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Eco-Schools USA E-News: August 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!


Eco-Schools USA Back-to-School Webinar

Get ready for the new year with inspirational case studies and tips to implement the program in any setting. View this archived webinar at your convenience. (Note: The webinar begins 15 minutes into the recording—you will need to fast forward.)

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Grants Offer Support for STEM Education and Other Projects  

For financial help to achieve your goals for the school year, consider applying for one of these grants. Many have a particular focus on STEM education. Find out more about Green STEM connections here.

FirstEnergy STEM Classroom Grants
Deadline: Sept 16, 2013
Service areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia

Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants
Deadline: Sept 30, 2013

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadline: Sept 30, 2013

Toshiba Science and Math Education Grants
Deadline for K-5: Oct 1, 2013
Rolling Deadline for 6-12

Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants
Deadline: Oct 15, 2013

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
Deadline: Oct 15, 2013

Westinghouse STEM Grants
Deadline: Oct 15, 2013

Recycle Bowl

Compete against other schools to see who recycles the most and win great prizes in Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle Bowl.

Climate Change Connections Curriculum Now Available in Spanish

The Eco-Schools USA/NASA Climate Change Connections curriculum, designed for grades 9-12 and utilizing NASA resources, is now available in Spanish. Click here to access both the English and Spanish curriculum.

Get To Know Contest
Upcoming Events

American Renewable Energy Day—Aspen, CO
Aug 15-18, 2013

Apple Computer Recycling Program for Schools
Register by Aug 30, 2013

Green Schools National Conference
Sacramento, CA, Mar 27-29, 2014
Proposals due by Aug 31, 2013

Eco-Schools USA/Green Strides Webinar: The Cool School Challenge
Oct 9, 2013, 4-5pm Eastern

NAAEE National Conference
Baltimore, MD
Oct 9-12, 2013

Earth Science Week
Oct 13-19, 2013



Time to Kick-Off a New School Year! Time to Kick Off a New School Year!

Back-to-school season is here again, and Eco-Schools USA wishes you a smooth transition. There are now nearly 2,600 U.S. Eco-Schools. We invite you to take a look at the results of our 2012-2013 survey and then to join us in our excitement about the year ahead!

Are you ready to take your Eco-Schools program to the next level this year? Will you tackle energy, water, transportation, food, or another of the other ten pathways? How can you get kids outdoors, active, and eager to learn this fall? What are some strategies to increase community support for your greening activities? We’ll help you get started with this back-to-school edition of the Eco-Schools USA newsletter.



Apply for Free Trees for Fall 2013Apply for Free Trees for Fall 2013

Do you run an after-school program or work with clubs? Need an engaging project to kick off the year? NWF’s Trees for Wildlife program is accepting applications for tree planting projects now through September 15. You can apply to receive FREE native tree seedlings, a tree-planting guide, and activities by grade level. To apply for this free kit, visit




NWF’s NYC Eco-Schools and ioby Partner to Bring School Greening Projects to Life

Eco-Schools in New York City are launching many inspiring school greening initiatives, and ioby (an organization whose name is the opposite of “Not In My Backyard” or NIMBY), has teamed up with these schools to support their efforts. ioby works to deepen civic engagement in cities by connecting individuals with projects in their neighborhoods. Schools use ioby’s digital platform to raise funds and recruit volunteers for their projects, and ioby provides them with specialized tools and assistance - including webinars, workshops, and social media guidance to help them succeed. Three NYC Eco-Schools projects have already been “fully funded” thanks to ioby.

Check out the NYC Eco-Schools page on ioby to see some inspiring projects and find out how this unique arrangement works. Then take a look at the main ioby site to see if it can help you succeed wherever you are!



Teach About Water With This Educational Activity KitTeach About Water With This Educational Activity Kit

Water and water quality are critical for people, wildlife, and ecosystems. A hands-on, interactive, outdoor lab unit is a motivating way for students to explore water quality. The NWF/Stroud Center Leaf Pack kit is a scientific stream-testing kit for measuring the numbers and kinds of invertebrates in streams to determine water quality. It comes with the opportunity to post and compare data on the Leaf Pack Network® website.



How Does Your Garden Grow? How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you have a school garden or habitat, now is the time to get students involved in assessing how it fared over the summer. It’s also a great time to begin designing and creating a new garden to enhance your school grounds. NWF’s Schoolyard Habitats and Eco-Schools USA program have all the tools and resources you need to do both. Download guides for starting or assessing a garden here. You’ll also find great lesson plans, activities and other resources.

If you have a certified habitat and want to highlight your achievement, you can order a Schoolyard Habitat sign. Special pricing available for limited time.




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