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The Science of Awe
School ed. - anti-idling
Mercer County to introduce new nature center
New Jersey Adopts Next Generation Science Standards
|Want a New Year's Resolution You're Sure to Stick With?
Sign up for Rutgers Environmental Steward training
Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that you’re likely to stick with, once you embark on the journey? How about a way to give something back to your community in a way that’s meaningful and guaranteed to get you out and about?
Consider joining the 2015 class of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program, which helps non-scientists to become citizen-scientists. Classes begin the first week in January in Atlantic, Warren, and Somerset counties, and typically run through May.
An innovative partnership between Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Duke Farms Foundation, the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program teaches participants about land and water stewardship, best management practices, environmental public advocacy, and leadership.
The curriculum is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the New Jersey. Academics are joined by colleagues from government and the non-profit sector to share understanding and insights with the students.
“Students don’t only receive facts, but also are introduced to a network of expert individuals and organizations who can be of service to them in the future as they wrestle with solving local environmental problems,” said Bruce Barbour, agricultural and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the program’s originator.
“This can be among the most meaningful six months in your life,” adds Barbour, who has led the program for years and well worth the $250 fee.
In order to serve the entire state, training is offered in regional locations and recruitment has begun in earnest for the Class of 2015. Questions about registration or schedules should be directed to the coordinator of the region in which you expect to attend classes.
Training Location: RCE of Warren County, 165 Rt 519 South, Belvidere, NJ 07823
Training Location:Preakness Healthcare Center, 305 Oldham Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470
Training Location: Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
Training Location: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (please note we are geographically located in South Brunswick)
Training Location: Atlantic County Utility Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp NJ
More information including application forms and the current schedule for lectures can be found on the web at envirostewards.rutgers.edu .
|The Science of Awe
|School ed. - anti-idling
|Mercer County to introduce new nature center
|New Jersey Adopts Next Generation Science Standards
The State Board of Education voted to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards on July 9, 2014. There will be a two year implementation period. Science curriculum for grades 6-12 will need to be revised by September 2016 and the K-5 science curriculum by September 2017. Due to the incorporation of science practices in our standards in 2009, New Jersey science educators are better positioned than most. We are better positioned, but we have significant work to do in order to make the shifts necessary for our students to meet the demands of the NGSS. In an effort the provide as much assistance as possible, the Office of STEM has a significant catalog of resources that have been selected to help districts, schools and teachers make the transition.
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