Eco-Schools USA E-News: January 2012

Welcome to National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA e-newsletter for educators,
highlighting tools and resources to help you teach in and about the natural environment.
Not yet an Eco-School? Register today for this free, exciting program!


Eco-Schools Green Flag Awards

Awards Checklists

Handy new checklists will help you track your progress toward earning an Eco-Schools award. Click here to access the Bronze, Silver, and Green Flag checklists.

2012 Green Schools Conference

Eco-Schools USA will be in Denver for the Green Schools National Conference February 27-29. Will we see you there? Look for us at two breakout sessions: “Climate Change Connections” and “Creating a Network of Partnerships to Help Schools Become Green.”

holding shopping bags

Banning Plastic Bags 

Sleepy Hollow Middle School students are working hard to banish plastic bags from their community. Read more in this Eco-Schools guest blog.

Journey2 - Coming to Theaters Soon

Outdoor adventure. Incredible wildlife. In theaters February 10, 2012. Get ready for your own adventure with a poster, activity guide, and more.

Upcoming Events

Planet Connect Youth Engagement Grants
Deadline: Feb 1, 2012

Green Schools National Conference
Feb 27-29, 2012
Denver, CO

National Wildlife Week Webinar
Feb 29, 2012

National STEM Video Game Challenge
Deadline: Mar 12, 2012

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
Deadline: Mar 15, 2012

NSTA Conference
Mar 29-Apr 1
Indianapolis, IN



Marcia and YesimAround the World with Eco-Schools

Marcia Garrett, a science teacher from Washington State, took a trip around the world last summer. Along the way, she visited Eco-Schools in New Zealand, Malaysia, and Turkey. These schools showed her their accomplishments, and Marcia shared stories about her own school’s greening projects. Read more about this wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange!



Mountain GoatCelebrate EXTRAordinary Wildlife!

Learn all about animals with extraordinary capabilities and find fun activities during National Wildlife Week, March 19-25, 2012. Participate in a National Wildlife Week webinar to learn about the featured wildlife and get ideas for National Wildlife Week on February 29. Sign up now!



girl in snow7 Myths About Winter

Getting students outside is an important goal in all seasons. But winter can add some challenges. For instance, can you “catch a cold” by going out in cold weather?

Get the truth behind this and other winter misconceptions—and then get on outside!



Powered DownCASE STUDY: Powering Down at Acton-Boxborough High School

Students at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts spearheaded an effort to save energy and green their campus.

At the end of the school year, their conservation measures translated into a $33,000 savings for the school! Read more about their strategy in this month’s featured case study.



Craig Tufts2012 Craig Tufts Education Scholarship Announced

Students between the ages of 8-18 are invited to apply for the 2012 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship to attend a week-long nature adventure camp in Colorado. Applications are due by March 31.

The winning student will receive a full paid scholarship for themselves and an adult chaperone (including airfare, lodging, food and registration fees).

Apply or learn more online, or contact Eliza Russell at to receive the application package.

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