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CONTENTS:
EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: National Stormwater Calculator - Great Lakes Applications (February 19)
Biodiversity Workshop at the NJSOC
NEW Opportunities to Earn Sustainable Jersey Points!
EfS Professional Learning Opportunities
REGISTER TODAY: Growing Healthy Communities Conference
NAAEE: eeNEWS
Lichen workshop at Scherman Hoffman of NJ Audubon
C&NN: Grow Your Leadership Skills at Inside Out 2020!
i-Tree Annual Roundtable Webinar
Watershed University at Raritan Headwaters
Back-to-school already?! Raise your hand if you’re prepared…
Biodiversity Field Methods- Teacher Workshop
HOFNOD Team Leader Training
Pinelands Short Course to Focus on Climate Change
January NJ Eco-Schools Newsletter
Introductory FIsheries Science for StakeHolders (IFISSH)
Reminder: 2020 PAEE Awards
Project WILD Teacher Training Workshop
Duke Farms News & Events
NAAEE News
Upcoming Workshop! Models to Inform Planning for the Future of Electric Power in the U.S
January i-Tree events: Roundtable discussion webinar and i-Tree Academy online training opportunity
2019 ANJEE Excellence in Environmental Education Awards
EPA: December Webinar + 2020 HABs Wksp in NJ
Green Infrastructure Champion Training is back! Register TODAY!
EPA: Join the EE Grants Webinar
ANJEE: Project Learning Tree Pre-Conference & Scholarships now available
Duke Farms is offering our third year of Master Ecologists classes!
SAVE THE DATE: Growing Healthy Communities Conference
Fall is here at Duke Farms!
ANJEE in the NEWS
C&NN: Choose Your Inside-Out Action Area!
November NJ Eco-Schools Newsletter
Apply now for the Inside-Out Leadership Summit!
NOW AVAILABLE: Climate Change and Ecosystems
ROADS on Mars Challenge - Professional Development for Teachers and Student Challenge!
EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: National Stormwater Calculator - Great Lakes Applications (February 19)             (Posted: 1-30-20)

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar

National Stormwater Calculator: Great Lakes Applications

February 19, 2020

3:00 to 4:00 PM ET

To reduce impairments of our nation’s waterbodies caused by stormwater runoff, EPA developed the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) to help support local, state, tribal and national stormwater management objectives and regulatory efforts to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention using green infrastructure practices as low impact development (LID) controls. The primary focus of the SWC is to inform users on how well they can meet a desired stormwater retention target with and without the use of green infrastructure. The SWC makes it easy to estimate runoff reduction when planning a new development or redevelopment site with LID stormwater controls.

This presentation focuses on examples of how EPA’s SWC has been applied in the Great Lakes region; advancing the science and implementation of green infrastructure to protect water quality and human health. The applications include: EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, University of Michigan’s Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Green Infrastructure Grants Program. Webinar participants will see how the lessons learned in the Great Lakes region could be applied in their own area. 

Presenters include:

Karly McMorrow, ORISE Research Participant, U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office

Chris Hartman, Stormwater Technical Specialist, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Frank Marsik, Research Scientist, University of Michigan, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program

More information about the SWC is available at: https://www.epa.gov/water-research/national-stormwater-calculator

To join this webinar, please register:

https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/swc_greatlakesapplications/event/registration.html

Biodiversity Workshop at the NJSOC             (Posted: 1-30-20)

NJ School of Conservation Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods
June 28- July 2, 2020

COST: FREE Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources.

This five-day summer professional development workshop for middle school teachers will focus on an extended hands-on experience in assessing ecosystem biodiversity. Teachers will work alongside academic researchers and professional scientists to identify flora and fauna in the forest, stream and lake ecosystems in and around the NJ School of Conservation (NJSOC) within Stokes State Forest. Teachers will learn field methods and improve their content knowledge in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Teachers will contribute to a NJSOC Bioblitz event scheduled to coincide with the workshop, allowing teachers to utilize the concept and curriculum materials for National Geographic's and iNaturalists's Bioblitz program. The concluding activity will be for the workshop participants to translate their newly developed skills to their classroom, school and local community by creating a lesson or unit plan that applies workshop learning. Full workshop description can be found HERE. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2020

Tanya Sulikowski
Environmental Educator/Researcher

NJ School of Conservation
Montclair State University
1 Wapalanne Road
Branchville, NJ 07826
973-948-4646

NEW Opportunities to Earn Sustainable Jersey Points!             (Posted: 1-30-20)

Contribute to a Complete Census Count
and Earn Sustainable Jersey Points

Did you know $23 billion in federal funding for New Jersey depends on Census counts, including Medicaid, SNAP, Transportation Planning, Title I Grants, National School Lunch Program, Environmental Programs, and much more? It is important that communities obtain a complete count as part of the 2020 Census to plan and manage public goods like transportation, emergency preparedness, and natural resources, appropriately over the next ten years.
 
Your municipality can help contribute to the 2020 Census complete count effort through education and outreach to the community. Your town may already have a Complete Count Committee (CCC), a volunteer committee established by local governments, community organizations, and others, to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. While it is encouraged to work with an existing CCC, you do not need to have a CCC to use US Census Bureau outreach resources and educate the community about the Census. Many resources, including flyers, sample social media posts, and posters are available on the US Census Bureau website. Get started with the resources below.
·        Become a Census Partner

Earn Sustainable Jersey Points
 
Municipalities engaged in Census education and outreach efforts can earn certification points under the Community Education & Outreach action or the Innovative Community Project action depending on the scope of activities. Green teams can support these efforts and even play a key role in engaging municipal staff, elected and appointed officials, and other community organizations in the initiative. Additional information can be found in the Resources section of each action.
 
For more information about how your green team can get involved in 2020 Census education and outreach efforts, download the flyer.

Census 2020 Webinar: Earn Points by Making Sure Your Community Counts

As a trusted voice, municipalities and schools can play an important role in making sure the 2020 Census accurately reflects your community. This is critically important since the Census data will dictate how federal funding is allocated and political maps are drawn for the next ten years. Learn more about the 2020 Census, the variety of resources and tools you can use to educate your community, how your efforts will pay off with certification points today, and the equitable distribution of federal funding and political representation for the next decade.

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
NEW Action Updates

In addition to the changes noted in the Census section to the Community Education and Outreach and Innovative Community Project actions, updates have also been made to the Community Gardens, Residential Energy Efficiency Outreach, and the Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles actions. Learn more about program updates in 2020 on the website.

Community Gardens: This action is now variable point allowing municipalities to earn an additional 5 points for environmentally friendly gardening practices and 5 points for donating garden produce.

Residential Energy Efficiency Outreach: The updated action includes new submission requirements, new options for completing the 20 point level of the action, and new resources for completing the action.

Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles: This action is now variable point allowing municipalities to earn up to 15 points depending on the type(s) of vehicle(s) purchased. Completion of the fleet inventory is only required at the 15 point level of this action.

What's New In 2020? Program Updates Webinar

Find out what is new in the Sustainable Jersey program for the New Year! This webinar will cover program updates, including revised actions since 2017, and shed light on new actions to be released in 2020.
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Share Your Success Stories for the
New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Sustainable Jersey works hard to identify the model “stand out” achievements of our program participants. We need your help in identifying success stories to showcase for this year’s Sustainability Summit on June 12 at Bell Works in Holmdel.

If your municipal or school green team has successfully implemented a project or initiative that you feel has moved the needle on an important sustainability issue, please complete the success story submission form by January 31.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
Making a Difference Award
Nominations Now Open

Since 1997 the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award has honored 366 individuals whose extraordinary service to others has made New Jersey a better place. These unsung New Jersey heroes help others in need, solve problems and transform neighborhoods, bring hope to those who feel forgotten, stand up for the rights of others, create opportunities for young people to succeed, and protect the environment. Up to ten awards will be given: a top award of $50,000, two $25,000 awards and seven $7,500 awards. For more information, visit the website.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020
Funding Available for Municipalities and Schools
The PSEG Foundation is contributing $200,000 to support a municipal grants cycle and $100,000 to support a schools grants cycle.
 
The municipal grants cycle will award four (4) $20,000, eight (8) $10,000 and twenty (20) $2,000 grants to support efforts related to Sustainable Jersey actions. For more information, click here. The municipal application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

We encourage collaboration between municipalities and schools on sustainability efforts. The schools PSEG grants cycle will award four (4) $10,000 grants for school or school district projects, and thirty (30) $2,000 grants to support efforts related to Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions. For more information, click here. The school application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.

Informational Webinar
 
An informational webinar was held on December 10 to review the online application process, requirements, and tips for successful applications. A recording of the webinar is available here.
 
If you have any questions, contact Kaitlyn Vollmer, Grants Program Coordinator, at grants@sustainablejersey.com or 609-771-3189.
2020 Certification Cycle & Webinars

To better assist municipalities and allow more time for updates between the first and second round of review, we have adjusted the 2020 initial submission deadline. The initial certification deadline is Sunday, May, 17, 2020.
 
To further assist you in this process, listed below are a series of certification webinars we will be hosting. If you have questions about your 2020 application, contact info@sustainablejersey.com. 

 
Making a Game Plan for Getting Certified 
 
Have you been thinking that 2020 is the year your town will join the over 200 Sustainable Jersey certified municipalities that are making progress toward a more sustainable future? Would you like to receive the prestigious Sustainable Jersey certification at this years' League of Municipalities Conference? This webinar will share proven strategies and tools to help map out a path to certification within six to twelve months.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
 
 
Stay in the Game! Strategize Your Recertification
 
Is your town's certification expiring in 2020, and/or does your municipality wish to maintain its green team activities and certification? Now is the time to start planning for recertification! This webinar will provide information to help you avoid a lapse and/or maintain your certification. For your convenience, we have provided two dates for this webinar, both providing the same content.
 
Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm

 
Moving up to Silver Certification
 
Municipalities that are interested in attaining silver certification (whether they are currently certified at the bronze level or are just beginning to work on their certification) should attend this webinar to get tips from silver certified municipalities and Sustainable Jersey staff. Hear about how other towns have achieved the prestigious silver designation, and learn about actions that can fast track you on the path to silver!
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
 
 
Green Team 2.0: Building Your Capacity & Promoting Your Team
 
At this webinar, we will discuss recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers; promoting the work of your green team; keeping your green team active during transitions; and the pros and cons of starting your own 501(c)3 non-profit.
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sustainable Jersey Regional Hub Event
Tomorrow! Energy Efficiency Summit
 
The Tri-County Sustainability Alliance, a Sustainable Jersey regional hub, will hold an Energy Efficiency Summit which will focus on programs, incentives and strategies to save money while lowering individual & community greenhouse gas emissions. This event will teach attendees how to identify where their business or home is wasting energy with little-to-no cost solutions, lower utility bills, make living spaces more comfortable, and secure rebates for old appliances. This will include a chance to network as well as a session featuring speakers from New Jersey's Clean Energy Program and South Jersey Gas. For more information, click here.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Haddonfield Borough Hall 
242 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Other Upcoming Events
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Green Infrastructure Champions Program

Green Infrastructure Champions are key players in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach town by town. Through this program, offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, participants can attend one or more of the ten low-cost classes from January to May to learn how to identify green infrastructure locations, perform installations and maintenance, and more. A session, highlighted below, will be held on March 13 on green infrastructure planning and implementation for Sustainable Jersey points. For more information, including all training topics, days, and times, visit the website.  

Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
REGISTER – Fee applies
Other Funding Opportunities
 
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Community Grants

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI) Community Grants support and promote collaboration with the SFI Network to support local communities' understanding of the value and benefits of sustainable managed forests. Community grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events supporting SFI's mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations, across the United States and Canada. All projects must be submitted by an SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) or non-profit organization.
 
Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm


NJDEP Nonpoint Source Pollution Restoration & Mitigation Grants

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will offer up to $3.5 million for watershed restoration, enhancement, and protection strategies that address Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollution. NPS pollution carries nutrients into our waterways leading to over-enrichment and eutrophication; elevated nutrients along with other suitable environmental conditions such as elevated temperatures lead to HABs. Proposed projects would support water quality/watershed planning (including HABs/lakes), implementation of water quality improvement measures associated with approved Watershed Plans and a total maximum daily loads (TMDL's), development of wastewater management plans and/or their components, implementation of green infrastructure to reduce stormwater input into combined sewer systems, and implementation of measures to provide resiliency against future storm events and sea level rise due to climate change. For more information click here.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020
 
 
NJBPU Announces New Incentives to Expand Local Government Electric Vehicle (EV) Fleets
 
To jump-start the electrification of local government vehicle fleets, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has created the "Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive" program, which offers local governments $4,000 per battery electric vehicle and $1,500 for one dual-port Level 2 EV charging station. The application window opened on December 1, 2019, and the program will award grants on a rolling basis until April 15, 2020 or until the funding is fully committed.
 
To make it easier for local governments to add electric vehicles to their fleets, EVs were recently adding to the State Purchasing Contract. Points can be earned for the Purchase Alternative Fuel VehiclesMeet Target for Green Fleets, and Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure actions. 
 
More information can be found here and the application can be accessed here. If you have questions about the incentive program, please send an email to EV.programs@bpu.nj.gov.
Green Team Resources
 
Energy Tracking and Management

The New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center has added a new section on Sustainable Jersey which will feature videos on how to successfully complete energy actions. The first video in the series is on Energy Tracking & Management. This video series explains how to earn 10 to 20 points for completing the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Energy Tracking and Management action.
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Pursuing Energy Actions?

Customers of South Jersey Gas can take advantage of incentive programs to upgrade equipment in homes and businesses that complement offerings of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP). Energy efficiency upgrades save energy and money and provide environmental benefits. Energy efficiency measures also address health, comfort, and safety issues in homes and businesses.
 
Learn effective ways to obtain points towards the Sustainable Jersey Outreach actions to promote residential and commercial energy efficiency by contacting Sustainable Jersey at (609) 771-2938 or via email: info@sustainablejersey.com.
 
Patrick McDevitt, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Program Coordinator with South Jersey Gas can meet with your green team to brainstorm the best way to reach your residents and businesses. Contact Patrick at 609-561-9000 ext. 4027 or via email: pmcdevitt@sjindustries.com
Mark Your Calendars!
2020 Sustainable Jersey events, trainings, funding opportunities, and more!

  • Jan 29: What's New in 2020? Program Updates Webinar
  • Jan. 31: Deadline to submit your Sustainable Jersey success story
  • Feb. 5: Making a Game Plan for Getting Certified Webinar
  • Feb. 6: Census 2020 Webinar
  • Feb. 11: Stay in the Game! Strategize Your Recertification Webinar (Evening)
  • Feb. 12: Stay in the Game! Strategize Your Recertification Webinar (Morning)
  • Feb. 14: Sustainable Jersey Grants funded by the PSEG Foundation Application Deadline
  • Feb. 19: Moving Up to Silver Certification Webinar
  • March 4: Green Team 2.0: Building Your Capacity & Promoting Your Team Webinar
  • May 17: Certification Deadline
For more information visit www.sustainablejersey.com 

EfS Professional Learning Opportunities             (Posted: 1-29-20)

We support schools and communities learning in partnership for a sustainable future

 


EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to the roles that teaching, learning, and thinking play in contributing to the shift toward a sustainable future. Our work with school systems and higher education institutions revolves around the curriculum, instruction, and assessment aspects of Education for Sustainability, as well as the strategic planning and leadership development that is required for lasting change.

"EfS challenges schools with the mission to teach and learn for a sustainable future; it also provides the organizational and instructional pathways required to do so."

– Jaimie P. Cloud

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SDS 2020 | Summer Curriculum Design Studio

Join us for the popular Introduction to Education for Sustainability (EfS) One Day Workshop or a full week of Curriculum Design and Coaching. Register to access expertise, resources, and tools required to design elegant curricula for use in the classroom, protocols for professional development, or action plans designed to implement EfS change initiatives in schools and communities.

 

We did it!

We reached our goal of raising $5,000 to upgrade The Fish Game Online!

Thank you for your support and your commitment to helping us educate for a sustainable future. We are grateful.

Stay tuned for the update!

 

Green Schools Conference and Expo

March 2-4, 2020

The Green Schools Conference & Expo is the premier education and engagement opportunity for teachers, parents, students, school and district staff, educational leaders, building industry professionals, non-profit partners and others who are passionate about the future of green schools throughout the country and around the world.

 

The Three E's of Sustainability as a Design and Decision Making Tool


During this interactive and dynamic webinar, participants will make use of several senses to explore and engage with the multi-layered concepts of equity, economics, and environment. Outcomes include confidence to apply the Three E's as a design and decision-making tool in personal, professional, and cultural settings.

2-Part Webinar

Feb. 4 & 11, 2020

with Dr. Ming Wei Koh


 

FROM OUR BLOG


EfS Momentum in The Hudson Valley

The Cloud Institute is working with partners to build momentum for Education for Sustainability and Youth Leadership in the Hudson Valley! It is amazing how the stars are aligning across time and areas of expertise in this place we now call home.

Here’s a brief timeline of our activities to date:

In 2014 my family bought a small farm in the Hudson Valley to build soil fertility, absorb carbon, clean the air, produce delicious goat cheese, create favorable conditions for Bees and restore and regenerate the land and forest we fell in love with.

 

Storigins: Jaimie Cloud, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education


How do we educate for the kind of future we want?


When I first heard about "sustainability" in 1987 it changed my entire framework as an educator... here's my Storigin:

 

RECOMMENDED READING

How An Idea From Nature Changed Our World By Dorna Schroeter

A Children's Story to Engage & Inspire Young People with Biomimicry.

Biomimicry is changing our world. What better way to help young people understand it than through stories? These stories are written to support the grades 1 and 2 biomimicry units in the Next Gen Science Standards. Each tells the story of a particular bio-inspired product and how it came to be. The first in the series to be published is The Story of Velcro.

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES | QUICK LINKS

Jaimie Cloud
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
7 West 131st Street
New York, NY 10037

REGISTER TODAY: Growing Healthy Communities Conference             (Posted: 1-29-20)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: eeNEWS             (Posted: 1-28-20)

eeNEWS for January 22, 2020
NAAEE 2020 Call for Presentations is Open

Lichen workshop at Scherman Hoffman of NJ Audubon             (Posted: 1-21-20)

Exploring LIchens: A workshop led by Dorothy Smullen, teacher/naturalist at NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ on Saturday March 21, from 1:00 to 4:30. Workshop includes hands-on identification to common lichens along with a power point on their cultural uses, history and connection to air pollution as indicators. There will be a trail walk weather permitting. Perfect for teachers, naturalists, scout leaders, and nature lovers. Limited to 15. Call to register 908-396-6386. Cost: $15 members; $20 non-members.

C&NN: Grow Your Leadership Skills at Inside Out 2020!             (Posted: 1-17-20)

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO BE A PART OF INSIDE OUT 2020!
Don't miss your chance to gather with leaders, educators, practitioners and parents to turn the trend of an indoor childhood “Inside-Out."
 
Action Areas are filling up fast but there are spots remaining in:
  • Advancing State Policy 
  • Green Schoolyards 
  • Health & Nature
  • International Action 
If you believe you would be a strong collaborator on one of these Action Area teams, please apply today!
APPLY TODAY!

Did you know that day two of the Summit will offer hands-on workshops to help you develop new skills and connect with leaders from other Action Areas? Led by experts in the field, these cross-sector Leadership Workshops will provide you with practical strategies and tools to advance your individual and/or organizational work:

Leadership Workshops include:

  • Activating Research to Make the Case for Nature Connection
  • Building a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Movement
  • Advancing Policy for Equitable Access to the Outdoors
  • Working in Constellations: Expanding and Strengthening Your Network
  • Using Strategic Communications to Advance Your Work
We're thrilled to have CC Huang as a keynote speaker at Inside-Out 2020!

CC is interested in imagining and creating beautiful and lush futures. She approaches systems change from an integrated lens of ethics, ecology, economics, and culture. She is currently co-leading research at One Project, a new hybrid sensemaking and grantmaking organization, and has been a strategy consultant for organizations working on regenerative economics, participatory governance, environmental policy, and scenario planning.
Presenting Sponsor: 
ABOUT INSIDE-OUT
Inside-Out reflects the work you do every day to turn an indoor society, especially our kids, back out to the benefits of nature. You'll experience the incredible networking, keynote speeches and professional development workshops you've come to expect from annual Children & Nature Network gatherings, now presented as two-year residencies in our host cities. 

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT:
Create action plans

May 7-8, 2020 
Hyatt Regency Atlanta 

C&NN’s Leadership Summit will be attended by more than 400 changemakers thoughtfully selected through an application process to represent the diverse points of view, people and disciplines of the children and nature movement. Summit participants will work to advance equitable access to nature and inform programming for our 2021 International Conference. 

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE:
Grow the movement

June 3-5, 2021
Hyatt Regency Atlanta 

Outcomes from the Leadership Summit will drive programming for our International Conference, open to all. Inspiring keynotes and hands-on workshops will equip 1,000 nature connection leaders with proven strategies, renewed energy and opportunities to network with peers who are making real progress in increasing equitable access to nature in their communities. 

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i-Tree Annual Roundtable Webinar             (Posted: 1-17-20)

Click HERE.

Watershed University at Raritan Headwaters             (Posted: 1-17-20)

Raritan Headwaters is excited to offer Watershed University for High School Students this summer, from June 22 to 26 at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Gladstone. Each day will include inspiring speakers, citizen science, career exploration, critical thinking, creativity, and connecting with students and professionals that are dedicated to conservation!

The link to the application is HERE.

Lauren Theis
Director of Education
Raritan Headwaters
(908) 234-1852, ext. 314
www.raritanheadwaters.org

Back-to-school already?! Raise your hand if you’re prepared…             (Posted: 1-15-20)

As we kick-off a new decade, I present three items that will have a resounding impact on your teaching. Please make a point to try one or all of these in the next week to start 2020 off strong:


  • Teacher’s Guides: Do you ever wish you could show or assign a video that has multiple resources without having to create them yourself? Stossel in the Classroom has the heavy lifting for you with hundreds of videos. Many of our videos have Teacher’s Guides with lesson overviews, objectives, a viewing guide, discussion and analysis questions, activities, and assessments! If being more productive with your time is a 2020 New Year’s resolution, then you should check out and start using our time-saving Teacher’s Guides.
  • Scholarship Essay and Video Contest: Are you looking for a way to challenge your students and provide an incentive they can get excited about? Assign our essay and video contests to them as a project! Challenge them to select a medium (essay or video creation) that inspires them, share the guidelines and rules, give them some encouragement, and watch as their creativity comes alive! Don’t drag your feet on this opportunity though, the deadlines are mid-February.
  • A new classroom activity to try: When I taught in New York City, my students perked up when I presented them with an opportunity to “do battle” in an intellectual way. So, I carved out 20 - 30 minutes each week for us to spend time exploring, understanding, and debating both sides of hot-button issues. The transformation in my students from the beginning to the end of the semester was remarkable! Not only did I deepen the student-teacher bond with this activity, but I created a “safe space” where they could become better speakers, better able to defend using reason and logic, and better equipped to see more perspectives than just their own. Stossel in the CLassroom’s Both Sides of the Issue helped by providing videos with opposing views! We’ve added discussion questions to help. If you are looking for a new classroom activity that is sure to spark excitement in your students, check out our Both Sides of the Issue resource. It’s an activity that changes lives. 

Have a happy and wonderful 2020! As always, feel free to reach out to me directly if you need assistance, or have any questions or suggestions. I’m more than happy to hear from you. 

Robert Schimenz

Executive Director

Stossel in the Classroom 

rob@sitc.org 


- Handpicked Videos -

The term ‘fundamental economics’ strikes fear and boredom in the hearts of many students each year, but they don’t have to! Economics is essentially the study of human behavior, something we can all relate to. Use this video and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide and use this as a bell ringer (lesson starter) this week. 

Did you or your students watch the new Amazon series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan over the holiday break? Hollywood got it all wrong. Watch as John explains.  


Cold and flu season brings with it more trips to the doctors and increased healthcare costs. Are we responsible for our own health or are taxpayers responsible? In this election year, we’ll hear a lot about healthcare as a right, but do we have rights that others must pay for? SITC has the perfect dose in our Both Sides of the Issue feature here:

We learn from TV shows such as CSI, Law & Order, and NCIS that forensic science is infallible and leads to the conviction of people who might otherwise have gotten away with their crimes. But that’s TV. 

How many students think the stuff portrayed in TV shows and movies is real? Show them this video (download or stream) and use the accompanying teacher’s guide to gauge where their knowledge is at and educate them on the facts.

- DVD and Teacher's Guide -

We are running low on our supply of 2020 Edition DVD and digital Teacher’s Guide. Order yours now before they are gone. Also, as a special bonus, we’ll throw in a bonus copy of a previous years’ DVD.

Biodiversity Field Methods- Teacher Workshop             (Posted: 1-14-20)


NJ School of Conservation Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods
June 28- July 2, 2020

COST: FREE Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources.

This five-day summer professional development workshop for middle school teachers will focus on an extended hands-on experience in assessing ecosystem biodiversity. Teachers will work alongside academic researchers and professional scientists to identify flora and fauna in the forest, stream and lake ecosystems in and around the NJ School of Conservation (NJSOC) within Stokes State Forest. Teachers will learn field methods and improve their content knowledge in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Teachers will contribute to a NJSOC Bioblitz event scheduled to coincide with the workshop, allowing teachers to utilize the concept and curriculum materials for National Geographic’s and iNaturalists’s Bioblitz program. The concluding activity will be for the workshop participants to translate their newly developed skills to their classroom, school and local community by creating a lesson or unit plan that applies workshop learning. Full workshop description can be found HERE. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2020

Tanya Sulikowski
Environmental Educator/Researcher 

NJ School of Conservation 
Montclair State University
1 Wapalanne Road
Branchville, NJ 07826
973-948-4646

HOFNOD Team Leader Training             (Posted: 1-14-20)

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The Division of Fish & Wildlife will host a 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) leader training May 15-17, 2020, at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Ocean County.

HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation and life skills. This workshop is for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered organizations looking to offer an  youth fishing program. The program is flexible enough to be tailored to fit most organizations.

Registration is required and due by May 1, 2020.

For more information about this training, visit the HOFNOD Team Leader Training announcement.


Pinelands Short Course to Focus on Climate Change             (Posted: 1-14-20)

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission just issued a press release about this year's Pinelands Short Course, which will emphasize the impacts of climate change on the Pinelands.

This year's event features seven presentations that relate to climate change and sustainability, including Pinelands weather and climate: past, present and future, the effects of climate change on amphibians in New Jersey, preparing for climate change through municipal participation, climate change and its effect on the Pinelands water cycle, sustaining water supplies for the future, combating climate change in the residential landscape, and Pinelands weather and how it affects the state's microclimate.

Click HERE.

January NJ Eco-Schools Newsletter             (Posted: 1-14-20)

NJ Eco-Schools January Newsletter

?Professional Development, Student Programs &
Free Resources
Start Planning for Spring:
Eco-Schools Monthly Pathway: Biodiversity
Biodiversity is crucial to a healthy ecosystem and your students can support it by taking action. Use the winter months to start planning for Biodiversity projects this Spring!

Learn more here.

Tools and resources:
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NJ Audubon Field Trips and Outreach
Schedule a hands-on, nature-based program for your students with a NJ Audubon center today. Take a field trip to one of the locations below, or have a naturalist come to your school!

Teacher's School of Ecology
This week-long program for 6th-8th grade teachers offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies. Apply by April 15th.

When: July 20-24, 2020; 9am-3pm
Where: Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary (Bernardsville, NJ)

Learn more here.
Sustainable Jersey Dates and Deadlines
  • January 17th: First application submission deadline for 2020.
  • February 20th: Sustainable practices working session in Egg Harbor Township. Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
  • March 13th: Grant application submission deadline.

For more information visit the Green Team Resources Page.
Calling All Climate Change Lessons!
Have you done lessons on climate change in your classroom? NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy would like you to share!

Learn more here.
Cumberland County Winter Eagle Fest!
Bald eagles are just some of the spectacular birds of prey to observe as part of a day full of activities, walks, exhibits, speakers, book signings, vendors and tasty food.

When: February 1st, 2020; 7am-5pm
Where: Mauricetown, NJ

Learn more here.
Eco-Schools USA in NJ is supported by:
Contact Allison Mulch, Project Director
(856) 404-7657 / allison.mulch@njaudubon.org

Introductory FIsheries Science for StakeHolders (IFISSH)             (Posted: 1-13-20)

The objective of this course is to educate stakeholders of New Jersey’s commercial and recreational marine fisheries so that they will better understand and make progress on issues impacting their industries, including the science, management, and responsible stewardship of fishery resources.

The course is open to all who are interested. Classes will meet from 6:30 - 9:00 PM every Tuesday from January 28 – March 31, 2020, at the RCE of Ocean County in Toms River, NJ.

Two optional field trips will occur in spring 2020.

“HyFlex” classes for live participation in-class or remotely via webinar.

Cost: $60.00/person - Register before January 24, 2020 

https://ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu/marine/IFISSH.html

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Kelly Jurgensen
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
1623 Whitesville Road
Toms River NJ  08755
Phone:  732-349-1247
Fax:  732-505-8941
kjurgensen@co.ocean.nj.us

Reminder: 2020 PAEE Awards             (Posted: 1-10-20)

2020 Conference Registration is OPEN!
Register before Jan 31 to get the Early Bird Discount
We are happy to announce the partnership with Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) for the 2020 conference. We are excited to expand the training and networking between our parallel professions in a joint conference themed Live, Learn, Play!
Keynote Speaker Richard Louv!
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. Translated and published in 24 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect families and communities to nature.

Award Opportunities
2020 PAEE Award Nominations
Deadline is January 17
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The annual awards are an important way that environmental educators in Pennsylvania can recognize one another and celebrate the great work that is happening throughout the state.? This year, the annual awards will be presented at the 2020 PAEE/PRPS Conference March 17 -20 in Seven Springs. Submit a nomination on behalf of the educators, programs, organizations and partners that are promoting excellence in environmental education. 
Two NEW Awards!
Deadline is January 3
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The MWEE Partner in Excellence and the Exceptional Implementation of the MWEE Awards are two NEW annual awards intended to celebrate outstanding support of and/or implementation of the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) across Pennsylvania. MWEEs are learner-centered experiences in which students investigate local environmental issues and complete informed action projects. 
Scholarship Opportunities
Conference Scholarships for Pennsylvania K-12 Teachers or Administrators: In partnership with PAEE, the Stroud Water Research Center is pleased to announce that multiple PA K-12 teachers and/or school administrators will be awarded stipends to attend the 2020 Conference. Stipends are available as part of the professional development and outreach initiatives of the NOAA funded MWEE Programming Capacity Building project.
PAEE is pleased to offer several scholarship programs to support environmental educators interested in attending the annual conference. Scholarship funding is limited, so we encourage interested individuals to submit scholarship materials along with their registration form as soon as possible. All scholarship recipients are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 1 hour during the conference.  
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
As Pennsylvania’s largest ski and year-round resort, Seven Springs has lodging for 5,000 in its high-rise hotel, cabins, chalets, condos, & town houses; 24 meeting rooms, banquet seating for 10-1200; an 18 hole golf course, 30 ski slopes and trails, 5 restaurants, 5 lounges, and dozens of activities. The accommodations for conference attendees will be in the the modern Alpine-style Main Lodge, with a 10-story hotel wing, offering comfortable guestrooms plus 12 suites.
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators | PAEE

Project WILD Teacher Training Workshop             (Posted: 1-10-20)

Project WILD Teacher Training Workshop
Trailside Nature Center, Mountainside NJ
Thursday, March 26, 2020
9am - 3pm
$25 Registration Fee

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Whether you are a formal or non-formal educator, Project WILD can assist you in teaching math, science, social studies, literacy and art to any grade level.  The goal of Project WILD is to develop awareness and knowledge resulting in informed decisions and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment through interdisciplinary and hands-on activities.

Project WILD lessons are correlated to NJ core curriculum content standards and the curriculum guide is included in the workshop fee.  Participants will also receive 6 NJDOE professional development credits.

More information & Registration button
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Duke Farms News & Events             (Posted: 1-9-20)

Diversions at Duke Farms

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Duke Farms Foundation
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

ww.dukefarms.org


Happy 2020!

Will This Be The Year When We (Finally) Take Climate Change Seriously?
 
As we usher in another new year, it seems like an appropriate time to take stock of where things stand. Remember the old saying that we should “think globally and act locally”? Well, somehow the thinking globally part seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, but at least there has been a whole lot of acting locally on the climate front, as well as on other environmental issues. 

For example, several recent scientific reports suggest that the outlook for the adverse impacts of climate change, on both an international 
and a state level, have grown decidedly more ominous. Yet, at the same time, many countries have failed to make any meaningful reductions in their carbon emissions, with some notable trends actually going in the wrong direction.  And our own federal government has pursued a misguided policy of withdrawing from the Paris Accords, while simultaneously rolling back literally dozens of environmental regulations designed to limit carbon emissions. Overall, the United States has clearly abdicated its former role as a world environmental leader, with no other country stepping in to fill that breach. And it is telling indeed that the most inspiring world leader today on climate change is 16 year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden. 

But, while world leaders have largely “fiddled while Rome burns," there has been noticeable progress on other fronts. Twenty-four states have now banded together as the US Climate Alliance, vowing to meet the stringent emission reduction targets set by the Paris Accords as necessary to keep the increase in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius. And New Jersey has rejoined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as well as other regional efforts to promote electric vehicles and lower emissions in the transportation sector. Many cities and other local governments have launched their own ambitious efforts to deal with climate change on their own. And many Fortune 500 companies have gotten into the act as well, announcing plans to reduce their emissions while supporting policies needed to address climate change. 

In addition to the realization of the need to limit carbon emissions, we have also come to recognize that we must also find ways to remove carbon from our atmosphere. New studies indicate that how we manage our natural areas and our working farms and ranchlands can contribute as much as 30% of what we need to do to stay below that 2 degrees Celsius threshold.  Taken together, these “Natural Climate Solutions” are getting a whole lot more attention these days.

Here at Duke Farms, we are doing our best to reduce our carbon footprint AND to use these natural climate solutions to sequester as much carbon as possible in our soils and our vegetation. We see our role as showing others how these things can be done while generating the data that evidences the results.

We often hear that climate change has reached what is called a “tipping point”, referring to a point of no return past which terrible things happen on an accelerated basis.  Yet I see in 2020 the possibility for a positive “tipping point” where people demand that their government respond to climate change.  In that regard, 2020 offers a unique opportunity, for this year we will elect a President, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, as well as one-third of the U.S. Senate.  What better time is there for people to tell their elected officials that it is time to (finally) take climate change seriously?      




Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms

NAAEE News             (Posted: 1-9-20)

eeNEWS for December 18, 2019
Message from the NAAEE Executive Director, December 2019
eeNEWS for January 8, 2020

Upcoming Workshop! Models to Inform Planning for the Future of Electric Power in the U.S             (Posted: 1-9-20)

Click HERE.

January i-Tree events: Roundtable discussion webinar and i-Tree Academy online training opportunity             (Posted: 1-7-20)

Click HERE.

2019 ANJEE Excellence in Environmental Education Awards             (Posted: 1-7-20)

Click HERE.

EPA: December Webinar + 2020 HABs Wksp in NJ             (Posted: 12-12-19)

  • EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: FRMs/FEMs and Sensors for Ambient Air Quality
    • December 18th, 2019 – 3-4pm EST
    • This webinar will discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of the regulatory FRM/FEM instruments and of the sensor-based instruments used for non-regulatory monitoring. The complementary nature of these two measurement approaches will be discussed for determining ambient air quality based on specific monitoring objectives. Additional information about FRM/FEM instruments and quality assurance and control procedures can be found in The Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center (AMTIC) located at https://www.epa.gov/amtic while additional information and resources about sensors can be found in the Air Sensors Toolbox located at https://www.epa.gov/air-sensor-toolbox. Andrea Clements and Robert Vanderpool of EPA’s Office of Research and Development will present this webinar. 
    • See attached flyer.
    • To join this webinar, please register: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/citizenscienceandfrmswebinar/event/registration.html
      • For audio, dial: (866) 299-3188, access code: 202-564-6669 or you will be able to listen through your computer speakers.
  • CyanoHab Identification Workshop

And the Citizen Science Association just announced the publication of the first set of papers for the Citizen Science: Theory and Practice standing special issue titled, “Policy Perspectives on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing.” The full article can be found here.

Rachael Graham
Citizen Science Coordinator
US EPA Region 2
Email: Graham.rachael@epa.gov
Phone: 732-321-4438

Green Infrastructure Champion Training is back!Register TODAY!             (Posted: 12-12-19)

Green Infrastructure Champion Training is Back!
Starting on Friday, January 17, 2020, the highly successful Green Infrastructure Champions Program will be offered in partnership with Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey.  We piloted this program last winter into the spring, and 37 people were certified as Green Infrastructure Champions.  The pilot program was made possible by support from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Jersey Water Works.This year we will add Duke Farms as a partner.  

Green Infrastructure Champions will be key players in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach town by town. Green Infrastructure Champions will be able to:

• Enhance their knowledge through green infrastructure workshops, seminars, and personal research

• Engage community leaders to adopt green infrastructure as a stormwater management solution by updating ordinances and municipal master plans

• Encourage local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and schools to incorporate green infrastructure in their existing landscaping

• Secure funding for green infrastructure 

• Publicize implementation of green infrastructure through social media channels

The RCE Water Resources Program will dedicate resources to support the Green Infrastructure Champions in their efforts to advocate for green infrastructure and implement demonstration projects.

For additional details about the Green Infrastructure Champions Program as well as the topics discussed at each session, please visit us at:

The 2020 Green Infrastructure Champions Program will be held at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, New Jersey, on Fridays from 10AM to 12NOON starting January 17, 2020. Register here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-infrastructure-champions-tickets-78185331431)


All 10 classes are available for a single fee of $150, or you can purchase individual workshops for $20 each. A minimum of five (5) workshops are required for a certification.

EPA: Join the EE Grants Webinar             (Posted: 12-12-19)

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Join the 2020 EE Local Grants Program Webinar

Planning to apply for an EE Grant? Consider joining EE Grant Program staff on a webinar where we will discuss how to write a competitive application and address commonly asked questions related to the 2020 EE Local Grants Request for Applications (RFA). 

Date and Time: The presentation will be offered between 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET and we will answer your questions from 2:00-2:30 p.m. ET December 20th, 2019. Please enter the webinar as a guest. You do not need to register in advance.

Join the December 20, 2019 (1:00-2:30 p.m. ET) EE Grants webinar

The webinar slides, transcript and/or a recording will be posted on our website following the first webinar. For full information, including the Request for Applications and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

For questions regarding the EE Grants Program, please email eegrants@epa.gov.

We encourage you to share EPA's Environmental Education eNewsletter with your colleagues.  To subscribe, visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsroom/email-subscriptions

Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education
Office of the Administrator / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

ANJEE: Project Learning Tree Pre-Conference & Scholarships now available             (Posted: 12-11-19)

Click HERE.

Duke Farms is offering our third year of Master Ecologists classes!             (Posted: 12-11-19)

Duke Farms is offering our third year of Master Ecologists, starting in February 2020. The class meets one Saturday per month for a required Core class on a broad ecological concept (like wetland, meadow, or freshwater ecology). There are also electives and volunteer hours required for the certificate. Our target audience is working professionals in the education or environmental field or recent college graduates looking for a networking opportunity.
Click HERE for details.

SAVE THE DATE: Growing Healthy Communities Conference             (Posted: 11-21-19)

Click HERE.

Fall is here at Duke Farms!             (Posted: 11-21-19)

Click HERE.

ANJEE in the NEWS             (Posted: 11-21-19)

Click HERE.

C&NN: Choose Your Inside-Out Action Area!             (Posted: 11-21-19)

CHOOSE YOUR ACTION AREA
Apply now to join us for the Children & Nature Network Inside-Out Leadership Summit on May 7-8, 2020, in Atlanta, GA. The Summit provides a forum for strategically selected leaders to come together to share ideas and recommend next steps for collective impact. 
    Don't forget! Applications are due by November 27, 2019. If accepted, you will receive an invitation to register by December 20.
     
    APPLY TODAY
    Applicants to the Summit can choose from the following action areas:

    Health & Nature: In partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar, we will explore ways nature access can impact national public health, well-being, mental health and health equity. 

    Green Schoolyards: We will focus on activating the Green Schoolyards Action Agenda’s vision that “All U.S. communities offer access to green schoolyards by 2050 to enhance children’s healthy development, community wellbeing and positive environmental impacts.” 

    Youth Development: We will explore best practices and strategies to combine youth development and nature-based programs towards a common goal of supporting the positive growth and social-emotional learning of young people. 

    Advancing State Policy: We will bring together attendees working to implement policy around equitable connections to nature on a state, federal or municipal level. The working group will review a policy playbook, discuss strategies and define the most effective tools to activate policy initiatives across the country. 

    International Action: In collaboration with #NatureForAll, we will explore the most promising opportunities to connect children with nature at a global scale. We will develop an action plan to increase the collective impact and influence with a focus on health and wellbeing, cities, childhood development, and international policy. 
     
    City Government: We will engage city leadership teams that are advancing the role of city government in increasing equitable access to nature with a focus on partnerships, funding models, and partnership planning. 

    Learn more about the Summit action areas here.
    Presenting Sponsor: 
    ABOUT INSIDE-OUT
    Inside-Out reflects the work you do every day to turn an indoor society, especially our kids, back out to the benefits of nature. You'll experience the incredible networking, keynote speeches and professional development workshops you've come to expect from annual Children & Nature Network gatherings, now presented as two-year residencies in our host cities. An invitational leadership summit in year one serves as a platform for developing ideas and refining action agendas. Year two's international conference is open to all and designed to build the field, share knowledge and the latest research, and scale big ideas.
    Copyright © 2019 Children & Nature Network, All rights reserved.
    Our mailing address is:
    Children & Nature Network
    808 14th Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN55414

    November NJ Eco-Schools Newsletter             (Posted: 11-21-19)

    NJ Eco-Schools November Newsletter

    Professional Development, Student Programs &
    Free Resources
    NJ Audubon On Call: The Nature of Chemistry with BASF Kids Lab
    Supports Eco-Schools Watershed & Schoolyard Habitat Pathways
    Bring the BASF Kids' Lab program to your students in grades 5 - 8 for an immersive, hands-on experience with NJ Audubon's Environmental Educators and complete Eco-Schools pathway requirements towards a Bronze or Silver level award. Includes:

    • BASF Water or Soil Kids Lab Classroom Presentation
    • Field Experience
    • BASF Student Lab Kits
    • $250 Eco-Schools Project Grant
    • Teacher In-Person and Online PD & Support
    • June Student Forum at NJIT

    New Jersey's K-12 School Food Waste Guidelines
    Supports Eco-Schools Consumption & Waste Pathway
    NEW! Finally a guide to reduce, recycle, and recover food waste at your school. Learn to incorporate food waste information in to your curriculum while completing the Eco-Schools Consumption & Waste Pathway.

    Citizen Science as a Teaching Tool?
    Supports Eco-Schools Schoolyard Habitat & Biodiversity Pathways
    Data submitted by citizen scientists has improved our understanding of bird populations and migratory patterns. Take the eBird Essential Course and get started!

    Attend the 2nd Annual Environmental Sustainability Education Teacher Summit
    Hosted by TCNJ
    Date: March 7th, 2020
    Join PK-12 teachers, school administrators, preservice teachers, and college faculty for a day of learning, sharing, and networking! Earn PD hours.
    Eco-Schools November Pathway: Climate Change
    Torrential downpours, smoky skies, and toxic water. Many natural disasters are becoming more dangerous due partly to climate change, and have far reaching impacts. Calculate your schools carbon footprint and take action to reduce the impact your activities and behaviors have on the environment by completing the Climate Change Pathway. Resources:

    Contact Allison Mulch, Project Director
    (856) 404-7657 / allison.mulch@njaudubon.org

    Apply now for the Inside-Out Leadership Summit!             (Posted: 11-4-19)

    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW
    Apply now for the Children & Nature Network Inside-Out Leadership Summit, May 7-8, 2020, in Atlanta, GA. Partner with peers to advance the children and nature movement in one of six working groups:
    • Health & Nature
    • Green Schoolyards
    • Youth Development
    • Advancing State Policy  
    • International Action
    • City Government by invitation
    Attendance will be capped at 400 to facilitate productive working groups. Applicants will be thoughtfully selected to represent a wide range of people and perspectives, bringing diverse leaders together to drive systems-level change.  

    What's next? Applications are due by November 27, 2019. If accepted, you will receive an invitation to register by December 20.

    Learn more about the Summit and our six working groups — and get ready to turn the trend of an indoor society "Inside-Out"!
    APPLY NOW
    Presenting Sponsor:
    Great News! We've confirmed an extraordinary keynote speaker:
    CC Huang is interested in imagining and creating beautiful and lush futures. She approaches systems change from an integrated lens of ethics, ecology, economics, and culture. She is currently co-leading research at One Project, a new hybrid sensemaking and grantmaking organization. 

    She recently led strategy for an innovation lab on well-being with Irrational Labs and the Arthur Blank Foundation and also conducted alternative futures visioning for a community development project. In the past few years, she has been a strategy consultant for organizations working on regenerative economics, participatory governance, environmental policy, and scenario planning.

    She directed sustainability at Equilibrium Capital, leading the development, design, and research. Previously, she also created urban development guidelines for China Development Bank and China's Ministry of Housing and Urban Development that are now being adapted by the World Bank. She has worked in both the U.S. and China with organizations such as Energy Innovation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the International Finance Corporation.

    CC’s work has been featured in Science, Forbes, Fortune China, New Statesman, and other media outlets in both English and Chinese. She completed her master’s in economics and policy at Princeton University and holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. 
     
    ABOUT INSIDE-OUT
    Inside-Out reflects the work you do every day to make sure that all children have equitable access to nature. You'll benefit from the incredible peer networking, keynote speeches and hands-on workshops that you've come to expect from annual Children & Nature Network gatherings, now presented as two-year "Inside-Out" residency: 
    LEADERSHIP SUMMIT:
    Create action plans

    May 7-8, 2020 
    Hyatt Regency Atlanta 

    C&NN’s Leadership Summit will be attended by 400 changemakers thoughtfully selected through an application process to represent the diverse points of view, people and disciplines of the children and nature movement. Summit participants will work to advance equitable access to nature and inform programming for our 2021 International Conference.

    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE:
    Grow the movement

    June 3-5, 2021
    Hyatt Regency Atlanta 

    Outcomes from the Leadership Summit will drive programming for our International Conference, open to all. Inspiring keynotes and hands-on workshops will equip 1,000 nature connection leaders with proven strategies, renewed energy and opportunities to network with peers who are making real progress in increasing equitable access to nature in their communities. 

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    Minneapolis, MN55414

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    NOW AVAILABLE: Climate Change and Ecosystems             (Posted: 11-1-19)

    Climate Change and Ecosystems

    The National Academies convened a forum on November 8-9, 2018 to highlight current research frontiers such as the effects of climate extremes, interactions among climate and other stressors, the timing, sequence, and clustering of climate-related events, and tipping points for abrupt change. Topics of discussion at the forum pertained to the changes ecosystems are currently undergoing, sustaining ecosystems, the impact of ecosystems on global climate change, societal adaptation to climate ...

    Read more HERE.
    Download FREE PDF

    ROADS on Mars Challenge - Professional Development for Teachers and Student Challenge!             (Posted: 11-1-19)


    ROADS on Mars Challenge
    Professional Development for Teachers
    and Student Challenge for Grades 3-12

    ?NASA's Rover Observation and Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge gives teams of students grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to Mars, following in the path of the next rover — Mars 2020.
    Just like Mars 2020, teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analysis of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and successfully landing. ROADS gives students experience in the full engineering design process aligned with key components of Next Generation Science Standards. Top teams from across the country will win a trip to Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Mars 2020! Learn more
    Professional Development for Teachers
    Learn about the challenge and how to start a student team
    Day 1: Saturday, December 7
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    • Mars geology
    • Search for signs of life
    • Drone basics
    • Remote Sensing
    Day 2: Sunday, December 8 (optional)
    9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    • Ozobot programming
    • LEGO Mindstorm programming
    • Sensors

    Who is eligible to attend? Teachers and coaches/leaders from community organizations interested in participating in the 2019-2020 ROADS on Mars Challenge

    Participants will receive:
    • $125 stipend per day
    • 8 hours of professional development for attending December 7
    • 13 hours of professional development for attending December 7 and December 8

    Program held at Rowan University, Business Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ
    * Program is subject to the availability of funds and space may be limited
    ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
    for students in grades 3-12
    Register your student team to participate in NASA's ROADS on Mars Student Challenge for the 2019-2020 school year!

    Select registered teams will be invited to compete in the regional challenge event at the southern NJ Hub in spring 2020.
    More details coming soon.

    Download the ROADS on Mars Flyer and visit nwessp.org/mars for full program details, video demonstrations and the challenge manual.

    ??Questions? Contact Brigid Milone at the Rowan University STEM Center
    at 856-256-4827 or milone@rowan.edu.

    Follow us on Twitter for updates on the 2019-2020 ROADS on Mars Challenge