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Eco-Schools USA E-News: December 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!


Happy Holidays!

The Eco-Schools USA Team sends you the warmest of wishes for a very merry holiday season and a happy, healthy, and green 2013! 

Greening schools

Thank You!
National Wildlife Federation wishes to thank all of its supporters in 2012, including each of you who helped Eco-Schools USA reach 1.2 million students and 73,000 educators across the United States! Enjoy this inspiring video as a token of our gratitude.

Ranger Rick's Tree House

Polar Bear Cub and Mom_Howard Ruby

Polar Bears Webcasts Now Available

Did you and your students miss the webcasts live from the tundra? The "Polar Bears and their Changing Arctic Habitat" webcasts are now archived for viewing any time.
Grades K-4

Grades 5-8 
Grades 9-12

Feeling SAD

Don't be SAD! Learn How Sunlight Affects Health

Feeling blue? Get a clue! Find out why it’s important to get sunlight, especially in the winter. Don't let the winter blues get you down.

Upcoming Events

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

Green Strides Webinar:
Reducing Environmental Impacts and Costs
Jan 3 2013, 3:00 pm EST

Environmental Research and Education Foundation Grants Program
Deadline: Jan 5, 2013

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Annual Conference
Ocean City, MD
Feb 7-10, 2013

American Forest & Paper Association Recycling Awards
Deadline: Feb 15, 2013

Green Schools National Conference
West Palm Beach, FL
Feb 22-24, 2013



Track Your Progress with the New Eco-SchoolsGreenflag award Dashboard

If your school is a registered Eco-School, you now have an updated school profile page with a virtual dashboard. With this helpful tool, you can track your progress, measure your impact and display your awards. We've also implemented a points-based system tied to the steps required for each award:
  Bronze Award - 100 points
  Silver Award - 200 points
  Green Flag - 300 points
For more information about how to access and use your new virtual dashboard, click here.



New Schoolyard Habitats SignSchoolyard Habitats sign Available Soon 

At long last Schoolyard Habitats can have their 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 our bright and cheerful 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. 



Two Tools to Integrate Technology into Your Teaching

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) presents a new video on how technology can further STEM learning about the environment, both in nature and in the classroom. Teachers are invited to watch the video and leave a comment about how they use technology to explore the environment with their students by Dec. 14 for a chance to win a variety of Toshiba prizes for the classroom.

The 2013 Thacher Environmental Research Contest invites high school students to be part of a new generation of problem-solvers
who will meet the challenges posed by a changing planet. Projects must focus on the application of geospatial tools, data and environmental information to study a problem related to the environment. There are $3,500 in cash awards available, and entries are due April 15, 2013.



Planting a Sapling_Alex IndigoPrepare Now for Spring Trees!

Looking for an activity to get your class or youth group outside while helping the local environment?  Plant some native trees for National Wildlife Week (March 18-24, 2013) with National Wildlife Federation's Trees for Wildlife program! Apply now to receive FREE trees for spring 2013. A minimum of 50 and maximum of 500 trees can be requested per location. Download your application today.


Family SummitsApply for Adventure with the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship

Now is the time to encourage your students to apply for the 2013 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship, which funds one young person between the ages of 8-18 and a parent or guardian to attend the Family Nature Summit, a week-long outdoor educational adventure camp July 6-13, 2013 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Applications due by March 29, 2013.


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