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CONTENTS:
EE at EPA: Teacher awards, data mapping, forest fire prevention
Registration Open: State of the Bay Conference on June 15th
Teacher tips, STEM suggestions for environmental activities, teachers’ tours
10th Annual Life Science Field Training Institute
PLT GreenSchools Update, Upcoming Training Opportunties
Special RECYCLING MAGIC SHOWS coming to your LOCAL SCHOOLS in September, October or November?...
Join Trout in the Classroom!
Programs at Duke Farms
FALCONCAM in the CLASSROOM Workshop
Free "Streaming the Barnegat Bay Watershed" Programs in May
NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 28, 2016
PD - now and summer 2016
Duke Farms: Summer Opportunities for Educators!
Invitation to the 2016 New Jersey Science Convention
The Art of Weeding
Summer Science PD Opportunities at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Eco-Schools USA Top 5 Earth Month Activities
Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education
Grants, plus stipends for teachers to review a new online unit
NJCORE Now Includes NGSS
Spring/Summer Professional Development Workshops
20th Annual Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops
Registration Now Open for the Sustainability Summit
EE Week Spring Citizen Science Resources & Activity Guides!
New resources, expanded GreenSchools program
Global Education & Equitable Preparation: An Educator's Digest of Facts and Figures
EE Week Infographic Released & New Benefits Announced!
2016 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Middle School and High School Teachers
NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals
EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources
The Branch newsletter, Winter 2016
Environmental Education K-12 Lesson Plans
Your Pocket Birding Coach
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve: Professional Development Workshops
Cornell Ornithology Course Goes Online For the First Time
PLT GreenSchools Update, Jan 2016
Resources for Teachers at Duke Farms
EE at EPA: Teacher awards, data mapping, forest fire prevention             (Posted: 5-18-16)

EE at EPA: Teacher awards, data mapping, forest fire prevention
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Learn about the EPA/NEEF Water Quality Photo Contest 

No dumping imageHave you heard about EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation's photo contest to raise awareness about water quality across the United States? 

Submit photos that illustrate ways to prevent water pollution and raise awareness about the health of our waterways. Examples of activities include use of environmentally friendly products, proper disposal of wastes, watershed cleanups, and water quality monitoring of streams, rivers, lakes, and beaches. The photo contest runs through May 27, 2016. Prizes will be awarded for the top three photo entries. 

Learn more and enter the challenge. (http://bit.ly/220GlPb)


Discover your ecosystem with EnviroAtlas

enviro atlas map imageLooking for an interactive tool to interest your students in data mapping and ecosystems? Introduce them to EPA’s EnviroAtlas.(www.epa.gov/enviroatlas).

EnviroAtlas can help provide students with the background and context to understand the ecosystems surrounding them. An interactive map provides data on ecosystem services, biodiversity, and demographics. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser demonstrates the links between ecosystems and human health. EnviroAtlas users can access, view, and analyze diverse information to better understand the potential impacts of various decisions 

Find a case study on using EnviroAtlas in the classroom (http://go.usa.gov/cuujY) and explore how to use the tool in your classroom.


Rediscover Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear

Woodsy OwlWildfire prevention and conservation practices can be important lessons during outdoor summer activities. Use materials from the U.S. Forest Service (https://www.symbols.gov/) featuring well known characters Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear to talk to students about fire prevention and conservation. Find posters, activity guides, keychains, magnifying glasses, and other materials.

Read the history of the Woodsy Owl (http://go.usa.gov/cuhBH) and Smokey Bear (http://go.usa.gov/cuhKz) campaigns, locate regional contacts, and explore student resources. Learn about wildfire and conservation science, and bring Smokey or Woodsy to your community.


Prepare for classroom cleanup

If you are gearing up for end-of-the-school-year cleaning, but aren’t sure what products to use around your classroom, consider looking for the Safer Choice label in stores.

Last year, EPA launched a labeling program for cleaning and other household products to help you identify which products are made with ingredients that are safer for people and the environment. Find products like laundry detergent, odor removers, and all purpose cleaning supplies. Look for the Safer Choice label to help you find products made with safer chemical ingredients.

To find Safer Choice product, visit your local store or look on the EPA’s Safer Choice website for a full product list and chemical information. 


We encourage you to share EPA's Environmental Education eNewsletter with your colleagues.  To subscribe, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/newsroom/email-subscriptions


Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education
Office of the Administrator / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Registration Open: State of the Bay Conference on June 15th             (Posted: --)

We hope you will join us on June 15th at the State of the Bay conference for the official release of the State of the Bay Report 2016. The report examines the current environmental conditions of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed using 17 indicators, and compares current conditions with those previously documented in the 2005 and 2011 State of the Bay Report.  At the conference, scientists, managers, and decision-makers will comment on the findings of the 2016 report during four lively panel discussions and will answer questions from the audience.
The conference is being held at Ocean County College in the Gateway Building Lecture Hall from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., and attendance is free.
 

CLICK HERE to see the agenda and to REGISTER for the conference. Please take the time to register -- it will help us plan for the event. We hope to see you there. 

Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College
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PO Box 2001Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-914-8102
Fx:  732-914-8100
bbp.ocean.edu

Teacher tips, STEM suggestions for environmental activities, teachers’ tours             (Posted: 5-18-16)

 
The Branch
 
May 2016
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER
 
 
Feature Article nature activities for families
Nature Activities for Families 
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Project Learning Tree has published many more activities in its “Connecting Kids to Nature” series as well as a new set of “Green Your Home” checklists to help families decide what you might do together to improve the environment of your own home.
 
 

 

NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
EE WEEK
Summer Professional Development 
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Are you hoping to earn continuing education credits this summer? Are you looking for an in-depth field experience? Every summer, PLT programs across the country offer multi-day teachers’ tours and week-long forestry institutes. Learn more about what to expect and find a tour in your state.
 
Educator Tips
 
 
 
Help students work out a land issue with forest consequences
 
Help Students Work Out a Land Issue with Forest Consequences
 
By Karen Christenson
 
A PLT Outstanding Educator shares her adaptations and other useful resources for conducting Project Learning Tree’s Forest Consequences lesson from the PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
 
 
RESOURCES
 
 
 
STEM Connections
 
STEM Connections: Looking at Leaves
 
By Kris Irwin, Ph.D.
 
Engage students in STEM to examine the physical characteristics of leaves and investigate how they can be used to identify trees with Project Learning Tree's Looking At Leaves activity.
 
 
 
 
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10th Annual Life Science Field Training Institute             (Posted: 5-18-16)

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is offering free Teacher Training on to bring field-based investigations into your biology or environmental science classroom. For details click HERE.

PLT GreenSchools Update, Upcoming Training Opportunties             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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GreenSchools Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community
Below are some upcoming training opportunities for educators and students that may be of interest to you, from our partners at the Green Schools Alliance.

GreenSchools SC3

Student Climate and Conservation Congress (Sc3): Grade 8-11 student leaders are invited by the Green Schools Alliance to participate in the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3), June 26-July 2. Students will learn the necessary skills to make tangible changes in their own communities and get connected to students all around the country who share their same interests and passions. Application deadline is May 15.

Apply at: http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/students/student-climate-conservation-congress-sc3

EC3 GreenSchools

Educator Climate & Conservation Colloquium (Ec3):School professionals and educators interested in becoming more effective school sustainability leaders are invited to engage in this skill-building colloquium on how to be a highly effective sustainability coordinator/director. Participants will work closely with both experts in the field and experienced mentors. Through the colloquium participants will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in sustainability leadership, communication, implementation,and conservation education
  • Work with national experts
  • Share ideas and network with colleagues
  • Explore and enjoy NCTC's extraordinary campus on the Potomac River
Apply to attend at: http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/professional-development

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Special RECYCLING MAGIC SHOWS coming to your LOCAL SCHOOLS in September, October or November?...             (Posted: 5-18-16)

"The Magic of Recycling!"

Here's your chance to INSTANTLY create a LOCAL recycling public awareness SENSATION -- right in YOUR city or county!

Bring this award-winning, nationwide-touring, interactive, educational LIVE SHOW into the elementary schools in YOUR city or county, in September, October or November.

You can check out these rave reviews, from all across America... http://recyclingmagicshow.com/ravereviews

And these *video reviews*... http://www.youtube.com/user/RecyclingMagic/videos

We would love to bring "The Magic of Recycling" to the elementary schools in YOUR city or county!

Note: Our pricing is very "budget-friendly!"
-- Timothy Wenk, "America's Goodwill Ambassador of Recycling"

Cell = 808-298-6725

PS: Our tour dates are limited, so if you are interested, call me right away.

Join Trout in the Classroom!             (Posted: 5-18-16)

Join the growing community of schools participating in Trout in the Classroom in New Jersey! This fun, interactive, hands-on, science based program engages students in real life water quality studies. They will learn about fish biology, anatomy and habitat as they raise Rainbow Trout from eggs to fry, all as they study the water chemistry of their tank.

Information about this exciting program, including how to get started, equipment needs and more can be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/tic.htm .

Programs at Duke Farms             (Posted: 5-17-16)

When: August 1-5, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, USA
What: Climate Science and Sustainable Actions: A Summer Teacher Institute at Duke Farms
Description:
Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons when you join a team of expert teacher-leaders for an action-packed weeklong summer institute.
Master teachers Laura Gallagher and Missy Holzer will be the lead faculty for the workshop.
Participating teachers will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts and develop NGSS aligned lesson plans that will bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students.
Ample opportunities will exist for networking and collaboration with other K-12 educators.
Cost: $150 per educator.
Visit www.dukefarms.org to register

When: August 15 & 16, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, USA
What: Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
Description: Planning Your Garden - Advanced
Each fall, monarch butterflies from the U.S. and Canada begin a 2,000 mile migration to Mexico; in following spring, their great grandchildren return. 'Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies' is a two-day workshop combining classroom and field experiences where participants are taught by a team of experienced educators that provide participants with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs on their own.

This 2-day workshop enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs (but isn't limited to educators).
Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced teachers; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for creating butterfly gardens; Activities for any subject area; Proven models for engaging community support; On-going support.
Cost: $50 per person.
Visit www.dukefarms.org to register

FALCONCAM in the CLASSROOM Workshop             (Posted: 5-11-16)

Click HERE.

Free "Streaming the Barnegat Bay Watershed" Programs in May             (Posted: 5-3-16)

An exciting new program, funded through a grant from the Barnegat Bay Partnership, has been developed by Nature Photographer and Author Bob Birdsall and Field Ecologist Terry O'Leary. Entitled "Streaming the Creeks and Rivers in the Barnegat Bay Watershed," this program features stunning images as well as natural and cultural information for the 20 main streams that flow into the Barnegat Bay.

Following the streams from their headwaters in the Pine Barrens to their mouth at the bay, Birdsall, O'Leary, and a team of volunteers captured fascinating photographs and recorded the GPS locations of 175 waypoints along the streams.

Experience a virtual trip down the streams to the bay with Birdsall and O'Leary at two free presentations offered this May. They will present their program on May 14th at 10:30 a.m. at Jakes Branch County Park (1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood) and again on May 24th at 6:30 p.m. at Pinelands Preservation Alliance (17 Pemberton Road, Southampton Township). For more information about the presentations, contact Terry O'Leary at tmoleary@gmail.com.

The Barnegat Bay Partnership's Communication and Education Grant Program supports projects which increase public understanding of the bay's ecosystem and how humans impact it, promote stewardship of the bay's valuable resources, and encourage public participation in protecting and restoring the bay. For more information about the grant program and funded projects, visit http://bbp.ocean.edu/pages/242.asp or contact Karen Walzer at kwalzer@ocean.edu.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for April 28, 2016             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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Conference News

Conference Scholarships! There are opportunities for teachers, students, and nonformal educators. Applications due May 31.

Check out the FAQs for information about costs, schedules, hotels, proposals, volunteering, and more. 

Conference proposals are being reviewed and the results will be announced in early June. All submitters will be notified via email.  

Get the details >

WWF Climate Change Educator Resources

WWF is working to better understand how our changing climate impacts biodiversity and has developed learning resources for educators teaching advanced high school and college students. Read more >
 

Fact Sheet: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

The Obama Administration released this new report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it. The report includes an education initiative. Read more >
 

News from Natural Start

Learn how mindfulness and yoga with preschoolers can enhance children's learning and build essential skills for life. Travel with a naturalist and travel writer as he takes his baby on an epic journey to remote India. Hear about job opportunities in our field. Read more >
 

Children...and Nature

A mother and child sharing nature together...What could be better? What can environmental education do to provide more opportunities for all children and parents and encourage more children and teachers to take their playing and learning outside? Read more >

Join the eePRO Discussion!

Join the conversation with Darryl Ramos-Young, eePROs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group Moderator, in his latest post: How One Primarily White EE Organization is Rethinking Diversity
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PD - now and summer 2016             (Posted: 5-3-16)

NJ Dept of Ed: Science Education Short Courses

The Office of Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of two free on-line Science Education Short Courses. The Institute for Science + Math Education at the University of Washington is producing a series of "Short Courses," acting as resource guides through a particular topic. Short Courses incorporate STEM Teaching Tools, other resources created by our team, and helpful tools created by outside sources. The courses can be explored individually or in a group setting, such as a departmental professional learning community or a day of professional development. The first two short courses focus on formative assessment and how to adapt curriculum materials to meet the demands of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.

·         SHORT COURSE: How to Develop 3D Formative Assessments for the Science Classroom

·         SHORT COURSE: How to use Curriculum Adaptation to Adopt the New Vision for Science Education

Questions regarding the short courses should be sent to michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us.

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Exploring Stars through the Electromagnetic Spectrum (July 11, 2016)

Spend the day (and optional evening) in a local observatory, collaborating with fellow middle and high school science teachers as you explore stars and the electromagnetic spectrum through a variety of investigations. Reflect on how best to modify lessons to highlight specific NGSS Science and Engineering Practices in your own lessons.  More specifically, participants will carry out a series of activities that illuminate various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and their astronomical applications; engage in investigations that exemplify several of NGSS’s Science and Engineering Practices; and reflect on how the investigations were modified to encourage the engagement of Science Practices and crosscutting concepts, and think about how these investigations may fit into local curriculum units.

The workshop will take place on Monday July 11th, from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the New Jersey Astronomical Association (NJAA) Paul Robinson Observatory in High Bridge, NJ.  All participants (and their families!) are invited back to the Observatory (weather permitting) on the evening of the workshop for an optional private observing session from 7:30-9:30pm. Workshop registration may be found at www.njaa.org and workshop fee of $30 is due at registration and includes all materials, lunch, PD hours, and a 1-year membership to NJAA.  Space is limited to the first 25 applicants. For more information contact Theresa Moody (moody.theresa@gmail.com) or Missy Holzer, PhD (mholzer@monmouth.com). This workshop has been made possible by the support of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, the New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association, and SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).

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Sterling Hill Mining Museum 2016 GeoSTEM Academy: Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future (July 12-14, 2016)

Sterling Hill Mining Museum in scenic Sussex County is hosting their 2016 GeoSTEM Academy "Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future," July 12-14, 2016. New Jersey’s natural resources find their origin in the state’s rich and deep geologic history. Where did all these natural resources come from? Will there be enough for the future? This 3-day workshop explores New Jersey's deep geologic history (NGSS ESS1C) to find the origin of our natural resources and determine if they can be sustained (NGSS ESS3A). The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop, but the workshop also ventures out on a full-day field study to explore the 's geologic wonders of the region, which have provided us with natural resources for hundreds of years. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curricula related to the two Next Generation Science Standards stated above, as well as professional development hours. The registration fee for this 3-day event is $75 ($60 for the first 2 days only) which includes workshop materials, lunch and snacks. Discounted hotel accommodations are available. Visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/education/GeoSTEM.php for more information and to register.

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Climate Science & Sustainable Actions: A Summer Teacher Institute at Duke Farms (August 1-5, 2016)

Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons when you join a team of expert teacher-leaders for an action-packed weeklong summer institute.  Participating teachers will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ’s top experts and develop NGSS aligned lesson plans that will bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Ample opportunities will exist for networking and collaboration with other K-12 educators. The workshop will take place at Duke Farms (http://www.dukefarms.org) August 1-5, from 8AM to 3PM each day. The cost of the workshop is $150 per educator which includes all workshop materials and experiences, snacks, and lunch on Friday.  For more information go to: http://www.dukefarms.org/en/Programs/educators/Professional-Development/

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Duke Farms: Summer Opportunities for Educators!             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

Invitation to the 2016 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

The Art of Weeding             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Believe it or not, weeding is an art. Timing is everything when it comes to weeding. Pulling weeds before they make seeds and reproduce is crucial to successfully weeding your garden. Spring is the ideal time for major weeding projects because the ground is still soft and the weeds have not yet reproduced.

(Once the weeds in your garden produce seeds, you have missed your ideal window for pulling them out for the season.)

Many weeds are actually good for the garden and it is never bad to have a diversity of plants around – the more diverse the plant cover in your garden, the more resilient a living system you will encourage.

There are, however, a few primary concerns when it comes to weeds:

1.) Some weeds are invasive and can actually take over the garden if left unchecked.
2.) Weeds might not die when you pull them, so make sure to get the plant out from the root.
3.) The third concern is that some weeds compete for nutrients, water and sunlight with our intended plants in the garden.

Whether you are working in your own backyard, or leading a weeding project with a group of students in a school garden, here are some tips that will save you significant time and energy:

1.) Identify the weeding priorities in the garden, from highest to lowest priority.
2.) Focus on pulling out one to three types of weeds at a time (if working with young children, choose only one type of weed to pull at a time). 
3.) If you are weeding within a garden bed that is already planted, consider using a small hand-weeding tool or working by hand without any tools at all. A garden hoe can also be useful in a larger bed that is already planted.
4.) If you are working in an area of the garden that is not planted, a digging fork is the best tool for the job as you can use its tines to dig out the roots of the weeds. 

This piece was excerpted from Edible Gardening: 10 Essential Practices for Growing Your Own Food. If you haven't already, please download free PDF or purchase hard copy and share this resource with family, colleagues and friends. 

Read more about weeding the garden here.

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Summer Science PD Opportunities at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory             (Posted: --)



Here is an update about Summer 2016 Professional Development opportunities I am offering at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University. These will provide you with new resources for teaching K -12 Earth Science topics and the chance to reflect about incorporating the NGSS and other innovative strategies into your courses. 

1) "Product Review: "The Hackensack River Past, Present, and Future"
          18 - 19 Jul
     We have a grant from the Robert and Catherine Charitable Trust to develop curriculum materials centered on the Hackensack River. Draft versions are posted at http://earth2class.org/site/?page_id=9247.
     We are seeking 6 teachers to review what we have already created and make suggestions for our final versions. There is a stipend for participating in the two days of work on this.
     If interested, complete the application available from the link above and send it to me by 15 May.

2) Four-Day NGSS-State Standards Workshops
       We will offer three four-day workshops providing opportunities to explore the pertinent NGSS and State Standards, expand your "teaching bag of tricks," and enjoy special visits to area museums (AMNH and Sterling Hill Mining Museum, as appropriate.)
        Themes are:
             "Teaching about Weather and Climate" (25 - 28 July)
             "Teaching about Astronomy" (1 - 4 Aug)
             "Teaching about Minerals, Rocks, and Resources" (8 - 11 Aug).
        More information: http://earth2class.org/site/?page_id=7820.

        There is a $450 registration fee ($500 after 15 Jun) for each program. You will receive a certificate for 28 hours of PD activity, plus lots of useful resources for your classroom.
        We have also made arrangements to earn 2 graduate education credits in conjunction with each workshop. These are provided through St. Thomas Aquinas College at a special reduced rate ($1,200 for 2 credits.) 

3) Calendar Alert: 2016 LAMONT-DOHERTY OPEN HOUSE
     The LDEO Open House will take place on Saturday, 8 Oct. This is the one day every two years when this world-class research center is open to the general public.
      More information will be posted in the fall.

The Lamont Campus of Columbia University is located on Rt. 9W at the NJ/NY State Line. It is easily accible from Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 4.

Please send me any questions off-list. Also, please share this information with colleagues who may be interested.

I hope you can join us for one or more of these.

Thanks,

Dr. Michael J Passow
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Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Palisades, NY 10964
http://www.earth2class.org    (preferred e-mail and mailing address)

NESTA (National Earth Science Teachers Association)
President 2014 - 2016
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Science Teacher (ret.)
Dwight Morrow High School
Englewood, NJ 07631

Eco-Schools USA Top 5 Earth Month Activities             (Posted: 4-15-16)

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Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education             (Posted: 4-15-16)

In this publication, veteran farm and garden educator Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden through fifteen guiding principles and engaging stories from the field. The book features vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings, an inspiring foreword by Whitney Cohen of Life Lab, and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Dr. Sam Dennis of the Environmental Design Lab at UW-Madison.

Thanks to generous public health funding, free ebook downloads are currently available HERE.

Grants, plus stipends for teachers to review a new online unit             (Posted: 4-15-16)

 
The Branch
 
Spring 2016
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article GreenSchools for Early Childhood
GreenSchools for Early Childhood
 
By Rachel Bayer
 
Project Learning Tree has expanded its GreenSchools program to specifically meet the needs of younger learners. A set of 5 GreenSchools Investigations for Early Childhood teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
 
 
PLT Seeks K-2 Teachers to Review New Science Unit
PLT Seeks K-2 Teachers to Review New Science Units
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Project Learning Tree has drafted a new K-2 instructional unit, which is founded on NGSS Performance Expectations. Stipends are available for teachers selected to review the draft content this summer.
 
 
Apply for a GreenWorks Grant
GreenWorks! Grants Now Available
 
By James McGirt
 
Do you have an idea for a service-learning project for your students to improve the environment at your school or in your community? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tree to help get your project off the ground.
 
 
EE WEEK
Register for EE Week: April 17-23, 2016
 
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
Register for EE Week and you'll get a 10% discount on Project Learning Tree's PreK-8 e-Guide and Online Course. You'll also get benefits from other partners such as Green Teacher Magazine, Acorn Naturalists, Ranger Rick Magazine (National Wildlife Federation), Nature Watch, and World Water Monitoring Challenge.
 
 
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Literature Connection: Wild Ones: Observing City Critters
 
Literature Connection: Wild Ones, Observing City Critters
 
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
Readers are invited to play a game of I Spy along with this story’s main character, a family dog named Scooter. Use this book’s colorful illustrations to find urban wildlife that Scooter both does and does not detect.
 
 
 
 
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NJCORE Now Includes NGSS             (Posted: 4-15-16)

The DOE's NJCORE website now includes the NGSS. NJCORE is intended to be a common location to share science education resources, PD resources, and other documents that may be useful to colleagues. We have a lot of great science teaching happening across the state, this is an opportunity to contribute to the larger science teaching community.
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Spring/Summer Professional Development Workshops             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ

To register for any of these programs please visit http://jcnerr.org/education/educators.html If you have any questions contact Melanie at reding@marine.rutgers.edu 609-812-0649 x206

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands
May 14, 2016- register by 5/02/16 9:00- 3:30 PM
Registration Fee: $15 (Includes: lunch, WOW Guide, continuing education credits)
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is an instructional guide for educators that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide. WOW! has been called, "the most comprehensive introduction to wetland issues and definitions" by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). WOW! is a recommended resource by the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA).

Talking Trash: Marine Debris Workshop
July 20-21, 2016- register by 7/08/16 9:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: Free, funded by NOAA's Marine Debris Program (Includes: lunch, up to a $150 stipend, CECs, and high quality resources)
Join us for this fun and exciting two-day workshop focused on marine debris. We will use NOAA's curriculum Turning the Tide on Trash and An Educators Guide to Marine Debris, as we learn how to bring these activities into your classroom and informal settings. We'll blend research, STEM, stewardship and art as we explore the impacts of marine debris and ways that students and communities can raise awareness and help prevent this common problem that impacts our oceans and coasts. We'll explore current NJ marine debris removal projects funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Project and the variety of NOAA resources that exist. Attendees will be eligible to receive a stewardship stipend to use for a class marine debris project. Geared towards middle, high school and informal educators. Onsite lodging available.

Teachers on the Estuary: Benthic Habitats and Advanced Technologies Workshop
August 9-12, 2016- register by 7/30/16 9:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: $25 refundable deposit (Includes: snacks, lunch, $150 stipend, CECs, and high quality resources)
The Jacques Cousteau Reserve in partnership with the National Park Service, is offering an exciting 4-day workshop focused on advanced technologies and benthic habitats. Immerse your-self in real-world research as we explore a submerged marine habitat mapping project occurring at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, NJ while you build your ocean and climate literacy. Key topics of the workshop include bathymetry, bedforms and bottom types, benthic biological communities, sampling techniques and advanced technologies including: multi-beam sonar, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). You'll collaborate with other teachers, science educators and scientists as you explore ways to bring STEM and real-world science into your classroom. Geared towards middle and high school educators. Onsite Lodging available.

20th Annual Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops             (Posted: 3-28-16)

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20th Annual 
Delaware Estuary WatershedTeachers Workshops
 
Join us as we make our way down the estuary from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia to Central Delaware, exploring natural resources, diverse communities and unique, hands-on ways to engage students!  There’s something to learn at every corner, and we’ll give you interdisciplinary ways to make watersheds, water quality and the natural world come to life in your classroom!
 
Attend one, two, three or all four of ourworkshops!
July 18, Schuylkill and Berks Counties, PA
       Rural Waters 
July 19, Fairmount Water Works
        Urban Waters
July 20, DuPont Environmental Education Center
        WOW! Workshop and Wetland Exploration
July 21, Center for the Aquatic Sciences
        Citizen Scientist - You and Your Students too


Best part? We’ll bring the lunch! You will also walk away with 4-6 credit hours (professional development hours) per session plus curriculums and lessons ready to use in your classroom.
 
Teacher Workshop Participants 2014

Want to learn more?
View workshop descriptions, daily agendas and photos from last year’s adventures on our website
 
Register online here!
 
Questions? Contact Michelle Hoover at 1-800-445-4935 x.112 ormhoover@DelawareEstuary.org
Resources Available!
2015 Delaware Estuary Water Education Resource Guide
2015 Teacher Resource Guide

Find field trips, classroom speakers and opportunities for your students in this easy to use, estuary-wide guide!

Dowload a free copy on ourwebsite!
 
 
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Connecting people, science and nature for a healthy Delaware River and Bay.
 
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
110 S. Poplar Street, Suite 202
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 1-800-445-4935
www.DelawareEstuary.org
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Registration Now Open for the Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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EE Week Spring Citizen Science Resources & Activity Guides!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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New resources, expanded GreenSchools program             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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

This month we have lots of new resources to share with you!

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GreenSchools for Early Childhood
Project Learning Tree has expanded its GreenSchools program to specifically meet the needs of early childhood educators and younger learners. PLT's GreenSchools for Early Childhood includes an Educator Guide and five Investigations that teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more. To access the materials, login or create an account (it's free!)

Special Offer for EE Week
EE Week is the nation's largest annual celebration of environmental education that takes place this year April 17-23. Register for EE Week and you'll get a 10% discount on PLT's PreK-8 e-Guide and Online Course. You'll also get free "Greening STEM" materials and educator toolkits, plus benefits from other partners such as Green Teacher Magazine, Acorn Naturalists, Ranger Rick Magazine, Nature Watch, and World Water Monitoring Challenge.

Green TipsBurst into Spring with
Project BudBurst and PLT!

The clocks have changed, Spring is on its way! Take your students outside and get them to connect their seasonal observations about plants to those being made all across the country. They'll gain invaluable experience collecting data and contributing to ongoing scientific research about climate change.

  • Use Project Learning Tree's free activities, like "Bursting Buds," "Looking at Leaves," and PLT's School Site Investigation, to help your students make observations of plants.
  • Get your students to share their data by contributing to Project BudBurst's well-established citizen science project. They'll see their data appear on an online map and compare it to other data being recorded in their community and around the country.
  • Find plenty more resources to teach about phenology and how changes in climate affect a plant's lifecycle. For more information, see https://www.plt.org/newsletter-project-budburst-and-plt.

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

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2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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Global Education & Equitable Preparation: An Educator's Digest of Facts and Figures             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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EE Week Infographic Released & New Benefits Announced!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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2016 GeoSTEM Summer Academy for Middle School and High School Teachers             (Posted: 3-8-16)

Sterling Hill Mining Museum in scenic Sussex County is hosting their 2016 GeoSTEM Academy "Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future," July 12-14, 2016. New Jersey's natural resources find their origin in the state's rich and deep geologic history. Where did all these natural resources come from? Will there be enough for the future? This 3-day workshop explores New Jersey's deep geologic history (NGSS ESS1C) to find the origin of our natural resources and determine if they can be sustained (NGSS ESS3A). The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the perfect living laboratory to host such a workshop, but the workshop also ventures out on a full-day field study to explore the 's geologic wonders of the region, which have provided us with natural resources for hundreds of years. Attending teachers will receive classroom resources to effectively tie the content into their curriculums related to the two Next Generation Science Standards stated above. Additionally, professional development hours will be provided. The registration fee for this 3-day event is $75 ($60 for the first 2 days only) which includes workshop materials, lunch and snacks. Discounted hotel accommodations are available. Visit http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/education/GeoSTEM.php for more information and to register.

NJ Science Convention - Save the Date/Call for Program Proposals             (Posted: 2-26-16)

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"Celebrating 40 Years of Service to Science Education"

Save the Date

40th Annual New Jersey Science Convention

New Date: October 25th & 26th, 2016
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

2016 Banquet Speaker

Dr. David Gallo

American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Senior advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Center for Climate and Life, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Interested in Participating as a Presenter???

Consider submitting a program proposal or two...

Especially those K-12 programs that address:

K-12 Classroom Instructions Focusing on Implementation of NGSS...Lessons That Work!
Effective and Appropriate Use of Technology in the Classroom
STEM, STEAM
Middle School Integrated Science Curriculum
Earth Science Instruction with an Eye on NGSS.


Online program proposals are being accepted.
The priority deadline to submit a program is May 15, 2016
Submit Program Proposal

Please forward to colleagues who have quality programs to submit.
Additional convention information may be found on our website at:
http://www.njscienceconvention.org

Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:

NJSC Office Services
njscienceconvention@gmail.com

See you in October!

Nancy Evans Bennett and Lola Szobota
Convention Co-Chairs

EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources             (Posted: 2-22-16)

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The Branch newsletter, Winter 2016             (Posted: 2-22-16)

 
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Winter 2016
 
PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER  
 
 
Feature Article PLT in My Kids' Classroom
 
PLT in My Kids' Classroom
By Kyle Koyle
 
A parent found a way to introduce environmental education into busy teachers’ schedules at her own children’s school. Her “rock star” introduction to Project Learning Tree, combined with grade-level coaching, facilitated PLT into classrooms across the school.
 
 
 
NEWS & UPDATES
 
Project Learning Tree News Round Up
Project Learning Tree News Round-Up
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
 
This year we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary! In other exciting news, PLT is launching an Early Childhood online training, we recently awarded 24 GreenWorks! grants for service-learning projects across the country…and find out why we’re thrilled about the new federal education law.
 

TAKING ACTION
 
Student-Led Projects Improve the Environment
Student-Led Projects Improve the Environment
By Hope Rezendes
 
Building school gardens, reconstructing running trails, and creating maple sugar while learning about trees and forests. These are a few highlights from last year’s service-learning projects funded by Project Learning Tree’s GreenWorks! grants program.
 

EDUCATOR TIPS
 
Sounds Around
Sounds Around
By Karen Christenson
 
Sounds abound in every school yard! PLT’s Sounds Around activity offers wonderful opportunities for PreK-2 learners to explore sounds all around your neighborhood. Check out these ideas for comparing how sounds change from one season to the next.
 

RESOURCES
 
Literature Connection - Over and Under the Snow
 
Literature Connection: Over and Under the Snow
By Jaclyn Stallard
 
The winter season – and the changes it brings – offers many opportunities for nature-based study. Use this book to explore winter habitats, biodiversity, and even predator-prey relationships that all take place over and under the snow.
 
 
 
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Environmental Education K-12 Lesson Plans             (Posted: 2-17-16)

Teacher.org is a teacher advocacy site with many resources and classroom materials for teachers, including Environmental Education lesson plans. Click HERE.

Your Pocket Birding Coach             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve: Professional Development Workshops             (Posted: 2-3-16)

To register for any of these programs please visit http://jcnerr.org/education/educators.html If you have any questions contact Melanie at reding@marine.rutgers.edu 609-812-0649 x206

Advanced Technologies and Benthic Habitat Workshop
August 9-12, 2016- register by 7/30/16
9:00-4:00 PM each day
Registration: $25 deposit (Includes: snacks, lunch, $150 stipend, CEC's, and high quality resources)
The Jacques Cousteau Reserve in partnership with the National Park Service, is offering an exciting 4-day workshop focused on advanced technologies and benthic habitats. Immerse your-self in real-world research as we explore a submerged marine habitat mapping project occurring at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, NJ while you build your ocean and climate literacy. Key topics of the workshop include bathymetry, bedforms and bottom types, benthic biological communities, sampling techniques and advanced technologies including: multi-beam sonar, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). You'll collaborate with other teachers, science educators and scientists as you explore ways to bring STEM and real-world science into your classroom.

Cornell Ornithology Course Goes Online For the First Time             (Posted: 1-28-16)

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PLT GreenSchools Update, Jan 2016             (Posted: 1-27-16)

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

Happy New Year on behalf of PLT GreenSchools! We hope your year is off to a good start!

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Give Us Your Input, Get Classroom Resources!
Take our survey about i-Tree, an online tool that can help students learn about and assess the benefits of trees on their school site and in their local community. PLT is helping the U.S. Forest Service improve i-Tree for use by teachers and we are looking for input about the tool’s usability, how it can be made better for education, and support materials that would be useful in your classroom. The survey will take approx. 30 minutes to complete, and you can choose to enter o a raffle. Twenty individuals will be selected to win USFS and PLT GreenSchools items, plus free access to PLT's new online training for GreenSchools. Raffle will take place on Feb. 15, 2016.

 

Green Ribbon

Last Chance to Enter U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2016
Did you know, more than one quarter of the schools recognized as Green Ribbon Schools since the program began in 2012 are PLT GreenSchools? Nominations for 2016 are due to the U.S. Department of Education by Feb. 1.Schools are only eligible if nominated by state authorities.If you’ve not yet submitted an application, don’t delay – contact your state education agency today! Read our Blog post about last year’s winners.

Green Tips of the Month Green Tips

As the seasons change and your students and families migrate inside for winter, here are a few inexpensive “winterizing” solutions to combat the cold weather and stay warm.

  • Cover your air conditioner: If you can’t remove your window unit, consider covering it both inside and out. These covers help keep cold air from entering your school room or home through the space around the air conditioner.
  • Block drafts: Draft blockers are foam plates that fit behind light switches and electrical outlets to reduce drafts that enter through those spaces.
  • Install heat reflectors: These are thin sheets that fit behind radiators, to reflect heat away from the wall and into the room, thereby maximizing each radiator’s energy efficiency.
  • Upgrade your thermostat: Changing your thermostat to a programmable one allows you to control the temperature at different times of the day.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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