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CONTENTS:
NAAEE eeNEWS
Twelve Engaging Science Apps for Middle and High School Students
Sustainable Jersey News
2017 Conference Early Bird Registration Ends August 31
New curriculum, professional development, and a new home for PLT!
Summer workshop at Sterling Hill Mining Museum Aug 10th
eeNEWS for August, 2017
Monarch Butterfly Workshop Opportunity
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power - Be the First to Get Our Climate Education Resources
Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans
Calling all STEM educators and Teachers
Grants, Curriculum, and Professional Development from Project Learning Tree
Duke Farms: News and Events
NAAEE News
Summer 2017 Workshops & Opportunities
PLT: Resources to Use Now and Next School Year
Reserve your spot for our next CCCN webinar on Nature Play Spaces
FREE Right Tree - Right Place Seminar
Duke Farms Educator Newsletter
ANJEE Online June 2017 351st Edition
NJ Audubon Teachers' School of Ecology 2017
Enjoy the Latest Edition of the i-Tree Newsletter
New Summer Pinelands Education Program
NAAEE: eeNews
PRISM 2017 Science Workshops
PLT GreenSchools Honored as Green Ribbon Schools
NASEM: Join us in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week!
NAAEE: Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement
PLT: Camouflage in Nature; Summer Teacher Institutes; Student Tips for Green Schools
USFS Interactive Maps
Invitation to the 2017 New Jersey Science Convention
Register Today for the Camden Environmental Summit 2017
Duke Farms Educator Newsletter
May Littoral News
Spring Has Sprung at Duke Farms!
NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 8-30-17)

eeNEWS for August 30, 2017
EE Job Seekers (or Friends of...): August 28, 2017
Last Week to Register at Early Bird Rates
eeNEWS for August 23, 2017
EE Job Seekers (or Friends of...): August 21, 2017

Twelve Engaging Science Apps for Middle and High School Students             (Posted: 8-30-17)

 

Sustainable Jersey News             (Posted: 8-30-17)

Sustainability in action: six success stories.
Wanted: Innovative NJ Sustainable Energy Projects.

2017 Conference Early Bird Registration Ends August 31             (Posted: 8-17-17)

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New curriculum, professional development, and a new home for PLT!             (Posted: 8-3-17)

 
The Branch
 
July 2017
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article PLT-Online-new-e-units
PLT Launches New E-Units
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Treemendous Science! for K–2, Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5, and Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8. These new units are available online to educators across the country, just in time to plan for the upcoming school year. 
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
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Online Professional Development: A New Twist on PLT's Training Model
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Almost everyone who attends a PLT in-person workshop praises the experience. Now, in our continual efforts to innovate based on educator needs, PLT offers online professional development for its new e-units.
 
 
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Project Learning Tree has a New Home with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
PLT helps educators use the environment to teach many disciplines – from STEM to civic skills and green careers – and inspires the next generation to care about forests and sustaining our natural resources. In our new partnership with SFI, we look forward to expanding environmental and sustainability education in diverse ways, both in the U.S. and abroad.
 
 
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             GreenSchools! Update
                                  July 2017

PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

We hope you are enjoying your summer! See below for some GreenSchools highlights and news from Project Learning Tree.

PLT GreenSchools Honored at U.S. Dept of Ed Green Ribbon Awards Ceremony
Last Wednesday I had the privilege of attending, for the 8th year, this prestigious event to honor all the schools, teachers, and students who have worked so hard to green their school and incorporate environmental education into their curriculum. Read more.

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George Mason HS Honored with President’s Environmental Youth Award
A group of 11 students in Falls Church, VA, will receive the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for grade levels 6-12 for their work with healthy and sustainable farming practices. Through hydroponics and aquaculture projects, George Mason students are contributing fresh lettuce and in the future, fresh fish to their high school cafeteria. Read more.

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Project Learning Tree has a New Home with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
PLT helps educators use the environment to teach many disciplines – from STEM to civic skills and green careers – and inspires the next generation to care about forests and sustaining our natural resources. In our new partnership with SFI, we look forward to expanding environmental and sustainability education in diverse ways, both in the U.S. and abroad. Read more.


Green Tips of the Month

Green-Tips-of-the-month-PLTHave you checked out PLT's new e-units yet? This innovative, online curriculum has been released just in time to help you plan for the upcoming school year.


Sincerely,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Summer workshop at Sterling Hill Mining Museum Aug 10th             (Posted: 8-3-17)

1-day Geo-STEM Academy

You are invited to participate in a 1 day Geo-STEM educational event located at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg NJ.

This program is focused on providing K-12 teachers and pre-service educators with the tools and concepts to inspire young minds in the area of geology, mineralogy and our nonrenewable resources. With a heavy focus on how these concepts relate to New Jersey resources. This program is designed as a hands on, interactive focused learning program. Including a tour through the historic mine, digging for rock specimens and exploring the many exhibits and artifacts housed by the museum. The course will revolve about the importance of mining and how the STEM disciplines make mining more productive, safe, and efficient. A basic concentrated course in Geology will be included to form the foundation of the program. Participants will be provided luminescent rock samples and a blacklight to bring back to their classroom.

Details:
- August 10th, 2017
- 9:00am-4:00pm
- Free to Eligible Participants (K-12 Teachers & Pre-Service Educators)
- Lunch is provided
- 6 Continuing Education Credits

Location: The Sterling Hill Mining Museum, 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439, www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.org

To register please send an e-mail to: wkroth8394@aol.com and provide: your name, school affiliation and contact information.

This program is presented by The Sterling Hill Mining Museum in partnership with the Picatinny Arsenal STEM office in an effort to support our areas K-12 teachers in their mission to inspire young minds with in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Seats are Limited - 1st Come 1st Serve - So do not delay to register!

eeNEWS for August, 2017             (Posted: 8-3-17)

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Monarch Butterfly Workshop Opportunity             (Posted: 7-6-17)

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A TEACHER TO ATTEND. This opportunity is for anyone - teachers, informal educators, and citizens to learn easy ways of how to help the Monarchs in their plight at your home.
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power - Be the First to Get Our Climate Education Resources             (Posted: 7-6-17)

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Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans             (Posted: 7-6-17)

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Calling all STEM educators and Teachers             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Rutgers University will be hosting 2017 Mobile Lab Coalition Conference on campus from July 25th to 28th and it is open for any interested parties to register.

Join STEM professionals, educators and other partners from around the world at the premier venue to learn about innovative advances in informal science education. The Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference is targeted at new and established STEM education programs - it is the premier venue to network with peers, seek advice, and share best practices with programs as unique as yours.

The conference includes plenary sessions, poster presentations, and workshops that address key topics. Examples of topics previously addressed:
" Building a mobile laboratory
" Engaging diverse learners
" Identifying funding sources
" Incorporating Next Generation Science Standards
" Collecting meaningful evaluation data
" Preparing your students for an evolving job market
" Interfacing with your audience and incorporating technology into your teaching
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Calling all Teachers!

All school district teachers are eligible to register for a one-day workshop that overlaps with the conference on Thursday, July 27th. The cost is $50 and you will receive a $40 voucher at the end of the workshop. Teacher must provide verification of employment to receive the voucher.

Educators can receive professional development credits for attending. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Click HERE.

Grants, Curriculum, and Professional Development from Project Learning Tree             (Posted: 7-6-17)

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           GreenSchools! Update
                                 June 2017

PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

We hope your school year was a great one! As you get ready to head out for the summer, we wanted to remind you that it's never too early to start planning for a GreenSchools action project at your school next year. Project Learning Tree offers funding to help cover the cost!

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GreenWorks! Grants
Engage your students next year in a project to improve the environment at their school or to restore a natural area in their community. PLT’s GreenWorks! grants help you link classroom learning to the real world. Grants up to $1,000 are available. The deadline to apply is September 30. Learn more.

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New Curriculum and Professional Development
PLT has just released new supplemental curriculum constructed around the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers can get Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5 or Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8 in conjunction with professional development – either by attending an in-person workshop in your state, or by purchasing an online training with an accompanying e-unit for $40 from shop.plt.org.

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According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a teacher or parent may be the driving force behind getting a school garden started, but once that teacher leaves the school, or the parent’s child graduates, gardens can wither away unless they have been well integrated into the school community. Here are some themes for success:

  • Organize a committee (or Green Team) to guide the garden rather than an individual who might leave or lose interest.
  • Include a plan for upkeep at the start of the project.
  • Connect to your curriculum and use the garden to teach all kinds of subjects (science, math, art, history, home economics, etc.)
  • Consider professional development sessions around horticulture for teachers who may be unfamiliar with gardening.
  • Reach out to neighborhood partners and seek reliable funding to sustain the garden.


Sincerely,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Duke Farms: News and Events             (Posted: 6-29-17)

Environmental Education Conference at Duke Farms
Duke Farms Summer Newsletter
Celebrate Jersey Blueberries, Firefly Fest, and Super Classes! 

NAAEE News             (Posted: 6-29-17)

Registration is Open for the 2017 Conference and Research Symposium
eeNEWS for June 14, 2017
eeNEWS for June 29, 2017

Summer 2017 Workshops & Opportunities             (Posted: 6-9-17)

Summer 2017 Workshops & Opportunities

The following organizations are still advertising their summer 2017 workshops:

July: Workshops in Space Exploration - WiSE (Massachusetts) https://sites.google.com/site/sciencegazette/workshops

June 22 & August 22: Corals in the Classroom at National Aquarium in Baltimore (June 8 registration deadline for June 22nd event) https://aqua.org/learn/teacher-programs/teacher-workshops

June-August STEM Workshops at NASA Goddard in Maryland https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddards-summer-stem-workshop-for-educators-2017

July & August – various Marine Science workshops at the New England Aquarium in Boston https://aqua.org/learn/teacher-programs/teacher-workshops

Summer – various Duke Farms workshops: http://www.dukefarms.org/classes--events/professional-development/

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NJESTA'a Summer edition of OMEGA

PLT: Resources to Use Now and Next School Year             (Posted: 6-9-17)

 
The Branch
 
June 2017
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article greenworks-grants-project-learning-tree
GreenWorks! Grants
 
By Haley Herbst
 
As the school year comes to a close, one great way to make the most of those days when you can’t plan regular instruction is to have students identify a need in their school or community, and plan a service project. PLT offers grants to help students execute their ideas! Grants up to $1,000 are available. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
Apply for a PLT GreenWorks! Grant
New Curriculum and Professional Development
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
PLT has just released new supplemental curriculum constructed around the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers can get Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5 or Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8 in conjunction with professional development – either by attending an in-person workshop in your state, or by purchasing an online training with an accompanying e-unit for $40 from shop.plt.org. Stay tuned for more information in our next newsletter.
 
 
EDUCATOR TIPS
 
 
 
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14 Animal Art Projects Made with Recycled Materials
 
By Rebecca Reyes
 
Incorporating art projects into a lesson plan about temperate deciduous forests is a great way to make learning fun. Using recycled and waste materials can make these projects more eco-friendly.
 
 
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Literature Connection - There's a Babirusa in My Bathtub!
 
Summer Reading List
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
From informative nonfiction reads to silly fictional tales, this list separated by grade level will help kids–and adults–stay on top of their reading.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Reserve your spot for our next CCCN webinar on Nature Play Spaces             (Posted: 6-9-17)

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FREE Right Tree - Right Place Seminar             (Posted: 6-5-17)

FREE Seminar! Planting the Right Tree 
in the Right Place, the Right Way - Essex County Area 
Emerald Ash Borer, Utility tree pruning, grants & More!
Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW Supervisors, Environmental & Shade Tree Commissioners, County Officials and any other interested parties. Space is limited. First come first served.


To register: RSVP with your name, town/organization and email address by Friday, June 30th to Lisa Simms at 



STAY CONNECTED:

Duke Farms Educator Newsletter             (Posted: 6-5-17)

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ANJEE Online June 2017 351st Edition             (Posted: 6-5-17)

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NJ Audubon Teachers' School of Ecology 2017             (Posted: 6-5-17)

New Jersey Audubon extends an invitation to you to join us for this week of professional development to help you integrate ecology, STE(A)M and sustainability concepts into your existing curricula. As educators, we are in a unique position to help children become tomorrow's environmental stewards.

New Jersey Audubon's Teachers' School of Ecology, sponsored by Ashland, Inc., is a week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers. 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.

For nearly 50 years, New Jersey Audubon has been providing experiential learning to New Jersey students and teachers. In 2016 alone, our professional staff reached NJ Audubon educators and naturalists taught more than 34,000 students and 1,000 teachers. The Teachers' School of Ecology program will model lessons and teaching techniques for classroom use, offer practice using appropriate skills associated with field study, and provide an opportunity for teachers to develop methods for integrating natural system studies and sustainability education into their existing curriculum.

Summer Institute attendees will also:
* Participate in over 20 field investigations.
* Gain experience in integrating lessons/activities in to existing school curricula and address the NJ Student Learning Standards for Science.
* Investigate the forested regions of the NJ Highlands and the Passaic River watershed from the headwaters to the bay.
* Share ideas with and gain insight from professionals in the environmental field.
* Receive free NJ-specific curricular materials and other supplemental information and resources.
* Earn 30 professional development hours
* Receive a $250 stipend for participation of all five days.

The Teachers' School of Ecology is limited to 14 participants. Participants must submit their letter of interest and application by June 15, 2017 . Notification of acceptance will be by June 20.

For information on the program or to register, please visit http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionEducation/ProvidingfortheEducationCommunity/ProfessionalDevelopmentforTeachers/SchoolofEcologyforTeachers.aspx

You can also register directly here: https://goo.gl/forms/ra0ROCrhFR5ySZGw2

If you have questions, contact me at 908.396.6506 or via email kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org

Thank you for joining us as we work to provide creative programs that enhance teachers skills to engage students in the classroom and inspire our next generation to shape their future environments.

Enjoy the Latest Edition of the i-Tree Newsletter             (Posted: 6-5-17)

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New Summer Pinelands Education Program             (Posted: 6-5-17)

Registration is now open for the first-ever Pinelands Summer Short Course in Hammonton NJ! The event is set for July 27, 2017, and it will feature guided nature hikes, history and blueberry tours, a canoe trip on the Batsto River, a dragonfly walk, live music and presentations on winemaking, butterflies, moths and the American Revolution. The Pinelands Summer Short Course is sponsored by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and Stockton University. For more information, please visit: http://nj.gov/pinelands/about/events/.

Joel M. Mott
Public Programs Specialist
NJ Pinelands Commission
(609) 894-7300 ext. 125

NAAEE: eeNews             (Posted: 6-1-17)

May 17 and May 31.

PRISM 2017 Science Workshops             (Posted: 6-1-17)

Due to a generous grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb our workshops are offered at a reduced rate and in many cases are free. Please view each workshop carefully because the rates and times vary.

Registration is required for every workshop.
Parking and coffee included

REGISTER HERE.

PLT GreenSchools Honored as Green Ribbon Schools             (Posted: 5-11-17)

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             GreenSchools! Update
                                  May 2017

PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

Congratulations to all the schools honored as 2017 Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools! Many of these schools have benefited from the resources and training offered by Project Learning Tree, including our GreenSchools program, environmental education materials, and teacher professional development.

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PLT GreenSchools Honored as National Green Ribbon Schools
PLT’s Green Schools program once again had a strong showing with 9 schools and one school district among the 45 schools, 9 school districts and 9 institutions of higher education honored as 2017 Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. Read more.

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Roots and Progress of the Green Schools Movement
The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly journal is a new peer-reviewed digital magazine dedicated to the advancement of green, healthy, sustainable K–12 schools. Read about the green schools movement and PLT GreenSchools in this article “How Environmental Education Influenced the Early Stages of the Green Schools Movement”.
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Special Offer for PLT GreenSchools
Grade 8-11 student leaders can receive a $300 discount from the Green Schools Alliance to participate in their Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3), June 25-July 1, if you mention you heard about Sc3 through PLT. Sc3 is a transformative week of leadership training and environmental education. Students leave Sc3 with an Action Plan to implement a project in their school or community. Application deadline is May 15.


Green Tips of the Month

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“As the leader of the Green Team at my high school, I’m proud of the collaborative efforts of over 100 students, the principal, and volunteers,” says high school student Leann Soyka. “We’ve made our school a greener and healthier place, gained skills in leadership, and learned about many environmental careers.”

Read this student’s tips for becoming a high performing green school.


Sincerely,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

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NASEM: Join us in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week!             (Posted: 5-11-17)

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NAAEE: Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement             (Posted: 5-11-17)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) just launched its most recent publication in its Guidelines for Excellence Series, entitled, Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement. If you are interested in reviewing or obtaining this (or any other guidelines in this series), they are available for free download at this NAAEE website.

PLT: Camouflage in Nature; Summer Teacher Institutes; Student Tips for Green Schools             (Posted: 5-11-17)

 
The Branch
 
May 2017
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article 10-tips-from-a-student-for-a-green-school
10 Tips from a Student for a High Performing Green School
 
By Leann Soyka
 
As the leader of the Green Team at my high school, I’m proud of the collaborative efforts of over 100 students, the principal, and volunteers. We’ve made our school a greener and healthier place, gained skills in leadership, and learned about many environmental careers.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
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Summer Teacher Institutes
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
These in-depth professional development experiences include lots of critical-thinking opportunities, lesson planning, and resources to incorporate teaching about forests and forestry into your classroom.
 
 
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Launching Soon! PLT's New E-Units for Grades 3-5 and 6-8
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5 and Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8 will be released later this month. Treemendous Science! for grades K-2 will launch in August. Learn more about PLT’s new online curriculum.
 
 
EDUCATOR TIPS
 
 
 
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32 Examples of Camouflage in Nature
 
By Rebecca Reyes
 
Predators and prey animals use camouflage so they don't attract too much attention. Here are examples of color matching, disruptive coloration, self-decoration, active camouflage, and mimesis.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
EE Resources - Winter 2014
 
Resources for PLT Lessons
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Our latest compilation of environmental education resources includes recommendations for children’s books, games, interactive websites, videos, and field trips.
 
 
 
 
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USFS Interactive Maps             (Posted: 5-11-17)

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Invitation to the 2017 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 5-8-17)

Click HERE.

Register Today for the Camden Environmental Summit 2017             (Posted: --)

Click HERE.

Duke Farms Educator Newsletter             (Posted: 5-5-17)

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May Littoral News             (Posted: 5-5-17)

Click HERE.

Spring Has Sprung at Duke Farms!             (Posted: 5-5-17)

Click HERE.

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