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Eco-Schools USA E-News: September 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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Coming Soon: Young Reporters for the Environment USA

The Eco-Schools USA team is delighted to be bringing the international Young Reporters for the Environment program to the United States this year. The competition engages mIddle and high school students in environmental journalism. Keep an eye out for an official announcement very soon! 

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Eco-Schools USA Case Study

 Ben Franklin Elementary in New Jersey teaches civics and government through an environmental lens by appointing students to act as junior EPA representatives. Learn how students take an active role in school greening in the latest Eco-Schools USA case study.

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Healthy Living Pathway Action Item: Recess Survey

National Wildlife Federation is planning a campaign to restore school recess and needs your help! Did you know that 9 million kids don’t have daily school recess? Recess is a gateway to nature and a key opportunity for physical activity. Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think about recess.  

Upcoming Events

KAEE/Southeast Environmental Education Alliance Annual Conference
Lake Cumberland, KY 
Sept 14-15, 2012

Green Schools National Conference
Early Registration Deadline 
Sept 15, 2012

EPA Webinar: School Flag Air Quality Program
Sept 19, 2012

Green Teacher Webinar: Mapping Your Community
Sept 25, 2012

EPA Webinar: SunWise Program 
Sept 26, 2012

Green Apple Day of Service 
Sept 29, 2012

EPA Webinar: Environmental Education Resources for Everyone 
Oct 3, 2012

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Annual Conference
Oakland, CA 
Oct 9-13, 2012




hide and seek adDiscover a New Playground at Hike & Seek This Fall

Join us in one of six locations nationwide for a fun-filled Saturday connecting with nature. Hike & Seek is both a nature hike and a scavenger hunt with fun activity stations, live animals, crafts, and much more. Explore what nature has to offer and discover the health benefits of a short hike in the woods—no experience necessary! Space is limited, so sign up today to ensure your spot!



Kids at workCreate a Garden for Learning: Schoolyard Habitats 101 Webinar

In this webinar we will examine how you and your students can work together to plan and create a Schoolyard Habitat and how to utilize and maintain your garden throughout the year. It's time to take learning outside! We’re offering two sessions of this webinar:


Power Families bookTell Us How You're Saving Energy and Win Renewable Energy Storybooks

Attention Elementary Schools: Enter the Power Families Giveaway for your chance to win three books in The Power Families series by Susan Saville. Email and tell us how you plan to conserve energy at your school this year. Use "Power Families Giveaway" as the subject line and include your school’s name and contact information. We will randomly select ten elementary schools to receive a set of books and will include our favorite answers in a blog post. Read the official rules here.



Trees for WildlifeApply Now for Free Trees

Looking for an activity to get your class or youth group outside while helping the local environment?  Plant some native trees with National Wildlife Federation's Trees for Wildlife program! Apply now to receive FREE trees either for this fall or for spring 2013. Fall applications are due by September 15, 2012. A minimum of 50 and maximum of 500 trees can be requested per location. Download your application today.



Stream Ecology in a Box

Leaf PackWith the LEAF Pack Experiments Kit, students learn to design, implement and analyze a scientific investigation while discovering the value of aquatic macroinvertebrates as living indicators of water quality. National Wildlife Federation has joined Stroud Water Research Center and LaMotte to provide this new resource. The kit is reusable and adapts well to a variety of time constraints, group sizes, grade levels and geographic areas. Stay tuned for two new versions coming in January, too!



Polar Bear Cub and Mom_Howard RubyTundra Connections

Live from the tundra, join Eco-Schools USA and Polar Bears International as we explore arctic biodiversity and a warming Earth. A webcast just for teachers on October 11, 2012 will help you prepare your class for a student-focused webinar in November. 


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