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CONTENTS:
Great Places: Celebrate the Earth--Give Nature a Hand
NAAEE: EE-News for April 9, 2014
Cornell Lab eNews: Feathers As You've Never Seen Them Before
Video: Biologists Visit Black Bear Den
How to get Water Quality Data
Earth Month Tip of the Day: Choose WaterSense
New April Sustainability Hero Announced
U.S. EPA GoGreen! APRIL 2014 EARTH MONTH Monthly Consumer Newsletter
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
SAVED: Jersey City Falcon Cam!!
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for April
March 2014: NJ Farm To School Network News
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium April Newsletter
Earth Gauge News: National Environmental Education Week and more!
June Application Deadline Quickly Approaching
COASTodian Newsletter - Spring 2014 Issue
Cloud E-news | Education for Sustainability Events & Opportunities
Be Out There - National Wildlife Federations: March Into Spring
Please Take the Illegal Dumping Survey
Federal Urban Waters Program Aims to Improve Environmental and Outdoor Education
CACD: Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter
NAAEE: EE-News for March 19, 2014
Sustainable Jersey: New Workshops and State Grant Opportunities for Walkable and Bikeable Communities
Take a Second for the Environment!
RCE: Water Pages eNewsletter
It's National Wildlife Week! Join the Celebration!
Schoolyard Habitats Enewsletter - February 2014
What you can do for wildlife and water during National Wildlife Week
Take the Living With Deer In NJ Survey
NAAEE: EE-News for March 5, 2014
Great Places: Where Have All The Sea Stars Gone?
News from Raritan Headwaters
NJDOE: Next Generation Science Standards Alert and more!
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March
Sustainable Jersey: 406 Municipalities Now Participating!
TIDEings for Teachers: Educator Newsletter
NAAEE: EE-News for February 19, 2014
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
EIRC & ENERGY SOLVE 1st Steps to Green for NJ Schools
15 February 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week
NWF: Schoolyard Habitats Enewsletter - February 2014
Registration for Raritan Headwaters Association's Nature Day Camp is Now Open!
NWF: Snow Much Fun!
EEWeek.org Relaunch!
NAAEE: EE-News for February 5, 2014
Green Knight newsletter -- February 2014
ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD: January Update
This Week, Play in New Jersey's Super Bowl . . of Wildlife
NAAEE: EE-News for January 8, and 22, 2014
Conserve Wildlife News: Help Save the Jersey City Falcon Cam!
PEEC Winter Newsletter
A Record 67 Municipalities Attain Sustainable Jersey Certification in 2013!
USGBC NJ Quarterly E-Newsletter - End of Year 2013
Gardening for Wildlife: See More Birds This Winter
National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
NAAEE: EE-News for December 11, 2013
Cornell Lab eNews: Read Our Review of the Top Binoculars of 2013
Tip Sheet: What Next With the Snowy Owl Influx?
COASTodian Newsletter - Winter 2013 Issue
Sustainable Jersey In the News, Dec. 2013
NAAEE: EE-News for November 27, 2013
Great Places: Celebrate the Earth--Give Nature a Hand             (Posted: 4-11-14)

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NAAEE: EE-News for April 9, 2014             (Posted: 4-11-14)

NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Scholarship Deadline, Reviews, Hotels, and Registration

Conference Scholarship Applications Due by April 21!
NAAEE is now accepting applications for a variety of conference scholarships! Check out the list here >> and apply online.

Hotels
NAAEE has room blocks in three hotels near the Ottawa Convention Center. Information about reserving a room will be posted on the conference website within the next few weeks.

Registration
No need to wait until the last minute: you KNOW you want to be with us in Ottawa. The new Gold LEED convention center, an easily walkable city, inspiring keynotes, cutting edge sessions—there are so many great reasons to attend. Registration opens in early June.
http://www.naaee.net/conference

Countdown to Ottawa: 26 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and see our Facebook and Twitter to learn about AMAZING Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements. Have you heard of the Rideau Canal Skateway? Ottawa is home to the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink—it's over 4.8 miles long! Once the ice is a foot thick, the Skateway is open 24/7 for free!
http://www.naaee.net/conference

GivEE Where You Live! EE Giving Week 2014

April 16 – Earth Day, April 22
Get ready! Environmental Education Giving Week 2014 is bringing NAAEE and our Affiliate Network together to create more visibility and support for environmental education across the globe. Each Affiliate will be competing to see who can engage the most donors and raise the most money for their state or province. This week-long campaign for EE begins on April 16 and ends on Earth Day, April 22. Mark your calendars and make a donation!
http://www.razoo.com/team/Eegivingweek

2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program

Application deadline: April 18, 2014
The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with support from EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.
http://www.eecapacity.net

New EECapacity Course: Engaging Military Communities

May 12–June 8, 2014 ~ Online
This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators and community development professionals interested in working with members of the military community. Exposure to nature through outdoor recreation, gardening, tree planting, and similar activities has been especially valuable to returning warriors and their families. The potential impacts include improved personal health, resiliency, strengthening family ties, and community cohesion. The objective of this course is to increase participants' capacity to develop programs that increase environmental awareness and utilize the therapeutic value of nature in building resilient communities. Limited to 30 participants.
http://tinyurl.com/eem-register

New E-Book: Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes

NAAEE and EECapacity announce a new e-book, Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes. The e-book is authored by 20 environmental educators across the U.S., who are trying to offer a fresh look at environmental education outcomes and their measurement. The e-book may be useful for environmental educators and program evaluators.
http://www.naaee.net/publications

Awards, Grants, Contests

Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling

Preliminary Applications Deadline: April 30, 2014
Taking its name from brimstone, the elusive element medieval chemists believed would transform base metals into gold, this $5,000 award focuses on the transformational properties of storytelling, and aims to increase understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities. The grant supports a model storytelling project that is service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and to some extent replicable in other places and situations. The goal is that projects receiving this award will have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients, inspiring excellence in applied storytelling work and communicating to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.
http://www.storynet.org/grants/brimstone.html

Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Do you know a young person who is doing great things to help other people or the planet? Nominate him or her for the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people (ages 8–18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment.
http://www.barronprize.org/

Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EE Scholarship to Hog Island for Diverse-Background Educators

Deadline: May 1, 2014
Program Dates: July 20–25, 2014

Educators from diverse ethnic backgrounds: The National Audubon Society is seeking applicants to attend their six-day residential program in environmental education this July on Maine's beautiful Hog Island. Audubon will pay 90% of tuition for ethnically diverse, qualified educators, on a competitive basis. This is a fun, exciting, and multi-disciplinary program with excellent instructors and great field opportunities. Email session director Pete Salmansohn at psalmansohn@audubon.org for more information.
http://hogisland.audubon.org

EJ in Action Blog

Check out the EPA’s Environmental Justice blog for a few new posts! First, Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response reflects on his own experiences working with communities as he highlights community-based initiatives during his tenure. Next, Dr. Marva King of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice honors Women’s History Month with a reflection on some of the many women in the Environmental Justice movement that have made an impact on her life. Also, check out the 20th anniversary page and video series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders, and students who have shared stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.
http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/EJ-in-A...

North American Events, Training, Announcements

Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment ~ Online

This self-study, e-learning course is designed for natural resource professionals, extension educators, and environmental educators who work with communities. Through an interactive format and investigation of practical examples, participants build skills and confidence in identifying and analyzing behavior change opportunities. After completing the course, participants will have a draft plan for increasing people's involvement in an environmental situation. The course requires an account, but there is no fee.

Sponsored by the eXtension Drinking Water and Human Health interest area, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Resources Center. Initial work to develop course content was funded by the USDA Water Program. Course content has been extensively tested and reviewed, in collaboration with Extension and natural resource professionals around the USA. Background information is available at http://wateroutreach.uwex.edu. Course instructors: Elaine Andrews, Kate Reilly, Patrick Robinson.
http://campus.extension.org/

Resources for Students & Educators

Education and the Environment: Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts

In this timely book, curriculum expert Gerald A. Lieberman provides an innovative guide to creating and implementing a new type of environmental education that combines standards-based lessons on English language arts, math, history, and science with community investigations and service learning projects. By connecting academic content with local investigations, environmental study becomes not simply another thing added to the classroom schedule but an engaging, thought-provoking context for learning multiple subjects. The projects outlined in the book further students’ understanding of the way human and natural “systems” interact locally and globally, and provide the next generation with the knowledge necessary for making decisions that will be critical to their future—and ours.

The book is available from Harvard Education Press or Acorn Naturalists.

The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community

This Bullfrog film examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.
http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/wts.html

Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council Application

Deadline: May 16, 2014
The 2014–2015 National Youth Advisory Council application process is open. The National Youth Advisory Council, supported by the Wrigley Co. Foundation, creates a framework for youth engagement. This is a unique opportunity for ten high school students (15–18 years old) from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform KAB on programs while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities. KAB is seeking to infuse the youth voice into programs and build on the model of youth leadership seen in local and state affiliates. Members will serve as ambassadors and represent KAB within their community and state. YAC members will participate in the KAB 2015 National Conference and produce materials to distribute to the KAB affiliate network.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014YAC

Michael Caduto Releases Premier Storytelling CD’s

Michael Caduto is known for books and programs on environmental education and Earth stewardship, including Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun, and the Keepers of the Earth® series. After presenting live to over 500,000 people throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East, Michael has recorded listeners’ favorite tales from around the world on two CD’s. Action, humor, and drama are enhanced with sound effects, musical atmospherics, and a menagerie of human and animal voices. Includes tales that received the Aesop Prize, Storytelling World, and Skipping Stones Honor Awards. (Published by Luna Blu®). The two new CDs are:

The Rainbow Garden: Tales of Wisdom (ages 5 to 10)
The Wisdom of Nature and other Earth Tales (ages 11 and up)
http://p-e-a-c-e.3dcartstores.com/Storytelling-Aud...

New Resource for Environmental Educators Aligned to Common Core State Standards

Natural Heroes is a broadcast series on some PBS stations around the country. Each episode profiles an individual or group doing something positive for the environment. The series offers a valuable resource for the classroom. To help more teachers and students take advantage of the rich content of these timely stories, a 46-page classroom guide was developed, consisting of six projects aligned to Common Core State Standards to accompany these films. Also included are interactive links to additional resources and short video clips from the films.

The heroes in these films are fueled by passion, yet apply the critical thinking and problem-solving strategies that today’s students need to develop. Their backgrounds range widely to include wildlife experts, inventors, urban farmers, soil scientists, Native American elders, and some young people whose efforts are certain to inspire students.
http://naturalheroes.org/educational-resources/

Two New Films from Green Planet Films: Sand Wars and Thrashed

Sand Wars
This film will be of special interest to environmental educators along coastlines or rivers where commerce takes place. It is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet and will take the viewer around the world to witness this new gold rush firsthand.

Trashed
Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. Irons showcases the individuals, activists, corporate, and advocacy groups around the world who are working to affect change and reform the current model. Special 20% off discount on Trashed until April 30 coupon code: 20earth14

Cornell Lab eNews: Feathers As You've Never Seen Them Before             (Posted: 4-11-14)

Click HERE.

Video: Biologists Visit Black Bear Den             (Posted: 4-11-14)

A short video documenting NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists on a research visit to a black bear den has been posted on the nj.com website. Award -winning videographer Andre Malok captures the work performed on the female and her four cubs, gathering data used to monitor the overall health and size of the state's bear population, information essential to the Division's management of the population.
For a link to the video, as well as information about the state's black bears, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm on the Division's website.

How to get Water Quality Data             (Posted: 4-11-14)

Below is some of the follow-up information for folks who are interested in getting access to the water quality data. I would recommend using the Water Quality Portal which is highlighted below.

USGS NWIS- has both water quality data and flow data, some of which is available in real time.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nj/nwis/nwis

EPA STORET- has water quality data, biological data and some habitat data. It is a national database.

http://www.epa.gov/storet/dw_home.html

The Water Quality Portal- this is more of a one stop shop, it will pull data from both NWIS and STORET. Also a national database.

http://www.waterqualitydata.us/

GeoWeb- This is a mapping platform and has links to the data reports.

http://www.nj.gov/dep/gis/geowebsplash.htm

Barnegat Bay Interactive Map-We designed a unique interactive map for the Barnegat Bay data collection, if folks are interested.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/barnegatbay/bbmapviewer.htm

Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Restoration
Division of Water Monitoring and Standards
401 E. State St., PO Box 420; Mail Code 401-04I
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 292-0502; Fax: (609) 984-6505

Earth Month Tip of the Day: Choose WaterSense             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Happy Earth Month from EPA! Each day in April, we’ll send an environmental tip to everyone who subscribed to our list. This year, we’re focusing on how you can act on climate change.

Today’s Tip: Choose WaterSense

Choose WaterSenseWaterSense is an EPA partnership program that helps consumers conserve water and save money without compromising performance. Products and services that have earned the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient than their counterparts.

Did you know that using WaterSense labeled products could reduce a household's faucet water use by more than 500 gallons annually? Upgrading to more efficient WaterSense labeled products can help us to save billions of gallons of water in each year, conserve energy and reduce carbon pollution.

Learn more: http://epa.gov/watersense/

New April Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Click HERE.

U.S. EPA GoGreen! APRIL 2014 EARTH MONTH Monthly Consumer Newsletter             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Click HERE.

National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Eco-Schools USA - NJ Spring Newsletter

Schools across the state are investing in green infrastructure: school gardens, meadows, bee hives, chicken coops, natural playscapes, outdoor classrooms, solar panel, rain barrels and rain gardens. Below are:

Opportunities to learn with others how to incorporate those features within your existing curriculum as student learning activities that improve instruction in multiple disciplines.

Key links for free resources to increase the biodiversity of your school grounds.

Here are the previously recorded Eco-Schools Professional Learning Community: Winter Webinar Series around the topics of Sustainable Foods, School Grounds, and Biodiversity.

We are putting together stories about school Earth Day celebrations. Contact Jessica Brown if you have a story to share for a phone interview.  jbrowncommunications@outlook.com or 802-522-4209. Update your Eco-Schools dashboard to track your progress towards sustainability measurements. 

Professional Learning:

FULL ECO-SCHOOLS CALENDAR including Partner Programs


REGISTER: Sustainability in Teaching, Practice, and Design, A Whole School Approach:  

This workshop will present current sustainability practices in independent schools and encourage participants to share ideas on the green issues that matter most to them.  Participants will choose from elective selections including Health and Sustainable Foods, Learning Through Nature, and Strategic Planning for Sustainability.    
April 3, 8:45am - 3pm
Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills, NJ
Contact Jennifer Dowd for more information. 

REGISTER: Eco-Schools USA: Using Native Plants to Improve Student Achievement in Reading and Math
During this experiential workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of native plants and place-based student activities that support math and reading instruction while connecting children with nature and stewarding the land. Learn how to use the Eco-Schools USA framework and pathways for student achievement. Aligned with Common Core and supports teacher evaluation systems. Garry Annibal from NJ Native Plant Society will be a special instructor for this program helping to identify native plants, their history and their uses. Open to K-12 educators.

May 15, 2014 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $15 per person

Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ


REGISTER: Eco-Schools Professional Learning Community’s: Summer Hiking Series

Do you enjoy getting outside for learning? This series will explore school ground ecology and a nature center in different parts of the state, allowing you to connect with local and regional key stakeholders focused on sustainability issues. Learn tools and strategies for engaging your kids in outdoor activities that improve reading and math skills. One will be hosted in the North, Central, and South in diverse educational settings.

Locations TBD. Free

July 5th, July 13th, August 2nd; 9- 11:30 am

Capacity: 30 participants/ hike


REGISTER: Urban Sustainability in Jersey City Certificate Program  

Fast track series of 8 workshops that introduce participants to the Principles and Practices of Urban Sustainability, cumulatively linked to a Certificate in Urban Sustainability In Jersey City, plus additional select accreditation.

(24 Hours of Study For Community Leaders & Professionals - USGBC & Eco-Schools USA CEUs available.) This certificate course will give you a foundation in urban sustainability, which you can immediately apply in Your Community, while furthering your knowledge in the sustainability arena and satisfying Continuing Education Requirements. Partners include: Ramapo College’s Sustainability Program, Cloud Institute, Hudson County Community College’s Culinary Conference Center, Eco-Schools USA and Green Path NJ.


Time: Mondays from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

April 21- June 16th, 2014 – (Skipping Memorial Day, May 26th)

Location: HCCC Culinary Conference Center – Room TBA; short walk from Journal Square PATH Station

Cost: $225 (early bird registration) / $275 (regular registration)

 

SAVE THE DATE: New Jersey Audubon 2 day in-depth Eco-School workshops at Duke Farms 
June 30-July 1:  Focus on Biodiversity
July 16-17:  Focus on School Ground Habitats
Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

SAVE THE DATE: New Jersey Audubon Week-long Institute: Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed (with applications to any watershed) 
For Middle and High school teachers
July 28th to August 1st
Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

REGISTER: Arts Horizons: The Artist/ Teacher Institute

Hands-on Studio workshops in graphic design, poetry, ceramics, digital photography, creative writing, oil painting, printmaking, book arts, music technology, glass painting. 

July 7- 11, 9am- 5pm at William Paterson University

July 27-August 2, 9am- 5pm Stockton College

REGISTER: NJ Audubon Teacher’s School of Ecology  
Learn effective ways to integrate ecology, S.T.E.M. and sustainability concepts into your existing curricula
The program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies. By connecting the classroom to the real world, teachers can help students become more aware of the world around them, take an active role in preserving their local environments and acquire the critical thinking, problem solving and basic life skills necessary to become informed global citizens.

4th- 8th grade teachers
STIPEND: $250 
August 18- August 22 
Questions: Kelly.Wenzel@njaudubon.org


REGISTER: Sustainable Jersey Web Events and In-Person Events April- June 

Creative platemaking, energy savings improvement plans, walkable and like friendly communities, financing building upgrades, solar sitting.

RESOURCES

Article of Interest: 
Read this article about growing interest in urban biodiversity.  New research demonstrates how changes even to small spaces can have a positive impact on biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Gerald Lieberman’s book, Education and the Environment Creating Standards-Based Programs for Schools and Districts (Harvard Education Press, November 2013), covers a wide range of topics including strategies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating environment-based education.


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 and click on the "Free Milkweeds" button or
http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/free-milkweeds
for complete details.\

Eco-Schools in News

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. 

Facebook For more information about New Jersey Audubon activities, visit us on our web siteon Facebook, or on Twitter, 

SAVED: Jersey City Falcon Cam!!             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Click HERE.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for April             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Click HERE.

March 2014: NJ Farm To School Network News             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Click HERE.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Tasks force meetings to develop the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program have begun. Facilitated in partnership with the New Jersey School Boards Association and over 300 public and private partner organizations, volunteer task force members are developing actions items and building the program infrastructure for an October launch at the 2014 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop. It's not too late to get involved in the program development phase. To volunteer for a task force, email schools@sustainablejersey.com. Read more..

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium April Newsletter             (Posted: 4-2-14)

Click HERE.

Earth Gauge News: National Environmental Education Week and more!             (Posted: 4-2-14)

National Environmental Education Week 2014
Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World
Sponsored by Samsung, National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) takes place April 13-19, 2014 and is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. The 2014 theme, Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World, will explore the application of engineering to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people.

 

Take a Second
Watch, Learn and Share
Did you know there are over 80,000 seconds in a day? Individual environmental actions only take a few seconds. Together, we can make a huge impact with simple everyday actions. NEEF invites you to learn about the environment and see how just a few seconds add up to a huge impact.

Watch NEEF's Take a Second video and be inspired, Learn from EPA how simple everyday environmental actions add up to a huge impact, and Share how you are taking a few seconds for the environment to help inspire others at takeasec.org.

Until May 8, share how you are taking a few seconds to conserve water in a Vine or Instagram video for a chance to win an Apple MacBook, an Apple iPad, or a $300 REI gift card!


What's Your Earth Changing Moment?
Remember when you first felt a personal connection to the Earth that changed the way you viewed the world forever? My Earth Changing Moments is a campaign to collect stories of the "aha" moments people experience that forever connect them to the environment. We need your help. Take a minute to tell us about your Earth Changing Moment with a photo, video or written entry. If your Earth Changing Moment was meaningful to you, it will be meaningful to others - and it may help them learn about, experience and help care for the world around us. (Check out the Spanish-version, Mi Momento Verde, below.)

Start sharing here:

Mi Momento Verde
Mi Momento Verde es una oportunidad para compartir con otros tu momento de cambio o de inspiración sobre el medio ambiente y expandir la conversación a nivel nacional.

Queremos saber cómo una o más experiencias te enseñaron sobre el medio ambiente en donde vives, cambiaron tu perspectiva, o te inspiraron a hacer algo de forma diferente para el medio ambiente.
 
Are You Weather-Ready?
Be a Force of Nature
From floods and drought to heat waves and tornado outbreaks, the United States experienced seven weather and climate disasters in 2013, each with losses in excess of one billion dollars. Severe weather can strike at any time, anywhere, and it affects all of us.

Be a Force of Nature: NEEF is proud to be recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador and recommends taking a few minutes to know your risk, prepare for severe weather, and share your knowledge and actions with friends, family and your community.

For more information, graphics and resources, visit earthgauge.net/beaforce.

NEEF is Weather-Ready! 
June Application Deadline Quickly Approaching             (Posted: 4-2-14)

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COASTodian Newsletter - Spring 2014 Issue             (Posted: 3-25-14)

Click HERE.

Cloud E-news | Education for Sustainability Events & Opportunities             (Posted: 3-25-14)

Click HERE.

Be Out There - National Wildlife Federations: March Into Spring             (Posted: 3-25-14)

Be Out There

March 22, 2014

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How to Tell if Spring Has Sprung
How to Tell if Spring Has Sprung

In this activity, learn how to identify signs of spring and hunt for clues with your kids. The first official day of spring was March 20, but new signs of life will pop up all season.

Get your detective sheet and investigate now.

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National Wildlife Week 2014

This year, learn all about wildlife and water! Spend time with your kids exploring wildlife, fishing, or doing fun crafts and games during National Wildlife Week.

Dive into National Wildlife Week today.

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Apps to Enhance Your Outdoor Experiences Apps to Enhance Your Outdoor Experiences

Have you been looking for the right apps to learn everything you can about the great outdoors? Use the technology you love to get connected to nature.

See the full list here.

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The Big Night Phenomenon

After the first warm rain of spring, either in late March or early April, spotted salamanders come out to play! Our partner at AMC’s Kids Outdoors shared a lot of great information on how to introduce “Big Night” to kids.

Read more and learn how to spot the night here.

The Big Night Phenomenon

Please Take the Illegal Dumping Survey             (Posted: 3-21-14)

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is conducting a survey to measure awareness of the problems and agency responses associated with illegal dumping. The NJDEP will utilize the data collected to understand the effectiveness of outreach efforts and how they can be better targeted.
Thank you for your participation; results can be viewed immediately after completing the survey. Click HERE.

Federal Urban Waters Program Aims to Improve Environmental and Outdoor Education             (Posted: 3-21-14)

Through the Urban Waters Federal Partnership and the 18 local partnerships, federal agencies are engaging America's students in order to improve environmental and outdoor education in urban communities, allowing students to reconnect to our nation's treasured rivers and lakes. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and the Education participant Elyse Bilardo of EPA's Urban Waters Program details these efforts in an entry on the Department of Education's blog
Click HERE.

CACD: Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter             (Posted: 3-21-14)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: EE-News for March 19, 2014             (Posted: 3-19-14)

NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Deadlines Approaching for Proposals, Reviewers, and Scholarships!

Call for Presentations Deadline Approaching!
Two weeks to go! NAAEE is seeking dynamic and engaging proposals for our 43rd Annual Conference and 11th Annual Research Symposium. Read about this year’s strands and formats and submit your proposal now!
Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals, select the best possible sessions, and shape the conference program.

If you are willing to serve as a reviewer for the conference or Research Symposium, please log in on the NAAEE website and follow the "Volunteer to Review" link. Sign up by March 31.

Conference Scholarship Applications are Open!
NAAEE is now accepting applications for a variety of conference scholarships!
Check out the list here >> and apply online.
Applications are due by April 21.
http://www.naaee.net/conference

Countdown to Ottawa: 29 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and see our Facebook and Twitter to learn about AMAZING Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements. Did you know the Ottawa Convention Centre uses daylight sensors to decrease the amount of artificial light used throughout the building? It’s good for our health and great for the environment!
http://www.naaee.net/conference

2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program

Application deadline: April 18, 2014
The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with support from EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.
http://www.eecapacity.net

Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes

NAAEE and EECapacity announce a new e-book, Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes. The e-book is authored by 20 environmental educators across the U.S., who are trying to offer a fresh look at environmental education outcomes and their measurement. The e-book may be useful for environmental educators and program evaluators.
http://www.naaee.net/publications

Urban EE Online Community 2014

Application deadline: April 2, 2014
EECapacity invites environmental educators in cities to apply for the "Urban EE" project-based online learning community (UEE PLC), April—December 2014. Educators with any level of experience and from any type of organizations (museums, schools, community-based, youth development, friends of parks, urban planning, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Thirty selected educators will exchange ideas on urban EE, take part in professional development webinars, access urban EE publications, expand their network, and co-author an e-book on urban EE.
http://tinyurl.com/2014-UEEPLC

Awards, Grants, Contests

Call For Nominations: ASA, CSSA, & SSSA Awards

Deadlines: March 27, 2014 to initiate online nominations
April 3, 2014 for reference letters and final nomination submission.

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America are accepting nominations for 2014 Awards, which honor researchers, educators, extension professionals, and students. Nominate a colleague for one of dozens of awards. Visit each organization’s websites for nomination information and award requirements.
· www.agronomy.org/awards
· www.crops.org/awards
www.soils.org/awards

Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Do you know a young person who is doing great things to help other people or the planet? Nominate him or her for the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people (ages 8–18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment.
http://www.barronprize.org/

Youth Voices of Change Video Contest

Make a video for Youth Voices of Change and engage youth in climate change solutions. Youth in grades 4–12 are invited to submit a video (maximum 2 minutes long) that shares solution projects or helps raise awareness about climate change issues for a chance to win great prizes, including money for their project, new video equipment, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Ten finalists and their videos will be featured on the big screen at the Youth Voices Film Festival on the evening of August 22, 2014 on the Sustainability Stage at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.
http://bit.ly/youth-voices

Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog: Hazel Johnson—A Legacy, Founder, and Leader

Check out the latest EPA Environmental Justice blog post written by Cheryl Johnson, the daughter of Ms. Hazel Johnson. Ms. Hazel had a significant impact on the environmental justice movement, inspiring others to work in the fields of environmental justice and advocacy. Also, check out the 20th Anniversary Video Series, which features federal and local government officials, non-profit leaders, and students who share stories about their lessons learned over time working on environmental and climate justice.
http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/02/mama-johnson/

North American Events, Training, Announcements

Art and Environment K–12 Teacher Professional Development Course

June 16–Aug 18, 2014
With 11 years’ experience teaching Eco Art to high school students, the Wexner Center’s Shelly Casto has extensive materials and resources to share. Designed for K–12 art teachers, this online-only course will provide an in-depth introduction to the field of Eco Art as well as a basic introduction to environmentalism. Teachers will leave the course with an extensive online curriculum packet. K–5 general classroom, 6–12 humanities, and 6–12 science teachers will also find the course of interest. Graduate credit available.
http://wexartenvironment.wordpress.com/teacher-cou...

Resources for Students & Educators

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Celebrate the 9th Annual National Endangered Species Day—May 16, 2014
The 9th annual Endangered Species Day is an ideal opportunity for teachers and students to learn about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways to participate. To accommodate school schedules, events can be planned earlier in May, on Endangered Species Day (May 16), or the following weekend. Visit the website to register your classroom activity and check out the materials provided in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit. The website also features a Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.
http://www.endangeredspeciesday.org

School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarden

This new Bullfrog Films documentary, "SCHOOL’S OUT: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten" is a combination of pure observational footage of the children at kindergarten in the forest, paired with interviews with parents, teachers, child development experts, and alumni, offering the viewers a genuine look into the forest kindergarten.
http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/school.html

Sustainable Jersey: New Workshops and State Grant Opportunities for Walkable and Bikeable Communities             (Posted: 3-19-14)

Click HERE.

Take a Second for the Environment!             (Posted: 3-19-14)

Take a Second!

Individual environmental actions only take a few seconds. Together, we can make a huge impact with simple everyday actions. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) invites you to learn about the environment and learn how simple everyday environmental actions add up to a huge impact.


Watch NEEF's Take a Second video and be inspired, Learn from EPA how a few seconds add up to a huge impact, and Share how you are taking a few seconds for the environment to help inspire others at http://takeasec.org.


Until May 8, share how you are taking a few seconds to conserve water in a Vine or Instagram video for a chance to win an Apple MacBook, an Apple iPad, or a $300 REI gift card!


NEEF sees a future where by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. Learn more at takeasec.org
RCE: Water Pages eNewsletter             (Posted: 3-19-14)

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It's National Wildlife Week! Join the Celebration!             (Posted: 3-19-14)

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Schoolyard Habitats Enewsletter - February 2014             (Posted: 3-18-14)

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What you can do for wildlife and water during National Wildlife Week             (Posted: 3-18-14)

Click HERE.

Take the Living With Deer In NJ Survey             (Posted: 3-18-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a survey on NJ residents' opinions on living with white-tailed deer.

The purpose of this survey is to assess the viewpoint of the general public, with an emphasis on NJ residents living in suburban/urban areas. The results of this on-going data collection will aid the Division by suggesting areas of the state where limited (or no) deer management is currently taking place. Such areas will be targeted for educational and outreach programs on deer.

For more information and to take the Living With Deer in New Jersey Survey, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/survey_deermgt14.htm on the Division's website.

NAAEE: EE-News for March 5, 2014             (Posted: 3-5-14)

NAAEE Announcements

Conference News: Call for Presentations, Reviewers, and Scholarships!

Call for Presentations Deadline Approaching!
NAAEE is seeking dynamic and engaging proposals for our 43rd Annual Conference and 11th Annual Research Symposium. Read about this year’s strands and formats and start preparing your proposal.
Submit Soon! Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals, select the best possible sessions, and shape the conference program.

If you are willing to serve as a reviewer for the conference or Research Symposium, please log in on the NAAEE website and follow the "Volunteer to Review" link.

Conference Scholarship Applications are Open!
NAAEE is now accepting applications for a variety of conference scholarships!
Check out the list here >> and apply online.
Applications are due by April 21.
http://www.naaee.net/conference

Countdown to Ottawa: 31 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism and see our Facebook and Twitter to learn about AMAZING Ottawa and find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements. Did you know that the Ottawa Convention Centre has a Green Housekeeping Program? The custodians are trained to care for the environment, and use only environmentally friendly cleaning products and methods. It's the perfect place to hold an EE conference!
http://www.naaee.net/conference

2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program

The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with support from the EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.
http://www.eecapacity.net

Awards, Grants, Contests

Call For Nominations: ASA, CSSA, & SSSA Awards

Deadlines: March 27, 2014 to initiate online nominations and April 3, 2014 for reference letters and final nomination submission.
The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America are accepting nominations for 2014 Awards, which honor researchers, educators, extension professionals, and students. Nominate a colleague for one of dozens of awards. Visit each organization’s websites for nomination information and award requirements.
· www.agronomy.org/awards
· www.crops.org/awards
www.soils.org/awards

Fishing for Entries

Deadline: March 31, 2014
The 16th annual FLW (Forrest L. Wood) Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest for students (grades K-12) provides the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, habitats, and conservation.
http://www.wildlifeforever.org/news-events/fishing...

Seeking Teachers for Project Localize

The Lexicon of Sustainability is seeking exemplary high school teachers to participate in a revolutionary new school program to promote environmental and food literacy through Project Localize. The program integrates learning with creativity and promotes community outreach. The goal is that future generations can teach America how to improve our food system, one town at a time. The Lexicon of Sustainability is based on a simple premise: people will live more sustainable lives if they are taught the basic terms and principles that define sustainability. Project Localize teaches students to create and share art that documents sustainable agriculture methods. The art is promoted in Pop Up Shows organized by students for the community. Selected teachers will collaborate on Project Localize and receive financial and mentoring support from the Lexicon of Sustainability. Nominate a teacher today!
http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/localize/

Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EJ in Action Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Working toward Environmental Justice

In the latest EPA Environmental Justice Blog, Charles Lee of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice writes about the 20th anniversary of EO 12898, which established the Office of Environmental Justice and helped to amplify much of the community activism that led to its signing by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1994.
http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/02/evolving-visions-of...

North American Events, Training, Announcements

NSTA Virtual Conference: NGSS Practices in Action

March 8, 2014
Learn how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into K–12 classrooms. This web-based professional learning opportunity will feature interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline. Speak with NGSS experts, engage in dialogue with other science educators, and discover new classroom instructional strategies.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_cou...

National Wildlife Week 2014

March 17–23, 2014
National Wildlife Week is National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the wonders of wildlife. This year’s theme is "Wildlife and Water: From the mountains to the rivers to the oceans." Also offered on the website—a toolkit that includes lessons, activities, and more.
http://www.nwf.org/national-wildlife-week.aspx

STEM Educators’ Series

Rutgers University hosts STEM educator events for teachers interested in bringing current STEM research into their classrooms. Each meeting includes a scientific presentation followed by the opportunity to review curriculum developed to align with the research presented that evening. Background materials, topic-related and data-specific lesson plans, and the presentation will be posted for each lecture.
http://coseenow.net/mare/ocean-lecture-educators-n...

Resources for Students & Educators

ClimateChangeLIVE Webinar Series

Educate, Inspire and Engage: March 5, 2014
Join the Climate Change Conversation: March 12, 2014

This webinar series provides online climate-science learning as electronic field trips giving students a way to interact with climate experts and educators.
http://www.climatechangelive.org/

Educationalist: Jobs, Events, Resources

Educationalist marks its two year anniversary and the site use continues to grow as a solid service for the EE community. This community-sourced catalog of resources provides the space for individuals or groups to share information on their organizations, programs, events, job opportunities, and more.
http://educationalist.net/

NASA Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary (Video)

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth. Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8's historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. The visualization draws on numerous historical sources, including the actual cloud pattern on Earth from the ESSA-7 satellite and dozens of photographs taken by Apollo 8, and it reveals new, historically significant information about the Earthrise photographs.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/dE-vOscpiNc

Great Places: Where Have All The Sea Stars Gone?             (Posted: 3-5-14)

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News from Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 3-5-14)


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March 2014
Build a Rain Barrel
Just in time for the spring thaw!

 

Pre-registration is required through Hunterdon County Parks.  Please download a registration form at their website (www.co.hunterdon.nj.us - click on "Parks & Recreation") and mail it in with check or drop off payment at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 State Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833.  

 

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Join Us For Our 24th Annual Stream Clean Up
Calling All Volunteers!
  

Our annual stream clean up will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9 am - 12 pm at multiple sites throughout the headwaters region of the Raritan River.

 

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Have you heard about rock snot?
Discovered in the Big Flat Brook in Sussex County, NJ in 2012
 

Rock snot is a nuisance algae that can form thick mats on the bottom of streams, impacting plants, bugs, fish, and the overall health of the waterway. This alga can be introduced into a stream through fishing gear that has not been properly cleaned.

 

Raritan Headwaters is looking for volunteers to help us spread awareness about rock snot to fisherman, kayakers and boaters at local parks with stream access in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris Counties. No experience necessary. Training provided.

 
Ken and birthday guest, Candy Ashmun

Members Turn Out!


Over 80 members attended our

Annual Member Meeting and Dinner, Friday evening the 28th to hear Ken Klipstein present his "Portrait of a Watershed".  

 

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Our Winter Wishlist
Extraordinary amounts of snow and ice have demonstrated our urgent need for onsite equipment to clear parking, access to outbuildings and utilities on Fairview Farm.  A generous grantor recently contributed funding for a secondhand ATV (all terrain vehicle) to transport trail-clearing equipment.   A plow attachment would be a big help!  Any leads or help to acquire this equipment would be very much appreciated!
Summer Camp Registration & Open House

RHA's Nature Day Camp offers an opportunity for children to explore, create and play in a vibrant outdoor setting - absent of video games, TV and competitive sports. 

 

Visit out Open House on March 16th from 1-4pm in our Nature Classroom for more information! 

  
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Upcoming Events

   

Wednesday, March 12th
7:00pm
Echo Hill Park

 

Saturday, March 22nd
8:00am
Busch Campus Student Center - Rutgers University


Summer Camp 

Open House
Sunday, March 16th
1:00pm-4:00pm
Fairview Farm
 
Stream Clean Up
Saturday, April 26th
9:00am-12:00pm

  

Stream Monitoring Training
Saturday, May 3rd
10:00am
Fairview Farm
 
Stream Monitoring Training
Saturday, May 17th
9:00am
Echo Hill
 

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NJDOE: Next Generation Science Standards Alert and more!            (Posted: 3-5-14)

Regional Meetings on Next Generation Science Standards

The New Jersey Department of Education has scheduled three regional meetings to allow public discussion and comment about what students in grades K-12 should know and be able to do in the content area of science.

Members of New Jersey's education community and the general public are encouraged to participate in the regional sessions, which will be held on the following dates and locations:

Monday, March 10, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Richard Stockton College, Campus Center Theater,
101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association,
12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ

Thursday, March 13, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Kean University, STEM Building, STEM and Liberty Campus, 1 Elizabethtown Plaza, Union City, NJ

Monday, March 17, 2014
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Webinar

Friday, March 21, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Webinar

Pre-registration is required and can be done on the Calendar of Events webpage. (https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827203)

Comments can also be sent to the Department of Education via email at: science@doe.state.nj.us

In addition to the regional discussion sessions, two hour-long webinars have been scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday, March 17; and at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 21. People interested in participating must register on the Calendar of Events webpage: https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827204

These meetings will inform whether the Department will propose adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to the State Board of Education later this year. These standards were developed through a collaborative effort among 26 states, including New Jersey. The project was managed by Achieve, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization that works with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. NGSS is based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which was developed by the National Research Council.

Information about NGSS can be found the following site: https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827205

NSTA Virtual Conference on the Next Generation Science Standards Saturday, March 8, 2014

Join NSTA for an intensive one-day virtual conference on Saturday, March 8 to learn how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into your K-12 classroom.

This web-based professional learning opportunity will feature interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline.

Engage with leading experts, discuss ideas with colleagues, and gain practical insights and strategies to better understand and apply key principles from the Next Generation Science Standards-all from the convenience of your home.

For more information and to register for this one of a kind opportunity visit https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827206

Saturday, March 8, 2014
10 am-6:30 pm ET
9 am-5:30 pm CT
8 am-4:30 pm MT
7 am-3:30 pm PT

NOT AN NGSS ADOPTION STATE?

Learn more about NGSS best practices in modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering and specific grade level and discipline specific strategies you can incorporate into your classroom teaching.

Avoid travel costs and time away from home and family! A virtual conference is an exciting and cost effective way to engage in professional learning.

BONUS! Educators who participate in the virtual conference can earn a printable certificate recognizing 10 hours of effort.
NSTA Virtual Conference: NGSS Practices in Action NSTA members: $79
Nonmembers: $99

QUEST and CONNECT-ED take place July 7-18, 2014.

Rider and Princeton Universities are collaboration in STEM professional development this summer. The summer institute will engage K-12 teachers in a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas, including Engineering, as identified in the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core.

The offerings are designed to enhance K-12 STEM teachers' knowledge of Science and Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas as identified in the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core.

QUEST is offering two sessions July 7-11 on the Princeton University campus: Sustainability - Living on the Edge and How Do Humans Impact Local Climate?

CONNECT-ED will take place July 14-18 on the Rider University campus in Lawrenceville and focuses on Engaging in Argument from Evidence.

Teachers may attend one or both weeks. Registration deadline is April 14th.

Registration fee: $500 per week per teacher
($250 teacher stipend and $250 program expenses)
Princeton and Rider University are subsidizing costs.

Contact Anne Catena, Program in Teacher Preparation at Princeton University, acatena@princeton.edu or Cathlene Leary-Elderkin, SELECT at Rider University clearyelder@rider.edu for more information.

A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS: Boasts About Textbooks Aligned to Common Core a 'Sham,' Say Researchers

By Benjamin Herold on February 21, 2014 8:15 PM Claims from publishers that traditional instructional materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards are largely a "sham," say two researchers who have conducted extensive reviews of classroom textbooks, but the jury is still out on the new wave of digital curricula hitting the market.

"Non-traditional and new-media resources hold a great deal of promise," said Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California. But districts' mantra should be "don't trust, and still verify" any claims of common-core alignment, he said.

Polikoff and William Schmidt, the co-director of the education policy center at Michigan State University, gave a presentation on textbooks and the new standards, now adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, at a seminar hosted here by the Education Writers Association. Both have conducted exhaustive reviews of the extent to which traditional textbooks are aligned to new standards, and they are in the early stages of similar research into digital materials.

Schmidt blasted the publishers of widely used paper textbooks as "snake-oil salesmen" who "tell poor districts and teachers [their textbooks] line up to" the common core.

His team analyzed 40-50 textbooks covering first through ninth grades-books that are used by roughly 60 percent of U.S. school children-that were purportedly aligned to the new standards. "Page by page, paragraph by paragraph," many were identical to the old, pre-standards textbooks, he said. Polikoff, meanwhile, analyzed a number of textbooks, including three major-publisher 4th grade math textbooks that are used in Florida and claim to be "common-core aligned." The books, he found, were "only modestly aligned to the common core" and "systematically failed to reach the higher levels of cognitive demand" called for in the standards. From 15 to 20 percent of the material covered in the books was not tied to grade-level common-core standards, and most of the books failed to cover between 10 and 15 percent of the content in the standards. The books were about 60 percent to 70 percent identical to their earlier, pre-common-core versions, Polikoff found.

Textbook publishers generally don't want to do thorough, meaningful revisions to accommodate the new standards, the researchers said, because such work is expensive and difficult. Schmidt framed the textbook problem as just one of several challenges looming over the implementation of the common core. Teachers-many of whom support, but don't understand, the new standards, he said-tend to teach what is in their textbooks, his research has found. When that material doesn't match what's in the standards, it's a big problem.

Many of the same questions and fears apply to new digital instructional materials, said Polikoff. "My hope is that materials created after [adoption of] the common core would be better than textbooks that have basically been modified," he said, but no systematic research has yet been conducted.

In the near term, the growing number of one-off digital instructional materials being curated on online platforms such as Share My Lesson could play an important role in helping educators plug the common-core holes left by traditional textbook publishers, Polikoff said. But the real promise of the common core, at least in math, argued Schmidt, is finally having "coherent" standards that focus on high-level conceptual understanding. For the time being, he said, neither individual digital lessons nor adapted versions of traditional paper textbooks are likely to fulfill that goal, and there don't yet appear to be any comprehensive year-long digital curricula ready to do so either. "Don't spend your money until [instructional materials] arrive that actually fully line up" with the new standards, Schmidt said he advises districts.

Follow @BenjaminBHerold and @EdWeekEdTech for the latest news on ed-tech policies, practices, and trends.

Part-Time Planetarium Educator needed at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton.

Educator needed to present astronomy-based programming in the planetarium for grade levels pre-K through high school. The ideal candidate should feel at ease with computers, public speaking, and astronomy knowledge. Will introduce constellations and astronomical events during live planetarium show; must be able to answer questions and keep up-to-date with astronomy advances. Pre-recorded programs are operated from computer console. Tuesday- Friday from 9am - 2pm during school year and summer. Reports directly to the Planetarium Director. Available immediately. If interested, please send resume, cover letter and 3 references for consideration to Jay.Schwartz@sos.state.nj.us no later than March 24, 2014.

GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Teachers
From Ore to Store: Environmental Geochemistry Applications for Middle School and High School

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The 2009 NJ Core Content Curriculum Standards for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards strongly support the integration of science topics and practices. Natural resource management is a topic ideally suited for the spirit of this integration, and Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect venue to host a workshop on classroom applications of this topic. The museum is on the grounds of a former zinc mine that operated for over 100 years, closing in 1986. Participants will use this museum as their living laboratory while exploring all aspects of the mining process.

Join the elite science and engineering team from Sterling Hill this summer for a hands-on FREE workshop that uses problem-solving approaches to investigate the exploration, extraction, and processing of natural resources. This is the perfect STEM workshop as it will integrate aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math in the context of natural resource management.

Audience: Space is limited to 24 teachers, and middle school and high school science and technology teachers are welcome to apply for this FREE (a $200 value!) workshop. Preference will be given to teachers applying from the same school district.

Logistics: Participation in this workshop includes taking part in pre-workshop (August) webinar and post-workshop (October) webinars along with attending the full day workshop at Sterling Hill Mining Museum (https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827207) in Ogdensburg, NJ. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources, and professional development hours.

Registration: https://app.mobilestorm.com/cp/redirect.php?u=ODM0M3w5MTA4Mnx0YW55YS5vem5vd2ljaEBkZXAuc3RhdGUubmoudXN8ODM3MjM5fDE0MTg2NTc0NXwxMTMyMzU3&id=20827208

Contact information: Missy Holzer at mholzer@monmouth.com

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March             (Posted: 3-5-14)

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Sustainable Jersey: 406 Municipalities Now Participating!             (Posted: 3-5-14)

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TIDEings for Teachers: Educator Newsletter             (Posted: 2-27-14)

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NAAEE: EE-News for February 19, 2014             (Posted: --)

NAAEE Announcements

Call for Presentations and Reviewers

The NAAEE 2014 Call for Presentations is online now!
NAAEE is seeking dynamic and engaging proposals for our 43rd Annual Conference and 11th Annual Research Symposium. Read about this year’s strands and formats and start preparing your proposal.
Submit Soon! Submission Deadline is March 31, 2014

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals, select the best possible sessions, and shape the conference program.

If you are willing to serve as a reviewer, please log in on the NAAEE website and follow the "Volunteer to Review" link.
http://www.naaee.net/conference

Countdown to Ottawa: 33 Weeks!

The countdown continues to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! We are thrilled to be in Ottawa and we hope you are too! Check out our micro-site through Ottawa Tourism to learn about AMAZING Ottawa and check our Facebook and Twitter to find helpful information to keep you on track with deadlines and announcements. (Don't forget to get those passport applications in!)

This year’s conference theme is "Building Momentum for the Next Chapter," and the Call for Presentations is OPEN here.
http://www.naaee.net/conference

2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program

The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with support from the EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a five-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more.
http://www.eecapacity.net

New Online EECapacity Course: Environmental Education Research

March 3–30, 2014 - Online
Increase your capacity to use EE research to improve your education programs. Course participants will exchange their view of EE teaching approaches and desired outcomes, and reflect on their EE experiences and assumptions. Through this course participants will: (1) Clarify practical theory, i.e., understanding of how your EE activities lead to desired EE outcomes; (2) Review important recent EE research and understand how you can use it to improve your programs; (3) Update your knowledge about different EE outcomes; and (4) Expand your network of peers working on EE in other organizations throughout the country. This course may be useful, for example, when you conduct program planning, report program outcomes, communicate with parents and communities, write grant applications, and just want to improve your understanding of EE research results.
http://tinyurl.com/EER-2014

Awards, Grants, Contests

Climate Change in Focus Video Challenge

Deadline: March 10, 2014
This new EPA and NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation) video contest asks middle school students to produce a short video about climate change, why they care, and what they are doing about it. Winning videos will be highlighted on the EPA website and the winners will receive cool prizes like a solar charging backpack. The first 100 contestants to enter will also receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids Magazine.
http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Enter-t...

Fishing for Entries

Deadline: March 31, 2014
The 16th annual FLW (Forrest L. Wood) Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest for students (grades K-12) provides the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, habitats, and conservation.
http://www.wildlifeforever.org/news-events/fishing...

International Young Eco-Hero Awards Deadline Extended

Deadline Extended: February 28, 2014
Action for Nature is calling for applications for the International Young Eco-Hero awards. Applicants, ages 8–16, will be honored for self-initiated projects of one year or more, undertaken as individuals, that have had a significant environmental impact and have influenced others to care about the natural world. Now in its 12th year, over 100 youth have been recognized from the U.S. and the world. Cash prizes of up to $500.
http://www.actionfornature.org

Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Do you know a young person who is doing great things to help other people or the planet? Nominate him or her for the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people (ages 8–18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment.
http://www.barronprize.org/

Opportunity to Recognize EE Providers

SWANA Presents…50 Unsung Heroes—Recognizing Those Making a Difference. SWANA Unsung Heroes is a new recognition program from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) giving an opportunity to acknowledge individuals or groups in your community who are making a difference in the solid waste industry.

Unsung Heroes can be nominated by members, chapter officers, employers, contractors, sponsors, exhibitors and Technical Division Directors. The individual making the nomination must be a SWANA member.

Please submit your nomination(s) no later than midnight (EST) March 15, 2014.
https://swana.org/Membership/TechnicalDivisions/50...

Seeking Teachers for Project Localize

The Lexicon of Sustainability is seeking exemplary high school teachers to participate in a revolutionary new school program to promote environmental and food literacy through Project Localize. The program integrates learning with creativity and promotes community outreach. The goal is that future generations can teach America how to improve our food system, one town at a time. The Lexicon of Sustainability is based on a simple premise: people will live more sustainable lives if they are taught the basic terms and principles that define sustainability. Project Localize teaches students to create and share art that documents sustainable agriculture methods. The art is promoted in Pop Up Shows organized by students for the community. Selected teachers will collaborate on Project Localize and receive financial and mentoring support from the Lexicon of Sustainability. Nominate a teacher today!
http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/localize/

Travel Scholarship Opportunity for K–12 Teachers

Deadline: February 26, 2014
The Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program for K–12 teachers is meant to bring people together and foster greater understanding between the U.S. and other countries. For the 2014 program, teachers will be asked to choose one of two tracks as a focus for their program: Teach Abroad Grant or Travel Grant.
http://www.iie.org/hiltonteachertreks

North American Events, Training, Announcements

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17. Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
The Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning (ETL) is designed for educators from private and public schools, museums, non-profit centers, environmental centers, and government organizations who want to deepen their understanding of ecology, sustainability, living systems, and ecological education and to apply their learning to their professional contexts. Teachers from across the disciplines—not just science teachers—complete this program. ETL is an 18 month accelerated program that includes two summer field experiences and distance learning in the fall and spring semesters. The first summer field experience is in a beautiful wild place and the second summer field experience is in a dynamic urban setting.
http://lesley.edu/gsass/environmental_studies/etl/...

NSTA Virtual Conference: NGSS Practices in Action

March 8, 2014
Learn how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into K–12 classrooms. This web-based professional learning opportunity will feature interactive sessions on modeling, explanation and argumentation, and engineering, plus breakouts by grade level and discipline. Speak with NGSS experts, engage in dialogue with other science educators, and discover new classroom instructional strategies.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_cou...

Resources for Students & Educators

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome

This new film produced for the Forest Service demonstrates how government agencies have come together to find solutions to the White Nose Syndrome crisis and provides information on how the public can help rebuild bat populations.
http://vimeo.com/76705033

CLEAN Network Resources for Teachers

The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) collection is a searchable database for teachers to find online activities, videos, and graphics on climate and energy education. Teachers may sign up for the newsletter with updates on educational policies, discussions with experts, event announcements, and weekly telecons.
http://www.cleanet.org

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Celebrate the 9th Annual National Endangered Species Day—May 16, 2014
The 9th annual Endangered Species Day is an ideal opportunity for teachers and students to learn about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways to participate. To accommodate school schedules, events can be planned earlier in May, on Endangered Species Day (May 16), or the following weekend. Visit the website to register your classroom activity and check out the materials provided in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit. The website also features a Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.
http://www.endangeredspeciesday.org

ClimateChangeLIVE Webinar Series

Educate, Inspire and Engage: March 5, 2014
Join the Climate Change Conversation: March 12, 2014

This webinar series provides online climate-science learning as electronic field trips giving students a way to interact with climate experts and educators.
http://www.climatechangelive.org/

Green Living Project’s School Assembly Program

Green Living Project's new school assembly, "Appetite for Adventure: Exploring Global Food Sustainability” is a standards-aligned, multimedia presentation showcasing cutting-edge sustainable food projects from around the world. The program introduces students to the local and global connections between food production, consumption, and climate change. Through GLP's films and positive storytelling, students will experience the journey of visiting international cultures and witness the efforts towards more sustainable food systems around the world. Finally, students and teachers will have the opportunity to work with their local GLP Ambassador to get involved with sustainability projects on their campus and community. See GLP’s most recent newsletter for more information.
http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/Green-L...

School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarden

This new Bullfrog Films documentary, "SCHOOL’S OUT: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten" is a combination of pure observational footage of the children at kindergarten in the forest, paired with interviews with parents, teachers, child development experts, and alumni, offering the viewers a genuine look into the forest kindergarten.
http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/school.html

National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 2-19-14)

Eco-Schools USA - NJ Winter Newsletter

In the Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey Winter Newsletter, you will find resources including:

  • School highlights
  • Local natural news
  • Professional learning opportunities
  • Resources and grants

This issue focuses on student-driven data collection practices for transformational change in your school-community. Now that your green teams are formed, the group can create a shared understanding of the current reality through baseline data collection that measures for thinking, behavior, the results of that behavior. This step informs the creation of a strategic plan that takes action steps towards your green team's vision. The process is as important and rewarding as the end result. 

Upcoming Professional Development

Eco-Schools USA in NJ Hiking Series:

Dates: July 5th, July 13th, and August 2nd. 9-11:30am

Interested in connecting with other stakeholders focused on authentic student learning?  Want to learn techniques for engaging and managing students in authentic learning experiences connected with Common Core?  Do you want to explore school-community ecosystems and see how they can be used to improve instruction in multiple disciplines?  Join us for Eco-Schools hikes this summer.  One will be hosted in the North, Central, and South.  Locations TBD.
Please contact me if you would like your school site to be considered for one of the host sites.  Register Online  


New Jersey Audubon 2 day in-depth Eco-School workshops at Duke Farms

o   June 30-July 1:  Focus on Biodiversity
o   July 16-17:  Focus on School Ground Habitats
o   Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website


New Jersey Audubon Week-long Institute: Investigating Environmental Issues in the Raritan River Watershed with applications to any watershed.  
o   Who: Middle and High school teachers
o   When: July 28-August 1st
o   Sign up through NJ Audubon or Duke Farms website

Take full advantage of the Eco-Schools network by sharing best practices with your colleagues who you can identify on the dashboard. We encourage you (and your students) to update the dashboard with your goals and progress to earn certification.  

Facebook For more information about New Jersey Audubon activities, visit us on our web siteon Facebook, or on Twitter, 
New Jersey Audubon Society 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ  07924
www.njaudubon.org

EIRC & ENERGY SOLVE 1st Steps to Green for NJ Schools             (Posted: 2-19-14)

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EIRC & EnergySolve are collaborating in the 1st Steps to Green for NJ Schools! 

  

What is 1st Steps to Green for New Jersey Schools & Why NJETS:

  • 1st Steps to Green provides simple and easy solutions that help districts take their '1st Steps' toward energy efficiency and other sustainable initiatives.
  • It creates a pathway toward becoming a green school by providing teachers with the necessary professional development to turn your school into a learning lab ensuring that sustainability and environmental education are mapped into your curriculum at every grade level.
  • NJETS is a utility bill management and energy tracking service used throughout New Jersey by State agencies, schools, municipalities, counties, and other government entities.

Together EIRC & EnergySolve's NJETS enable schools to become energy efficient at no capital expense to save schools time and money on their utility costs.

 

Take Your 1st Step to Green with EIRC & EnergySolve's NJETS to:

  • Create healthier schools with improved student success
  • Save money processing utility bills
  • Lower your utility costs
  • Become more energy efficient 

Connect with Us!

We will provide your district with a free consultation to help you determine where you are in the 'greening process', where you want to go, and how we can help you get there.

 

Carol James  Director, NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium 
EIRC   (732) 329-6642 Office

(732) 331-9307 Cell

 
S. Lynn Sutcliffe Chief Executive Officer  
EnergySolve  (732) 748-4295 Office
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15 February 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 2-19-14)

Geology and Geography

Beneath Greenland's Ice, A Grand Canyon: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/29/world/europe/greenland-megacanyon/index.html?eref=igoogledmn_topstories
“British and American scientists watching Greenland's massive ice sheet have found what appears to be a 460-mile "megacanyon" far beneath the frozen surface of the world's largest island.”

Water

The Danger of Plastic Marine Debris Lessons: http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/teachers/science_kits/marine_debris_kit.htm
“Marine debris is an environmental problem of global importance, enlisting the concern and action of scientists, policy makers, as well as the general public. This three-lesson kit focuses primarily on plastic marine debris. Students critically examine data and samples and take part in activities that explore the causes, geographical distribution, and biological impacts of marine debris. Each lesson can be completed in about 50–60 minutes, but many of the activities are discrete and can be easily rearranged to fit various curricular objectives and time constraints.”

Putting All the World’s Water into a Big Cube: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/09/putting-all-worlds-water-into-big-cube.html
“So I’ve been thinking about all this water and how I don’t really have a handle on how much of it there really is. It’s clear what needs to happen—I need to cube it. I need to put all the world’s water in cubes so I can look at it all at once and grasp how much there really is. It’s only fair.Let’s start by examining where all the Earth’s water is.”

Weather

AAAS Guide on Communicating Global Climate Change: http://www.project2061.org/publications/guides/climate.pdf
An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change,

from Project 2061 at AAAS

New Middle School Weather Site from NOAA/NASA: http://scijinks.nasa.gov/
“NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather web site for middle-school students. SciJinks offers exciting and accessible content, games, and multimedia. There are videos, printable images and posters, and help for teachers. The site also provides content by topic, such as clouds, tides, oceans, atmosphere, seasons, and satellites.”

Space

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Aliens: http://www.wimp.com/onaliens/
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist who hosts Star Talk Radio. On an entertaining interview with Business Insider, Neil discusses aliens, one of his favorite topics.

Environmental

Population Education: http://www.populationeducation.org/?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=4
Population Education, a program of Population Connection, is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues.

Project Wild Environmental Science Curriculum for K-12: http://www.projectwild.org/
Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students.. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.

General

TweenTribune – Compelling News for Kids: http://www.tweentribune.com/
Welcome to TeenTribune, TweenTribune,TTEspañol and TTJunior – the daily news sites for kids, tweens and teens – where you'll find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news for 55 million kids in K-12 and their 3.5 million teachers. Stories are selected by professional journalists working closely with teens, tweens and teachers. Teens and tweens can post comments, with all comments moderated by their teachers before they are published

Science Curriculum for PreSchoolers: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/educators/resources/mess-early-childhood/
Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS is a science-centered early childhood curriculum enhancement. The goal of MESS is to foster children's language development, literacy development, problem solving, curiosity and motivation, and general knowledge through science experiences.

Teaching

Cornell Notes: http://fontanamiddleschool.wikispaces.com/Cornell+Notes
The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. The student divides the paper into two columns: the note-taking column (usually on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two inches (5 cm), at the bottom of the page.

Demos

Demos for Teaching the Metric System: http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/connections/metrics.con.html
Many teachers feel inclined to teach, as part of their intro to science, a comprehensive unit on "The Metric System," where they expect students to learn all the metric units and their prefixes, for linear, volume, mass and temperature measurements, and even their conversions to English units. Unfortunately, most of this will never be used (in class or out), and students perceive this as so much pointless memory work, (read "science is a pain!")

Air Pressure Demonstration
I usually do this demo when talking air pressure. I get a larger construction bag, put a student in ( up to neck) vacuum air out, and let them feel the air pressure. They can't move their arms!

Computer Tip

Online Organizer for Digital Information: http://www.livebinders.com/
We created LiveBinders so that you could do with digital information what you do with the piles of papers on your desk - organize them into nice presentable containers - like 3-ring binders on your shelf.  With our online binders you can combine all of your cloud documents, website links and upload your desktop documents - to then easily access, share, and update your binders from anywhere.

NWF: Schoolyard Habitats Enewsletter - February 2014             (Posted: 2-14-14)

Click HERE.

Registration for Raritan Headwaters Association's Nature Day Camp is Now Open!             (Posted: 2-14-14)

Click HERE.

NWF: Snow Much Fun!             (Posted: 2-7-14)

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EEWeek.org Relaunch!             (Posted: 2-7-14)

EE Week

Hello Environmental Education supporters!


EEWeek.org has re-launched! With a fresh new look, we are excited to unveil a brand new EEWeek.org focused on Greening STEM, thanks to generous support from Samsung. To continue momentum and expand beyond a single week's focus in April, the new EEWeek.org is your leading educator portal for Greening STEM resources. Stay tuned to EEWeek.org for exciting announcements on upcoming Greening STEM webinars, an interactive environmental engineering infographic, educator toolkits, case studies and additional EE Week registration benefits! 

 

Learn more in the Introductory Video to the brand new EEWeek.org and the Greening STEM Learning Center:



Calling all middle school teachers and students! NEEF and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to bring you a climate change student video contest. Middle school students are eligible to create a video that is 30-120 seconds long and answers two questions focused on climate change:
  • Why do you care about climate change?
  • How are you reducing carbon pollution or preparing for the impacts of climate change?


Don't forget--Register now for EE Week 2014! EE Week 2014 is coming this April 13-19, 2014. Join educators and organizations across the nation in bringing environmental education to K-12 students. 


 

When you register for EE Week, you join a national network of educators dedicated to increasing the environmental literacy of K-12 students. You will also receive certificates of participation, free online resources, information on professional development and funding opportunities, and access to discounts on educational materials from our partners. There is no cost to register and participate in EE Week.


And don't hesitate to contact the EE Week team for more information!

NAAEE: EE-News for February 5, 2014             (Posted: 2-7-14)

NAAEE Announcements

Call for Presentations and Reviewers

The NAAEE 2014 Call for Presentations is online now!
NAAEE is seeking dynamic and engaging proposals for our 43rd Annual Conference and 11th Annual Research Symposium. Read about this year’s strands and formats and start preparing your proposal.
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2014

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals, select the best possible sessions, and shape the conference program. If you are willing to serve as a reviewer, please sign up through the proposal submission system as soon as it opens. More details will be available soon on the NAAEE website.
http://www.naaee.net/conference

"36 Weeks to Ottawa" Campaign

We just launched our “36 Weeks to Ottawa” campaign to count down to our 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada! We are thrilled to be in Ottawa and we hope you are too! Each week we will highlight something AMAZING about Ottawa and help keep you on track with deadlines and announcements (we don’t want you to forget to get those passport applications in!).

This year’s conference theme is "Building Momentum for the Next Chapter," and the call for presentations is available here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected!
http://www.naaee.net/conference

New EECapacity Course: Working with Faith-Based Communities ~ Online

February 12–March 14, 2014 - Online
This professional development course is designed for educators and faith leaders working at the intersection of faith and the environment. The link between faith, community, and the environment puts religious groups in an important position to be leaders in transforming attitudes and behavior with respect to promoting environmental stewardship. The objective of this course is to increase capacity to develop effective programs that support environmental awareness, stewardship, and sustainable communities.

This course is offered by the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through the EPA-funded EECapacity project.
https://sites.google.com/a/eelearn.net/eelearning-...

Awards, Grants, Contests

Application Period Now Open - EPA’s EE Teacher Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2014
EPA is welcoming applications from public school teachers (K–12) for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education. The award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world. Winners will receive $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education and each winner’s school will also receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher.
http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovat...

Youth Voices of Change Video Contest

Make a video for Youth Voices of Change and engage youth in climate change solutions. Youth in grades 4–12 are invited to submit a video (maximum 2 minutes long) that shares solution projects or helps raise awareness about climate change issues for a chance to win great prizes, including money for their project, new video equipment, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Ten finalists and their videos will be featured on the big screen at the Youth Voices Film Festival on the evening of August 22, 2014 on the Sustainability Stage at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.
http://bit.ly/youth-voices

North American Events, Training, Announcements

Green Ambassadors Institute: Professional Development for Environmental Service Learning

Course Dates 2014
Interdisciplinary Learning in Action: February 7 and 10
Green 101: Waste February 25 and 26
Earth Day Carnival: March 24 and June 6
Service Learning for Sustainability: April 8 and 9

Looking for easy-to-use Common Core-aligned curriculum that engages students in solving real-world environmental issues? Sign up for the Green Ambassadors Institute—a learning lab project of Environmental Charter Schools—in Spring 2014.

Scholarships are available with free tuition and up to $1000 in reimbursement costs for substitutes. Plan collaboratively with fellow educators and leave inspired with hands-on tools you can apply tomorrow in your classroom.
http://greenambassadors.org/courses/

Green Teacher’s Upcoming Webinars

Green Teacher's free webinar series continues with "Conquering Nature Deficit Disorder with Phenology" (Feb. 12: 7:30–8:30 pm EST); “Building a Culture of Resilience through Education” (February 20th: 7:00pm–8:00pm EST); and "Water Quality Monitoring in Outdoor Education" (February 27th, 7:30–8:30pm EST). For descriptions of the webinars and presenter bios, please visit: http://greenteacher.com/webinars/

Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

Survey on Sustainable Fisheries

NAAEE member, Dr. Shelby Gull Laird, on behalf of Charles Sturt University in Australia, is seeking environmental educators' input on a survey on sustainable fisheries (Please consider answering even if you do not eat fish.) The survey will take 10–15 minutes and will help provide information on how people think about seafood purchases and sustainable fisheries.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sustainablefisherie...

Resources for Students & Educators

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome

This new film produced for the Forest Service demonstrates how government agencies have come together to find solutions to the White Nose Syndrome crisis and provides information on how the public can help rebuild bat populations.
http://vimeo.com/76705033

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

To address the assessment requirements called for by A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the Committee on Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K-12 was asked to help in guiding the development of new assessments. The National Research Council has just released the prepublication copy of Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards.
http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18409

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Free Articles from Green Teacher’s Winter Issue

Green Teacher magazine’s winter issue features articles on working outdoors with special-learning needs kids, fostering leadership, teaching sustainable home design, and encouraging stormwater stewards, to name a few. Nonsubscribers can fully access two popular articles on teaching decomposition to young children and wild-harvesting.
http://greenteacher.com/contents101/

Green Knight newsletter -- February 2014 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 1-31-14)

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ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD: January Update             (Posted: 1-31-14)

January Update
January 2014
CommonCoreResistance Grows to Common Core Standards

This week the board of the New York State teachers union (600,000 strong) pulled back its earlier support of Common Core. Politico described the NYSUT position in this way: "It wants more time for teachers to review the Common Core lessons the state has been promoting, and it's demanding more input on whether they are grade appropriate. Parents and teachers have complained that the standards push the youngest kids too fast, demanding so much work from kindergarteners that there's little time for the play that's deemed essential for young children's development."

For more information see Valerie Strauss' article in the Washington Post and an in-depth NPR report.

When the Common Core State Standards were being written in 2010, the Alliance for Childhood called for the removal of the K-3 standards so that they could be approached from a more developmental perspective. Our statement was signed by leading educators. The standards were adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia but many are rethinking their support. This has become a bipartisan issue and the kindergarten standards are one of the key concerns.

 

Students May Be Disadvantaged by Starting School at 5 Years Old

In related news, an Australian newspaper reports that the countries that did best in the much-respected PISA test started formal teaching at 6 or 7, not 5 as we increasingly do in the U.S. The article quotes David Whitebread, a Cambridge University expert in the cognitive development of young children, saying ''overwhelming evidence suggests that 5 is just too young to start formal learning." He adds that children should be engaged in informal play-based learning until about age 7.

EventsUpcoming Events

* The US Play Coalition's Conference on the Value of Play will take place Feb. 16-19 in Clemson, South Carolina. Alliance co-founder Joan Almon and Director Linda Rhoads will be presenting a workshop entitled "The Value of Adventurous Play and Risk in Childhood." Hope to see you there!

* The ACEI Global Summit in Vancouver will be held April 10-13. As part of the Decade for Childhood ambassador program, Linda Rhoads will lead a session on leadership and advocacy. She will also co-facilitate a concluding program to help participants take action on ideas gleaned from the summit.

NewsAlliance News

* On Nov. 15 Joan Almon spoke at the 92nd St. Y on "Dynamic Education in an Era of Rigorous Curriculum, Accountability and Standards." View the talk here.

* Last Dec. 11 a panel in Washington, DC entitled "The Word Gap and the Common Core" included Joan Almon as one of four speakers. The event was recorded and can be viewed here.

* The Alliance for Childhood is pleased to welcome our newest Board member Susie Wirth, Nature Explore Outreach Director with the Arbor Day Foundation.

RecentArticlesRecent Articles and Publications

* Adventure: The value of risk in children's play. This booklet, written by Alliance co-founder Joan Almon, explores why children need adventurous play and how they learn to assess risk.

 

* At the Nov. NAEYC convention, Joan Almon, along with Liza Sullivan and Blakely Bundy of the Chicago-area Alliance for Early Childhood, presented a workshop on "Promoting Play in a 'Race to Nowhere' World." An excellent play resource list was compiled, which can be read here.    

 

* A Research-Based Case for Recess, authored by Olga S. Jarrett, documents the importance of recess, which has been severely cut back in recent years.

 

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* Let them build forts! For his Children and Nature Network blog, Richard Louv has written a piece on the lessons to be learned from building tree houses and forts. 

* MediaMom has written an excellent blog entry on the harmful effects of screens on babies, with links to relevant research.

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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NAAEE: EE-News for January 8, and 22, 2014             (Posted: 1-31-14)

Awards, Grants, Contests

Application Period Now Open - EPA’s EE Teacher Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2014
EPA is welcoming applications from public school teachers (K–12) for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education. The award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world. Winners will receive $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education and each winner’s school will also receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher.

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

Call for Proposals - EPA’s EE Grants Program

Deadline: February 4, 2014
EPA’s EE Model Grant Program is currently accepting applications. The program works to engage communities across the country through educational projects that have a lasting impact on local watersheds and air quality. This year’s competitive grants program will total $2.77 million. Grants will be awarded from each of the ten EPA regional offices and EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC for a total of 22 to 32 grants. Each award will be an estimated $75,000 to $200,000.

http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-educat...

North American Events, Training, Announcements

Art and Environment K–12 Teacher Professional Development Course

Flexible weeks June 16–August 18, 2014
With 11 years’ experience teaching Eco Art to high school students, the Wexner Center’s Shelly Casto has extensive materials and resources to share. Designed for K–12 art teachers, this online-only course will provide an in-depth introduction to the field of Eco Art as well as a basic introduction to environmentalism. Teachers will leave the course with an extensive online curriculum packet. K–5 general classroom, 6–12 humanities, and 6-12 science teachers will also find the course of interest.

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

Bird Migration and Climate Change – a Professional Development Day for NYC High School Teachers

February 3, 2014 - New York
After Superstorm Sandy, Jamaica Bay’s beaches and dunes, and spawning and nesting habitats for shorebirds and other animals were badly damaged. How will climate change affect animals and plants at the refuge in the future? How are scientists measuring climate impacts? What opportunities are available for teachers and students to investigate these issues in the field, and integrate them into the classroom? Join Hector Galbraith, staff scientist from the National Wildlife Federation, Professor Jennifer Adams from Brooklyn College, and Educational Specialist/National Park Service Ranger Dan Meharg at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for a first-hand look at how climate change has impacted bird migration in New York City and beyond. Participants will enjoy nature observation from the expansive windows of the refuge’s visitor center that overlook the bay’s salt marshes, as well as outdoor bird-watching (weather permitting). RSVP to fanoe@nwf.org.

http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/Our-Partners/Ne...

Duke Environmental Leadership Program ~ Online

February 3–March 21, 2014 - Online
Learn how human behavior can affect environmental change! Join the Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) program for the seven-week, distance-learning course “Environmental Communication for Behavior Change.” The rapidly expanding field of environmental communication brings together a set of behavior change tools that can help with environmental enforcement, compliance with regulations, and desired changes in behavior.

This course is developed and led by Brian Day—a globally recognized leader in environmental education and social marketing. It addresses the practical tools and strategies that environmental professionals can use to communicate environmental concepts effectively and encourage behavior change. Environmental professionals from all over the world interact via weekly discussions led by our instructors. Assigned readings, papers, and discussion boards allow for customized instructor feedback and peer review.

This course is also the foundation of DEL’s suite of Environmental Communication courses. Other synchronous, online skills courses include social media (April 7–May 16, 2014), writing (June 2–July 11, 2014), and a project-oriented communications planning course (Fall 2014) all tailored specifically to environmental professionals. Students will earn a Certificate in Environmental Communication upon successful completion of all four courses. This course can be taken for graduate credit.

Questions? E-mail del@nicholas.duke.edu or call 919-613-8082.

http://nicholas.duke.edu//del/overview

Green Ambassadors Institute: Professional Development for Environmental Service Learning

Course Dates 2014
Interdisciplinary Learning in Action: February 7 and 10
Green 101: Waste February 25 and 26
Earth Day Carnival: March 24 and June 6
Service Learning for Sustainability: April 8 and 9


Looking for easy-to-use Common Core-aligned curriculum that engages students in solving real-world environmental issues? Sign up for the Green Ambassadors Institute—a learning lab project of Environmental Charter Schools—in Spring 2014.

Scholarships are available with free tuition and up to $1000 in sub-reimbursement costs. Plan collaboratively with fellow educators and leave inspired with actual hands-on tools you can apply tomorrow in your classroom.

http://greenambassadors.org/courses/

Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)

June 22–28, 2014
The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) invites outstanding high school students who have demonstrated leadership in their schools or communities to participate in the sixth annual Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3). Hosted by the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Sc3 trains students in general leadership and organizational skills so they can lead a conservation project when they return home. Students are immersed in the program and return home with a new set of tools and a greater understanding of the interrelation between human societies, economies and the natural environment, making them an even stronger force for sustainable change in their local community. Speakers and mentors for 2014 include CBS News historian Douglas Brinkley, Aldo Leopold biographer and conservation biologist Curt Meine, filmmaker Ian Cheney, and many more plenary speakers and workshop leaders. An online application and additional information can be found at

http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/students/stude...

Resources for Students & Educators

Project Learning Tree Materials

Project Learning Tree’s award-winning Energy & Society Kit can now be purchased directly from Acorn Naturalists. To supplement the kit, PLT has created a new Energy Resource Center to highlight specific connections to STEM, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards, as well as up-to-date information and resources on topics such as "fracking" and climate change, recommendations for children’s books, careers in energy, and more! This new, online energy resource center is a comprehensive tool kit of energy education resources.

https://www.plt.org/bonus-energy-resources

Input on The Story of Stuff

Since the release of her film, The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard has received requests from educators seeking additional content geared towards a younger audience. She is now starting to work on a book covering issues of production and consumption for grades 3–8 and is seeking input from educators with experience with this age group. The survey includes a sign-up to be kept informed on this project as it progresses.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SOSYouthBook

Introducing Conservation Connect for Schools

Conservation Connect is a new web-based video series that connects middle school students with the great outdoors and conservation careers. Produced by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, each episode will help students learn about wildlife, careers, and new technologies utilized to study and protect wildlife. An introductory broadcast for teachers and visitor services specialists will give a preview of the five- to seven-minute episodes, and illustrate how these videos can supplement the use of existing EE curriculum, citizen science projects, and STEM content.

http://distancelearning.fws.gov/ctn.html

NAAEE Announcements

Call for Presentations Coming Soon and Proposal Reviewers Needed

Call for Presentations Coming Soon
Start thinking now about the cutting edge work you want to share at the 2014 NAAEE Annual Conference and Research Symposium, October 7–11 in Ottawa, Ontario. The Call for Presentations will open soon, and it will include this year’s focus areas and session formats. Watch your email for the announcement, and please help us spread the word through all of your networks. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 31, 2014.

Proposal Reviewers Needed
We depend on our professional members to help us review proposals, select the best possible sessions, and shape the conference program. If you are willing to serve as a reviewer, please volunteer through the proposal submission system as soon as it opens. More details will be available soon on the NAAEE website.

http://www.naaee.net/conference

Advancing Climate Change Environmental Education: Resources and Suggestions

The Climate Change Environmental Education POLCA (Project-based Online Learning Community Alliance) was formed in the spring of 2013 as part of the EPA-funded EECapacity project. The Alliance has just released the materials produced by nine working groups and are making these materials available to the public.

Formal and informal educators will find research findings, standards,and teaching suggestions appropriate for social studies, language arts, science, and interdisciplinary teaching/learning—and links to valuable resources for working with kindergarten to adult learners.

http://www.naaee.net/climatechange-POLCA

The CCC Fellowship is Coming!

We are excited to announce the launch of a new Fellowship program focused on climate change, education, and community engagement. The 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with generous support from EPA. It will be open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies. The Fellowship will promote leadership, networking, innovation, as well as creative strategies for reaching new and under-represented audiences. Fellows will meet their colleagues at a 4-day professional development workshop, take part in special webinars, and attend the 2014 NAAEE International Conference in Ottawa. Learning opportunities during the Fellowship will focus on leadership, fundraising, evaluation, climate change, community engagement, and more. Additional information about the Fellowship, including the application, requirements, and benefits, will be available by the end of the month. Please help us spread the word.

http://www.naaee.net/CCCFellowship

New EECapacity Course: Working with Faith-Based Communities ~ Online

February 12–March 14, 2014 - Online
This professional development course is designed for educators and faith leaders working at the intersection of faith and the environment. The link between faith, community, and the environment puts religious groups in an important position to be leaders in transforming attitudes and behavior with respect to promoting environmental stewardship. The objective of this course is to increase capacity to develop effective programs that support environmental awareness, stewardship, and sustainable communities.

This course is offered by the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through the EPA-funded EECapacity project.

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

Awards, Grants, Contests

Application Period Now Open - EPA’s EE Teacher Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2014
EPA is welcoming applications from public school teachers (K–12) for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education. The award recognizes outstanding K–12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world. Winners will receive $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education and each winner’s school will also receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher.

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

Opportunity to Recognize EE Providers

SWANA Presents…50 Unsung Heroes—Recognizing Those Making a Difference. SWANA Unsung Heroes is a new recognition program from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) giving an opportunity to acknowledge individuals or groups in your community who are making a difference in the solid waste industry.

Unsung Heroes can be nominated by members, chapter officers, employers, contractors, sponsors, exhibitors and Technical Division Directors. The individual making the nomination must be a SWANA member.

Please submit your nomination(s) no later than midnight (EST) March 15, 2014.

https://swana.org/Membership/TechnicalDivisions/50...

Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

EPA Environmental Justice Blog Highlights Map Tool to Help Equitable Planning

In the latest EPA Environmental Justice Blog, Makara Rumley of Greenlaw writes about the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, a map tool showing key areas of community well–being and how this tool can be used to help understand the issues affecting neighborhoods and encourage equitable policies, development, and planning.

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2014/01/equity-a-strong-mod...

North American Events, Training, Announcements

Green Ambassadors Institute: Professional Development for Environmental Service Learning

Course Dates 2014
Interdisciplinary Learning in Action: February 7 and 10
Green 101: Waste February 25 and 26
Earth Day Carnival: March 24 and June 6
Service Learning for Sustainability: April 8 and 9

Looking for easy-to-use Common Core-aligned curriculum that engages students in solving real-world environmental issues? Sign up for the Green Ambassadors Institute—a learning lab project of Environmental Charter Schools—in Spring 2014.

Scholarships are available with free tuition and up to $1000 in reimbursement costs for substitutes. Plan collaboratively with fellow educators and leave inspired with hands-on tools you can apply tomorrow in your classroom.

http://greenambassadors.org/courses/

Green Teacher’s Upcoming Webinars

Green Teacher's free webinar series continues with "Conquering Nature Deficit Disorder with Phenology" (Feb. 12: 7:30–8:30 pm EST); “Building a Culture of Resilience through Education” (February 20th: 7:00pm–8:00pm EST); and "Water Quality Monitoring in Outdoor Education" (February 27th, 7:30–8:30pm EST). For descriptions of the webinars and presenter bios, please visit: http://greenteacher.com/webinars/

Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

AEEC - Call for Journal Reviewers

Do you want an opportunity to see the latest research in EE and environmental communication? The international quarterly peer-reviewed journal, Applied Environmental Education and Communication, is looking for more peer reviewers. Now in its 13th volume, using the ScholarOne management software, conducting a review gives you a wonderful opportunity to see the latest work in the field, from around the world. In addition, your name will appear as a contributing reviewer in an upcoming issue. The process takes an hour or two to read the article (limited to 3,500 words) and provide the author(s) with courteous constructive feedback on an online form. If interested, please contact Taylor Breland, Editorial Assistant and she will provide you with the AEEC's ScholarOne website link to register as a reviewer and specify your professional expertise, so we can send you articles in your area of professional experience and interest. Contact Taylor Breland at westchair-journal@utc.edu

Resources for Students & Educators

Project Learning Tree Materials

Project Learning Tree’s award-winning Energy & Society Kit can now be purchased directly from Acorn Naturalists. To supplement the kit, PLT has created a new Energy Resource Center to highlight specific connections to STEM, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards, as well as up-to-date information and resources on topics such as "fracking" and climate change, recommendations for children’s books, careers in energy, and more! This new, online energy resource center is a comprehensive tool kit of energy education resources.

https://www.plt.org/bonus-energy-resources

Connect4Climate Student Video: Right Here, Right Now, Together

The University of Maryland (UMD) Students' Connect4Climate is an ongoing project between UMD students and the World Bank (WB). Dr. Leszek Sibilski, the professor of the university’s contemporary social problems class, took students to the WB event to encourage young people to connect for climate change. After the event, the whole sociology class of 50 students assisted in making a video, showing their passion and enthusiasm towards the connection of other young students concerning climate change, right here, right now, together.

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

To address the assessment requirements called for by A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the Committee on Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K-12 was asked to help in guiding the development of new assessments. The National Research Council has just released the prepublication copy of Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards.

http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18409

Free Articles from Green Teacher’s Winter Issue

Green Teacher magazine’s winter issue features articles on working outdoors with special-learning needs kids, fostering leadership, teaching sustainable home design, and encouraging stormwater stewards, to name a few. Nonsubscribers can fully access two popular articles on teaching decomposition to young children and wild-harvesting.

http://greenteacher.com/contents101/

Input on The Story of Stuff

Since the release of her film, The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard has received requests from educators seeking additional content geared towards a younger audience. She is now starting to work on a book covering issues of production and consumption for grades 3–8 and is seeking input from educators with experience with this age group. The survey includes a sign-up to be kept informed on this project as it progresses.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SOSYouthBook

Introducing Conservation Connect for Schools

Conservation Connect is a new web-based video series that connects middle school students with the great outdoors and conservation careers. Produced by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, each episode will help students learn about wildlife, careers, and new technologies used to study and protect wildlife. An introductory broadcast for teachers and visitor services specialists will give a preview of the five- to seven-minute episodes, and illustrate how these videos can supplement the use of existing EE curriculum, citizen science projects, and STEM content.

http://distancelearning.fws.gov/ctn.html

Online Lessons for Science Teachers

The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network education portal provides secondary school science teachers and students with fun and innovative classroom lessons and activities. Each lesson is tied to the National Science Education Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the Common Core State Standards, and provides background materials as well as step-by-step instructions for students and teachers.

http://education.teamnetwork.org

Conserve Wildlife News: Help Save the Jersey City Falcon Cam!             (Posted: 12-20-13)

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PEEC Winter Newsletter             (Posted: 12-20-13)

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A Record 67 Municipalities Attain Sustainable Jersey Certification in 2013!             (Posted: 12-20-13)

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USGBC NJ Quarterly E-Newsletter - End of Year 2013             (Posted: 12-20-13)




USGBC NJ Quarterly E-NEWSLETTER




End of Year 2013


USGBC NJ 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner a Huge Success

The event was electric with the excitement about the green building market transformation across New Jersey. 


(Wyndham Worldwide with Award)

Award winners included: Panasonic Corporation of North America Prudential Real Estate; The Edge Mixed Use Building in Hoboken (Bijou Properties and Steven Winter Associates); Center 78 (Normandy Real Estate Partners); Wyndham Worldwide LEED Certified Campus; The Bolger Community Center (Bijou Properties and Peter Wells Architects, LLC); Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development (Vantage Health System, Inc.); Leadership for Sustainable Schools (NJ School Boards Association).... READ MORE



Kara Angotti, New Jersey’s 
USGBC Center for Green Schools Fellow

New Jersey has the unusual pleasure of having our own USGBC Center for Green Schools Fellow, Kara Angotti, LEED AP. 


As Fellow, Kara’s goal is to impact 20% of New Jersey’s school districts to reduce their operating costs and improve learning environments. She’ll be responsible for training key school district leaders on best practices for their facilities, assisting pilot school districts to employ sustainability measures, and tracking data to prove the effectiveness of these measurable goals.... READ MORE.


USGBC NJ contributes to NEW JERSEY BUSINESS magazine special section: "Rebuilding Greener & Stronger" 



Sustainable Design IS Resilient, Naturally
by Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow, and Chair of USGBC NJ’s Resiliency Committee

Ever since super storm Sandy ripped through New Jersey and New York, the term resiliency has spread rapidly across the east coast... So what does it mean to be resilient? Resiliency is the ability to withstand, or bounce back from, challenges.... 

CLICK HERE for this article, and the rest of USGBC NJ's contribution to to NEW JERSEY BUSINESS magazine.

LG Begins Work on Englewood Cliffs ‘Green HQ’ Project


In November, LG Electronics began work on its new $300 million environmentally-friendly North American headquarters project in Englewood Cliffs. Demolition of the current structure is underway as LG prepares to construct its new state-of-the-art building. 

LG planted the first of 700 new trees that will grow at the future site of LG’s new headquarters during an event on Nov. 14 in which more than 300 supporters joined LG to celebrate the start of demolition.... READ MORE.




ADVOCACY UPDATE:
USGBC NJ 
Advocacy Committee Presents Testimony to NJ Senate/ Assembly Committee


On August 15th, USGBC NJ Vice Chair Wayne DeFeo, on behalf of our Advocacy Committee, attended a joint New Jersey Senate/Assembly committee meeting in Atlantic City. As a result of our ongoing advocacy work, USGBC NJ was able to present testimony to this body of legislators to illustrate that sustainable buildings (LEED®, in specific) are more resilient- specifically in relation to storms such as Hurricane Sandy. 

Our testimony helped to show that LEED is flexible enough to apply to all project types including healthcare facilities, schools, homes, and even entire neighborhoods. LEED addresses resiliency in a number of ways, including: sustainable site credits; smart location and linkage credits; green infrastructure and buildings credits; and for Homes- location and linkage credits. We also profiled a sampling of NJ case studies demonstrating how LEED certified buildings fared in the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.
... READ MORE.


USGBC NJ 6th Annual Summer Social Sponsored 200 kids   



The 6th Annual US Green Building Council- New Jersey Chapter’s (USGBC NJ) Summer Social took place on Thursday, August 15th at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant, NJ. Presented by USGBC NJ’s Central Branch- a dedicated volunteer group of sustainability professionals- this annual gathering has expanded to become more than just a terrific networking event, but also a charitable day focusing on New Jersey kids.  

This year, USGBC NJ hosted 200 kids from organizations such as Big Brothers - Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Clubs, from counties including Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Mercer, Ocean and Monmouth.... READ MORE.


USGBC NJ's Tour de Farm & Farm-to-Fork! 

       
                    RJ Donnelly at the Windy Alpaca Farm

The 1st annual Tour de Farm NJ was a 5-day, 400 mile, cycling tour of New Jersey’s farms. A handful passionate cyclists, led by co-organizers RJ Donnelly (USGBC NJ Board Treasurer) and Mitch Morrison (Economic Green Solutions), zigzaged the Garden State from Cape May to High Point stopping at 20 farms throughout their journey, and sustained solely by the food grown on the farms. This adventure was conceived to help raise awareness about the importance of eating local, farm-fresh food and to share the farmer’s stories.... READ MORE.



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Gardening for Wildlife: See More Birds This Winter             (Posted: 12-18-13)

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National Wildlife NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 12-18-13)

EcoSchools PLC Webinar Series: SAVE the DATE

 
Dear Eco-Schools Leaders and Community Supporters,

After talking with over 3000 students, teachers, business administrators, Sustainable Jersey Green Team Members, artists, nurses, parents, school board members and more… I heard inspiring stories about school-community movements towards living more sustainably in New Jersey. Partnerships focused on student learning within the context of local environmental stewardship were key. Below are 5 opportunities to learn with and from each other, collaborate with leaders and connect your students with other students statewide centered around various Eco-School pathways, or content areas. 

 

The Eco-Schools Professional Learning Community Webinar Series*

Who: Teachers, parents, administrators, green team leaders, artists, professionals, business administrators, board members, nurses, maintenance/ grounds, business leaders, and students

 

This is a facilitated collaboration experience designed for school professionals and community supporters to learn with and from each other across geographical boundaries. The sessions revolve around five-focal areas including: Energy, Waste and Consumption, Sustainable Food, School Grounds, and Biodiversity. Each webinar will have and content matter experts available during the session.  Register online.  
*1 hour of CEU's available per session attended.  

 

January 27th 7-8 pm
Energy:  Share and find out what others are doing to reduce energy consumption at their schools from behavior changes to structural changes.

February 3rd 7-8pm
Waste and Consumption: There is no such place as away. Share and find out creative ways to reduce waste and consumption at your schools.  

February 10th 7-8 pm
Sustainable Foods: Share and find out what others are doing to grow and get students eating sustainable foods at their schools.

February 17th 7-8 pm
School Grounds: Share and find out inexpensive and easy way to create outdoor learning environments using what you have.

February 24th 7-8 pm
Biodiversity: Share resources/ experiences and find out easy methods for diversifying your school
grounds with native plants.


For additional questions please email or call 
Jennifer Dowd, Eco-Schools Coordinator at (908)292-8030.
 

Facebook For more information about New Jersey Audubon activities, visit us on our web siteon Facebook, or on Twitter, 
New Jersey Audubon Society 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ  07924
www.njaudubon.org

NAAEE: EE-News for December 11, 2013             (Posted: 12-12-13)

NAAEE Announcements

Early Childhood EE Site Launched at Conference: Natural Start

Join the Natural Start Alliance! NAAEE is proud to announce the launch of its newest initiative, aimed at early childhood environmental educators. If you work with young children, or care about connecting young children with nature and the environment, the Natural Start Alliance will help you connect with educators and parents, find resources, keep up to date on research, learn about professional development opportunities, and more. Find us online at NaturalStart.org and join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/naturalstartalliance today!


http://www.naturalstart.org

Shopping on Amazon Benefits NAAEE!

Did you know that shopping on Amazon.com could benefit NAAEE? Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the charity of your choice and why not choose NAAEE? This is a great time to start! Check it out: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7158061

New Publication: Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators

Edited by Martha C. Monroe and Marianne E. Krasny
Environmental educators work in a variety of places to design, deliver, and evaluate programs that inform, motivate, and empower learners of all ages. This collection of resources, perspectives, and examples will help nonformal environmental educators learn more about the field of EE, access resources and gain skills to improve their practice and, over time, build a community of practitioners to advance the field. The first edition (2013) of this e-book has five chapters that can be viewed or downloaded at no charge. The editors are eager to hear more about what you would like future chapters to address! Future editions will be available with additional chapters that help environmental educators conduct nonformal EE around the continent.


http://www.naaee.net/publications/AcrosstheSpectru...

IJECEE Call for Manuscripts and First Issue Now Available

The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is accepting manuscripts pertinent to the education of young children (birth to eight years). Published by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and anonymously reviewed by experts in the field, manuscripts may take the form of book reviews, educational approaches, evaluation studies, program descriptions, research investigations, and theoretical perspectives. Young children’s caregivers and the communities, institutions, and systems in which children live are important focal points, and implications for environmental education policy are sought. For more information about the submission protocol, please see www.naaee.net/publications/IJECEE.

IJECEE is a free online peer-reviewed journal designed to promote thoughtful sharing of information to support effective practice, research, and policy around the world.


Awards, Grants, Contests

Call for Proposals - EPA’s EE Grants Program

Deadline: February 4, 2014
EPA’s EE Model Grant Program is currently accepting applications. The program works to engage communities across the country through educational projects that have a lasting impact on local watersheds and air quality. This year’s competitive grants program will total $2.77 million. Grants will be awarded from each of the ten EPA regional offices and EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC for a total of 22 to 32 grants. Each award will be an estimated $75,000 to $200,000.


http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-educat...

Call for Submissions: GLP's Student Film Project Contest

Deadline: January 17, 2014
Green Living Project (GLP) is accepting student short films for the Fall 2014 Student Film Project. In five minutes or less, student short films should tell a unique and compelling story about a sustainability-related project. Winning films will be screened at GLP Films' events throughout the year, and winners also receive gear and prizes up to $1,000 in value! Contest is open to 6th grade through graduate-level students.


http://www.glpfilms.com/studentfilmproject

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

Application Deadline: December 15, 2013
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to four months abroad.


http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/program-ov...

Opportunity to Recognize EE Providers

SWANA Presents…50 Unsung Heroes—Recognizing Those Making a Difference. SWANA Unsung Heroes is a new recognition program from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) giving an opportunity to acknowledge individuals or groups in your community who are making a difference in the solid waste industry.

Unsung Heroes can be nominated by members, chapter officers, employers, contractors, sponsors, exhibitors and Technical Division Directors. The individual making the nomination must be a SWANA member.

Please submit your nomination(s) no later than midnight (EST) March 15, 2014.


https://swana.org/Membership/TechnicalDivisions/50...

Put Cans to Work for Your Schools and the Environment

Challenge Dates: November 15, 2013—April 22, 2014
Schools may register now for the 3rd Annual Great American Can Roundup School Challenge. The website provides everything needed to run a successful Roundup from a tool kit to posters and curriculum. The Can Manufacturers Institute will award $1,000 to the school in each state and the District of Columbia recycling the most aluminum cans per student and will give an additional $5,000 to the champion per capita recycling school nationwide, which is on top of the value of the aluminum cans. Show your school’s green spirit and environmental leadership.


http://www.cancentral.com/roundup

Take the Go Bananas! Challenge

Challenge ends: April 1, 2014
Go Bananas! Challenge is a competition that asks schools and scout groups across the country to “answer the call” and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones to help save gorillas.

Coltan, a mineral found in cell phones, is mined in gorilla habitats. By recycling old cell phones you reduce the demand.

$4,000 will be awarded to the school/scout group that collects the most cell phones and another $1,000 will be awarded to the group with the most creative collection campaign. The winning group will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.


http://www.cincinnatizoo.org/savingspecies

Travel Scholarship Opportunities for High School Educators

Travel Scholarship Opportunity for High School Educators on the Night Skies Arts Academy
Global Explorers, in collaboration with the National Park Service, is offering a partially scholarship-based travel opportunity to educators and students in the US Southwest. This new program, the Night Skies Arts Academy, includes a nine-day wilderness adventure focused on artistic expression of the dark night sky. The trip includes a hike into Canyon de Chelly, rafting a portion of the San Juan River, and astronomy lessons with experts from NPS. Details >>

Travel Scholarship Opportunity on the NEW Global Explorers Climate Change Academy
Through a partnership with the National Park Service, Global Explorers is developing a Climate Change Academy for high school students in Summer 2014. This expedition is currently in development and likely to take place in Alaska, based out of Anchorage with exploration in Kenai Fjords and Denali National Parks. Costs for this program will be largely offset by scholarships from the National Park Service. To receive more information as it becomes available, please email julia.breul@globalexplorers.org.


World of 7 Billion Video Contest

February 21, 2014
Bring technology and creativity into your environmental education curriculum by incorporating the World of 7 Billion video contest. Challenge your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability. Students can win up to $1,000 and their educators will receive free curriculum resources. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more are posted here: http://www.Worldof7Billion.org


Youth Voices of Change Video Contest

Make a video for Youth Voices of Change and engage youth in climate change solutions. Youth in grades 4-12 are invited to submit a video (maximum 2 minutes long) that shares solution projects or helps raise awareness about climate change issues for a chance to win great prizes, including money for their project, new video equipment, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Ten lucky finalists and their videos will be featured on the big screen at the Youth Voices Film Festival on the evening of August 22, 2014 on the Sustainability Stage at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.


http://bit.ly/youth-voices

Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

New Environmental Justice Video: Pollution by Design: Reducing Pollution Through Organizing

The latest video in the EPA's 20th Anniversary Environmental Justice Video Series, features Penny Newman of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice describing the environmental justice concerns of the Inland Valley communities in Southern California, and the ways local residents are making positive changes to protect the health of their families and neighbors.


http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2013/11/pollution-by-design...

North American Events, Training, Announcements

Duke Environmental Leadership Program ~ Online

February 3—March 21, 2014 - Online
Register before January 13, 2014 for the reduced tuition rate

Learn how human behavior can affect environmental change! Join the Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) program for the seven-week, distance-learning course “Environmental Communication for Behavior Change.” The rapidly expanding field of environmental communication brings together a set of behavior change tools that can help with environmental enforcement, compliance with regulations, and desired changes in behavior.

This course is developed and led by Brian Day—a globally recognized leader in environmental education and social marketing. It addresses the practical tools and strategies that environmental professionals can use to communicate environmental concepts effectively and encourage behavior change. Environmental professionals from all over the world interact via weekly discussions led by our instructors. Assigned readings, papers, and discussion boards allow for customized instructor feedback and peer review.

This course is also the foundation of DEL’s suite of Environmental Communication courses. Other synchronous, online skills courses include social media (April 7–May 16, 2014), writing (June 2–July 11, 2014), and a project-oriented communications planning course (Fall 2014) all tailored specifically to environmental professionals. Students will earn a Certificate in Environmental Communication upon successful completion of all four courses. This course can be taken for graduate credit; register before January 13, 2013 for the reduced tuition rate.

Questions? E-mail del@nicholas.duke.edu or call 919-613-8082.


http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/del/executiveed/cours...

Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: January 14, 2014 and November 14, 2014
The National Science Foundation released the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation for FY2014. The solicitation seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports five kinds of projects: 1) Pathways, 2) Research in Service to Practice, 3) Innovations in Development, 4) Broad Implementation, and 5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops.


http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_...

Resources for Students & Educators

Farmer/Filmmaker Creating New Documentary Film

Award-winning filmmaker, Chris Korrow, known locally as the farmer growing vegetables on one of only a couple of working farms in the city limits of Langley, Washington, is producing his third major solo documentary film, Dancing With Thoreau. This film is about our connection with nature, and specifically the benefits of a connection with nature. The film will explore how and why we, as a western society, can and should reconnect with our environment.


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

Cornell Lab eNews: Read Our Review of the Top Binoculars of 2013             (Posted: 12-12-13)

Click HERE.

Tip Sheet: What Next With the Snowy Owl Influx?             (Posted: 12-12-13)

Click HERE.

COASTodian Newsletter - Winter 2013 Issue             (Posted: 12-12-13)

Click HERE.

Sustainable Jersey In the News, Dec. 2013             (Posted: 12-2-13)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: EE-News for November 27, 2013             (Posted: 12-2-13)

NAAEE Announcements

Feedback Requested - Certificate of Distinction

NAAEE is developing a Certificate of Distinction for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators and is seeking input from the field. The Certificate of Distinction will recognize distinguished programs that consistently prepare well–qualified environmental educators who possess the understanding, skills, and attitudes associated with environmental literacy, as well as the ability to apply them in their educational practices. The comment period is open until NOVEMBER 30, 2013.
Download draft here >>. . . Details are posted here: http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eelinked/posts/NAAEE-R...

Shopping on Amazon Benefits NAAEE!

Did you know that shopping on Amazon.com could benefit NAAEE? This is a great time to start! Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the charity of your choice and why not choose NAAEE? Check it out: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7158061

New Publication: Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators


Edited by Martha C. Monroe and Marianne E. Krasny
Environmental educators work in a variety of places to design, deliver, and evaluate programs that inform, motivate, and empower learners of all ages. This collection of resources, perspectives, and examples will help nonformal environmental educators learn more about the field of EE, access resources and gain skills to improve their practice and, over time, build a community of practitioners to advance the field. The first edition (2013) of this e-book has five chapters that can be viewed or downloaded at no charge. The editors are anxious to hear more about what you would like future chapters to address! Future editions will be available with additional chapters that help environmental educators conduct nonformal EE around the continent.
http://www.naaee.net/publications/AcrosstheSpectru...

Awards, Grants, Contests

Call for Submissions: GLP's Student Film Project Contest

Deadline: January 17, 2014
Green Living Project (GLP) is accepting student short films for the Fall 2014 Student Film Project. In five minutes or less, student short films should tell a unique and compelling story about a sustainability-related project. Winning films will be screened at GLP Films' events throughout the year, and winners also receive gear and prizes up to $1,000 in value! Contest is open to 6th grade through graduate-level students.
http://www.glpfilms.com/studentfilmproject

Put Cans to Work for Your Schools and the Environment

Challenge Dates: November 15, 2013 - April 22, 2014
Schools may register now for the 3rd Annual Great American Can Roundup School Challenge. The website provides everything needed to run a successful Roundup from a tool kit to posters and curriculum. The Can Manufacturers Institute will award $1,000 to the school in each state and the District of Columbia recycling the most aluminum cans per student and will give an additional $5,000 to the champion per capita recycling school nationwide, which is on top of value of the aluminum cans. Show your school’s green spirit and environmental leadership.
http://www.cancentral.com/roundup

Take the Go Bananas! Challenge

Challenge ends: April 1, 2014
Go Bananas! Challenge is a competition that asks schools and scout groups across the country to “answer the call” and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones to help save gorillas.

Coltan, a mineral found in cell phones, is mined in gorilla habitats. By recycling old cell phones you reduce the demand.

$4,000 will be awarded to the school/scout group that collects the most cell phones and another $1,000 will be awarded to the group with the most creative collection campaign. The winning group will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
http://www.cincinnatizoo.org/savingspecies

World of 7 Billion Video Contest

February 21, 2014
Bring technology and creativity into your environmental education curriculum by incorporating the World of 7 Billion video contest. Challenge your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability. Students can win up to $1,000 and their educators will receive free curriculum resources. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more are posted here: http://www.Worldof7Billion.org

Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights

New Environmental Justice Video: Pollution by Design: Reducing Pollution Through Organizing

The latest video in the EPA's 20th Anniversary Environmental Justice Video Series, features Penny Newman of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice describing the environmental justice concerns of the Inland Valley communities in Southern California, and the ways local residents are making positive changes to protect the health of their families and neighbors.
http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2013/11/pollution-by-design...

Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: January 14, 2014 and November 14, 2014
The National Science Foundation released the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation for FY2014. The solicitation seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports five kinds of projects: 1) Pathways, 2) Research in Service to Practice, 3) Innovations in Development, 4) Broad Implementation, and 5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_...

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