Eco-Schools USA E-News: May 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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Apply for an Award 
End the school year with a celebration of your Eco-Schools work! Check the criteria to see if you qualify:

Bronze Award
Silver Award
Green Flag Award

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Recycle Across America
All Eco-Schools are eligible to apply for FREE standardized recycling labels. Get yours today!

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Welcome, Kansas Green Schools!
A new partnership between Eco-Schools USA, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), Kansas Green Schools Network, and Project Learning Tree GreenSchools! recognizes the achievements of nearly 400 Kansas schools. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

International Migratory Bird Day 
May 12, 2012

World Fair Trade Day
May 12, 2012

EPA EE in Action Webinar: Asthma Triggers
May 15, 2012

Food Revolution Day
May 19, 2012

International Day for Biological Diversity 
May 22, 2012

World Environment Day 
June 5, 2012

World Oceans Day 
June 8, 2012

Student Climate & Conservation Congress
June 24-29, 2012



bouquet of flowersThank You, Teachers!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Eco-Schools USA appreciates all you do to make a difference for students, families, and communities every day.

We hope you hear “thank you” many times this week!



Eco-Schools Healthy Living pathwayNew Eco-Schools USA Pathway: Healthy Living

A lifetime of good health is one of the best legacies you can give students. Healthy Living is the newest pathway in the Eco-Schools USA program, and will help your school community strive for: 

  • Physical fitness 
  • Regular time outside
  • Healthy play behavior
  • Creativity, concentration, and a positive outlook
Visit the new Healthy Living pathway to learn more about how to promote good health and to find resources, lessons, sample audits and action plans to guide your process.


Greenflag awardCongratulations to Acton-Boxborough!

Last week, the fourth Eco-Schools Green Flag in the United States was awarded to Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts. We salute this school’s hard work and impressive conservation achievements. Way to go, Acton-Boxborough!



Youth Sustainability ChallengeYouth Sustainability Challenge

Leading up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June, the Obama Administration is challenging America’s youth to tell the world how they’re fostering sustainability. Participants can submit a video message for the Youth Sustainability Challenge about how they’re making a difference by May 31.



Green Living Project in ChicagoGreen Living Project Chicago Premiere

Join Green Living Project on May 17th at Cafe Brauer in Chicago to celebrate six exciting short films showcasing the best global and domestic sustainability stories! Teachers get in free with RSVP to a teacher? Friends of National Wildlife Federation and Eco-Schools USA can purchase half-priced tickets ($10) with promo code: greenfilm.



Take the Schoolyard Habitats Survey!

Do you have a Schoolyard Habitat? Have you taken our survey yet? If not, please complete the 2012 Schoolyard Habitats Survey. The survey takes 10 minutes and, to thank you, we’ll send you the newly revised bat curriculum Night Friends!

Take the survey now >>>.


5 Perplexing Questions About the Outdoors — Answered!boy smelling flower credit Amber Hunter

If you’ve ever taken your students outside, they’ve probably stumped you with a question about the natural world.

You don’t have to be an expert — you can discover the answers together! 

Test your nature knowledge with this fun quiz.


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