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Eco-Schools USA E-News: October 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!

Greenflag award

Congratulations, Green Flag Award Winners!

Eco-Schools USA salutes the first three schools to achieve a  Green Flag award this school year: Mary Rieke Elementary in Portland, Oregon; Churchill Road Elementary in McLean, Virginia, and Unity Charter School in Morristown, New Jersey. Great work, all!

outdoor nation logo

Merrell Pack Project Activation Grant

Do you have an idea that will increase participation in outdoor recreation activities? If so, and you are between the ages of 18-28 or a 501c3 nonprofit, Merrell and Outdoor Nation have an opportunity for you! Apply for this seed grant by November 13, 2012. Details at the Outdoor Nation website.

green schools network

Join the Green Schools National Network

The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) has developed a new website.  GSNN works to advance collaboration in support of a national green and healthy school culture and would like to include listings of green, healthy, environment-focused schools in the "Find a School" section of the website. All Eco-Schools are invited to send your website address to be included in the listings.  

Upcoming Events

Bioneers Conference
San Rafael, CA and satellite locations around the country
Oct 19-21, 2012

NASA Webinar: Investigating the Climate System
Oct 24, 2012

Association for Science Teacher Education Conference
Cornwall, NY
Oct 24-26, 2012

New England Environmental Literacy Summit
Biddeford, ME
Oct 26, 2012

EPA Webinar: School Health Tools for DIstricts
Nov 7, 2012

EPA Environmental Education Grants
Deadline: November 21, 2012





10 Million Kids Living and Learning Better, Outdoorslittle hikers

The amount of time kids spend outside today is alarmingly low--only minutes per day--while screen time is at an all time high. National Wildlife Federation has set a three-year goal to get 10 million more American children out of their indoor habitat and into the great outdoors. This goal propels us toward a future when all kids spend time outside each day, creating a generation of happier, healthier children with more awareness and connection to the natural world.

NWF is working with schools, after-school programs, and other child-serving institutions to deliver more opportunities for outdoor education, programming and play. Find out how NWF plans to meet this goal and how you can help>>



Young Reporters Take on Environmental Issues in Their CommunitiesYoung Reporters no text

Have you heard the news? Young Reporters for the Environment is now live in the United States! Students between the ages of 13-18 are invited to participate in YRE-USA by reporting on environmental issues in their communities in writing, photos, or video. National winners in each category will earn recognition, great prizes and the chance to advance to the international competition. All participants have a chance to make a real difference in their communities by shedding light on an important environmental issue, provoking discussion around it, and sparking progress toward a solution. Read more about the program from a student's perspective in a guest blog post>>


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>>



Polar Bear Cub and Mom_Howard RubyTundra Connections

Join Eco-Schools USA and Polar Bears International as we explore arctic biodiversity and a warming Earth. Arctic Biodiversity: Climate warming and its impacts on biodiversity in the Arctic and beyond will be offered three times, November 6 for Grades K-3, November 7 for Grades 4-8, and November 8 for Grades 9-12. Register your class for this webinar to connect with the world of polar bears and other arctic wildlife>>  


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