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CONTENTS:
Save 30% on Next Generation Science Standards resources through September 30th
GreenSchools! July Update
How to Get Your Eco-School Started Off Right for 2015-2016
Government Connext Forum Keynote Speaker & Breakout Sessions Announced
CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network)
Environmental Justice Tool - EJSCREEN
Online PD and More in PLT's E-Newsletter, The Branch
OCSCD Educational programs
NAAEE: EE News for July 16, 2015
Celebrate the International Year of Soils! FREE Workshops
Teacher Workshops at Duke -Eagles, Monarchs, Rain Gardens and more!
NRC Releases Report on STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings
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
Workshop: 4-H Science of Soil (SOS)
Handy New Guides to Waterfowl ID
Professional Development at Duke Farms
Great News for Educators from Duke Farms
Save 30% on Next Generation Science Standards resources through September 30th             (Posted: 8-27-15)

The National Academies Press

Save on Resources for Your New Science Standards

All these must-have titles for your professional bookshelf are available as free PDF downloads and in print with a 30% Discount!

Use Code NGSS30 through September 30th to take advantage of this offer.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012)

Paperback: $39.95 $27.97
ISBN 978-0-309-21742-2

Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to solving many of humanity's most pressing current and future challenges. The United States' position in the global economy is declining, in part because U.S. workers lack fundamental knowledge in ...

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Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States (2013)

Paperback: $49.95 $34.97
ISBN 978-0-309-27227-8

Next Generation Science Standards identifies the science all K-12 students should know. These new standards are based on the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the ...

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Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (2015)

Paperback: $38.00 $26.60
ISBN 978-0-309-30512-9

A Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) describe a new vision for science learning and teaching that is catalyzing improvements in science classrooms across the United States. Achieving this new vision will require time, resources, and ...

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Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards (2014)

Paperback: $49.95 $34.97
ISBN 978-0-309-28951-1

Assessments, understood as tools for tracking what and how well students have learned, play a critical role in the classroom. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards develops an approach to science assessment to meet the vision of science education for the future ...

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GreenSchools! July Update             (Posted: 8-21-15)

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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
As the summerwinds down and we prepare for Back to School, PLT GreenSchools! has some tips and updates to help you start the year off right.

greenworks
PLT GreenWorks! Grant Reminder

Grants up to $1,000 are available and the application deadline is September 30th. Funding will be distributed in January 2016. To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT professional development workshop—either in person or online.
tree story Tree Story Update

PLT’s partner Zig Zag Zoom has just expanded its Tree Story mobile game to Android users.Now both Android and iOS users in can play the mobile game that plants REAL trees.

New PLT Activity Available for Download

In response to the alarming increase of West Nile virus in some communities, PLT teamed up with Auburn University to develop an activity for middle and high school students. The activity is a great connection to the PLT GreenSchools! School Site, Water, and Environmental Quality Investigations.


Green Tip of the MonthGreen Tips

September and October can be ideal months for planting trees. As you head back to school, here are some tips for planting and caring for trees on your school site.

New to PLT GreenSchools!? Register today at www.greenschools.org to get access to PLT's GreenSchools! Investigations

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
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How to Get Your Eco-School Started Off Right for 2015-2016             (Posted: 8-21-15)

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pollinator planting
How do your beliefs about student learning drive the importance you place on your Eco-Schools USA program? Environment-based education has been shown to facilitate critical thinking skills as well as social and basic life skills. Research also tells us that it reduces discipline and classroom management issues, increases student engagement in the learning process, facilitates student pride and promotes ownership in achievements. SEER, Closing the Achievement Gap

Welcome Back to School! August Newsletter Highlights
 

Government Connext Forum Keynote Speaker & Breakout Sessions Announced             (Posted: 8-20-15)

Click HERE.

CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network)             (Posted: 8-20-15)

Click HERE.

Environmental Justice Tool - EJSCREEN             (Posted: 8-3-15)

An online mapping tool from EPA regarding Environmental Justice issues and concerns.

What is EJSCREEN?

  • EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators.
  • EJSCREEN users choose a geographic area; the tool then provides demographic and environmental information for that area.
  • All of the EJSCREEN indicators are publicly-available data.
  • EJSCREEN simply provides a way to display this information and includes a method for combining environmental and demographic indicators into EJ indexes.


Here is the public link to EJSCREEN. You can launch the application from this website.

http://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen

Here is the link to the video overview/demo of EJSCREEN:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_3LcYpALAQ

Patricia A. Sheridan
Citizen Science Coordinator
EPA Region 2
Edison, NJ
732-321-6780
sheridan.patricia@epa.gov

Online PD and More in PLT's E-Newsletter, The Branch             (Posted: 7-27-15)

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PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER 

 
Feature Articlee learning 

PLT Professional Development Workshops Now Online!

By Jennifer Pic

Do you want a refresher course, or know someone who wants training in environmental education but can’t make it to an in-person workshop? Help us spread the word about PLT’s new online workshops and activity guide.


NEWS & UPDATES

 
pilot testing

PLT's New Online Lessons Ready for Pilot Testing

By Jaclyn Stallard

PLT is seeking applications from classroom teachers in Grades 3-5 and 6-8 to pilot test two new PLT online units.

TAKING ACTION

 
vermicomposting 

Add Worms and Mix Well

By Kathy Westra

Junior high and university students collaborate on a vermicomposting project to turn cafeteria scraps into nutrient-rich mulch for gardens.

EDUCATOR TIPS

 
forests in the place you live 

Forests in the Place You Live

By Sheri Soyka

We’ve just updated two of PLT's most popular activity guides. Try combining lesson plans from these two resources to stimulate higher level thinking in your students and spark discussions about the value of trees and forests in the place you live.

social media in the classroom 

Social Media and the Classroom

By Haley Herbst

With hundreds of social media outlets available, PLT highlights 4 social media platforms that have useful applications for teachers.

RESOURCES

 
Literature
Connection - flashlight 

Literature Connection - Flashlight

By Jaclyn Stallard

What happens when a little boy leaves the security of his tent to explore the unpredictable environment that surrounds his camp… in the dark? Using no words and a dramatic color palate, this book reveals something new with every “read.”

STEM
Connections - Have Seeds, Will Travel 

STEM Connections - Have Seeds, Will Travel

By Kris Irwin, Ph.D.

Whether floating on the air, getting carried by animals, or catching waves, plants use many techniques to send their seeds far and wide. Use this STEM focused PLT activity to teach about plant reproduction and seed dispersal.

EE Resources -
Winter 2014 

EE Resources - Summer 2015

By Jaclyn Stallard

Interactive websites, apps, games, videos, e-books, and more in our latest compilation of EE Resources

 
 
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OCSCD Educational programs             (Posted: 7-23-15)

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization has declared 2015 the “International Year of Soils”. Healthy soil is at the root of all life. It provides us with the food we eat, the fibers that make our clothing, and the fuel that runs our economy. It cleans our water and sequesters carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere. The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is dedicated to promoting awareness of this finite resource. Join us for educational and fun hands-on programs as we explore the many roles of healthy soil in our lives. A new topic will be explored each month. Programs are located at Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration requested. Connect to the Ocean County Soil Conservation District website for more information, or contact Becky Laboy at Education@soildistrict.org, or call 609-971-7002 ext. 14 for more details.

Sunday, August 30, 10:30-12:00pm
Low Maintenance Landscaping
Healthy soils support healthy landscapes! The Jersey Shore is a sought-after place to live, work and play. But our hot summers, cold winters, sandy soils and salt spray can pose many challenges to home gardening and landscaping. This program offers solutions by taking a low-maintenance approach, and working with the conditions nature offers. Explore and discover ways to landscape your yard and garden with beautiful native plants, water conserving techniques and healthy soil-building strategies. Presented by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District in partnership with Ocean County Parks. FREE. Location: Jake's Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext 14 or education@soildistrict.org

Sunday, September 27, 10:30-12:00pm
Gardening with Jersey Soil
Native soils support native plants and animals. Jersey Shore soils are predominantly sandy, acidic and nutrient poor - a perfect recipe to support native plants that are adapted to thrive in these unique soil conditions. Once you get to know your soil's properties you can make appropriate landscaping decisions for a healthier yard and garden. Presented by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District in partnership with Ocean County Parks. FREE. Location: Jake's Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext 14 or education@soildistrict.org

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Becky Laboy
Education Outreach Specialist
Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, New Jersey 08731
609-971-7002 ext. 14
609-971-3391 Fax
Education@soildistrict.org
http://www.soildistrict.org

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NAAEE: EE News for July 16, 2015             (Posted: 7-16-15)

EENews


NAAEE Announcements

Conference News

Conference Registration is Open!
Registration is 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, field trips, and special events. Explore timely topics in depth through the optional Thursday workshops: creating a diverse workforce, early childhood, systems thinking, climate change education, and much more.

Exhibits & Ads—Early Bird Deadline This Week!
Early registration numbers predict our highest-ever attendance! Don’t miss this opportunity to share your programs and resources with more than 1,200 environmental educators. Purchase this week to save 20% on exhibits, mobile app ads, and print ads. For more information, visit http://www.cvent.com/events/naaee-annual-conference-research-symposium...

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 or register for the full conference at reduced rates. To apply, complete the online form at http://tinyurl.com/NAAEEVolunteers. For more information, contact us at conference@naaee.org.

Learn more about the conference and Register!


Webinar: Collective Impact in Environmental Education

July 28, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Eastern, 3:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Pacific
Collective impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. Join the Affiliate Network and NAAEE for an overview of the collective impact framework and explore how collective impact and collaborative practices can help support increased environmental literacy across North America.

Presenters: Bill Fulton, Founder and Director of the Civic Canopy and Hanna Nichols, Early Childhood Coordinator at the Civic Canopy.

Register here >>
Password: education


News from the Natural Start Alliance

Travel to Scotland on a nature preschool study tour, meet an outdoor educator working with Montessori schools, see highlights from the Irvine Nature Preschool conference, and catch up on all the latest news from the Natural Start Alliance.

http://us7.campaign-archive2.com...


Awards, Grants, Contests

NSHSS Foundation Scholarships

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) scholarship opportunities provide high school students financial support toward tuition at accredited colleges or universities. Membership required.

https://www.nshss.org


Wild Ones: Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program

Deadline: October 15, 2015
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other nonprofit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed.


North American Events, Training, Announcements


Presentations and Publishing Opportunities

Green Teacher Magazine Call for Proposals: Place-Based Education Issue

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

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/...


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Celebrate the International Year of Soils! FREE Workshops             (Posted: 7-16-15)

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Educational Workshops and Programs
Celebrating the 2015 International Year of Soils
Saturday, July 18, 10:30-12:00pm
How to be a Soil Food Web Gardener
Healthy soil is alive! Healthy soil is at the root of all life on Earth - including the plants in your garden. Enhance your garden's productivity by becoming a soil food web gardener. By understanding the macro and micro-organisms that live in a balanced underground ecosystem in your soil, you can provide them with the optimum conditions they need to survive. You'll reap the benefits of healthy, functioning, naturally nutrient-rich soil. Presented by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE. Location: Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, limited seating. Contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext 21 or education@soildistrict.org
Sunday, August 30, 10:30-12:00pm
Low Maintenance Landscaping
Healthy soils support healthy landscapes! The Jersey Shore is a sought-after place to live, work and play. But our hot summers, cold winters, sandy soils and salt spray can pose many challenges to home gardening and landscaping. This program offers solutions by taking a low-maintenance approach, and working with the conditions nature offers. Explore and discover ways to landscape your yard and garden with beautiful native plants, water conserving techniques and healthy soil-building strategies. Presented by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District in partnership with Ocean County Parks. FREE. Location: Jake's Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext 21 or education@soildistrict.org
Sunday, September 27, 10:30-12:00pm
Gardening with Jersey Soil
Native soils support native plants and animals. Jersey Shore soils are sandy, acidic and nutrient poor - a perfect recipe to support native plants that are adapted to thrive in these unique soil conditions. Once you get to know your soil's properties you can make appropriate landscaping decisions for a healthier yard and garden. Presented by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District in partnership with Ocean County Parks. FREE. Location: Jake's Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext 21 or education@soildistrict.org
Educational Workshops, Programs and Community Outreach
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District strives to lead efforts to protect and conserve our soil and water resources by providing educational programs to members of the community, including homeowners, teachers, students, scouts, farmers, public officials, various state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. For more information about the educational programs offered by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, or to schedule a program for your group, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, at education@soildistrict.org or 609-971-7002 ext. 21. A wealth of information can be found on our website: www.soildistrict.org.

Teacher Workshops at Duke -Eagles, Monarchs, Rain Gardens and more!             (Posted: 7-13-15)

Click HERE.

NRC Releases Report on STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings             (Posted: 7-7-15)

Click HERE.

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: 6-24-15)

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)

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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

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!

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

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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)

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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.

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

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