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Eco-Schools USA E-News: May 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!


Please Complete the Eco-Schools USA Survey

Is your school a registered Eco-School? We want your feedback! Please take a few minutes to fill out the end-of-year survey about your experience this school year. Not only will you help us improve Eco-Schools USA and measure its impact, you could win a $75 gift card! 

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The Great American Backyard Campout is coming soon! It's a great opportunity to plan a memorable night under the stars for your students or your family. Now is the time to plan your camping adventure!    

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Honor America's wildlife legacy by holding or participating in an Endangered Species Day event on May 17.

food revolution day

Make a stand for good food and food education on May 17. Find out how to get involved in the global food revolution!  

Upcoming Events

Garden for Wildlife Month
May 2013

Green Strides Webinar Series: Engaging Your Community in Green Apple Day of Service
May 15, 2013

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

Green Living Project's Student Film Project Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 30, 2013

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

Oceanography for Educators Course
Ohio State University
July 28-Aug 3, 2013

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




Congratulations to Five New Green Flag Winners!Greenflag award

Eco-Schools USA congratulates our newest Green Flag award winners! PS 57 is the first New York City school to earn the prestigious award. Copper Mesa Elementary and Flagstone Elementary (Douglas County, CO) are the first Colorado Green Flag schools. Ben Franklin Elementary (Lawrenceville, NJ) is the second in New Jersey. Aspen Elementary (Thousand Oaks, CA) is the first in California and brings the total to 17 U.S. Green Flags thus far. Great work, everyone!



Green Ribbon Schools Announced    Green Ribbon Schools

The second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award has been granted to 64 individual schools and 14 school districts. The award honors schools' efforts to reduce environmental impacts, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. Nearly one-quarter of the schools around the nation honored with federal Green Ribbon status are also Eco-Schools, including PS 57, a recent Green Flag winner. The Eco-Schools USA framework supports all three pillars of the Green Ribbon program, and we congratulate all the honorees! 



Winning Entries Selected in Young Reporters for the Environment Competition Young Reporters no text

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) USA congratulates the winners of its inaugural environmental journalism competition. Students in two age categories (13-15 and 16-18) working in three media types (writing, photography, and video) reported on environmental issues in their communities. Read an article about the video awarded special distinction here. 



STEM Spark: Supporting Girls in STEMGreen STEM

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. This month Eco-Schools USA's new Green STEM feature brings you actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who is an advocate for girls pursuing the STEM disciplines.

Also, the Center for STEM Education for Girls is holding a Think Tank and Conference entitled "Girl Meets STEM: Developing the Next Generation of Professionals" on July 17-19, 2013 in Nashville, TN.



Turn Your Garden into a Wildlife HavenTouch a Butterfly

May is Garden for Wildlife Month, and when you find ways to turn a garden into a thriving habitat, you can be sure it will become a place of even greater wonder and fascination for students. Looking for how-to advice? You'll find lots of fun, kid-friendly wildlife gardening activities in the new book Touch a Butterfly by April Pulley Sayre.


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