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Eco-Schools USA E-News: August 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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Recycle Bowl logo 

Compete against other schools to see who recycles the most. Register your school by October 8 for the chance to win great prizes and be recycling champions! 

Green Schools National Conference
Register now for early bird rates at the 2013 Green Schools National Conference. Do you have an interesting project or success story you'd like to share? The Call for Presenters is open until September 15!

Weatherbug Earth Networks

Eco-Schools USA and WeatherBug are now partners! The organizations will share and integrate weather, climate and environmental content. Find out how to be a WeatherBug Achieve School here.  

Upcoming Events

Healthy Schools Campaign Webinar: New Technology and Green Cleaning
Aug 15, 2012

Eco-Schools USA Webinar: Intro to New Pathways
Aug 15, 2012

Green Ribbon Schools  Webinar: Career Pathways
Aug 16, 2012

NAAEE Conference Early Bird Registration deadline
Aug 22, 2012

Healthy Schools Campaign Webinar: Financial Case for Green Cleaning
Aug 29, 2012

Green Ribbon Schools Webinar: School Siting and Community Planning
Sept 5, 2012

Green Ribbon Schools Webinar: Asthma Management
Sept 12, 2012

Green Teacher Webinar: Mapping Your Community
Sept 25, 2012




 Welcome Back to School!Green Flag Award, Eco-Schools USA

Another school year is beginning and Eco-Schools USA is anticipating great things. Whether you are just starting your Eco-Schools journey or have the Green Flag in your sights, we look forward to helping you embark on exciting projects to green your building, grounds, and student experience in 2012-2013. Visit the Eco-Schools USA website to plan your next steps and get inspired for the year to come!



New Pathways to Start Your Year

Did you know there are now four new pathways in the Eco-Schools USA program from which you can choose? The Sustainable Food, Biodiversity, Healthy Living, and Healthy Schools pathways give you four more great ways to focus your school's greening activities.

You can find out more about these new pathways during the next Eco-Schools USA webinar on August 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Click here to register for the "Introduction to New Eco-Schools USA Pathways" webinar.

Eco-Schools Healthy Living PathwayEco-Schools Healthy Living pathwayEco-Schools Biodiversity PathwaySustainable Foods Pathways



Green Apple Day of ServiceGreen Apple Day of Service

On Sept. 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first ever Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from across the country and around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking real action in their communities. Visit the website to learn more and join or create an event.



Take the Eco-Schools USA End-of-Year SurveyEco-Schools USA logo

Is your school a registered Eco-School? Have you completed your 2011-2012 end-of-year survey yet? If not, we need you! Your feedback is vital as we wrap up the third year of the program and prepare for the future. Take the survey here and you'll be entered in a random drawing for 15 gardening tote bags and 15 NWF field guides.



Don't Worry, Be Out There! KidsinTree_Fotolia

Are safety concerns keeping you and your students inside? Learn how to play it safe out of doors. Join Be Out There for a series of Twitter chats to get answers from leading experts in nature-knowledge, first-aid, and stranger danger.

Sign up and ask the experts!



Take Learning OutsideButterfly by Daisy Baxter

Fall is a great time to get students ready to learn by taking them outdoors. What improvements would make your schoolyard more conducive to learning? Do you have a garden? Check out National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitat resources on creating, using and maintaining an outdoor learning classroom. You'll also find fun activities to do outside. 


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