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Eco-Schools USA E-News: November 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!


 

Climate Change LIVE

Climate Change Live is a distance-learning adventure focused on experiencing climate science directly from climate experts. Tune in to a series of webinars presented by federal agency and NGO partners. Register today.

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WARNING: Taking Kids Outside May Result in Smiles

Recent discussions have focused on which plaything is better: toys or nature. NWF’s Be Out There program asks, “Why does it have to be either/or?” Can’t there be room for both toys and nature? Watch the video and tell us what you think here.
Be Out There

Teach About Water with the Leaf Pack Kit

Water quality is critical for people, wildlife, and ecosystems. The NWF/Stroud Center Leaf Pack kit is a hands-on, 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.

Leaf Kit


The Story of Solutions

Watch this new video from The Story of Stuff Project and get inspired about game-changing solutions to our biggest problems.
The Story of Stuff Project


Farm to School Census Results


To what extent are schools in your state utilizing local food? You can find district, state, and national statistics here using the USDA’s Farm to School Census results.

 
Farm to School Census Results


Upcoming Events

Green Teacher Webinar: Humane Education
Dec 3, 2013

Dupont Challenge Science Essay Contest (7-12)
Deadline: Jan 31, 2014

National School Lunch Campaign Poster Contest (K-8)
Deadline: Feb 28, 2014


Green Schools National Conference
Sacramento, CA
Mar 27-29, 2014

   

     
 

Happy Thanksgiving from Eco-Schools USA!

Happy Thanksgiving from Eco-Schools USA!We are grateful for all of you—students, teachers, staff, and community members who are working hard to make your schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn. Wonderful things are happening at Eco-Schools here in the United States and around the world. During this season of giving thanks, we want to express our gratitude for your dedication and commitment to the future.

 
     

     
      

“Reframing Rio” Reignites Global Debate on Sustainability

It has been 20 years since the first Rio Earth Summit put sustainable development on the agenda, but what has happened since? More importantly, what still needs to be done? Reframing Rio is a multimedia project with an educational component that aims to engage students with the debate, foster understanding of the context of the Rio Earth Summit and Rio 20+, and encourage them to take action! Check out the Reframing Rio films and lessons, and meet children from 10 different countries to see how their lives have changed over the 20 years since the original Earth Summit.

 
     

     
 

Young Reporters for the Environment USA WebinarYoung Reporters for the Environment USA Webinar

NWF’s Young Reporters for the Environment USA competition invites students between the ages of 13-21 to investigate an environmental issue in their community and report on it in an article, photo or photo essay, or short video. Submissions to the national competition are due by March 15, 2014. National winners’ entries proceed to the international competition, joining those of students from more than 25 countries around the world.

Students and educators, tune in to this webinar to find out how to get involved in the competition and get tips for crafting a successful entry. Don’t miss this chance to get all the scoop!

DATE: November 20, 2013
TIME: 5:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 p.m. Pacific, 1 hour in length
Sign up to participate in the webinar here.


     

   
 

GreenSTEM

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. Check out the latest Eco-Schools USA Green STEM Top 10 List to find out more about authentic, engaging STEM experiences related to environmental sustainability.

The world’s environmental issues need citizens with Green STEM skills to create, design, and solve problems. Justin Hall-Tipping, in a TED talk titled Freeing Energy from the Grid, asks, “What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes?” Watch the talk to find out how that could be possible and how questioning our notion of “normal” can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.

 
     

     
 

Call for Submissions to the Student Film Project

Call for Submissions to the Student Film ProjectGreen Living Project (GLP) is excited to accept student short films for the Fall 2014 Student Film Project. In five minutes or less, students (6th grade and up) should tell a unique and compelling story about a sustainability-related project. Winning films will be screened at GLP events throughout the year. Winners also receive gear and prizes up to $1,000 in value! Visit www.glpfilms.com/studentfilmproject to submit by January 17, 2014.

 


 

Vote for the Green Schools Initiative!

Sungevity Gives BackThe Green Schools Initiative needs your help to win $20,000 to green more schools and inspire more kids! The Sungevity Gives Back contest focuses on generating positive change in the world. Cast your vote between now and December 11 to help the Green Schools Initiative fund its Nature’s Voices project to collect and share stories from youth to inspire action for a sustainable and resilient future.

 
 

 

 
 
 
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