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Eco-Schools USA E-News: March 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!


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How Will You Celebrate National Wildlife Week?

National Wildlife Week is coming right up on March 18-24! Join us as we celebrate trees and their importance to wildlife and people. Let us know what you’re doing to celebrate.

YRE Meeting in Malta

22 Countries Represented at Young Reporters Meeting

Last month, delegates from 22 of the 27 countries operating the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) program met in Malta. Read more about the meeting here. Don't forget to submit entries to the YRE USA competition by this Friday, March 15!    


Great American Backyard Campout

Now's the time to get all the details about the 9th Annual Great American Backyard Campout. Learn how you can join us this June for a night under the stars!

Webinar: Take Action for Earth Day 

Looking for service project ideas and ways to engage in a project that will help your community and the environment? Join us for a webinar on March 27 to explore project ideas with impact. Hear from students about how they organized projects that made a difference in their communities. Sign up now 

Upcoming Events

National Wildlife Week
March 18-24, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: Transforming Education Toward a More Sustainable Future
March 28, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: 21st Century Tools for Environmental Learning in the Community
April 3, 2013

National Environmental Education Week
April 14-20, 2013

NSTA STEM Forum and Expo
St. Louis, Missouri
May 15-18, 2013

Endangered Species Day
May 17, 2013



Spring Has Sprung! It's Time to Take Learning Outdoorskids and teacher gardening

Spring is coming soon, if it hasn't already arrived in your region. Now is the time to make a plan for teaching and learning outdoors. National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitats program has lots of ideas for how to take learning outside, how to create school gardens, and how to make the best use of existing schoolyard gardens. Watch recordings of our webinars, download free online lessons, and get advice from our Schoolyard Habitats How-to Manual. Make the most of the new season!  



Cows in the Garden Calf courtesy of Jill Weingarten  

Eco-Schools are sprouting all over New York City! At PS 69 Journey Prep School in the Bronx, a bountiful garden serves as a hands-on laboratory for lessons on composting, nutrition, plants, and wildlife habitat. For Jill Weingarten, the school's Sustainability Coordinator and an avid gardener, the garden is a constant source of inspiration in her teaching. It even led to a visit from Rainbow, a 7-day-old calf! Get the whole story in this blog post.



Climate Change Connections: A High School CurriculumNASA logo

Looking for authentic STEM-based learning opportunities for your high school students? If your school is working on the Energy or Climate Change pathways in the Eco-Schools program, we can help you engage your students in data collection and analysis, nonfiction reading, critical thinking and problem solving. All of these skills are highlighted in the Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections curriculum, a collaboration between NASA and Eco-Schools USA.



Eco-Schools Mentor Visits from WalesLesley Jones and Laura Hickey

The Eco-Schools USA team was thrilled to host Lesley Jones, our Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) mentor, this past week. Lesley is the Chief Executive Officer for Keep Wales Tidy, which operates the Wales Eco-Schools program. Lesley says, "I was so impressed with all the work that is going on to develop the Eco-Schools and YRE programmes in the USA." Lesley's visit included a trip to see Churchill Road Elementary School, a Green Flag Eco-School.


Celebrate World Water Daywalking for water

March 22 is World Water Day. The Walking for Water Campaign draws attention to the importance, and scarcity, of clean water around the world. See how students are learning about water issues and raising funds to solve them, and find out how you can organize your own Walking for Water event. Don't miss the 'Just Water' films, made by an eleven-year-old who traveled with his family from Holland to Bangladesh to see how water impacts the lives of kids there.


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