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Eco-Schools USA E-News: January 2013

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!


EcoMyths logo

Bombarded by conflicting information about how to be green? EcoMyths calls upon an all-star alliance of experts from respected nature institutions to bust myths and provide you with just the facts, so that you can make the best green decisions for you, your family and nature.  Check out their resources.

NGSS logo

A public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is available for review until January 29, 2013. All science educators, administrators, and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to provide feedback during the comment period.  

GetEdFunding logo

Looking for funding for your Eco-Schools projects? A new website,, offers information about 750 active education grants and awards.

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

Upcoming Events

Green Strides Webinar: Farm to School Program (USDA)
Jan 23, 2013

 Green Strides Webinar: Eyes on the Earth - Global Climate Change (NASA)
Jan 30, 2013

Green Strides Webinar: An Energy-Literate Citizenry
Feb 6, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: Using Insects to Motivate Students
Feb 7, 2013

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

National Wildlife Week Webinar
Feb 20, 2013

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



Resolve to Get Outside in 2013Boy in snow_iStock 

This January, make a resolution to GET OUTSIDE! Take the pledge to Be Out There. Spending time outside is good for kids' minds, bodies, and spirits - and yours too.
Winter may be in full force, but it doesn't have to mean less quality time outside enjoying nature. It's a great time to bundle up and head outside, and Be Out There can help. Check out the brand new How Not to Hibernate Winter Activity Guide. It's full of tips, ideas, games and more to help you get outside in the colder months of winter. 



Schoolyard Habitats SignSchoolyard Habitats sign - Ranger Rick Approved!  

Introducing a specially designed Schoolyard Habitats® sign exclusively for NWF certified Schoolyard Habitats sites. The sign provides a way for schools to show off their wildlife garden pride and highlight the importance of outdoor learning. A limited-time offer to purchase the sign at highly discounted $25 per sign is available until the end of January. Order your sign today!



Young Reporters Competition Deadline is March 15Young Reporters no text

The deadline is approaching for the first-ever Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) competition in the United States. Students ages 13-18 are invited to participate in YRE-USA by reporting on environmental issues in writing, photos, or video. National winners in each category will earn prizes and advance to the international competition. Submissions due by March 15, 2013 at



National Wildlife Week Webinar

NWW logoWhat do black bears, flying squirrels and cicadas all have in common? They all need trees! This year National Wildlife Week (March 18-24, 2013) is "Branching Out for Wildlife" - celebrating trees and their importance to wildlife and people. Join us for a webinar that will help educators prepare for National Wildlife Week on February 20th at 4:00 pm ET. Learn about 45 species of trees and wildlife in the U.S. and get fun lessons and activities you can do with your students during National Wildlife Week.


Family SummitsContest for Youth: Win a Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure!

Would your child or one of your students love to go on a week-long nature adventure? NWF is offering a contest for children between the ages of 8-18 to attend a week-long camp in Maine this summer with a parent/guardian compliments of the 2013 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship. Children must submit an essay to enter. Deadline is March 29, 2013. 


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