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CONTENTS:
NAAEE: EE News for June 24, 2015
Sustainability Summit Presentations Now Available
NAAEE EE News for June 12, 2015
Summer Reading List -- PLT GreenSchools! Update June 2015
Computer Vision Helps ID Birds
2015 Delaware Estuary Teacher Workshops
New Summer Institutes Explore the Next Generation Science Standards
Workshop: 4-H Science of Soil (SOS)
Handy New Guides to Waterfowl ID
Professional Development at Duke Farms
HONEYWELL INSTITUTE FOR ECOSYSTEMS EDUCATION: A Framework for School Sustainability Using the Lens of Environmental Responsibility
Great News for Educators from Duke Farms
Free Science Field Training Program for Educators in Pine Barrens
DEP Publishes Centennial Update of State Geologic Map
Your Students - Butterfly Heroes!
Summer Workshops about the Hackensack River
Schedule A Pequest Educational Program Now!
New Jersey Audubon invites you to attend these professional development institutes
NAAEE: EE News for June 24, 2015             (Posted: 6-25-15)


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Conference Registration is Open!
Registration is now open for one of NAAEE’s most anticipated conferences ever! Check out the registration packet to learn about the exciting lineup of keynote speakers, workshops, and concurrent sessions, along with the Research Symposium, and special events. There are great opportunities to explore the San Diego area, including a Research Symposium workshop at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, amazing field trips that include one binational excursion, and even a pre-conference excursion to spectacular Santa Cruz Island.

Volunteers Needed
It takes more than 100 onsite volunteers to keep the conference running smoothly, and we welcome your participation. Volunteers assist with registration, monitoring sessions, setting up and assisting with events, and many other tasks. Volunteers who work one half-day shift can attend one full day of the conference for free. To sign up, complete the online form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers. For more information, contact us at conference@naaee.org.

Proposal Review Results
If you submitted a proposal for the 2015 conference, you should have received email notification of the review results in early June. If you haven’t heard from us: (1) review your spam folder for messages from Do_Not_Reply@allacademic.com; (2) check with the primary contact for your session; or (3) log in on the NAAEE web site, click the link to edit your proposal, and check your All Academic inbox.

Learn more about the conference and Register!


Webinar: Ideas and Tools for Effective Evaluation

Sponsored by NAAEE and the Affiliate Network
June 30, 2015, 4:00 PM ET

Excellent! You have decided to conduct an evaluation. Although the task may initially seem daunting, an understanding of the steps involved can make the entire process easier to manage. Join us to explore the basics of evaluation in environmental education and investigate examples of innovative, manageable strategies for evaluating your programs. Embark on a virtual tour of MEERA, My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant, to find tools and resources to help you understand your impact and tell your story.

Presenter: Dr. Michaela Zint, Professor of Environmental Education and Communication, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment.

Dr. Zint’s evaluative research focuses on how environmental education can best encourage individuals to act in ways that will contribute to environmental quality. Dr. Zint has led and published a number of environmental education program evaluations, developed two national program evaluation systems, and created “My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant” (MEERA, www.meera.snre.umich.edu), a free resource to support the evaluation efforts of environmental educators.

https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/onstage...


Excellence in EE Awards: Call for Nominations

Deadline: July 31, 2015
Help NAAEE recognize individuals and organizations that excel in EE by nominating them for one of our annual awards, including our highest honor, the Walter E. Jeske Award. The Call for Nominations is now open; the awards will be presented on October 18 at the Annual Awards Luncheon at the 2015 NAAEE Annual Conference. Nominate online.

http://www.naaee.net/programs/awards


North American Events, Training, Announcements


2015 CELF Summer Institute: Education for Sustainability

July 20–23, 2015 ~ Purchase, New York
Join the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) this summer at Reid Castle for their K–12 educators professional development experience. Dive into the critical field of Educating for Sustainability with experts in the field and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Learn by doing and come away with new insights and place-based teaching methods that meet and exceed Common Core standards.

http://www.celfeducation.org/WhatWeDo...


Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

Call for Proposals: Childhood for a Sustainable Future

Deadline: September 28, 2015
Event Dates: March 31–April 3, 2016 ~ San José, Costa Rica

The Global Summit will explore the role of childhood in contributing to a positive human future during a time of rapid change. Add your voice to the diverse perspectives and expertise of Summit delegates from around the world. Beyond developing a shared vision of a better world for children, the 2016 Global Summit on Childhood is an opportunity for collective action to celebrate innovative research, policies, and practices that support a positive childhood.

http://www.acei.org/images/stories/Summit2016Call...


CFP: Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Volume 21 (2016): Emotions and Environmental Education

Deadline: November 1, 2015
Fear. Shame. Guilt. Anger. Despair. Apathy. Frustration. Wonder. Compassion. Empathy. Desire. Joy. Love. Hope. How might these influence EE? We have long known that knowledge alone is insufficient to cultivate flourishing natural and human communities; many seem well aware of environmental problems yet continue to engage in destructive practices. Attending to emotional dimensions of environmental learning may be key. Canadian Journal of EE is seeking papers on emotions and EE.

http://cjee.lakeheadu.ca


Resources for Students and Educators

Is it Time, Yet?

Written by NAAEE member, Lynn Levine, Is it Time, Yet? is a picture book story for ages 4–10 about, Spot’s (a yellow spotted salamander) early spring journey to a vernal pool to find a mate. On the way, Spot meets with a Leo the wood frog, Blue Speckle (another salamander), Ol’ Uncle Dot, and a young boy who helps him avoid cars and safely cross the road.

http://www.heartwoodpress.com/is-it-time%2c-yet.html


Project Localize

Project Localize is a customizable curriculum for students and teachers to explore sustainability locally while building knowledge and skills in research, math science, digital technologies, and art through project-based learning. The program provides mentoring for both students and teachers at key points in the learning experience. Students participate in field trips to visit local food producers as they employ journalistic practice in gathering the information for their artwork.

http://lexiconofsustainability.com/project-localize


Climate Change and Questions of Justice

Climate Change and Questions of Justice explores the causes and effects of global warming and delves into questions of who is most responsible for, and vulnerable to, the changing climate. Students grapple with how to respond to climate change at local, national, and international levels in ways that are both effective and fair. The unit includes:

  • A content-rich Student Text containing 60 pages of text, primary sources, images, maps, and data;
  • A Teacher’s Guide with study guides and graphic organizers, and seven lessons; and
  • Short videos featuring leading experts on climate change answering questions that complete the readings and lessons. All videos are available free from choices.edu/climatechange

The unit is available in digital and print formats. Bulk pricing available. Request a preview copy via email choices@brown.edu.

http://choices.edu/climatechange


K–12 Sustainability Curriculum

Deadline: June 30, 2015
The Center for Green Schools invites teachers to participate in their new online platform for K–12 sustainability curricular content. Launching in August 2015, the site will be tested throughout the upcoming school year. Participants will commit to five lessons and then provide feedback through online surveys. Questions? Contact: schools@usqgbc.org

http://centerforgreenschools.org


New Book on Ecology and Sustainable Development

Ecosystems and Sustainable Development X from WIT Press, contains some of the papers presented at the 10th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, held in Valencia, Spain, and organized by the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Wessex Institute, UK.

http://www.witpress.com/books/978-1-84564-900-5


DIY Lake Science App

Investigate freshwater ecosystems where you live with this new DIY Lake Science App from UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, funded by the National Science Foundation. The field adventures include making a viewscope to look for underwater plants and animals and crafting a Secchi disc used in measuring water clarity. The app also includes indoor activities.

http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/...

Sustainability Summit Presentations Now Available             (Posted: 6-25-15)

Click HERE.

NAAEE EE News for June 12, 2015             (Posted: --)

EENews


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Conference Registration is Open!
Registration opens today for one of NAAEE’s most anticipated conferences ever! Check out the registration packet to learn about the exciting lineup of keynote speakers, workshops, and concurrent sessions, along with the Research Symposium, and special events. There are great opportunities to explore the San Diego area, including a Research Symposium workshop at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, amazing field trips that include one binational excursion, and even a pre-conference excursion to spectacular Santa Cruz Island.

Proposal Review Results
If you submitted a proposal for the 2015 conference, watch for email notification of the review results this week. These messages are sent from Do_Not_Reply@allacademic.com; please make sure you can receive email from this address.

Learn more about the conference and Register!


News from Natural Start

Join a group of preschoolers as they paint outdoors on a perfect fall day, meet an educator aiming to open six forest preschools in the Seattle area, and learn what's new across the Natural Start Alliance.

http://naturalstart.org


Awards, Grants, Contests

Antarctic Art Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2015
The Antarctic Art Contest is seeking entries that explore and interpret Antarctic research and science related to an ice core that engineers and scientists drilled from the center of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Scientists are examining the ice core to make new observations and generate new ideas about the last 100,000 years of climate history. Winning artwork will be displayed in exhibits from Alaska to Antarctica and will be posted on an online gallery.

http://www.waisartcontest.org


North American Events, Training, Announcements

NEEEA 2015 Conference ~ New Hampshire

November 8–10, 2015 ~ Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Environmental Educators and the New England Environmental Education Alliance are hosting the 2015 NEEEA conference, "Climate of Change." This conference will bring together scientists, communications experts, educators, students, and others to present the latest on climate and environmental education changes, and lead discussions on relative roles and ways to facilitate positive changes in communities.

http://www.neeea.org


Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

Call for Proposals: Childhood for a Sustainable Future

Deadline: September 28, 2015
Event Dates: March 31–April 3, 2016 ~ San José, Costa Rica

The Global Summit will explore the role of childhood in contributing to a positive human future during a time of rapid change. Add your voice to the diverse perspectives and expertise of Summit delegates from around the world. Beyond developing a shared vision of a better world for children, the 2016 Global Summit on Childhood is an opportunity for collective action to celebrate innovative research, policies, and practices that support a positive childhood.

http://www.acei.org/images/stories/Summit2016Call...


Sustainability and Education Policy Network National Survey

How are Canadian schools creating a sustainable future? How can we do better? Have your voice heard by taking the Sustainability and Education Policy Network's (SEPN) National Survey about the relationship between sustainability policy and practice in Canadian formal education. Participants will be entered to win one of 80 pre-loaded $40 VISA gift cards and other prizes. Contact SEPN Project Manager, Nicola Chopin (nicola.chopin@usask.ca) with questions.

https://usaskssrl.eu.qualtrics.com/...


Resources for Students and Educators

Fostering Reasonableness

Edited by Rachel Kaplan and Avik Basu. Published by: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2015.
Fostering Reasonableness puts forth evidence for the concept that environments that support our informational needs help us to be our “reasonable” selves. The goal of this book is to show how creating the right conditions brings out the best in people, to create, inspire, and improve the world we share. Kaplan and Basu provide an overarching framework for the Reasonable Person Model (RPM) with practical applications, such as education in the penal system, conservation in urban locales, and many others.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/...


Wrenched

Wrenched has just been released by Bullfrog Films, and captures the generations of eco-activists, from the 1960s to the present day, inspired by Edward Abbey's passionate defense of wilderness in The Monkey Wrench Gang. The film asks, "How far are we willing go in defense of wilderness?"

http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/wrench.html


Graduation Pledge

The Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is the international coordinating body for schools using the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. The Pledge was established in 1987 at Humboldt State University in California by socially and environmentally committed students who were graduating, and since has been implemented at over 300 high schools, universities, and professional schools. The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states:

"I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

http://www.graduationpledge.org

Summer Reading List -- PLT GreenSchools! Update June 2015             (Posted: 6-24-15)

Project Learning Tree

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

On behalf of PLT GreenSchools!, I hope your school year was a great one. We wish you a well-earned break and here are some tips we hope you will find useful as you head into summer vacation.

summer reading list

Keep Students (and Yourself!) Engaged with PLT's Summer Reading List
Whether you’re making plans for a faraway vacation, or getting ready for some local summertime fun, take a look at our top summer reading picks for kids and adults. From informative nonfiction reads to silly fictional tales, these books will keep inquisitive minds sharp over the summer months. Check out PLT’s environmental summer reading list.  Happy reading!

green ribbon school

2015 Green Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Principal Susan Sewell (right), Kindergarten Teacher Peggy First, and Music Teacher Beth Hallpap (center) of Columbus Elementary Discovery Charter School in Columbus, WI, and many other well-deserving Green Ribbon Schools award winners at the official ceremony in Washington, DC.

green tips

Tips for a Strong GreenWorks! Grant Proposal
Do you have an idea for an environmental service-learning project for your students to improve an aspect of their school or restore a natural habitat in their community? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant. Grants up to $1,000 are available; the deadline to apply is September 30th. Below are a few tips, and also read our FAQs.

  • Ensure Student Engagement: GreenWorks! proposals that utilize the IPARDE (Investigate, Prepare, Act, Reflect, Demonstrate, Evaluate) service-learning model are more competitive.
  • Be Trained in PLT: At least one educator who will help lead the project must be trained in PLT. Contact your PLT state coordinator to find out about upcoming in-person workshops, or complete an online PLT professional development course in your own time and receive PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
  • Follow the Application Instructions: PLT is no longer accepting GreenWorks! grant applications via email; applications will only be accepted online. Download our application form, save it to your computer to complete it, then log-in or create an account to upload it. Click “Apply for a Grant” and follow the prompts to submit your application.
James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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Computer Vision Helps ID Birds             (Posted: 6-4-15)

Click HERE.

2015 Delaware Estuary Teacher Workshops             (Posted: 6-1-15)

Educators from all walks of life are invited to attend our annual Delaware Estuary Teacher Workshops on Saturday August 1 and Wednesday to Friday August 5-7. These workshops have practical applications and curriculum connections to benefit your classroom and students. Join us as we make our way down the estuary from Philadelphia to the Jersey Bayshore, exploring natural resources, diverse communities and unique, hands-on ways to engage students!

Benefits of Participating
" Learn interdisciplinary ways to translate the environmental experience to your classroom
" Explore areas in Delaware, New Jersey,and Pennsylvania
" Earn 4 to 6 clock hours (or professional development hours) per session or 22 clock hours for all 4 sessions upon completion

http://www.delawareestuary.org/teacher-workshops.

New Summer Institutes Explore the Next Generation Science Standards             (Posted: 6-1-15)

Join NSTA for the first-ever summer institute focused on helping science educators and leaders implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Head to Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 28 and get firsthand experience studying the shifts of NGSS; exploring the three-dimensional approach; and tackling other topics, such as the integration of science with ELA and math, adapting instructional materials, and much more. Register today.

Click HERE for full information.

Workshop: 4-H Science of Soil (SOS)             (Posted: 5-26-15)

Synopsis: Educators (grades 6-8) are invited to work with Rutgers University Soil Resource Department scientists and students as well as professionals from the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service to learn about soil science and to develop community service projects that apply knowledge in local communities. During the workshop, educators will:

  • Experience hands-on lessons that highlight Next Generation Science Standards science practices
  • Participate in unique field experiences that enhance your ability to share the lessons and content with your students
  • Explore a user-friendly app to upload student environmental science data in real time
In the spring of 2016, participating educators and their students will be invited to return to Rutgers for the Science of Soil Summit event to share soil science projects and interact with scientists.

For additional information, please check out the event website at http://4hset.rutgers.edu/soilsummit/sos-educator-workshop/.

Handy New Guides to Waterfowl ID             (Posted: 5-26-15)

Click HERE.

Professional Development at Duke Farms             (Posted: 5-11-15)

Duke Farms- Hillsborough, NJ
Professional Development Workshops
http://dukefarms.org/en/Programs/educators/Professional-Development/

Contact: Tanya Sulikowski, Education Manager for more information tsulikowski@dukefarms.org

Poetry in Nature
July 18 from 1pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $15 per person
Participants will explore the ability of poetry to express the beauty of the natural world amidst the lakes, trees, and meadows of Duke Farms. Poetry taps into our cognitive, emotional, creative, and social selves, and whether we share the poems of others or write poetry ourselves, sharing nature poetry with like-minded individuals in this workshop will remind us of the power of poetry and of our important role as stewards of this landscape we call earth. Come read, write, and share!

Rain Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms
July 28 from 9a to 4p
Cost: $50 per educator
This one-day course introduces educators to the concept of rain gardens and their value as schoolyard habitats. Participants will understand how rain gardens benefit the environment by improving the watershed and how they can be used as an extension of the classroom. Participants will leave with the basic knowledge of how to plan, design, and implement a rain garden from start to finish.
Participants need to bring a lunch, a refillable water bottle, weather-appropriate outdoor clothing/gear.

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
July 29 from 9a to 4p
Cost: $45 per educator
WOW! introduces participants to wetland ecology through a study of the three parameters of wetlands: vegetation, soils and hydrology. Participants will also learn about wetland functions and values by utilizing K-12 cross curricular, inquiry based activities. Leave with a wetland resource guide with over 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities, and ideas for student action projects.
Participants need to bring a lunch, a refillable water bottle, weather-appropriate outdoor clothing/gear.

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands - Facilitator Training
July 30 from 9:00a to 4p
Cost: $50 per educator
During this training (WOW! is a pre-requisite) participants continue their study of wetlands, practice additional activities included in the book, but not covered on day one, and learn the processes of leading WOW! Workshops and protocols of the nationwide WOW! Facilitator Network.
Participants need to bring a lunch, a refillable water bottle, weather-appropriate outdoor clothing/gear.

Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
August 10 and 11 (8:30am to 4pm daily)
Cost: $25 per educator
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 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.

Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture
October 9 and 10 (8:30am to 4pm on 10/09 and 8:30am to 1pm on 10/10)
Cost: $25 per educator
The Voices from the Land project and this workshop (for educators of pre-k to 12, naturalists, artists and other adults) is a celebration of oral and written language… of natural science, art, performance and technology. Taught by veteran teachers, participants experience all aspects of a Voices project, learning strategies for connecting children to natural landscapes… fostering a love for the natural world.
Through this workshop, participants learn how to help children work in small groups as they explore and discover a natural site, using art concepts and skills to create art from natural materials. Communication skills (oral and written) are used to create, edit and publish poetry. Digital technologies are used to document and share the art then students help layout, design and publish a full-color book of their art and poetry… or full-color posters that showcase their work. Finally, students develop performance strategies to share their work.

HONEYWELL INSTITUTE FOR ECOSYSTEMS EDUCATION: A Framework for School Sustainability Using the Lens of Environmental Responsibility             (Posted: 5-11-15)

For Jersey City Teachers (Grades 6 - 12) - full scholarships provided
Conducted by New Jersey Audubon Society in cooperation with Jersey City Schools
August 24 - 27, 2015

To register by JUNE 5: www.njaudubon.org/SectionEducation/HIEE2015.aspx

Energy, water, climate change, biodiversity, and consumption/waste are among the most prominent topics in the media, business, and politics today. As an educator, you have a unique opportunity to help your students better understand these issues, how they relate to the environment, and the desire to have more sustainable communities.

Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, and New Jersey Audubon (NJA) are partnering to host Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education: A Framework for School Sustainability Using the Lens of Environmental Responsibility. This integrated program offers practical hands-on learning to inspire students to take a more active role in preserving the environment, helping their school community become more sustainable, and acquiring critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The institute will use the Eco-Schools USA framework to empower teachers to identify and solve problems through project-based learning. They will utilize local resources, technology, and other avenues to participate in a modeling-approach to education. This innovative program includes:
Full tuition for 4-day summer institute
24 professional development hours
$500 mini-grant for successful completion to be used during 2015-2016 school year
Jersey City Board of Education-approved weekly stipend
Resources to better understand environmental issues, local habitats, and watershed dynamics
50 percent or more of each day spent outdoors in a variety of city locations and habitats
Content and skills that support the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards

Ms. Dale Rosselet
Vice-president for Education
New Jersey Audubon

Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
609-861-1608 x14
www.njaudubon.org

Great News for Educators from Duke Farms             (Posted: 5-11-15)

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Free Science Field Training Program for Educators in Pine Barrens             (Posted: 4-30-15)

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DEP Publishes Centennial Update of State Geologic Map             (Posted: 4-30-15)

DEP PUBLISHES CENTENNIAL UPDATE OF STATE GEOLOGIC MAP

NEW, POSTER-SIZED MAP PROVIDES DETAIL AND CLARITY TO ROCK FORMATIONS BENEATH NEW JERSEY

(15/P30) TRENTON – A map detailing New Jersey’s statewide geologic formations has been updated with the latest science and mapping information. It commemorates a map first published more than a century ago, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Geologic MapThe new poster-size map, developed by the New Jersey Geological and Water Survey within the DEP, will prove useful not only to geology lovers but to engineers, well drillers, planners, educators and other professionals.

“Right beneath our feet is a rich, complex story of geology going back a billion years,” said State Geologist Karl Muessig. “Printed on quality poster-size paper, the new Bedrock Geologic Map of New Jersey features high-end graphics that will shed new light and detail on the many geologic formations that stack up like a layer cake thousands of feet thick beneath our state.”

The vintage 1914 map has been in demand but out of print for many years, despite numerous re-printings by State Geologists Henry B. Kummel in 1931, Meredith E. Johnson in 1950, and by Kemble Widmer in the early 1960s.

For its new look, the updated map was compiled with data from a cooperative mapping program between the NJGWS and U.S. Geological Survey. It was produced by a team of geologists including Richard Dalton, Donald Monteverde, Peter Sugarman and Richard Volkert.

Founded in 1835, the NJGWS is one of the oldest Geologic Survey organizations in the United States and has an honored history of producing maps and documents depicting and describing the geology of the Garden State. This latest publication continues the organization’s 180-year-old mission to provide important information about earth science.

For additional details about the updated bedrock geologic map, visit: http://njgeology.org/enviroed/newsletter/v10n2.pdf. To purchase a copy of the new map, which costs $20 and includes shipping, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/njgs/pricelst/bedrock250.htm.

Your Students - Butterfly Heroes!             (Posted: 4-29-15)

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Summer Workshops about the Hackensack River             (Posted: 4-29-15)

From the Ice Age to Sea Level Rise-Connecting the Hackensack's Past, Present, and Future

Organized by Dr. Michael J Passow
13 - 17 Jul 2015 (and 2 days during Fall 2015-Oct 3/LDEO Open House and 21 Nov)
Supported by the Robert and Catherine Murray Foundation

Overview: This week-long summer workshop will develop a suite of educational resources to teach about the fascinating geologic and social history of the Hackensack Meadowlands and River in the Newark Lowlands. We will combine written descriptions of the geologic history and historical development of the region with field trips to representative locations, and forecasts for future impacts from rising sea level and climate changes. Open to selected middle and high school Earth and Environmental Science teachers in Districts within the study area, this program receives support from the Robert and Catherine Murray Foundation. Results of the summer curriculum development will be disseminated through fall workshops offered by Earth2Class Workshops at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, online through our website, http://www.earth2class.org/site, and an article submitted to The Earth Scientist, quarterly journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Format: During the week of 13 - 17 July, selected participants will meet at the Lamont campus of Columbia University to examine existing scientific and educational resources, State and National Science Education Standards, and other materials to begin development of teaching materials. Included in this week will be field experiences to sites in Rockland, Bergen, and Hudson Counties, including exploration by kayak/canoe. By the end of the week, participants will return to their homes with challenges to continue to refine preliminary products, share these through web-based discussion boards, and test draft lessons with their students.
Then, probably in October or November, participants will gather again at Lamont to present their work to a wider audience This two-day meeting may take the form of either an Earth2Class Workshop or LDEO Open House sessions, and a final session to post online versions of completed products.
Subsequently, Dr. Passow and participants will write the manuscript for a contribution to The Earth Scientist describing the program.

Selection of Participants: Target audiences for these products are middle and high school students in schools within the Hackensack region, which roughly extends from the Newark vicinity northward into Rockland County. Applications will be sought from Earth and/or Environmental Science teachers in public and private schools within this region. Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to: academic and teaching background; writing, speaking, and technology skills; District and school demographics; and related factors. Participants must commit to attend the five-day summer and the two-day fall weekend sessions.
Participants will receive support for their travel, food during the work sessions, a contribution toward expenses in preparing classroom materials, and a one-year membership in the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

"From the Ice Age to Sea Level Rise-Connecting the Hackensack's Past, Present, and Future"

Tentative Program Schedule:

Mon, 13 Jul
Welcome to program & LDEO. Overview of NGSS & NJ Standards. Overview of Hackensack Study Area. Goals for products. Begin examination of resources (print and online). Tour of campus.
Tue., 14 Jul
Group discussions of curricula needs and potential impediments. Continued exploration of resources and initial brain-storming of products.
Wed. 15 Jul
Field experiences from Hackensack Meadowlands (Laurel Hill, MERI Environmental Center) through Rockland County.
Thu, 16 Jul
Continued refinement of products, incorporating field experiences.
Fri., 17 Jul
Wrap-up of group activities; share-out; "charges" for continued work.

Fall Saturday 1 (3 Oct )
Sharing of activities and results from class pilot testing.
Fall Saturday 2 (21 Nov)
Sharing of project through Earth2Class Workshop.
Subsequently
>Article for NESTA quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
>Evaluation of project
>Report for Murray Foundation
>Presentation in NJESTA &/or NJSTA &/or other conference venue.

Timetable for Selection of Participants
" March-April: Announcements of opportunity through list-servs, e-mails to area high schools and middle schools, other venues
" April-mid-May: Applications due to MJP
" May: Notification of acceptance/wait-list/non-acceptance
" June: Mailings to accepted participants with planning information
" July: Registration upon arrival

Schedule A Pequest Educational Program Now!             (Posted: 4-29-15)

Those looking for a fun, educational day for a scout, camp or other group should act now to schedule a program at the Pequest Trout Hatchery. Programs include hatchery tours, fishing basics, hikes and more. Limited summer program dates remain available.

To schedule a group program, please visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqprog.htm for more information or to request a program.

To learn more about Pequest, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

New Jersey Audubon invites you to attend these professional development institutes             (Posted: 3-2-15)

INVESTIGATING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE RARITAN WATERSHED

July 20 to 24, 2015
at Duke Farms in Hillsborough
For teachers in grades 5 through 12
Sponsored by Duke Farms; FREE

Deepen your understanding of the environmental issues facing society from the perspective of the local watershed. Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control. Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.

TEACHERS' SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY

August 10 to 14, 2015
at NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville
For elementary and middle school teachers
Sponsored by Ashland, Inc. - FREE

This weeklong program offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies and understanding environmental issues. Lessons will be drawn from a spectrum of topics including water quantity and quality, sustainable land use and environmental practices, and native species protection and invasive species control. We will focus on a different set of issues each day and provide field experience, lessons and resources to support your existing curricula. Also included will be information on the Eco-Schools New Jersey program that supports sustainable practices through the development of school-based eco-teams.

Ms. Dale Rosselet
Vice-president for Education
New Jersey Audubon

Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
609-861-1608 x14
www.njaudubon.org

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