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12 July 2019


Spreading the Word about Wildlife Trade Issues

TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Visit their website to learn about their conservation projects around the world; and, explore a selection of expert perspectives on current issues within wildlife trade, conservation and sustainable development. Excellent curricular resources!

Visit TRAFFIC website »

22 May 2019

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Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?

Produced as part of the North American Association for Environmental Education initiative Environmental Issues Forums, which provides teachers and students with tools, training, and support to address difficult issues affecting the environment and communities, this guide for high school educators offers background information on deliberation, information about using the guide in the classroom, and material to help teachers moderate a student forum on the topic. It also includes resources for teaching climate change.

Teachers Guide »

22 May 2019

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NOAA Ocean and Coats Resource Collections

NOAA offers resource collections to encourage K-12 educators and students to learn more about ocean topics such as Gulf oil spills, ocean acidification, ocean currents, ocean floor features, ocean pollution, tides, and tsunamis. The collections include data-based resources using actual NOAA data, lesson plans and activities, multimedia resources, background information, and career information relating to each theme.

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22 May 2019

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FWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation Web Page

The Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) National Wildlife Refuge System Fish and Aquatic Conservation web page is a source for education resources for all ages on Conserving America’s Fisheries. Access lesson plans and student activity guides that support state and national standards, as well as videos, activity booklets, handouts, and education guides on conservation topics.

Visit website »

2 May 2019

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Watch a Red-tailed Hawk Chick Hatch on Camera

On Monday, the first chick hatched in the seventh season of our Red-tailed Hawk live cam. Big Red (the mom) and Arthur (the dad) are feeding meals to the youngsters right now. Watch the amazing close-up highlight of the first chick hatching, one of the fuzzy chick's first meals the next morning as the second chick starts to hatch, or check in on how the third egg is doing right now.

Visit The CornellLab of Ornithology »

31 March 2019

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Use Earth Day 2019 Toolkits to Protect Our Species

April 22nd marks the 49th anniversary of the first Earth Day and the Earth Day Network has designated the theme of this year's Earth Day "Protect Our Species!" You are invited to join the Earth Day 2019 campaign to respond to the threats that are affecting the survival of all species, including our own Earth Day Network has developed toolkits that contain ideas for actions and resources to help you and your communities participate in Earth Day 2019's Protect Our Species campaign. If you are ready to take the lead in educating and activating others to Protect Our Species, here are some suggestions for you:

  • Organize an Event on Earth Day
  • Host a Teach-In
  • Take Part in Climate Education Week
  • Mobilize your Campus
  • Join the "Protect Our Species" communications campaign using the #EarthDay2019 and #ProtectOurSpecies and tagging @EarthDayNetwork.

Earth Day Network Toolkits and other resources »

23 February 2019

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Registration for Case Studies in Science Workshop from NCCSTS is Open

The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) is pleased to announce this summer's Case Studies in Science Workshop will be held May 20-24, 2019 on the campus of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

The case study method is a powerful pedagogical technique for teaching science because it humanizes science and effectively illustrates scientific methodology and values. Moreover, since many of the best cases are based on contemporary science problems featured in the news, the use of cases in the classroom makes science relevant to students. This five-day workshop focuses on training science faculty (all levels) to teach with case studies, to write their own cases, and to assess their students' learning with cases. During the final two days of the workshop, participants will teach a case they developed before a live student audience.
Please note: The registration fee for the workshop is $975 and includes sessions, materials, a one-year subscription to the case study collection, and limited participant support.

Register now »

21 January 2019

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America's Wetlands

This EPA resource will give high school students and teachers a better understanding of the variety of wetlands, their importance, how they are threatened, and what can be done to conserve them for future generations. A Wetlands Factsheet Series provides an introduction to wetlands and offers information on how to teach about them, their economic benefits, types of wetlands, and wetland restoration, among other topics.

It also offers a comprehensive collection of wetland resources from the EPA and top universities and conservation organizations. Categories include: Activities, Teaching Guides and Materials, Education Programs, Videos, and links to additional resources.

For more information »

21 January 2019

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NPR Launches Student Podcast Challenge

Be a part of the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Students around the country are invited to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win a grand prize and have their work appear on NPR.

Resources for teachers, including a podcasting curriculum guide are available at Teacher's Podcasting Guide.

Visit the submission guide to find suggested prompts, guidelines for submissions, and a list of questions you might have. But before you do anything, it's important to read the official rules.

Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2019. Winners will be announced in April. The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered.

For more information »

8 January 2019

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What to use to teach environmental health and climate change?

The answer to this question was recently posted on an NAAEE eeNews blog. What do you use to teach climate change?

16 December 2018

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High-resolution Global Maps of 21st-century Forest Cover Change

Our understanding of how forests change remains limited, due to our inability to observe them over time. In a study by Hansen et al., satellite imagery (Landsat) was used to map global-scale forest cover changes from 2000 to 2012 at high spatial resolution. With this information, they determined how forests change in different countries and biomes (tropical, temperate, etc.) and were able to investigate the major causes of forest change around the world. The methods and results provided here can be used by countries and agencies that are interested in monitoring forest change for management and conservation.

The Earth Engine team at Google has made data from this research paper available for use in the classroom. Google's Global Forest Change Explorer web application contains maps that are available for interactive analysis as well as an accompanying educator guide.

Visit annotated research paper and teaching materials »

24 November 2018


An Educator’s Guide to the Marine Environment

Developed by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, this easy-to-use guide introduces K-12 audiences to the marine environment and fosters ocean literacy through lessons exploring themes of Ocean health, Ocean Acidification, Ocean Exploration, and Marine Industry. Each theme contains three lessons. For example, in the ocean Exploration lessons, elementary students conduct a coastal Scavenger Hunt: middle level students Build Your Own Underwater Exploration Vehicle; and high school students study the behavior of Waves and Light in the Ocean.

All of the lessons support the NGSS and can be used in both formal and informal settings as either stand-alone content or to supplement lessons in other areas.

Use resource »

24 November 2018

National Parks From Space

National Parks - From Space

Take a virtual visit to more than 60 national parks from the vantage of space. Read articles selected from NASA’s Earth Observatory website to learn about the parks’ unique geology, ecology, and cultural history. Use the resource with middle and high school students to demonstrate the many ways satellite imagery is being used to help us observe geological processes at work, enhance our understandings of interactions at play within various ecosystems, and expand our perspective about the human connection to and cultural importance of national parks and monuments.

National Parks website »

24 November 2018

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World’s Largest K-12 STEM Competition Motivates Students to Excel

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision challenges K-12 students to come up with innovative technology ideas that could exist 20 years in the future.

What Sets ExploraVision Apart:

  • Encourages students to imagine technologies that could provide solutions to global and community problems including environmental, medical, and social issues.
  • Builds collaborative project-based learning on an interdisciplinary project.
  • Moves towards performance-based assessments of science and problem-solving abilities.

ExploraVision Facts:

  • Free to enter!
  • Up to $240,000 in prizes and savings bonds awarded each year. National winners will receive an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

For more information »

5 November 2018

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Registration Open for NOAA Planet Stewards Webinar

The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project is pleased to welcome Don Duggan-Haas, Director of Teacher Programs at The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), and Dr. Ingrid Zabel, Climate Change Education Manager at PRI as featured speakers for a special webinar.

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change is a free resource that offers a clear overview of the physical science of climate change while also addressing the social science that makes teaching about it a different kind of challenge than teaching photosynthesis (for example). The book and this presentation also dig into the science and its scary implications without losing hope. The session will include an overview of the book, discussion of how and why to keep hope in approaching the teaching of climate change, and time for open discussion.

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change webinar is on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm EST. Space is limited!

Click here to reserve your seat! »

21 October 2018

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Explore the WikiWatershed Toolkit

The Stroud Water Research Center’s award-winning WikiWatershed, a national web toolkit, isdesigned to help citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. The Monitor My Watershed component helps discover and map monitoring data from multiple federal, state, academic, and citizen sources. The Model My Watershed component helps analyze geospatial data, model storms, and compare conservation or development scenarios in a watershed.

Visit WikiWatershed »

10 October 2018

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Time Is Running Out To Control Climate Change,
U.N. Report Says

The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, United Nations scientists say. Help your students understand this report
with NSTA's resources on teaching climate change.

Visit UN Climate Change »

12 September 2018

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Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grants

These grants of up to $1,000 fund environmental service-learning projects that link the classroom with the real world. Previously funded projects have included school gardens, outdoor classrooms, habitat restorations, recycling programs, and energy conservation projects.

Applicants must have attended a Project Learning Tree workshop, and projects must secure at least 50% matched funds and involve at least one community partner. Apply by September 30, 2018.

Visit Project Learning Tree website »

12 September 2018
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New Visions Science Curricula

High School Science teachers, this site offers thousands of adaptable, teacher-tested instructional materials for your classrooms. Developed by New Visions for Public Schools, the Open Educational Resource collection offers curricular materials across a range of content areas, including full courses exploring the Living Environment and Earth Science and introductory units for chemistry and physics. Other resources help teachers plan more effectively and improve student learning.

Visit Curriculum »

12 September 2018
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The Ocean Today Videos

Explore the evolution, biology, beauty, and benefits of corals and coral reefs, as well as the science behind acidifications and bleaching, through the videos of NOAA’s multimedia exhibit, The Ocean Today. Written for the middle level and suitable for family audiences, each short (about three minutes) video features live footage of a coral reef with commentary from shark researcher and National Aquarium educator Symone Johnson. An embed code makes it easy for teachers to incorporate the clips into multimedia lessons, and the site has links to articles with more information and “Fast Facts” about each video topic.

Visit The Oceans Today »

12 September 2018
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EnviroAtlas in the Classroom

EnviroAtlas, a web-based tool that combines interactive maps, analysis tools, and interpretive information on ecosystem goods and services. The resource empowers K-16 educators and other users to answer their own environmental questions by providing access to map-bases environmental data from EPA and its partners and teaching users how to work with the information. Start with the introductory video to learn about EnviroAtlas and its capabilities, then check out the materials in each section for more specific guidance on working with the site’s more than 300 interactive maps and supporting articles.

EPA has also developed three interactive learning modules for using EnviroAtlas data in K-16 classrooms. Each module supports the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and includes outdoor learning activities and the use of hands-on, interactive technology.

Visit EnviroAtlas »

12 September 2018
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Island of the Blue Dolphins Online Resources

In 1960, Scott O’Dell wrote Island of the Blue Dolphins, a historical fiction novel for young adults based on the life of a Native American woman who spent 18 years in isolation on San Nicolas Island, one of eight Channel Islands off the southern California coast. The novel remains a favorite reading in many K-college classrooms, and NPS has developed a website for teachers (including science teachers) to enhance its use. The website offers primary and secondary source materials related to the 19th century events and people that inspired the novel. For example, the website highlights several natural and cultural resources mentioned in the book (and currently protected in Channel Islands National Park), including images and footage of elephant seals, cormorants, kelp beds and archaeological sites.

Visit National Parks Service website »

12 September 2018
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Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants

These grants of up to $5,000 support teachers of grades 6-12 with innovative classroom project ideas in science or mathematics. Successful projects often tap into students’ natural curiosity, enable them to ask their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners. For requests of $5,000 or less are accepted year round; those for $5,000 or more are due on November 1, 2018.

Visit Toshiba website »

29 May 2018
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Environmental Education Activities for Teacher Educators
These environmental education activities have been created for teacher educators by teacher educators. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation (DRL 1638420), members of Wisconsin’s higher education programs were invited to participate in two workshops that provided professional development and time to create these activities.

The teacher educators have also implemented these activities in their own courses.The resource includes 34 activities that could be used to teach a range of disciplines and licensure levels. Additionally, they are aligned with the Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence (NAAEE, 2017).

View activities »

29 August 2018

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Get Your Green On with Planet Power Presentations at NABT2018

Have you developed an amazing lesson, demonstration, lab, or another resource to teach life science sustainability and/or regeneration that works?

NABT invites you to strut your sustainability stuff in San Diego. We're looking for 10-minute "Planet Power Presentations" for a NEW peer-reviewed session to take place on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 AM, at the NABT Professional Development Conference in San Diego, CA.

This is an open call and educators from ALL levels are invited to submit their presentations.

  • Submissions will highlight a teaching resource that can be shared in 10 minutes followed by a brief Q&A session. Lesson plans, laboratory instructions, papers, etc. are all acceptable.
  • Resources aligned with standards like NGSS are especially encouraged.
  • All resources will be shared online in "proceedings" posted on the NABT website.

The deadline for submissions is October 1 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Please send questions to Teddie Phillipson-Mower at

Submit a proposal »

31 July 2018
Environmental Education Conference
For more than four decades, NAAEE has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices. The annual Research Symposium, held in advance of the conference, attracts new and established researchers to examine in-progress EE research and promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners.

Research Symposium/Workshops: October 9–10
Conference: October 10–13
Spokane Convention Center, WA

More Details on NAAEE 2018 Conference »

30 May 2018
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Educating for Sustainability
The Nature Institute provides various resources for educators and parents, including an Online Guide to the transformative approach to educating for sustainability.
Read the Online Guide »

25 April 2018

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Earth Educators’ Rendezvous

Earth education teachers and graduate students at all levels, STEM education researchers, and administrators who want to improve their programs are invited to attend the 2018 Earth Educator’s Rendezvous at the University of Kansas in Lawrence during July 16-20. Through a combination of workshops, plenary talks, panel discussions, and teaching demonstrations, participants will learn new teaching approaches, discover ways to get involved in research in the field, prepare for an academic career, and discuss various ways to address teaching and learning challenges. Early bird registration ends on May 1, 2018.

Register online at this website »

26 April 2018

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National Green Week/Green in Action Award

Each year, the Green Education Foundation (GEF) encourages K-12 schools to highlight sustainability for one week in February, March, or April as part of its National Green Week initiative. The foundation provides five-day, standards-based lesson sets; activities; and reading, and holds contests focused on various green themes, such as the “Green Thumb Challenge,” the “Green Building Program,” or “I Ride Green.” Schools can participate for the entire week, for just one day, or use just one lesson from the curriculum. Afterward, participants submit a survey and can nominate their programs or projects for a Green in Action Award of $250. Apply by April 30, 2018.

For more information »

19 April 2018


2018 Climate Education Academy

This summer NOAA, DE Sea Grant and MADE CLEAR are partnering to offer the 2018 Climate Education Academy, An Earth Systems Science Professional Learning Opportunity, and would like to invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Academy Goals:

  • Participants will know major climate change content, including the causes and mechanisms of climate change; evidence for the human role in climate change; regionaland global impacts of climate change; and solutions to address and mitigate climate change impacts
  • Participants will be familiar with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) connections and teaching ideas for each of the four main climate topics covered in the Academy
  • Participants will know where to find climate change science information and data, climate change education resources, and people to contact for guidance
  • Participants will develop a plan for teaching about climate change and framing it in the context of a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)
  • Participants will develop a plan for their own continuing professional learning in climate change education.

Dates: Monday, May 21, 2018, 7:00pm to Thursday, June 28, 2018, 8:00pm

Learn more »

11 April 2018

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A Science Training Opportunity in Water Quality

The Wildlands Conservancy of Emmaus, PA, is offering a FREE Volunteer Water Quality Training program to people looking to become citizen scientists. The event is a day of hands-on stream training. Data quality standards, testing tools and reporting methods – you’ll learn it all! Plus, you can become part of a volunteer force who helps monitor the water in the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers! The training is April 28, 9am – 3pm at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus. You must register for the event.

Learn more and register »

10 April 2018

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Patagonia Environmental Grants

These grants go to small, grassroots activist organizations aimed at preserving and protecting the environment. The company funds work that is action-oriented, builds public involvement and support, and protects local habitat. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available. Apply by April 30, 2018.

For more information »

25 March 2018

A Guide to the Energy of the Earth

In this animated lesson produced by TEDEd Originals, educator Joshua M. Sneideman examines the many ways in which energy cycles through our planet, from the Sun to our food chain to electricity and beyond. Targeted for high school students, the lesson is divided into four sections: Watch, which presents the animated video content; Think, which offers a set of 10 open-ended and multiple-choice questions on the topic; Dig Deeper, which highlights additional web resources about energy; and Discuss, which enables students to share what they’ve learned or ask questions in an online forum.

Find this lesson »

13 March 2018


Climate Generation’s Institute for Climate Change Education

Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom. Hear from experts and scientists on their research on climate science and climate change solutions. Engage with hands-on activities that help bring climate change concepts into your educational setting. Explore Climate Generation’s Next Generation Climate curriculum, a six-lesson, inter-disciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum. The institute will be held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, June 26-28. Clock hours and graduate credits are available.

Learn more »

22 February 2018

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Endangered Species Day

The 13th annual international Endangered Species Day on May 18, 2018 offers biology, ecology and other teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways they can participate in Endangered Species Day (first approved by the U.S. Senate in 2006), such as:

  • Plan a school-wide Endangered Species Day fair with exhibits.
  • Arrange a special display in the school library or cafeteria.
  • Invite a local expert to speak to the school/class.
  • Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project.
  • Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden or other location.

Depending on your school schedule, you can plan events earlier in May or on Endangered Species Day itself. Once a specific activity is planned, the class can register it on the Endangered Species Day website.

Be sure to check out the resource materials in the Endangered Species Day Toolkit on the website. The website also features a Teacher Resource Center/Teacher Forum.

For more information »

19 February 2018


DOE Solar Decathlon Energy Resources Picks

Check out the K-12 energy education resources recommended by the DOE’s Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition in which student teams design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. Notable resources include the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project’s Energy Infobooks, which feature fact sheets describing major energy sources, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, and other energy topics. Exploring Photovoltaics, a unit for grades 9-12, teaches students how solar energy is used to generate electricity.

Educational materials »

30 January 2018


Apply Now for the 2018 EE Local Grant Program

Up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available. EPA expects to award three to four grants in each of EPA's ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide.Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment. Proposals are due March 15, 2018.

Learn more »

25 January 2018

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Call for Proposals: NABT2018 in (warm and sunny) San Diego

Submit your session proposal online at NABT2018 Session Proposals. NABT will accept sessions until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The NABT Professional Development Committee is looking for sessions that cover a full range of topics relevant to biology and life science education. In addition to content-specific sessions, presentations highlighting instructional strategies and science practices are encouraged. Formats in this call for proposals include 30 and 75-minute options in a variety of formats. All sessions will be reviewed and acceptance notifications will be emailed to primary presenters by May 1, 2018.

Submit a proposal »

20 January 2018

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Ocean Tracks Curriculum

Targeted for undergraduates but also appropriate for high school students, this curriculum from the Education Development Center’s Oceans of Data Institute and its partners teaches students how to use the Ocean Tracks map interface to explore authentic scientific data - including environmental and tracking data for elephant seals, Laysan Albatross, white sharks, and tuna. Through learning modules, students develop skills in analyzing data, spotting patterns, and extracting useful information from big datasets. Titles include Fact of Artifact? Interpreting Patterns in Ocean Tracks Data; Faster, Farther, Deeper: Exploring the Physiology of Highly Migratory Ocean Predators; Do You Come Here Often? The Making of Biological Hotspots; Saving Sharks; Proposing a New Marine Protected Area; and What’s Up in the Pacific Ocean? Connecting Productivity and Tuna Migration.

Educational materials »

14 January 2018

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Discovering Farmland

An education initiative from the U.S Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and Discovery Education offers lessons, digital explorations, and 360 videos for high school students that focus on critical issues impacting the agriculture industry. The lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards and explore sustainability, the new science behind farming, and entrepreneurship. Digital explorations, such as Your Shopping Experience, introduce students to the meaning behind food labels as they click through items at a virtual grocery store and learn about terms like genetically modified crops, grass-fed proteins, and USDA Organic certification. The 360 videos provide glimpses of new developments in agriculture, including automatic feeders, robotic milkers, seed technologies, and Smart Farms.

Access educational materials »

14 January 2018

American Honda Foundation Grants

The American Honda Foundation (AHF) funds youth education programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the environment. Grants of between $20,000 and $75,000 are available. Programs should be imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic, or innovative. Public and private K-12 schools, public school districts, and nonprofit organizations that haven’t previously received AHF grants can apply by February 1.

Learn more »

08 January 2018


Fund for Teachers Grants

Educators can use these grants to support professional development experiences of their own design. Individuals receive up to $5000, and teams receive up to $10,000 to conduct their own summer projects. PreK-12 teachers, curriculum specialists or heads, special education coordinators, media specialists, and librarians who have at least three years of teaching experience and spend 50% of their time directly teaching students are eligible.

Application instructions vary by state; check eligibility and apply online by January 31.

Learn more »

04 January 2018

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Call for Workshop Proposals!

PAEE (Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators) is seeking proposals for presentations and workshops at the upcoming 2018 PAEE Conference on Monday, March 12th and Tuesday, March 13th in State College, PA. The theme of this year’s conference – Growing from Our Roots – explores how programs can include local lore and native cultures to increase people's attachment to the environment in their community. Deadline to be a presenter is Jan 15, 2018!

Learn more »

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06 November 2017

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Free Webinar: Integrating Civic Action into K-12 Teaching

Learn how to create fun, engaging activities in your classroom to foster youth voice and civic engagement. Presented by Earth Force, this webinar features Dr. Debra Rowe, the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, and will help you teach about green energy and climate change in the classroom and empower students to take actions to protect the environment and create a better society.

Dr. Rowe will also provide strategies to improve student learning using high impact learning practices.

The webinar will be on November 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern.

Learn more »

12 October 2017

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CalAcademy’s Science Video Vault

Engaging topics highlighted in these video resources from the California Academy of Sciences include How Hummingbirds Hover, Why Protect Pollinators, Photosynthesis Seen from Space, Live Penguin Webcams, and The Living Soil Beneath Our Feet. The videos explore topics in Earth, Energy, Ecosystems, Engineering, Human Impacts, Ocean, Space, and Weather and Climate, with content available for use with every grade level. The website also presents ideas for using the videos in the classroom.

Visit Science Video Vault »

12 October 2017

Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change

Targeted for high school chemistry educators and instructors of introductory college science courses, this set of peer-reviewed, interactive, web-based materials explores the underlying science of climate change. Filled with interactive features such as embedded vocabulary definitions, clickable learning tools, and visualizations/animations of various Earth processes, the set contains nine lessons focused on the fundamental chemistry involved in processing affecting Earth’s radiation balance and climate. Each Lesson has a “Test Your Knowledge” section with comprehension questions that reiterate key ideas.

Visit website »

12 October 2017


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Basic Ozone Layer Science

This website presents a comprehensive yet straightforward explanation of the ozone layer and ozone depletion for high school students. It includes links to key resources on the topic, such as Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer, and links to additional information and resources from organizations dedicated to ozone layer research and protection. Another useful page describes the health and environmental effects of ozone depletion on humans, plants, marine ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, and materials.

Visit EPA website »

14 September 2017

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Target Field Trip Grants

Target provides grants to K-12 schools within 100 miles of a Target store. Field trips should connect students’ classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences and take place between January and the end of the school year. Grants up to $700 are available. Apply by October 1.

For more information »

14 September 2017

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Fruit Tree 101 Program

The program brings fruit-tree orchards to schoolyards so students can improve the quality of air and water while creating a source of tasty snacks for decades to come. Recipients must be nonprofits, public schools, or government entities that own the planting site (or have long-term arrangements to remain at the planting site), are committed to caring for the trees in perpetuity, have a source of irrigation nearby, and can help coordinate local volunteers to participate on the day of planting.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Consult the website »

13 September 2017

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Project Learning Tree GreenWorks!

Project Learning Tree grants, ranging up to $1,000, fund environmental improvement projects that help students learn about the world around them through a mix of academic curriculum and community service. Previously funded projects have included school gardens, outdoor classrooms, habitat restorations, recycling programs, and energy conservation projects.

Applicants must have attended a Project Learning Tree workshop; projects must secure at least 50% matched funds and involve at least one community partner.

Apply by September 30.

For more information »

13 September 2017

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The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program

Westinghouse gives grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit programs that support K-12 STEM education, environmental sustainability, or community safety and vitality. STEM programs should enhance the subject matter and encourage career interest in the field among youth. Environmental programs should help preserve or restore land, water, air, or biodiversity. Grantees must be within 50 miles of Westinghouse sites in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, or Washington, D.C.

Submit proposals by October 1.

For more information »

28 August 2017

Travel Awards for High School and College Faculty 4th Life Discovery - Doing Science Biology Education Conference

To increase the diversity of participants and institutions, funds are available to support educator travel and conference registration to the 2017 Life Discovery - Doing Science Education Conference (LDC) at the University of Oklahoma, October 19-21, 2017. This year's conference focuses on what biology educators can do with the explosion and diversity of data in their classroom. The 2017 LDC presents a variety of programs, teaching resources and tools that will help educators build data-rich learning experiences for their students from high school through college.

Faculty from community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and primarily undergraduate institutions as well as faculty from underrepresented minority communities in any institution needing travel support. Applications are currently being considered on a rolling basis.

For more information »

27 August 2017

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Bring Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum to your Classroom

Learn how you can use coral reefs to teach about everyday topics such as classification, mitosis, and symbiosis using the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s new (and free!) Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum. During this online professional development training you will walk you through everything you need to know to use the Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum in your classroom.

The Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum is a comprehensive educational resource for teachers and students interested in learning about coral reefs worldwide. It includes a wide variety of educational materials including custom-built interactive exercises, lesson plans, educational videos, and quizzes, all aligned to the latest education standards (Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Ocean Literacy Principles).

Sign-up here »

15 August 2017

National Park Service (NPS) Educational Resources

The NPS has created a department for teachers and learners of all ages. This NPS department offers a myriad of resources and opportunities for teachers and classrooms. Even if no national parks are located near your school, many online activities and virtual field trips are available.

Search for educational materials and experiences by keyword or by subject (science, math, literacy and language arts, and social studies), grade level (lower elementary through adult), and Common Core standard.

Visit NPS Educational Resources »

15 Aug 2017

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NOAA’s Estuary Education Website K12

Estuaries are invaluable resources for coastal dwellers, whether of fin, fur, or feather. For people, these ecosystems offer protection, recreation, and a wealth of learning opportunities. On this site, educators and estuary enthusiasts will find a variety of resources, including specially developed curricula, videos, teacher training workshops, real-time data, and opportunities to volunteer at a local reserve. This information will help educators share the wonders of estuaries with students and others.

The site’s System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP, pronounced “swamp”) Graphing Tool enables middle and high school students to work with authentic weather and water-quality data from NOAA to learn more about estuaries. Click on Science and Data for an interactive tutorial.

Visit NOAA’s Estuary Education »

01 Aug 2017

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Ocean Tracks!

This program from the Oceans of Data Institute enables high school and college students to work with authentic data sets to study the migration patterns of large marine species and make connections between animal movement patterns and characteristics of the ocean environment. Through five learning modules, students learn to navigate the user-friendly Ocean Tracks! interface (Module 1); measure animal tracks to identify feeding behavior (Module 2); locate areas of high biological activity in the Pacific Ocean (Module 3); find interactions between human activities and marine animals in their hotspots (Module 4); and design a mobile sanctuary to protect marine species based on knowledge acquired in previous modules (Module 5).

Watch an introductory video » Access Ocean Tracks! »

27 July 2017

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Energy Choices: What Should We Do About America's Energy Future?

Meeting the United States’ substantial appetite for energy raises a complex network of economic, environmental, and political issues. There are national-security and economic concerns, environmental problems like air and water pollution, and potential climate-change effects from fossil fuels, such as extreme weather, sea- level rise, and changing growing seasons. How can we help our communities think through these issues?

This issue guide was prepared for the National Issues Forums Institute in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation and the North American Association for Environmental Education. The Environment and Society Series is designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation, convened locally and online, about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities.

This guide presents three options based on views and concerns of people from across the country. Any path we choose will put some of these concerns into tension with some others. Our task is to deliberate, or weigh options for action against the things that people hold valuable. What should America do to ensure a continuing supply of energy to meet our needs as well as those of our children and grandchildren?

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20 July 2017

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EPI Teacher Fellowship - Professional Development Opportunity

Ecology Project International (EPI) is offering five unique Teacher Fellowships from March to August 2018 in Baja California Sur, Costa Rica, and Yellowstone National Park, for educators interested in honing their skills in field science and experiential education. The goals of the 8-day Fellowship programs are to:

  • Develop your familiarity with EPI’s approach to education through field science.
  • Celebrate and reconnect with the fundamentals of how students learn.
  • Provide unique experiences and activities to take back to your classroom.
  • Build a supportive network of science educators working towards similar goals.
  • Introduce you to EPI’s work and promote future student courses to our program sites.

The application period is now open, and will close on September 1st, 2017.

How to apply/register »

29 June 2017

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Botany and Art and Their Roles in Conservation

This resource, created by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, includes extensive background on botanical illustration, discussing artistic techniques along with methods for determining at-risk status for plant species. This includes several example illustrations, historical accounts, and student-led illustration activities. Also available are a 1-hour webinar on the subject and a link to a website with more information on botanical illustration and conservation. This resource is intended to introduce students to lesser-known side of botanical conservation and to integrate artistic expression with environmental education.

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29 June 2017

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Visualizing Change Toolkit

“Visualizing Change” is a website that provides a toolkit full of examples and dynamic visuals and builds on advances in cognitive and social science research, to enable informal educators to use visual narratives on climate change to more effectively reach diverse audiences. With National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funding, a collaborative of informal education institutions built this innovative collection of resources for reaching the public. Each example uses “frames” to tell a story in a way that connects with people’s values and mental models in a way that makes sense to them. Most of the examples center on the 75% of our planet that is ocean.

Learn more »

21 June 2017

Introduction to Citizen Science: Explorations in Educational Settings

This online professional development course provides an overview of citizen science (past, present, and future), highlighting several existing citizen science programs targeted toward formal and informal educators: Project BudBurst, eBird, CoCoRaHS, FrogWatch USA, and Picture Post. Participants explore these five programs, learn how to participate, and design educational activities to engage learners in making observations. Participants select two of the five projects to explore in depth and participate in, as they sketch out a lesson plan for their educational situation.

The online course consists of 5 modules, beginning July 11th and ending August 11th. CPDU’s: 15 (Illinois). Cost: $35. Two (2) graduate, continuing education credits are available through the Colorado School of Mines. This course is offered through the Chicago Botanic Garden.

For more information and to register »

21 June 2017

The Aldo Leopold Foundation

Leopold Education Project Workshop

Based on the essays in Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, the Leopold Education Project is an interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum. Targeted mainly to middle school and high school students, it can also be adapted for use with families, adults, and elementary age children.

Its goal is to create an ecologically literate citizenry by heightening student awareness of the natural world; fine-tuning the skills necessary to read the landscape; and instilling a love, admiration, and respect for the land so that each individual may develop a personal land ethic.

Register for the September 16 workshop »

01 June 2017

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AAAS Releases New and Improved SitC

As educators and individuals with a vested interest in STEM, you work hard to champion and improve STEM literacy. One of the best ways to introduce students to the process of science is to use primary literature papers.

The problem? These articles are typically intimidating — and not just for the students! How can we make primary literature more accessible?

Science in the Classroom is an expanding collection of specially selected research articles from the Science family of journals that have been carefully annotated for teaching. Annotations fall under different categories, which are viewed using the Learning Lens tool. The Learning Lens makes it possible to control which lenses the readers are looking through while reading the paper, allowing for a variety of different reading and comprehension experiences. All papers are also accompanied by an Educator Guide, and many have data activities — often with data supplied by the authors of the original article.

This freely available resource makes it possible for educators, AP science students and undergraduates alike to read and understand a high-quality research paper, immersing them in the process of science as they go.

Check out the updated Science in the Classroom website »

If you use (or plan to use) the resources in class, please help AAAS gather data about their effectiveness by emailing Melissa McCartney, SitC research coordinator, at

Want to join the SitC team and become a volunteer annotator?

Learn more »

11 May 2017

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U.S. EPA Exploring Fuel, Economy and the Environment

In this lesson for 9-12 graders, students learn to read fuel economy and environment labels, then apply their understanding to compare and contrast the labels for various vehicles and fuel types. The lesson plan includes background information, procedures, teacher and student worksheets, discussion questions, assessment, extensions, and related links. The lessons can help students become more informed citizens and helps teach them real-world skills and knowledge.

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11 May 2017

NOAA Encyclopedia of the National Marine Sanctuaries

This online guide has photos, streaming video, and biological information for more than 100 marine species found in each of 14 marine sanctuaries nationwide, including sites in the Channel Islands, Florida Keys, Monterey Bay, Olympic Coast, and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Read a short description of each sanctuary, then click on tabs to learn more about the plants and animals found there. The site also features a short video about the National Marine Sanctuary Program.

NOAA Encyclopedia website »

21 April 2017

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DCNR Think Outside….An Invitation to Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Classrooms

Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests are great classrooms. They are wonderful places to teach and learn, and should be a part of every students’ educational experience. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Think Outside program is designed to expand the learning landscape by inviting colleges and universities to provide opportunities for place-based educational experiences in the commonwealth’s 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of state forests. Think Outside is intended to get college students outdoors and work towards a more sustainable Pennsylvania in the process. Students and professors are invited to visit the state parks and forests for any learning experience, whether it be a single student, a group of students, or an entire class. Across all academic disciplines, students and professors are encouraged to cultivate new ideas and build stronger connections with the outdoors and our natural resources.

As part of this, Think Outside invites students to develop proposals or conduct research that would help advance these goals. Projects could include: Having a professor take a class to a state park each semester and conduct a multi-semester analysis of soil, water, air, flora, or fauna; Going out to a forest and writing, painting or photographing what students see, hear and experience; Research opportunities throughout almost every park and forest. Interested students and/or professors should fill out a Think Outside application, which will be reviewed by DCNR staff.

For more info and to apply for Think Outside »

21 April 2017

AP Biology Teacher Academy

Registration Open For NABT/BSCS AP BIOLOGY TEACHER Academies

Registration is now open for all 2017 NABT / BSCS AP Biology Teacher Academies. The summer academies are based on a program developed by NABT, BSCS, and HHMI’s BioInteractive to support a new generation of leaders in biology education. The academy program was developed for AP Biology Teachers, but all biology teachers are welcome to attend, including those teaching at both the high school and undergraduate level. Space is filling up fast!

Program details »

15 March 2017

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International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. * This program is sponsored by the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and organized by the Goi Peace Foundation.

THEME:“Learning from Nature” - Modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources. At the same time, we human beings are part of the natural world, and nature has many things to teach us. Scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists have all found inspiration in nature. What can we learn from nature, and how can we make use of that learning for the future? Please describe your ideas, including your own observations and experiences.

Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years of age in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14) or b) Youth (ages 15 - 25). Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title and cover page. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2107.

Contest Information »

06 March 2017

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Entries Accepted for the 2017 Evolution Film Festival/Video Contest

Scientists and science educators of all stripes (students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators) are invited to enter the Seventh Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

To enter, please submit a video that explains a fun fact, key concept, compelling question, or exciting area of evolution research in THREE MINUTES OR LESS.

Entries may be related or unrelated to your own research, and should be suitable for use in a classroom (K-12, undergraduate, graduate - your choice). Videos should be both informative and entertaining. (In other words, no taped lectures or narrated Powerpoint presentations!) Animations, music videos, and mini- documentaries are all fair game.

The finalists will be screened at the 2017 Evolution meeting in Portland, OR. (You do not need to attend the conference in order to enter a video.)

First- and second-place winners will receive up to $1,000 and $500, respectively.

The deadline to submit your video(s) is Friday, June 2nd at 11:59 PM EDT.

For more information »

28 February 2017

Submit Your Sessions for NABT2017!

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference being held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The NABT Conference begins the afternoon of Thursday, November 9th and concludes on Sunday, November 12th.

The NABT Conference features four days of notable speakers, informative workshops, social events and hundreds of sessions. Will one of those sessions be yours?

Submitting a session proposal is your opportunity to help shape the future of biology teaching. NABT is looking for 30- and 75-minute sessions that address a full range of biology concepts, science practices, and education research.

Proposals for education sessions are being accepted online at
until 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 31st (Please note the extended deadline). This is a new submission system and will require you to create a new login and password.

Questions about the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference can be sent to or (888) 501-NABT.

For information about NABT »

02 February 2017

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Renewable Energy Teacher Summer Workshop (NEWBio)

Spend a week at the Penn State University Park campus to learn about current bioenergy research from nationally recognized faculty. Participate in inquiry-based classroom activities based on the work being done by university scientists and engineers. These classroom research projects are aligned with state and national standards.

Benefits: Travel, lodging, and meal expenses provided to all participants; $300 stipend; and, classroom materials to implement research activities.

Apply now »

26 January 2017

Outdoor PAEE Conference Promises Connections with Nature

Registration is now open for the 2017 Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Education (PAEE) Conference on March 13th and 14th at the McKeever Environmental Learning Center, Sandy Lake, PA, and the pre-conference Project WET Facilitator Workshop on March 12. McKeever is the perfect location for Deepening Connections, Inspiring Innovation because it features nature-friendly facilities and miles of wooded trails to take workshops outdoors and to explore during breaks. The bunkhouses provide a fun and affordable on-site lodging option, or separate arrangements can be made at nearby hotels for a reduced conference rate. Visit the lodging and accommodations page to learn more. Information about conference scholarships can be found at the bottom of the registration page.

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05 January 2017

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Free Glaciology and Marine Programs for Girls Seek Applications

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through January 31, 2017, for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 to 17. Three teams of up to nine teenage girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers or fjords with tidewater glaciers. They’ll conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists and mountaineers.

The three Inspiring Girls trips of 2017 will include Girls on Ice Alaska, Girls On Ice Cascades and Girls in Icy Fjords. They are operated through IARC and the UAF College of Natural Science & Mathematics.

For more details »

30 November 2016

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PIAEE Teacher Award Application Due March 1

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Award winners receive up to $2,500 to continue their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the teacher's local education agency also recieves up to $2,500 to fund environmental education activities and programs. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Learn more about the PIAEE program »

30 November 2016

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Encourage K-12 Students to Apply for PEYA

The President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes K-12 students and their efforts to protect the environment. The award promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Encourage K-12 students you know who are taking action to protect the environment to apply for PEYA. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Learn more about the PEYA program »

14 November 2016

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The Helen Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History

The Helen Fellowship is a unique opportunity for women to spend a year immersed in teaching and research at AMNH in New York City. The Fellows will split their time between teaching and a research residency within one of the Museum’s science divisions.

The Helen Fellows contribute to curriculum and teach within BridgeUp: STEM, a computational science program for high-school aged young women and middle-school aged boys and girls from New York City. Each Fellow also conducts independent computational research under the guidance of a museum scientist whose work aligns closely with the Fellow’s interests and experience. Previous Fellows have conducted research or developed products in invertebrate zoology, data visualization, astrophysics, exhibitions, biodiversity conservation, ornithology, and herpetology.

Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits.

Funding is available for expenses such as conference travel and research equipment and supplies.

Applications are due by January 20, 2017.

For more information »

12 November 2016

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iNaturalist in the Classroom

iNaturalist s a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. Observations may be added via the website or from a mobile application. The observations provide valuable open data to a variety of scientific research projects, museums, botanic gardens, parks, and other organizations. Users of iNaturalist have contributed over two million observations since its founding in 2008, and the project has been called "a standard-bearer for natural history mobile applications.

Why use iNaturalist?

  • Free, intuitive, east-to-use app
  • Easily capture and upload student photos to the app
  • Standardized data collection
  • Communicate and collaborate with naturalists and scientists all over the world
  • Use the project results to integrate math, science, technology, and communication to analyze findings
Get started »

24 October 2016

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Applications of Bear Research and Big Data, Good Science: Two New BioScience Talks Episodes

Two episodes of BioScience Talks podcast are now available. The October episode features a discussion with the authors of a recent paper whose interdisciplinary work highlights the changing scientific landscape, in which large data sets and new computational methods encourage a more iterative approach to science. A bonus episode focuses on bear behavior and a recent mauling by a grizzly bear in Montana.

18 October 2016

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Teacher Award Applications Now Being Accepted

Apply now for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, which recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Award winners receive up to $2,500 to continue their professional development in environmental education. Additionally, the teacher's local education agency will receive up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Learn about previous award winners »

29 September 2016

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New EPA Climate Education Resources

Do you know what climate change means for your state? Are you trying to help your students understand what climate change will mean for their communities? Explore new factsheets on how climate change will impact each of the 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico!

Do your students know how climate change can impact the health of people around us? Explore the connection between climate change and human health with factsheets and a quiz.

Find these EPA climate education resources »

Need more? Promote climate literacy with education resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Delve into the carbon cycle, climate monitoring, climate change impacts, and seasonal change with free lesson plans, videos, and activities.

Find NOAA climate education resources »

14 September 2016

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World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017.

*All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, and b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

Full contest guidelines and more »

31 August 2016

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Bring NestWatch to Your Classroom to Promote Ornithology Research

NestWatch is a nationwide monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive. Our database is intended to be used to study the current condition of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and loss, expansion of urban areas, and the introduction of non-native plants and animals.

Participating in NestWatch is easy and just about anyone can do it, although children should always be accompanied by an adult when observing bird nests. Simply follow the directions on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to become a certified NestWatcher, find a bird nest using helpful tips, visit the nest every 3-4 days and record what you see, and then report this information. Your observations will be added to those of thousands of other NestWatchers in a continually growing database used by researchers to understand and study birds. Simply put, without your help it would be impossible to gather enough information to accurately monitor nesting birds across the country. And while you are contributing extremely valuable information to science, you and your students will learn firsthand about birds and create a lifelong bond with the natural world.

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18 August 2016

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NAAEE Publications

Looking for insights on developing Environmental Education activities that lead to meaningful behavior change? Want to figure out which evaluation method will help increase the effectiveness of your program? North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) publications provide the targeted information you need to enhance your knowledge and skills as an environmental educator. As a member, you'll get a discount on these valuable resources.

Visit NAAEE website »

Resources 2016

24 May 2016

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Discover your Ecosystem with EnviroAtlas

Looking for an interactive tool to interest your students in data mapping and ecosystems? Introduce them to EPA’s EnviroAtlas. EnviroAtlas can help provide students with the background and context to understand the ecosystems surrounding them. An interactive map provides data on ecosystem services, biodiversity, and demographics. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser demonstrates the links between ecosystems and human health. EnviroAtlas users can access, view, and analyze diverse information to better understand the potential impacts of various decisions.

Find a case study on using EnviroAtlas in the classroom »

22 April 2016

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Celebrate Earth Day!

In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates.

The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day. Teachers, here are some additional ideas:

  • The Earth Day Network works with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. »
  • The National Environmental Education Foundation's 12th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), sponsored by Samsung, encourages and celebrates environmental learning through EE events and projects across the country. EE events are led by formal and informal educators from various disciplines and include participants aged 1-100. This year’s theme is “Greening STEM: Rooted in Math.”

    Environmental Education Week »
  • The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and they want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in '16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. National Park week is April 16 – 24 and is a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. The park service also has a number of resources available to educators at all levels, including virtual park visits.

    For more information »
  • The Old Farmers Almanac is a website that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics, including gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming. The Almanac also features anecdotes, a section that highlights activities for Earth Day 2106!

    For more information »

31 March 2016

Plan Ahead for Endangered Species Day

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The 11th Annual International Endangered Species Day will be on May 20, 2016 and offers biology, ecology and other science teachers an ideal opportunity to educate students at all levels about the importance of protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. In addition to classroom discussions, there are several ways you and your students can participate in Endangered Species Day, such as:

  • Plan a school-wide Endangered Species Day fair with exhibits.
  • Arrange a special display in the school library or cafeteria.
  • Invite a local expert to speak to the school/class.
  • Work with a community/environmental group on a habitat restoration project.
  • Attend an event at a local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden or other location.

You can plan events earlier in May or on Endangered Species Day itself. Once a specific activity is planned, the class can register it on the Endangered Species Day website.

Learn more »

18 March 2016

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Video Contest Invites You to Share Data Stories

Science is excited to announce its first data visualization video contest, Data Stories, which will be open for submissions between March 7 and April 15, 2016. They are seeking 90-second videos that tell captivating visual stories based upon scientific data. Here is some basic information about the contest:

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11 January 2016

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SWOT - The State of the World's Sea Turtles

SWOT is a partnership among Oceanic Society, the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG), Duke University’s OBIS-SEAMAP, and an ever-growing international team of local organizations, scientists and conservationists.Together, this powerful group—the SWOT Team—seeks to create a permanent global network of specialists working to accelerate the conservation of sea turtles and their habitats. Everything that SWOT produces, from the database and maps to the conservation tools and reports, is built upon individual inputs by SWOT Team members' data, expertise, and creativity. A must see site for K-16 educators with powerful teaching and learning tools. classroom.

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31 December 2015

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Join the ECOLOGY Global Network™

The ECOLOGY Global Network covers every avenue of today’s environmental dynamics tied all together into an integrated media delivery system. This ecology hub and pipeline creates a global community for the interactive exchange, application and consumption of information across all educational, business, consumer and entertainment platforms. Affiliates throughout the world represent their communities and the myriad of ecology topics and themes on The ECOLOGY Global Network™ via contributions from their regions and nationalities. Students, scientists, filmmakers, consumer experts, educators, government officials and NGOs, among many others, have a neighborhood in the Ecology Global Community. The ECOLOGY Global Network® is for everyone on all levels and in all walks of life. It provides access from any place on planet Earth, the place in which we live… our global community.

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06 October 2015

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Strengthening Science and Technology Education

Penn State's Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) facilitates mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between K-12 schools and Penn State science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) researchers and outreach professionals, with the goal of helping to strengthen science and technology education. This spring, CSATS will be adding workshops for 6-12 grade teachers!

Register for a workshop now »

10 September 2015


Take Part in Citizen Science in Africa

Gorongosa National Park’s researchers deployed motion-activated trail cameras to discover and catalog animal species in the park. Hundreds of thousands of photos were collected and now scientists need your help! Join WildCam Gorongosa, an online citizen science platform, to identify the animals captured in these photos and contribute to this important research. WildCam Gorongosa was made in partnership with HHMI Biointeractive and the Gorongosa Restoration Project.

Get involved »

08 September 2015

Citizen Science through the Xerces Project

The Xerces Society provides a number of projects that let you and your students contribute directly to the science of invertebrate conservation. Participate in the Xerces Society current projects tracking declining bumble bees, dragonfly migration in North America, and monarch butterfly populations in California. You will also find partner efforts to better understand the conservation status of bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and more.

Learn more »

28 August 2015

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Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

Here is a helpful classroom activity for high school students. Steve Palumbi has been doing research on the corals around Ofu Island in American Samoa for years. He is trying to determine why these native corals can withstand ocean temperatures that, in other coral species, would lead to coral bleaching. Along with graduate student Megan Morikawa, Palumbi is testing whether these heat-resistant corals can be transplanted to reefs that have been damaged or destroyed.

Download the accompanying worksheet (PDF) for students to complete as they watch a video.

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23 June 2015

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An Educational Bioliteracy Online Resource is a non-commercial, educational website created to promote bioscience literacy. To meet this goals the website provides peer reviewed articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to six bioscience content areas: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, and science policy.

In addition, information is provided for educators, that explains how the use of issues in biological sciences teaching is firmly rooted in an inquiry-based approach to bioscience education. The site also offers tips on how to teach with issues. The website provides ready to use original lessons and resources to enhance issue based bioscience teaching. Up-to-date external links are provided at the bottom of each article to help the reader "learn more" about or "get involved" in the issue. Much of the sites content is also available in Spanish.

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02 June 2015

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Clear Protection for Clean Water

Today, in an historic step for the protection of clean water, EPA and the U.S. Army finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to more clearly protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources.

Clean water and water ecology are topics of special interest to many environmental educators. Students of all ages understand the importance of clean water in their own lives. Local watersheds provide opportunities to connect students to nature. Learn more about protecting clean water with these resources.

Visit the website » Interactive map on local drinking water »

Resources 2015

05 March 2015


Know excellent teachers? Nominate for Presidential Teaching Award

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Anyone—researchers, parents, or members of the general public—may nominate a 7th-12th grade teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website ( To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher's contact information.

Nomination form »

26 February 2015

Citizen Science Opportunities

Many Research Learning Centers (RLCs) across the United States provide opportunities for the public to actively participate in scientific data collection in an increasingly popular pastime known as citizen science. Citizen science engages volunteers of all ages, some with little or no prior scientific training, in collecting scientific data related to important issues faced by the parks.

National Park Service website »

18 January 2015

Virginia Bald Eagle Nest Locator

The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) has created a Google Maps application to allow users to locate documented eagle territories (and 24 other species of birds) in Virginia. CCB encourages the use of their data sets in wildlife conservation, management applications, and educational purposes, but as a professional courtesy they ask that data users read and agree to the full terms of our Data Use Agreement. This is a great resource for lesson plans that utilize authentic data!

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10 January 2015

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Bioenergy Educator Toolbox

Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO's) education and workforce development base camp for students and educators and anyone seeking to better understand the promises and challenges in developing a thriving bioeconomy. Offering a variety of lesson plans, resources and materials to teachers.

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08 January 2015

World Library of Science

Online resource for science learning offering library of Articles and eBooks, as well as digital tools that support the creation of online communities. Additional resources for teachers are available.

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17 November 2014

2014 HHMI Holiday Lectures Now Online

Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems such as tigers in Asia and coral reefs around the world? What tools do we have to avoid a global catastrophe? In six half-hour lectures, three leading scientists describe the state of biodiversity on our planet and how to face the great challenges that lie ahead.

The newest installment of the HHMI Holiday Lecture Series, BIODIVERSITY In the Age of Humans features Anthony D. Barnosky for the University of California, Berkley, Elizabeth A. Hadley from Stanford University, and Stephen R. Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University as they talk about learning from past extinctions, habitat loss and conservation, and what humans can do preserve our natural world.

BIODIVERSITY In the Age of Humans »

03 November 2014

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Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

Learn to teach Earth and Space science with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, in the first urban teacher residency program offered by a museum. The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program includes a fully paid teaching fellowship that combines coursework, mentoring, and real-world experience. Apply now to start your new life inspiring the next generation with science.

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14 September 2014


Celebrating Biodiversity, Big and Small

Kick off the new academic year with some amazing new resources that explore biodiversity on our planet and how to sustain the environment for future generations. Many of them were produced through a partnership between Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

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24 July 2014

Consider Starting a DIY Club or Classroom!

DIY is the best way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges.

The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. And it's free to join us. Hundreds of thousands of kids already have! If you're a middle school teacher, consider starting a DIY Club or DIY Classroom.

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Resources 2014

12 May 2014


Exploring the Environment: Global Climate Change Modules

Using climate science models and NASA satellite images and data sets, students apply problem-solving methods and scientific inquiry skills to address six-related scenarios.

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05 April 2014

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AAAS Project 2061 Needs Field Testers

AAAS Project 2061 is developing assessment items to measure elementary, middle, and high school students' understanding of ideas about energy and recruiting teachers willing to field test multiple-choice test items with their students in Spring 2014. You are invited to participate in field testing these assessment items, and criteria is below:

  • Students must be in 4th-12th grade
  • Test may be administered online or in paper format
  • Test should take no more than a single class period

The registration deadline is April 9, 2014 and please visit AAAS News for information and registration.

AAAS Science Assessment Website »

25 January 2014


Enter Your Students In International Carbon Footprint Challenge

You and your students are invited to participate in the February 2014 International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC). This innovative program fosters communication among students across the globe and can spark visionary solutions to global environmental problems using an innovative social learning network. In the ISCFC, secondary school students first measure the impact of their transportation, home energy, food, and personal purchase choices using a student-oriented carbon footprint calculator, with results calibrated for every country in the world. ISCFC teachers then share class data with classes around the globe and use the social learning network to engage students in meaningful and in-depth international conversations about carbon footprints and possible solutions to shared environmental problems. As students scrutinize their own carbon production they look for ways to minimize their impact.

Try out the footprint calculator »

21 December 2013

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USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration Now Open

Teachers and your students are invited to participate in the 2014 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USABO enriches the life science education of thousands of talented students each year.

To participate, students undergo two rounds of challenging exams, which results in twenty Finalists being invited to a residential training program to learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at Purdue University, the Home of the USABO National Finals. Ultimately, four students qualify to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over sixty countries.

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12 November 2013

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Environmental Concern (EC) Workshops

The following EC courses are designed for formal and non-formal educators who are interested in learning more about wetlands, and who would like to bring the excitement of wetland education into their classroom. No courses in your area? No problem. We can bring all of the courses to you - contact the education department to learn more. Need a specific wetland course? No problem. We can create a custom course to meet your needs.

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands introduces participants to wetland ecology through a study of the three parameters of wetlands: vegetation, soils and hydrology. Participants will also learn about wetland functions and values by utilizing K-12 cross curricular, inquiry based activities. Leave with a wetland resource guide with over 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, and ideas for student action projects.

Rain Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms is a one-day course that introduces educators to the concept of rain gardens and their value as schoolyard habitats. Participants will understand how rain gardens benefit the environment by improving the watershed and how they can be used as an extension of the classroom. Participants will leave with the basic knowledge of how to plan, design and implement a rain garden from start to finish.

POW! The Planning of Wetlands exposed participants to the step-by-step process for creating or enhancing wetlands on school grounds or within the community. POW! guides participants through wetland design and construction with the goal of utilizing the habitat as an outdoor classroom. Leave with cross curricular activities that allow students to participate in the design, installation, and monitoring of a schoolyard wetland habitat.

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28 August 2013

Climate Change LIVE!

The U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring climate learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources! This distance learning adventure will provide an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs, aligned to national science education standards, which are gathered from 17 federal agency and NGO partners! The ClimateChangeLIVE electronic field trips are a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media!

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14 August 2013

Green House Effect Video and Animation by HHMI

An excellent explanation for high school and college students of how the sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation and absorbed by greenhouse gases to cause warming on Earth.

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03 August 2013


Earth Systems Research Laboratory of NOAA offer CarbonTracker

CarbonTracker is a CO2 measurement and modeling system developed by NOAA to keep track of sources (emissions to the atmosphere) and sinks (removal from the atmosphere) of carbon dioxide around the world. CarbonTracker uses atmospheric CO2 observations from a host of collaborators and simulated atmospheric transport to estimate these surface fluxes of CO2. The current release of CarbonTracker, CT2011_oi, provides global estimates of surface-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 from January 2000 through December 2010. Take the tutorial to learn more about how you and your students can calculate carbon dioxide uptake and release at the Earth's surface over time from an 'atmospheric point of view.'

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Resources 2013

25 April 2013

Final NGSS Released

The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been released. Based on the NRC Framework for K–12 Science Education, these new science education standards are designed to provide a cohesive approach to K–12 science instruction. Integrating science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, the NGSS were developed to effectively build science comprehension and understanding of engineering concepts from kindergarten to graduation.

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14 April 2013

Latest HHMI Holiday Lectures Available On DVD

Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with a new holiday lectures DVD from HHMI. Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future, HHMI's 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, featuring Andrew Knoll, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag, discussing the history of life on Earth and present-day concerns about climate change, is now available for pre-order in the HHMI online catalog. Visit and click on the blue "Order" button to reserve your free DVD copy today.

03 January 2013

Announcing The American Gut Project

The recently completed Human Microbiome Project and other microbiome projects worldwide have laid an important foundation for understanding the trillions of microbes that inhabits each of our bodies. However, opportunities for the public to get involved in such research have been limited. Now, American Gut gives anyone an opportunity to participate and to compare the microbes in their gut to those in the guts of thousands of other people in the US and elsewhere and link these patterns to detailed diet & lifestyle information provided by each participant. American Gut is a project built on open-source, open-access principles. The data are for the good of understanding and will be shared both with participants and the larger, interested public – including any biology teacher!

The American Gut project represents a unique teaching moment for the interested public that bridges genomics, biology, and ecology in an open-source citizen science platform. As the data becomes available, it will be shared with everyone, but especially with the hope that educators will take the opportunity to utilize the information for lesson plan and module development in the classroom. The coordinators of American Gut welcome the opportunity to assist in any way they can (again, the data and results of the study will be available to everyone).

Take a few minutes to watch Jonathan Eisen's TED Talk and a Year in the Life of Eric Alm's microbiome - very much worth the time.

15 December 2012

Podcasts: CreatureCasts

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) features podcasts from several sources. CreatureCasts are creative and engaging video podcasts created by the Dunn Lab at Brown University. CreatureCasts use video, art, animation and creativity to tell stories focused on zoology. Many of these engaging pieces are available on EOL taxon pages.

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24 November 2012

Canisius College Ambassadors for Conservation

Resources and activities to thoroughly engage your students in wildlife knowledge, and conservation efforts and advocacy. And, much more!

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01 November 2012

New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.

EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources.

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27 August 2012

STEM SCOUTS - Ignite Your Talent

STEM Scouts is a collaborative effort pooling the talents and resources of universities, government agencies, corporations, and individuals to engage students in an ever-expanding series of high-interest activities that develop the skills and interest enabling success in STEM-related careers.

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12 August 2012

Teaching Students About Climate Change

It's a long, hot summer and the perfect time to think about teaching your students about climate change. Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations offers timely, relevant, biology-based case studies and background information on how to teach the science of climate change. Six field-tested activities, which build on four content chapters, give students the opportunity to solve real-life scientific problems using guiding questions, graphs and data tables, short reading assignments, and independent research.

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26 July 2012

Teaching the Nature of Science: A Sample Unit Plan

What it is and what it is not! Scientific Method? Always right? How should we teach science. All High School Teachers should read this and think about what is being addressed and how they teach in their classes.

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14 May 2012

Radioactive Wolves

What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

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24 April 2012

Pictures: Nature Yields New Ideas for Energy and Efficiency

Drawing inspiration from schools of fish, termite mounds, and the photosynthesis of leaves, new technologies seek to produce cleaner, more efficient energy through biomimicry.

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11 March 2012

AAAS Science NetLINKs

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has revamped its educational website, Science NetLinks. You can find K-12 lesson plans, check out the science history calender to learn about important historical dates, and stay abreast of the latest science news. Looking for ideas for the after-school science club you advise? The website can also help you with planning new activities for Earth Day (April 22); National Chemistry Week (October 14-20); National Engineers Week (February 19-25); and even Earth Hour (March 31), the annual international event designed to raise awareness about global climate change.

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15 February 2012

Tracking Change Over Time

The US Geological Survey provides a free lesson plan, with satellite images of Earth from space, to get students excited about studying the changing earth. Intended for grades 5-8.

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16 January 2012

Species news from IUCN

The IUCN Species Prgramme produces, maintains and manages the Red List of Threatened Species. Learn more about endangered species and what efforts are being made to ensure their survival.

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04 January 2012

NASA/ESSEA Climate Change Education Modules Available Online

NASA's support for the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) has resulted in the development of shared K-12 educational resources - including modules and courses - that are based on NASA climate science and data. Also provided is a section entitled, Inquiry Strategies to Use in Your Classroom.

View the ESSEA website to view modules »