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CONTENTS:
OCSCD: Jersey-Friendly Yards Programs
Phragmites Teacher Resource Kit
ANJEC Environmental Congress, Workshop Proposal
Upcoming event for environmental educators
Enjoy the Latest Edition of i-Tree News
The 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase
NAAEE: eeNEWS for May 9, 2018
PLT: Summer Teacher Institutes, GreenWorks! Grants Available
Two Environmental Ed Events
A Little Green to Start Your Summer
SJ4S: Find Your Earthspiration
Trout in the Classroom looking for teachers for this exciting program
2018 CAMDEN ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT
Sustainable Jersey News
How CLEAN Supports Climate Education
SJ4S: Spring into Earth Week & May Webinar Opportunities!
In Search of Earth's Secrets...Visit our exhibits and giant inflatable ship
PLT News and Resources
Recent Announcements
Climate change education resource
NAAEE eeNEWS
NJA: 2018 Honeywell Institute of Ecosystems Ecology
SJ4S: Make Progress on Your Certification/Free Technical Assistance Opportunities
30% off Spring Field Ornithology online course
NWF: Take the School Climate Solutions Challenge
OCSCD: Jersey-Friendly Yards Programs             (Posted: 5-17-18)

May, 2018
Grow Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Join Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership and The Watershed Institute for our Jersey-Friendly Yards Series of Programs this growing season! FREE plant giveaways!
Wednesday, May 30 (7:00-9:00pm)
Water, Plants, Soil & Gardening on the Barrier Island
Join us for a public meeting and educational program, sponsored by the Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee and the Department of Public Works. Learn about rain gardens and gardening with native plants. Refreshments, giveaways and FREE native plants for Seaside Park residents. REGISTER: email environmental@seasideparknj.org. PROGRAM LOCATION: Seaside Park Council Chambers, 5th and Central Aves., Seaside Park, NJ.

Wednesday, June 6 (6:00-7:30pm)
Attracting Birds to Your Landscape
Explore perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees that are beneficial to birds and easy to grow in your yard, using the Jersey-Friendly Yards Plant Database. FREE native plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy, education@soildistrict.org, (609) 971-7002 ext 114 or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Tuesday, June 26 (2:00-3:00pm)
Showcasing the Island Heights Library's Jersey-Friendly Garden
Come explore the newly installed Jersey-Friendly Garden at the Island Heights Library. We will showcase native and Jersey-Friendly plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTRATION opens June 12, visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the calendar of events tab, search and register for program; or call (732) 270-6266. PROGRAM LOCATION: 121 Central Ave, Island Heights, NJ 08732. Program hosted by the Friends of the Island Heights Library and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Tuesday, July 10 (6:30-7:30pm)
Jersey-Friendly Yards: Landscaping for a Healthier Barnegat Bay
What we do in our yards has a direct impact on our health and the health of the Barnegat Bay. Learn how to create a beautiful, low-maintenance, bay-friendly landscape using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website. Be inspired by examples of successful Jersey-Friendly gardens. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTRATION opens June 26, visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the calendar of events tab, search and register for program, or call (609) 693-8566. PROGRAM LOCATION: 10 East Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731. Program hosted by the Lacey Library and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Sunday, July 22 (10:00-11:30am)
8 Steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard
The Jersey-Friendly Yards website is a tool for home gardeners to plan, design and install your own Jersey-Friendly garden. Explore the steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard and learn how to select plants appropriate for your own landscape. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Sunday, August 12 (10:00-11:30am)
Native Plants in the Landscape
Explore the benefits of native plants in the landscape. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to select native plants appropriate for your own yard. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Sunday, August 19 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Monday, September 17 (6:00-7:30pm)
Designing a Jersey-Friendly Garden for the Benefit of Wildlife
Jersey-Friendly plants offer myriad benefits to wildlife. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to design a garden or yard that will attract and support birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, September 15 (10:00am)
Showcasing the Pine Beach Jersey-Friendly Garden
Come explore the newly installed Jersey-Friendly Garden in Pine Beach. Join us for an indoor presentation and an outdoor tour of the garden. We will showcase native and Jersey-Friendly plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Juliane Esposito, pinebeachutilities@comcast.net. PROGRAM LOCATION: To be determined. Program hosted by the Pine Beach Environmental Commission and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Saturday, September 22 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, October 20 (8:00am-3:00pm)
Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference
"Inspiration for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard"
Save-the-date for our 2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference. Featuring an array of workshops, exhibitors, keynote speaker and a native plant sale. Registration opens in August.
Conference Location: Ocean County College campus, Gateway Building. More information to come! For questions email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114.


OCSCD | Education & Outreach | 609-971-7002 ext. 114 | education@soildistrict.org | www.soildistrict.org

Phragmites Teacher Resource Kit             (Posted: 5-16-18)

We are the Phearless Phragmites Phighters, a Community Problem Solving Team fighting against an invasive reed called Phragmites australis. Are you looking to improve upon NJ students' environmental knowledge and inspire them to take action on a local environmental issue?
If so, check out our new online teacher toolkit, PhragKit4Teachers.weebly.com
The toolkit includes: an eBook, a Virtual Reality field trip, station activities, an engineering design challenge, and ways to take action to control this invasive reed.
If you have any questions, contact us at PhragPhighters@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @PhragPhighters!
James and Ethan for the Phearless Phragmites Phighters

ANJEC Environmental Congress, Workshop Proposal             (Posted: 5-15-18)

ANJEC is pleased to announce our 45th Annual Environmental Congress on Friday, October 12th, at the Conference Center at Mercer County College.
We are now soliciting for workshop proposals for the 90 minute break-out sessions during the event.
Feel free to reach out with questions or other assistance I can offer.

Elizabeth Ritter
Deputy Director
ANJEC
973-539-7547
www.anjec.org

Call for proposals:
ANJEC is pleased to invite you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2018 Environmental Congress, scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2018 at Mercer County Community College. This year's theme is NJ's Next Regeneration. Please e-mail your completed workshop application to Elizabeth (Liz) Ritter (eritter@anjec.org) by June 7th.

Proposed Workshop Title *
The title should be descriptive of the workshop content
At least one presenter must be a current or former environmental commission member and be presenting on activity/advice for commissions.
No more than three presenters per workshop please, two is ideal.
Presenter 1* Name / Affiliation of Presenter 1 / Title Presenter 1 / Email of Presenter 1 * / Address of Presenter 1: City / State / Zip / Phone
Presenter 2 Name / Affiliation of Presenter 2 / Title Presenter 2 / Email of Presenter 2 * / Address of Presenter 2: City / State / Zip / Phone
Presenter 3 Name / Affiliation of Presenter 3 / Title Presenter 3 / Email of Presenter 3 * / Address of Presenter 3: City / State / Zip / Phone
Workshop Subject Area
Select all that apply.
o Recycling            o Legislative update, federal and state            o Pollution      o Energy
o Local Actions            o Water: supply, pollution, quality, flooding            o Stormwater/Green Infrastructure
o Open Space            o Conservation Education & Programs      o Env. Commission operations
o Other:_________________________

Workshop Description - This description will be used in the Congress program. Please do not exceed 150 words. No more than 3 presenters per 90-minute workshop, please.
Presenter 1 Qualifications & Biography / Presenter 2 Qualifications & Biography / Presenter 3 Qualifications & Biography

Upcoming event for environmental educators             (Posted: 5-15-18)

I'm going to be hosting an event for environmental educators at The Watershed Institute (formerly the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association) from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 13th. We will hear from our departing teacher-in-residence, Greg Hunter, about his year-long tenure with us focused on how environmental education activities can be integrated into school curricula as part of the Next Generation Science Standards. Afterwards we will have a roundtable discussion. You can read more about the event and RSVP HERE.

Kimber Ray
Program Coordinator

The Watershed Institute
formerly the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Watershed Center & Reserve | 31 Titus Mill Rd. | Pennington, NJ

Enjoy the Latest Edition of i-Tree News             (Posted: 5-15-18)

Click HERE.

The 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase             (Posted: 5-15-18)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for May 9, 2018             (Posted: --)

Click HERE.

PLT: Summer Teacher Institutes, GreenWorks! Grants Available             (Posted: 5-15-18)

Two Environmental Ed Events             (Posted: 5-9-18)

1. Project WILD Update: 
Project WILD staff at the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies invite all Project WILD Facilitators to join us for a one-hour webinar on new and updated content in Project WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide.

Title: Meet the New WILD Guide: An Orientation for Project WILD Facilitators

When: May 30, 2018 1:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/regist er/52b8a36da17fea6134538d7d448 1ef37

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. A recording of the meeting will be made available.

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2. Educators Roundtable:
Join environmental educators from across the state for a presentation and roundtable discussion addressing Next Generation Science Standards and environmental education programming.

To start off, we will hear from 6th grade science teacher Greg Hunter, who is concluding his year-long tenure as a Teacher-in-Residence at The Watershed Institute. Over the course of this past year, Greg has been exploring approaches to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into environmental education programming.

Afterwards, we will break into an informal roundtable discussion where attendees are invited to learn from each other's successes by sharing what they do well and how they do it. Our focus will be on implementing NGSS, as well as general program highlights and best practices. We will then conclude with a short discussion of questions posed in advance by attendees. To share what topics of interest that you would like to discuss with your peers in environmental education, please click here.

Please direct questions or comments related to this program to Kimber Ray at kray@thewatershed.org

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-roundtable-discussion-for-environmental-educators-tickets-45737942417

A Little Green to Start Your Summer             (Posted: 5-9-18)

Click HERE.

SJ4S: Find Your Earthspiration             (Posted: 5-9-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
300 Districts     747 Schools     Participating
An Endless Stream of Earthspiration! 
Follow Sustainable Jersey for Schools @sj_schools 
on Twitter


Transforming your school through your sustainability efforts can be a big undertaking. Let the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Twitter feed take you to your happy place. 

Your peers are flooding the feed with inspirational initiatives from schools all across the state, providing a constant stream of "earthspiration"! 

Follow us today and share your success stories by tagging @sj_schools. 


Curriculum Mapping: A Tool for Collaboration & Continuity
May 9, 2018 3:00 PM
REGISTER
Through curriculum mapping, teachers and administrators can document and share with each other the what's and how's of delivering curricula for different subjects, grade levels and classrooms, including teachers' reflections on the activities, assessments, and resources they used to support instruction. The resulting database provides a wealth of information for enhancing the learning and teaching environment. The mapping process facilitates greater collaboration among teachers and highlights opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction. Join Jamie Cloud from the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education as we take a deeper dive into the Curriculum Mapping action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program and explore various approaches/tools for mapping. 

Linking School Wellness to Sustainability Initiatives 
May 23, 2018 3:00 PM
Learn how to establish and sustain an active School Wellness Council that proactively works to promote and advocate for student and staff health and a healthy school environment. Become familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Self-assessment and Planning Tool, the School Health Index (SHI), and learn how developing a School Health Improvement Plan can further your sustainability goals. Join Health & Wellness Task for member Sue Cornell, Director of Healthy U at the NJ State Alliance of YMCA's as we take a deeper dive into the School Wellness action within the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
NJ Sustainability Summit: 12 Breakout Sessions!


The 2018 Sustainability Summit will focus on research, successful models, and available resources that contribute to each of us working together to build local capacity for change. Read about the breakout sessions.


Thursday, June 21, 2018 
at The College of New Jersey
REGISTER
$35: Elected and appointed officials; public and non-profit employees, green team volunteers
$100: All other attendees
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ARTS EDUCATION SERIES: Transforming Schools Through the Power of the Arts
FEA Conference Center, Monroe, NJ
May 7th 9am-3pm "An Introduction to the New NJ Student Learning Standards and the National Arts Standards"
Registration fee is $149 per workshop - Title I schools receive a 50% discount ($75). More information here. 

WEBINAR: Why Sustainable Procurement is Worth It...and Necessary
May 7th 2pm-3pm
Sustainable CT, Sustainable Pennsylvania, and Sustainable Jersey are collaborating to co-sponsor this free webinar, which will provide an overview of sustainable procurement, why it's important, the benefits, recommended first steps for a municipality to get started, and a case study of Portland's journey. Register here. 

STUDENT CLIMATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
May 12th  12:30pm-5:30pm, Princeton Day School
The Student Climate Leadership Conference is a free conference created by high school students to share and learn about climate change and sustainability. More information here.

OCEAN FUN DAYS 15TH ANNIVERSARY
May 19th  11am-3pm, Island Beach State Park- Seaside Park, NJ
May 20th 11am-3pm, NJ Sea Grant Consortium- Highlands, NJ
Don't miss NJNG's 15th annual Ocean Fun Days and celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, classes, nature tours and children's activities. Learn from marine scientists, researchers and environmentalist how to preserve our coastal resources so we can all continue to enjoy them for years to come. Free family event. More information  here.
 
CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION- Curriculum Design Studio
August 6-10,  Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Join the Cloud Institute for a 5-day curriculum design studio in August, where educators, administrators, and program designers will learn how to design and embed EfS into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time!
Held at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, you will get access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you will create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Come yourself or bring a team! Register today. Space is limited. Scholarships available through Omega Institute. 

PSEG & OASIS 5TH ANNUAL SOLAR JAM 2018
May 19th  10am-2pm, Princeton High School  (Register by May 5th)
The Solar Jam is a competitive solar powered car race for students in grades 3-8! Information flyer.  Race Rules. 
 
PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
May 11, 2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here

NJADP STATEWIDE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING (Free)
May 4,2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

Trout in the Classroom looking for teachers for this exciting program             (Posted: 5-9-18)

Be part of this hands-on, interdisciplinary program for students
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Bring Trout to YOUR Classroom!

2018 CAMDEN ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT             (Posted: 5-9-18)

Resilient Camden - Wednesday, June 6, 2018 / 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Rutgers_Camden Capus Center
326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102

As the only event of its kind in the region, the Camden Environmental Summit provides an opportunity for community groups, nonprofit organizations, environmental leaders, and government officials to unite under a common agenda, educate one another on the importance and effectiveness of collaboration to address stormwater management, climate resilience, brownfields redevelopment, illegal dumping, health, environmental education, and make progress toward the goal of improving the quality of life for Camden's residents.

The City of Camden, with support from Cooper's Ferry Partnership, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, United States Environmental Protection Agency, launched the Camden Collaborative Initiative (CCI) in 2013. The Collaborative is building upon the success of environmental initiatives underway, made possible by the efforts and resources of multiple partners that have voluntarily come together to address the complex environmental issues present in the City. The CCI was formed to realize the many opportunities to maintain, restore, and enhance the environmental resources in Camden. Through seven separate working groups, the CCI tackles the City's complex environmental issues and mitigates the impacts of environmental injustices. The CCI facilitates and leverages partnerships for proactive, holistic, and innovative solutions to help Camden become a vibrant and sustainable city. To date, the CCI has connected and engaged with over 60 partners throughout the region to further improve the quality of life for Camden residents.

Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-camden-environmental-summit-tickets-9553606093

Sustainable Jersey News             (Posted: 5-8-18)

Reserve Your Spot at the 2018 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
New Jersey Sustainability Summit

How CLEAN Supports Climate Education             (Posted: 5-8-18)

If you are looking for peer-reviewed, high quality classroom resources for teaching about climate and energy topics at middle school, high school, and undergraduate levels, look no further than the CLEAN portal!

The CLEAN collection contains a wide range of activities, demonstrations, experiments, visualizations, and videos—everything you need to create data-rich and authentic lessons on climate and energy. The collection can be searched by grade level, content, resource type, and whether or not students work with scientific data.

We need your help getting CLEAN resources out to educators.

If you are able to share our resources in your newsletter, listserv, or over social media, you can help us make a difference in the world of climate education. Please take a look at the CLEAN Media Kit for ideas and be sure to tag us using our social media handles:

v Facebook: @CLEANET
v  Twitter: @ClimateLit
v Instagam: @cleanetwork

Take a look at our CLEAN Media Kit for guidance on social media postings and email/newsletter blurbs.

We want to thank you for your commitment to climate and energy education.

The CLEAN Team

CLEAN Principal Investigators:
Dr. Anne Gold, University of Colorado, CIRES, Boulder, CO
Dr. Susan Sullivan, University of Colorado, CIRES, Boulder, CO

SJ4S: Spring into Earth Week & May Webinar Opportunities!             (Posted: 5-8-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
300 Districts     739 Schools     Participating



Linking School Wellness to Sustainability Initiatives 
May 23, 2018 3:00 PM

Learn how to establish and sustain an active School Wellness Council that proactively works to promote and advocate for student and staff health and a healthy school environment. Become familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Self-assessment and Planning Tool, the School Health Index (SHI), and learn how developing a School Health Improvement Plan can further your sustainability goals. Join Health & Wellness Task for member Sue Cornell, Director of Healthy U at the NJ State Alliance of YMCA's as we take a deeper dive into the School Wellness action within the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
Registration Now Open for the Sustainability Summit!

Plenary Session 2017
New Jersey's premier sustainability event is back! The New Jersey Sustainability Summit will be
hosting expert speakers and case studies on community approaches to energy, balancing sustainability with social equity, capacity building for school and municipal green teams, reducing single use plastics, and other topics essential to our individual and collective well being. For more information, click here. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018 
at The College of New Jersey
REGISTER
$35: Elected and appointed officials; public and non-profit employees, green team volunteers
$100: All other attendees
Welcome Newly Registered Schools!

Camden County
Howard M. Phifer Middle School (Pennsauken)
 
Middlesex County
A. Chester Redshaw Elementary School (New Brunswick)
Morris County
Chatham High School
Randolph High School 
Randolph Township School District
 
Warren County
Knowlton Township Elementary School
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION- Curriculum Design Studio
August 6-10,  Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Join the Cloud Institute for a 5-day curriculum design studio in August, where educators, administrators, and program designers will learn how to design and embed EfS into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time!
Held at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, you will get access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you will create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Come yourself or bring a team! Register today. Space is limited. Scholarships available through Omega Institute. 


PSEG & OASIS 5TH ANNUAL SOLAR JAM 2018
May 19th  10am-2pm, Princeton High School  (Register by May 5th)
The Solar Jam is a competitive solar powered car race for students in grades 3-8! Information flyer.  Race Rules. 

2018 New Jersey Sustainability Summit
June 21st 9am-3:30pm, The College of New Jersey- Ewing, NJ
Every year Sustainable Jersey brings a unique mix of public, private, state and local partners together to support communities in achieving remarkable progress.  Last year, over 300 people attended the 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit to find ways that we can all work together to build local capacity for change and have a collective impact.  Stay tuned for more information and registration link coming soon! 

PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
May 11, 2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here

EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

In Search of Earth's Secrets...Visit our exhibits and giant inflatable ship             (Posted: 5-8-18)

Join us in New Brunswick for some very special events and a cool new exhibit. In Search of Earth's Secrets aims to increase awareness and excitement about ocean/earth science and careers through activities, exhibits and a 40-foot inflatable ship (see below). This program, which is funded by NSF, is the result of a partnership between the International Ocean Discovery Program, Rutgers University, the New Brunswick Free Public Library, the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ, and 4-H.
Information on these events and the exhibit can be found HERE.

PLT News and Resources             (Posted: 5-4-18)

2121 K Street NW, Suite 750 • Washington, DC 20037 • United States

Recent Announcements             (Posted: 5-3-18)

Recruiting Science Teachers in Grades 6-8 to Field Test Science Curriculum Materials
Earth Science Resources Grades 9-12
Instructional Module Introduction Webinar
Polar-ICE Data Stories Webinar Series - Final Two Announced
Eye on Climate Change Summit Announced
NGSS Connections: Engineering in the High School Science Classroom Professional Development Opportunities
PRISM Workshops - NEW Workshops Added - Register Now!

Climate change education resource             (Posted: 4-30-18)

"Animals at Risk from Climate Change."
The complex interaction of biological traits and environmental conditions that cause a species to be susceptible to climate change and the basics of the carbon cycle are made simple and understandable through illustrations, symbols and brief explanatory text. Thoroughly documented to studies from reliable sources, including the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group, NASA, NOAA, the US EPA, and the IPCC, the resource features 25 animals that highlight the fundamental impacts of greenhouse gases-causes, effects and risk of extinction-on all forms of life on the planet.
This material is available as a full color wall poster, a 70 page downloadable PDF presentation, and online on our free educational website at http://theglobaleducationproject.org/climate-change.
To order or to view all of the elements of the poster and presentation, please visit: www.theglobaleducationproject.org/climate-change/poster

NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 4-13-18)

eeNEWS for April 10, 2018
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Note from the Executive Director March 2018
TO: EE Job Seekers (or Friends of...): March 26, 2018
eeNEWS for March 21, 2018
eeNEWS for March 7, 2018

NJA: 2018 Honeywell Institute of Ecosystems Ecology             (Posted: 3-15-18)

Click HERE.

SJ4S: Make Progress on Your Certification/Free Technical Assistance Opportunities             (Posted: 3-15-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
298 Districts     733 Schools     Participating
Free Technical Assistance Opportunities

Making Progress On Your Certification Webinar
March 6th 3-4pm

Working on Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification? The next application deadline is March 30th. This webinar will help you understand the application feedback process, submission cycle, and how to organize your materials for success. Register here. 
New Green Design Action Webinar
March 21st 1:00-2:00pm

Learn about the newly added suite of Green Design actions for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Actions include "Green Building Training", "Green Building Policy" and "Design/Build/Certify New Construction & Major Renovations Using a Green Standard". Whether your school facility is new or old join us to learn best practices for your school's next renovation. Register here. 

Free Technical Support on Energy Initiatives

Sustainable Jersey is once again partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide a powerful program to assist municipalities and school districts within NJNG service territory in completing the Sustainable Jersey energy actions. Efforts will be focused on improving building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning, and upgrades, but may also include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements. For more information click here.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018, at 11:59pm. Information & application here. 

Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant and Technical Assistance Program

We are pleased to announce that The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is partnering with Sustainable Jersey to offer a Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant and Technical Assistance Program. The program will support municipal or school district efforts to undertake their own floodplain reforestation initiative on public or private land (with written permission from the landowner).  Program participants will receive technical assistance to design restoration projects and funding to cover the material costs of floodplain reforestation.  Projects costing between $1,000 and $20,000 are eligible. 

Application Deadline: Friday, March 16th  Information and application link here. 
  Welcome Newly Registered Schools!
Hunterdon County
Alexandria Township School District
Lester D. Wilson Elementary School (Alexandria)
Monmouth County
Ocean Township Intermediate Middle School

Morris County
Hilldale Elementary School (Montville)
Lincoln Roosevelt Elementary School (Roxbury)
 
Warren County
Washington Borough School District 
Taylor Street Elementary School (Washington Borough)
Washington Memorial Elementary School 


  New Jersey School Boards Association
 Sustainable Practices Working Sessions
March 15, 9:00-3:00pm at NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton

Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive four board member academy credits and four sustainability credits for participation in this working session. NJSBA, in cooperation with the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) and the NJ School Building and Grounds Association, is offering six Continuing Education Credits (#CE-00084) toward certification for schools facilities managers attending this program. Attendance can also contribute toward the sustainability training totals for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. Register individuals, board members and green teams here. 
 Arts Education Workshop Series 
Transforming Schools Through the Power of Arts 
All Workshops will be held at the Foundation for Educational Administration Conference Center, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe NJ.  Fee: $149 per workshop. Title I schools receive a 50% discount. Register here. 

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday June 21st
2018 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

Sustainable Jersey brings a unique mix of public and private, state and local partners together to support communities and schools in achieving remarkable progress. Last year over 300 people attended the 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit to help build consensus on the future we want. More information and registration link coming soon!
Action for Healthy Kids Grants Available

Help your school become healthier with a Parents for Healthy Kids or School Breakfast grant for the 2018-2019 school year. Receive funding and technical assistance to increase physical activity opportunities, improve nutrition initiatives, engage parents in school wellness or increase breakfast participation. Learn more and apply before the deadline on April 6, 2018.

Student Climate Leadership Conference Call for Proposals 
May 12th 12:30-5:30pm, Princeton

The Student Climate Leadership Conference is a free conference created by high school students for high school students to share and learn about climate change and sustainability. 

Proposals are now being accepted from any high school student or team of students for a 10 minute presentation. Each presenter/team must have a faculty advisor.  Presentation categories include: 
  • Sustainability Practices at Your School
  • Personal Green Activism
  • Programs, Internships, Conferences You've Attended
  • Climate Change (water, desertification,migration, biodiversity)
Proposal forms can be found here.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

"From Roof to Curb: Taking a Comprehensive Approach to IAQ Management Through Preventative Maintenance" 
EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools 
WEBINAR: Thursday March 8, 1:00-2:30pm
Participants will learn how to develop and implement a tailored IAQ preventative maintenance plan using a model, as well as other guidance and resources, to promote healthy, reliable and efficient school buildings.

SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE - SAVE THE DATE!
March 23, 8:15-2:30pm at Monmouth County Agriculture Building, Freehold
The mission of the School Garden Conference is to support schools that want to create, or already have, a school garden, and address their needs and issues on an individual basis. Combining gardening information with environmental education, the School Garden Conference empowers school personnel to create real world, authentic outdoor learning experiences for their students. Registration is $25.  More information here. 

PSEG & OASIS 5TH ANNUAL SOLAR JAM 2018
May 19th  10am-2pm, Princeton High School  (Register by May 5th)
The Solar Jam is a competitive solar powered car race for students in grades 3-8! Information flyer.  Race Rules. 

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON 2018 TEACHER'S SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY
July 23-27, 2018 9am-3pm daily. 
Limited to 14 participants! Apply by March 15th
Explore ecology, natural history and sustainability concepts while discovering forested regions of the NJ Highlands and Passaic River watershed. Experience over 20 field investigations aligned with NJ's Student Learning Standards for Science and Eco-Schools USA. Includes $250 stipend and teaching. Apply by March 15th.
  
PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
March 2, 2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
April 27, 2018 8am-12:30 Neptune, NJ
May 11, 2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here

NJADP STATEWIDE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING (Free)
March 23, 2018 8am-12:30 Neptune, NJ
April 20,2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
May 4,2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

30% off Spring Field Ornithology online course             (Posted: 3-6-18)


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Spring migration is beginning. Are you ready to greet the birds coming to your neighborhood by name? 

Perhaps you feel like there are so many birds in your field guide that you don't know where to begin? 

Or you're curious about who's singing in your backyard, but don't have the tools to figure it out?

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Spring Field Ornithology is a friendly week-by-week guide designed to help you get to know birds that arrive in the Northeast as the snow melts and the trees start budding. This popular course has been led by the world-renowned ornithologist Steve Kress for more than 40 years, and is now available online for bird enthusiasts everywhere to enjoy. 

Take it at Your Own Speed

Starting March 29 and continuing through the spring, each week brings you two new video lectures and a colorful quiz focusing on the birds of the week. It is self-paced and all the materials can be accessed through December 1 so you can watch at your convenience and practice throughout the year.

Discover the Joy of Knowing the Birds Around You

Join the flock of thousands who have deepened their appreciation of nature with Spring Field Ornithology.

Our special early-bird sale is going on now for a limited time! For the month of March receive 30% off the regular price. 

Learn more

Looking forward to spring!

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Mya Thompson
 
Bird Academy Project Leader · Cornell Lab of Ornithology · birdacademy@cornell.edu
 
 
Along with in-depth interactive features like Bird Song Hero, Wall of Birds, and All About Bird Anatomy, Bird Academy hosts a media library, colorful articles, and courses—including the Be a Better Birder tutorials, Spring Field Ornithology, and more.
 
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's mission is to interpret and conserve the natural world. Become a member or donate today.
 
 
  


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