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Eco-Schools USA E-News: September 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: The Cool School Challenge: Addressing Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in K-12 Schools

The Cool School Challenge: Addressing Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in K-12 Schools

Join Eco-Schools USA as we host a U. S. Department of Education Green Strides webinar on October 9, 2013 from 4-5 pm ET. Learn how to engage the school community in an exciting carbon-reduction challenge. Register now!


  Ranger Rick Educators Offer

Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple  


The second annual Green Apple Day of Service takes place September 28, 2013. Participate in a local service project and join students, teachers, parents, elected officials and others from around the world in support of healthy, sustainable schools. Get more information and get involved.


Grow Your Garden with Whole Kids

Whole Food Kids 


Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with FoodCorps, provides $2,000 monetary grants to fund school gardens and related activities. They are accepting applications for School Garden Grants through Oct 31, 2013, with recipients announced in spring 2014. Learn more and apply.


Fall Grant Opportunities  

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


Upcoming Events

Action for Healthy Kids Webinar: Making the Case for School Wellness
Sept 18, 2013 (plus other topics and dates)

Take a Child Outside Week
Sept 24-30, 2013

National Public Lands Day
Sept 28, 2013

Green Schools National Conference
Proposals due by Sept 30, 2013
Sacramento, CA, Mar 27-29, 2014

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

   

     
 

New Video Spreads the Word about Eco-Schools USA New Video Spreads the Word about Eco-Schools USA

Would your school’s greening work benefit from more supporters? Would you like to introduce other schools to the program? We are pleased to provide you with a helpful tool. A new video, generously funded and produced by Dan and Susan Gottlieb for the National Wildlife Federation, shows Eco-Schools in action. It gives an overview of the Eco-Schools USA program and how it benefits schools and students. Share it with students, colleagues, school administrators, and community members to build support for taking your program to the next level. Click here to view the video on SchoolTube.

 
     

     
      

Student Reporters Invited to Participate in Environmental Journalism ProgramStudent Reporters Invited to Participate in Environmental Journalism Program

This month, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) USA launches Year 2 of the program. Like Eco-Schools, YRE is an international program hosted in the U.S. by the National Wildlife Federation. Students aged 13-18 investigate an environmental issue in their community and report on it in writing, photos, or video. Entries are due to the national competition on March 15, 2014 for a chance to win recognition, prizes, and advancement to the international level. Now is the perfect time to begin!

The YRE USA program is a natural fit with Eco-Schools, providing an excellent opportunity for students to:
* Delve deeper into issues raised by their Eco-Schools work.
* Develop valuable communication skills.
* Share important information with their community.

Visit www.yre-usa.org for full details.

 
     

     
 

Trees for WildlifeService Project Opportunity for After-School or Clubs! Apply for Free Trees to Plant This Fall

National Wildlife Federation’s Trees for Wildlife program is accepting applications for free native tree seedlings to plant this fall. This educational and community service program is dedicated to teaching children and adults about the important role of trees for both wildlife and our communities. You will receive free trees, planting and resource guides, and guidance from NWF staff to plan your tree-planting or community tree giveaway event. Review the guidelines and apply today. All fall applications must be received by September 21.


     

   
 

Join Us for a Kick-Off Webinar: Fall Gardening with Students and Youth GroupsJoin Us for a Kick-Off Webinar: Fall Gardening with Students and Youth Groups

October 8, 7:30-8:30 pm ET

Want to create or improve a school garden this fall, or involve students in garden-related activities? This webinar will provide you with lots of ideas to get started. Learn from fellow educators and NWF experts about the following topics:

* How to create a garden for wildlife
* Fall wildlife visitors in your garden
* Tips to plan now for spring
* Outdoor activities to engage students
* Preview of new lessons and activities—webinar participants will be eligible to receive all three sets of new lessons before the general public!

Space is limited to 200 individuals. Sign up today!


 
     

     
 

Two New Resources for Climate EducationClimateChange Live

ClimateChangeLIVE is a distance-learning adventure focused on experiencing climate science directly from climate experts. A series of webinars and other online resources presented by federal agency and NGO partners kicks off on September 25 with an introductory webinar. Register today.

Climate Change: Connections and Solutions. Climate ChangeFacing the Future has just released newly revised, free two-week curriculum units for middle school and high school. The units encourage students to think critically about climate change and collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems framework, examining interconnections among environmental, social, and economic issues. Updated to reflect the newest scientific data, the units contain valuable lessons, assessments, and student readings for a full investigation of the issues surrounding climate change.

 


 

Interest in STEM Declines Among TeensGreen Stem

Even as the number of job opportunities in STEM fields rises, new research finds that interest in STEM is declining among U.S. teens. Read the article here. Have you experienced this trend among your students? Do you think Eco-Schools and other environment-based, authentic learning opportunities can spark renewed interest in STEM? Weigh in with your thoughts on the Eco-Schools USA Facebook group.

 
 

 

 
 
 
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