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CONTENTS:
Your Pocket Birding Coach
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve: Professional Development Workshops
Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist Course Offered at Ocean County College
Cornell Ornithology Course Goes Online For the First Time
PLT GreenSchools Update, Jan 2016
Six Green Teacher webinars from Jan.21 to March 31 - all free
Resources for Teachers at Duke Farms
Teachers Can Receive Classroom Equipment for Plants for Pollinators Program
Earth Science update - resources and events
OCSCD: Introducing Our 2016 Educational Program Series
PAEE Conference Registration is OPEN!
GreenSchools Update,Dec 2015
The Cloud Institute's Summer Design Studio at Omega Institute
School Garden Workshops at the Greater Newark Conservancy
"Going Green Begins in The Classroom"
Duke Farms Educator Programs
PLT GreenSchools Update, Nov 2015
Story of Climate Change in iTunes stores now!
PAEE: 2016 Conference Site - The Inn at Pocono Manor
PLT GreenSchools Update, Oct 2015
Climate Classroom -- New Online Climate Education Resources
NGSS Transition Workshops
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide
19th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
Your Pocket Birding Coach             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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

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

Project Wet
February 27, 2016- register by 2/19/16
9:00- 3:00 PM
Registration Fee: $15 (Includes: lunch, Project Wet Guide, continuing education credits)
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 is a collection of 64 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans that are teacher-tested and classroom ready for K-12 students. Designed with a commitment to meeting educational standards, Project WET activities use the vital importance of water to cover diverse topics and disciplines. Activities with names such as "The Incredible Journey," "Pass the Jug," "Macro-invertebrate Mayhem," describe lessons that are sure to pique student interest and make learning fun. This guide is only available to educators who participate in a six-hour Project WET Workshop. The lessons in this guide are correlated to the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. In addition, workshop participants learn about an amazing array of supplementary educational materials that focus specifically on NJ's water resources.

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands
March 19, 2016- register by 3/11/16
9:00- 3:30 PM
Registration Fee: $15 (Includes: lunch, WOW Guide, continuing education credits)
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is an instructional guide for educators that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide. WOW! has been called, "the most comprehensive introduction to wetland issues and definitions" by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). WOW! is a recommended resource by the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA).

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

Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist Course Offered at Ocean County College             (Posted: 2-3-16)

Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist Course Offered at Ocean County College

If you enjoy learning about the wildlife, ecology, and traditions of the Barnegat Bay and like sharing what you've learned with others, then the Barnegat Bay Volunteer Master Naturalist Program is for you. Registration is now open for the spring 2016 training course offered by the Barnegat Bay Partnership through the Ocean County College Continuing and Professional Education Department.

Led by instructor Terry O'Leary, a master naturalist and environmental educator, the course will cover wildlife, salt marshes, forest communities, barrier islands, bay traditions, environmental sampling, fire ecology, and much more. Exciting field trips to local parks and nature centers, including Jakes Branch County Park and Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, will get participants outside and on the water for a true Barnegat Bay experience. During the field trips, course participants will hike, kayak, seine, photograph, and collect data with experienced naturalists and field ecologists.

Course dates are from April 6 to May 25, 2016. The course description is on page 43 of Ocean County College Continuing and Professional Education Department's spring 2016 catalog. To view the catalog and to register, visit www.ocean.edu/cpe.htm. For more information about the Barnegat Bay Partnership's Volunteer Master Naturalist program, visit http://bbp.ocean.edu/pages/370.asp or contact Karen Walzer at kwalzer@ocean.edu or 732-914-8110.

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

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

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

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

i tree

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

 

Green Ribbon

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

Green Tips of the Month Green Tips

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

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

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Six Green Teacher webinars from Jan.21 to March 31 - all free             (Posted: 1-20-16)

Warm up with Webinars!

Green Teacher's upcoming webinars are an interactive way for educators to continue learning about key environmental topics. Our professional development webinar series features some of the most important thinkers in the field of environmental education addressing vital and relevant topics. 

We have six webinars scheduled in the coming months. Registration is FREE and one can obtain a certificate upon completion. 

Sign up now to ensure you don't miss out on any of the following

Addressing Aquatic Invasive Species

Presenters: Bob Thomson and Brook Schryer 
Tuesday, February 2 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST

Tackling aquatic invasives species (AIS) presents special challenges for educators. Bob Thomson uses inquiry methods with a place-based format to ensure that students are participants in the educational process. AIS allows his students to develop their informational reading skills on a subject that they can research and create informational essays and presentation that they can use to inform the community on ways to prevent the spread of AIS. They also do research projects focused on understanding the impact of invasive species impact, in cooperation with local agencies. Brook Schryer will introduce the Grades 4 & 6 curriculum units developed by the Invading Species Awareness Program of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Collecting Field Data on Local Birds with Elementary Students

Presenters: Renee Bachman and Ted Watt

Thursday, February 4 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST

Birds provide a ready access for elementary level students to a variety of life science content areas. Science practices such as bird observation skills, visual and auditory, field data collection and analysis skills, and student presentation techniques for the wider community are but some of the options that will be explored in this webinar. The presenters planned and carried out a nesting bird survey with 5th Graders in Western Massachusetts as part to Cornell’s Birds in Forested Landscape program. While teaching in Phoenix, Renee and her students collected data for the Central Arizona & Phoenix Long Term Environmental Research Project. Ted has taught bird identification in informal settings for over thirty years. In this Webinar Ted and Renee will describe their projects, including how Cornell University’s Ebird can be utilized in the classroom. Outdoor bird study with students, aligned with NGSS practices, is tons of fun! 

Remote Cameras in Environmental Education

Presenters: Ryan Pennesi and Dawn Tanner

Wednesday, February 10 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST 

Young people do not realize there are so many interesting things that they can learn about animals in their own schoolyard and neighborhood. Using remote cameras helps teachers to increase technology learning in their classrooms and brings students outside to create meaningful connections. Whether you think small scale at what your students will learn about the animals that share their space when they are absent or you choose to connect with local scientists, setting up trail cameras will give you a window into the wild. Join Ryan and Dawn in discussion as they address choosing the best locations toplace the cameras, how to set them up and what can be done both inside and outside of the classroom with the resulting images and data. 

Climbing Trees

Presenter: Harv Teitelbaum

Monday, February 29 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST 

Why climb trees? On a very basic level, we all sense that it feels good to be around trees and forests. But beyond engendering a sense of well-being, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that being in the forest environment has positive psychological effects. Harv Teitelbaum wants you to climb and perhaps someday facilitate your own group climbs. In this webinar he hopes to encourage you to do so and tell you just how it’s done.

Inspiring Deeper Learning with Music

Presenters: Remy Rodden and Joyce Rouse (Earth Mama)

Thursday, March 31 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST 

Why do we teach and learn our ABC’s with a song? Learning techniques that use music, motion, humor and fun take place in the affective domain of the brain, and tend to be deeper and longer lasting. Join two veteran singer-songwriter-performers for tips and tools for using music to teach and reinforce concepts for long term behavioral changes. 

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All subscribers not only receive the next four issues of our non-profit magazine, but they also gain access to a vast professional development archive of over 55 webinars and 300 articles and activities. The latter have been cataloged according to age group and 28 topics, making it easy for everyone to find what they need.

Resources for Teachers at Duke Farms             (Posted: 1-13-16)

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Teachers Can Receive Classroom Equipment for Plants for Pollinators Program             (Posted: 1-12-16)

Freehold Soil Conservation District will provide free "Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom" Resource Kits to several teachers in Middlesex and Monmouth County in early 2016. The Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom program is designed to help students discover the importance of native pollinators and to study the relationship between plants and pollinators.

Selected teachers will receive indoor growing kits complete with a plant stand, grow bulbs, potting soil and seeds for students to explore plant growth, conduct experiments and raise pollinator plants. The kit also includes a packet of resources, lessons, plant information and planting guidelines. In the spring, student-grown plants are to be planted in a school or community garden. Participating teachers will also receive a supply of potted plants to enhance their pollinator garden. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Pollinators, such as bees, hummingbirds, moths and birds play a critical role in the production of over 150 food crops in the United States - among them apples, almonds, blueberries, cranberries, melons, pears and squash. An estimated 90 percent of flowering plants depend on bees and other insects as well as birds and bees for pollination.

Teachers must apply for the program by March 1, 2016 and supplies are limited. The Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom registration brochure is available online at www.freeholdscd.org, by emailing info@freeholdscd.org, or by calling Freehold Soil Conservation District at 732-683-8500. This program is open to teachers in Middlesex and Monmouth County schools.

Earth Science update - resources and events             (Posted: 1-12-16)

Upcoming event:

NJESTA NGSS Transition Workshops: Classroom Applications of NGSS.

In preparation of meeting our Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) transition deadline of September 2016, NJ Earth Science Teachers Association (NJESTA) is sponsoring two transition workshops for middle school and high school New Jersey Earth and space and environmental science teachers.  Teachers of other science disciplines are welcome to attend; however, the examples explored during the workshop will be centered on Earth and space science and environmental science.  The goal of the workshop is to decipher the related performance expectations and to explore instructional practices that support the development of proficiency in the performance expectations.  By the end of the workshop, teachers will be ready to examine their own teaching and resources in order to craft NGSS congruent lessons. It is expected that those teachers attending the workshop have a working knowledge of the NGSS before attending. Teachers are encouraged to bring copies of their own lessons for review.

The North Jersey workshop will take place at the Greater Newark Conservancy on Saturday February 6, 2016, and a repeat of the workshop in South Jersey will take place at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park on Saturday February 20, 2016.  Both workshops will run from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with registration starting at 8:30 AM.  To learn more about what each of these venues has to offer teachers and students, an optional tour of each will take place after the workshop.  An online follow-up session will be scheduled for each workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $10.  Professional Development hours will be provided.  For more information contact Missy Holzer at mholzer@monmouth.com. To register for either workshop go to http://njesta.org

Registration Deadlines:

For the February 6th event: January 15th

Registration Link: http://goo.gl/forms/YXa56mg71u

Or

For the February 20th event: January 30th

Registration Link: http://goo.gl/forms/vohvP5Pg35

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Rutgers Geology Museum Annual Open House: January 30, 2016

More information: https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/

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Earth 2 Class Workshops at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory on the Palisades – Workshops start again on January 23rd

http://earth2class.org/site/

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Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching: Deadline January 20, 2016

http://www.americangeosciences.org/education/awards/roy

OCSCD: Introducing Our 2016 Educational Program Series             (Posted: 1-11-16)

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2016 Monthly Series of Educational Programs and Workshops 
From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green!

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to announce our 2016 monthly series of educational programs, From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green. Programs are designed to promote low maintenance landscaping, highlight the ecologic and economic benefits of best landscape management practices, and inspire stewardship of natural resources. Program goals and objectives are supported by the Landscape for Life™ curriculum, which is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES) program. Each month features a new topic; all programs are FREE to the public. The From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green monthly educational program series is made possible in part through funding from the Barnegat Bay Partnership. For a list of topics, dates, times and program descriptions please visit www.soildistrict.org or contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, education@soildistrict.org, 609-971-7002 ext. 114. 

January (Exact Date and Time To Be Announced)
Water Conservation in the Garden
Water makes our garden grow! Knowing how to water your garden is just as important as knowing when to water. In this program we will introduce you to some water-saving tips to significantly reduce the water requirements of your garden and landscape. Topics explored include: remediating stormwater runoff in your yard, amending garden soil, mulching, how plants take-in water from the soil, and appropriate plant selection. Presented by Shari Kondrup, Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Jakes 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 114 or education@soildistrict.org
February (Exact Date and Time To Be Announced)
Bees, Plants and Soil - a Sweet Recipe for a Healthy Garden
Soil provides the foundation in which all food grows - even food for bees! Bees and other pollinators depend on a healthy food source of nectar and pollen. Native plants growing in healthy native soil are the perfect choice for gardeners who want to support the life cycle of honey bees and attract other native pollinators to their yard. Join us for an introduction to home beekeeping, healthy soil and native plants, and taste the sweet rewards of a sustainable yard and garden. Presented by John Zingis, Air, Land & Sea Environmental Management, Inc., and Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation DistrictFREE! Location: Jakes 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 114 or education@soildistrict.org
March (Exact Date and Time To Be Announced)
Planning for a 3-Season Flower Garden
When the weather outside is frightful... it's time to begin planning your garden! Imagine your yard bursting with color from early spring to first frost in late autumn. By taking the time to assess your conditions, including soil, sun and moisture, you will have the foundational information on which to build your blooms. This program will introduce you to garden planning, design and plant selection using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website. Presented by Pam Almeida, co-leader, Jersey Shore Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Jersey, and Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District. FREE! Location: Toms River Library. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, 609-971-7002 ext 114 or education@soildistrict.org
Educational Programs, Workshops 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. 114. A wealth of information can be found on our website: www.soildistrict.org.

PAEE Conference Registration is OPEN!             (Posted: 12-18-15)

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GreenSchools Update,Dec 2015             (Posted: 12-18-15)

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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 want to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Below you will find resources to help you kick start the new year!

green ribbon

Tips for Getting Started with Your Green Ribbon Schools Application:
  • Carefully read the entire Green Ribbon application and determine who should be a part of your development team
  • Call a meeting of all team members
  • Develop a timeline for completion of the application
  • At the team meeting, assign specific parts of the application
  • After the initial team meeting, follow up with individuals and monitor the completion of their assigned portions

PLT GreenWorks!

PLT Awards 24 GreenWorks! Grants

PLT has recently announced our GreenWorks! grant award winners for the 2015-2016 cycle. Nearly 4,000 students in 18 states will participate in the different projects.


Green Tips

Winter Facility Preparation Tips (Roofs & Gutters)

As you prepare for winter weather at the school, you and your students can consult with your school building engineer, maintenance staff, and/or administrative staff to make sure your roof and gutters are prepared for ice and snow.

Roofs

Facility roofs are a critical point of risk when it comes to winter weather.
  • Inspect roofs each month leading up to and during the winter season.
  • Sweep up debris, check shingles, tar seals, and roof vents if applicable.
  • Install or check ice breakers to protect public safety.
  • Trim back trees or branches that may impact roof integrity

Gutters

  • Gutters are critical to control drainage from rain, snow and melting ice, and to prevent flooding inside and outside the building.
  • Clean gutters thoroughly, removing all debris and unclogging drains.
  • Run test of gutters and downspouts to be sure water does not back up.
  • Check outflow of downspouts to push water away from building foundation.
  • Water seepage that reaches interior walls can be absorbed and lead to mold and mildew that makes air quality poor.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

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Washington, DC 20036

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The Cloud Institute's Summer Design Studio at Omega Institute             (Posted: 12-18-15)

We Are Delighted To Announce That This Year's Summer Design Studio Will Be Held at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.


To help solve problems unique to the 21st century, the next generation of kids requires an education that reflects a modern sensibility. Embedding sustainability into the curriculum and culture of a school can inspire kids to think about the world and our relationship to it with fresh eyes and an open mind.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education helps educators and schools shift from telling kids what the answers are to teaching them the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind required to become responsible citizens who can achieve economic prosperity and restore the health of all living systems. The Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework is an evidence-based, transformative learning process developed by the Cloud Institute. Based on systems thinking, sustainable economics, and the science of sustainability, it teaches kids to consider people, profits, and the planet equally. Teachers, school systems, and school districts use EfS to create programs and curricula that embody this new approach. the Omega Institute is happy to extend this unique teaching and learning opportunity to you.


Introduction to Education for Sustainability - Aug 12-14, 2016 REGISTER HERE

The weekend program with Cloud Institute founder Jaimie P. Cloud and EfS educator Koh Ming Wei is an introduction to the principles of EfS. Through interactive simulations, group activities, discussions, and case studies, we share ideas, learn best practices, and explore what is possible when we educate for sustainability. Educators and school administrators, whether new or seasoned, as well as community leaders and parents, are welcome. Together we:

- Explore the role of education in moving us toward a more sustainable future
- Learn and use important EfS tools and curricula
- Understand the role of institutional and community stakeholders
- Discover how to align standards and performance indicators with your curriculum
- Map the points of intersection for your discipline(s) and grade level(s)
- Generate a personal rationale for educating for sustainability
 

5-Day Curriculum Design Studio - Aug 15-19, 2016 REGISTER HERE

In this 5-day design studio, educators, administrators, and program designers learn how to design and embed EfS into curriculum, assessments, and programs. In a structured context, you get access to expertise, coaching, resources, and tools to design elegant curricula for classroom use, create protocols for professional development, and lay out action plans to implement EfS in schools and communities. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional workshops, you are supported as you create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability.


Optional Workshops Include: Backwards Design Process, Assessments that Produce Learning, Assessing for the Attributes of EfS, Analyzing Student work for Evidence of EfS.


Learn more at cloudinstitute.org/summer-design-studio. We hope to see you there!



Upcoming Events

Join Jaimie Cloud and others at The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GCSE) - Bringing together green schools thought-leaders and champions, connecting educators, school administrators, non-profit and corporate partners, and elected officials to advance the shared mission of green schools for all within this generation. Join us to learn, collaborate and celebrate! [March 31-April 1, 2016 | Pittsburgh, PA] learn more



In Case You Missed It - New Blog Posts!


Let’s Optimize Our Children’s Capacity to Be Creative and Smart -- by Jaimie Cloud
Sir Ken Robinson describes creativity as, “a process of having original ideas that have value”. Fritjof Capra describes it in this way: “Creativity is a key property of all living systems and contributes to nature’s ability to sustain life”. Either way, it’s a good idea if you like living. We should be cultivating it. read more

Water Here, There, Not There, and Where? -- by Jaimie Cloud
The California Drought, flooding in North Carolina… water water here, there, not there, and where? Water is one of our most precious natural commons. We –you and me- must tend it as such. The fact is we all depend on it (we can only last 3 days without it) and we are all responsible for taking care of it. California has legally declared that every citizen has a right to safe drinking water, and Detroit has privatized it. read more



'Tis the Season! Join Our Circle of Friends During this Time of Giving.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is a 501c3 Organization whose mission is to ensure the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in PreK-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future. We prepare schools and their communities to educate for a sustainable future by inspiring educators to engage students through meaningful content and learner?centered instruction. Your gift to The Cloud Institute gives us the flexibility to create new opportunities for the teachers, schools and communities we serve.

We value your support and look forward to building meaningful relationships that create conditions for a rich quality of life for all. Please consider joining our Circle of Friends.

Please make your check payable to: The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, 116 West 23rd Street, 5th Fl., New York, NY 10011 - or use the 'donate' buttons above.


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School Garden Workshops at the Greater Newark Conservancy             (Posted: 12-18-15)

NUTS & BOLTS AND SEEDS & SOIL
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 o 4-6 pm o $5
This workshop will focus on the mechanics of growing (mostly edible) plants within the school garden context. Even if you missed our earlier sessions, jump in here to plan for a spring garden. At Greater Newark Conservancy 32 Prince Street Newark, NJ You must pre-register at www.citybloom.org
For further information: 973-642-4646

"Going Green Begins in The Classroom"             (Posted: 12-3-15)

This article aims at establishing environmental friendly strategies at a young age in our communities.
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Duke Farms Educator Programs             (Posted: 11-16-15)

Using the Eagle Cam in Your Classroom
January 16 from 9am to 3pm
Cost: $25 per educator which includes lunch
The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about birds, food chains, endangered species or animal adaptations - and it’s an easy link to NGSS!  The Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Duke Farms will help you to discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Live birds of prey will make an appearance and an opportunity will be announced for one teacher to participate in the spring eagle banding at Duke Farms!

Stories from the Land (K-12)
Feb 19 2016: 8:30am-4pm
Cost $25 per educator, includes lunch

Use the landscape to help form stories while connecting students to the natural world.  This workshop will bring together a small group of educators who want to learn about how the art of personal and environmental storytelling can build literacy, writing skills, and creativity. 
Bluebirds in the Schoolyard (PreK-3)
March 5 2016: 8:30am-4pm
Cost $25 per educator, includes lunch
This action-packed day will teach educators the natural history associated with the eastern bluebird, how to create schoolyard habitats and how to develop NGSS lessons that bring environmental education into the classroom. Teachers will leave with tools to start a new unit in their schoolyard, including lesson plans and a bluebird nestbox.

Rain Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms
March 11, 2016 from 9am to 4pm
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.

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
March 12, 2016 from 9am to 4pm
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.
 
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands - Facilitator Training
March 13, 2016 from 9am to 4pm
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.

Voices from the Land (K-12)
April 8-9 2016: 8:30am-4pm
Cost $50 per educator, includes lunch
Through this two day 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. 

Summer Teacher Institute on Climate Change (6-12)
July dates TBD
Cost: TBD. Scholarships Available
A weeklong workshop for K-12 educators, taught by K-12 educators. Learn how to translate the complex science behind climate change into meaningful classroom lessons.

Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies (K-12)
August 15-16 2016: 8:30-4pm
Cost $50 per educator, includes lunch
This two-day workshop combines classroom and field experiences where participants leave with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs on their own.  This workshop enables educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs.   


Gregory Collins
Communications Coordinator
Duke Farms Foundation
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
908-243-3620
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PLT GreenSchools Update, Nov 2015             (Posted: 11-16-15)

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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
Below you’ll find some tips to prepare for winter, a new resource from our partners at the US Forest Service and, in case you missed it in our last GreenSchools Update, a reminder that PLT now offers training online!

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PLT GreenSchools Training Now Online!
Complete this online course for tips on starting a GreenSchools program, how to obtain equipment and collect data, and ways to empower your students to design and lead an action project.

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Watch FreshWaterLIVE :A Distance Learning Adventure
This webcast  explores the origins, travels and perils of fresh water from forests to faucets http://freshwaterlive.org/.Fill out the evaluationhttp://freshwaterlive.org/evaluation and receive a copy of the Natural Inquirer focusing on fresh water. 

Seven Tips to Prepare for WinterGreen Tips

As we move into the winter months, follow these tips to prepare your school and home for the upcoming season.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
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Story of Climate Change in iTunes stores now!             (Posted: 11-12-15)

Students watch glaciers melt, dive into the world’s coral reefs, and explore bike share programs all from their tablet! The Story of Climate Change is a new, active way of learning through multimedia to connect middle school students beyond pages and vocabulary words into the practical applications of climate science.

Each of The Story of Climate Change’s six chapters includes informative videos, fun interactive resources, critical thinking activities, as well as review and discussion questions to reinforce unit concepts. Keep students in tune with the latest climate science and research—all for FREE!
 
Dr. James E. Hansen, former NASA scientist and current Director of Program on Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions at Columbia University endorsed the Story of Climate Change, “A story children need to read—and understand.” 

We also offer a FREE Teacher’s Guide for download, fully equipped with handy resources to help educators make the most out of every chapter.
Download for FREE on iBooks
The Story of Climate Change breaks down the complexity of climate change into bite size chunks, replete with interactive resources…a game changer for climate education in the American classroom and the world. No matter what grade you teacher from k-16 there is something in this book for you.”  
 The Story of Climate Change digital textbook is a valuable new resource for middle school students and teachers wanting to dive into the topic of climate change in a fun, interactive way. The book's overall light, fun tone is perfectly suited for middle schoolers and interactive graphics and quizzes let students play around with the resource in their own way…”
“This digital textbook brings the climate science basics to life using a multimedia approach to engage students from videos to images and graphs…For teachers looking to expand beyond the content, the discussion and review guides at the end of the chapters are great launch points.”
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PAEE: 2016 Conference Site - The Inn at Pocono Manor             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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PLT GreenSchools Update, Oct 2015             (Posted: 11-12-15)

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PLT GreenSchools Training Now Online!

By Jennifer Pic

Complete this online course for tips on starting a GreenSchools program, how to obtain equipment and collect data, and ways to empower your students to design and lead an action project.


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We want your feedback! Tell us which content on the PLT.org website is useful to you, and how you want to see it organized.

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'How-To' PLT Videos

By Vanessa Bullwinkle

PLT staff have been busy creating ‘how-to’ videos for some of PLT’s PreK-8 and Early Childhood activities, as well as for PLT’s GreenSchools Investigations.

TAKING ACTION

 
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Lessons Learned in a Closed-Loop System

By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre

Science teacher Kris Galoci and her students have created an innovative aquaponics program at Grand Traverse Academy, Michigan, to grow vegetables and catfish using the same water and with the goals of being low maintenance and self-sustaining.

EDUCATOR TIPS

 
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Tree Factory Activity Cards

By Karen Christenson

Print out these useful cards for students to wear as giant name tags next time you facilitate PLT’s Activity 63: Tree Factory in your classroom.

RESOURCES

 
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Literature Connection - The Three Questions

By Jaclyn Stallard

Who do you trust to answer your most important questions? Using the different and diverse perspectives of his animal friends, a young boy ultimately finds the answers he searches for within himself.

STEM Connections - Have Seeds, Will Travel 

STEM Connections - Signs of Fall

By Kris Irwin, Ph.D.

Engage students in STEM teaching and learning as they investigate the variables that cause leaves to change color with PLT’s Activity 78: Signs of Fall.

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EE Resources - Fall 2015

By Jaclyn Stallard

Grant opportunities, print resources, apps, webinars, videos, and more in our latest compilation of EE Resources.

 
 
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Project Learning Tree is excited to announce our new online training course for GreenSchools. You can complete this course in your own time, wherever you are. In other news, students in Washington, DC and Texas are earning national recognition.

PLT GreenSchools Training Now Online
Complete this online course for tips on starting a GreenSchools program, how to obtain equipment and collect data, and ways to engage your students in action project.

US Forest Chief Tidwell Visits a Model PLT GreenSchool
On Sept. 30, US Forest Chief Tidwell maintained a hands-on approach while planting a Red Maple tree with students at Barnard Elementary, a Washington DC model PLT GreenSchool. Chief Tidwell taught the students about the many benefits that trees provide.

Climate Classroom -- New Online Climate Education Resources             (Posted: 11-10-15)

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Bringing Climate to the Classroom: Years of Living Dangerously
The National Wildlife Federation recently launched our new online climate-education resources for back to school. Climate Classroom is a new website developed in conjunction with the filmmakers and supporters for the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. The lesson plans and resources (designed for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 and college undergraduates) correspond to the science and subject matter presented in the documentary series; they encourage students to analyze the relevance of climate change to their daily lives and investigate how they, as individuals, can be a part of the solution. This interdisciplinary curriculum highlights careers in science, provides writing prompts, outlines service learning projects, and more.

Climate Classroom Kids
Climate Classroom Kids—a companion resource for younger students (grades K-5), their parents and educators—utilizes photography and stories of animals to enhance understanding of the effects of climate change on wildlife habitat and introduces students to actions that reduce carbon pollution.

Combined, the two programs provide education information for a wide range of learners and leverage NWF’s educational resources and programs for schools.

Look for more tips, tools, and resources in this month’s Eco-Schools USA Newsletter.

The Eco-Schools USA Team
eco-schoolsusa@nwf.org
 
 
 
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NGSS Transition Workshops             (Posted: 11-10-15)

NJESTA is offering two NGSS Transition Workshops: Earth & Space Science Education & Environmental Science through the NGSS Lens.
Click HERE for details.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide             (Posted: 11-10-15)

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19th Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable             (Posted: 10-20-15)

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