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CONTENTS:
FREE National Earth Science Week Toolkits!!!
Don't miss the Professional Development opportunities at the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention
Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course Offered
Merlin Bird ID App for Android Released
Become a Master of Your Garden, Day and Night Classes Available at the EARTH Center
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Free Upcoming Organics Management Webinars in September
Webinar: Fruit Trees in the School Garden
Webinar: Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space
Webinar: Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School
RiverXchange - Sharing and Learning Across Borders - an Invitation to all 4th - 6th Grade Teachers
NEW Climate and Energy Literacy Resource Portal!
2014 Teacher Workshops -- Let the FUN begin!
Extreme Realities: New Episode in Journey to Planet Earth
Population education resources
Project WET workshop scheduled
New Guide Provides Climate-Smart Solutions
Invitation to the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention
ANJEE Call for Presenters
ANJEE Membership Offerings- April 2014
GeoSTEM Academy & 19 April 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week
Next Generation Science Standards Workshop
FREE National Earth Science Week Toolkits!!!             (Posted: 9-9-14)

Earth Science Week (ESW) is October 12-18, 2014. This year's theme is "Earth's Connected Systems". Specific topics, emphasized on specific days, during this annual national event, are International Earthcaching, Earth Science Literacy, No Child Left Inside, National Fossil Day, Geoscience for Everyone and Geologic Map Day. Check out the ESW website at www.earthsciweek.org for events.

Once again, NJ Geological and Water Survey has secured approximately 50 Earth Science Week Toolkits for FREE distribution to earth science teachers across the state. Priority are the public schools, but they are not exclusive. Email requests for toolkits should be sent to Karen Edwards and include the teacher's name, school name and address. Karen.edwards@dep.nj.gov

Don't miss the Professional Development opportunities at the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Click HERE.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course Offered             (Posted: 9-8-14)

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing those interested in wildlife rehabilitation, especially those interested in becoming a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, of an opportunity to attend a Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course. The course will be held at Mercer County Community College November 3-7, 2014.

This course is an alternative route to meet a portion of New Jersey State permitting requirements for wildlife rehabilitators. Successful completion of the course will count for 40 hours toward the 200-hour New Jersey apprenticeship permitting requirement.

This course is available to anyone wishing to gain knowledge about native New Jersey wildlife. The course includes wildlife rehabilitation history, licensing requirements and regulations, mammal, bird and reptile species identification and anatomy, proper handling, care and nutrition, medical procedures, and much more. The cost of the course is $499.

Registration information can be obtained from Mercer County Community College by calling 609-570-3311.

This announcement can be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2014/rehabcourse.htm on the Division 's website.

Merlin Bird ID App for Android Released             (Posted: 8-27-14)

Click HERE.

Become a Master of Your Garden, Day and Night Classes Available at the EARTH Center             (Posted: 8-27-14)

AUGUST 26, 2014 - A new season of Master Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. These lecture classes will meet once per week for 3 hours each from mid-September through mid-April. The 60 to70 hours of classroom instruction include practical field experience.

Optional orientation sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for the Thursday evening class and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 for the Friday morning class. Classes begin Sept. 18 or 19. They are open to all New Jersey residents.

"Middlesex County is currently the only county that offers the Master Gardeners course in the evenings," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. "I encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from some of the County's most knowledgeable gardeners."

Outdoor, hands-on garden classes will meet weekly for 3 hours each from mid-April through mid-September (every other week in summer). New students create and care for large demonstration vegetable and herb gardens.

Topics covered will include: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources; and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer some hours of service toward Extension Services projects, activities and events throughout the year.

"This popular program is just another way that the County can meet the needs of our residents while offering quality and fun education," said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. "I commend the Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener program for all of the earth-friendly and educational programs they provide."

All classes are offered at the EARTH Center, in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Interested parties can call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5278 for more information or visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us/extensionservices.

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies             (Posted: 8-25-14)

Horizon produces a variety of hands-on science kits that teach the underlying STEM concepts behind renewable and alternative energy sources.

You can check out our e-book here: www.horizoncurriculum.com. It is a great resource and we are continuously making improvements.

Daniel Mehay | Business Development Manager
Horizon Educational
Phone: +1 312 757 5909
Mobile: +1 219 771 9633
Skype ID: mehay.horizon
E-mail: dmehay@horizoneducational.com

Free Upcoming Organics Management Webinars in September             (Posted: 8-22-14)

Organic Amendments—How to Tell if Compost is Right for Your Needs?

September 3, 2014      1-2:30 pm

Topics

Choosing Organic Amendments
Compost Quality
Compost Applications

Presenters

Jean Bonhotal, Director, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Athena Lee Bradley, Projects Manager, Northeast Recycling Council

To register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4826912480712557826

Community Composting: Lessons from New York City & Beyond

September 16, 2014      1:30-3 pm (EDT)

Description

Community composting presents a scalable food diversion option that is applicable in virtually any community, whether urban, suburban, or rural. Community compost programs can be established at community (neighborhood, urban, or tribal) gardens, farms, schools, or other locations. They can be operated by not-for-profit organizations, governments, private sector, schools, housing associations, cooperatives, or through other arrangements.

Presenters and Topics

Community Composting—a Model for any Community
Brenda Platt, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Director, Composting Makes $en$e Project, & lead author of the new report Growing Local Fertility: Guide to Community Composting 

Growing Organics Collections in NYC: The Evolution of the GrowNYC Food Scrap Collection Program & More
David Hurd, Director, Office of Recycling Outreach & Education, GrowNYC

Community Composting in Action
Christine Datz-Romero, Executive Director, Lower East Side Ecology Center

This webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Recycling Council, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

To register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8056598145549483521

Athena Lee Bradley, Projects Manager
Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC)
139 Main Street, Suite 401
Brattleboro, VT  05301
Tel. 802.254.3636

Webinar: Fruit Trees in the School Garden             (Posted: 7-31-14)

Join us on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 4pm Eastern Time for "Fruit Trees in the School Garden" with Leo Buc, Director of Common Vision. To participate in the live session, log in at http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Location: http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11
Starts: 4:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)
Ends: 5:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)

Webinar: Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space             (Posted: 7-28-14)

Join us on Monday, November 17, 2014- 4pm / Eastern Time for "Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds: Maximizing Your School Garden Space" with Matthew Doris, Food Service Director & Chef, Tuckahoe Common School District, Southampton, NY. To participate in the live session, log in at http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11
Starts: 4:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)
Ends: 5:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)

Webinar: Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School             (Posted: 7-22-14)

Event: Webinar: Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School

Join us on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 4pm / Eastern Time for "Raising Funds & Friends for Your School Garden: Hard-Learned Lessons from Granny's Garden School" with Roberta Paolo, Founder and Executive Director of Granny's Garden School. To participate in the live session, log in at http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.

Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Location: http://www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11
Starts: 4:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)
Ends: 5:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)

In This Session
In our community next webinar, Roberta Paolo, the Founder and Executive Director of Granny's Garden School, will discuss lessons learned while starting and running a major school garden program. Roberta (A.K.A. Granny) will share a range of fund-raising and friend-raising tips based on her experience running Granny's Garden School since 2002.

Working with 50 classrooms (1,400 students, 1st-4th grade) each week on one campus in a suburban school district without financial support from the school system or government creates substantial challenges when it comes to funding. Granny will share how her organization faces these challenges. Learn how to increase volunteer support, secure in-kind donations, and fund-raise effectively. We will cover all of the key aspects of school garden fund-raising and friend-raising, including communication, sharing, community relationships, business relationships, direct revenue generation, as well as grants and foundations.

Join us on August 5th to learn proven strategies for securing the money and people you need to take your school garden to the next level!

To Participate in the Live Session
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
- As a member of the Growing School Gardens community, pre-registration is not required.
- Login at www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet11 at the scheduled time.
- Test your system for best quality: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

About the Presenter
Roberta Paolo is the Founder and Executive Director of Granny's Garden School, a non-profit organization. The school garden program she started in Loveland, Ohio in 2002 has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the country and has set the standard for merging school gardens with the classroom. The organization serves 1,400 students each week in Loveland and is operating a pilot program this year in the nearby Princeton School district.

This program is sponsored by Scotties Trees Rock.

This program is co-hosted by edWeb.net, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab.

RiverXchange - Sharing and Learning Across Borders - an Invitation to all 4th - 6th Grade Teachers             (Posted: 7-22-14)



http://www.riverxchange.com


RiverXchange - Sharing and Learning Across Borders - an Invitation to all
4th - 6th Grade Teachers


RiverXchange is a FREE, year-long water resources and writing program that integrates science, social studies, and 21st-Century skills through online wiki, pen-pal partnerships with a classroom in New Mexico. All lessons are correlated to U.S. Common Core Standards! Our hands-on curriculum is easy to implement. As part of the WWMC, we provide testing kits to classes and offer support to help teachers set up field trips.

We now have partner classrooms across the world - in Russian, Romania, Cameroon, Australia and Belarus.  Our goal is to support educators and give kids an opportunity to develop stewardship for their environments as they learn and share across borders with other classrooms.

Check out our Google Map to see the locations of all 2013-2014 RiverXchange classes and our mid-year blog on the RiverXchange website: http://riverxchange.com/2014/03/27/riverxchangers-create-dramatic-presentations-raise-baby-fish-and-more/.  We are looking for 2014-2015 teacher partners.

Contact Carolyn Gregory at: carolyn@riverxchange.com or call (505) 450-5671

NEW Climate and Energy Literacy Resource Portal!             (Posted: 7-22-14)

New Searchable, Free Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy in the CLEAN Collection (http://cleanet.org/index.html)

Grades K-16

Looking for well-vetted resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom? CLEAN has just launched a brand new, searchable portal of online learning activities, videos and visualizations on climate and energy.


The Brand New CLEAN Portal (http://cleanet.org/index.html) offers the following resources and support: 

1. The CLEAN search engine (http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html) directs you to online activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy that are searchable by grade level, topic, and resource type. These resources have been reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness and provide additional insight and guidance on using the materials.

2. Join the vibrant CLEAN Network (http://cleanet.org/clean/community/cln/index.html) email list for updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons (Tuesdays at 1 pm ET). Join the CLEAN Network email list by contacting joincleannetwork@cleanet.org.

3. Follow the CLEAN team on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CLEANET) or twitter (https://twitter.com/ClimateLit) to see featured resources from the CLEAN Portal as well as climate extensions to help you stay up to date on the latest climate and energy literacy news!

4. CLEAN’s guidance on teaching climate(http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/climate_lit.html) and energy science (http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/energy_lit.html) provides a set of essential principles to frame the science and inform your teaching strategies. Learn more about these scientific principles, why they are important and challenging to learn, strategies for teaching age groups, and get directed to relevant activities, videos, and visualizations for each principle.

CLEAN Principal Investigators:

Dr. Tamara S. Ledley, TERC, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Susan B. Sullivan, University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Boulder, CO
Dr. Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, Northfield, MN

2014 Teacher Workshops -- Let the FUN begin!             (Posted: 7-21-14)

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Summer is for FUN !

 

Delaware Estuary Teacher Workshops

 

 

 

August 5, 6, 7 & 9th

Greetings!

As teachers, you know your summer is yours to catch up on everything that got pushed aside during the year, refresh and gear up for the following year. Early this August, we're here to help you with that "getting ready" phase with our 18th annual Teacher Workshops. We've revamped our program into four engaging and informative workshops; you're welcome to attend all four or pick and choose which ones you would like to attend. Enjoy a mixture of hands-on classroom and outdoor experiences, explore the Delaware Estuary through exciting field trips, investigate your local watershed, discover aquatic animals and learn about how to make nature come to life in your classroom!

Explore

 

  

We'll explore areas in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, learning from professional scientists and facilitators practical ways to translate the environmental experience to your classroom.

Best part? We'll bring the lunch! You will also walk away with roughly 6 credit hours (professional development hours) per session.

Our 2014 sessions:
"Life on the Delaware," August 5th, Camden, NJ
"Understanding the Urban Watershed," August 6th, Philadelphia, PA
"Wetland Wildlife Exploration," August 7th, Wilmington, DE
NEW "Urban Waters Alive - A Hands-On Application of Environmental Education," August 9th, Philadelphia, PA

Promotion

Interested?

 

See more at: www.delawareestuary.org/watershed-workshop

Register today at www.delawareestuary.eventbrite.com. Hurry-space is limited!

Questions? Contact Melissa Bittner at 1-800-445-4935 x112 or mbittner@delawareestuary.org

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The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a National Estuary Program, leads science-based and collaborative efforts to improve the tidal Delaware River and Bay, which spans Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Extreme Realities: New Episode in Journey to Planet Earth             (Posted: 7-14-14)

We are pleased to announce the release of 'Extreme Realities' — the 13th and newest episode of Journey to Planet Earth.

Featuring Matt Damon as host/narrator, the acclaimed PBS series has been acquired by more than 3,000 schools, libraries, colleges and universities.This makes Journey to Planet Earth the most important environmental video series in North America.

Notice Something Strange?

What’s Happening to Our Weather?

Welcome to the New Normal

'Extreme Realities' investigates the link between extreme weather, climate change,
and threats to our national security.

j2pe: extreme realities

Through August 31st, we’re offering 'Extreme Realities' for $119
— a 20% discount off the regular price of $149.

Please download the special order form to take advantage of this special price.

'Extreme Realities' Areas of Study:
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Food & Water Security
  • Population/Migration
  • Environmental Economics & Policy
  • Adapting to Global Warming
  • Mitigating C02 levels in the Atmosphere

'Extreme Realities' Case Study Locations:
  • United States
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • The Middle East
  • Kenya
  • North Africa
  • The Netherlands
  • Benin
  • The Arctic
If you would like a free 30-day curriculum review of 'Extreme Realities,'

please e-mail screenscope@screenscope.com with your request.


In a world where students need to understand a variety of complex environmental issues, Journey to Planet Earth is a 13-episode DVD series that fulfills that challenge — perfect for educators or media libraries.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, these programs reach beyond the physical sciences and draw connections to politics, economics, sociology, and history.



Follow Journey to Planet Earth:  J2PE/PBS  J2PE on Facebook  J2PE on Twitter  J2PE on YouTube

 

Screenscope / 4330 Yuma St, NW/ Washington, DC 20016 / 202-364-0055 (phone) 202-364-0058 (fax)

Population education resources             (Posted: 7-3-14)

Click HERE.

Project WET workshop scheduled             (Posted: 6-3-14)

Project WET:
Date: Thursday December 4, 2014 from 9am to 3pm.
Cost: $20
Food: Light Morning Fare
Place: Trailside Nature and Science Center
Dress: Appropriately for possible outdoor activity

Elisa Sananman
Program Coordinator
Trailside Nature and Science Center
452 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092-1409
Email: esananman@ucnj.org
Tel: 908-789-3670 x3430
Fax: 908-789-3270

New Guide Provides Climate-Smart Solutions             (Posted: 6-3-14)

Click HERE.

Invitation to the 2014 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Click HERE.

ANJEE Call for Presenters             (Posted: 5-8-14)

New Deadline: September 15

Click HERE.

ANJEE Membership Offerings- April 2014             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Click HERE.

GeoSTEM Academy & 19 April 2014 Earth Science Sites of the Week             (Posted: 5-8-14)

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum GeoSTEM Teachers Academy is still accepting registrants. This one day workshop will take place on August 5, 2014. Visit the Sterling Hill Mining Museum for more information.

Geology and Geography
EarthViewer: an interactive tool for exploring the science of Earth's deep history.
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/earthviewer/
"What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool for tablet computers that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history. Get it now from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Apps."

38 Incredibly Informative Maps: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/maps-you-never-knew-you-needed
"Some prime examples of map porn for all my fellow amateur cartographers to get lost in. Get it?"

Interactive Rock Cycle for Grades 7-12: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/ks3/gsl/education/resources/rockcycle.html
"This web-resource, which is aimed at UK science students, shows how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on, and use to build our homes. Click the boxes below to find out how the Rock Cycle works. You can also view an animated version of the rock cycle and see photos showing evidence of the rock cycle around Britain."

New Preliminary Animation Computer Model of Oso, Washington Landslide: https://www.youtube.com/embed/2NzHCOhKr7g
"Preliminary computer simulation of the landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014 along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington. Credit: David L. George and Richard M. Iverson, U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory."

Compilation of Animations, Video Clips, And Interactive Images of Earth Science and Geography: https://vle.whs.bucks.sch.uk/course/view.php?id=1365
"Animations, video clips and interactive images in geography can help you to understand the complex natural processes that take place at or close to the surface of the earth. The animated diagrams and maps speed up time, giving you the opportunity to see and understand the long term changes that take place at or near the surface of the Earth. Many of the animations are also interactive."

Water
NOAA Resource for Exploring the Ocean: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/
"The Ocean Explorer website is designed to be an engaging and educational Internet offering for all who wish to learn about, discover, and virtually explore the ocean realm. The site is primarily directed to the general public, educators, and students. Other important groups include the press, nongovernmental organizations, marine scientists and resource managers, marine protected area professionals, ocean exploration groups, and policymakers interested in the marine environment."

Weather
The Notion that the Gulf Stream is Responsible For Keeping Europe Anomalously Warm Turns Out To Be A Myth: https://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2006/4/the-source-of-europes-mild-climate/3
"An article on the cause of the mild climate of the west coast of Europe. This article can be used to show how common explanations like the Gulf Stream heating the European coast can be overturned by data. This can also show how an explanation can persist long after a scientific explanation becomes available. Students can find ample examples of the old explanation in some new textbooks and on numerous websites."

Space
The Science of Felix Baumgartner's Jump: http://bobs-spaces.net/2012/10/15/look-who-dropped-in/
"Yesterday Felix Baumgartner set several records as he ascended to an altitude of more than 128,000 feet (~24 miles, 40 Km) before stepping off into slightly more than 4 minutes of free fall. Unfortunately he missed breaking the free fall record, but only by about 10-15 seconds. He then landed safely and as he stepped back on the Earth he also stepped into the record books for the highest balloon flight, and highest free fall."

General
How Science Really Works: http://undsci.berkeley.edu/
"We've assembled a variety of resources to help you increase student understanding of nature and process of science. To improve your own content knowledge, explore Understanding Science 101 and our resource library. To prepare yourself with lesson plans, teaching tips, and pedagogical strategies, visit a Teacher's Lounge or explore the all-level resources listed below and to the right." adjusted for an older audience.

The Science behind Earthworms: http://www.stemmom.org/p/worm-unit.html
"Observing Worms "Wet or Dry?" Experiment: In this post I introduce the worm unit, provide the Free Wormy Science Lab Notebook printable, and give advice for conducting the wet/dry worm experiment.

Designing a Helicopter with Simple Materials: http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/roto-copter.html
"This simple paper toy spins through the air like a mini-helicopter."

Teaching
Uptalk - When Voices Unnecessarily Rise at the End of a Sentence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQWej-hMiZI and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrp_yzIsXkk
"Are we hearing more and more of this, especially in young people?" (justified voice rise at end of sentence)

Demos
Strobe light Makes Water Drops Fall In Slow Motion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxlQTmx1LE
"I saw a demonstration several years ago by Dr. Harold Edgerton using a small water pump and a strobe light. He turned on the water pump and then adjusted his strobe to match the frequency of the pump (I am assuming it was 60 Hz) and it looked like the water stream was standing still. The explanation was that the pump was really working intermittently at 60 times a second and when he matched the strobe to it, you could see the intermittence of the pump."

Humor
@#$% Students Say: http://imgur.com/gallery/jksNK
"Deeply thoughtful aphorisms we've probably all seen in our students."

Next Generation Science Standards Workshop             (Posted: 5-8-14)

Next Generation Science Standards Workshop for Elementary & Middle School Teachers at the Meadowlands Environment Center
August 4th - 7th, 9AM - 3PM
To apply, email by JULY 1ST
See HERE for full details.

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