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CONTENTS:
What's Happening at Your Feeders?
Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears
LSC Teacher Connection & NJSM Dinosaur Expedition & 9/27 and 10/4 Earth Science Sites of the Week
USEPA: EE Updates for Educators and School Administrators
NAAEE: EE News for October 1, 2014
Rutgers Water Resources Program: Water Pages eNewsletter
Sustainable Jersey E-News: School Program Launch, Hubs Tackle 3 R's, Board Spotlight
Alliance for Childhood September Update
NJ's Stormwater Management Updates
BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
The Cloud Institute | Back to School Edition
NAAEE: EE News for September 17, 2014
USEPA: EE Updates for Educators and Administrators
Updates & 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Cornell Lab eNews: Proof That Conservation Works, Plus a Big To-Do List
Now Available: Sustainable Jersey's Sessions during the NJLM Conference
EPA's School Flag Program
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium September Newsletter
NAAEE: EE News for September 3, 2014
Building Conservation Leaders, Meadow Mentoring, Plus
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for September
Water Pages eNewsletter
Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014 begins September 1---check it out!
Savings in the Kitchen - Refrigerators and Cooking Equipment
Dig in this Fall! 2014 Newsletter
Cornell Lab eNews: Free, Instant Bird ID Help for 400 Species on Your Phone
NAAEE: EE News for August 13, 2014
A college resource for students and families in New Jersey
Alliance for Childhood: Playing to Learn
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium August Newsletter
Green Knight newsletter -- August 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
Sustainable Jersey: New August Sustainability Hero Announced
The Nature Conservancy: Great Places Newsletter
News from Raritan Headwaters
NAAEE: EE News for July 30, 2014
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 2013 Annual Report is Now Available
Water Pages eNewsletter
Alliance for Childhood: July Update
The Heat Is On with July STEM News at Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC)
Cornell Lab eNews: Summer Birdhouse Tips and Great Feeder Ideas
Free Rain Gardens in the Neshanic Watershed
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium July Newsletter
COASTodian Newsletter - Summer 2014 Issue
NJCCVTS Newsletter - July, 2014
News from Raritan Headwaters
Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring
News: EDF Climate Fellow; Best Summer Party; Regional Hubs Rise Up; 4 Towns Get Grants; Board Spotlight
Summer 2014 NPSNJ Newsletter
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July
Don't Overheat This Summer
Water Pages eNewsletter
Video Contest & Online Media Toolkit
NAAEE: EE News for June 18, 2014
News Release: Maybe Birds Can Have It All: Dazzling Colors and Pretty Songs, Too
June Temperatures Rise with Fun Summer STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
Healthier in Nature: New Tools to Engage Communities in Outdoor Activities
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium June Newsletter
Creating a Healthier Next Generation and Supporting a Healthier School Day
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
Cornell Lab eNews: Learn to "See" Bird Songs With Our Fun New Game
NJ Trails Association is looking for your photographs!
Get Outside NJ
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for June
Water Pages eNewsletter
New! Countdown to Certification Webinar and Other Sustainable Jersey Trainings
Barnegat Bay Partnership video blog on Blitz Day
Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires
Green Knight newsletter -- May 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
May NSTA Field Reports
Great Places: Spring's Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles
Links from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
NJ Afterschool Action: April 2014
What's Happening at Your Feeders?             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Click HERE.

Cornell Lab eNews: To Tell a Crow From a Raven, Trust Your Ears             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Click HERE.

LSC Teacher Connection & NJSM Dinosaur Expedition & 9/27 and 10/4 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Liberty Science Center 2014-15 Teacher Connection Program

October 11, 2014: Guitar - The Instrument That Rocked the World

November 15, 2014: Island of the Lemurs Madagascar-IMAX, Class room activities on animal behavior

December 6, 2014: Environmental Forensics

January 10, 2015: Introducing Climate Change into the Science Classroom

February 7, 2015: Using Technology in the Classroom-Part Two

March 7, 2015: Fun with Robots

April 11, 2015: TBA New Spring Traveling Exhibit

May 9, 2015:  Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards

June 6, 2015:  Field Trip-  Sterling Mineral Mine Museum

For details about times and costs contact Pat Casey: akateacherspet@hotmail.com

Link to their 2013-2014 program: http://lsc.org/for-educators/lscs-teacher-community/teacher-connection-events/

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NJ State Museum Dinosaur Expedition, Summer 2015

Dear Teachers,

The NJSM leads dinosaur hunting expedition in the rugged Bighorn Basin of Montana and Wyoming each summer.   Learn about the paleontology, geology, history, and natural history of one of the most beautiful places in the country, how they are all related to New Jersey, and earn professional development credits for participating.  College credit is also available for students.  If you have any questions, please contact Jason Schein at the New Jersey State Museum (jason.schein@sos.state.nj.us).  

Sincerely,  Jason P. Schein

Dates:

July 12 – 18, 2015

July 19 – 25, 2015

July 26 – August 1, 2015

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Geology and Geography

Map of the Day: Pangea, With Modern-Day Borders

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2013/06/map-day-politics-pangea/5796/

“If today's geopolitical divisions existed when Stegosauruses roamed the earth, the world might have looked something like this.”

Interactive 3-D Modelling of Geologic Cross-Sections

http://visiblegeology.com/

“With this you can do topography, geo history, cross sections, and, it seems, so much more. There is a tutorial, but I suggest just goofing around with it. It's really quite cool. It has been developed for college level students in geology, but there is certainly a ton of applicability in ES classes and a lot of student centered capabilities.”

The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit— A Teacher’s Guide for Hands-On Mineral Education Activities

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/17/gip-17.pdf

“This teacher’s guide defines what a mineral deposit is and how a mineral deposit is identified and measured, how the mineral resources are extracted, and how the mining site is reclaimed; how minerals and mineral resources are processed; and how we use mineral resources in our everyday lives. Included are 10 activity-based learning exercises that educate students on basic geologic concepts; the processes of finding, identifying, and extracting the resources from a mineral deposit; and the uses of minerals. The guide is intended for grades 5 through 8 science teachers and students and is designed to meet the National Science Content Standards as defined by the National Research Council (1996). Several of these activities can be modified to meet the National Science Content Standards for grades 9 through 12. To assist in the understanding of some of the geology and mineral terms, see the Glossary (appendix 1) and Minerals and Their Uses (appendix 2).”

FEMA/Ad Council - "The Day Before" an Earthquake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fRCH5iBwAlc

“To kick off National Preparedness Month in September, Leo Burnett, in partnership with the Ad Council and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), released a new series of PSAs focused on the notion: "You never know when the day before is the day before."

Play Geography Related Error Game

https://www.sporcle.com/games/survivor/hope-and-crosby-in-road-to-bishkek

“Can you pick the movie, given a geography-related error?”

Sinkholes: When the Earth Opens Up

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/07/sinkholes-when-the-earth-opens-up/100552/

“Gathered here are images of some of these sinkholes, both man-made and natural, around the world”

Water

Underwater Coral Reef Footage from Fiji & Tonga

http://www.youtube.com/embed/mcbHKAWIk3I

Underwater footage shot whilst scuba diving in the Fiji islands and Tonga. Featuring colorful coral reefs, huge schools of tropical fish, sharks, humpback whales, underwater caves, scuba divers and much more marine life from the south Pacific.”

What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/translating-uncle-sam/stories/what-is-the-great-pacific-ocean-garbage-patch

A swirling sea of plastic bags, bottles and debris is growing in the North Pacific, and now another one has been found in the Atlantic. But how did they get there and is there anything we can do?”

Weather

National Climate Data Center

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access

NCDC is the world’s largest provider of weather and climate data. Land-based, marine, model, radar, weather balloon, satellite, and paleoclimatic are just a few of the types of datasets available”

A Year of Weather 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Gy8V0Dv78#t=60

“This visualisation, comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and the JMA, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2013”

Global Warming 'Pause' Isn't What Climate Change Skeptics Say It Is

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/no-hiatus-pause-global-warming-climate-change-heres-why-20140109

“This series of photos, taken on an expedition to Greenland's North and South lake sites by a team from the University of Washington and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in July 2010, give an up-close view of how quickly the island's ice sheet is melting”

Space

The Sunspot Cycle

http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml

“Current data for the average number of sunspots.”

Use an Animation To Find Your Latitude Based On The Height of Polaris

http://www.onr.navy.mil/focus/spacesciences/skyobserve/constellations4.htm

Use an animation to find your latitude based on the height of Polaris

The Most Beautiful Images of Saturn

https://www.flickr.com/photos/badastronomy/10328043663/sizes/h/in/photostream/

“The absolutely beautiful and truly breathtaking mosaic of Saturn taken from images captured by the Cassini spacecraft, also showing the bizarre hexagonal storm at the pole”

If the Moon Were At The Same Distance as the ISS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBDZtt0vWD8#t=86

“YouTube video describing what the mom would be at the same distance as the ISS”

Environmental

Video on how People are Adapting to Climate Change

http://adaptationstories.com/

“Excellent video and website that tells the story of humans adapting to changes in their environment”

General

How Batteries can Start Fires

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSJH21WmALc

“After living through a fire in his own house, Dave shares the lessons he learned during his experience. In this first video, he shows how a simple 9 volt battery started his house fire. Please share this message with friends and families so that they can learn to be safe with batteries.”

Teaching

26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System

http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-education-school-2011-12?op=1

“Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland's school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems. So how do they do it? It's simple — by going against the evaluation-driven, centralized model that much of the Western world uses.”

Demo

Density of Pillow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTj6XEFY_mY&feature=youtu.be

“A classroom demonstration showing how to calculate density of a material that changes its volume without changing its mass.”

Inspiration

Ducks First Time in Water

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLUTdmEoyDs

Ducks first time in water after being rescued from a hoarding case.”

Humor

SDSU baseball: Annual Halloween contest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXfoANBjnCU

Members of the SDSU baseball team took part in the annual Halloween Baseball Contest and Game on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Red team beat the Black team, 5-3, in a four-inning affair. Players in costume ranging from Captain America to a Charger Girl to the Jamaican bobsled team made it a fun afternoon for all.”

Computer Tips

19 Apps That Will Turn You Into A Wilderness Expert

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/19-apps-that-will-turn-you-into-a-wilderness-expert

Do you wonder which species of bird it is that you keep seeing on your backyard fence? Are you curious about what butterflies are visiting your garden? Would you like to know more about the mammals that call your local park home? Thankfully there are plenty of smartphone apps that help you quickly and easily identify flora and fauna, record your findings and learn more about them. Not only that, but a few will even turn you into a citizen scientist

Geology and Geography

Tips on How to Become a Fossil

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130810-fossil-science-paleontology-future/

“Pick your burial spot carefully if you want future paleontologists to find you.”

40 Maps That Explain The World

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/12/40-maps-that-explain-the-world/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

“Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog (see our full maps coverage here), with others from a variety of sources. I've included a link for further reading on close to everyone.”

West Wing Episode on the Gall--Peters Projection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVX-PrBRtTY&feature=youtu.be

UsefulClips

“Clip from "The West Wing" Season 2 Episode 16 about maps”

Norway's Weird Waves Traced to Japan Earthquake?

http://www.livescience.com/38960-japan-earthquake-norway-seiche-wave.html

“On a calm winter's day in Norway two years ago, the sea suddenly started to boil and rise, sending freak waves rolling onto nearby shores and mystifying residents. Turns out, the massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 also triggered these surprise seiche waves, a new study shows.”

CK-12 Free Online Textbook for Earth Science for Middle School

http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Earth-Science-For-Middle-School/

CK-12

“CK-12 Earth Science For Middle School covers the study of Earth - its minerals and energy resources, processes inside and on its surface, its past, water, weather and climate, the environment and human actions, and astronomy.”

Water

Water Sustainability from NBC Learn & NSF

http://www.nbclearn.com/water

NBCUniversal Media

NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resource”

Augmented Reality Contour Lines in a Flume

http://www.wimp.com/sandboxsimulation/

“Augmented reality sandbox with real-time water flow simulation”

Weather

8 Startling Before-And-After Images Of Ice Melt from around the World

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/8-before-and-after-images-of-ice-melt

“A record-setting, 4-day ice melt in Greenland sets the stage for other comparisons, some decades apart.”

Google Earth Interface For Crutem4 Land Temperature Data

http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/crutem/ge/

“CRUTEM is a dataset derived from air temperatures near to the land surface recorded at weather stations across all continents of Earth. It has been developed and maintained by the Climatic Research Unit since the early 1980s, with funding provided mostly by the US Department of Energy. The lead scientist for most of this work was Professor Phil Jones, though many colleagues have also contributed. In recent years, the Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) have also been involved, especially in the regular updating of the operational version of CRUTEM (current version CRUTEM4). CRUTEM has been combined with the MOHC's dataset of sea surface temperatures to provide a near-global dataset of temperatures across Earth's surface, called HadCRUT. For example, the current version HadCRUT4 combines CRUTEM4 and HadSST3. These datasets have been widely used for assessing the possibility of anthropogenic climate change.”

Space

Baumgartner’s Jump Video with Multi-Angle Views and Mission Data

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raiFrxbHxV0&feature=youtu.be

“See through the eyes of Felix Baumgartner as he completes his world record breaking jump from the stratosphere!”

Lunar Analemma Composite

http://twanight.org/newTWAN/photos.asp?ID=3003707

“Have you heard of Lunar Analemma? This digital composite image illustrates the changing position and phase of the Moon over the Dali Theater and Museum in Figueres, Spain, during one lunar month.”

Hubble Space Telescope Top 50 Images Slideshow

http://www.spacetelescope.org/extras/presentations/hst01/

ESA/Hubble

“50 images from the Hubble space telescope”

Environmental

How Wolves Change Rivers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q&feature=youtu.be

Sustainable Man

“When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.”

General

David Attenborough - Wonderful World - BBC HD Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5opIeLDgSA

David Attenborough

EarthSciTeach

“Video of the wonderful world we live in”

Teaching

 

Free Online Course on the NGSS

https://www.coursera.org/course/sciframework

Michigan Science Teachers Association

“Rice University is running a free online "course" (Or MOOC, if you prefer) focused on understanding the Next Generation Science Standards. The course is open to any educator. Topics include: Structure of NGSS, Science and Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, Model Course Sequences, and Performance Expectations. The course will consist of short video "lectures," a series of tasks, and online (Facebook) discussion.

What Teachers Need to Know about IQ

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2013/Nisbett.pdf

Earth Science Teachers Community

“Nisbett is the author of Intelligence and How to Get It. The article has recommendations for discussing intelligence with your students”

Inspiration

Puppies And Kittens vs. Mirrors

http://safeshare.tv/w/LQvugyirGr

Safeshare

“Puppies and Kittens seeing themselves in mirrors”

Humor

Dumb Way to Fail Class

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDqg88YB_5I

“Different scenarios that show dumb ways to fail”


USEPA: EE Updates for Educators and School Administrators             (Posted: 10-21-14)

Mountain Banner

Did You Miss Last Week’s Webinar on New Teaching Tools? Save the Date for More.

Science and Engineering Festival. Credit: Aaron Ferster, U.S. EPA

If you're looking for fun, interactive ways to engage your students in science, join EPA for a webinar on Thursday October 23 at 6:30 pm ET. See a demonstration of the new interactive game called Generate!, developed by EPA scientists and tested with K-12 teachers, that explores energy choices and environmental quality. Learn how other teachers have used it in their classrooms and find out how to download it for free.  If you can't attend in October, Join EPA on November 13 to hear about another tool- EnviroAtlasLearn more about these webinars and more.


Time to Act on Climate

A world-leading economy depends on a healthy environment and a safe climate. Last week, Administrator McCarthy shared her thoughts on how taking action against climate change can reduce global health risks and support a strong economy. Read her latest EPA Connect blog and her op-ed in the The Hill

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

EPA Now Accepting Applications for P3 Grant Program

P3

Do you know any college students interested in solving an environmental challenge? EPA's P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition that inspires solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers quality hands-on experience that brings classroom learning to life.

For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. Teams then compete in the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC for the P3 Award and a $90,000 grant to turn their design into a real world application. Apply for P3 by December 16 here

NAAEE: EE News for October 1, 2014             (Posted: 10-1-14)

EENews


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Ottawa’s Upon Us!

Check out our new mobile app!

W?e are ?also? excited to announce the launch of our brand new mobile app for the ?conference! You'll be able to make your own personal schedule, communicate with other attendees, view interactive maps of the Ottawa Convention Centre, and so much more. To get it, download "CrowdCompass Directory" on your mobile device and then search for NAAEE. Or, visit our mobile site at: https://crowd.cc/naaee2014. Let us know if you have any questions!

Exciting Workshops and Field Trips

You can explore everything from innovative design thinking for educators to making the most of media in the wonderful array of workshops and field trips available on Wednesday and Saturday. Check them out at www.naaee.net/conference/program/workshops or www.naaee.net/conference/program/fieldtrips and sign up soon! Check at the NAAEE office at the conference to add workshops (as space allows) on site, and note that you are welcome to sign up for workshops and field trips without registering for the conference.

Want to Come to the Conference for Free?

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. We still need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

Sign up to volunteer by completing the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Auction Items

Support conference scholarships by donating to the annual Stapp Scholarship Auction. Bring your items with you to the conference, or contact NAAEE in advance. We welcome handicrafts, jewelry, books, clothing, trips, tickets, vacation home stays, pottery, and more. (Please deliver your items to the Auction Office in Room 2A on the second floor of the convention centre on Wednesday or early Thursday morning.)

Jobs and Resumes

There will be notebooks available at the conference for both job listings and resumes. Bring yours along; you’re bound to find the perfect match!

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 1 Week! And check out our mobile app!?

We're only one week away from our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information for your visit.

Make sure to download our mobile app! Download "CrowdCompass Directory" on your mobile device and then search for NAAEE. Or, visit our mobile site at: https://crowd.cc/naaee2014.


IJECEE Winter Issue Now Online

The Winter 2014 issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is out and can be accessed here. Please share your reactions with the editors, Yash Bhagwanji (ybhagwan@fau.edu) and Bora Simmons (borasimmons@gmail.com). We invite sharing of this free- access journal and invite you and others to submit scholarly written manuscripts for consideration for the next issue.


September News from the Natural Start Alliance

This month, visit a Head Start classroom on a working farm and a nature preschool at a natural science center, download the latest issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, and catch up on the latest Natural Start news.

http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/...


Awards, Grants, Contests

Sea Turtle Fundraising Contest

Register by: October 15, 2015
Contest ends: November 15, 2014

Your class can save baby sea turtles and win great prizes at the same time! SEE Turtles, a nonprofit organization, is raising funds to protect turtle conservation projects. Every dollar raised saves one hatchling! Three classes will win an eco-prize pack for each student and one teacher will win a free sea turtle trip to Costa Rica. Every class that raises at least $100 win prizes.

http://www.seeturtles.org/school-fundraiser-contest


2015 Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2014
The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) is seeking poster entries on the theme, "Be Loyal to Your Soil—Compost!" Share your artistic interpretation of compost and its ties to soil health. The winning poster design will be reproduced and distributed nationwide as the offical 2015 International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) poster and featured on the USCC website.

http://www.compostingcouncil.org/icaw


Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: Call for Nominations

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Nominations are now open for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.

The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/public_engagement


Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop

Deadline: March 1, 2015
The 2015 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest (July 1–11, 2015) allows environmental educators to use and learn innovative instructional tools while exploring one of the world’s most important resources—the Amazon! The program includes:

  • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, Inquiry Explorations, STEM Investigations
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree, BirdSleuth, Project Noah
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning, Sustainability, Global Education
  • Rainforest Explorations: Biodiversity, Rainforest Ecology, Conservation and Climate Change, and more

http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator- academy.html


WHALE TAIL® Grants Program

Deadline: November 1, 2014
The 2014 WHALE TAIL® grants program supports projects encouraging people to value and take action to improve the health of California’s marine and coastal environments. Educational projects improving the quality of beaches or coastal or marine habitats are also eligible. In 2014 there is a special subcategory for projects addressing climate change and/or ocean acidification. Emphasis is placed on reaching underserved students or members of the public. Applicants may request up to $50,000, and 25–50% of the funding will be allocated in small grants below $10,000. A total of $345,100 will be distributed.

http://www.coastforyou.org


North American Events, Training, Announcements


Earth Expeditions Graduate Courses

Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators, and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2015 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia and Thailand. Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the course costs, which are reduced because of support from Miami University. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.

Earth Expeditions >

Global Field Program >


Geologic Map Day

October 17, 2014
The third annual Geologic Map Day is the final major event for Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18) promoting the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping. Students will have access to activities and materials for participation including the Geologic Map Day poster. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologic-map-day


Resources for Students and Educators

Solution Generation

ecoAmerica and the Solution Generation Executive Committee are pleased to announce the launch of a new national program, Solution Generation. Solution Generation aims to catalyze higher education leadership on climate change by inviting and empowering college and university leaders to lead by example and engage others in climate solutions. The website provides a range of communication tools, inspirational success stories, and resources that higher education leaders can use right away to design and implement strategies to inspire and empower their students, faculty, staff and peer leaders. The program is designed to empower higher education leadership, no matter if leaders have led on climate in the past, or are just getting started.

http://solutiongeneration.org


Three New Books by Joseph Cornell

Nature educator, Joseph Bharat Cornell, has rewritten two of his classic books Listening to Nature and Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages and has recently published a new book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me.

  • The Sky and Earth Touched Me, written to nourish the souls of nature enthusiasts and help readers experience the healing properties of nature awareness. The online resources makes it easy to share nature with friends, family, and students.
  • Listening to Nature: After selling more than 100,000 copies, Listening to Nature has been out of print for many years. Joseph has thoroughly rewritten this book, newly illustrated with stunning photography featuring the work of award-winning nature photographer, John Hendrickson.
  • Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages: Completely revised and updated version of the classic Sharing Nature with Children which has been translated into over 20 languages and has sold over 600,000 copies, with new title Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages (release date Winter 2014).

SMILE: New STEM Activities for Educators

Howtosmile.org, based at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, is an award-winning, free access collection of nearly 4,000 STEM education activities. Many activities are grouped by topics with environmental themes including energy, climate, life sciences, and ocean literacy. Activities are also aligned with standards and principles such as the Climate Literacy Principles, Ocean Literacy Principles, and U.S. DOE Energy Literacy framework. Hundreds of SMILE activities are free, and thousands are low-cost and use readily available materials. Activities can be searched by cost, time, source institution, language, learning style, and informal categories like outdoor activity, games, and physical activity.

http://www.howtosmile.org


Climate at Your Doorstep

The Daily Climate, a nonprofit online news source, recently launched a new interactive, online community to significantly expand its coverage of climate change impacts that are occurring right now in readers’ own backyards. The “Climate at Your Doorstep” project connects readers directly with leading climate change experts through social media to share information on this complex topic. A panel of distinguished scientists and experts specializing in climate change will monitor the hashtag #ClimateDoorstep and other Daily Climate social media channels. The scientists will directly respond to readers’ questions, photos, and videos about environmental changes they may be experiencing in their own communities. NAAEE members can participate by following the hashtag #ClimateDoorstep.

http://www.dailyclimate.org/doorstep


Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate

The adventures of scientist-photographer James Balog and the Chasing Ice team come to life in a newly released climate science education resource. Getting the Picture provides a unique, interactive, multimedia experience for students and educators to learn about the latest climate science and witness real-world changes occurring around the world. This comprehensive educational resource is aligned with national educational standards, including NGSS, CCSS and Climate Literacy. Explore this fun and engaging learning tool!

http://www.gettingthepicture.info


Interactive Water Cycle Resource

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a new resource about the water cycle, aimed at schools and students. This interactive module, which can also be found in image format, shows the various stages, actors, and components of the cycle in three different versions for various ages and a variety of languages. Visit their website to download a copy or view the resource.

http://water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle-kids.html


New Series on Bird Health: Winged Warnings

Created by Environmental Health News in partnership with NationalGeographic.com, "Winged Warnings" is a new series that explores our changing natural environment through birds—from eagles and ospreys to songbirds. Reporters traveled all around the world to study birds in their habitats to discover how they are being harmed by climate change, among other threats.

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news...


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Rutgers Water Resources Program: Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 10-1-14)

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Sustainable Jersey E-News: School Program Launch, Hubs Tackle 3 R's, Board Spotlight             (Posted: 10-1-14)

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Alliance for Childhood September Update             (Posted: 10-1-14)

September Update
September 2014

PlayinNewsNew Reports on Play Spaces and the Value of Play

Nature Play and Learning Places: Creating and managing places where children engage with nature was just released by National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University. Experts from 20 organizations came together to create guidelines for planning, designing, and managing nature play areas. See how you can bring a place for nature play to your neighborhood. The full report can be read and dowloaded here.

 

Another excellent new report summarizes evidence that shows the value of play. The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives is by Tim Gill, a writer and advocate for play from England. Read and downoad the report here.

 

 RaceToNowhereRace to Nowhere on Public TV

The Alliance is proud to join with Reel Link Films to promote its film Race to Nowhere. The movie will be aired on public television's World channel, now and through October. Check your local airtime here.

To continue the Race to Nowhere conversation, the Alliance is a partner in the new social action campaign #BanBusy. The goal is to raise awareness about the toll over-crowded schedules are taking on the health of our children. Help build momentum for this movement and visit the #BanBusy page today.

ECHOECHO Across America

The Alliance for Childhood is a leading partner in the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, and we will be co-facilitating a new initiative, ECHO Across America (Every Child Healthy Outdoors). In this campaign we will advocate for policies and strategies at the local and state level to engage kids in outdoor, unstructured nature play and other experiences in the great outdoors. Stay tuned for more about this exciting endeavor.

If you'd like to be engaged in this project, please click here and enter your name, zip code, and email, and check the boxes to indicate your interest in advocacy.

EventsUpcoming Events

* The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) will be holding its 43rd conference in Ottawa, Canada, October 8-11. Alliance Director Linda Rhoads will be presenting on strategies for advocating for outdoor nature play.

* Anarchy Zone in Ithaca, New York, had a great summer with hundreds of children playing in an adventure play space. But it doesn't end with summer - many people will be gathering for Ithaca's Day of Play on October 11 at the Ithaca Children's Garden.

* The Alliance for Childhood will be at the NAEYC Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, November 5-8. Look for us at Booth 942. We will also be participating in several panels. Hope to see you there!

* On November 14 and 15 in New York City, the eighth annual Wonderplay Conference will take place at the 92nd St. Y. Alliance co-founder Joan Almon will be presenting two workshops. Click here for the flier.

 

* The International Council for Children's Play will hold its 27th international World Play Conference on February 1-3, 2015, in Brussels. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30.

* The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play is scheduled for February 15-18. Sponsored by the U.S. Play Coalition, it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. The deadline to submit session proposals is September 30.

* ACEI will be hosting the Institute for Global Education Diplomacy March 5-8 in Washington, DC. Alliance Director Linda Rhoads will be leading a session on effective advocacy strategies.

* The Association of Children's Museums' InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children and Families will take place May 13-15. It will be hosted by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Do you have a minute? Let us know your interests!

If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to fill out the contact form on the Alliance website, including indicating your particular interests. We will be co-leading some exciting advocacy campaigns, and we want to know if you'd like to be involved. Thank you!

RecentArticlesRecent Videos and Publications

* Our friends in the Wild Zone project have released a video of a Family Play Day. It's filled with sticks, mud, flowers, creativity, and teamwork. Enjoy!
 
*
The International Play Association has created a wonderful 3-minute video entitled "This Is Me: Article 31 and a Child's Right to Play."

Remember! The Alliance for Childhood Publications page is filled with many reports, articles, books, and policy briefs, many of which you can download for free.

DonateDonate to the Alliance for Childhood!

Contributing is easy. By doing so you will support the exciting work we are doing to protect and preserve childhood. Please click here to make a donation. Or you can send a check to the address below. Thank you!

We invite you to keep up with media coverage of issues affecting children by visiting our Facebook page regularly. You'll find many interesting articles from around the country and the world.
Follow the Alliance on Twitter! @4Childhood
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NJ's Stormwater Management Updates             (Posted: 10-1-14)

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BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive             (Posted: 10-1-14)


We are proud to announce that the Alliance for Childhood has joined with the Reel Link Films team to promote its film Race to Nowhere. We are also a partner in the new "BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive" campaign.

 
From
schools banning homework to the American Academy of Pediatrics sounding the alarm on a student sleep-loss epidemic, communities are more restless than ever to break out of our current education culture. This fall, we have an unprecedented opportunity to channel our collective will into national action.


RACE TO NOWHERE PREMIERES ON PUBLIC TELEVISION 


On Thursday, September 25 (and continuing through October) Race to Nowhere will premiere on public television's World Channel, reaching 70 percent of households across the country. This television event represents our chance to harness the power of public television to bring a crucial conversation about American educational culture into living rooms nationwide. It also marks the launch of our national social action campaign, BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive.

 
Invite your friends and family to watch on September 25, and then join the
BAN BUSY campaign by downloading our new broadcast party tool kit and visiting the BAN BUSY site

    
Check for local air dates and times here.
   

Why BAN BUSY? 


In celebration of Race to Nowhere's 5th anniversary, we're launching  BAN BUSY: Time to Thrive, a national social action campaign that busts the myth that busy is better. Grounded in research, the campaign is our opportunity to raise awareness about the toll over-packed schedules are taking on the health, happiness, cognitive development, creativity and emotional development of our children.   


Please join with the Alliance for Childhood and other partners and read on about how you can participate in this initiative...


We're challenging you - students, parents, educators, coaches and club advisors - to restore balance for the children in your care. You can help us paint a picture of what balance can look like - in and out of the classroom. Build forts and bake cookies. Take hikes and naps. Tinker, craft and create. Make time for downtime, playtime, family time. Then, using the hashtag #banbusy, post pictures on Twitter and Instagram documenting the ways you are transforming time for your students. It's time we replaced images of stress, anxiety and overworked students with a picture of what's possible for childhood and education.
 
We're launching the
BAN BUSY page today. Help us build momentum for this movement. Start posting your #banbusy pictures today!  
 
Banning busy may be the best thing you ever did for your students, your family, and yourself.


Create a community conversation to drive transformation!

Join the communities that have taken the lead. Click here to see the complete list of local screenings of Race to Nowhere.

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National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 9-26-14)

September Newsletter

 Welcome Back!


Over the past year, the number of Eco-Schools has tripled in New Jersey. This year is focused on deepening participation by connecting stewardship-based projects to the existing curriculum and Common Core, activating the power of collaboration for multidisciplinary learning, and spiraling out the sustainability practices for whole community learning through the arts. Here is how:

  1. During this next year, 11 schools will be connecting internationally with Taiwanese schools. There will be additional openings for the 2015-2016 school year if you want to participate.
  2. 2- Winter Webinar Series for Statewide Stakeholders in Student Learning on Climate Change
  3. On-site Green Team Professional Learning Community Facilitation and curriculum development
  4. Site-visits for individual guidance
  5. Professional workshops at NJ Audubon Centers and major conferences

Take the 2014 Eco-Schools Survey. Help us tailor the program to your needs and secure funding to continue to provide you with absolutely free support. While preparing for the new-year, we hope you will remember to visit the Eco-Schools website for environmental learning ideas and post your results on the dashboard for statewide shared learning.

Eco-Schools works closely with The New Jersey School Boards Association, which is committed to fostering sustainability in education and working to educate school districts and school board members on best practices in sustainable schools. NJSBA’s involvement includes assisting with the development of Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification, managing the NJ Sustainable Schools Project, a three-year research grant, training school board members, managing the NJ Green Program of study in collaboration with NJ Department of Education, serving on the Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awards recognition committee, participating in Eco School’s Taiwanese Sister School Program and hosting sustainability educational sessions and exhibitors at NJSBA’s annual leadership workshop in Atlantic City.

 

In this month’s newsletter you will find:

Professional Learning Opportunities
Awards and Certificates
Eco-School in the News
Funding opportunities
Resources

We love to share your stories with the community.  Contact Jessica Brown if you have something to share.  jbrowncommunications@outlook.com or 802-522-4209. Update your Eco-Schools dashboard to track your progress towards sustainability measurements. 


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Please check our FULL ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR for Eco-Schools programs as well as Partner Programs.

REGISTER:  Eco-Schools USA Sustainable Schools Webinar Series
DATE CHANGES
September 30; 7:00-8:15pm
November 11; 7:00-8:30pm
January 27; 7:00-8:30pm
March 3; 7:00-8:00pm

Eco-Schools USA's Sustainable Schools Webinar Series gives teachers, administrators, students and anyone interested in the Eco-Schools USA program the opportunity to hear presentations from our staff, like-minded partners and teachers in the field. 

REGISTER:  New Jersey Audubon’s – The Basics of Teaching Outdoors
October 18; 10:30am- 1:30pm

Using New Jersey Audubon’s Bridges to the Natural World as a platform, we will explore ways in which the outdoors can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Learn the benefits of place-based learning, outdoor classroom management and general safety guidelines along with curriculum ideas that support STEM education and the arts. This workshop is great for Home-school
parents, After-school providers, Scout leaders or anyone who loves the outdoors!

REGISTER:  New Jersey Science Convention
October 14-15

The New Jersey Science Convention is a professional development opportunity for science educators including teachers, administrators, and student interns. This two-day convention allows more teachers to attend at least one day of activities without burdening the school districts with excessive absence. Each day has up to seventy-five sessions of interest to all levels and disciplines in science, as well as over fifty-five vendors of science books, supplies, and equipment.

REGISTER:  ANJEE Annual Conference
January 23 – 24. Time TBD

ANJEE will present two full days of workshops designed to help educators make the natural connection between STEM and Environmental Education.


AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES

Congratulations to the following schools who recently qualified for the Bronze Award!

Holland Township School
Millburn Middle School
Miller Street Elementary School
Waldorf School of Princeton
A special congratulations to Woodcliff Middle School for qualifying for the Silver Award!

Have you applied for an award yet?  You may be eligible for one.  If you have established an Eco-Action team, completed an environmental audit, and created a basic action plan that focuses on at least one Eco-Schools pathway you may qualify for the Bronze award.  If you have done all that and created a detailed action plan that addresses at least two Eco-Schools pathways – one of them being energy – then you may even qualify for a Silver award.  Those of you going for a Green Flag award will need considerably more, including documentation of your Eco-Action team, audits, and photographs.  If you are unsure about any part of the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jennifer.  

If you have a school garden or outdoor classroom, your school may also qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat!

Green Ribbon Schools
If you are working towards a Green Flag award with Eco-Schools, don’t forget to apply to Green Ribbon Schools.  The Eco-Schools team worked closely with NWF with the US DOE to design their Green Ribbon program, so our programs align.  Visit the Green Ribbon Schools website to learn more. 

Letter of Intent deadline extended to 11/21/14.


ECO-SCHOOLS IN THE NEWS

Watchung School Joins National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Program

5 Easy Ways to Green Your School This Fall

Woodcliff Middle School Awarded National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Silver Award

Look here for the latest press releases about Eco-Schools in New Jersey. Have news? Contact Jennifer Dowd, Eco-Schools Coordinator NJ Audubon at jennifer.Dowd@njaudubon.org. 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Wrigley’s Litterless Campaign Grants
K-12 teachers can apply for a $500 mini-grant to reduce waste and consumption. Express your interest to apply on this short form.

Toshiba America Foundation Grant
K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.  With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Application Deadline: October 1st.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks Grant
Do you have an idea for an environmental improvement project but are short on funding? Let PLT help kick start your project with a GreenWorks! grant. Through PLT GreenWorks! youth can improve their school or community’s environment by taking part in service-learning action projects that they design and implement.

Don't delay ... the deadline to apply is September 30

Habitat Hero Grants
BirdSleuth K-12 from Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering Habitat Hero grants ($10,000 in monetary prizes, plus other resources!) and classroom sets of binoculars (thanks to a generous donation from Celestron).


RESOURCES

Biodiversity Pathway Resources

Reminder! Free Milkweed Plugs for Schools and Non-Profits!  
Monarch Watch is helping schools and non-profit organizations create a habitat for monarchs and pollinators.  They will provide a free flat of milkweed plugs as well as guidance on how to create a monarch/pollinator habitat to qualified applicants.  Funds for this project have been provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Go to: http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds

Free Bird Feeders!
BirdSleuth K-12 Education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is now in partnership with Pennington Wild Bird Feed to distribute window bird feeders to 10,000 teachers across the nation. Access their Feathered Friends resources (free download) and visit their website for more information.

Consumption and Waste Pathway Resources

Crayola Color Cycle
Collect used markers (and invite your students to bring in some from home) and send them in free of charge to Crayola’s Color Cycle program.  They will repurpose the markers by melting them into fuel.  308 markers will produce 1 gallon of fuel. 

Climate Change Pathway Resources

The National Audubon Society has released Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report - http://climate.audubon.org/

Audubon scientists have used hundreds of thousands of citizen-science observations and sophisticated climate models to predict how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to climate change. The work defines the climate conditions birds need to survive, then maps where those conditions will be found in the future as the Earth’s climate responds to increased greenhouse gases.

General Resources

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.  Visit the site for curriculum materials, professional development for educators and service learning opportunities for students.

A coalition of partners has released The State of the Birds Report 2014 - http://www.stateofthebirds.org/

The nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted. The authors call the results unsettling. The report finds bird populations declining across several key habitats, and it includes a “watch list” of bird species in need of immediate conservation help. The report also reveals, however, that in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made, bird populations are recovering.

If you have any questions about the information in this newsletter or about NJ Eco-schools in general, please contact Jennifer Dowd at 908-292-8030 or jennifer.dowd@njaudubon.org.

The Cloud Institute | Back to School Edition             (Posted: 9-24-14)

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NAAEE: EE News for September 17, 2014             (Posted: 9-24-14)

EENews


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now! Online registration closes September 26

Exciting Workshops and Field Trips

Exploring everything from innovative design thinking to student investigative journalism, there’s a wonderful array of workshops and field trips available on Wednesday and Saturday. Check them out at www.naaee.net/conference/program/workshops or www.naaee.net/conference/program/fieldtrips and sign up soon! And note that you are welcome to sign up for workshops and field trips without registering for the conference.

Want to Come to the Conference for Free?

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. We still need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

Sign up to volunteer by completing the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Auction Items

Support conference scholarships by donating to the annual Stapp Scholarship Auction. Bring your items with you to the conference, or contact NAAEE in advance. We welcome handicrafts, jewelry, books, clothing, trips, tickets, vacation home stays, pottery, and more.

Exhibits

Exhibiting at the conference is one of the best ways to share your resources and services with 1,000 interested environmental educators. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website: www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Jobs and Resumes

There will be notebooks available at the conference for both job listings and resumes. Bring yours along; you’re bound to find the perfect match!

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 3 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

Ottawa is a cycling enthusiast’s dream destination, with over 300 kilometres (186 miles) of recreational pathways linking natural areas, parks, gardens and national sites. Bring your own bike or rent one here and see the Capital on two wheels!


EECapacity Online Course: Storytelling for Teaching and Learning in EE

October 13—November 8, 2014
This is a six-week professional development course designed for environmental educators to explore the role storytelling can play in facilitating student learning, and as a teaching in both formal and non-formal settings. Educators will be given opportunities to consider the power of storytelling as part of one's personal learning process and examine the role storytelling can play as a means to disseminate environmental knowledge through various social media outlets.

https://sites.google.com/a/eelearn.net/eelearning-portal...


Webinar: Recognizing College and University Environmental Education Programs and An Overview of the NAAEE Conference

September 22, 2014 (4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central; 1:00pm Pacific)
Join us for a webinar describing NAAEE’s pilot initiative to accredit distinguished college and university environmental education programs. Recognition basics will be discussed: What is Accreditation? Why is it important? What’s required? How is it awarded? What college/university programs have been recognized by NAAEE? Learn how your college/university environmental education program can participate in the 2015 review cycle. In addition, we’ll highlight the upcoming NAAEE conference and sessions that might be of particular interest to higher education faculty.
Presenters: Bora Simmons, Lori Mann, and Sue Gentile

Join the webinar: https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=662240786
password: preservice
US TOLL: 1-650-479-3207
Access code: 662 240 786


Awards, Grants, Contests

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


Keep America Beautiful Awards Program

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Keep America Beautiful, America’s leading community improvement organization, that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, would like to recognize youth, educators, and schools who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to improving their community environment through litter prevention, beautification and community greening and recycling and waste reduction.

Awards will recognize youth groups and youth leaders who demonstrate projects or programs that support the Keep America Beautiful mission. Awards will separately recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the KAB mission through environmental education. Applications may be submitted for one-time projects or long-term/ongoing programs.

http://www.kab.org


ClimateChangeLIVE Grants for School Projects

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Do you have a project in mind that will help your class become part of the climate solution? Would you like to start a project that reduces your school’s carbon footprint or educates other students or community members about climate change? How about a new recycling program or energy and water conservation project for your students? If funding is holding you back, apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant!

More information and an application for the Project Learning Tree/US Forest Service GreenWorks! ClimateChangeLIVE grants up to $1,000 are available at

https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant


Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: Call for Nominations

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Nominations are now open for the Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.

The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/public_engagement


Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

The Race 4 Birds Foundation (R4B) launched a new nonprofit organization to promote youth birding competitions. The birding competitions challenge youth participants to identify and quantify the number of birds sighted within 24 hours. The site offers a planning guide, detailed instructions, and resources.

http://www.race4birds.org


Sea Turtle Fundraising Contest

Register by: October 15, 2015
Contest ends: November 15, 2014

Your class can save baby sea turtles and win great prizes at the same time! SEE Turtles, a nonprofit organization, is raising funds to protect turtle conservation projects. Every dollar raised saves one hatchling! Three classes will win an eco-prize pack for each student and one teacher will win a free sea turtle trip to Costa Rica. Every class that raises at least $100 wins prizes.

http://www.seeturtles.org/school-fundraiser-contest/


Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science

Application Deadline: September 30, 2014
The Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is excited to announce the launch of the new Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science, a year-long program beginning April 2015. The purpose of the fellowship is to build a community of scientists who pursue decision-relevant research, communicate scientific findings effectively, and contribute to conservation solutions by engaging with local communities, policymakers, land managers, advocates, and others.

http://www.wilburforce.org/news...


2015 Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2014
The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) is seeking poster entries on the theme, "Be Loyal to Your Soil—Compost!" Share your artistic interpretation of compost and its ties to soil health. The winning poster design will be reproduced and distributed nationwide as the offical 2015 International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) poster and featured on the USCC website.

http://www.compostingcouncil.org/icaw


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EPA Climate Justice in Action: Women and Climate Change

This Climate Justice in Action post, Women and Climate Change, written by Brittany Whited and Corinne Hart examines how women around the world bear a larger share of the adverse impacts of climate change, how gender plays a role in health impacts, and what can help mitigate some of these impacts.


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Next Steps Institute 2014 Focuses on Building a STEM Community

The Next Steps Institute brings thought leaders together to address, learn, and plan how to move STEM forward in ways that put youth and their learning front and center. The Fall Institute, Integrating STEM Learning in Communities, will gather STEM-focused stakeholders, including experts from NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WestEd, Murray State University, Earth Force, and Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, providing unique perspectives on STEM learning opportunities.

http://earthforce.org/?q=node/236


Sharing Nature Training and Retreat With Joseph Cornell

September 28–October 3, 2014 ~ Nevada City, California
Become re-energized and re-inspired with one of the most dynamic and effective approaches to nature education on the planet. Learn how to make learning fun, experiential, and memorable through the world renowned nature activities and teaching methods of Joseph Cornell. Attendees will learn how to inspire and will gain award-winning nature activities, including the Sharing Nature Flow Learning process, which educators use to make their programs more effective, and new wellness activities from Joseph's latest book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me.

http://www.expandinglight.org/nature-and-spirit/sharing-nature-retreat.php


National Geographic Education Online Courses

This fall, National Geographic Education brings two free online courses to educators looking for content and resources on watersheds and water. Sign up to learn about environmental topics and explore strategies to implement environmental education in your classroom, as well as develop action plans for your teaching. These courses can be applied toward your professional development requirements.

FLOW Education - September 17–October 29, 2014: For teachers of grades 4&ndah;9 to learn about watersheds and outdoor education using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an example.

Water: The Essential Resources - October 15–December 17, 2014: For teachers of grades 4–8 to learn about ocean and freshwater topics and teaching strategies.

http://www.education.nationalgeographic.com/education/online-courses


Oregon State University Educator Professional Development ~ Online

September 29, 2014: Examining the Learner’s Own Ideas: Personal Dimensions of Free-Choice Learning investigates how learning leaders can build on choice, identity, and motivation to successfully engage lifelong learners.

October 27, 2014: Experiential Learning and Field Trips helps learning leaders integrate field trips and science curriculum into informal learning sites.

https://pace.oregonstate.edu/free-choice#program-outline-section


Geologic Map Day

October 17, 2014
The third annual Geologic Map Day is the final major event for Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18) promoting the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping. Students will have access to activities and materials for participation including the Geologic Map Day poster. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologic-map-day


Presentation and Publishing Opportunities


Call for Papers - Special Issue: Campus Sustainability & Social Sciences

Deadline: November 15, 2014
This special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education aims to present contemporary, state-of-the-art applications of how social science theories, models, and findings can help overcome campus sustainability challenges—and to illustrate the diversity of social science campus sustainability research conducted across the world.

Papers are sought from a range of social sciences including but not limited to anthropology, communication, economics, education, geography, psychology, political science, and sociology. Interdisciplinary social science contributions are welcome as well.

http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Call-for-Papers...


Seeking Climate and Energy Science Educational Resources

The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) team is soliciting submissions of excellent climate and energy science educational resources for review and inclusion in the CLEAN Collection.

Send resource submissions to Marian Grogan at Marian_Grogan@terc.edu.

http://cleanet.org


Resources for Students and Educators

Pumpkins and Petunias; Things for Children to Do in Gardens

This book, by Esther Railton-Rice and Irene Winston (XLibris, 2014), is for anyone who enjoys being in a garden with children. Each activity includes objectives, information for the leader, materials, directions for doing the activity, relation to the subject standards, and suggestions for related activities. The book includes all the disciplines and the teaching strategies of inquiry, playing, questioning, creating, constructing, etc. The appendices match the activities to Next Generation Science Standards, National State Core Standards, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) curriculum standards.

http://pumpkinsandpetuniasbook.com


Harford County Public Schools Save Big with Energy Efficiency

Located 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is home to more than 38,000 students in grades K–12. School officials believe that in order to provide students with a modern education, sustainability must be a priority. Baltimore Gas and Energy (BGE) and HCPS teamed up to create and release a video sharing information on how the school district improved energy efficiency in 42 schools, cutting energy use by more than 4 million kilowatt hours and saving $443,000 annually in energy cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xsrC1baxJo


CLEAN Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy

Looking for well-vetted resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom? This CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) searchable portal provides online learning activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy. Use the search engine to find resources reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Join the email list for updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons. CLEAN also provides a set of scientific principles to help with teaching strategies.

http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html

USEPA: EE Updates for Educators and Administrators             (Posted: 9-24-14)

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EE Updates for Educators and School Administrators



New Student and Teacher Awardees Honored

EPA CEQ Honor Student

Last month, we announced new student and teacher awardees, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Students and teachers joined EPA and White House officials in Washington, DC to celebrate. Watch the recorded ceremony online.

Read Administrator McCarthy’s blog about her experience.  A former PEYA recipient and 2014 EPA intern also blogged about her inspiring work and how the PEYA program has impacted it.


Join NEEF and ENERGY STAR in the Take a Second Energy Challenge

Did you know

Are you or your students taking a few seconds today to help the environment? Share an Instagram video showing how you take a few seconds to help the environment by saving energy. Use #takeasec to submit your video and follow @NEEFusa and @EnergyStar. Submit your entry by October 9, 2014 and vote for your favorite finalist. Learn more about the challenge today.

How could you incorporate this challenge into your teaching? The U.S. Department of Energy offers lesson plans that could help.


Attention Administrators: Are you trying to control pests, while keeping costs down?

Join EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs this fall for webinars on integrated pest management in schools. Topics include:

  • Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using IPM
  • The Basics of School IPM
  • Managing Outdoor Pests of Schools Using IPM
  • Keeping Bed Bugs Out of Schools
  • Keeping Rodents out of Your School
  • Dealing with Nuisance Birds around Schools

Looking for technical guidance for IPM? We offer several resources ranging from a model for an IPM Policy to best management practices to a guide on making the business case.  


Think Green Before You Shop

Think and Shop Green

Decorating a new classroom or helping students green their dorm rooms this fall? This week an EPA intern shared DIY ideas for greening your dorm and a student’s guide to green shopping. Follow the Green Your Dorm (or Home!) Pinterest board for creative new ideas. 

 


Campus RainWorks Challenge Now Open!

EPA's Office of Water is hosting the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will receive prizes of up to $5,000. Start planning your project today and register by October 3!

We encourage you to share our environmental education announcements with your colleagues.

 To subscribe:

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USAEPA/subscriber/new?topic_id=USAEPA_439

Office of Environmental Education
Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education
Office of the Administrator / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
education@epa.gov

Updates & 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 9-24-14)

New Jersey Earth Science Events

Rutgers Geology Museum has a number of events including fossil hunting and a trip to Ringing Rock this fall. For information visit: https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/

The 2014 NJ Science Convention will take place October 14th and 15th at the Princeton Marriott. For information visit: http://www.njscienceconvention.org/

ANJEE is accepting proposals for their annual conference which will be held in West Windsor on January 23 & 24. For information visit:

http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6feee65e8c5f9f9f07e82211b&id=ada25fe079&e=c3480a7915

NGSS preparation workshops at NJACE at Raritan Valley Community College:

http://www.raritanval.edu/comm/njace-sei/teachinginstitute.html

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FREE National Earth Science Week Toolkits!!!

 

Earth Science Week (ESW) is October 12-18, 2014.  This year’s theme is “Earth’s Connected Systems”.  Specific topics, emphasized on specific days, during this annual national event, are International Earthcaching, Earth Science Literacy, No Child Left Inside, National Fossil Day, Geoscience for Everyone and Geologic Map Day.  Check out the ESW website at www.earthsciweek.org for events.

 

Once again, NJ Geological and Water Survey has secured approximately 50 Earth Science Week Toolkits for FREE distribution to earth science teachers across the state.  Priority are the public schools, but they are not exclusive.  Email requests for toolkits should be sent to Karen Edwards and include the teacher’s name, school name and addressKaren.edwards@dep.nj.gov

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Teen Climate Summit and 2015 Shore Bowl

Hi! I hope that your first week(s) of school have gone smoothly. To start of the year, I wanted to pass along information on two free programs that we are running for grades 8-12. 

The Climate and Environmental Change Teen Summit - Climate change is a major threat to our planet and our lives. On December 11, 2014 & March 26, 2015, students in grades 8-12 are invited to work with Rutgers University scientists to learn about climate change science and to develop community service projects that apply this knowledge in their local communities. For more information or to register for this program, please check out the attached flyer or our website at http://4hset.rutgers.edu/teen-summit/.

Shore Bowl - The Shore Bowl is a regional academic competition for high school students in NJ, NY, and PA that focuses on ocean-related topics.  These topics include the biology, chemistry, physics and geology of the ocean, as well as navigation, geography, and related history and literature.  The Shore Bowl will be one of 25 regional competitions hosted around the country. The winners of each regional competition will get an all expenses paid trip to the to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. For more information or to register for this program, check out the attached flyer or our website at http://coseenow.net/?p=5627/.

For additional questions about these programs, feel free to contact me at ferraro@marine.rutgers.edu.

Hope to see you there,

Carrie

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2014-2015 Earth 2 Class Schedule

Hi, All!

Below are the dates and general session themes for the 2014-2015 Earth2Class Workshops at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The website home page has not yet been fully updated, but you can get more information about the schedule for the day, directions to the campus, etc., at www.earth2class.org/site.

This year, we will try to use the afternoon to develop cooperatively lesson plans and activities for these and other themes that will align with the NGSS and your state standards.

Hope you can join us for one or more 

Mike Passow

Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Palisades, NY 10964
http://www.earth2class.org

2014-2015 E2C Dates and Session Themes

20 Sep: Caroline Leland and Mukund Palat Rao—“Tree Rings and Climate Change”

11 Oct (LDEO Open House)

25 Oct:  Mike Kaplan—“Changing Glaciers of Patagonia”

22 Nov: Tim Kenna and Margie Turrin—“GEOTRACES: Marine Biogeochemical Cycles”

10 Jan: Alexis Berg—“Land and Atmosphere Interactions”

  7 Feb: Taro Takahashi—“New Insights about Ocean Acidification”  

  7 Mar: Peter Keleman—“Rock Behavior Under High Pressures”  

28 Mar: Ben Bostick—“Arsenic in groundwater”

11 Apr:  Dallas Abbott—“Impact Sites and Consequences in Russia”

  2 May: Sonya Dyrhman & Sheean Haley—Microbes

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Earth Science Websites of the Week

From: earth science site of the week [mailto:EARTH@LS2.CMICH.EDU] On Behalf Of Francek, Mark
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 7:36 AM
To: EARTH@LS2.CMICH.EDU
Subject: 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week

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Welcome back!  My best wishes for a stellar semester.

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Hello Everyone,

This week’s 13 September 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week feature the following resources:

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Editor’s Picks: **1) Exfoliation (Sheet Fracturing) Live On Video *****2) Volcanic Eruption, Pyroclastic Flow, and Shockwave Caught on Film **3) Landslide vs. Train, 4) Map of Cities Inundated if All the Glaciers Melted, ****5) Putting All the World’s Water into Big Cubes, *6) Ever Feel a Frost Quake? , 7) How Astronauts are Affected by Space Exploration, 8) Fracking: Weighing the Risks, *****9) See How The Sun's Energy Drives A Remarkable Planetary Engine, The Climate – Award Winning Video Narrated by Liam Nielson, 10) Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity in Education.

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Geology and Geography

1. Exfoliation (Sheet Fracturing) Live On Video

2. Responding to Young Earth Creationist

3. How do we know the Age of the Earth?

4. Landslide vs. Train

5. The Rock Cycle for Primary School
Water

1. Map of Cities Inundated if All the Glaciers Melted

2. Putting All the World’s Water into a Big Cube

3. Cosee Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

Weather

1. Ever Feel a Frost Quake?

2. Videos Explaining Global Warming in 5 minutes down to 1 minute

Space

1. How Astronauts are Affected by Space Exploration

2. Incorporate NASA Datasets into your Classroom

3. Planets around Other Stars: A Guide for College Instructors

Environmental

1. Fracking: Weighing the Risks

2. Environmental Literacy Lessons

General

1. See How The Sun's Energy Drives A Remarkable Planetary Engine, The Climate – Award Winning Video Narrated by Liam Nielson 2. Lego Planet Earth: Natural Resources

Teaching

1. The 5 E’s Explained on a Page

2. How Cursive Can Help Students with Dyslexia

3. Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity in Education

Demo

1. Soda Bottle Hydrology

Geology and Geography:

Site Name

Exfoliation (Sheet Fracturing) Live On Video

Site URL

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/09/a-big-chunk-of-the-sierra-nevada-caught-fracturing-on-video/

Site Author

Scott K. Johnson

Suggested by

Jim Ebert

Description

Exfoliation caught on film.

Site Name

Responding to Young Earth Creationist

Site URL

http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/geo.age.crit.html

Site Author

ENSI

Suggested by

Larry Flammer

Description

“If a student ever challenges you with criticisms of the reliability or validity of geological age-dating methods, point out these facts”

Site Name

Volcanic Eruption, Pyroclastic Flow, and Shockwave Caught on Film

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9UMODgsIUM

Site Author

Philip McNamara

Suggested by

Bradley Carone, GEO 210 student

Description

While on vacation in Australia, this videographer, Philip McNamara capture an incredible volcano eruption in Papua New Guinea, which causes a sonic boom. Watch as Mount Tavurvur suddenly erupts shooting smoke into the sky.”

Site Name

Landslide vs. Train

Site URL

http://www.break.com/video/landslide-vs-train-fighting-dirty-2398197

Site Author

borges40

Suggested by

Dave Reber

Description

“Train and Landslide collide”

Site Name

The Rock Cycle for Primary School

Site URL

http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/ks3/gsl/education/resources/rockcycle.html

Site Author

The Geological Society

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“This web-resource, which is aimed at UK science students, shows how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on, and use to build our homes.”

Water

Site Name

Map of Cities Inundated if All the Glaciers Melted

Site URL

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/rising-seas/if-ice-melted-map

Site Author

2014 National Geographic Society

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas.” Toggle to see cities flooded.

Site Name

Putting All the World’s Water into Big Cubes

Site URL

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/09/putting-all-worlds-water-into-big-cube.html

Site Author

Wait But Why Staff

Suggested by

Glenn Dolphin

Description

“Distribution of earths water with graphics”

Site Name

Cosee Ocean Education Resources

Site URL

http://www.cosee.net/

Site Author

The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).

Suggested by

Lorraine Neilan

Description

“The mission of the COSEE Network is to spark and nurture collaborations among research scientists and educators to advance ocean discovery and make known the vital role of the ocean in our lives. The mission reflects the three-fold partnership, which composes each COSEE Center-partnerships between formal and informal education institutes and research institutes.”

Weather

Site Name

Ever Feel a Frost Quake?

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB8md0-8P9U

Site Author

James Nye

Suggested by

Stephen Reynolds

Description

“While America collectively freaks out over their impending 'polar vortex', Canada is changing the game when it comes to cold weather phenomenon as reports of 'frost quakes' emerge from around Toronto and across Ontario.”

Site Name

Videos Explaining Global Warming in 5 minutes down to 1 minute

Site URL

http://www.howglobalwarmingworks.org/

Site Author

Lee Nevo Lamprey.

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“The 5 videos below explain how global warming (related to climate change) works in as few as 52 seconds. Even our most chemistry-rich video is less than 5 minutes long.”  OK, greenhouse gas molecules are depicted way too high in the atmosphere but this seems to be a pretty good explanation. Other problems with the videos?

Space

Site Name

How Astronauts are Affected by Space Exploration

Site URL

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/HRP_Feature/

Site Author

NASA

Suggested by

Lawrence Mascotti

Description

“Interactive tool showing the different parts of the body and how they are affected when traveling to space”

Site Name

Incorporate NASA Datasets into your Classroom

Site URL

http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/

Site Author

NASA

Suggested by

Scott McComb

Description

“MY NASA DATA (MND) is a tool that allows anyone to make use of satellite data that was previously unavailable. Through the use of MND’s Live Access Server (LAS) a multitude of charts, plots and graphs can be generated using a wide variety of constraints. This site provides a large number of lesson plans with a wide variety of topics, all with the students in mind. Not only can you use our lesson plans, you can use the LAS to improve the ones that you are currently implementing in your classroom.”

Site Name

Planets Around Other Stars: A Guide for College Instructors

Site URL

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/astronomy-resource-guides/the-search-for-planets-around-other-stars/

Site Author

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Suggested by

Andrew Fraknoi

Description

“The discovery and characterization of exoplanets is one of the most exciting and fast-changing areas in modern astronomical research. As a result, Astronomy 101 instructors have had trouble keeping up with the flow of new techniques, instruments and discoveries. To help, NASA missions, educational projects around the country, and scientists themselves have produced a wide range of materials that astronomy instructors (and their students) can use to learn about the latest developments. This annotated guide is designed to highlight useful materials on the web and in print. It was produced in consultation with NASA education specialists, who suggested some resources that may not have been well known.”

Environmental

Site Name

Fracking: Weighing the Risks

Site URL

http://video.mpt.tv/video/2229405982/

Site Author

Maryland Public Television

Suggested by

Don Duggan-Haas

Description

Explore the long-term environmental effects posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a means of extracting natural gas within the Marcellus Shale Deposit in NY, PA, W. VA and MD.”

Site Name

Environmental Literacy Lessons

Site URL

http://edr1.educ.msu.edu/environmentallit/publicsite/html/ci_tm_1213.html

Site Author

Environmental Literacy

Suggested by

Beth Covitt

Description

“My colleagues and I developed a unit template that engages students in evaluating scientific arguments about socioscientific issues. The idea is to plug in different socioscientific issues and have kids read and evaluate arguments made by different stakeholders. One of the examples we developed was on bottled water. The media/stakeholder materials are about a year or so out of date now, but not terribly old. See main unit and bottled water specific materials at this link…”

General

Site Name

See How The Sun's Energy Drives A Remarkable Planetary Engine, The Climate – Award Winning Video Narrated by Liam Nielson

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6hD52H7rQak

Site Author

NASA Goddard

Suggested by

Abe Cohen

Description

A great film for teaching using an earth systems approach. “See how the sun's energy drives a remarkable planetary engine, the climate.”

Teaching

Site Name

The 5 E’s Explained on a Page

Site URL

http://enhancinged.wgbh.org/research/eeeee.html

Site Author

Enhancing Education

Suggested by

Brian Touher

Description

“The 5 E's is an instructional model based on the constructivist approach to learning, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas. The 5 E's can be used with students of all ages, including adults.”

Site Name

How Cursive Can Help Students With Dyslexia

Site URL

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/connecting-dots-role-cursive-dyslexia-therapy/

Site Author

Elizabeth Jones and April Brown

Suggested by

NY Intermediate (5-8) Science Core Curriculum

Description

“Highlights how writing by hand is therapeutic for students with dyslexia”

Site Name

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity in Education

Site URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Site Author

The RSA

Suggested by

Matthew Bobrowsky

Description

“This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.”

Demo

Site Name

Soda Bottle Hydrology

Site URL

http://www.unf.edu/~tcavanau/projects/products/sodabottle/bottle.htm

Site Author

Terence W. Cavanaugh

Suggested by

EarthSciTeach

Description

“The following activities are designed to give students a better grasp of concepts relating to groundwater, aquifers, and hydrology. The suggested materials are commonly available at drug, hardware, and grocery stores. For the activities to work best, students should collect only clear bottles with formed (not attached) bottoms. The bottles need to be stabilized for the activities to work well without making a big mess. This can be done with a ring stand and a clip or rubber band. Also, each activity should be started with dry sand.”

Cornell Lab eNews: Proof That Conservation Works, Plus a Big To-Do List             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.

Now Available: Sustainable Jersey's Sessions during the NJLM Conference             (Posted: 9-24-14)

Click HERE.

EPA's School Flag Program             (Posted: 9-10-14)

The EPA School Flag Program alerts schools to the local air quality forecast and enables them to take actions to protect the health of students, especially those with asthma.

Here’s how it works:  Each day a school raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches the Air Quality Index (AQI) on airnow.gov. On unhealthy days, schools can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution.

A school can start a flag program with four easy steps:

   1.   Purchase flags (~ $100)
   2.   Educate the school and the community
   3.   Sign up for a daily email about the air quality forecast and fly the corresponding flag
   4.   Take actions when the air quality is unhealthy

The Coordinator's Handbook, fact sheet, recommendations chart, participants list, resources and registration form are available at www.airnow.gov/schoolflag.  Schools can adopt the program by simply completing the online registration form

If you have questions, please contact Donna Rogers at rogers.donna@epa.gov or (919) 541-5478.

Wanda Ayala
Community Involvement Coordinator
Public Affairs Division
(212) 637-3676
www.epa.gov/region2
https://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/
https://twitter.com/EPAregion2
https://www.facebook.com/eparegion2

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium September Newsletter             (Posted: 9-10-14)

EIRC - Helping People Help Kids  NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 6September 2014

Welcome back to the new school year!  We trust that you had an enjoyable summer.  There is no better time than the start of a new school year to focus on what is really important...creating a healthy school environment in which your students can excel, reducing your energy usage so that you're helping to preserve resources, helping our students develop into environmental stewards, and saving the district money by embracing sustainability as a way of living.  The NJSSC Newsletter is designed to assist all schools in their quest to become "Green Schools," and provides proven pathways that are aligned with the three pillars of Green Ribbon Schools to help get you there!  We hope that you are ready to accept the challenge of becoming a Green School! 
 Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost - Pillar I
Upcoming Event: School Sustainability Breakfast Brief *
Overview of Energy Savings, ED GRS Application Process & 2014 Honoree Tour  

KBA Honored in DC
Attend our first Breakfast Brief of the new school year at Kellman Brown Academy, a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools award recipient!  Learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status with a tour of their facility. EIRC's team of green partners will highlight how schools can become more energy efficient and sustainable. 
 
Complimentary breakfast provided 
Date:   October 23, 2014
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Can't attend? Schedule a Sustainability Consultation in your own district! 
Call Allison Mulch at:  (856) 582-7000,  extension 115
Announcing 2014 - 2015 Green Ribbon Schools

 

The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting exemplary practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:

  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways
New Jersey is now launching it's fourth round of Green Ribbon Schools applications. To date, eight schools in NJ has been recognized as Green Ribbon Schools for their significant achievement in the three pillars above. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources that help to advance these complementary aims. 

New Jersey is permitted to nominate up to 4 schools and 1 school district to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for consideration.  ED, in turn, will select the national award winners. Applicant schools are directed to the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) to access information concerning the Green Ribbon Schools program in New Jersey, and to download the application and support documents: http://www.eirc.org/website/programs-services/nj-sustainable-schools-consortium/2015-green-ribbon-schools-home/
 Spotlight on Environmental Education - Pillar III
iRecyle App        

irecylce app iRecycle is the premiere application for finding local, convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1,500,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials.

Free STEM Field Trips!
Apply for the Franklin Institute's Student Access Program

Franklin Institute - STEM Education
The Franklin Institute is proud to continue offering their Student Access Program for its second year. 

The Student Access Program provides eligible schools free visits to the museum. The program also includes a complimentary professional development workshop opportunity for educators. How to Apply

Green Apple Day of Service
Saturday, September 27th

Green Apple Day of Service
The The Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2014 gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impactfind an event in your area and register your 2014 project today! Learn More
 Awards, Grants and Contests
Write a Haiku for Sustainability!
Deadline: September 30, 2014     

We'll share our favorites in our October Newsletter and pick one winner to receive a
copy of A Crow Doesn't Need A Shadow: A Guide to Writing Poetry From Nature by Lorraine Ferra. 

Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants
Deadline: September 30, 2014    
Up to $2,000 available! Need funds to implement a community garden, habitat restoration, recycling, or energy conservation project? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tee® (PLT). READ MORE 
2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Deadline: September 17, 2014

Governors Environmental Excellence Award
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. The awards recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant  contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.  READ MORE
 Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff - Pillar II
Protect Your Students from Cyber Bullying

 NJ Child Assault Prevention's newest program, Cyber Empowerment is now offering a student session which delves into the cyber world of today's youth. The workshops explore how some electronic communications are opportunities for bullying, bias crimes and violence among students. 

Learn more at NJCAP.org 

CDC Links Health and Academic Achievement


CDC The Center for Disease Control's new resource, Health and Academic Achievement, is a synthesis of evidence showing that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement. These resources can help public health and education professionals to engage stakeholders in supporting learning and health through school-based practices in physical activity, nutrition, and management of chronic disease conditions. Read More

 We want to hear from YOU!
Sustainable Solutions submitted by YOU!

Share your story
Do you have sustainable solutions that your school has implemented and resulted in better energy efficiency or healthier school environments? Do you have examples of how you've incorporated sustainability and environmental education into the curriculum? Send your stories to amulch@eirc.org for possible inclusion in our upcoming newsletter.  
 Tips for Greening Your School
Tips for Purchasing
  • Implement an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing policy 
  • Purchase office supplies and consumables that contain recycled content 
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR labeled electrical products for classrooms, offices, kitchens and outdoors 
  • Replace gasoline powered equipment with electric powered 
  • Use rechargeable batteries within the school 
  • Purchase light bulbs, lamps and electronics with little or no amounts of mercury, lead and other hazardous substances 
  • Use organic and locally grown food in the cafeteria where possible 
  • Reuse furniture from within the school, other schools or from other people and places 
  • Start an OSCAR (Office Supply Collection and Reuse) program for staff and students where they can find unwanted but usable school/office supplies. 
Quick Links
In the Archives:

Our team at the NJSSC hopes this newsletter provides you with valuable insight and inspiration that will help you implement green initiatives in your school.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol James 

Director of NJSSC

cjames@eirc.org

Allison Mulch
Assistant Director of NJSSC
amulch@eirc.org

Contact the NJSSC
856-582-7000 ext. 115
* The EIRC is now offering ESIP-related support services by way of shared services arrangements with New Jersey school districts and other public bodies in order to help them navigate the often complex and time consuming ESIP process.  These ESIP related support services, such as investment grade audits, are rendered by and through DPMC certified contracted professional services providers that have already been identified and contracted by the EIRC.  The scope of those shared services is dependent the public body choice whether to pursue a Do It Yourself Project or to retain an Energy Services Company.   This shared services model will allow more public bodies, that may not otherwise have the means, personnel or resources, to realize the benefit and costs savings associated with an ESIP.

NAAEE: EE News for September 3, 2014             (Posted: 9-8-14)

NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now!

We’re Looking for Volunteers!

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen. We still need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

Sign up to volunteer by completing the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Workshops and Field Trips

There’s a wonderful array of workshops and field trips available on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. Check them out at www.naaee.net/conference/program/workshops or www.naaee.net/conference/program/fieldtrips and sign up soon! Individuals (usually local) are welcome to register for workshops and field trips without attending the conference.

Auction Items

Support conference scholarships by donating to the annual Stapp Scholarship Auction. Bring your items with you to the conference, or contact NAAEE in advance. We welcome handicrafts, jewelry, books, clothing, trips, tickets, vacation home stays, pottery, and more.

Exhibits and Advertisements

We’re down to the wire! If you want to be listed as an exhibitor in the conference program, you need to purchase your booth this week! It’s the best way to share your resources and services with 1,000 interested environmental educators. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website: www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Jobs and Resumes

There will be notebooks available at the conference for both job listings and resumes. Bring yours along; you’re bound to find the perfect match!

Hotel Reservations are Open

Our hotel blocks close this week, so be sure to book your room now to ensure conference prices. Information about reserving hotel rooms is posted on NAAEE’s website. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which also offers free wifi.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 5 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

While you're in Ottawa, take a sunset cruise on an eco-friendly water taxi! Au feel de l’eau’s electric Aqua-Taxi provides quick transportation over the Ottawa River between the Bytown Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, providing views of the Rideau Canal, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. And, since it's electric, it produces no pollution! www.aufeeldeleau.ca


EECapacity Online Course: Measuring EE Outcomes

Registration Deadline: September 18, 2014
Course Dates: September 22–October 19, 2014

Do you want to measure the outcomes of your EE program? Sign up for this four-week online course, "Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes." The course is free, offered by Cornell University and EECapacity for educators in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Complete the course and receive a Cornell Certificate.

http://ow.ly/AI5mo


Awards, Grants, Contests

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. fStudents “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


Keep America Beautiful Awards Program

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Keep America Beautiful, America’s leading community improvement organization, that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, would like to recognize youth, educators, and schools who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to improving their community environment through litter prevention, beautification and community greening and recycling and waste reduction.

Awards will recognize youth groups and youth leaders who demonstrate projects or programs that support the Keep America Beautiful mission. Awards will separately recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the KAB mission through environmental education. Application may be submitted for a one-time project or long-term/ongoing program.

http://www.kab.org


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog 100th Blog Post: Harnessing Momentum

Check out the latest blog by Mustafa Ali, "100th Blog Post: Harnessing Momentum for the Next 20 Years of Environmental Justice," highlighting some of the most compelling successes of environmental justice posted in the blog series since its inception in 2012.


EE Research

Playing Outside Enhances Kids' Love of Nature and Animals

A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation found that children who were closer to nature and interacted with the natural world as young children were more likely to care about the environment and conservation. The study included over 1,100 elementary school students in China and affirmed the importance of introducing young students to the natural world and encouraging outside play.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-outside...


National Geographic Education Online Courses

This fall, National Geographic Education brings two free online courses for educators looking for content and resources on watersheds and water. Sign up to learn about environmental topics and explore strategies to implement environmental education in your classroom, as well as develop action plans for your teaching. These courses can be applied toward your professional development requirements.

FLOW Education - September 17–October 29, 2014: For teachers of grades 4&ndah;9 to learn about watersheds and outdoor education using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an example.

Water: The Essential Resources - October 15–December 17, 2014: For teachers of grades 4–8 to learn about ocean and freshwater topics and teaching strategies.

http://www.education.nationalgeographic.com/education/online-courses


Resources for Students and Educators

Habitat the Game: Enviro App

The Wildlife Conservation Society and Rainforest Alliance have created this app for kids to save virtual endangered species and reduce their carbon footprint while on real-life missions. Designed for seven to 12 year-old players, Habitat encourages care of virtual endangered animals while they earn points by completing real-life missions, like recycling or visiting a park or zoo.

http://www.habitatthegame.com


From Pristine to Earth

From Pristine to Earth is an environmental novel for middle school students and young adults interested in an adventure-filled story with a twist. Marlo, the protagonist, is sent from Pristine on two school assignments to observe the environment on Earth. Joined with two other students, Marlo sets out on a quest to bring about positive change for a problem that has become widespread in the country of Urban.

http://www.frompristinetoearth.com


New Series on Bird Health: Winged Warnings

Created by Environmental Health News in partnership with National Geographic, "Winged Warnings" is a new series that explores our changing natural environment through birds—from eagles and ospreys to songbirds. Reporters traveled all around the world to study birds in their habitats to discover how they are being harmed by climate change, among other threats.

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/aug/wingedwarnings1summary

Building Conservation Leaders, Meadow Mentoring, Plus             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Click HERE.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for September             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Click HERE.

Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Click HERE.

Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014 begins September 1---check it out!             (Posted: 8-27-14)

This is a free, online experience being promoted worldwide.

It runs from September 1-October 5, 2014

I hope that you, your students and your networks will join for a session, to watch the entire MOOC or to earn a certificate.

Check out the program at: http://goo.gl/zilocO

Join the MOOC here (you will be guided to open a WizIQ account if you don't have one): http://goo.gl/ImnEhw

And look over the invitation below, then please forward it to anyone you think will benefit.

Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.
Professor, Environmental Studies Program and Masters of Sustainability Studies Director, Institute for Environmental Studies Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
G419
201-684-7745
http://www.ramapo.edu/mass/

Subject: Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014 September 1-October 5, 2014

In today's times of environmental, economic and social upheaval, more people are considering the need to shift to a sustainable way of living that supports personal, community and ecosystem health, addressing the need to think and act differently in the near and long term. On one hand, there is the issue of achieving quality lives for people today, while, on the other hand, assuring a quality life for future generations. Through an informative set of sessions hosted by eminent speakers, learn how you can get involved in the sustainable transformation, personally, locally and globally..

Join Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC (HSLMOOC14), a free 5-week online course that seeks wide participation from across the globe from those concerned with creating a sustainable future. The MOOC is a collaborative project between WizIQ, Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) and the Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The MOOC runs from the 1st of September to the 5th of October.
The goals are to:
" create an informative program for those who wish to learn more about the sustainability transformation that is occurring worldwide
" broadly frame the issues that can be further explored in future online programming, through educational programs such as MASS and through independent learning and action
" plan to demonstrate an informative and communicative process with a global reach useful to furthering the Sustainable Transformation for a mass audience, informing local initiatives while building networks to promote global sustainable action and facilitate replication of valuable models everywhere.
Check out the program at: http://goo.gl/zilocO
Join the MOOC here (you will be guided to open a WizIQ account if you don't have one): http://goo.gl/ImnEhw

Drs. Nellie Deutsch and Ludmila Smirnova, co-founders of IT4All, have produced and are directing HSLMOOC14. The program is organized by Professor Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D., who will serve as our opening speaker and host throughout the MOOC. Edelstein has collaborated with his colleague, Dr. Ashwani Vasishth, Director of the Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and with many other sustainability experts from across the world to make this MOOC a positive learning experience.

This MOOC affords a chance to think about and act to transition to a healthier and self-sustaining lifestyle, to join with others to build sustainable communities and to participate in global actions in support of policies that will enable, rather than block, a sustainable transition. Learn through keynote speakers, panel discussions and engaging learning tasks as we cover four topics:
" Making the Sustainable Transition
" Making Change at the Global Scale
" Local Scale-Based Sustainable Communities
" Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Future

Join the MOOC now and start making a difference to the world and transforming your life!

Again, this is a free online course. There are no obligations or costs associated with participating. And you can attend live sessions or watch tapes at your leisure. You can attend any or all parts. Those completing work in the MOOC will receive a certificate of participation. Our goal is to help make this a healthy, life-affirming sustainable experience. Join and help make this a healthy, life-affirming sustainable world.

Savings in the Kitchen - Refrigerators and Cooking Equipment             (Posted: 8-25-14)

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Dig in this Fall! 2014 Newsletter             (Posted: 8-25-14)

Contact Us
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Green Streets Program Director

Urban Forestry Technician,
Green Streets Crew Supervisor

Director of Urban Forestry Initiatives, Camden Program Director

Newark Renaissance Trees Program Director

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Thank you to our Supporters
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the Campbell Soup Foundation

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the Community Foundation of South Jersey

the Environmental Endowment for NJ, Inc.

the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

the MKM Foundation

Newark Sustainability Office

NJ American Water

NJ Devils and PwC

Prudential

Public Service Electric & Gas

TD Charitable Foundation

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill

USDA - US Forest Service

the Victoria Foundation

and private donations from kind people like you

FALL 2014 NEWSLETTER
Plant A Tree this Fall
Camden and Newark tree planting events in September, October, and November

Join the NJ Tree Foundation and our local partners as we plant hundreds of trees in Camden and Newark this fall. "Tree plantings are fun for people of all ages!" explains Jessica Franzini, Program Director in Camden. "At our plantings, volunteers join city residents as they beautify their communities with trees. It's an amazing transformation to see," says Elena Lopez, Program Director in Newark. Individuals and volunteer groups are welcome to attend our events! Please sign up in advance by visiting one of the links below.
Right Tree, Right Place Seminars
for Passiac, Morris, and Hudson County

The NJ Tree Foundation and Public Service Electric & Gas Company are offering FREE seminars on Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place in a post-Superstorm Sandy world. Topics include:

  • Planting the right tree, in the right place, the right way
  • The importance of mark-outs prior to planting
  • Tree pests, Community Forestry Management Plans
  • Vegetation management policies to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service
  • The importance of species diversity& proper maintenance
  • Funding & programs 
Who should attend? We recommend Mayors, DPW Supervisors, Environmental and Shade Tree Commission Members attend.

For a full list of seminars, please click here.
Free Trees for Asbury Park

This fall the NJ Tree Foundation, in partnership with American Forests and Asbury Park,  will plant street trees in the city. Over 100 trees are available for planting between the curb and sidewalk. Each tree will be 12-14 tall. Only small growing, ornamental trees will be planted under utility wires.

If you would like a free 12-14 foot tree, planted in the space between the curb & sidewalk, please click here to learn more information about this program.
Church Leads Creative Giving
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill (UUCCH) donated nearly $1,500 to the NJ Tree Foundation during the month of June as part of their split-plate donation program! Their generous contribution will be used to plant trees in Camden to improve the environment and quality of life. Thank you, UUCCH! To learn more about the UUCCH, please visit their website.
 


Announcing New Supporters

The NJ Tree Foundation is grateful to work with several foundations and corporations to make our fall and spring projects successful! We would not be able to conduct tree plantings without financial support from these organizations. Visit our blog to learn about our new partners.

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Cornell Lab eNews: Free, Instant Bird ID Help for 400 Species on Your Phone             (Posted: 8-25-14)

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NAAEE: EE News for August 13, 2014             (Posted: 8-25-14)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now!

Don’t forget your passport!

Time’s getting close: It takes six weeks to process US passport renewals and applications, and passports are required to enter Canada.

Volunteer Positions Still Open

It takes 100 or more volunteers to make the conference happen! We need registration staffers, room monitors, auction helpers, ticket checkers, exhibit assistants, bus hosts, and more. Volunteers who work a half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. Volunteers may earn a maximum of one free day, and meals are not included.

If you want to help, please complete the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers or, if you have questions, contact Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs Daniel Rosset (dareau@hotmail.com) or Stéphanie Beauregard (stephanie@stephaniebeauregard.com).

Share Your Experience with a Young Professional—Friday Lunch

The NAAEE/EECOM 2014 Young Professionals committee is organizing an informal “mentworking” session (mentoring + networking) during lunch on Friday at the Ottawa conference. During this time, young environmental educators will have the opportunity to connect with seasoned professionals and researches and benefit from their experience.

If you can give 90 minutes of your conference time to share your experience with young professionals, please sign up as a mentor on your conference registration form or contact Kristian Gareau at kristian.gareau@gmail.com.

Exhibits and Advertisements

There’s still time to guarantee your spot—but not much! The best way to share your resources and services with more than 1,000 interested environmental educators is to participate in the conference Exhibit Fair or advertise in the conference program. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website. Act soon! www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Hotel Reservations are Open

Information about reserving hotel rooms is posted on NAAEE's website. Book early to ensure your preferred spot. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which also offers free wifi.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 8 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

While you're in Ottawa be sure to visit Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada’s Governor General (the Queen’s representative). Over the years, visiting dignitaries, including Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, the Emperor of Japan, and many more, have planted commemorative trees on the grounds, called "Celebrity Trees." Visiting the grounds is free - look for small plaques at the base of the trees explaining who planted it and when.


EECapacity Community Climate Changes Fellows to Implement Innovative Programs

EECapacity, the National Environmental Education Training Program led by Cornell University, in cooperation with the U.S. EPA and a consortium of partners including the North American Association for Environmental Education and Environmental Education Exchange, announced the recipients of a pilot Community Climate Change Fellowship. The fellowship program was designed to address the importance of climate change education and engagement at the grassroots, community level.

Twenty-six fellows from a diverse set of communities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico were selected based on key criteria including experience in environmental education and community development as well as ideas for innovative climate change solutions. Projects range from a Climate Change 101 course for college-aged students in Frankfort, KY to an education program focused on how to grow food in hotter, drier land in Albuquerque, NM. For a complete list of fellows and projects, visit:

http://www.eecapacity.net/meet-the-fellows.html


Awards, Grants, Contests

Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

The Race 4 Birds Foundation (R4B) launched a new nonprofit organization to promote youth birding competitions. The birding competitions challenge youth participants to identify and quantify the number of birds sighted within 24 hours. The site offers a planning guide, detailed instructions, and resources.

http://www.race4birds.org/


Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


ClimateChangeLIVE Grants for School Projects

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Would you like your class to be part of the climate solution and do you have an idea for a school project that can help address climate change? Do you want to start a project that reduces your carbon footprint and/or educates other students or the community about climate change? Want to start a recycling program or energy and water conservation project for your students? Need funds to implement your project? Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant!

More information and an application for the Project Learning Tree/US Forest Service GreenWorks! ClimateChangeLIVE grants up to $1,000 are available at

https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog: Hip Hop is Acting on Climate

Check out the latest EJ in Action blog post: Hip Hop is Acting on Climate! Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus discusses the economic, environmental, and public health benefits of acting on climate issues and the costs of inaction. He also highlights EPA's Clean Power Plan and how to engage in this critical dialogue.


EE Research

Crucial Steps Toward Climate Action by Individuals

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has just published research on what motivates individuals in the U.S. to take action about climate issues. Key steps for non-activists to move toward taking action include: belief that global warming is happening and human-caused; perception that global warming as a serious threat; belief that global warming is solvable; and that their own and our collective actions can make a difference. Read the full report: http://bit.ly/UH1i4L

Additional valuable climate change reports are available, including Climate Change in the American Mind (April 2014) and Global Warming's Six Americas.

http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Next Steps Institute 2014 Focuses on Building a STEM Community

September 22–23, 2014 ~ Washington, DC
The Next Steps Institute brings thought leaders together to address, learn, and plan how to move STEM forward in ways that put youth and their learning front and center. The Fall Institute, Integrating STEM Learning in Communities, will gather STEM-focused stakeholders, including experts from NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WestEd, Murray State University, Earth Force, and Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, providing unique perspectives on STEM learning opportunities.

http://earthforce.org/?q=node/236


Presentation and Publishing Opportunities

Call for Papers - Special Issue: Campus Sustainability & Social Sciences

Deadline: November 15, 2014
This special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education aims to present contemporary, state-of-the-art applications of how social science theories, models, and findings can help overcome campus sustainability challenges—and to illustrate the diversity of social science campus sustainability research conducted across the world.

Papers are sought from a range of social sciences including but not limited to anthropology, communication, economics, education, geography, psychology, political science, and sociology. Interdisciplinary social science contributions are welcome as well.

http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Call-for-Papers...


Invitation to International Comparative Study on Environmental Education

Deadline: September 10, 2014
For environmental educators in Japan and the United States.
Kimiharu To, graduate student at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and assistant professor at Department of Sociology Aomori University in Japan, is seeking input for a study about the relationship between (1) the concept of sustainable development, and (2) environmental educators who may be using it. The study will also compare these relationships between the United States and Japan. Please participate by completing a brief survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6L9CV9T


Resources for Students and Educators

From Pristine to Earth

From Pristine to Earth is an environmental novel for middle school students and young adults interested in an adventure-filled story with a twist. Marlo, the protagonist, is sent from Pristine on two school assignments to observe the environment on Earth. Joined with two other students, Marlo sets out on a quest to bring about positive change for a problem that has become widespread in the country of Urban.

http://www.frompristinetoearth.com


CLEAN Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy

Looking for well-vetted resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom? This CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) searchable portal provides online learning activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy. Use the search engine to find resources reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Join the email list for updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons. CLEAN also provides a set of scientific principles to help with teaching strategies.

http://clea net.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html


Living a Land Ethic: A History of Cooperative Conservation on the Leopold Memorial Reserve

This new book by Stephen A. Laubach, published by University of Wisconsin Press, chronicles the formation of the Leopold Memorial Reserve and the innovative agreement by neighboring families who have cared for and managed the properties since 1967 to honor Aldo Leopold's legacy.

http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5201.htm

A college resource for students and families in New Jersey             (Posted: 8-22-14)

Our organization, the Online College Database, has created a no-cost resource dedicated to higher education in New Jersey. The goal of the guide is to help future college students and their families better understand the campus, online and hybrid learning opportunities available in their state.

The New Jersey guide includes a comprehensive look at the state's community colleges, public universities, private colleges, technical schools and distance learning options. College hopefuls can then identify post-secondary institutions that fit their needs with our easy-to-use search tool, which allows quick and accurate searching by school type, setting, size, city and cost. Students can also see the best colleges in New Jersey for...
- Current and future service members
- Student-teacher ratio
- Women in technology
- Return on investment

All data used in the guide and in our proprietary search tool comes from government databases such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). You can check out our New Jersey colleges guide and the search tool HERE.

Alliance for Childhood: Playing to Learn             (Posted: 8-11-14)

"Playing to Learn" on NPR
August 8, 2014

Dear Friends,

   

The National Public Radio series "Playing to Learn" aired this week and is full of interesting ideas and information. All the segments can be viewed online:

We have posted links to these stories on the Alliance for Childhood Facebook page, and we again invite you to visit the page and "like" us. We post links frequently, with the aim of keeping people up-to-date on media coverage of play and other issues concerning childhood.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!
 

All my best,

 
ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD
P.O. Box 20973 | Park West P.O. | New York, NY 10025 | 202-643-8242

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium August Newsletter             (Posted: 8-11-14)

 NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 5August 2014

 Spotlight on Environmental Education - Pillar III
Yeah, we've got a LOT of apps for that!    

Technology can transform your students into participants and activists for sustainability. See the list of apps we've selected for your classroom of "sustainable citizens" or click apps below:

Butterfly Farm App EcoChallenge Fooducate Healthy Weight Loss leafsnap Paper Karma taptu Treehugger Virtual Water  

Environmental Education Resource List
Created for Camden's Educators

Camden Sustainability Project for Students
See Comprehensive List of Resources

This list provides the City of Camden's educators with services, resources, and grants opportunities through which the concepts of sustainability and environment-based instruction can be incorporated into the classroom. Services include lesson plans, hands-on activities, field trips, and more! 
Engage Students with a Rain Barrel Challenge

Want your students to learn how to protect water quality and natural resources? Create a Rain Barrel Challenge in your school similar to the NJ DEP's Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge. Identify a theme with your students. Have them work in teams to investigate the different aspects of the theme and then develop a design based on their investigations. Then have them paint their theme designs onto their rain barrels. The theme for the 2014 Barnegat Bay Challenge was "Celebrate Barnegat Bay's plentiful resources". Read about the Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge 
iTunes Educational Textbooks 
This free iBooks Textbook series tells the story of life on Earth, giving students a deep understanding of introductory biology with rich interactive content. An iTunes U course extends learning in and out of the classroom with activities, apps and other materials. This series can provide a comprehensive curriculum or enrichment materials.
 Awards and Grants
2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Deadline: September 17, 2014

Governors Environmental Excellence Award
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. The awards recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant  contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.  READ MORE
Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants
Deadline: September 30, 2014    
Up to $2,000 available! Need funds to implement a community garden, habitat restoration, recycling, or energy conservation project? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tee® (PLT). READ MORE 
 Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff - Pillar II
Duties and Responsibilities of the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator and Specialist
Workshop: December 1st, 2014    

What are the three components of Bullying? What constitutes School Grounds? How do I conduct an effective interrogation and investigative process that involves students and parents? Learn the answers to these questions and more!
Water. Rest. Shade.Water. Rest. Shade.
Summer Health Campaign by OSHA
  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not     thirsty 
  • Rest in the shade to cool down 
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an - emergency 
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers

More on OSHA's Water. Rest. Shade. Campaign

 Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost - Pillar I
FREE CHPS Memberships for Schools and Districts
Brought to you by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools       

If your school or district is considering building high performance facilities or simply interested in learning more about the benefits of green schools, joining CHPS is the first step. By becoming a member, your school or district will gain access to the tools and resources needed to design, construct, modernize and operate high performance educational facilities.
Breakfast Brief at 2014 NJ Green Ribbon Award Recipient
Tour Kellman Brown and learn the path to earning a Green Ribbon 

Kellman Brown Academy Students ' Garden Vegetables Attend our first Breakfast Brief of the new school year at Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ), a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools award recipient!  A tour of their facility will be provided while our EIRC Green Team Partners focus on how schools can become more energy efficient and sustainable. Meet key Green Team Members from the Academy's staff so you can learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status. Includes complimentary breakfast 
 

Date:   October 23, 2014
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 Sustainability - Focus on NJ
9 un-fun, even alarming, facts about NJ water systems

When you turn on the kitchen faucet, you may not think much about the vast infrastructure that carried that water into your home. The facts may shock you. 
NJ Ranks # 11 for Least Expensive Energy Costs

According to the EIA, energy consumption peaks in July and August, as Americans try to escape the heat. Rising consumption means rising cost, and while the ranking of most, and least expensive electric bills may be enlightening (shameless pun) 
 Becoming a Green Ribbon School
Tips from Project Learning Tree 
  • Get to know your Green Ribbon School State Authority - they will review your application!
  • Provide a compelling narrative that focuses on comprehensive, innovative, or unique environmental practices at your school.
  • Highlight your school's participation in a local, state, or national green schools program such as PLT GreenSchools!
  • Collect measurable pre and post data, such as energy and water consumption, to illustrate a reduction in your school's carbon footprint and lower operating costs.
  • Reassure your school building engineer that taking steps to become a Green Ribbon School is an improvement program, not a "punitive" program!
Quick Links
In the Archives:

Our team at the NJSSC hopes this newsletter provides you with valuable insight and inspiration that will help you implement green initiatives in your school.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol James 

Director of NJSSC

cjames@eirc.org
732-331-9307

Allison Mulch
Assistant Director of NJSSC
amulch@eirc.org
856-582-7000 ext. 115

Green Knight newsletter -- August 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 8-11-14)

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Sustainable Jersey: New August Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 8-11-14)

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The Nature Conservancy: Great Places Newsletter             (Posted: 8-11-14)

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News from Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 7-31-14)

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NAAEE: EE News for July 30, 2014             (Posted: 7-31-14)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Register Now!

Presenter Notification & Registration Reminder

Notifications regarding the results of the conference proposal review were sent to all submitters in early July. If you haven't received your results, please check with the primary contact for your proposal.

All conference presenters need to register by August 8 to confirm acceptance of your conference session.

Don’t forget: it takes six weeks to process US passport renewals and applications, and passports are required to enter Canada.

Looking for Volunteer Mentors

The NAAEE/EECOM 2014 Young Professionals committee is organizing an informal “mentworking” session (mentoring + networking) during lunch on Friday at the Ottawa conference. During this time, young environmental educators will have the opportunity to connect with seasoned professionals and researches and benefit from their experience.

If you can give 90 minutes of your conference time to share your experience with young professionals, please sign up as a mentor on your conference registration form or contact Kristian Gareau at kristian.gareau@gmail.com.

For more information: http://www.naaee.net/conference

Exhibits and Advertisements

The best way to share your resources and services with more than 1,000 interested environmental educators is to participate in the conference Exhibit Fair or advertise in the conference program. Information and registration forms are posted on the NAAEE website. www.naaee.net/conference/exhibits-ads

Hotel Reservations are Open

Information about reserving hotel rooms is posted on NAAEE's website. Book early to ensure your preferred spot. The closest hotel to the Convention Centre is the Novotel, which also offers free wifi.

http://www.naaee.net/conference


Countdown to Ottawa: 10 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and our Facebook and Twitter to learn about amazing Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements.

When you're in Ottawa, check out UrbanQuest, an urban scavenger hunt that makes for a great way to find your way around the very walkable city! A clue package will lead the way as you solve fun puzzles and see interesting sights. http://www.urbanquest.com/purchaseaquest?city=Ottawa


Awards, Grants, Contests

Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science: Call for Nominations

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Nominations are now open for the Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.

The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 prize, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

http://www.aa as.org/aboutaaas/awards/public_engagement


Race 4 Birds Birding Competitions for Young People

The Race 4 Birds Foundation (R4B) launched a new nonprofit organization to promote youth birding competitions. The birding competitions challenge youth participants to identify and quantify the number of birds sighted within 24 hours. The site offers a planning guide, detailed instructions, and resources.

http://www.race4birds.org/


Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and students in grades PreK-12, has GreenWorks! grants of up to $2,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Since 1992, PLT has helped fund more than 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. From North Pole, Alaska to Key West, Florida, students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms—and integrate these projects into the curriculum. Apply online.

http://www.greenworks.org


Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EPA EJ in Action Blog: Harvest of Shame

The latest blog post "Harvest of Shame," by Ashley Nelsen of EPA's Certification and Worker Protection Branch, discusses how a bottom-up approach to pesticide safety training leads to successes in improving farmworker protections, and the proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard to include pesticide safety measures. Comments are invited on the proposed standard.

The Climate Justice in Action Series focuses on reframing the conversation on climate change to include environmental justice issues. In the latest post in the series, Neha Misra talks about health impacts in developing countries from fuel based lighting, such as kerosine lamps, and how her organization is making a visible difference with education, empowering women, and solar light bulbs.

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/07/harvest-of-shame


EE Research

Crucial Steps Toward Climate Action by Individuals

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has just published research on what motivates individuals in the U.S. to take action about climate issues. Key steps for non-activists to move toward taking action include: belief that global warming is happening and human-caused; perception that global warming as a serious threat; belief that global warming is solvable; and that their own and our collective actions can make a difference. Read the full report: http://bit.ly/UH1i4L

Additional valuable climate change reports are available, including Climate Change in the American Mind (April 2014) and Global Warming's Six Americas.

http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication


North American Events, Training, Announcements

Geologic Map Day

October 17, 2014
The third annual Geologic Map Day is the final major event for Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18) promoting the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping. Students will have access to activities and materials for participation including the Geologic Map Day poster. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/g eologicmap


Next Steps Institute 2014 Focuses on Building a STEM Community

September 22–23, 2014 ~ Washington, DC
The Next Steps Institute brings thought leaders together to address, learn, and plan how to move STEM forward in ways that put youth and their learning front and center. The Fall Institute, Integrating STEM Learning in Communities, will gather STEM-focused stakeholders, including experts from NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WestEd, Murray State University, Earth Force, and Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, providing unique perspectives on STEM learning opportunities.

http://earthforce.org/?q=node/236


Seeking Climate and Energy Science Educational Resources

The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, cleanet.org) team is soliciting submissions of excellent climate and energy science educational resources for review and inclusion in the CLEAN Collection.

Send resource submissions to Marian Grogan (Marian_Grogan@terc.edu).

http://cleanet.org


Resources for Students and Educators

Pumpkins and Petunias; Things for Children to Do in Gardens

By Esther Railton-Rice and Irene Winston (XLibris, 2014).
This book is for anyone who enjoys being in a garden with children. Each activity includes objectives, information for the leader, materials, directions for doing the activity, relation to the subject standards, and suggestions for related activities. The book includes all the disciplines and the teaching strategies of inquiry, playing, questioning, creating, constructing, etc. The appendices match the activities to Next Generation Science Standards, National State Core Standards, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) curriculum standards.

http://pumpkinsandpetuniasbook.com


Harford County Public Schools Save Big with Energy Efficiency

Located 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is home to more than 38,000 students in grades K–12. School officials believe that in order to provide students with a modern education, sustainability must be a priority. Baltimore Gas and Energy (BGE) and HCPS teamed up to create and release a video sharing information on how the school district improved energy efficiency in 42 schools, cutting energy use by more than 4 million kilo-watt hours and saving $443,000 annually in energy cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xsrC1baxJo

STEM and ArcGIS Resources Part of ConnectED Initiative

Esri is providing free ArcGIS Online subscriptions for instuctional use for all K-12 schools in the United States as part of the White House's ConnectED initiative. GIS professionals are encouraged to volunteer to help schools set up their ArcGIS Online account, provide data for the local community, and provide local expertise. Resources to help schools get started with ArcGIS Online are available here.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 2013 Annual Report is Now Available             (Posted: 7-31-14)

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Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 7-31-14)

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Alliance for Childhood: July Update             (Posted: 7-28-14)

July Update
July 2014
EventsUpcoming Events

* On Saturday, September 13, the second annual Sacramento Play Summit will take place. This is being presented by Fairytown in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library. Read more here.

* The International Council for Children's Play will hold its 27th international World Play Conference on February 1-3, 2015 in Brussels. Deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30.

* The 2015 Conference on the Value of Play will take place February 15-18. Sponsored by the U.S. Play Coalition, it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. Session proposals are now being accepted, with a deadline of September 17.

* The Association of Children's Museums' InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children and Families will take place May 13-15. It will be hosted by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Session proposals are now being accepted. The deadline is August 1.

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RecentArticlesRecent Videos, Articles, and Publications

* The International Play Association has created a wonderful 3-minute video entitled "This Is Me: Article 31 and a Child's Right to Play."

* Take a look at adventure playgrounds in Germany in this delightful video called "Playing for Life."

Remember! The Alliance for Childhood Publications page  (http://allianceforchildhood.org/publications) is filled with many reports, articles, books, and policy briefs, many of which you can download for free.

We invite you to keep up with media coverage of issues affecting children by visiting our Facebook page regularly. You'll find many interesting articles from around the country and the world.

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The Heat Is On with July STEM News at Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC)             (Posted: 7-21-14)

July
2014
The Heat Is On with July STEM News at 
Girls Stem Collaborative (GSGSC) 
 
Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
 
In this issue:
  • Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty 
  • Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News - All Aboard! 
  • Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM in Afterschool!
  • Support STEM Education and Take the Dow Teacher Challenge by 7/30/14! 
  • Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
  • NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 7/31

 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
 
By Caroline Bologna

A new Verizon commercial cites a sad statistic by the National Science Foundation: 66 percent of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female.

  

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

  

The video depicts one girl's development from toddler to teenager. She wanders curiously through nature, examines the plants and animals around her, creates an astronomy project, and builds a rocket with her older brother. But all along the way, she hears many all-too-common refrains from her parents: "Who's my pretty girl?" "Don't get your dress dirty," "You don't want to mess with that," and "Be careful with that. Why don't you hand that to your brother?" These statements are subtle, but the ad suggests that they can ultimately discourage girls from pursuing traditionally male-dominated STEM subjects in school.

  

According to AdWeek, the powerful commercial is the result of a partnership between Verizon and Makers and is narrated by Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani.

  

The video ends with a thought-provoking question: Isn't it time we told her she's pretty brilliant, too?

  

 
It sure is.
 
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the National Science Foundation.
 
Click here to read from this article's source.
Full STEM Ahead is the #1 Resource for New Jersey STEM News - All Aboard!
 
Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills (National Science Foundation). NJSACC's new Full STEM Ahead! Afterschool Initiative continues to help New Jersey afterschool providers become STEM leaders, preparing students for these jobs.
 
Some of their latest informative STEM news include such items as:
Click here to stay up-to-date at FullSTEMAhead.org
 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM in Afterschool!
 
NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let's find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM.

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!
  Support STEM Education and Take the Dow Teacher Challenge by 7/30/14!
 
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

Take the Dow Teacher Challenge!

Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

How do I participate?
  • Visit www.dow.com/education to submit an entry.
  • The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014.
  • The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014.
  • The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.
Together we can build a STEM-strong future!
Take Advantage of this Valuable FREE Resource: Is your program listed?
 
The Online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 


When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.

The Directory contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

 

Click here to register your STEM program
 
NIOST and NJSACC Offer A New and Incredible STEM Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 7/31

National Afterschool Matters STEM Practitioner Fellowship
A collaborative effort between the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, the National
Writing Project, and NJSACC: The Network for NJ's Afterschool Communities
 
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008. The first two participating cities were Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the San Francisco Bay area through the Bay Area Writing Project.

We have also have or had Fellowships in Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and New York City. NIOST and NJSACC are excited to bring this opportunity to out-of-school-time (OST) practitioners  and classroom teachers in New Jersey. The fellowship is grounded in the inquiry-based, writing, and professional development approaches of the National Writing Project (NWP) and NIOST. This effective professional development model provides frequent and ongoing opportunities for educators in and out of school to write and to examine theory and practice together systematically. Educators who are well informed and effective in their practice can be successful teachers of other practitioners as well as partners in development and implementation of effective and quality practice. Research findings by the fellows will be presented at a research roundtable in the Fall of 2015, and fellows will be encouraged to submit papers for publication.

Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Through the year-long course the Fellows will explore some of the issues emerging from recent studies that challenge the dichotomy of learning experiences as well as traditional structures of learning. Researchers and policy makers have increasingly questioned the split between in-school and out-of-school programs, calling for new policy and innovative thinking to bridge these divides. 
 
Click here to download the fellowship flyer
Click here to download the fellowship application
 
Those selected for the New Jersey STEM Practitioner Fellowship will:
  • Become part of a community of practitioners. Fellows work collaboratively to study effective practices and investigate the structures in which effective practice happens - at the program/classroom, activity, curriculum, and individual levels using their own Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics curricula as the objects of study.
  • Learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry. Fellows learn approaches and strategies that will help them become better at program/classroom observation and analysis.
  • Improve programs and practice. Fellows identify and investigate effective instructional strategies and bring these strategies back to their classrooms and/or OST programs.
  • Collaborate to identify ways that schools and OST programs can better work together to support youth in STEM learning and engagement.
  • Engage in leadership activities to disseminate program/classroom improvement strategies. Fellows present their work to peers, administrators, parents and community members. They are encouraged to design and deliver workshops based on their work to share new expertise with others in the field.
  • Write a STEM-focused inquiry paper that intentionally brings the worlds of OST and the school classroom together as part of an article for professional journals.
Responsibilities of Fellows:
  • September 2014 to November 2014: twice monthly Saturday meetings at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ
  • December 2014 to May 2015: monthly meetings, one Saturday per month in Westfield, NJ
  • April or May 2015: a spring writing retreat, where rough drafts of STEM research articles will be completed. Location TBD.
  • October 2015: a formal Round Table Presentation of research to the broader community
Application Process:

Employer approval must be obtained (see Memorandum of Understanding). Please complete the Practitioner Fellowship application and return, along with the MOU, by Thursday, July 31st 2014 by e-mail, fax, or mail to:

National Institute on Out-of-School Time,
National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship
Wellesley College, Waban House
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

fax: 781-283-3657

For more general information contact: Elizabeth Meister, (781) 283-2607 or emeister@wellesley.edu

If you have specific questions in regards to the New Jersey Fellowship please contact Mike MacEwan, Director of STEM Initiatives for NJSACC at: mmacewan@njsacc.org

To apply, request the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship application and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from mmacewan@njsacc.org, the NJSACC website at: www.NJSACC.org or on the NIOST website here.
Contact
Michael MacEwan 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 

Cornell Lab eNews: Summer Birdhouse Tips and Great Feeder Ideas             (Posted: 7-21-14)

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Free Rain Gardens in the Neshanic Watershed             (Posted: 7-21-14)

Are you interested in protecting water quality in your community? North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development is currently recruiting residents in the Neshanic Watershed to sign up to receive a FREE rain garden! Rain Gardens are beautiful, engineered gardens that protect water quality by reducing flooding and preventing pollution from entering our waterways. To see if you are eligible, residents that live in Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, East Amwell and Delaware Township can e-mail their address to Blaire Langston at blangston@northjerseyrcd.org. Or give us a call 908-439-2518!
NJRC&D is a nonprofit organization working to protect New Jersey's natural resources.

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium July Newsletter             (Posted: 7-14-14)

 NJ SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
     Creating Healthier Schools at Lower Costs
Issue: # 4July 2014

 Competitions and Grants
Enter the EPA Food Recovery Challenge 
 
Enter your school in the Food Recycling Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce your bottom line, support your community, reduce your environmental footprint and receive recognition. Winners will be recognized on the EPA's website. READ MORE

President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) 
Deadline: Ongoing 
 
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's young people. READ MORE


Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2014 

  

Up to $2,000 available! Do you have an idea for a community garden, habitat restoration, recyclying, or energy conservation project? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tee® (PLT). READ MORE

  

Model Program Initiative Grant Winners Announced
10 NJ Districts will Pilot Environmental Education Program
 

The NJSSC would like to congratulate the following school districts selected to participate in a Model Program Initiative Grant in cooperation with NJ Project Learning Tree (PLT), NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium (NJSSC), and Rutgers University. This exciting pilot project is designed to prepare NJ school districts to participate in the national Project Learning Tree Green Schools! program through professional development training in PLT materials and personalized support and guidance from a local PLT facilitator. The selected schools will receive free professional development in the area of environmental education, and the student investigations conducted through this program will foster a strong connection between your efforts to "green" the building and the curriculum. The winners are: 

  • Newark
  • Fairfield
  • Green Brook
  • Long Branch
  • Monroe
  • Pittsgrove
  • Bellmawr
  • Kellman Brown Academy
  • Milltown
  • Ogdensburg
  • West Orange

 

EIRC Grant Evaluation Services
 

For information on EIRC's Grant Evaluation Services, contact Pat Bruder at pbruder@eirc.org

 Announced by US DOE's July 2014 Edition of Green Strides
Watch Live: ED-Green Ribbon Schools to be Honored July 22
NJ Schools: Kellman Brown Academy and Three Bridges Elementary  

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots, and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Mark Schaefer will honor the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22 at the U.S. Department of Commerce Herbert C. Hoover Auditorium in Washington, D.C. At the awards ceremony, Secretary Duncan will also announce the legs of the second annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour. 
 
EPA Proposes National Limits on Carbon Pollution
Reduction in Carbon Pollution Could Reduce Asthma Attacks and Missed School  

In July, the EPA proposed national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants that would reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30%. One anticipated result would be 150,000 fewer asthma attacks in children each year -- and they would miss an estimated 180,000 fewer days of school. READ MORE
 Pillar I - Reduce Environmental Impact & Cost
How Can my District Reduce Energy Costs and Finance Building Upgrades through Energy Saving Improvement Programs (ESIPs)?
ESIPs maximize savings created by combining all possible Energy Conservation Measures including the retrofit of outdated systems with all new equipment. 
 
The EIRC  "RENEW Program" assists your district with the implementation of a "Do-It-Yourself" ESIP involving capital improvements aimed at reducing energy costs, while concurrently educating your district staff.

 

Interested in finding out more about RENEW?  Call Carol James at 732-329-6642 or cjames@eirc.org and set up a complimentary district consultation, or attend one of our up and coming Breakfast Briefs. READ MORE

TCPN Makes Purchasing Green Products Easier - NO BID!
TCPN wants to make purchasing green products and services offered by their vendors easier. Below is a portion of their green products that NJ school districts buy and skip the bidding process. To make a purchase, contact the vendors below and mention the TCPN contract numbers listed here: 
Breakfast Brief at 2014 NJ Green Ribbon Award Recipient
Tour Kellman Brown and learn the path to earning a Green Ribbon 

Attend our first Breakfast Brief of the new school year on October 23, 2014 at Kellman Brown Academy, a 2014 Green Ribbon Schools award recipient!  Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ) will host a tour of their facility for the NJSSC and our guests, while our EIRC Green Team Partners focus on how schools can become more energy efficient and sustainable. Your district leaders will meet key Green Team Members from the Kellman Brown Academy staff so you can learn first hand how they achieved Green Ribbon Status.  Includes complimentary breakfast. 
 
Date:   October 23, 2014
Time:   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
What does the Newark Public School District have in common with NJ Transit and the NJ State Aquarium?  

The NJ Energy Tracking System! School districts and public entities are realizing the savings that can be achieved by tracking and analyzing their energy usage. The NJ Energy Tracking System has already been implemented at the NJ Transit Authority, NJ State Facilities, School Districts, Municipalities, Counties and more!  NJ ETS has discovered billing errors that have resulted in the recouping of $$ millions of dollars that would have been impossible to find without the auditing capabilities of NJ ETS. LEARN MORE
 Pillar II - Health & Wellness of Schools, Students and Staff
Expansive Classrooms: Take Learning Outside 

"Outdoor and experiential lessons guide students to become leaders who are balanced physically, emotionally, and academically." From snow shoeing to outdoor poetry, Erin Nicoldi provides a examples of outdoor learning experiences. Read the full article at
2014 Right to Know Update - July 11th Webinar 

This year school districts must submit a "Full Survey Online Report" to the state.  There are important changes that districts must be aware of. Partner Engineering provides full service Right-to-Know compliance and hazard communication support to school district. To learn about these changes, EIRC and Partner are providing the following complimentary webinar:
 
Topic: IMPORTANT 2014 Right to Know Update 
Date:  July 11th, 2014
Time:  11:00 a.m. 
Security Assessment, Design, Equipment & Installation

IP Security Cameras & Access Control 
  • No Bid  Services for CCTV and Door Access Control
  • Design & Install all new systems based on open standards
  • Will not lock districts into a proprietary solution that will create vendor lock-in
  • Will support legacy installations
Network Security (Intrusion Prevention)
  • Secure Network from Compromises from Hackers, Malware, Bots and Viruses
  • Secure all content and vital information from any outside interference
For a free consultation in your district, contact sales@eirc.org
Summer Health & Safety Alert
Ticks and Lyme Disease

Did you know that in 2012, 95% of Lyme Disease cases were from 13 states including New Jersey and Pennsylvania? Lyme disease is a serious illness that is caused by the infection of the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi spread to people by the bite of an infected tick. Short-term symptoms include...READ MORE 
Tips for Greening Your School
 Because it's more than just saving energy

Health and Air Quality

  • Install and maintain entryway mats or grills to keep dirt and particles from entering the school
  • Implement a green cleaning policy using non-toxic cleaning materials and sustainable products, equipment and paper products
  • Require procedures for safe handling and storage of cleaning chemicals
  • Set up a hand washing or sanitizing program to keep everyone healthy
  • Use high efficiency air filters 
  • Require a green indoor integrated pest management program to reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals  
 Pillar III - Environmental Education
Green Challenge for K - 12 Students 

Empower K - 12 students to take ownership of their local environments! Students develop green solutions that give them the ability to make changes in their homes, their schools and in their communities. The Green Challenge is intended to bridge connections between students and green professionals, resulting in an exchange of knowledge not available in a classroom setting.
 

Green Schools Leadership Institute (GSLI)

 

Are you ready to transform your student body into Environmental Stewards? Utilize Project Based Learning to create and implement a green plan for transforming your schools. The green plan and your school buildings become your teaching tools! Integrate existing school content, 21st century skills, and state & national education standards into instructional designs. Focus on the following six areas:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Design (ID)
  •  

    Contact the NJSSC today to schedule GSLI in your district for 2014-2015!
    Quick Links

    Our team at the NJSSC hopes this newsletter provides you with valuable insight and inspiration that will help you implement green initiatives in your school.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Carol James 

    Director of NJSSC

    cjames@eirc.org
    732-331-9307

    Allison Mulch
    Assistant Director of NJSSC
    amulch@eirc.org
    856-582-7000 ext. 115

    COASTodian Newsletter - Summer 2014 Issue             (Posted: 7-11-14)

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    NJCCVTS Newsletter - July, 2014             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    News from Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 7-3-14)


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    July 2014
    Getting Ready for Nature Day Camp: Spots Still Available!

    We can't wait for Nature Day Camp to start next week!  Registration has openings for Wild Creativity! Arts and Crafts Camp, Tree Frogs Nature Day Camp for ages 7 to 10 and Honey Bees Nature Day Camp for ages 3 and 4!


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    Bird & Butterfly Garden Spruced Up            
    We are the happy recipients of a generous grant from the Garden Club of Somerset Hills to restore the Bird & Butterfly Garden at Fairview Farm. Please come by Fairview Farm at 2121 Larger Cross Road in Bedminster, dawn till dusk, to enjoy the full display of blooms, hummingbirds, and butterflies. 
    Will you be a voice for the Raritan River?
    Here is your chance to be a River Ambassador!
    Raritan Headwaters is looking for volunteers to help spread awareness about the importance of leaving no trace at the streams and rivers enjoyed by fisherman, kayakers and boaters. River Ambassadors will table at community events, locals parks and present information to recreational groups. No experience necessary. Training provided.
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    Greetings from the Stream!

    Raritan Headwaters is visiting a stream near you

    Our stream monitoring season is underway! Volunteers have been busy collecting visual and biological data from 56 stream monitoring sites throughout the watershed. Check out our volunteers in action.

    Volunteers Needed!          
    There are plenty of volunteer opportunities here at RHA and we could always use an extra hand:
    • Garden Maintenance and Weeding
    • Stream Clean-Ups
    • Trail Clearing 
    • You name it!
    Please register yourself and your interests in our Volunteer Database, or contact Patty Smeltzer for more information.
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    July 7th
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    August 21st 
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    Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    Since 1998, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted 200,754 trees across the state of New Jersey.
    ISSUE NO. 1 / JUNE 2014 
    Trees, Trees, Trees: A Successful Spring
    April and May, 2014

    The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to announce a successful spring tree planting season! Thanks to our partners, volunteers, donors, and sponsors, we planted 640 big, beautiful trees across NJ! Check out the accomplishments of our three largest programs!

    GREEN STREETS

    Planted 406 trees in Haworth, Red Bank, Liberty State Park, Glen Rock, Bergenfield, Metuchen, Asbury Park, Bound Brook, Seer Farm,Vineland, Montclair, Bloomfield, and Newark while employing  3 individuals in transition
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    CAMDEN URBAN AIRSHED REFORESTATION PROGRAM
    Planted 116 trees in the City of Camden with 347 volunteers
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    NEWARK RENAISSANCE TREES PROGRAM
    Planted 118 trees in the City of Newark with 275 volunteers
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    TreeKeepers Workshops
    Camden and Newark, Summer 2014

    The NJ Tree Foundation's TreeKeepers Workshop Series is a fun way to learn how to care for your community's trees, from identification to pruning to preventing hazards! Newark sessions were held in June, and Camden workshops will be held in July. For a full list of workshops or to sign up for a session in Camden, please click here.
    Green Streets Crew for Hire
    for Fall 2014 Tree Planting Season

    Is your New Jersey town looking for high-quality tree planting and landscaping services? Then Green Streets is the program for you! This fee-for-service division of the NJ Tree Foundation bids on opportunities to plant "the right tree for the right place" across the state, while providing jobs to individuals in transition from the prison system. 

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    Summer 2014 NPSNJ Newsletter             (Posted: 7-3-14)

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    PROMOTING THE APPRECIATION, PROTECTION, AND STUDY 
    OF NEW JERSEY'S NATIVE FLORA
    President's Letter
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    Membership in Regional Chapters is no additional fee. Your membership in the NPSNJ supports the efforts of regional chapters, including the one in your neck of the woods!

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    NPSNJ Fundraiser
    FundraiserSaturday September 27
    2:00 - 5:00

    Join New Moon Nursery owner James Brown for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of his Wholesale Only Native Perennial Nursery in Bridgeton NJ. For a donation of $100 to the NPSNJ you will receive an empty tray and as you tour the nursery you will be able to fill your flat with up to 50 perennial plugs of your choosing. You may mix and match your plants, straight species and native cultivars will be available. Light refreshments will be served. 

    To make a donation go to the NPSNJ website and click the donation button. 
     
    NATIVE PLANT SALES
    Wondering where you can buy native plants? Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook Page for upcoming sales. 

    Saturday September 13 - Clemenson Farms Native Nursery

    Sundays from 9-1 until November find Toadshade Wildflower Farm selling native plants at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market.
    Not Finding Native Plants at your Favorite Nursery?
    Simply print out these cards from our website. List the name of the native plants you are looking for and your contact information and leave it at the nursery. Let the nurseries and garden centers know you are looking for native plants!
    NPSNJ's Woodland Preserve in 
    Hunterdon County
    Attention! Hunterdon County Residents and those interested in traveling to Hunterdon County! We are forming a Kracji Preserve Chapter of the NPSNJ which will focus on the stewardship of the NPSNJ's woodland property in Holland Township, Hunterdon County NJ. If you are interested in helping out, an introduction to the property will be held on Thursday July 10 at 6PM. If interested please email for details and directions. 
     
    Thank you! 
     
    Please share with anyone you think may be interested in participating.

     

    We Need Your Photos of
    Jersey Friendly Yards!
    The Barnegat Bay Partnership is looking for photos of yards landscaped with mostly native plants (doesn't have to be all native) to use on a new website about environmentally friendly landscaping in New Jersey, to be called Jersey Friendly Yards. 
     
    We already have photos of individual plants - now we need photos from around the state that show front, back, or side yards with beautiful native landscaping. 
     
    Please email all photos to Karen Walzer. 
     
    Not sure what to send? We are modeling the Jersey Friendly Yard site after the Florida Yards site. Take a look at this site and then send us your photos of Jersey Friendly Yards!

     

    Mark Your Calendars!
    Saddler's Woods Seasonal Botany Series
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    Saddler's Woods, a unique old growth forest in urban NJ, enjoyed offering the NPSNJ Seasonal tours last year so much they have decided to continue them this year, through their organization. 

    For more information visit their webpage.
    Greetings!

    Happy Summer! 

    After all these years, I am sure you have realized by now that summer is not my favorite season. I could do without the heat and humidity just fine. Every time this season rolls around I daydream of moving to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where, I imagine, it never gets this hot or this humid. But really, with how wonderful winter, fall and spring are around here, I can stick the summers out for a couple of steamy months. Besides, summer is the time of fragrant milkweeds, plate-sized hibiscus and hydrangea blooms and THOSE are worth being around for! 

    Only a few days into summer I found myself planting some plants that just seemed to end up in our home-nursery pile. (Does that ever happen to you plant people?) I don't remember purchasing them and I don't remember receiving them as a gift, they are just there. So I planted them. They were Itea virginica 'Merlot' and Hamamelis vernalis 'Autumn Embers'. Both of these are reported to sport vibrant fall foliage, which I am very excited about. Both have the typical flowers and flowering time for their species. The Itea will stay smaller and more compact than the species. Both of these are native to the Southeast and the South and wouldn't naturally be found where I live. But they do just fine in this climate and perhaps will be a part of the continuing discussion on climate change and the new palette of plants we will be working with into the future.

    More and more often we have been getting questions regarding cultivars of native plants. Sometimes called 'nativars', these plants are bred from native plants for a specific characteristic: double flowers, leaf color, fragrance, disease resistance, cold or heat tolerance. There are many debates as to whether or not these are true 'native' plants. There is also quite a bit more discussion around the value of these 'nativars' to native and non-native pollinators. While the discussion still continues and debates ensue, some folks are doing some really important research on the topic. We encourage you to come up to speed on research that has happened and follow the research happening now and draw your own conclusions regarding these native cultivars. Here are just some of the research projects and results we have come across:




     From the Center for Plant Conservation: Genetic Consideration in Ecological Restoration Bibliography

    One thing we always recommend, however, is that you should always, always stick with straight species native plants for any restoration project. 

    Have you been a part of any research regarding native plants and cultivars? Or just native plants in general? We are looking for projects to recognize at an upcoming event. If you have been doing research on native plants, please send your information to president@npsnj.org, we would like to learn more about what you are doing.

    Speaking of events, be sure to look left to learn of an upcoming NPSNJ fundraising event and read farther below to learn what the NPSNJ regional chapters are up to.

    See you on the trail.

    Kathy 
    Kathleen V Salisbury
    President, Native Plant Society of NJ
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    2014 Fall Conference 
    We Want Your Input & Participation!
    Keep your eye out for an email announcing our annual Fall conference date and details. This year's conference will focus on the NPSNJ mission of appreciation,protection and study. We will be highlighting various projects and programs throughout the state that work towards the NPSNJ's mission to promote the appreciation, protection and study of New Jersey's native flora.
     
     
    If you would like to nominate someone to participate, or would like to tell us about your projects and have them considered as part of this event please reach out to Kathy Salisbury, President of the NPSNJ to discuss the details.  
     
    We will send out a separate email with date, time and location details.
    NJ Native Plant Resources
    We have a lot of great resources on the NPSNJ webpage, but to our delight there are a lot of other organizations spreading the word about the value of NJ native plants. Have you checked out these NJ-Specific Native Plant Resources?







    Upcoming Native Plant Events
    Click on the links for more details about these upcoming native plant events happening around the state.

    Saturday July 19 - Duke Farms - Creating Meadows
    Sunday July 29 - New Jersey Botanical Garden - Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants
    Friday September 19 - Duke Farms - Native Seed Collection
    Friday September 19 - Frelinghuysen Arboretum - Berries, Bark and Buds Native Plants for Multiple Seasons of Interest

    Know of other native plant events going on around the state? Send them to president@npsnj.org and we will announce them to the 1100 Fans of our Facebook page and put them in the next newsletter scheduled for the Autumn Equinox.
    REGIONAL CHAPTER UPDATES


    NPSNJ Bergen Passaic Chapter display at the Hackensack Riverkeepers Earth Day Event at Overpeck Park

    You will now be able to find us at events all over the state. Regional Chapters allow the NPSNJ to address local native plant issues and participate in regional events like the Hackensack Riverkeepers Earth Day and the Morris County Butterfly Bonanza. We are growing and growing! With 8 chapters going strong and a couple in the works, there is a regional chapter near you. To become involved simply send an email to the chapter leader. Chapter membership is free with membership in the NPSNJ.
     
    Bergen/Passaic - bergenpassaic@npsnj.org
    North (Morris) - north@npsnj.org
    Kracji (Hunterdon) - president@npsnj.org
    Highland Park (Middlesex)  - highlandpark@npsnj.org
    Jersey Shore (Ocean/Monmouth) -  jerseyshore@npsnj.org
    Rancocas (Burlington) - rancocas@npsnj.org
    Delaware Bayshore (Cumberland/Salem) - debayshores@npsnj.org
    Southeast (Atlantic/Cape May) - southeast@npsnj.org
    Warren (Somerset County) - president@npsnj.org

    Our chapters are hosting some exciting events this year. See below for just some of the highlights! 

    Bergen/Passaic Chapter - 

    September 18 - 7pm - Chapter Meeting - Wetlands 

    October 23 at 7pm - Chapter Meeting 

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    Southeast Chapter -  

    July -  SATURDAY, JULY 12, 9:00-11:30 AM

     

    The Rain Garden Workshop, led by Jesse Connor and Barbara Fielder, will feature the nuts and bolts of rain garden installation as well as an opportunity to visit three nearby rain gardens of varying sizes and configurations. The workshop will begin at the Ambulance Building directly behind the Galloway Main Municipal Building on Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township where we'll go over the basics of rain garden design, native plant choices, and installation. We'll proceed from there by foot to a rain garden located near the Ambulance Building and then we'll travel by car to two additional rain gardens, both a short drive from our starting point.  Registration is limited to fifteen and the registration deadline is Monday, July 7.  Register by emailing Barbara Fiedler.   We will send a confirmation email with directions to workshop participants on Tuesday, July 8.  

     

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    North Chapter - 

    July:  Moth night on July 19 to celebrate the beginning of National Moth Week.  We will try to identify moths and then cross reference them with Douglas Tallamy's list of host plants.  To be held in Mendham.

     
    August:  Field/buying trip to Timber Creek Nursery in Farmingdale    
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    Delaware Bayshore Chapter -  

    August - Saturday, August 9 9 A.M. Summer Botany Walk led by Renee, on the Maurice River Walking Trail, led by Renee. Chance to use photo and sketch pad and record changes across the seasons, ie: Phenology! Fall, Winter, Spring walks to follow.

      

    October - Saturday, October 4 10 A.M. Fall Botany Walk. Maurice River Walking trail. This is our third walk this year. A nice observation record is developing. We can share resulting observations at meetings and in on-line newsletters. Meet at Pedestrian Walk off City Drive.

      

    January '15 - SATURDAY, January 10, 2015 10 A.M. Winter Botany Walk led by Renee on the Maurice River Walking Trail where trees block winter breezes. We have now recorded a seasonal cycle and can be ready to compare the 2014-2015 cycles in genera and species that we have been monitoring. 

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    For more details, and to see what the rest of the chapters are up to, please visit our Chapters and Events pages on our website.

     

    We are in the Gardener News! 
    The Gardener News, "New Jersey's most influential monthly gardening newspaper", is now featuring a monthly Native Plant column written by NPSNJ president Kathy Salisbury. The July edition features an article about Milkweed (see page 17!). Follow us on Facebook or find yourself a monthly copy of the Gardener News to read more about New Jersey's native plants and the activities of the NPSNJ!

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