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Eco-Schools USA E-News: February 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!


 Green Ribbon Schools

Healthy Living - Healthy Students Webinar

Join Eco-Schools USA and the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program for a webinar focusing on the value of outdoor time in helping students live healthier lives. Part of the Green Strides Webinar Series, the webinar will take place February 27, 2013 at 4 pm Eastern. Register to participate here.

USDA Farm to School Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting a
pplications for the latest round of Farm to School grants. These grants help eligible schools improve the health and well-being of their students and connect with local agricultural producers. Learn how to apply here.  


Sustainability Curriculum Aligned with Eco-Schools USA Pathways 

The Green Living Project, a partner of Eco-Schools USA, has aligned their sustainability curriculum with the Eco-Schools USA pathways. The curriculum, “Students Connecting to Global Sustainability,” uses multimedia and technology to bring unique sustainability-centered education into the classroom. Check out the curriculum and how it can help you achieve your Eco-Schools goals here.  

Upcoming Events

National Wildlife Week Webinar
Feb 20, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: "Transforming Education Towards a More Sustainable Future"
Feb 21, 2013

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

Green Teacher Webinar: "Multi-Culturalism and Environmental Learning"
Feb 28, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: "The Importance of Place in Climate Change Education"
Mar 7, 2013

National Environmental Education Week
April 14-20, 2013




Green Flags Fly in IllinoisCristo Rey Green Flag ceremony

Two more schools have achieved the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award! Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep and the Academy for Global Citizenship are both located in the Chicago area and participate in the HSBC Eco-Schools Climate Initiative, through which they made great strides in decreasing their carbon footprints. Eco-Schools USA congratulates these two schools on their stellar efforts to improve the environment and their communities! Read more about their recent award ceremonies in this blog post.



National Wildlife Week - March 18-24Chickadee by Donna Dewhurst   

What do black bears, flying squirrels and cicadas all have in common? They all need trees! This year National Wildlife Federation is "Branching Out for Wildlife" to celebrate trees and their importance to wildlife and people. Join the celebration! Learn about 45 species of trees and wildlife in the United States and download fun lessons and activities you can do with your students during National Wildlife Week. Send a message to to let us know how you’re celebrating!



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



Bee Smart School Garden KitBee Smart

Apply now to receive a free Pollinator Partnership school garden kit. Designed for grades 3-6, the kit guides students through a discovery process as they work to create habitat for pollinators. Students build understanding of science, math, and language arts and develop a connection with plants, pollinators, food, and gardens. The kit includes pre- and post-tests, 10 lesson plans with reproducibles, and materials for lesson plan activities.


"Ranger Rick Restores Recess" CampaignRanger Rick

As many as thirty percent of elementary schools in the United States—serving nine million children—do not have daily school recess. National Wildlife Federation has launched a new campaign, "Ranger Rick Restores Recess," to bring daily recess back to America’s schoolyards. Parents and teachers can advocate for recess at their children’s schools, encourage local school districts to adopt a daily recess policy, and conduct a recess policy audit to evaluate their school’s current policy. Find helpful recess-related tools and resources here.


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