Eco-Schools USA E-News: June 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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Welcome to Summer
Eco-Schools USA wishes you a wonderful summer break! It’s a great time to get energized with new ideas for your Eco-work. You’ll find lots of inspiring opportunities in the list of Upcoming Events below.


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


Schoolyard Habitats Survey
Last chance to take the survey! Please tell us how your habitat is doing and how NWF can help both your habitat and your students thrive!


icky tickFight the Bite
Be prepared for outdoor adventures this summer – learn how to outsmart ticks when you walk in the woods or romp through the grass.


Upcoming Events

Great Outdoors Month 
June 2012

Chesapeake Classrooms Courses 
All Summer
MD, VA, PA, DC

National Pollinator Week 
June 18-24, 2012

Leopold Education Project Conference 
June 20-23, 2012
Peninsula, OH 

Great American Backyard Campout 
June 23, 2012

Student Climate & Conservation Congress
June 24-29, 2012

Conservation Education Webinar: America’s Wildlife 
June 27, 2012

Get to Know Contest Deadline 
July 16, 2012

CELF Summer Institute 
July 16-19, 2012
Purchase, NY 

Sustainability Education Summer Institute 
July 23-25, 2012
Bainbridge Island, WA 

Arkansas EE Association Expo 
July 26-27, 2012
Fayetteville, AR 




   

     
 

Sustainable Foods PathwaysNew Eco-Schools USA Pathway: Sustainable Food

What’s for lunch? By focusing on food, your school can make a big impact on both health and environmental sustainability. The newest Eco-Schools USA pathway will help you make fresh, local, whole and healthy food choices a part of your school’s culture. Visit the Sustainable Food pathway to find resources, lessons, sample audits and action plans to guide your process. 

 
     

     
      

Centreville Elementary, VACongratulations to Centreville Elementary!

The fifth Green Flag Award in the U.S. was awarded to Centreville Elementary School in Centreville, Virginia last week. The diverse population of nearly 1000 students celebrated their achievements outside in the garden and dedicated the day to sharing environmental projects at more than 15 learning stations. Great job, Centreville! 

 
     

     
 

Lanier Middle School, VACase Study: A Team Effort at Lanier Middle School

Students at Lanier Middle School in Fairfax, Virginia eagerly stay after school and put in many hours of service to green their school. It’s truly a team effort, and success is reflected in a thriving courtyard garden, energy savings, waste reduction, and – best of all – engaged and enthusiastic students. Read more about the country’s third school to earn the prestigious Green Flag Award here.


     

     
 

Green Ribbon SchoolsGreen Ribbon Schools Webinar Series

A new Green Strides Webinar Series will help schools working toward the three pillars of the federal Green Ribbon Schools program. The first webinar will take place on Thursday, June 21 from 1-2 pm EDT and focus on the role of indoor air quality in creating a healthy learning environment. Learn more and register here [word document].

 
     

     
 

Geocache with Ranger Rick

Geocaching is a funGeocaching is a fun way to get students and families outside and exploring. Bring geocaching to your community by becoming a host for Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails. Trails posted by August 28 are eligible to win two great prizes. Learn more.

 
     

     
 

Eco-Schools Teacher among Presidential Innovation Award Winners

Eco-Schools USA congratulates Denise Scribner from Eisenhower High School, a Silver-Award Eco-School in Goddard, Kansas. Scribner’s work as a leader in the field of environmental education earned recognition from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. EPA, which recently announced the winners of the 2011-2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental EducatorsWe featured the accomplishments of Goddard’s two high schools last year in this Eco-Schools USA case study.

 

     
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