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Eco-Schools USA E-News: October 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!


Hike & Seek

Eco Boys and Girls Books
Eco Boys and Girls is a 6-volume series of books (preschool through grade 3) that encourage kids to learn about the environment and take action to protect it.
Eco Boys and Girls Books

School Up for Salmon
Alaska Wilderness League invites classrooms around the country to “school up” to learn about the nation’s largest national forest—the Tongass. Sign up to learn about this complex ecosystem, get fun materials, and participate in a collaborative art project.

School Up for Salmon

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest


Get innovative! Involve students in using STEM to solve an environmental challenge in your community and apply for the Solve for Tomorrow contest. Compete to win a share of $2,000,000 in technology and prizes for your school.

America’s Home Energy Education Challenge

America’s Home Energy Education Challenge 

Teams of students (grades 3-8) learn about energy, create a plan to reduce energy consumption, and compete to win great prizes for their schools. Register by November 15.

Upcoming Events

NWF’s Hike and Seek Various locations
Saturdays in Oct and Nov

Earth Science Week
Oct 13-19, 2013

Recycle Bowl
Oct 21 - Nov 15, 2013

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

Make a Difference Day
Oct 26, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: Humane Education
Oct 29, 2013

World Days of Action (an international Eco-Schools event)
Nov 4-10, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: Disaster Risk Reduction
Nov 7, 2013

Green Teacher Webinar: Exploring Local Watersheds
Nov 12, 2013

America Recycles Day
Nov 15, 2013



Meet Us at the Green Schools National Conference

Meet Us at the Green Schools National ConferenceThe 4th annual Green Schools National Conference set for March 27-29, 2014 in Sacramento and sponsored by the Green Schools National Network, is riding the green wave sweeping the nation’s schools. Join 1200+ green school supporters, share your expertise, and learn from others. Don’t miss this great opportunity: Attendees from any registered Eco-School are entitled to a discounted rate. Register in the Promotional Partner section and choose “National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA” as your affiliation. Also, the first 250 registrants in October will receive a FREE Klean Kanteen!



Eco-Schools around the World Take ActionEco-School

Here are two inspiring examples of projects taken on by Eco-Schools internationally. Both campaigns invite you and your students to get involved.

Rhino Survival
In South Africa, Eco-Schools have started a drive to stop the poaching of rhinos. Poaching numbers are alarmingly high, and students created a video to address the issue and speak frankly to countries fuelling the demand for this endangered species. Watch their video here.

Walking for Water
The Walking for Water campaign began in the Netherlands and now has participants in 22 countries. Students ages 10-15 are sponsored by friends and family to carry water while walking 6 km—the average distance children in some developing countries must walk daily to procure drinking water. Students learn about global water issues while raising funds to help solve them. Learn more and find out how to organize a walk.



Food DayFocus on Sustainable Food

Food Day is an exciting new development in the movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. The celebration takes place October 24, 2013. Events are scheduled around the country, or you can sign up to host your own. Check out for information, resources, and event details.

Food Apps
Food Tank has compiled a list of useful tools for those interested in eating more healthful food, wasting less food, finding sustainable food sources, or buying seasonally. These 23 apps for mobile devices and tablets can help us all lead more environmentally sustainable, healthy, and delicious lives.



Green STEM Top 10

Educating students in the STEM disciplines (Science, Green StemTechnology, Engineering, and Math) is critical to the success of our nation and the protection of our environment. Eco-Schools USA is committed to providing teachers and students with authentic, engaging STEM experiences related to environmental sustainability. Check out the latest Eco-Schools USA Green STEM Top 10 list for a dose of inspiration and ideas.



LEAF Anthology of Urban Environmental Education

LEAFThe Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program connects urban high school teachers to share best practices in developing green curricula. The LEAF Anthology of Urban Environmental Education is a collection of lessons and projects designed to inspire high school students to think critically, get outside the classroom and apply skills from their core classes to real-world issues of environmental conservation and sustainability. Access the anthology here. Middle school teachers, check out The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere initiative for lessons appropriate for younger students.



Webinar: Fall Gardening with Students and Youth Groups

WebinarsNovember 12, 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!



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