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CONTENTS:
NAAEE: eeNEWS for August 15, 2018
Nurturing Body, Mind, and Heart: Green Schools Support the Whole Child through Social-Emotional Learning
Citizen Science Symposium
Submit a Proposal for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo
NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO WORKSHOP 2018- Invitation to Participate
NAAEE eeNEWS
SJ4S: Announcing our August Sustainability Hero!
Check out these fantastic Afterschool News items, Webinars, Grants and more! 7/27/18
Making North America on PBS
50% off SEED: The Untold Story
Duke Farms: Exciting News for Educators
Teachers Can Receive Trout in the Classroom Program Kit
News and info from the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife
New Jersey's Annual Conference on Afterschool is happening Nov 16-17 - don't miss it!
SJ4S: Hit Submit Before You Hit The Water!
2018 Delaware Estuary Teacher Workshops
Upcoming PD Workshops
'Tools of Science'--need help!!
NAAEE: eeNEWS for June 6, 2018
Invitation to the 2018 New Jersey Science Convention - Submit your paperwork
ANJEE Fall Conference Registration
Thinking of Your Time with Children
Final weeks for Certification Applications & Summit Registration
Upcoming professional development workshops and other activities for educators at Duke Farms
New Ed. Resource from EPA
Coming Soon - Online Monarch Professional Development
OCSCD: Jersey-Friendly Yards Programs
Phragmites Teacher Resource Kit
ANJEC Environmental Congress, Workshop Proposal
Enjoy the Latest Edition of i-Tree News
The 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase
NAAEE: eeNEWS for May 9, 2018
PLT: Summer Teacher Institutes, GreenWorks! Grants Available
NAAEE: eeNEWS for August 15, 2018             (Posted: 8-15-18)

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Nurturing Body, Mind, and Heart: Green Schools Support the Whole Child through Social-Emotional Learning             (Posted: 8-15-18)

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Citizen Science Symposium             (Posted: 8-15-18)

Citizen Science - Gathering Data, Increasing Engagement

 A Multi-track Symposium Exploring Citizen Science

Sponsored by Association of Conservation Executives and Association of Nature Center Administrators

With support from Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Date:        Friday, September 14, 2018

Location:  The Watershed Center in Pennington, NJ, 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Fee:  $25 includes lunch

Keynote speaker:  Mary Ellen Hannibal, award winning author of Citizen Science: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.     

Citizen science empowers members of the public to collect valuable information about the natural world in collaboration with scientists; however this isn’t just about the data. Citizen science provides enriching and educational experiences for its participants. It can deepen community engagement with your organization and your mission, inspiring participants to learn and take action around environmental issues.

Exhibiting a wealth of diversity in content and style, citizen science programs range from “pre-packaged” programs like Monarch Watch, Project Budburst, eBird, and FrogWatch to targeted programs developed and customized to address a specific local research questions and/or issues.  While designed to harvest data, they should also be utilized to meet organizational goals, educate the public and build community.

Explore how members of the environmental community have used and developed citizen science programs to better understand our environment and engage the public. The Symposium will highlight a wide range of programs and issues focused on water quality, butterfly migration, bird populations and much more. We will examine use of technology, data integrity, engaging school children, and more through presentations, panel sessions, and open discussions.

To register and for details, please visit http://thewatershed.doubleknot.com/event/citizen-science-symposium/2402437


Marshall & Sterling Insurance Agency’s Nature Center Insurance Program is a sponsor. Irene Jones and Marshall & Sterling provide property and liability insurance and are experienced in insuring the unique aspects of nature organizations, including those with advocacy. Find them at www.naturecenterinsure.com

Submit a Proposal for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo             (Posted: 8-7-18)

Click HERE.

NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO WORKSHOP 2018- Invitation to Participate             (Posted: 8-7-18)

Dear Innovative Educators,

The annual NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO Workshop conference is fast approaching and will take place Monday- Thursday, Oct. 22-25, 2018 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The theme for Workshop 2018, "Engaging Every Child," reinforces our belief every child has a path toward success. The Workshop exhibit floor will operate for two days: Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 24.  We would like extend an invitation to participate in the I-STEAM Green Command Center.

This year, we are blending together the I-STEAM and Sustainability areas into one center designed to highlight sustainability through I-STEAM. Each one of you have unique programs and resources that can showcase innovation which exemplifies Green STEAM best practices. We hope you can attend Workshop and demonstrate your programs in the most interactive ways possible. This means engaging attendees in interactive ways so they can take what they learn about  Green STEAM back to their school districts.  

The center will also feature an expanded “STEAM Tank Challenge” with three stages featuring ninety student teams. The center will be a destination with many attendees and guest visiting the area. Please see the link below for the application form. The application form is necessary  in order for us to accommodate your needs and ensure you have a successful experience. 

We are asking the Innovator Educators in the I-STEAM Green Command Center cover a nominal fee of $100.

We do recognize schools cannot pay to demonstrate, so they are exempt.

Please complete the application form by clicking on the link below:   

I-STEAM Innovator Educator Application form.

Don’t delay, space is limited and we have had an increasing number of organizations expressing interest.

Thank you for your time and consideration, we look forward to seeing you at Workshop 2018.

John Henry
STEAM & Sustainable Schools Specialist

NJ School Board Association (NJSBA)
413 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08605
jhenry@njsba.org
o - 609-278-5288
c - 609-330-9218

Jennifer Siehl
Administrative Assistant
Member Education/Training/County Activities/iSTEAM/Sustainability
New Jersey School Boards Association
Phone-(609)-695-7600 ext 5232
Fax- (609)-695-1577
jsiehl@njsba.org
www.njsba.org

Josh Simpson
U.S. Army STEAM Fellow
New Jersey School Boards Association
413 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08605
Phone 732-423-9259
jsimpson@njsba.org

NAAEE eeNEWS             (Posted: 8-7-18)

eeNEWS for August 1, 2018
Reminder: Connection to Nature Survey

SJ4S: Announcing our August Sustainability Hero!             (Posted: 8-6-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
302 Districts     778 Schools     Participating
August Sustainability Hero - John Henry

John Henry is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and Sustainable Schools Specialist at the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). His passion for sustainability shines through the training workshops he develops, the projects he manages and the time he spends with school districts to promote healthier schools at lower operating costs. He has devoted the last fifteen years to advancing sustainability across a broad range of educational venues from K-12 schools, colleges and universities, government agencies and state departments of education. 

John values collaboration and is known for his determination and drive. These qualities most likely stem from his early focus on playing competitive sports. "Sustainability is not an option; it's not an add on," John explained. "The way we do business, in every area of education and schools--we need to be sustainable, and to take it one step more, we need to be regenerative. My goal is for all of the schools in New Jersey to include sustainable and regenerative thinking into their strategic plans, policies and curriculum. And, the good news is that kids love working on the sustainability actions," he added.

Read more about John and his significant contributions to the sustainability movement in New Jersey here.
Strategically Maximizing the Energy Efficiency
 of Your District Building Portfolio
Webinar: August 14, 2018, 1:00-2:00 PM

Combining New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) incentives with a strategic vision can help schools and municipalities finance energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities. Planning efforts can start with Energy Tracking and Management to highlight current energy use. The next steps involve assessing energy upgrade projects and identifying available incentives from both NJCEP and utilities that can help bring projects from planning to implementation.

For the past four summers, Sustainable Jersey has partnered with New Jersey Natural Gas and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to provide onsite technical energy assistance to local officials. This program has matched highly trained EDF Fellows with New Jersey schools and municipalities to identify energy savings opportunities through an individualized strategic approach.

Join us for this one hour webinar as our 2018 EDF Fellows guide you through the process they used to help their clients address unique energy needs. Learn how measuring current energy use and planning for energy efficiency can help your school or municipality identify opportunities for leveraging NJCEP and utility incentives to maximize potential energy savings -- and cost savings -- for your facilities.

Speakers:
Lauren Kaapcke, EDF Fellow for Asbury Park, Freehold Boro, and Neptune Township
Sage Lang, EDF Fellow for Little Egg Harbor Township School District, Ocean Gate Boro, and Little Egg Harbor Township
Erin Lannon, EDF Fellow for Jackson Township School District, Point Pleasant Beach Boro, and Lake Como Boro

Please invite your colleagues and join us! To register, click here.

September Certification Webinar Series

For those looking ahead to 2019 bronze or silver certification, mark your calendars for our fall webinar series!

Learn more about the Sustainable Jersey for Schools application website and certification process. Participants will learn how to add users, upload documentation, and use application features to track progress towards certification. 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification is good for three years at a time. If you are one of over 30 schools with a certification expiring in August 2019, you will want to attend this informative webinar on the re-certification process. Participants will learn how to determine which actions need to be updated for re-certification and how to make a game plan for maintaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification for 2019 and beyond!

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze certification is just the beginning of your school's sustainability journey! Learn how to make a plan to take your certification to the next level and get recognized for Silver certification (350 points and up)
Add Your Arts Education Events 
Find Arts Education Events

This summer, arts education advocates all over the state are gearing up to launch "Arts in Education Week" Sept 9-15 (and throughout September).  Visit the Arts Ed Now website for more information on how you can become a change agent for arts education!
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

New Jersey Technology & Engineering Educators Association (NJTEEA)- STEM Bootcamp
August 14, 8:30-12pm Madison Jr High School STEM Facility, Madison NJ
A workshop on adaptive design based learning.  Topics include: Design based learning, real-world challenges, safety, facility design, curriculum design, clubs, and cross-collaboration between cores and electives. Registration $15. Register here.

ANJEE Fall Conference - "Imagine a World Outdoors"
September 28, 8:00-4:30pm Duke Farms Coach Barn Hillsborough, NJ
For more than three decades ANJEE has organized one of the leading annual conferences for environmental professionals in NJ designed to promote innovation, networking, learning and dissemination of best practices.  This fall's conference will be All Outdoors, ZERO Powerpoint, Maximum Inspiration. Register here. 
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Check out these fantastic Afterschool News items, Webinars, Grants and more! 7/27/18             (Posted: 7-27-18)

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Grant to Help Women Enter Apprenticeships, Expand Job Opportunities
Click here to learn more and apply!

The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of funding to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare, among other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter in, and lead in, all industries.

The grant program will award at least $994,000 to community-based organizations to encourage women's employment in underrepresented occupations and pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. Grants will be awarded to up to six recipients. 

Organizations applying must provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:
  • Developing pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
  • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers; and
  • Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women to improve their retention.

The 2018 grants are administered by the Department's Women's Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration. 

Click here to visit the Women's Bureau for more information.

VOICES OF THE FIELD:
Talking Series for Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Professionals
Join us on Wed August 15th!
Click here to register!

From 12:00pm - 2:00pm, join NJSACC and your colleagues (on the dates below) in an informal discussion of field news, best practices and program challenges. NJSACC staffers will also be available to provide technical assistance in any related areas.

Call Dates:
  • Thursday, June 14th, 2018
  • Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
  • Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
  • Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 
Click here to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/voicesofthefield

After you register, you will receive an email confirmation and the conference call in numbers.

All are welcome! 

We look forward to hearing your voice...

New Jersey's Annual Conference on Afterschool is set for Nov 2018!

The 2018 conference, Strengthening Tomorrow's Leaders, celebrates long-term success in the ever-changing landscape of Afterschool, S.T.E.A.M. and Expanded Learning.

The conference features 54 workshops aimed at improving the quality of afterschool programs.

Registration for the conference will be online only.  The brochure will be launched after Labor Day 2018!

Workshops fill up quickly so register early!

Conference Fees:
2 days - $278
1 Day - $168

Conference Location and Accommodations:
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal 
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ  08540

Accommodations:
Room Rates:  $122 per night
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290 or 609-452-7800

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 2, 2018

When you call, make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

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While we at NJSACC love children and they are a driving force behind the work we do, children may not attend the conference. The conference is a professional development opportunity for adults, and as such, we respectfully request that you take this time to focus on you. If you do bring children, we must insist that you make other arrangements during conference hours.

This conference is funded in part by the:
  • NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
  • Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B of No Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education

Professional Development Workshops in STEM, Language Arts & Social Studies!*
Using sports and experiential, hands-on learning as a vehicle to teach these content areas.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 OR Thursday November 8, 2018

TIME: 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
(on the campus of Montclair State University)

WHAT: Earn 4 hours of professional development credit in the areas of STEM, Language Arts and Social Studies, enjoy a catered lunch and network with fellow educators.

COST: $10.00

To register, email or call: Jenny Pollack, Education Director
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
pollackj@montclair.edu

Cell: 718-974-3984
Museum Main: 973-655-2378

Click here to read more

Small Action, Big Impact!
Click here to learn more!

From our friends at the Afterschool Alliance:  

Now is the time to let Congress know that federal afterschool funding is critical to support local community-based afterschool and summer learning programs in your community. The House and Senate appropriations committees are in the midst of passing their education spending bills for FY2019 which begins October 1and goes through September 30, 2019. Funding for education programs like the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative appropriated as part of this process will be available for programs during the 2019-2020 school year. So far, afterschool supporters have made 745 contacts to Congress this week-reach out now and keep our momentum strong!

Check out this great overview from the Afterschool Alliance of the federal budget making process and how it impacts programs for youth and families in YOUR community!

Click here to learn more!

Grant Opportunity: New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program - apply by Thursday 8/23
Click here to learn more!

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to release the New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program (NJASP) Notice of Grant Opportunity(NGO).
 
This opportunity is a limited, competitive grant program open to any national or statewide public or private 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization or 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees not funded for the 2018-2019 academic year, excluding non-public schools, but limited to those that:
  • have implemented an afterschool program that has been evaluated and demonstrated positive results; and
  • have at least four years' experience operating an afterschool program; and
  • currently operate an afterschool and summer enrichment program serving New Jersey youth from low-income families.
Funding supports afterschool, before school and/or summer enrichment programming for 100 students attending NJDOE designated comprehensive or targeted public schools or other schools as defined in the NGO. Interested applicants should read the NGO for more information. The NGO can be accessed by clicking here.

A technical assistance session will be held this month, the details are within the NGO. Good luck!

Click here to learn more.

FYI: NJ Workforce Registry's Extended Hours Announcement
Click here to learn more!

This email is to update all NJ Workforce Registry members on the extended hours for the call center.

As of Thursday, June 28, 2018, the call center hours are:

Monday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

For additional information:
NJ Workforce Registry
PO Box 9619
Trenton, NJ 08650
Phone: 1-877-522-1050
E-Mail: NJWorkforceRegistry@pcgus.com

Summer Fun, Friends and FREE Meals!
Click here to learn more!

For many kids, summertime means food, friends and fun. For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, however, the summer months can mean hunger. Free summer meals are available to children and teens ages 18 and younger at safe places like schools, parks, churches and other sites in your community.

Free Summer Meal Details:
  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a summer meals site.
  • Food served is healthy and follows federal nutritional guidelines.
  • Summer meals sites are at fun, safe places for kids and teens to be active and visit with friends.
  • No application, ID or proof of income is needed. You can just bring your child to a summer meals site in your community.
  • For more information about summer meals in New Jersey, contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-292-4498, or visit the Department's website.
To find meal sites, visit the USDA sitefinder or text "Summer Meals" to 97779

To find meal sites go to: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Have questions? Contact the NJ Department of Agriculture at: 609-292-4498 OR
SFSPCommunication@ag.state.nj.us

Bedtime Math creates brand new series of hands-on math activities - your input is needed!
Click here to access the survey!

Good news! Bedtime Math is creating a brand new series of quick, hands-on math activities for your afterschool program. Each simple activity will teach a math skill using toys and materials you already have on hand, and the directions will be available of charge.

Could you please help by filling out this very brief survey identifying the materials and supplies you have on hand at your site? It will help us prioritize which activities will be most useful.

Thank you so much! We look forward to sharing these great new activities with you and your kids.

Click here to access the survey!

Beyond The Bell Webinars you should definitely know about!
Click here to learn more!

Join AIR's Jaime Singer, Beyond the Bell director and senior technical assistance consultant, and our team of AIR experts every other month for a short webinar featuring one of the 96 Beyond the Bell tools. Hear from AIR experts on topics related to managing, designing, implementing, and improving quality afterschool and expanded learning programs.

Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the Beyond the Bell website. The featured tool from the webinar will be available for download from the websitefor a limited time.

Join us for one or all six webinars. Be sure to register for the event ahead of time, as space is limited.
  1. Positive Youth Development Beyond the Bell with Fausto Lopez. July 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  2. Staff Development: Where to Start with Janet Levings. September 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  3. SEL Beyond the Bell: Integrating SEL Practices in Out-of-School-Time Programming with Jessy Newman. November 7, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  4. Preparing for Summer Success: Getting an Early Start on Planning Your Summer Program with Laura Shankland. January 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  5. Data: Your Continuous Improvement Reality Check with Marion Baldwin. March 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m. CT.
  6. Making Service Part of Your Afterschool Program Culture with Danny Martinez. May 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. CT.
     
As always, if you have questions or would like to speak with a member of our team, reach out to us at: beyondthebell@air.org. Be on the lookout for in-person training opportunities in Austin and Chicago.

Click here to learn more!

Grant Opportunity: Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program
Click here to learn more and apply!

Through the Community Grant Program, Walmart Foundation associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.

Before applying, please note:
  • The 2018 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2018 and the application deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days.
  • Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000.
Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:
  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed in the IRS Master File that conduct activities in the United States.
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc.
  • All organizations must verify that they meet the eligibility requirements. This may require submitting a support ticket through Cybergrants.
  • Applications must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered.
  • Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.
  • The facility manager and the grant administrator reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.
Please read the Community Grant Guidelines before beginning your application.

Click here to learn more and apply!
______________________________________________________
Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org

Making North America on PBS             (Posted: 7-27-18)

Rebroadcast on August 1st, 8th, and 15th
Don't miss NOVA's Making North America, a three-part series on the geology of North America, rebroadcasting this August on PBS. Watch as the series analyzes three central questions: How was North America built? How did life evolve here? And how has the continent shaped us? From shifting tectonic plates to volcanic eruptions to glacial calving, paleontologist Kirk Johnson travels through time to explain how this vast region came to be. Check your local listings for more information.

Then, bring the Making North America series into your classroom with
PBS LearningMedia. Find ready-to-use resources like video from the series, interactive features and support material for teachers.

Use this map to visit geological sites across the continent and search for clues in the North American landscape. Hunt for clues and artifacts to dive into the past to understand man's impact on our current continent and  click on map pins to study landscapes and watch video clips that cover relevant science topics.




50% off SEED: The Untold Story             (Posted: 7-27-18)

Click HERE.

Duke Farms: Exciting News for Educators             (Posted: 7-26-18)

Click HERE.

Teachers Can Receive Trout in the Classroom Program Kit             (Posted: 7-26-18)

Freehold Soil Conservation District will provide free "Trout in the Classroom" Resource Kits to several teachers in Middlesex and Monmouth County in Fall 2018. The Trout in the Classroom program is designed to connect students to real-life water quality, fish and wildlife issues. .

Selected teachers will receive aquarium equipment (tank, filter, pump, thermometer, chiller, stand, etc.,) valued at $1,000 from Freehold SCD at no charge. Trout eggs will be provided by the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife Pequest Trout Hatchery. Trout Unlimited (a New Jersey conservation group) will deliver the eggs in October and will provide trout activities and program support.

Raising fish from eggs, and watching them develop from fry to fingerlings, generates enthusiasm among students, and helps them develop caring attitudes about fish species and their habitats, as well as a conservation ethic.

Teachers must apply for the program by September 1, 2018 and supplies are limited. The Trout in the Classroom registration brochure is available online at www.freeholdsoil.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.

News and info from the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife             (Posted: 7-10-18)

DEP seeking input on management plan
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Plan serves as the guide for the work that New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – along with other federal, regional, state and local partners – will implement to enhance the estuary. 


Become a Team Leader and get kids Hooked on Fishing
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Schedule of Family Fishing Basics classes now posted on DFW website
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Family Fishing Basics class perfect for families new to fishing.

New Jersey's Annual Conference on Afterschool is happening Nov 16-17 - don't miss it!             (Posted: 7-9-18)

New Jersey's Annual Conference on Afterschool is set for Nov 2018!

The 2018 conference, Strengthening Tomorrow's Leaders, celebrates long-term success in the ever-changing landscape of Afterschool, S.T.E.A.M. and Expanded Learning.

The conference features 54 workshops aimed at improving the quality of afterschool programs.
Registration for the conference will be online only.  The brochure will be launched after Labor Day 2018!
Workshops fill up quickly so register early!
Conference Fees:
2 days - $278
1 Day - $168

Conference Location and Accommodations:
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal 
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ  08540

Accommodations:
Room Rates:  $122 per night
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290 or 609-452-7800

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 2, 2018
When you call, make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.
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While we at NJSACC love children and they are a driving force behind the work we do, children may not attend the conference. The conference is a professional development opportunity for adults, and as such, we respectfully request that you take this time to focus on you. If you do bring children, we must insist that you make other arrangements during conference hours.

This conference is funded in part by the:
  • NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
  • federal funds under Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

SJ4S: Hit Submit Before You Hit The Water!             (Posted: 6-25-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
302 Districts     763 Schools     Participating
Add Your Arts Education Events 
Find Arts Education Events

This summer, arts ed advocates all over the state are gearing up to launch "Arts in Education Week" Sept 9-15 (and throughout September).  Visit the Arts Ed Now website for more information on how you can become a change agent for arts education!
NJSBA Annual School Leader Award Nominations

Spotlight your success! The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) is now accepting entries for the annual School Leader Awards. The School Leader awards showcase creative New Jersey public school programs that enhance learning. Deadline June 22nd.  Apply online here.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools

Bergen County
Berkeley Avenue Elementary School (Westwood)
Berkley Street Elementary School (New Milford)
Bertrand F. Gibbs Elementary School (New Milford)
Brookside Elementary School (Westwood)
David E. Owens Middle School (New Milford)
Jessie F. George Elementary School (Westwood)
New Milford High School
Washington Elementary School (Westwood)
Westwood Junior/Senior High School
Westwood Regional Middle School
Westwood Regional School District

Essex County
Berkeley Elementary School (Bloomfield)
Carteret Elementary School (Bloomfield)
Demarest Elementary School (Bloomfield)
Hartshorn Elementary School (Millburn)
Watsessing Elementary School (Bloomfield)
 
Gloucester County
Wenonah School District 
 
Ocean County
Toms River - High School East 
ecoSolution Grants

ecoSolution™ Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States. Deadline to apply is July 15.  Click here for application form and for more information about this and other grants and resources. 

UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

DUKE FARMS - Professional Development
Programs are designed to get educators comfortable using the environment as an integrated context for learning whether in the schoolyard, a local park or at Duke Farms. Go here to see current offerings, including:
Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
August 2-3, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
$50 fee for this 2-day workshop includes rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials.  Register here


CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION- Curriculum Design Studio
August 6-10,  Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Join the Cloud Institute for a 5-day curriculum design studio in August, where educators, administrators, and program designers will learn how to design and embed EfS into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time!
Held at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, you will get access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you will create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Come yourself or bring a team! Register today. Space is limited. Scholarships available through Omega Institute. 

ANJEE Fall Conference - "Imagine a World Outdoors"
September 28 8:00-4:30 Duke Farms Coach Barn Hillsborough, NJ
For more than three decades ANJEE has organized one of the leading annual conferences for environmental professionals in NJ designed to promote innovation, networking, learning and dissemination of best practices.  This fall's conference will be All Outdoors, ZERO Powerpoint, Maximum Inspiration. Register here. 
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

2018 Delaware Estuary Teacher Workshops             (Posted: 6-25-18)

Click HERE.

Upcoming PD Workshops             (Posted: 6-18-18)

September 28 (at the Coach Barn) from 8:00am to 4:30pm; ticket prices vary
**Still looking for presenters! Email presenters@anjee.org**
The Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE) is excited to present our second annual Autumn Conference: a day full of programs for educators at Duke Farms, a model of environmental stewardship that inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land.
All outdoors. Zero PowerPoint. Maximum inspiration.
We will feature a variety of outdoor sessions designed to educate and inspire.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anjee-autumn-conference-imagine-a-world-outdoors-tickets-41967375550

Science on the Move
October 16 from 9:00am to 3:00pm; $50 per educator
Kinesthetic learning has been documented as a research based methodology that benefits all students. When students move, they implement their brain-body connection which makes learning "stickier". Additionally, movement provides opportunities to effectively learn scientific processes and concepts in an engaging and active way.
The full day workshop will provide cross-curricular activities directly tied to The Next Generation Science Standards as well as the NJ Language Arts and Physical Education Standards. Teachers will be guided through lessons they can implement immediately and will also be coached on how to create their own cross-curricular lesson plans and assessments to be used in classrooms, open space or outside. The program will feature strong connections to our natural world and the relationship between overall health and outdoor activity.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-on-the-move-tickets-46150475314

Collaborating with Nature to Write and Tell Stories
October 26-28 from 6:00pm Friday to 2:00pm Sunday; $195 per educator
In ancient Greece, Antaeus was a hero whose strength derived from the connection of his feet to the earth. He was only defeated when Hercules lifted him off the ground. Like Antaeus of old, people need to be grounded in a relationship with the earth. Led by experienced naturalists and storytellers from Monarch Teacher Network, this Stories from the Land weekend retreat explores the teaching and healing power of nature… when combined with story writing and storytelling. As creative teams, participants learn how to develop and share their own stories, inspired by materials and stories drawn from nature. Writing, communication and performance skills are integrated in a unique approach that can inspire creativity and build community among people of all ages and backgrounds.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborating-with-nature-to-write-and-tell-stories-tickets-42797565671

Samantha Wolfe
Programs Assistant
Duke Farms Foundation
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough NJ 08844
(908) 722-3700

Science Workshops at PRISM
2018 Science Workshops
https://goo.gl/forms/n3pTL5Kl2bsn7xHw1
Questions? Call 973-655-7753 or email prism@mail.montclair.edu

July 9 8:30am - 2:30pm
NGSS Practices: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions, gr K-12
Questions and questioning are at the heart of scientific inquiry and the NGSS. When we teach students to ask questions, we build upon their own innate curiosity about the world. Questioning moves the learning process forward and makes scientific investigations authentic and meaningful. In this workshop, dive deeply into the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) as a method for teaching students to ask better, more probing questions. Explore QFT tools and resources, and how to apply the strategies in the classroom. Although this workshop is geared to the science classroom, the QFT process can be applied in all subject areas. Facilitator: Katrina Macht ? Cost: $150 ? PD: 5.5 hours

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Aug. 15 8:30am - 2:30pm
Bees Gone Missing and the NGSS, gr 2-6
Maximize the NGSS by using real life phenomena happening right in our own backyards! Inspire students to investigate, inquire and design solutions for real issues we need to be concerned about: Bees Gone Missing! This unit plan will help your students prepare to engage with real-world phenomena and succeed, by bringing that phenomenon into the classroom and giving students access to it on their own terms. Help them understand and engage in the practices of science and engineering while learning how to reach evidence-based conclusions.
Facilitators: Lori Clerkin & Catalina Villasuso ? Cost: $150 ? PD: 5.5 hours

Location: PRISM - Blanton Hall The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning Montclair State University
Workshop Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you are registered, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days from the date of the workshop will not be eligible for a credit or refund and will be billed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

'Tools of Science'--need help!!             (Posted: 6-11-18)

Dear Colleagues/Friends,

I'm writing you about the 'Tools of Science' series that I've developed with Janice McDonnell, Kim Thamatrakoln (both at Rutgers) and Tilapia Film Inc, along with input and efforts from various collaborators along the way.

'Tools of Science' is a series of unique, educational videos and hands on lessons designed to help learners explore the nature and process of science through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Videos introduce the science and engineering practices from the point of view of practicing scientists and are designed for easy integration into any STEM experience to help illustrate the non-linear, cyclical nature of science and the creative vision and skills needed to conduct scientific research. We currently have five videos (and associated lesson plans) on: 'Testable Questions', 'Collaborations', 'Sampling', 'Proxies', and 'Mathematical Models'. The ultimate goal is to support learners in their understanding of science, increase their identity as scientists and build on their reasoning and sense making skills with regards to scientific data.

We are looking for feedback (via a host survey below) and for subscribers to our YouTube channel to help us disseminate our product. We need 100 subscribers to increase our search function and get a customized URL. Please take a moment to look at our Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2r9bLF1oQS7w11EAkoO9w ….and subscribe if interested!

Also, please provide some quick feedback and fill out the survey at: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKJz8rlVRheMvlj

Lastly, please feel free to disseminate this broadly to colleagues that you feel will be interested and will benefit. The 'Tools of Science' is a very unique project and one that has been designed to be modular, allowing for other colleagues to create, shape and disseminate videos and teaching content on various topics useful to NGSS across the country.

Kay Bidle, Professor
Rutgers University, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
bidle@marine.rutgers.edu
http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/kay-bidle

NAAEE: eeNEWS for June 6, 2018             (Posted: --)

Click HERE.

Invitation to the 2018 New Jersey Science Convention - Submit your paperwork             (Posted: 6-11-18)


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BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR SUMMER…
REMEMBER TO SUBMIT PAPERWORK FOR…
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42nd Annual New Jersey Science Convention
 

WELCOME! On behalf of the New Jersey Science Convention Steering Committee, we are delighted to provide New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania science teachers, administrators, and student interns with two unique days of premier professional development experiences addressing K-12 science education.

Science professionals, invited as special guests from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA), share their enthusiasm and expertise. On each day, over seventy-five sessions of interest to all science levels and disciplines, as well as over fifty-five vendors of science books, supplies, and equipment provide new and innovative science products and services.

 *NEW DATES*
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
October 23rd & 24th, 2018

Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

Bringing 21st Century Science Skills to the Classroom
2018: Science Shapes our Changing World

ANNUAL BANQUET
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

 
This important highlight of the NJ Science Convention features Guest Speaker, Mireya Mayor - Areas of Expertise: Species Discovery, Mouse Lemur, DNA


Advanced Registration Rates
Take advantage of reduced rates for a 1-day ($175) or 2-day ($295) registration order by placing your registration order before 10/14/18.  

Remember, approval is probably needed to attend the convention. So, prepare early (before July) to submit required paperwork for district approval to attend the convention.

Lunch is included as part of your paid registration. Afternoon snacks, soft drinks, water, coffees and teas are available throughout the day at convention Kiosks.

Limited online program proposals are still being accepted
The priority deadline has passed and there is only room for a few more quality proposals.
Submit Program Proposal

Interested in Participating as a Presenter???
Consider submitting 1-2 K-12 program proposals, especially programs that address: 
  • K-12 Instruction Focusing on Implementation of NGSS...Lessons That Work!
  • Assessments Addressing Three-Dimensional View of Science Learning
  • Sessions That Address Science Supervision and Curriculum
  • K-5 Science Lessons Aligned to NGSS and Common Core
  • Earth Science Instruction with an Eye on NGSS
  • Middle School Integrated Science Curriculum
  • Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom
  • STEM, STEAM

Questions about Program Proposals may be addressed to:
NJSC Office Services
present@njscienceconvention.org
 
Please forward to colleagues who have quality programs to submit.
Additional convention information may be found on our website at:
http://www.njscienceconvention.org


THANK YOU!  
The NJSC continues to grow and evolve because of all who have generously given of their time, talent, and energy. Help us keep meeting the needs of Science Education in the 21st century.  

We look forward to seeing you again in October at convention.

Lola Szobota and Lisa Doyle
NJSC Co-Chairs



WHEN
Tuesday, October 23, 20187:00 AM - Wednesday, October 24, 20185:00 PM
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WHERE
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, New Jersey 08540

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ANJEE Fall Conference Registration            (Posted: 6-5-18)

Click HERE.

Thinking of Your Time with Children             (Posted: 5-30-18)

New Nature Explore natural products – such as sandboxes and playhouses. Good news! We have recently added a number of items that will provide wonderful opportunities for children in your natural outdoor classroom.

Here are a few links to specific items to get you started:

To find the complete list of items, visit our  Natural Products Page  to see what might refresh your outdoor classroom with new inspiration.

As always, thank you on behalf of our entire Nature Explore team for all you do to support children’s sense of wonder as they learn with nature.

Nancy Rosenow
Executive Director,
Dimensions Foundation | Nature Explore

Final weeks for Certification Applications & Summit Registration             (Posted: 5-29-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
300 Districts     748 Schools     Participating
FINAL Opportunity to Apply for 
2018 Bronze/Silver Certification
June 22nd

If your school is participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools and would like to be recognized for its sustainability efforts with bronze or silver certification at the October 2018 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop, please keep in mind that June 22 is the final deadline for certification applications.  Applicants for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification are supported through the process, with three opportunities to submit applications for review and feedback from January to June.  For more information click here or contact us at schools@sustainablejersey.com.  For those looking ahead to 2019, please check out our informative webinar series "Preparing for Certification".

Looking for examples from other successful schools? Diego DeAssis S&E Sustainability Officer at Long Branch School District has unlocked the secret to the search!
Check out Diego's brief and informative staff training video on how to search our certified school reports by key word! Thanks Diego!


2018 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

Attend the 2018 NJ Sustainability Summit; review the list of breakout sessions.
 
Session Spotlight: Green Team 2.0 Building Your Capacity and Promoting Your Team
You've got your green team - what's next?  This session will talk about 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. 

NJ Sustainability Summit: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at The College of New Jersey
More Info and Registration:bit.ly/SustainabilitySummit2018
NJ Schools Receive Safe Routes to School Recognition

The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center has announced the 2018 recipients of the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Recognition Program! These winners are recognized for their commitment and support of the Safe Routes to School program by enabling and encouraging children to walk and bike to school.

Winners for 2018 are recognized for their hard work and commitment to the Safe Routes to School program, and recognition is valid for three years. Schools and municipalities that have earned NJ SRTS recognition and that are also enrolled in the Sustainable Jersey certification program can earn points. Click here for more information.

Contact your SRTS Regional Coordinator  to find out more about how to qualify for the NJ SRTS Recognition Program and to get a head start on applying for recognition next year!

Congratulations and thank you to all of the municipalities and schools for making walking and bicycling to school a priority in your community! Keep up the great work!
Funding Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities

Creating walkable and bikeable communities is a successful strategy for maintaining and restoring economic vitality and improving public health in any community. Two funding opportunities are currently available through the NJ Department of Transportation, and workshops will be held to provide information, tips and strategies for a strong application. 

Safe Routes to School Grants
These grants may be used for infrastructure (construction) projects which encourage and enable students from grades K-8 to safely walk and bike to school within 2 miles of school. Municipalities, counties, schools and school districts are eligible to apply. For more information on the grants, visit their website.

Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Grants Program
TA Set-Aside Grants are community-based, non-traditional transportation projects (land and water) which expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment. Applications are due August 23. For more information, visit their website.

Workshops:
MAY 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
NJDOT HEADQUARTERS, MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM
1035 PARKWAY AVENUE, TRENTON, NJ 08625

JUNE 05, 2018 - 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
NORTH JERSEY TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AUTHORITY OFFICE
TRAINING ROOM AT 1085 RAYMOND BLVD, 17TH FLOOR, NEWARK, NJ 07102

REGISTER - for all workshops here.
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION- Curriculum Design Studio
August 6-10,  Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Join the Cloud Institute for a 5-day curriculum design studio in August, where educators, administrators, and program designers will learn how to design and embed EfS into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time!
Held at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, you will get access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you will create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Come yourself or bring a team! Register today. Space is limited. Scholarships available through Omega Institute. 
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available here. 
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Upcoming professional development workshops and other activities for educators at Duke Farms             (Posted: 5-29-18)

Alliance for NJ Environmental Education Autumn Outdoor Conference: Imagine a World Outdoors
September 28 (at the Coach Barn) from 8:00am to 4:30pm; ticket prices vary
**Still looking for presenters! Email presenters@anjee.org**
The Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE) is excited to present our second annual Autumn Conference: a day full of programs for educators at Duke Farms, a model of environmental stewardship that inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land.
All outdoors. Zero PowerPoint. Maximum inspiration.
We will feature a variety of outdoor sessions designed to educate and inspire.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anjee-autumn-conference-imagine-a-world-outdoors-tickets-41967375550

Science on the Move
October 16 from 9:00am to 3:00pm; $50 per educator
Kinesthetic learning has been documented as a research based methodology that benefits all students. When students move, they implement their brain-body connection which makes learning "stickier". Additionally, movement provides opportunities to effectively learn scientific processes and concepts in an engaging and active way.
The full day workshop will provide cross-curricular activities directly tied to The Next Generation Science Standards as well as the NJ Language Arts and Physical Education Standards. Teachers will be guided through lessons they can implement immediately and will also be coached on how to create their own cross-curricular lesson plans and assessments to be used in classrooms, open space or outside. The program will feature strong connections to our natural world and the relationship between overall health and outdoor activity.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-on-the-move-tickets-46150475314

Collaborating with Nature to Write and Tell Stories
October 26-28 from 6:00pm Friday to 2:00pm Sunday; $195 per educator
In ancient Greece, Antaeus was a hero whose strength derived from the connection of his feet to the earth. He was only defeated when Hercules lifted him off the ground. Like Antaeus of old, people need to be grounded in a relationship with the earth. Led by experienced naturalists and storytellers from Monarch Teacher Network, this Stories from the Land weekend retreat explores the teaching and healing power of nature… when combined with story writing and storytelling. As creative teams, participants learn how to develop and share their own stories, inspired by materials and stories drawn from nature. Writing, communication and performance skills are integrated in a unique approach that can inspire creativity and build community among people of all ages and backgrounds.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborating-with-nature-to-write-and-tell-stories-tickets-42797565671

New Ed. Resource from EPA             (Posted: 5-29-18)

EnviroAtlas in the Classroom: New K-16 Lesson Plans that Empower Tomorrow's Decision-makers
EnviroAtlas Educational Materials (Lessons and Case Studies)
EnviroAtlas: Interactive Tool that allows users to discover, analyze and download data and maps related to ecosystem services or the benefits people receive from nature…

Coming Soon - Online Monarch Professional Development             (Posted: 5-29-18)

Click HERE.

OCSCD: Jersey-Friendly Yards Programs             (Posted: 5-17-18)

May, 2018
Grow Your Jersey-Friendly Yard!
Join Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Bay Partnership and The Watershed Institute for our Jersey-Friendly Yards Series of Programs this growing season! FREE plant giveaways!
Wednesday, May 30 (7:00-9:00pm)
Water, Plants, Soil & Gardening on the Barrier Island
Join us for a public meeting and educational program, sponsored by the Seaside Park Environmental Advisory Committee and the Department of Public Works. Learn about rain gardens and gardening with native plants. Refreshments, giveaways and FREE native plants for Seaside Park residents. REGISTER: email environmental@seasideparknj.org. PROGRAM LOCATION: Seaside Park Council Chambers, 5th and Central Aves., Seaside Park, NJ.

Wednesday, June 6 (6:00-7:30pm)
Attracting Birds to Your Landscape
Explore perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees that are beneficial to birds and easy to grow in your yard, using the Jersey-Friendly Yards Plant Database. FREE native plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy, education@soildistrict.org, (609) 971-7002 ext 114 or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Tuesday, June 26 (2:00-3:00pm)
Showcasing the Island Heights Library's Jersey-Friendly Garden
Come explore the newly installed Jersey-Friendly Garden at the Island Heights Library. We will showcase native and Jersey-Friendly plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTRATION opens June 12, visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the calendar of events tab, search and register for program; or call (732) 270-6266. PROGRAM LOCATION: 121 Central Ave, Island Heights, NJ 08732. Program hosted by the Friends of the Island Heights Library and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Tuesday, July 10 (6:30-7:30pm)
Jersey-Friendly Yards: Landscaping for a Healthier Barnegat Bay
What we do in our yards has a direct impact on our health and the health of the Barnegat Bay. Learn how to create a beautiful, low-maintenance, bay-friendly landscape using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website. Be inspired by examples of successful Jersey-Friendly gardens. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTRATION opens June 26, visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the calendar of events tab, search and register for program, or call (609) 693-8566. PROGRAM LOCATION: 10 East Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731. Program hosted by the Lacey Library and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Sunday, July 22 (10:00-11:30am)
8 Steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard
The Jersey-Friendly Yards website is a tool for home gardeners to plan, design and install your own Jersey-Friendly garden. Explore the steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard and learn how to select plants appropriate for your own landscape. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Sunday, August 12 (10:00-11:30am)
Native Plants in the Landscape
Explore the benefits of native plants in the landscape. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to select native plants appropriate for your own yard. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Sunday, August 19 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Monday, September 17 (6:00-7:30pm)
Designing a Jersey-Friendly Garden for the Benefit of Wildlife
Jersey-Friendly plants offer myriad benefits to wildlife. Learn how to use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to design a garden or yard that will attract and support birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or complete this Registration Form. PROGRAM LOCATION: Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, 7th Street & Navajo Drive, Waretown, NJ 08758. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, September 15 (10:00am)
Showcasing the Pine Beach Jersey-Friendly Garden
Come explore the newly installed Jersey-Friendly Garden in Pine Beach. Join us for an indoor presentation and an outdoor tour of the garden. We will showcase native and Jersey-Friendly plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Juliane Esposito, pinebeachutilities@comcast.net. PROGRAM LOCATION: To be determined. Program hosted by the Pine Beach Environmental Commission and funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Saturday, September 22 (10:30-11:30am)
Showcasing Cattus Island's Gardens
Explore "Jersey-Friendly Yards" and tour the gardens at Cattus Island to discover the beautiful native and Jersey-Friendly plants that thrive in this environment. FREE Jersey-Friendly plants for the first 20 registered attendees. REGISTER: email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114. PROGRAM LOCATION: Cattus Island County Park Nature Center. Program funded by The Watershed Institute.

Saturday, October 20 (8:00am-3:00pm)
Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference
"Inspiration for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard"
Save-the-date for our 2nd Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference. Featuring an array of workshops, exhibitors, keynote speaker and a native plant sale. Registration opens in August.
Conference Location: Ocean County College campus, Gateway Building. More information to come! For questions email Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or call (609) 971-7002 ext. 114.


OCSCD | Education & Outreach | 609-971-7002 ext. 114 | education@soildistrict.org | www.soildistrict.org

Phragmites Teacher Resource Kit             (Posted: 5-16-18)

We are the Phearless Phragmites Phighters, a Community Problem Solving Team fighting against an invasive reed called Phragmites australis. Are you looking to improve upon NJ students' environmental knowledge and inspire them to take action on a local environmental issue?
If so, check out our new online teacher toolkit, PhragKit4Teachers.weebly.com
The toolkit includes: an eBook, a Virtual Reality field trip, station activities, an engineering design challenge, and ways to take action to control this invasive reed.
If you have any questions, contact us at PhragPhighters@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @PhragPhighters!
James and Ethan for the Phearless Phragmites Phighters

ANJEC Environmental Congress, Workshop Proposal             (Posted: 5-15-18)

ANJEC is pleased to announce our 45th Annual Environmental Congress on Friday, October 12th, at the Conference Center at Mercer County College.
We are now soliciting for workshop proposals for the 90 minute break-out sessions during the event.
Feel free to reach out with questions or other assistance I can offer.

Elizabeth Ritter
Deputy Director
ANJEC
973-539-7547
www.anjec.org

Call for proposals:
ANJEC is pleased to invite you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2018 Environmental Congress, scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2018 at Mercer County Community College. This year's theme is NJ's Next Regeneration. Please e-mail your completed workshop application to Elizabeth (Liz) Ritter (eritter@anjec.org) by June 7th.

Proposed Workshop Title *
The title should be descriptive of the workshop content
At least one presenter must be a current or former environmental commission member and be presenting on activity/advice for commissions.
No more than three presenters per workshop please, two is ideal.
Presenter 1* Name / Affiliation of Presenter 1 / Title Presenter 1 / Email of Presenter 1 * / Address of Presenter 1: City / State / Zip / Phone
Presenter 2 Name / Affiliation of Presenter 2 / Title Presenter 2 / Email of Presenter 2 * / Address of Presenter 2: City / State / Zip / Phone
Presenter 3 Name / Affiliation of Presenter 3 / Title Presenter 3 / Email of Presenter 3 * / Address of Presenter 3: City / State / Zip / Phone
Workshop Subject Area
Select all that apply.
o Recycling            o Legislative update, federal and state            o Pollution      o Energy
o Local Actions            o Water: supply, pollution, quality, flooding            o Stormwater/Green Infrastructure
o Open Space            o Conservation Education & Programs      o Env. Commission operations
o Other:_________________________

Workshop Description - This description will be used in the Congress program. Please do not exceed 150 words. No more than 3 presenters per 90-minute workshop, please.
Presenter 1 Qualifications & Biography / Presenter 2 Qualifications & Biography / Presenter 3 Qualifications & Biography

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