ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS
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"Ignite the Conversation" - Education & Outreach Retreat on March 25th
New Jersey Audubon invites you to attend these professional development institutes
18th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
NEW! Free NASA SMAP mission lessons from Project WET
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Feb. Newsletter
Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education
Green Eggs & Sand Workshop May 29-31 in Cape May
NJ GeoSTEM programs
Online Registration Now Open For 2015 Land Ethics Symposium
The Winter of Webinars is gearing up!
December PLT GreenSchools! Update
NAAEE EE News for December 10, 2014
GreenSchools National Conference
Using Eagle Cam in Your Classroom
The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking
Granny Green's Green Machine
Duke Farms Resources for Educators
October PLT GreenSchools! Update
NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
|"Ignite the Conversation" - Education & Outreach Retreat on March 25th
To: Education and Outreach Practitioners; Master Naturalists; BBP Committees and Interested Parties
|New Jersey Audubon invites you to attend these professional development institutes
INVESTIGATING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE RARITAN WATERSHED
|18th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
Mark your calendars - the 18th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable has been scheduled for April 22, 2015 at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, in Waretown.
|NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
READY, SET, NGSS
Save the Date
39th Annual New Jersey Science Convention
October 13th and 14th, 2015
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
2015 Banquet Speaker
Dr. David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist
Interested in Participating as a Presenter...
Consider submitting a program proposal or two…
Especially those K-12 programs that address:
Hands-On Activities Focusing on Implementation of the NGSS
Effective and Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom
Elementary/Middle Lessons that Address Instruction and Implementation of NGSS
How to Address the Teacher Evaluation Process
Online program proposals are being accepted.
The priority deadline to submit a program is April 15, 2015
Submit Program Proposal
Please forward to colleagues who have quality programs to submit.
Additional convention information may be found on our website at:
Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:
NJSC Office Services
See you in October!
Nancy Evans Bennett and Lola Szobota
|NEW! Free NASA SMAP mission lessons from Project WET
Bring Space Lessons Down to Earth
The NASA SMAP satellite will map the entire globe every two to three days, providing the highest-resolution maps of soil moisture ever obtained.
NASA's newest mission, SMAP, launched over the weekend, and Project WET wants to help you explain why it matters. Working with scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we developed two classroom activities that explain soil moisture and the freeze-thaw cycle. They are now available for free on the Project WET website.
"Dirt to Dinner" gets students moving to learn how water moves into, through and out of soil.
"The Breathing Boreal Forest" teaches about cycles of freezing and thawing as well as dormancy.
|National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Feb. Newsletter
You are invited to participate in a professional learning community where diverse schools from across the state will reflect on what mechanisms contribute to successful sustainability education initiatives at their schools. In this interactive webinar, you can hear stories, ask questions, and form relationships with others who are using sustainability as a context to integrate STEM and the arts. These webinars are designed to inspire and share resources and ideas within this year's webinar topics: energy reduction and sustainable foods. Professional development credits can be earned.
Webinars will take place on:
March 2, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm (Energy)
March 23, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm (Sustainable Foods)
In the first webinar, we will learn about the role of New Jersey forests in carbon sequestration from NJ Audubon stewardship forester, Jeremy Ciaggiano, and hear reflections from schools in Jersey City, Pennington, and Blairstown. John Henry, STEM and Sustainability Specialist from New Jersey School Boards Association, will share leadership resources that support in-school implementation. A local artist will also join us to discuss methods for using arts to communicate messsages of sustainability.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback, access links and download documents for future use.
Panasonic Corporation of North America, along with the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, are looking for NJ 4th-8th grade classrooms to participate in the Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project at NO COST. Teachers will receive all necessary resources. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.
For more information, visit: www.usatodaycharitablefoundation.org/ecocitizen.
Jennifer Dowd, Ed.S.
|Save The Date: Spotlight Conference on Environmental Education
|Green Eggs & Sand Workshop May 29-31 in Cape May
A Green Eggs and Sand Curriculum workshop will be held May 29-31 at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor (Cape May Co.). The workshop will delve into the ecological connections between horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, human connections to horseshoe crabs, and the challenges encountered in managing this resource via presentations, field trips and hands-on activities.
|NJ GeoSTEM programs
Earth System STEM Teacher Professional Development Series and GeoSTEM Teacher-To-Teacher Initiative II both of which take place at the Mount Laurel Campus of Burlington county Community College.
|Online Registration Now Open For 2015 Land Ethics Symposium
|The Winter of Webinars is gearing up!
The Trailside Nature and Science Center is scheduling a Project WOW workshop for Thursday March 26 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The fee is $20 and a morning refreshment will be provided. Attendees should bring lunch.
|December PLT GreenSchools! Update
|NAAEE EE News for December 10, 2014
Conference News: Survey, CEUs, Photo Gallery
Photos and Social Media from the Conference
EECapacity Webinar Recording: How are You Bringing EE to Your Work with Pre-service Teachers?
Did you miss the final 2014 EECapacity webinar for professors of education? Becca Franzen, of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and Prisca Moore, of Carthage College, presented how they bring environmental education to pre-service teacher training. Watch or download the webinar: https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/lsr.php?RCID=0ec3fd1910ab7a8b8d283dfa86968c89
Questions? Contact Susan Gentile at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAAEE Accredits Four Distinguished College and University EE Programs
NAAEE is pleased to announce a new initiative designed to formally recognize distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing well-prepared environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that will translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.
Four programs—Montreat College, Eastern Kentucky University, Nova Southeastern University, and University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point—are the first institutions to receive recognition. We applaud their efforts and hope this is the start of expanding high quality EE in higher education. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/programs/highered.
The next deadline for accreditation applications is March 15, 2015.
Cal Water H2O Challenge
Deadline: February 27, 2015
UL Innovative Education Award
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Awards, Grants, Contests
EPA Accepting Proposals for 2014 EE Model Grants Program
Deadline: February 2, 2015
Deadline for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Request for Applications Extended
Deadline Extended: January 9, 2015
Help Save Gorillas and Win $5,000
Deadline: April 3, 2015
World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest
Deadline: February 19, 2015
Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest Professional Development Workshop
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Diversity and Environmental Justice Highlights
EJ in Action Blog: Cities on the Edge
The latest EPA Environmental Justice in Action blog post, "Cities on the Edge," by Katherine Takai of the International City/County Management Association, discusses resources and tools from the White House's Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, available for cities and communities to increase the their economic competitiveness and integrate equity and environmental justice for more sustainable and resilient communities.
North American Events, Training, Announcements
Online Courses on Management of Recreation Resources
Registration Deadline: January 21, 2015
Learn more about the course: http://wmdep.wilderness.net/407_562%20online.pdf and the Graduate Certificate in Wilderness Management:
Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
Course begins: January 27, 2015
Presentation and Publishing Opportunities
Environmental Education Journal Call for Contributions
Deadline for eJournal: January 15, 2015
Resources for Students and Educators
New Nature Activities for Families Guide
Project Learning Tree has compiled 25 of its most popular activities for families into a 40-page booklet. These fun and easy-to-do activities are perfect for parents—and grandparents—to help introduce children to nature while walking in the forest, visiting a local park, exploring your own backyard, or when all else fails—inside! Journal pages provide room for children to make notes and draw sketches of what they observe. If you are looking for simple, entertaining and educational ways to engage children or grandchildren in the outdoors, Nature Activities for Families is a great gift idea this holiday season. The cost for the guide is $16.95, plus shipping and handling.
New Bullfrog Film: Groundswell Rising
In Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water we meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers, and individuals across the political spectrum who are decrying the practice of fracking for natural gas. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights.
Sweet Water Hunt
A watershed mystery, Sweet Water Hunt, by Connie Nye, is an interactive, interdisciplinary novel set in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Watershed. Solve the riddle of “madness,” visit Dr. Water’s kooky hoose (house of organic and sustainable endeavors) and numerous sites in the Brandywine Valley. Learn to test water quality as the characters embark on this adventure story integrated with hands-on activities in all subject areas to understand watershed dynamics. Events can be scheduled at your school. Consider booking a watershed dynamics round-robin program.
New Film Documents Climate Change Impacts Along the Andes
Seattle-based documentary filmmaker, Ethan Steinman of Daltonic Films is promoting the educational release of his latest film Glacial Balance. The film is a country-by-country journey along the spine of the Andes, providing a narrative of climate change impacts on communities through their own words.
The special edition DVD set of the film is available for purchase at glacialbalance.com. NAAEE members may purchase the film at the discounted price of $19.99 with free shipping (normally $29.99 for the special edition). Click here to purchase.
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/channels/glacialbalance
Consumers Can Help Move the Economy Towards Sustainability
Consumption represents 70% of the US economy. In a recent study by Nielsen, as many as 42% of all consumers in North America indicated that they would be willing to pay more for a more sustainable product.
EarthTouch by Earth Accounting will deliver sustainability information about different products to users who simply scan a barcode. The idea is to empower consumers to make purchasing decisions based on the environmental footprint and workplace justice of products.
Earth Accounting has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds, promote the idea and connect with interested parties and activists.
The main challenge is the collection of the data to deliver through the app and the website. For this purpose Earth Accounting proposes the formation of a new and unique “information cooperative” the Alliance for Consumer Empowerment and Sustainability (ACES.coop). Complete transparency and user participation are also the goals.
EPA Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of Climate Change Indicators in the United States presenting observed data on key measures of our environment. The third edition adds more years of data, new indicators, and new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest. The report focuses on long-term trends for key measures of our environment for which high-quality data exist. Each indicator and the report itself were peer-reviewed by independent experts, and extensive technical documentation accompanies the report.
|GreenSchools National Conference
|Using Eagle Cam in Your Classroom
|The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking
Today, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), in collaboration with the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), launched the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking®, a national, online, interactive training and certificate program for building energy and water benchmarking professionals. The program is designed to educate users through a no-cost online training component on how to accurately collect building energy and water benchmarking data and use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR™ Portfolio Manager® tool to benchmark building performance, and for a fee, certify participants who successfully complete the training and exam.
As building energy transparency grows at the city-level and beyond, supported by initiatives such as NRDC and IMT’s City Energy Project, the accuracy of self-reported data is especially important. Training and certificate programs like the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking are the first step in improving the quality of benchmarking information.
NRDC is pleased to have supported the development of the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking, along with the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Energy and a large group of industry advisors. Please see the attached press release and help us spread the word about this exciting new program. Any questions you may have about the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking can be directed to Terra Meierdierck with NJIT at email@example.com
Lauren Zullo, LEED AP O+M
Director of National Initiatives | The City Energy Project
Natural Resources Defense Council
40 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10025
|Granny Green's Green Machine
Environmental theater, music, puppets and books for kids
|Duke Farms Resources for Educators
|October PLT GreenSchools! Update
Energy may be the most important issue of our time. It affects the quality of our lives every day as it powers transportation, communication, lights, and heating and cooling systems. According to the US Department of Energy, K-12 schools spend more than $8 billion annually on energy, making energy the second highest operating expenditure for schools after personnel cost. Therefore, this month we want to provide you with information on how to save energy, and money, at your school.
Energy Webinar: Transforming Schools with PLT
Energy Saving Tips For Schools
James Riley McGirt
|NJDOE: Model High School Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science Course
|EIRC's STEM Workshop Series Starts this Month!
Our nonprofit is offering teachers and students a science prize that is literally out of this world. We hope you will share this opportunity with your audience, as that will give them a chance to win and will encourage engagement in STEM.
The students of the winning teacher will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to control a satellite and run experiments in space for a week as it orbits the earth at 18,000 miles per hour and 310 miles up.
The prize is being supplied by Nanosatisfi, whose team of non-traditional space engineers deployed the world’s first crowd-funded satellite—Ardusat (a portmanteau of Arduino and Satellite). They remain committed to providing an education platform for hands-on space exploration and a truly remarkable STEM experience for students across the globe.
Teachers easily enter by creating a wish list at http://ClassWish.org, which also lets them receive donations for the science equipment their students need. Each teacher who creates a wish list automatically gets a satellite page, such as this sample: http://classwish.org/teachers/15699-Bill-Nigh.
Anyone can help their favorite teacher win by “liking” the teacher, inviting other teachers, spreading the word, or contributing towards supplies.
If, as we hope, you are interested in sharing this opportunity with your readers, feel free to grab any of the banners that we provided here: http://www.classwish-banners.org/satellite-prize.html
Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
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