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Eco-Schools USA E-News: April 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!


Webinar: Eco-Schools USA Dashboard

All registered Eco-Schools now have a school profile page where you can display information about your accomplishments. Join us on May 7, 2013 from 7-8 pm Eastern to learn how to use your dashboard to help you meet your goals. 

student film project

Green Living Project is now accepting student short films for the Spring 2013 Student Film Project. Films should tell a unique and compelling story about a project related to sustainability in 5 minutes or less. Open to students in grade 6 and above. Submission deadline: May 30, 2013.    

Ranger RickRanger Rick Children's Apps on Sale

To celebrate Earth Day, National Wildife Federation's new children's apps will be on sale for one whole week!  Ranger Rick’s Treehouse and Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures-Lions will be just $1.99, a 60% savings off the $4.99 full price, from April 22 through April 29.

2013 photo contest

National Wildlife Photo Contest 

National Wildlife Federation's 43rd annual Photo Contest  is open for entries from now through July 15. There is a youth category for teens ages 13-17. Get the details and submit entries here.  

Upcoming Events

Mathematics Awareness Month: The Mathematics of Sustainability
April 2013

National Environmental Education Week
April 14-20, 2013

Earth Day
April 22, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: The Importance of Place in Climate Change Education
April 25, 2013

Garden for Wildlife Month
May 2013

NAAEE Webinar: Resources for Designing and Implementing Effective EE Programs
May 8, 2013

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

School Sustainability Leaders Summit
Application deadline May 15, 2013
Washington, D.C.
June 26-28, 2013

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education Summer Design Studio
Various dates, Summer 2013



Eco-Schools USA Case Study: Making Biking a PriorityBike Train courtesy of Nike

When Jeff Anderson requested bike racks at his children’s school in the fall of 2008, he had no idea this simple request would lead to him playing a key role in supporting the Safe Routes to Schools initiative in his Virginia school district. Read more about how Jeff's bike train gets students safely to school and get tips for starting your own bike-to-school program.  



Celebrate Endangered Species Dayendangered species day   

Endangered Species Day is May 17, 2013. Celebrate America's wildlife legacy - and the 40th anniversary of the federal Endangered Species Act - by holding or participating in an event. Find resources for educators and more information about events here.



Introducing STEM SparkAcademy for Global Citizenship CFL

Educating students in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is critical to the success of our nation and the protection of our environment. Eco-Schools USA is uniquely positioned to provide teachers and students with authentic, engaging STEM experiences related to environmental sustainability.

In conjunction with National Environmental Education Week 2013 and its focus on Greening STEM, we are pleased to introduce a new section of the Eco-Schools USA website dedicated to STEM information and resources. We will also feature STEM content regularly in upcoming editions of this e-newsletter - keep an eye out for the STEM Spark!

If you have ideas, questions, or recommendations related to the interconnections between Eco-Schools USA and STEM, please contact us at with STEM in the subject line.



The Face of Climate ChangeEarth Day Network Face of Climate

The Face of Climate Change campaign seeks to harness the power of Earth Day to personalize the massive challenge that climate change presents, while uniting people around the globe into a powerful call to action. Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals, and places affected by climate change, as well as images of people doing their part in the fight against climate change. An interactive digital display of all the images will be shown at thousands of events around the world — from schools to parks to government buildings — on and around Earth Day.  

We know you are already acting around climate change, so this year our Earth Day message is simple. Take some pictures. Share them. The goal is 10,000 faces from around the world.



Food Revolution Day is May 17food revolution day

Food Revolution Day is a global day of action for people to make a stand for good food and essential cooking skills. It’s a chance for people to come together in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities to cook together and share skills, knowledge and resources about food. Food Revolution Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of good food and better food education. Visit Food Revolution Day to get involved, host an event at your school on May 17, and join the global food revolution!


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