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CONTENTS:
3 Ways to Enjoy Nature This Summer
NAAEE: EE News for May 22, 2015
Green Knight newsletter -- May 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
Duke Farms News: The Agriculture Issue, Featuring Will Allen!
May 2015 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Raritan Headwaters Association May News - Splash into Spring
Building STEM skills through EE.
May 8, 2015 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Spring 2015 Coastodian
EE at EPA: Thank a Teacher, Campus RainWorks, New Video and Blog
May Sustainability Hero Announced
Water Pages eNewsletter
The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Why Do Birds Take Baths?
PLT's e-newsletter, The Branch
Sustainable Jersey News
Earth Science News and Events
News from the Cloud Institute
NAAEE EE News March/April
Join NWF's Eco-Schools USA and Become a NASA GLOBE School
News from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Hello, Spring??? We are READY for your arrival!
ANJEE Online 334th Edition - April 22, 2015
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March & April
EXPLORATIONS February 2015: Eagle Rescue Caught on Video!
Water Pages eNewsletter
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
NAAEE EE News for February 25, 2015
Injured Eagle Rescued - Watch the Video!
Water Pages eNewsletter
Sustainable Jersey Featured on "This is Jersey with Gary Gellman"
Earth Science Sites of the Week and NASA Earth and Space Science Education News - February 2015
3 Ways to Enjoy Nature This Summer             (Posted: 5-26-15)

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NAAEE: EE News for May 22, 2015             (Posted: 5-26-15)


NAAEE Announcements


 

Conference Registration Opens Soon
Registration opens in early June for one of NAAEE’s most anticipated conferences ever! Watch for information about our stimulating keynotes, workshops, and concurrent sessions—along with opportunities specific to the San Diego area such as a Research Symposium workshop at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, amazing field trips that include one binational excursion, and the new members’ marketplace.

The conference registration packet, which will contain everything you need to know about participating in the San Diego conference is coming soon.

In the meantime, check the conference FAQ for answers to many common questions, including costs, hotels, and information for potential presenters.

Proposal Review Results
If you submitted a proposal for the 2015 conference, watch for email notification of the review results in early June. These messages are sent from Do_Not_Reply@allacademic.com; please make sure you can receive email from this address.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


News from Natural Start

Travel to the heart of New York City for forest school, learn about a grant program connecting families to nature through zoos and aquariums, find out how to register for the Nature-Based Preschool National Conference (and who will be keynoting!), and more!

http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=baf21...


EEResearch Seminars

Do your programs reflect the most current research in environmental education? EECapacity offers several short videos summarizing research articles you can apply to your work. Learn more at EEResesarch Seminars.

http://tinyurl.com/EEResearch-seminars

Awards, Grants, Contests


KAB National Youth Advisory Council

Deadline: May 31, 2015
The Keep America Beautiful National Youth Advisory Council, supported of the Wrigley Co. Foundation, is an opportunity for ten high school students (15–18 years old) from diverse backgrounds to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Current member Rachel Pohl, "I am so thankful for the opportunity that Wrigley has provided for me to be a part of such a unique group focused on making an impact in our individual communities". YAC members will participate in the KAB 2016 National Conference in Orlando, FL. (pending funding). Visit KAB website for more details. Application must be submitted online by May 31, 2015 5:00 pm HST.


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EPA Seeking Public Comments on Draft EJ 2020 Action Agenda Framework

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public comment on the draft EJ 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) framework, the EPA's next overarching strategic plan for environmental justice. EJ 2020 is a strategy to advance environmental justice through EPA's programs, policies and activities, and will support the cross-agency strategy on making a visible difference in environmentally overburdened, underserved, and economically-distressed communities. Stakeholders and the general public can review the framework and submit comments, starting today through June 15, 2015.

http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/ej2020


Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

Inviting Submissions to Geosphere Themed Issue: Human Dimensions in the Geosciences

Deadline: June 1, 2015
Geosphere, a journal of the Geological Society of America, periodically runs theme-specific issues. This special issue will provide a venue for researchers investigating human dimensions in geoscience to share research findings with each other and the broader geoscience community. To submit a paper for this issue, go to www.editorialmanager.com/geosphere and note on your cover letter that this submission is for the "Human Dimensions in Geoscience" issue.


Sustainability and Education Policy Network National Survey

How are Canadian schools creating a sustainable future? How can we do better? Have your voice heard by taking the Sustainability and Education Policy Network's (SEPN) National Survey about the relationship between sustainability policy and practice in Canadian formal education. Participants will be entered to win one of 80 pre-loaded $40 VISA gift cards and other prizes. Contact SEPN Project Manager, Nicola Chopin (nicola.chopin@usask.ca) with questions.

https://usaskssrl.eu.qualtrics.com/...


Resources for Students and Educators

Living Schoolyard Month Activity Guide 2015

May is Living Schoolyard Month in California and International School Grounds Month. PreK–12 schools across the country and the globe are invited to celebrate their grounds year round. The Living Schoolyard Month Activity Guide was developed by Green Schoolyards America in collaboration with organizations across California who contributed a wide range of ideas to help schools bring students outside and use their school grounds.

http://www.greenschoolyardsamerica.org


Two New Bullfrog Films on Reducing Waste

A fiery octogenarian activist spearheads a grassroots campaign to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottled water in Concord, Massachusetts in Divide in Concord. Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste is Bullfrog Film’s newest release that follows San Francisco's innovative efforts towards achieving zero waste, thereby dramatically reducing the city's carbon footprint.


Graduation Pledge

The Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is the international coordinating body for schools using the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. The Pledge was established in 1987 at Humboldt State University in California by socially and environmentally committed students who were graduating, and since has been implemented at over 300 high schools, universities, and professional schools. The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states:

"I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

http://www.graduationpledge.org

Green Knight newsletter -- May 2015 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 5-26-15)

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Duke Farms News: The Agriculture Issue, Featuring Will Allen!             (Posted: 5-18-15)

Click HERE.

May 2015 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 5-18-15)

Geology and Geography
Exploring Geology Diagrams and Pictures
http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0073524123/student_view0/chapter4/investigation_worksheets.html
"Besides being a super-cool textbook, the chapter selections here have awesome pictures and diagrams straight from the pages of the book, and worksheets, too! Good stuff to show the kids!!"

Archival Photographs and Video of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvve8YiYGSo
"THE DAMNEDEST, FINEST RUINS examines the 1906 earthquake and fire, which burned for three days. With restored silent film footage, rare archival photographs, and the remastered voice of Enrico Caruso, it challenges the official story of what happened on those terrible days."

Weather
Interactive Cloud Quiz
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/quiz/can-you-name-these-clouds#content
"Do you know your cumulus from your contrails and your stratus from your shelf clouds? Take our quiz and test your cloud acuity!"

Meet the Secret Army Of Meteorologists Who Keep Your Holiday Deliveries On Time
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/meet-the-secret-army-of-meteorologists-who-keep-your-holiday-deliveries-on-time/2014/12/08/2d9d3c82-759d-11e4-9d9b-86d397daad27_story.html?wpisrc=nl-headlines&wpmm=1
"At the FedEx global operations center in Memphis, corporate meteorologists examine the "war board," which shows the shipping company's flights and the weather systems that could disrupt them."

Space
Is Sport Rocketry A Safe Activity? Absolutely!!
http://www.nar.org/safety-information/
"Safety information about rocketry"

Tiny Satellites Show Us The Earth As It Changes In Near-Real-Time
http://www.ted.com/talks/will_marshall_teeny_tiny_satellites_that_photograph_the_entire_planet_every_day#t-15969
"Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster - by getting smaller. He introduces his tiny satellites - no bigger than 10 by 10 by 30 centimeters - that, when launched in a cluster, provide high-res images of the entire planet, updated daily."

Environment
Educational Resources: Search the CLEAN Collection
http://www.climate.gov/teaching/resources?keywords=Renewable
"Find and download scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources for teaching about climate's influence on you and society and your influence on climate."

General
Spectacular Montage of Earth Images
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_abkDLAF5Q
"Clips of earth and the things surrounding it." These images would serve as a great ice breaker or intro. activity.

The Best Science Books of 2014
http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/11/24/best-science-books-2014/
"On the heels of the year's most intelligent and imaginative children's books come the most stimulating science books published this annum."

Science of Candy and of Cooking
http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/index.html and http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/index.html
"Making candy is a delicious and fun art! But it's also a fascinating and precise science. When you're making candy, whether you know it or not, you are a chemist-transforming matter from one state to another!"

Live Video Feed of Red Tailed Hawks
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/16/Red-tailed_Hawks/
The Heron cam is not working, but the one for Hawks on campus definitely is. Here I caught the parent feeding two of the three babies. Great teaching tool!

Teaching
Next Generation Science Standards Webinars
http://www.teachtci.com/science/interactive-science-textbooks-and-curriculum/ngss-webinars-and-videos.html
"We've compiled some dynamite resources to get you up to speed on NGSS.

Computers
Mobile Apps for Field Data Collection
https://eos.org/project-updates/streamlining-field-data-collection-mobile-apps
"With the availability and affordability of new customized apps on smartphones and tablets, data collected in the field are becoming easier to input, store, and share."

Inspiration
Shocking Danger of Texting and Driving
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlxjng8h3Tc
"It doesn't take a horror movie to get audiences to jump from their seats. Sometimes, a clever ad will do the trick. Moviegoers in Hong Kong apparently didn't know what was in store when the lights went down and they began to watch a film in which a driver is cruising down a road. Watch the clip above to see what happened next."

Raritan Headwaters Association May News - Splash into Spring             (Posted: 5-14-15)


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Working Together to Clean Our Streams 

 

As the numbers are tallied, this year's annual Stream Cleanup is looking to be even better than last year! So far, more than 1,000 volunteers collected 8.6 tons of trash across 40 sites in 29 towns. Well done everyone!
 

Official totals will be announced soon. In the meantime here are some fantastic pictures on Facebook ...post your photos too!

 

Welcome!
  

Kathleen Shea has joined RHA as Director of Development. Kathleen comes to us with a strong background in nonprofit fundraising and communications. Reach out to Kathleen to discuss how you can help achieve our mission to protect clean water. Donation, membership, volunteering, event sponsorship, legacy gifts...Kathleen can help you make a difference! 

 

 

50 Acres of Watershed Lands Preserved
  

This important project preserved 50 acres of a beautiful natural area, critical fish and wildlife habitat, and a vital source of clean water in Ken Lockwood Gorge, the crown jewel of the Raritan. It is another great example of a successful collaboration.

Calling All Citizen Scientists!
  

Our dynamic duo - Water Quality Program Manager, Angela Gorczyca, and AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador, Alexandra Walczak - trained our new citizen scientists to monitor the health of our streams.  

 

Interested in protecting clean water in your community? Become a Citizen Scientist with RHA! No prior experience required, all equipment provided, must be 15 years or older (12-14 if accompanied by an adult).

 

Training for experienced May 16, for beginners May 17.

 

    

Nature Day Camp Open House & Registration
 

Visit Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, see our Nature Classroom and meet the Camp Director at our Nature Day Camp Open House on May 17 from 1-3pm.

  

Click for more information about summer camp sessions for children ages 3-16 and register in-person. Bring a picnic lunch and hiking shoes to explore our gorgeous 170 acre wildlife preserve!

 

 

    

Family Fun Series: Meet the
River at Natirar - May 31
  

Join RHA naturalists for a fun day out on the North Branch of the Raritan River. Activities will include searching for benthic macroinvertebrates and other stream life, fly fishing demonstrations, and water color painting.

  

A free, fun event for families, community groups, scouts, and individuals!

 

 

Ride for the River
    

RHA welcomed bikers from New Jersey and beyond who gathered on Saturday, May 9 for this year's 13th Annual Ride for the River Fundraiser. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers, riders, and event sponsors like Chris Larkey, pictured (left) with 13-year veteran event coordinators Amy Greene and John Belle.

 

 

May 16 - Citizen Scientists: Stream Monitor Training for Experienced Volunteers


May 17 - Citizen Scientists: Stream Monitor Training for Beginners


May 17 - Nature Day Camp Open House at Fairview Farm


May 31 - Family Fun Series: Meet the River at Natirar


June 15 through 30 - Spring Stream Monitoring


June 18 - Water & Wildlife Speaker Series: Vernal Ponds, The Other Universe with Blaine Rothauser at Fairview Farm

  
Raritan Headwaters Association is on a mission to protect clean water in the north and south branch of the Raritan River. Join Us!

Building STEM skills through EE.             (Posted: 5-14-15)

Last summer, Laura Wilbanks was selected as a winner of the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This year her students received a President's Environmental Youth Award. In a new video, Laura shares her perspective on the importance of EE in building an interest in STEM and in local environmental issues. Be inspired to integrate EE into your school's STEM classrooms.
Click HERE.

May 8, 2015 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 5-11-15)v

Geology and Geography
Video on the Science of Soil Health
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgy9ArBpNiI&index=11&list=PL4J8PxoprpGa3wFYSXFu-BW_mMatleIt0
"In the world of production agriculture our attention is only focused on what plants take out of the soil. But what if that's only half the story? Learn more about the complex relationship between soil and plants."

GeoInquiries: 15 Minute Activities Teaching Earth Science with ArcGIS Online
www.esri.com/geoinquiries
Earth Science GeoInquiries are a collection of 15 minute activities that teach select earth science concepts using ArcGIS Online. Earth Science GeoInquiries use the 5E instructional model and are tied to NGSS. The activities are free and require no software or login. Topics include: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Mountain building, Fresh water, Ocean features, Ground wind and temperature patterns, Weather, Storms, and Climate change.

Interactive Earth Science Concept Maps
Chapter 1 Introduction to Earth Science http://my.hrw.com/sh2/es10/nsmedia/SuperSummary/InteractiveConceptMaps/01HQX_IES_ICM.swf
Chapter 2 Earth as a System http://my.hrw.com/sh2/es10/nsmedia/SuperSummary/InteractiveConceptMaps/02HQX_EAS_ICM.swf
Chapter 30 Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe http://my.hrw.com/sh2/es10/nsmedia/SuperSummary/InteractiveConceptMaps/30HQX_STG_ICM.swf
Designed for middle to high school level, these concept maps could be adapted for an older audience.

Weather
Thunderstorm supercell timelapse in Newcastle, Wyoming
http://www.wimp.com/thunderstormtimelapse/
"Base hunters, a storm chasing and photography team based in Oklahoma, captured footage of a thunderstorm supercell forming in Newcastle, Wyoming. The group's mission is to take the closest photographs and videos of extreme weather conditions on the planet."

Video: Variety of Time-Lapse Storm Footage
http://earthsky.org/earth/video-best-storm-footage-ever?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=be9e27e482-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-be9e27e482-393693429
"High plains storms are some of the most beautiful and wild in the world. I spent May - September 2014 photographing all types of severe weather in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. This time lapse project is a result of that effort. From rainbows to tornadoes, there is a little bit of everything in here."

Space
Time-lapse footage of the Earth as seen from the ISS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG0fTKAqZ5g
"Explanation from NASA: Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set to rousing music. Passing below are white clouds, orange city lights, lightning flashes in thunderstorms, and dark blue seas. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth's thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks. Solar panels of the ISS are seen around the frame edges. The ominous wave of approaching brightness at the end of each sequence is just the dawn of the sunlit half of Earth, a dawn that occurs every 90 minutes."

Interstellar, the Movie Educator Resources
http://www.interstellar-education.com/
"What you'll find on this page: -Interstellar experience app
- a study guide for teachers and facilitators
- three student science activities for grades 9 through college
- a classroom poster about the movie and program
- a digital trivia game for students"

Environment
Global Sustainability Lesson Plans
https://www.facingthefuture.org/default.aspx
"Our hands-on sustainability lesson plans and standards-aligned textbooks equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future."

General
What Aliens Might Think about Earthlings - A Message From The Interstellar Safety Council
http://www.flixxy.com/danger-humans-a-message-from-the-interstellar-safety-council.htm
"A starship is entering an area of space near our solar system. The crew is being briefed on the strange species called 'humans.'"

This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists
http://www.businessinsider.com/groundbreaking-idea-of-lifes-origin-2014-12
"Jeremy England, a 31-year-old physicist at MIT, thinks he has found the underlying physics driving the origin and evolution of life."

Teaching
Create Animated Lesson Plans
http://www.powtoon.com/lp/toonup/
"With PowToon you can create professional animated lesson plans, coursework and presentations that your students will applaud you for."

Movie Worksheet Database
http://moviesheets.com/
"Movie Sheets contains one of the largest databases of classroom movie worksheets on the net. These worksheets are based on films that teachers have viewed then subsequently created film guides for."

Demo
Density of an Egg
"Have student's calculate the density of eggs, get some fresh ones and some that have been on the shelf a week or so. In great grandma's time eggs were put in a pan of water. Those that floated were discarded. This practice was the result of the fact that eggs loose water each day, decreasing their density. Since great grandma found eggs in unusual places it was in her best interest to always use the float test. Once the eggs are cracked the sniff test would work, but this could make the kitchen rather odoriferous."

Computers
Does Smartphone Use Promote Back Pain?
http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/health/texting-spine-neck-study/
"Looking down at a mobile device may be harming you, a study says."

Inspiration
Check Out These Adorable Children With Their Big Dogs
http://www.wimp.com/childrendogs/
"They may be large and powerful, but these huge dogs are gentle giants protecting these little babies"

Humor
Plastic Submarine Sandwich
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWEl8-PHhMI

Spring 2015 Coastodian             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Click HERE.

EE at EPA: Thank a Teacher, Campus RainWorks, New Video and Blog             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Click HERE.

May Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Click HERE.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Click HERE.

The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Why Do Birds Take Baths?             (Posted: 4-30-15)

Click HERE.

PLT's e-newsletter, The Branch             (Posted: 4-30-15)

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PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER 

 
Feature Article Outstanding Educators 

2015 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educators

By Vanessa Bullwinkle

We are pleased to announce, congratulate, and celebrate the five individuals selected as this year’s National PLT Outstanding Educators!


NEWS & UPDATES

 
 greenschools poster

PLT's New GreenSchools! Poster

By James McGirt

Available online and in print, use this poster in your classroom to get students thinking about projects they could take on to green their school.

PLT Summer Professional Development  

PLT Summer Professional Development for Educators

By Vanessa Bullwinkle

If you’re hoping to earn continuing education credits this summer, check out these exciting opportunities involving PLT around the country—and around the world!

TAKING ACTION

 
students recycling  

Tennessee Elementary School is a Green Powerhouse

By Kathy Westra

With PLT activities infused across the curriculum and some amazing student accomplishments, this school has become a model for others wanting to build a green school program.

RESOURCES

 
Literature
Connection - Hi, Koo! 

Literature Connection - Hi, Koo!

By Jaclyn Stallard

Use this book to explore the changing seasons, the alphabet, and the wonderful world of haikus.

STEM Connections - A Look at Lifestyles 

STEM Connections - A Look at Lifestyles

By Kris Irwin, Ph.D.

Use this PLT activity to examine products in today’s technology-based world and reflect on present, past, and future attitudes toward natural resource consumption.

EE
Resources - Winter 2014 

EE Resources – Winter 2015

By Jaclyn Stallard

Interactive websites, apps, games, videos, e-books, and more in our latest compilation of EE Resources

 
 
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Sustainable Jersey News             (Posted: 4-29-15)

E-NEWS: Grants, summit, flood risks, hubs, energy upgrades, board and staff spotlight
April Sustainability Hero Announced
March Sustainability Hero Announced

2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit (IN-PERSON CONFERENCE)
June 10, 2015 - 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Music Building, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
REGISTER
Most people see the benefits of having clean air, fresh water, alternative energy options, waterways filled with fish, garbage in its proper place, parks and open space and a healthy place to work, live and go to school. The big question is how do we achieve this as a state?With over 400 municipalities and 150 schools and districts participating in Sustainable Jersey, now is the time to ask big questions.

The New Jersey Sustainability Summit will provide an understanding of how we are doing as a state. Through information-rich educational sessions designed to share existing efforts and test emerging best practices, attendees will take home valuable resources to make progress in the community.

Earth Science News and Events             (Posted: 4-29-15)

New Jersey Audubon invites you to attend the following professional development institutes:

INVESTIGATING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE RARITAN WATERSHED
July 20 to 24, 2015
at Duke Farms in Hillsborough
For teachers in grades 5 through 12
Sponsored by Duke Farms; FREE

Deepen your understanding of the environmental issues facing society from the perspective of the local watershed.Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control.Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.

TEACHERS' SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY
August 10 to 14, 2015
at NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville
For elementary and middle school teachers
Sponsored by Ashland, Inc. - FREE

This weeklong program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies and understanding environmental issues. Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control.We will focus on a different set of issues each day and provide field experience, lessons and resources to support your existing curricula.Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.
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High-School Students Should Study Earth Science. Here's Why.
With Dr. Michael Wysession, Washington University

"Hold that thought" presents a podcast with EarthScope's Education and Outreach committee member, Dr. Michael Wysession, on why high school curricula should include Earth Science. Dr. Wysession gives a historical overview of how science education standards were implemented and where we are today with the Next Generation Science Standards.https://thought.artsci.wustl.edu/podcasts/earth-science.
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The 31st Annual NJESTA Conference: Exploring New Jersey's Geology & Energy Future will take place on Saturday May 23rd at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ.We have a wonderful day planned for you which includes a morning on NJ's Energy Future led by our State Geologist Karl Muessig.The afternoon includes an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the mine at Sterling Hill and an optional field trip to NJ's stromatolite haven to explore NJ's deep geologic past.As usual there will be plenty of give-aways and PD hours!Come to the conference and celebrate NJESTA's new affiliation with Sterling Hill Mining Museum.For more information go to: http://njesta.org/conference.htm
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March/April 2015 Earth Science Sites of the Week

Geology and Geography

I Am a Paleontologist Cartoon Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zo2zY1Zqg
Cartoon detailing the work of a paleontologist.Fun.

Viscosity Experiments:Physical Controls and Implications for Volcanic Hazards
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology/teaching_examples/25240.html
"This activity is a laboratory-style exercise that involves investigating the physical controls on viscosity by pouring different syrup mixtures down an inclined plane and using Jeffrey's equation to calculate viscosity. Students time the syrup flows and then calculate viscosities."

Learn how to Combine Google Earth Profile with USGS Geologic Maps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7vtxPFIQCk
"This video shows you how to combine Google Earth's Elevation Profile Tool with the USGS's Digital Geologic Maps of the US States. You can quickly create a way of comparing topography with the underlying bedrock geology."

Access 130,000 Publications from USGS
http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/
"Pubs Warehouse provides access to over 100,000 publications written by USGS scientists over the century-plus history of the bureau"

Take an Interactive Journey to the Center of the Earth
http://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/story/20150306-journey-to-the-centre-of-earth/index.html
"Here is a clever little "what is how deep?" to the center of the earth.Just toggle down and see what it is like."

Drones Sacrificed for Spectacular Volcano Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFIWWM0Iv-U&feature=youtu.be
"Video technology and science converge on an active volcano in Vanuatu, where explorer Sam Cossman operated camera-mounted drones to capture high-definition images of the spectacular yet dangerous Marum Crater. Cossman and his team piloted the drones over the 7.5-mile-wide (12-kilometer) caldera while confronting toxic gases and boiling lava. Although two drones succumbed to the harsh environment, the team was able to bring back video and photos that will help scientists learn more about the volcano and the life around it."

Cover Crop Diversity and Soil Fertility Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWXCLVCJWTU
"Follow our Under Cover Farmers to learn how three farmers in Stanly County, NC, started using multispecies cover crops and how they were able to realize economic returns on their investment in the first year (feature length)."

Humorous Glacial Erosion Video made by High School Teachers
http://vimeo.com/107534988
"Vimeo of Glacial Erosion"

Earth Science Songs!
http://www.nscsd.org/webpages/gflick/earth.cfm?subpage=26685
"These are song parodies that I've written: most are new lyrics to familiar melodies with an Earth Science theme, but one is completely original.As the year goes on I post my songs as I introduce them in class."

Dynamite Timelapse Views of Chile's Erupting Calbuco Volcano
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/04/23/dynamite-timelapse-views-of-chiles-erupting-calbuco-volcano/?tid=sm_fb
"The visuals of Chile's Calbuco volcano, erupting for the first time in 42 years, are absolutely mind-blowing. They display billowing clouds, fueled by volcano's piping hot lava and smoke, which penetrate into the stratosphere and are an incredible demonstration of the earth meeting the atmosphere."

Magma Expanse Under Yellowstone Supervolcano More Vast Than Thought: CNN's view and then the Original University Press Release
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/24/us/yellowstone-supervolcano-magma-reservoir-discovery/index.html and for original University of Utah press release: http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/scientists-see-deeper-yellowstone-magma/
"As tourists stroll between Yellowstone's 300 active geysers, taking selfies in front of thousands of bubbling, boiling mud pots and hissing steam vents, they are treading on one of the planet's greatest time bombs. The park is a supervolcano so enormous, it has puzzled geophysicists for decades, but now a research group, using seismic technology to scan its depths, have made a bombshell discovery. Yellowstone's magma reserves are many magnitudes greater than previously thought, say scientists from the University of Utah."
It's interesting to see the seismologist view first dispelling a common misconception and then commenting on the danger of Yellowstone magma:
"Contrary to popular perception, the magma chamber and magma reservoir are not full of molten rock. Instead, the rock is hot, mostly solid and sponge like, with pockets of molten rock within it. Huang says the new study indicates the upper magma chamber averages about 9 percent molten rock - consistent with earlier estimates of 5 percent to 15 percent melt - and the lower magma reservoir is about 2 percent melt."
"The researchers emphasize that Yellowstone's plumbing system is no larger - nor closer to erupting - than before, only that they now have used advanced techniques to make a complete image of the system that carries hot and partly molten rock upward from the top of the Yellowstone hotspot plume - about 40 miles beneath the surface - to the magma reservoir and the magma chamber above it."

Ice Age Floods and other Geology Videos from Washington
https://www.youtube.com/user/hugefloods/videos
"Geology videos from the great state of Washington!'2 Minute Geology' videos - plus longer videos devoted to Seattle, the Columbia River Gorge, and more."

Water
Incredible Pictures of Before/After of Flash Flood
http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2014/11/flash-flood-at-galloway-wash.html
"Pictures of a flash flood at Galloway Wash" The before & after images are dramatic.

NASA Water Cycle Lessons
http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/lesson-plans/earth-wheel-lesson-plan
"This is the first of three lessons that have been developed to teach students about Earth's water cycle, the importance of freshwater resources, and how NASA studies water in Earth's systems."

The Gulf Stream and the Global Conveyor Belt Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuGrBhK2c7U
"German animation team Kurzgesagt investigates how global ocean currents play a part in shaping the climates of some countries and provinces. The Gulf Stream, one such ocean current, is currently being researched as a potential renewable energy source."

Weather
El Niño Could Make U.S. Weather More Extreme during 2014
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/el-nino-could-make-u-s-weather-more-extreme-during-2014/
"Scientists report increased likelihood that El Niño will prevail"

Reviewed Resources for Climate Science
http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html
"Scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources for teaching about climate science, climate change, and energy awareness"

Teaching Science through History: Charles Keeling & Measuring Atmospheric CO2
http://www1.umn.edu/ships/modules/earth/keeling.htm
"The Keeling Curve is now an icon of climate science. This case study considers the origin and development of this famous graph, illustrating how "science-in-the-making" looks very different than it does in retrospect. It follows Keeling from his introduction to measuring carbon dioxide in a strictly geological context through successive stages as the relevant context shifts. The episode also highlights the uncertainty of funding, with five major crises over three decades."

The State of the Earth' Climate Summarized in 4 Graphics
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/earth-day-climate-trends-18907
"It's easy to get caught up in individual records or wondering what influence climate change has on extreme weather events. But to really understand climate change, the trends are what matter. Here are four that make it clear how our planet is changing."

Space
Celestial Sphere for Teaching StudentsSun Height & Where Sun Seasonally Rises/Sets
http://www.discoverearthscience.com/regentses/units/earthinspace/images/CelestialSphere_blank.pdf
"Worksheet on Celestial Sphere"

The Noon Day Project
http://www.ciese.org/curriculum/noonday/
"The Goal of the Noon Day Project is to have students measure the circumference of the earth using a method that was first used by Eratosthenes over 2000 years ago."

The Atmospheres of the Solar System Image
http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/07/25/planetatmospheres/
"We're heading out of this world for today's post, to examine the atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with the compositions varying from planet to planet. Different conditions on different planets can also give rise to particular effects."

Modelling the Phases and Eclipses of the Moon
http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/guided_discovery/examples/moon_phases.html
"In this activity, students use a light source, a polystyrene ball, and their bodies to model solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, and the revolution and rotation of the moon. By observing their models of these phenomena in three dimensions, reality-checking with their notes of their observations of the real moon, drawing simple diagrams and completing complex partial diagrams, students "discover" the causes of phases and eclipses and the period of the moon's revolution and rotation."

A Changing Cosmos
http://www.globalsystemsscience.org/studentbooks/acc
"A Changing Cosmos is the latest edition of the Hands-On Universe (HOU) astronomy curriculum series. It has been compiled in a single book as the "Best" of the 7 original HOU high school curriculum books"

All about the Curiosity Rover narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XczKXWvokm4
"The Curiosity Mars Rover is one of the most complex machines ever built, a fully equipped analytical laboratory rolling around on the surface of another planet. "Our Curiosity" celebrates the mission's exploratory spirit and scientific prowess with narration from Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day, and an original score from Austin Wintory."

Ted Talk: Tiny Satellites Show Us The Earth As It Changes In Near-Real-Time
http://www.ted.com/talks/will_marshall_teeny_tiny_satellites_that_photograph_the_entire_planet_every_day?utm_source=email&source=email&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ios-share
"Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster - by getting smaller. He introduces his tiny satellites - no bigger than 10 by 10 by 30 centimeters - that, when launched in a cluster, provide high-res images of the entire planet, updated daily."

Ted Talk: Tour the Solar System from Home
http://www.ted.com/talks/jon_nguyen_tour_the_solar_system_from_home#t-87750
"Want to navigate the solar system without having to buy that expensive spacecraft? Jon Nguyen demos NASAJPL's "Eyes on the Solar System" - free-to-use software for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time."

NASA Video Showing Evolution of the Moon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIKmSQqp8wY&feature=youtu.be
"From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn't always look like this. Thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon's history. Learn more in this video!"

Environment
Teaching Ideas for Our Ecological Footprint | Inquiry and Integration Across the Curriculum
http://www.slj.com/2014/05/standards/curriculum-connections/our-ecological-footprint-inquiry-and-intergration-across-the-curricululm/#_
"Link to several resources and ideas for "Citizen Science" projects which integrate ecological research and literacy skills"

The Majestic Plastic Bag - A Mockumentary Detailing Plastic Bag Pollution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgh9h2ePYw
"Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary" video, hammers home the stark reality of California's plastic bag pollution situation" Compare this video with serious documentaries about turtle and salmon migrations.

Investigating Plastic Pollution - The Basics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHg291KeFls
Follow up the "Majestic Plastic Bag" video above with this one to bring home the problems associated with plastic pollution.

Plastic State of Mind Pollution Rap (Empire State of Mind Parody Rap)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koETnR0NgLY&feature=youtu.be
Clever rap on the perils of prodigious plastic consumption. "Made by passionate volunteers on a super tiny budget, on the behalf of Green Sangha"

General
Ted Talk: Hidden Miracles Of The Natural World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiZqn6fV-4Y
"We live in a world of useable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature."

Incredible 3-5 Minute Videos Introducing a Variety of Science Topics: Hurricanes to Biochemistry
https://vimeo.com/user2605402/videos/page:1/sort:date
These professionally prepared videos are a great introduction to a variety of science topics.Highly recommended!

Get your Students out into the Field with Schoolyard Ecology
http://www.caryinstitute.org/educators/teaching-materials/syefest/lesson-plans/quadrats-and-questions
"Schoolyards present a wealth of opportunities for exploring ecological concepts, and the Cary Institute has long been pioneers in helping teachers develop authentic and worthwhile investigations for students. The Schoolyard Ecology for Elementary School Teachers (SYEFEST) project created a number protocols and lessons, most of them inquiry-based, for outdoor study."

10 Useless Human Body Parts? Really?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hieIDLLfo4I
"Everyone's got a third eyelid, unfortunately it doesn't do anything. Presenting 10 body parts that are pretty much useless."But are these body parts truly "useless"? Have students challenge the claims made.

Check Out the Hair On These Animals
http://www.wimp.com/mostmajestic/
"Hair is a wonderful thing. You can cut it, let it grow, primp it, crimp it, fluff it, straighten it, toss it in a bun, or head out the door with that "I just woke up" look. Never let it be said that animals can't get into the fun, as demonstrated by these beasts that let their hair run wild." The power of selective breeding.

Teaching
On Line Science Journal: Natural Inquirer
http://www.naturalinquirer.org/
"The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal! Scientists report their research in journals, which enable scientists to share information with one another. This journal, The Natural Inquirer, was created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells you about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service."The journal is searchable, available in multiple languages, and has articles for K-12, not just middle school.

Why Teachers Should Never Give Up?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irrj3Alz3ic&feature=youtu.be
"An inspirational video showing why teachers should keep on doing good."

Have Students Create Mini Posters to Discuss Science Articles
"Have them create mini-posters to present the article.
Do a poster session where half of the class is presenting their posters to students who move from poster to poster.
Then reverse roles, those who presented become those who move from poster to poster.

Posters include:
Bibliography
Main idea
What they found to be the most interesting, exciting, etc.
How this information can be applied to what you are learning
Photo, graphic

Mini Poster ideas, originally described by Brad and Carol Williamson, (NABT BioBlog April 4, 2012) provide an alternative assessment that also:
a. Requires students to present and defend their topic
b. Encourages discussion and student collaboration
c. Encourages students to evaluate evidence and information
d. Incorporates authentic peer review and formative assessment
e. Includes technology though the use of computer generated graphs and charts and it can include digital images.
f. Allows for easy revisions
g. Can be produced in a minimal amount of time and requires little space
h. Can be assigned either as an individual or team project"

Inspiration
Mirror Experiment: We are our own Worst Critic
http://www.wimp.com/mirrorexperiment/
"BuzzFeed invited people to stand in front of a mirror and express things they didn't like about themselves. Proving people are their own worst critic, strangers on the other side of the one-way mirror describe what they see when these people walk in."

Tim's Place Albuquerque's Service With A Smile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6He0FWoFj0
"Tim Harris, owner of Tim's Place, is the country's only restaurant owner with Down's Syndrome, The joy he gets from serving people good food carries over into his diner's most famous export: hugs!"

Ted Talk: the Power of Introverts
http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts#t-981239
"In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated"

The Best Sermons Are Lived, Not Preached
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-sermons-lived-preached-old-ben-zlotnick
Some vignettes for contemplation as we approach the end of the semester.
"Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again."
"Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class.When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
"Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet." I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?"Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said."

Humor
Jockey: Supporting Greatness
http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7rCo/jockey-supporting-greatness
"Jockey has supported great men like Babe Ruth, General Patton and Buzz Aldrin, who went to the moon. Imagine where Buzz would've gone in today's Jockey® underwear."

News from the Cloud Institute             (Posted: 4-29-15)

Preparing Schools and Communities for Change
April News & Upcoming Events

NAAEE EE News March/April             (Posted: 4-29-15)


NAAEE Announcements


 

Albert I. Pierce Foundation ScholarshipJuly 15 Application Deadline
The Albert I. Pierce Foundation announces a one-time scholarship for a person who is presenting at the NAAEE Annual Conference in San Diego, California in October 2015. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The recipient will be notified by July 30. Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AIPSchol2015

Questions About the Conference?
The conference registration packet will be available in early June and will contain everything you need to know about participating in the San Diego conference. In the meantime, check the conference FAQ (http://www.naaee.net/conference/FAQ) for answers to many common questions, including costs, hotels, and information for potential presenters.

Proposal Review Results
If you submitted a proposal for the 2015 conference, watch for email notification of the review results in early June. These messages are sent from Do_Not_Reply@allacademic.com; please make sure you can receive email from this address.

Continuing Education Units
NAAEE has partnered with University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point to offer CEUs for attending the NAAEE conference. Details will be included in the registration packet.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


EEResearch Seminars

Do your programs reflect the most current research in environmental education? EECapacity offers several short videos summarizing research articles that you can apply to your work. Learn more at EEResesarch Seminars.

http://tinyurl.com/EEResearch-seminars


Awards, Grants, Contests

EPA Undergraduate Fellowships in Environmental Fields of Study

Deadline: May 19, 2015
The U.S. EPA, as part of its Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year.

http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2015/2015_gro_undergrad.html


Zayed Future Energy Prize

Deadline: June 22, 2015
The world is in need of innovative solutions and technologies to create a sustainable energy future. Launched by the UAE Government in 2008, the Zayed Future Energy Prize recognizes individuals, organizations, and schools who have contributed significantly to the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. Over the past six years, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognized 30 innovators, awarded more than $18 million, and positively affected millions of lives in communities across the world.

http://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com


EE Research

Study Linking Outdoor Science Education to STAAR Test Questions

Dogwood Canyon and the Cedar Hill Intermediate School District partnered on a study with 500 fifth-grade students to determine the impact of the Center’s customized Eco Investigations lessons on student academic performance including the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing results. This study demonstrates that Dogwood Canyon’s customized outdoor program approach delivers true academic results.

http://dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org/first-study-texas-linking...


International Events

Professional Development Workshop: Rainforest Ecology and Field Science Education ~ Costa Rica

June 26–30, 2015 ~ Costa Rica
Join like-minded educators for a unique professional development workshop in the rainforests of Costa Rica. Learn about the many field science and cultural opportunities available, experience exciting hands-on STEM activities and expert lectures that can be integrated during student field expeditions, and take part in peer exchange sessions. This program will be facilitated by Al Stenstrup, who has over 35 years of experience in the field of education and is the former Director of Education Programs for Project Learning Tree.

http://holbrooktravel.com/fbls


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Webinar: Sustainability Education as a Pathway to Leadership

May 6, 2015 ~ 1:00–2:30 pm EDT
Sustainability degrees teach you about balance, optimizing investments, facilitating discussion, decision making processes and outcomes. This webinar will identify pathways to leadership, particularly looking at the sustainability degree as a tool in the toolbox for a career in a leadership role. Bruno Sarda, Director of Global Sustainability Operations at Dell, Inc. will host a panel of sustainability degree alumni representing companies like Hampton Creek and PepsiCo, who will explain why the sustainability degree is in demand and how it can launch a career in a number of directions. This webinar is intended for students, parents, and teachers, and for professionals seeking educational avenues to advance their careers.

Register here: http://bit.ly/1xdPedd


National Geographic's Great Nature Project

May 15–25, 2015
A project as big as the world itself begins with you. Join National Geographic for a global snapshot of biodiversity! The Great Nature Project is ongoing, but from May 15 to 25, 2015, the goal is to motivate people to explore biodiversity wherever they are and document as many species as possible. Everything observed between May 15 and 25 and uploaded to greatnatureproject.org (or using the iNaturalist app) will be counted for the global snapshot. National Geographic will do this every year to track changes and patterns.

http://GreatNatureProject.org


Resources for Students and Educators

Bearings in Mind

Bearings in Mind will be embarking on a self-propelled and self-funded adventure this fall to inspire students to work together to match the daily mileage through their own outdoor adventures. In turn students will raise money through the mileage they cover for a small adventure of their own.

http://www.bearingsinmind.com


Aldo Leopold's Life and Legacy Documentary

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is the first feature documentary about Aldo Leopold's life and contemporary legacy. The film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land.

http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/gfire.html


Earth-Themed Storytelling CDs

Two Earth-themed storytelling CD’s recorded by NAAEE member Michael Caduto recently received Storytelling World Awards from the National Storytelling Network. The Rainbow Garden: Tales of Wisdom (ages 5 to 10) won in the category of "Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners." The Wisdom of Nature and other Earth Tales (11 and up) won in “CDs or DVDs for listening and/or viewing pleasure for any age.” As the author of 18 books (co-author, Keepers of the Earth® series), Michael’s storytelling uses poignancy and humor to entertain and inspire.

CD’s online: http://p-e-a-c-e.3dcartstores.com/Storytelling...
Digital downloads through iTunes, CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MichaelCaduto

Proposal Reviewers Needed
NAAEE needs your help! We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals and select the best possible sessions for the conference program. For more information, check the conference home page on NAAEE’s web site. To sign up, follow the “Volunteer to Review Proposals” link after login.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The theme for this year’s conference is Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement. In an effort to broaden the base for environmental education, we strive to dedicate at least 15 percent of our concurrent sessions within each strand to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in EE. Please help us by sharing the Call for Presentations announcement and encouraging participation throughout your extensive networks.

Questions About the Conference?
Check the conference FAQ (https://members.naaee.net/conference/FAQ) for answers to many common questions, including costs, hotels, and how to add presenters to your proposal.

Albert I. Pierce Foundation ScholarshipJuly 15 Application Deadline
The Albert I. Pierce Foundation announces a one-time scholarship for a person who is presenting at the NAAEE Annual Conference in San Diego, California in October 2015. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The recipient will be notified by July 30. Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AIPSchol2015

Questions About the Conference?
Check the conference FAQ (http://www.naaee.net/conference/FAQ) for answers to many common questions, including costs, hotels, and information for potential presenters.

Proposal Review Results
If you submitted a proposal for the 2015 conference, watch for email notification of the review results in early June. These messages are sent from Do_Not_Reply@allacademic.com; please make sure you can receive email from this address.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Advocacy Action for Environmental Education Happening Now

NAAEE and our environmental education colleagues are in the middle of our annual spring campaign to help secure federal funding for the field, but time is running out. NOAA and EPA both have crucial grant programs that need support on a state-by-state, district-by-district basis. It takes just one or two phone calls or emails by many of us to make this happen for our communities and the country. Our efforts to gather Congressional cosponsors to pass the No Child Left Inside legislation also continues, so please visit www.naaee.net/advocacy today to learn how you can help any or all of these causes.


News From Natural Start

Visit a nature-rich Dallas early childhood center serving homeless and trauma-affected young children, consider the benefits of blending nature and technology for closing the digital divide, catch up on the latest news from across the field, and more.

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/...


International Events, Training, Announcements


Environmental Studies PhD Peace Corps Program

Antioch University New England has partnered with the Peace Corps to extend its environmental studies, sustainability, and environmental education efforts to over 60 countries globally. Students earn tuition-free credits during Peace Corps service. The PhD-Peace Corps program I Keene, New Hampshire is the first in the nation. For more information contact Laura Andrews, Director of Admissions, at landrews@antioch.edu.

http://www.antiochne.edu/environmental-studies/peace-corps-masters-international


University of Maryland Offers Free Sustainability Classes to Students

Called Sustainable Tuesdays, the series combines a pre-existing class with weekly guest speakers from the architecture, planning and preservation school that students can attend. The two semester-long classes about sustainable living can be attended without adding extra credits to their course load.

http://www.sustainability.umd.edu/content/curriculum/sustainabletuesdays.php


Online Teacher Professional Development Course: Art and Environment

With 12 years’ experience teaching eco art to high school students, Shelly Castro of the Wexner Center for the Arts has extensive materials and resources to share. Designed for K–12 art teachers, this online-only course will provide an in-depth introduction to the field of eco art as well as a basic introduction to environmentalism. Teachers will leave the course with an extensive online curriculum packet. Graduate credit available with tuition fee. Content is available from May 15 to August 18, 2015.

http://wexartenvironment.wordpress.com/teacher-course


Nature's Notebook Webinar Series

Nature's Notebook citizen science program, appropriate for scientists and citizens, engages observers in collecting phenology observations on both plants and animals. Phenology is a way to demonstrate the power of long-term observation and teach climate change, while collecting real-world data. Nature's Notebook offers webinars for formal, informal, and non-formal educators. Upcoming webinars include "Observation Deck Refresher” on March 17, and “Basic Botany, Tricky Phenophases” on April 21. The schedule, webinar archives, and registration for upcoming webinars can be found online.

http://www.usanpn.org/nn/Webinars


Resources for Students and Educators

Slow: Children at Nature Play

Slow: Children at Nature Play is a street sign used to raise awareness about the importance of connecting children to nature. Showing the silhouette of a young child exploring in nature, the sign urges its viewers to slow down and take notice of the joy and wonder that children exhibit when playing in nature. Intended for display in neighborhoods, at trailheads, nature parks and centers, zoos, gardens, schools, etc., essentially any place where children explore, play, and learn about nature.

http://natureplaysign.com


Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum

Just released by Annenberg Foundation, Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum, a multidisciplinary professional development resource for middle and high school teachers about photography's role in documenting history, change and hidden worlds. Climate change, environmental issues, microbiology, earth and space science, and history are among the subjects investigated through photography.

http://www.learner.org/resources/series223.html


Raptors in the City

How do you catch a glimpse of the fastest creature on earth? Go online! Raptors in the City is a real-time, inquiry-based science and technology program that stars the peregrine falcon. The peregrine has recovered from near extinction and was removed from the List of Endangered Species in 1999. The online portion of Raptors in the City guides children through nesting season as they watch the still rare falcons live via cameras mounted on a skyscraper.

http://www.raptorsinthecity.org


Interpretive Article on Project Learning Tree Workshops

Morgan Smith, a current graduate student State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), recently wrote an interpretive article about the effectiveness of Project Learning Tree workshops. The article emphasizes the different audiences attending PLT workshops and summarizes a study done to evaluate the overall success of the programs.

http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked...


Advocacy for Environmental Education: Action Needed Now

Time is short to advocate for NOAA and EPA grant programs that provide crucial federal funding for the environmental education field. These programs need immediate support on a state-by-state, district-by-district basis as congressional appropriations committee and subcommittees consider the FY 2016 executive budget; NAAEE encourages our members and colleagues to initiate calls and emails to legislators to support these items. We also continue our work to gather Congressional cosponsors to sign on to the No Child Left Inside legislation. Please visit www.naaee.net/advocacy today to learn how you can help advances any or all of these causes.


2014 State Environmental Literacy Plan Report

Thanks to Haley McGlauflin, Yue Li, Morgan Cottle, and everyone else who helped pull this together, including all the ?NAAEE? Affiliates and state representatives who responded to the survey. This report is designed to give you a snapshot of how the plans are moving forward. ?E?ven without funding from the ?proposed ?NCLI Act, many states are already? implementing Environmental Literacy Plans, although ?many are struggling for support.

Please note that this report reflects data collected in 2014, so several states, such as Florida, California, and New Mexico, have ?made significant progress since then. ?Visit the ELP network on EElinked for current information on each state and links to individual ELPs.

http://www.naaee.net/sites/default/files/programs/SELP...


Awards, Grants, Contests

Zayed Future Energy Prize

Deadline: June 22, 2015
The world is in need of innovative solutions and technologies to create a sustainable energy future. Launched by the UAE Government in 2008, the Zayed Future Energy Prize recognizes individuals, organizations, and schools who have contributed significantly to the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. Over the past six years, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognized 30 innovators, awarded more than $18 million, and positively affected millions of lives in communities across the world.

http://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com


EE Research

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) New Research Report

NCSE announces the release of their ninth research report on interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) education, focusing on leadership and administrative structures. Findings include nationally representative data on administrative program structures and resources as well as views of program leaders on the challenges they face and the factors important for program success. Twenty-four leaders are profiled to present their distinct views on interdisciplinary program management and illustrate the diversity of approaches on campuses across the country.

http://ncseonline.org/national-council-science-and-environment...


Opportunities for Student Environmental/Climate Research Support and Professional Development

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education (IESRE) is seeking participants in its Facilitating Environmental Science Inquiry and Research for Students and Educators project (FESIRSE), funded by a three-year grant from the Toyota USA Foundation. This project promotes and supports authentic student research in environmental and climate science.

http://www.instesre.org/Toyota/ToyotaHome.htm


Turning Learners Into Leaders ~ Online

June 29August 2, 2015
The 2015 Roots & Shoots Summer Online Course—Turning Learners Into Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service in Education—is free and open to everyone. This course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign.

http://www.rootsandshoots.org/onlinecourse


Education for Sustainability Immersion Workshop

July 1617, 2015 ~ Shelburne, Vermont
For those wishing to dive deeply into their education for sustainability work in a residential, retreat-like setting. Includes accommodations at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, double occupancy; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on July 16 and breakfast and lunch on July 17. The fee includes room and board. One graduate credit is available for an additional $200. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

http://www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/new-education


Paleoventures: Wilderness Team Building ~ California

Paleoventures, a Bay area company specializing in wilderness/outdoor offsites, has joined forces with Lindsay Wildlife Experience to offer pioneering team building programs for Lindsay volunteers and staff, as well as for other businesses and nonprofits. For outside companies and organizations, Paleoventures offsites link guided outdoor experiences with indoor environmental education. All offsites are led by Paleoventures cofounders Jack Foley, an environmental educator and certified Wilderness First Responder, and Trudy Triner, an expert in organizational and leadership development.

http://www.paleoventures.org


Resources for Students and Educators

Energy Research and Education Mapping Tool

The Energy Zones Mapping Tool is a free online mapping tool that allows users to map existing and potential energy resources in the 39 states in the eastern United States. Users can run site-suitability analyses for biomass, solar, water, wind, natural gas, geothermal, and nuclear power development, map existing energy resources and environmental characteristics that impact energy development, create a custom map of their region using an extensive database of mapping layers, and search over 2,000 related policies and incentives.

https://eispctools.anl.gov


Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum

Just released by Annenberg Foundation, Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum, is a multidisciplinary professional development resource for middle and high school teachers about photography's role in documenting history, change and hidden worlds. Climate change, environmental issues, microbiology, earth and space science, and history are among the subjects investigated through photography.

http://www.learner.org/resources/series223.html


Raptors in the City

How do you catch a glimpse of the fastest creature on earth? Go online! Raptors in the City is a real-time, inquiry-based science and technology program that stars the peregrine falcon. The peregrine has recovered from near extinction and was removed from the List of Endangered Species in 1999. The online portion of Raptors in the City guides children through nesting season as they watch the still rare falcons live via cameras mounted on a skyscraper.

http://www.raptorsinthecity.org


News from Natural Start

Learn about a successful internship program at a forest school in Washington, visit a new Montessori and nature-based public elementary school in New Hampshire, and see photos from our Head Start workshop in Washington, DC. Like us on Facebook!

http://eepurl.com/biwTnD


Congressional Appropriations for Environmental Education Success

NAAEE advocates and our colleague organizations helped secure very strong Congressional support for ?FY 2016 environmental ?education ?funding this past month. Fifteen Senators and over 50 House members signed letters ?urging their respective appropriations committees to fund the National Environmental Education Act programs, including EPA environmental education grants?; the NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG), and Bay Watershed Education and Training programs (B-WET)?; the University Sustainability Program; and Sea Grant. This was the key first step toward having these budget items approved in the fall, and it was an especially good start. Thanks to everybody who helped!

NAAEE Advocacy needs as many of you as possible right now to thank Congressional supporters,? both directly and via social media. We're also gearing up for soliciting additional cosponsors for the No Child Left Inside legislation currently pending in Congress, and we'll need help with this too. Please go to www.naaee.net/advocacy for details about how you can help secure the future of environmental education.


EEResearch Seminars

Do your programs reflect the most current research in environmental education? EECapacity offers several short videos summarizing research articles that you can apply to your work. Learn more at EEResesarch Seminars.

http://tinyurl.com/EEResearch-seminars


Awards, Grants, Contests

KAB National Youth Advisory Council

Deadline: May 15, 2015
The Keep America Beautiful National Youth Advisory Council, supported by the Wrigley Co. Foundation, is an opportunity for ten high school students (15–18 years old) from diverse backgrounds to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. YAC members will participate in the KAB 2016 National Conference in Orlando, FL (pending funding).. Visit the KAB website for more details. Application must be submitted online by May 15, 2015.

From current member Rachel Pohl, "I am so thankful for the opportunity that Wrigley has provided for me to be a part of such a unique group focused on making an impact in our individual communities."


Zayed Future Energy Prize

Deadline: June 22, 2015
The world is in need of innovative solutions and technologies to create a sustainable energy future. Launched by the UAE Government in 2008, the Zayed Future Energy Prize recognizes individuals, organizations, and schools who have contributed significantly to the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. Over the past six years, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognized 30 innovators, awarded more than $18 million, and positively affected millions of lives in communities across the world.

http://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com


EE Research

Study Linking Outdoor Science Education to STAAR Test Questions

Dogwood Canyon and the Cedar Hill Intermediate School District partnered on a study with 500 fifth-grade students to determine the impact of the Center’s customized Eco Investigations lessons on student academic performance including the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing results. This study demonstrates that Dogwood Canyon’s customized outdoor program approach delivers true academic results.

http://dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org/first-study-texas-


M.A. Ed. in Urban Environmental Education

IslandWood's M.A. Ed. in Urban Environmental Education program prepares educational leaders to understand how and why cities work the way they do and to build community capacity to create thriving, sustainable urban environments. The initial launch of the M.A. Ed. in Urban Environmental Education will take place in Seattle in partnership with Antioch University Seattle beginning July 2015. Scholarships available.

https://islandwood.org/graduate-programs/seattle


The Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability

July 27–31, 2015 ~ Shelburne, Vermont
Spend five days with colleagues around the country at an informative and restorative institute created to give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of education for sustainability. The institute was developed based on participants’ needs and assets, and offers participants an opportunity to develop connections between curriculum and community and reflect in an inspiring setting that models sustainability and systems-thinking. Graduate credits available.

http://www.shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/the-summer


Resources for Students and Educators

NOAA Resources for Educators

The NOAA Education Resources portal links to resources organized by themes and collections and are suitable for a variety of educational settings and grade-levels. Selected by NOAA staff and educators, the resources support teaching of concepts and topics identified in the National Science Education Standards.

http://www.education.noaa.gov


Global is the New Local: Pollution Changes Clouds, Climate Downstream

This NASA Goddard Space Flight Center video shows aerosol emission and transport locations, indicated by red and yellow dots, of wildfires and human-initiated burning and how pollution throughout Asia is changing weather and climate around the globe.

http://climate.nasa.gov/news/2218

Join NWF's Eco-Schools USA and Become a NASA GLOBE School             (Posted: 4-29-15)

Click HERE.

News from Cornell Lab of Ornithology             (Posted: 4-29-15)

Global Big Day Seeks World’s Largest Bird Tally for Conservation on May 9
Find Those Funky Nests!
Rethinking Redpolls, Dance Lessons From an Albatross, and a Few of Our Favorite Nests
You Can Help Nesting Birds
The Mystery of Beautiful Males—Explained

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve: Hello, Spring??? We are READY for your arrival!             (Posted: 4-29-15)

Click HERE.

ANJEE Online 334th Edition - April 22, 2015             (Posted: 4-29-15)

Click HERE.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March & April             (Posted: 4-29-15)

MARCH
APRIL

EXPLORATIONS February 2015: Eagle Rescue Caught on Video!             (Posted: 3-24-15)

WATCH: Bald Eagle Rescue Caught on Camera
In Case You Missed It: Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst rescued Bald Eagles that were battling and landed in a pine tree. He filmed the rescue on his GoPro! Read the amazing story and watch the unbelievable video on our blog.

You can help us by making a contribution to support our Bald Eagle Monitoring Project.

Restoring Critical Wildlife Habitat in Delaware Bay
Photo by Jan Van der Kam
American Littoral Society and Conserve Wildlife Foundation are working together on projects that promote a healthy Delaware Bay ecology and economy. Learn more about our restoration work on our newly created project website:

Peregrine Falcon Nestbox Installation
Photo by Jean Bickal
On February 5th, Conserve Wildlife Foundation helped install a new nestbox on top of a roof at 20 West State Street in Trenton.

We are hoping that the Peregrine Falcon seen that day will find a mate and use the nestbox to raise young. Fingers crossed that we get some good news soon!


Protecting Eastern Tiger Salamanders
Conserve Wildlife Foundation proudly partners with Atlantic City Electric to help protect New Jersey's rarest amphibian, the Eastern Tiger Salamander. 

The survival of Eastern Tiger Salamanders is threatened by sea level rise, over-development of critical habitat and climate change. Learn more.

We are excited to announce March as Amphibian Awareness Month! Look out for fun facts, quizzes and interesting blog posts on our social media channels!
Explore New Jersey's Wetlands
Photo by Brian Zarate
Wetlands are important because they are part of New Jersey's water resources and are vital to the health of our waterways. Although historically underappreciated, wetlands provide many environmental benefits such as filtering pollutants, storing floodwaters and serving as carbon sinks.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 3-3-15)

Click HERE.

National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 3-3-15)

Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey
A Partnership between National Wildlife Federation
and New Jersey Audubon

March Newsletter


Professionally grow and develop in a learning community focused on sustainability education. Register to participate in the Eco-Schools USA in NJ Winter Webinar Series. This year’s topics:

Sustainable Foods; March 23rd, 7- 8:15pm

Join us for an interactive, participatory webinar where you can hear reflections, ask questions, provide feedback and form relationships with others who are using a sustainability process and the environment as a context to integrate STEM and the arts in the existing curriculum. 


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NEWSLETTER

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Learn effective ways to integrate ecology, STEM and sustainability concepts and skills into your existing curricula.

Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan Watershed, July, 20- 24th
NJ Audubon’s Summer Institute, School Ecology for Teachers, August, 10-14.

Grant Opportunity
Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey is
recruiting now for the PSEG School Sustainability Grant Program.  Select Eco-Schools will be given training and resources to raise money from their own community for sustainability projects with matching funds.  Please see the newsletter for more information.  


Resources
Free native tree seedlings!
Increase the biodiversity on your school grounds. All registered Eco-Schools are eligible to apply for free native tree seedlings from National Wildlife Federation.   Apply here.

Green Hour Radio
Mondays at 6:00. The ‘Green Hour’ will inform, educate, inspire and provoke on issues both local and global concerning the environment and sustainability, including energy, the economy and business, technology, food and farming, health and education. Podcasts archived online. www.greenhourradio.com


Access the full newsletter here. In this month’s issue you will find more professional development opportunities, links to funding opportunities, and resources to help you progress along the Eco-Schools pathways. 

NAAEE EE News for February 25, 2015             (Posted: 3-3-15)


NAAEE Announcements


Proposals Due by March 24
One month to go! Submit your proposals for NAAEE's 2015 conference and research symposium in San Diego. The Call for Presentations (conference or research symposium) provides all you need to know about the strands, formats, and review criteria. Be a part of the action: submit your proposal by March 24, 2015.

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We need your help! NAAEE depends on our professional members to help us review proposals and select the best possible sessions for the conference program. For more information, check the conference home page on NAAEE’s web site. To sign up, follow the “Volunteer to Review Proposals” link after login.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The theme for this year’s conference is Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement. In an effort to broaden the base for environmental education, we strive to dedicate at least 15 percent of our concurrent sessions within each strand to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in EE. Please help us by sharing the Call for Presentations announcement and encouraging participation throughout your extensive networks.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


NAAEE Seeks Advisory Team for High School Climate Curriculum

Do you work with high school students? Do you care about climate change and its impact on wildlife and conservation? NAAEE has partnered with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop teaching materials related to WWF's work in helping wildlife adapt to climate change. We are seeking a small number of professionals experienced in high school curriculum and teaching to provide guidance as an advisory team. Responsibilities include participating in two conference calls, providing input, and reviewing materials. NAAEE will provide a $250 honorarium in consideration of your time and expertise. Interested teachers should contact Christy Merrick at christymerrick@gmail.com.


NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and University Programs

This new NAAEE initiative formally recognizes distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing the well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.

Accreditation is open to all college/university environmental education programs that meet the NAAEE Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, including but not limited to college/university undergraduate and graduate environmental education majors, environmental education minors, environmental education certificate programs, and other cross-disciplinary or integrated studies programs. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered.

The next deadline for accreditation applications is March 15, 2015. 

http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered/accreditation2015


NAAEE Advocacy Committee Needs Members to Promote Environmental Education

The Advocacy Committee needs your help to advance the cause of EE in the 114th Congress. The No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) has been re-introduced, and the ongoing appropriations to benefit EE through NOAA and the EPA are due to be determined by the end of March. The decisions to support EE nationally will be made district-by-district; led by our Congressional champions, and voted for by other lawmakers who have heard from their constituents that EE is a critical asset.

http://www.naaee.net/advocacy


No Child Left Inside Act Re-Introduced in Congress

Congressional environmental education champions Sen. Reed (RI) and Kirk (IL), and Rep. Sarbanes (MD-3) and Fitzpatrick (PA-8) have again sponsored the introduction of the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) on Feb. 11 & 12, along with 41 House cosponsors (just one shy of all of last term), and four Senators (level with the introduction figure in the 113th Congress). As in the past, the Congressional sponsors are also proposing to include NCLI provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which has the best chance in years of moving this term. Environmental education leaders are optimistic about making progress on this legislation in the 114th Congress.

http://www.naaee.net/advocacy

Awards, Grants, Contests

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Deadline: March 13, 2015
The U.S. EPA, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers who demonstrate leadership, service, innovation, and achievement in environmental education. Winning teachers receive an award up to $2,500 to further their EE professional development and the winning teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund EE activities and programs.

http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential...


Climate Change Challenge for Students

Deadline: March 9, 2015
The Innovate to Mitigate project, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites high school and middle school students to participate in a competition to reduce climate change by coming up with ideas to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Initial submission of a brief statement describing one or more ideas for how to reduce greenhouse gases is due March 9th.

https://external-wiki.terc.edu/display/innovate2...


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog Post on Building Partnerships Between Colleges and Underserved Communities

Mike Burns of EPA’s Region 4 discusses the EPA's College/Underserved-Communities Partnership Program, in which EPA works to help build partnerships between local colleges and the surrounding communities. "Through the program, schools provide technical support to communities at no cost to them. Small rural communities are able to use this assistance to address important issues—like energy savings projects, land reuse, and economic development—that will support the long-term viability of their communities."

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2015/02/building-partnerships...


EE Research

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Announces New Research Report

NCSE announces the release of their ninth research report on interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability (IES) education, focusing on Leadership and Administrative Structures. Findings include nationally representative data on administrative program structures and resources as well as views of program leaders on the challenges they face and the factors important for program success. Twenty-four leaders are profiled to present their distinct views on interdisciplinary program management and illustrate the diversity of approaches on campuses across the country.

http://ncseonline.org/national-council-science-and-environment...


Will Steger Foundation Summer Institute

June 1517, 2015 ~ Apple Valley, Minnesota
The Will Steger Foundation Summer Institute looks back at "10 Years of Climate Change Education." The program will include an evening public forum in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Ben Santer, a climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be the keynote speaker. Reunite and network with participants from past Summer Institutes for Climate Change Education. Engage with hands-on activities from many climate change resources. Hear from experts in climate science, climate change education, and climate solutions.

http://willstegerfoundation.org/summer-institute


Endangered Species Day

May 15, 2015
The 10th annual national Endangered Species Day offers teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered species. On that day and throughout May, teachers are encouraged to hold classroom discussions, plan a school-wide fair with exhibits, arrange a school library/cafeteria display, invite a local expert to speak, work with an environmental group on a habitat restoration project, and/or attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, or other location.

http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/


Turning Learners Into Leaders ~ Online

June 29August 2, 2015
The 2015 Roots & Shoots Summer Online Course: Turning Learners Into Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service in Education is free and open to everyone. This course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign.

http://www.rootsandshoots.org/onlinecourse


Presentation and Publishing Opportunities

STEM Education Study: Survey Participants Needed

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC) received an NSF grant to develop a new resource that seeks to better connect formal and informal educators to each other and to STEM learning research. As part of the front-end study, David Heil & Associates is conducting a survey to gain insight regarding the potential for such a resource, and would like to hear from you. You can access the survey through February 28.

http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts


Resources for Students and Educators

Energy Research and Education Mapping Tool

The Energy Zones Mapping Tool is a free online mapping tool that allows users to map existing and potential energy resources in the 39 states in the eastern US. Users can run site-suitability analyses for biomass, solar, water, wind, natural gas, geothermal, and nuclear power development, map existing energy resources and environmental characteristics that impact energy development, create a custom map of their region using an extensive database of mapping layers, and search over 2,000 related policies and incentives.

https://eispctools.anl.gov


K–12 STEM Activities and Materials for Nonformal Education

Howtosmile.org collects quality educational materials on the web—learning activities, tools, and services—all designed for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings. Howtosmile is led by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing STEM education to children everywhere. Educators can contribute their own materials to the website.

http://www.howtosmile.org/


NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project provides formal and nonformal educators sustained professional development, collaborative online tools, and the support to build a climate-literate public engaged in climate stewardship. Climate Stewards educate themselves and others as they work with their students and communities to reduce their carbon footprints and “go green.”

If you are interested in professional development opportunities in climate science and doing a stewardship project, contact Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov, subject line: "Join CSEP Education Community" to be put on the educator email list for announcements about resources, webinars and book club announcements.

Injured Eagle Rescued - Watch the Video!             (Posted: 3-2-15)

An eagle injured in an aerial battle was rescued fromthe upper branches of a pine tree in south Jersey.The combined efforts of a Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ biologist and local citizens got the bird down for transport to a rehabilitation facility.

Such efforts by our partners in the CWF and the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's own staff are made possible in part by past and long-time Check-off For Wildlife supporters who have made endangered species recoveries like the eagle possible.

To learn more about the rescue, including an exciting video shot from a camera on the biologist's helmet, visit http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/blog/2015/02/18/battling-bald-eagles-land-in-tree/ on the CWF website. For information on supporting endangered species recovery, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/checkoff.htm on the Division's website.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

Sustainable Jersey Featured on "This is Jersey with Gary Gellman"             (Posted: 2-26-15)

Click HERE.

Earth Science Sites of the Week and NASA Earth and Space Science Education News - February 2015             (Posted: 2-19-15)

Click HERE.

Clifton NJ is in need of an Earth Science teacher, for the rest of the year.  Contact Gary Frankel, Science Supervisor as soon as possible.   Gary can be reached at gfrankel@cliftonschools.net.

Geology and Geography

Site Name

Video on Turning Mushroom Hunting Into Gold in the Yukon

Site URL

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gold-rush-turning-mushroom-hunting-into-gold-in-the-yukon/

Description

“In Canada's Yukon Territory, Bob Simon found a man whose technique for finding mushrooms inspired him to create a method to find gold that's made him the Yukon's biggest gold prospector”

 

Site Name

This Map Shows The World's Bedtime On New Year's Eve

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/mapbedtime/#close

Description

“Ever wonder if the only person to go to bed before midnight on New Year’s Eve is you? The data was collected and shared by Jawbone, a leader in the field of Fitness Trackers where the software tracks activity as well as sleeping patterns. And although this data is not scientific, it certainly gives insight into New Year’s Eve’s party patterns.”

   

Site Name

Video Trip Down to a Lava Lake

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/selfievolcano/

Description

“In heat protectant suits, the pair experienced the lava lakes, flying molten rock, and splashing acid rain. [The descent is] like climbing Everest in reverse, with the 400 meters of near vertical loose rock face, which they faced on the descent and ascent. Their equipment was a GoPro camera and a Sony NX camera.” Some of the images seem unbelievable and there is some question about their origin. 

Water 

Site Name

Elephants Save A Calf Pulled By Powerful River Currents

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/elephantscalf/

Description

“Tourist Sandy Gelderman spotted a herd of elephants crossing a river at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and gets the opportunity to record a dramatic calf rescue. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in Africa and is the home to many animals.”

 

 Weather

Site Name

Succinct Source for Addressing Climate Change Myths

Site URL

http://realitydrop.org/#myths

Reality Drop

Description

Find a list of myths concerning climate change.  Click the myth for a rebuttal.

 

Space

Site Name

Involve your Students in a Citizen Science Project in Sun Spotting

Site URL

http://www.sunspotter.org/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SunspotterLaunch&utm_content=B

Zooniverse

Description

“We need your help to organize sunspot images in order of complexity to better understand and predict how the Sun's magnetic activity affects us on Earth.”

 

Site Name

Video on How Big the Moon Really Is

Site URL

http://www.wimp.com/bigmoon/

Description

“Animation team Kurzgesagt puts the size of the Moon into perspective by relating its gigantic surface area with comparable stuff on Earth. Although the Moon may look tiny in the night sky, Kurzgesagt creatively shows why this isn't the case at all.”

 

Environment

Site Name

Educational Resources for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Site URL

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/

Description

Here’s a clearinghouse for accessing UN resources. 

General 

Site Name

Ideas for Science Projects

Site URL

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml#browseallprojects

Description

“Looking for inspiration for a science fair project? Science Buddies has over 1,150 Project Ideas in all areas of science”

 

Site Name

Utility Summarizes News and Culture the Year you were Born

Site URL

http://whathappenedinmybirthyear.com/

.

Description

“Enter the year you were born and explore the events that took place during that time” Facts scroll across your screen – BUT SLOWLY.  Click to go back and it will list the entire text all at once.

 

Teaching

Site Name

Utility that Simplifies Difficult English

Site URL

Rewordify.com

Description

“Rewordify.com lets you read more, understand more, learn more words, and teach more effectively. It simplifies English, teaches vocabulary, creates learning materials, and lets you create documents to teach people all over the world. It has many more features, and it's all free.”  This might be of use to English learners.   When cutting and pasting text from our textbook, there is some simplification but the many technical terms remain intact.

 

Demo

Site Name

Activity in Giving Directions that Underscores the Importance of Accurate Directions

Description

“I cut out several different geometric shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, etc.) and each is a different color.  I pair students up and put a barrier between them.  They take turns giving each other directions on how to lay out the shapes in front of them.  Putting a shape “on top” can mean literally on top of it or above it.  They then compare each other’s layout to see how close they come.  After a few tries they start to realize how specific they need to be.”

Inspiration

Site Name

25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

Site URL

http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-animal-parenting/

Description

“A parent’s love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you’ll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child.”

 

Humor

Site Name

Video of Bear Relaxing on Hammock

Site URL

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2014/06/04/ac-ridiculist-bear-in-hammock.cnn

CNN

Description

Video of Bear Relaxing on Hammock

 

Geology and Geography

Site Name

How to Add USGS Topographic Maps to Google Earth

Site URL

http://equipped.outdoors.org/2012/12/how-to-add-usgs-topographic-maps-to.html

Description

“Did you know that you can overlay every available USGS topo map on Google Earth for free? And that you can set it up in a matter of minutes? Here's how:”

 

Site Name

What Goes Behind Designing a Map of the U.S.

Site URL

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2012/01/the_best_american_wall_
map_david_imus_the_essential_geography_of_the_united_states_of_america_.html

Description

“Fascinating stuff about making an intricate map!”

  

 Water 

Site Name

Marine Life Resource Collection from NOAA

Site URL

http://www.education.noaa.gov/Marine_Life/

Description

“The collections in this thematic area provide educational resources to increase the understanding of marine life, the pressures that threaten their existence, and the role each of us play in the stewardship of marine ecosystems.”

 

 Weather

Site Name

Animated .gif shows Sun’s Path across the Arctic Summer Sky: the Sun Does not Set

Site URL

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D1LC3KkrcKw/Uvoyy8ndGII/AAAAAAAAI34/Nza2r8_cPGI/w506-h304/arctic%2Bsummer.gif

Description

“A day in the artic summer when the sun does not set “

  

Space

Site Name

First Definitive Detection Of Organic Molecules on the Red Planet

Site URL

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=10274

NASA

Description

“There’s big news coming out of the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite (SAM) on NASA’s Curiosity rover. For the first time, organic matter has definitively been detected on Mars. In addition to finding organic compounds in rocks, SAM has also detected sharp increases and decreases in methane levels in the atmosphere. MSL participating scientist, Danny Glavin, explains these findings and what they tell us about our search for life on the Red Planet.”

 

Environment

Site Name

Tapped – a Documentary of the Impact of the Bottled Water Industry on the Environment

Site URL

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tapped/

Top Documentary Films

Description

“Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is well structured and presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water.”

 General 

Site Name

Video on States of Matter with Molten Glass

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAPc6JH85pM

columbusmuseum

Description

“This video is used by docents at CMA to show how glass can change from solid to fluid and back again. The artists at Jason Antol Studios in Columbus, Ohio, graciously performed the demonstrations on camera. The 10-second on-screen countdowns allow visitors a chance to answer each question. As used in the exhibition Chihuly Illuminated, the video is silent. Here it's presented with background music.”

 

Site Name

Bill Nye  Narrates the Joy of Discovery

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0_YHVFoXkM

Description

“A marvelous excerpt from Bill Nye's recent debate set to original music. Subscribe for more science mashups and remixes!”

 

Site Name

Discover the #1 Pop Chart Song the Day you were Born

Site URL

http://billboard.fm/birthday-song

Description

“Enter the date into this web page and it will return to you the top song for that date. Great for work avoidance.”

Teaching

Site Name

To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

Site URL

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/to-remember-a-lecture-better-take-notes-by-hand/361478/

Description

“You might be interested in a study that got a lot of buzz a while ago:

 The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking  which is summarized in several articles”

  

Demo

Site Name

Rock Demo with Lichens

Description

“I had an igneous rock with lichens on it for several yrs. At the beginning of the year wash all dirt, place in a tub; assign one student from last period to spray water. Leave the rock undisturbed by the window. Watch the rock slowly weather and the dirt quantity increase. Kids learn the slow speed of this process and the needed.... water, sunlight help lichens grow and break down rock.”

Computers

Site Name

Veteran Teacher Suggests Free or Inexpensive Apps

Description

“I check amazon daily for the free app of the day.  Every once in a while they have something useful. I don't use many educational apps mainly because students are not allowed to bring their phones.  Here are the few that I do use:

-          Foxfi & foxfi key or PDA net +: This enables me to use my phone as a wifi hotspot without my provider being aware of it and charging me for it.  It is very useful if I want to show my students something that is blocked by the school's filter (such as YouTube)

-          Swiss Army Knife:  Has the following: flashlight, stopwatch, unit converter, timer, compass, bubble level, calculator, magnifying glass, mirror, and ruler

-          Cam Scanner: uses the phone as a scanner and makes a pdf document

-           Google Voice: I use this for calling and texting students and parents.  It is a dedicated work number for me, and it saves all texts and voicemails

-          Total Relaxation: good after a hard day.  Relaxing through hypnosis

-          PC remote: turns my phone into a remote control for my computer”

Inspiration

Site Name

Father's Day Surprise – Reunited with a Sick Child

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irxTbB_4y0g#t=283

Description

“To celebrate dads everywhere, we worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada to surprise a hardworking dad, Marc Grimard, with an early Father's Day gift by reuniting him with his sick child and family.

 

Humor

Site Name

Serenading Cattle with a Trombone- See ‘Em Come to Papa

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs_-emj1qR4#t=15

Description

“Serenading the cattle with my trombone”

 

Site Name

Van Damme – One Split for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind

Site URL

http://www.flixxy.com/van-damme-zero-gravity-split.htm

Description

“Jean Claude Van Damme performs splits in outer space.   Jean Claude Van Damme's viral video of doing the splits between two moving Volvo trucks was followed by many parodies, but none of them were as "far out" as this sequel by Linh Mai.    Original music by Enya. “

Geology and Geography

Site Name

Mystery of how Rocks Move across Death Valley lake bed Solved: Ice Rafting

Site URL

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rocks-move-death-valley-lake-bed-20140827-story.html

Description

“At long last, someone has definitely figured out how the rocks on Racetrack Playa in Death Valley move.”

 

Site Name

USDA Video: the Science of Soil Health: Fighting Plant Disease with Microbes

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjgeBzKLR1I

USDA

Description

“One of the critical functions of healthy soils is that they contain beneficial microbes that can enhance plant defense against disease, and sometimes against insects; our journey took us to Clemson's Dr. Geoff Zehnder to talk about his work.”

   

Water 

Site Name

Cost of Plastic Junk: Albatross Chick Regurgitating Plastic Trash

Site URL

https://vimeo.com/46998919

Description

“Before leaving the nest, albatross chicks regurgitate a bolus, a mass or pile of the indigestible material they have eaten in the four months. A bolus is a record of the chick’s diet. They contain hard parts from squid, seeds, wood, feathers, rocks, and increasingly human trash.”

 

 Weather

Site Name

Video of Dust Storm Sweeping over Phoenix (and during a Wedding)

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdfdpOPtuSE and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_eR0PmDXfs

Description

“A large dust storm rolled over Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday as the National Weather Service issued a warning for the area”

  

Space

Site Name

International Dark-Sky Foundation

Site URL

http://www.darksky.org/

International Dark-Sky Foundation

Description

“Here is a link to the International Dark Sky Association (its headquarters

just happens to be near where I live here in Tucson, Arizona). They have

many activities under education and resources.”

 

Site Name

Video on How We Measure the Distance of Stars

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyuI4n5ILP8&list=TLUqc4xe79qKC53KGe4zDdhAcYP3sksW_D

Description

“It's School of YouTube Week! Comic Relief and YouTube are partnering to send students to school! The Bad Astronomer Phil Plait teaches Hank how to measure the distance to the stars.”

 

Site Name

Ride a Photon of Light away from the Sun

Site URL

https://vimeo.com/117815404

  

Description

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in real-time, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

 Environment

Site Name

Protecting the Planet from Overpopulation

Site URL

http://www.populationconnection.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issues_protectingtheplanet

Population Connection

Description

“Population growth stretches natural resources to their limits. Deforestation, food and water shortages, and climate change are all intensified by the addition of over 80 million people a year to the world's population.”

General 

Site Name

STEM Careers Exploration

Site URL

http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/interactive/stem-careers-exploration

NASA

Description

“This presentation includes links to videos about scientists and engineers working with the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (from the Faces of GPM series), as well as other STEM careers videos, followed by a number of links to online career resources. It is designed to be used students working at their own pace, choosing which videos and links they are interested in watching and exploring, but could also be used in front of a larger group.”

 

Site Name

Video Showing the Presence of Subatomic Particles

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fi6uyyrEs

Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations

Description

“The trajectories of individual charged particles leave behind cloudy trails as they ionize the cooled, supersaturated air-alcohol vapor inside this diffusion cloud chamber. Alpha particles from the radioactive decay of an inserted 2% thorium alloy rod form dense condensation trails nearby. Farther from the rod (beyond 10 cm or so) various types of charged particles leave evidence of their activity, including alpha particles (dense tracks, perhaps from the decay of radon isotopes), muons and energetic electrons (faint, seemingly straight tracks), and relatively low-energy electrons and beta particles (faint, tangled tracks). This movie shows a basic, qualitative demonstration of the presence of subatomic particles; techniques to more accurately identify and measure individual subatomic particles are possible with this apparatus.

Site Name

Their World is in the Grip of a Lethal Outbreak: Surprise Ending

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ0aksbiiXw

Description

“Their world is in the grip of a lethal outbreak. A mysterious blue substance is leading to catastrophic destruction. Who is behind it all?”

Teaching

Site Name

Tips to Stay Organized

Description

“For me, my strongest skill is ORGANIZATION. Staying organized will make or break you. Here are my tips:

*LATE WORK CRATE: I have a hanging file with numbers 1-31. These are there dates of the month. All extra handouts go in there. I have a laminated page as well were I write what we did, he, what was collected; it gets wiped off each month. You won't be bombarded (likely at the beginning of class) with absent kids asking questions or kids that misplaced a handout.

*TURNED IN/ GRADED WORK CRATE: I have another crate labeled "needs to be graded," "needs to be recorded," "needs to be passed back" with each of my classes in each section I just listed. This is great for collecting assignments, for my TAs to record scores, and to pass back papers.

*LAB ASSISTANTS: each class, each week, I assign a student to be my Lab Assistant. He/she helps with passing out materials for a lab, helps with a demo (a HUGE plus for that week!), passes back papers or helps clean up. At the beginning of the year I just go through my roster and put the names on a blank calendar. That is then attached to the wall.

Good luck! And PLEASE take breaks on yourself and show a video every once in a while. It’s not a bad thing at all!!”

 

Demo

Site Name

Using an Egg Investigation to Understand Earth’s Internal Structure

Description

“I have my kids investigate what's inside the egg.  I have several different eggs in an egg carton (hard boiled, blown (the inside removed through a pen hole), raw egg, and a plastic egg.  Kids then first make observations only by looking and drawing what's inside the egg.  We then discuss that most of their sketches don't truly work because they need more data - like feeling and measuring.  Then I relate this to the inside of the earth and how do scientists know what's inside of the earth. “

Inspiration

Site Name

Meet Chris: One Incredible Farmer

Site URL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9S3n_tILKo

Description

“Everyone knows farming requires hard physical labor. While Apricot Lane Farms has a lot of excellent farmhands, none have been as memorable as Chris. Hear Chris' extraordinary story in this Super Soul Short from John Chester.”

 

Humor

Site Name

25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments in the Animal Kingdom

Site URL

http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-animal-parenting/

Description

“A parent’s love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you’ll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child.”

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