Eco-Schools USA E-News: February 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!


 

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STEM Report Cards

What’s the state of STEM education in your state? Access new state-specific STEM ED Report Cards and see!


2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

How can youth get involved with Rio+20, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held this June on the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit? Find out in this informative Participation Guide.


EE Research

What does the research say about how experiences in the outdoors and nature affect youth? New summaries from the Children & Nature Network review the evidence.


MyGarbology

MyGarbology is a new online game from NatureBridge about reducing waste. Learn more and play the game!


Upcoming Events

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

National Wildlife Week Webinar
Feb 29, 2012

EPA Webinar: Reducing Waste in Schools
March 1, 2012

Green Teacher Webinar: Climate Change Education
March 8, 2012

National STEM Video Game Challenge
Deadline: Mar 12, 2012

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

National Wildlife Week
Mar 19-25, 2012

Green Teacher Webinar: Schoolyards Re-Imagined
Mar 19-25, 2012
Indianapolis, IN

NSTA Conference
Mar 29-Apr 1
Indianapolis, IN


   

     
 

New Leaf in Martinez, CACASE STUDY: Community Connections in Martinez, California

New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative is a unique high school program that has students teaching environmental lessons in elementary schools, painting murals with a professional artist, restoring riparian habitat throughout their watershed, and working with the National Park Service to monitor the changing seasons. Read more about their projects and successes in this month’s featured case study.

 
     

     
      

Mountain GoatNational Wildlife Week, March 19-25

Do you have an event planned for National Wildlife Week? Let us know and we’ll put it on the National Wildlife Week website! Send an email to educators@nwf.org with web links to information about your event.

And don’t forget to join us for a free National Wildlife Week webinar on Leap Day, February 29th, from 4-5 p.m. EST. You’ll meet animals with EXTRA-ordinary capabilities and get ideas for fun activities you can do during National Wildlife Week. Sign up now!

 
     

     
 

istockKids Need Natural Play

For children, the benefits of simply playing outside are countless. Educators find that students who regularly engage in unstructured outdoor play concentrate better, are more creative, and are better problem-solvers. In this recent blog post, a camp counselor’s firsthand observations of kids at play add further evidence to this claim. Read more and get inspired to Be Out There.


     

     
 

2012 Green Schools ConferenceGreen Schools National Conference

The 2nd Annual Green Schools National Conference takes place February 27-29, 2012 in Denver. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will discuss the new U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program. Will we see you there? You can take advantage of your affiliation with Eco-Schools USA to receive a discounted rate. On the registration page, scroll down to “register online.” Then click on “affiliate rates” and enter the discount code NWFECOSCHOOLS.

 
     

     
      

Silent Spring Essay ContestSilent Spring Essay Contest

Fifty years ago, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring launched the modern environmental movement. In commemoration, the Rachel Carson Center is conducting a Silent Spring Essay Contest. Scholars aged 13 and up are invited to submit essays that analyze the impact of the book and the legacy of Rachel Carson. Submission deadline is March 15.

 
     
     
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