Eco-Schools USA E-News: March 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.
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How Do You Green Your School?

Nickelodeon’s The Big Help wants to hear what schools are doing to help the environment. Get recognized and win prizes! Nominations due by March 30, 2012.

Leo and the Butterflies book cover

Eco-Schools USA Webinar
Explore biodiversity LIVE in Costa Rica with author Jan Reynolds. This webinar is geared especially for students. April 11, 2012, 1:00 pm EST

National Environmental Education Week

Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning
April 15-21, 2012.

Climate Change Education Professional Learning Community
Enroll now to be part of this virtual, interactive learning experience.

Upcoming Events

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

National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Deadline: Mar 15, 2012

National Wildlife Week
Mar 19-25, 2012

Green Teacher Webinar: Schoolyards Re-Imagined
Mar 27, 2012
Indianapolis, IN

NSTA Conference
Mar 29-Apr 1
Indianapolis, IN

TogetherGreen Innovation Grants
Deadline: Apr 2, 2012

EPA Earth Day Webinar
Apr 3 and Apr 17

National Environmental Education Week
Apr 15-21

School Grants for Healthy Kids
Deadline: May 5



National Wildlife Week 2012National Wildlife Week

Celebrate EXTRA-Ordinary Wildlife during National Wildlife Week, March 19-25, 2012. Invite your students to start a community service project, discover 45 wildlife species and download lessons and activities for your class or group. Take at least one day to celebrate the wildlife right outside your door!



Nickelodeon's Victorious CastCase Study: A True EE Lab

An environmental studies magnet program at Thomas Starr King Middle School in LA has turned the school into a true laboratory for environmental education.

Students hear guest speakers talk about environmental issues, participate in environmentally themed team building exercises and tend to a vibrant school garden. Recently the school hosted a garden work party with help from Nickelodeon's Big Help and the cast of Victorious! Click here to read more!



Student Film ProjectCall for Submissions: Student Film Project

Green Living Project is calling for submissions for its Spring 2012 Student Film Project. In 5 minutes or less, student short films should tell a unique, creative, and compelling story about a sustainability-related project. The 2011 Student Film Project winners documented a sustainable surfboard company and sea turtle conservation. Winning films will be screened at GLP’s Washington D.C. Film Premiere in June!

Submission deadline: May 25, 2012.



Endangered Species CoalitionEndangered Species Day

May 18, 2012 is Endangered Species Day. Plan a local event and show support for your community and state endangered species!

Find resources and more to help you celebrate.



Girl with flowerNature as Therapy

More and more evidence indicates that nature buoys our mental and emotional well-being. Wilderness therapy uses the power of nature to heal. Find out more about how nature nurtures, and consider how time outdoors could benefit your students and their ability to learn.



Scholarship Deadline

Last chance for your students to enter to receive a week-long Adventure Scholarship to the Rocky Mountains in July. Nominations and essays are due by March 30th. Visit our website to download the nomination form and essay questions.



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