmental literacy curriculum and planning activities in your state.
Follow this link to the ELIT questionnaire.
 
The ELIT takes an average of about 90 minutes to complete, which includes the time to obtain needed information about district-wide activities.  A .pdf version of the survey is available upon request, enabling review of the questions ahead of time. This should help you collect the necessary information and/or identify the right staff person to complete the survey.
 
Who should complete the ELIT for your district? Only one person per district should complete the ELIT. The best respondent is someone who works at the district-level and has most familiarity with environmental education activities across the district. If your district does not have a position similar to an environmental education coordinator, consider a science curriculum coordinator or similar role. Teachers or individuals familiar with just one school or grade-range would have difficulty completing these questions.
 
Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. If you have any concerns, please contact either of the contacts below:
 
Tamara E. Peffer
Environment & Ecology Content Advisor
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Advisory Council for Environmental Education
Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction | Pennsylvania Department of Education
717-772-0842
 
Shannon Sprague
NOAA Environmental Literacy Manager
410-267-5644
OMB Control Number: 0648-0753, Expires: 04/30/2020
 
Jessica Kester
President Elect
Pennsylvania Project WET Coordinator
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators
412-741-2750 x210

NWF: Back To School             (Posted: 8-15-19)

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Join us for the 2019 ANJEE Fall Conference             (Posted: 8-7-19)

Click HERE.

NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 8-7-19)

eeNEWS for July 31, 2019
NAAEE Excellence in EE Awards Deadline: August 9

Enjoy the Latest i-Tree News             (Posted: 7-30-19)

Click HERE.

PRPS/PAEE 2020 Conference             (Posted: 7-29-19)

2020 Conference - Live, Learn, Play
Keynote Speaker - Richard Louv!
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. Translated and published in 24 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect families and communities to nature.

The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators Conference Committee is seeking proposals for educational sessions to be presented at their 2020 Joint Annual Conference & Expo. The Conference will be held Tuesday-Friday, March 17-20 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA. The conference will be attended by over 500 persons involved in the broad field of recreation, parks, environmental education, and conservation.
? The 2020 Conference Committee is emphasizing sessions that fall within the following program paths with a focus on the conference theme:
Live, Learn, Play
To submit a proposal for consideration, please complete and submit your entry (topics listed below) no later than August 31.
Desired Topic Areas:
• Urban Recreation/Environmental Education
• Park & Nature Play Resource/Facility Management
• Trails
• Board, Committee, Friend Volunteers
• Therapeutic Recreation
• Aquatics
• Health & Wellness
• Marketing & Communications
• Diversity/Inclusion/Accessibility
• Organization/Personnel Management
• Climate Change
• Early Childhood Environmental Education
• Certifications (EE, Pools, etc)
• Environmental Literacy
• Impact Assessment
• Leadership/Professional Development
• Partnerships: Public/Private, EE/Parks & Recreation
• Programs/Events/Camps: Recreation, Sports, Out-of-School Time, Arts, Crafts, Music, Pollinators, Birding, Wildlife Forensics, Urban EE, Storytelling, STEM, etc.
• Other
For more information, events and opportunities be sure to follow us on Facebook! 

NEW Right Tree - Right Place Seminar             (Posted: 7-29-19)

Right Tree - Right Place Seminar, Middlesex County, NJ
New Topics! Tree Selection, Planting, Maintenance, Resilience, Storms, Pests, Inventory, 811, Grants & More!
  • Sustainability & Resilience: tree pests, inventory & management.
  • Storms, trees and the aftermath.
  • Tree selection, planting & maintenance, planting grants.
  • 811! - the importance of utility mark-outs prior to planting.
  • Utility tree pruning.

Who should attend? Environmental & Shade Tree Commissioners, DPW Supervisors & Staff, County Officials, Mayors, Freeholders, and any other interested parties. Space is limited. First come first served.

To register: RSVP with your name, town/organization and email address by Friday, August 16th to Lisa Simms at 

NDAL 2019 Workshops with Dr. Larry Weaner             (Posted: 7-29-19)

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NDAL 2019 Workshops with Dr. Larry Weaner

New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)

NDAL 2019 Workshops with Larry Weaner, FAPLD

Weblink: click here 
NDAL Workshop Brochure: click here

New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) provides educational programming for the advancement of ecology-based landscape design,implementation and management. Founded in 1990 by landscape designer Larry Weaner, programs have been presented throughout the U.S., and have focused on innovative theory, practical application, and an expansive vision of 'Natural Design'. 

In addition to its core focus on landscape design and the ecological sciences, programs have drawn from a variety of additional disciplines, including agriculture, anthropology, landscape history, and fine art.

New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)
In 2016, NDAL received the first Regional Impact
Award from the New England Wildflower Society.

Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed to achieve them.
This intensive, interactive, two-day workshop will provide concrete, real world guidance for designing and documenting all phases of native landscape development.
 
Attendees will receive an extensive manual (100+ pages) that documents all aspects of the program, including plant selection criteria, plant recommendations, ecological process-based management specifications, and guidance for maximizing the aesthetic and experiential appeal these landscapes can provide.

For detailed program information, visit ndal.org/2019-summer-design-workshop
 
Locations in the Mid-Atlantic / New England area.

Aug. 13-14, 2019 | Staten Island, NY
Cosponsored by Friends of Hempstead Plains and
Greenbelt Conservancy

Sept. 5-6, 2019 | Cape May, NJ
Cosponsored by Rutgers University Department of
Landscape Architecture and Cape May Plant Materials Center


Hope you have a chance to attend this unique opportunity and see the future of native plants in the landscape.

The NPSNJ Executive Board.





For more information contact

ANJEC 2019 Environmental Congress             (Posted: 7-29-19)

The ANJEC 2019 Environmental Congress is scheduled for Friday, October 4th at the Conference Center at Mercer County College in West Windsor.

At this time, ANJEC is happy to offer our non-profit colleagues the opportunity to be a Congress CoSponsor and to propose a workshop for the 2019 Congress.  


As we continue our 50th annivers
ary celebration, our staff is excited to share in the celebration with our friends and hope you can join us at the 2019 Congress!


Exhibit hall, Environmental Congress

Forms are attached below, note deadlines:

 


Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
at Environmental Congress

Questions or other assistance:
email Liz Ritter or call 973-539-7547.
ANJEC | 973-539-7547| info@anjec.org| www.anjec.org

Educational Experiences You Don't Wanna Miss             (Posted: 7-29-19)

THE CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION

We are committed to the roles that teaching, learning, and thinking play in contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future. We often partner with schools and organizations with similar goals and interests to deliver educational experiences that transform thinking and inspire collaborative learning and action.

We hope you will join us for one or all of these exciting events!

Aug 5-9 | EfS Design Studio

Meet us at Omega to design curricula to implement EfS change initiatives 

Oct 18-20 | Drawdown Learn

Get inspired and get the support needed to achieve Drawdown by 2050

Oct 21-24 | NJSBA Workshop

Attend for the tools and training needed for effective school leadership

Give us a call at 1-212-645-9930

Jaimie Cloud
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
7 West 131st Street
New York, NY 10037

Grant Writing Workshop at Rutgers University             (Posted: 7-25-19)

Professional Grant Development Workshop
Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals
August 15-16, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To be held at
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Sponsored by the Grant Training Center

This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared towards those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Navigate the world of grant procurement
  2. Research and identify potential funding sources
  3. Address the guidelines of federal and foundation applications
  4. Find foundation and corporate giving for the state of New Jersey
  5. Understand the new federal guidelines for writing winning grants
  6. Know the review process and how to address key points for reviewers
  7. Write winning grants that stand out against scores of competing submissions
  8. Develop focused and realistic budgets
  9. Demonstrate the merits, excellence and innovation of your proposal
  10. Package professional grant submissions

Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with a product specific to your interests, which includes the grant design, abstract and budget.

Register

Questions? Call us at (866) 704-7268
Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes a comprehensive directory, electronic workbook, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)
Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.
*Space is limited, and since this class fills up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.*

Can't make it?
Join us July 24, 2019 for an
Online Version of This Workshop

Rutgers University is neither endorsing nor sponsoring the activities conducted by the Grant Training Center.

Don't Forget Your Free Nature Escape Guidebook             (Posted: 7-24-19)

Click HERE.

Deadline Extended! 2020 Green Schools Conference Proposals Due August 1             (Posted: 7-24-19)

Click HERE.

SJ: New Webinar: Priority Actions             (Posted: 7-24-19)

Click HERE.

Read the Summer 2019 Issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly             (Posted: 7-24-19)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for July 10, 2019             (Posted: 7-24-19)

Click HERE.

KIT needs your help!             (Posted: 7-3-19)

KIT needs your help!
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KIT is researching inclusion in STEM/STEAM programs and we want to hear from you! If you are running any kind of STEM/STEAM programs or activities your experience will help us make sure kids of all abilities can access these programs. We'd really appreciate your participation.

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

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