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Eco-Schools USA E-News: November 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!


Ranger Rick Jr. Lions Appventure

NEW Ranger Rick Jr. Appventure

Explore, create, and play with the newest App from National Wildlife Federation and Ranger Rick Jr. Join Ricky and Lars the Lion as they explore the African grasslands to discover how lions live. Children ages 4-7 will enjoy hours of fun and learning with features like Animal Builder and Photo Safari as well as fun facts, amazing animal photos and easy-to-read stories. Download today!

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Intro to Eco-Schools USA Webinar

Need an overview of how the Eco-Schools USA program works? Looking for answers to questions about how to get your program started? View a recorded version of our "Intro to Eco-Schools USA" webinar and we'll talk you through the process.

Green Living Project

Submissions Due for Green Living Project's Student Film Fest

Students in grade 6 through graduate school are invited to submit short films about a local or global sustainability-related project. Don't delay - there are great prizes and a special screening in Los Angeles, and the deadline is November 28, 2012

Cool the Earth

Cool the Earth

Ready to inspire environmental action in your school community? The grassroots organization Cool the Earth is now enrolling K-8 schools for the 2012-13 school year to run their free climate change program that motivates students and their families to take carbon-saving actions. The ready-to-run program is implemented by a parent or teacher volunteer. Step up and start making a change at your school!

Upcoming Events

Green Teacher Webinar:
Teaching STEM with Wind and Solar Energy

Nov 14, 2012, 7:30 pm EST

America Recycles Day
Nov 15, 2012

Hands on the Land Webinar
Nov 28, 2012, 2:00 pm EST

Green Teacher Webinar:
Making Cities Good for Children

Dec 3, 2012, 7:30 pm EST

EPA EE Regional Grants
Deadline: Dec 12, 2012

Green Teacher Webinar:
Teaching Natural Science Through Phenology
Dec 13, 2012, 7:30 pm EST

EPA President's Environmental Youth Awards
Deadline: Dec 31, 2012



Hurricane Sandy Resources Hurricane Sandy map

As East Coast communities start to regroup after Hurricane Sandy and schools reopen, students and educators may struggle to transition back into the classroom and to cope with the aftermath of the storm.

We have added a special section to the Eco-Schools USA website containing information, articles and curriculum that you can use to help students understand why natural disasters happen and why this storm in particular made such an impact. View the special report now.



Sneak Peek: New Schoolyard Habitats SignSchoolyard Habitats sign  

At long last, if you are one of National Wildlife Federation's certified Schoolyard Habitats, you can display your very own sign! Look for an announcement soon about how to order yours. If you would like to be one of the first to get a sign with special “early bird” pricing, send an email to with "Sign" as the subject line.

Is your school not yet a certified Schoolyard Habitat? Find out how to become one. 



Webinar: Vermicomposting in SchoolsKeep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful, in partnership with the US Composting Council, is holding a webinar on vermicomposting on Wednesday, November 28 from 4-5 pm eastern.

 A worm bin in your school can provide exciting, hands-on learning experiences. In this session, you'll learn how to make an inexpensive worm bin and use it as a teaching tool for math, language arts, science, history, art, and more. You'll also learn how some schools use larger bins to compost lunchroom waste! Click here to register.



Plan Ahead for National Wildlife Week Spotted owl

You are invited to join the fun "Branching out for Wildlife" during National Wildlife Week, March 18-24, 2013. Learn about the parts of a tree, the role of trees, and how wildlife depends on trees for survival. You and your students can help us to plant 75,000 trees to mark the 75th anniversary of National Wildlife Week. Apply now to host a tree planting event!

Be sure to save time on your spring calendar for National Wildlife Week. Resources are coming soon, and you can sign up now to stay informed with email updates on National Wildlife Week activities, events, and other opportunities. .



Can Your Students Walk or Bike to School?

Walking or biking to school is an easy way for kids to get a healthy dose of fresh air and exercise, and they arrive better prepared to dive into their studies.

Teach students these helpful tips for a safe commute. Make walking or biking to school safely second nature!

Kids walking to school


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