WyAEE News:Wanted: 2013 Citizen Science Research Paper Submissions!Audubon Rockies and Natrona County Upcoming EventsPUT CANS TO WORK FOR YOUR SCHOOLS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAnnouncing EPA's student blog, the Eco StudentDisney Educational Productions has EE DVDsSensible Steps to Healthier School EnvironmentsUnivsersity of Utah, Environmental Humanities Education
Center, Featured WorkshopsGoldenrod Research, 2012-2013 YouthTouch grant competitionClassroom Activities with the Berry CenterLearn how to build, maintain and grow your own school
gardenMotivate your students through filmmakingClassroom Action Guide asks What’s On Your Fork?Wetland Restoration and Construction-A Technical
GuideM.S. in Ecological Teaching & Learning – Lesley UniversityMulticultural EE Acknowledges the Diversity of Views/Values,
Contributes to Solutions of EnvironmentEPA Environmental Justice Eco-AmbassadorsProject Learning Tree Releases New High School CurriculumOnline Journal for K-12 TeachersInteractive Earth Science AnimationsCoCoRaHS, Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow
NetworkProject BudBurst: springtimeEarly Childhood Environmental Education ProgramseField Wyoming - Wyoming Wildlife Photography
& Video, Landscape Pictures, and Wild FlowersNWF Report Links EE with High PerformanceInteract with Leading Polar Bear Scientists and
Climate ExpertsEngaging Lifecycle of "Stuff" Lesson PlansAudubon Wyoming's Regional Community Naturalists!
Wanted: 2013 Citizen Science Research Paper Submissions!
A SustainUS Sustainable Development Research Competition
You are invited to share your passion for addressing the world’s
toughest challenges through sound science.
The Citizen Science competition for young U.S. researchers announces its 2013 annual
youth science paper competition on original research related to sustainable development.
Competition winners will:
- Be published: Winning submissions will be published in Consilience: the
Journal of Sustainable Development, a global journal for sustainable development
produced by Columbia University.
- Present at United Nations Commission: The authors of the winning papers will
be invited to present their research at the 20th United Nations Commission on Sustainable
Development (CSD-20) in New York, New York in May 2013.
- Participate in United Nations Delegation: Winners will be provided with an
opportunity to be part of the SustainUS delegation to CSD-20 in New York.
Who and what Is eligible?
- Topic: Papers should be written on natural or social science topics related
to sustainable development.
- Competition Levels: Track I: Working Toward/Obtained High School or GED Degree;
Track II: Working Toward/Obtained Two or Four Year Degree; Track III: Working Toward/Obtained
Advanced Degree. You do not need to be a currently enrolled student to submit your
- Deadline: Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1,
This is an opportunity to communicate the importance of youth involvement to
international leaders and begin a relationship with the premier youth-run network
for sustainable development, SustainUS!
Audubon Rockies and Natrona County Upcoming Events
Audubon Rockies, the regional office of The National Audubon Society,
would like to invite you to some very exciting, FREE events, and also to
let you know about the many FREE educational resources that we can provide.
We would like to take this opportunity to say hello to those of you we have already
met through our Audubon Center at Garden Creek, or by providing classroom presentations
with our community naturalist program, and to introduce ourselves to those of you
we hope to meet this spring. For over 15 years, we have been committed to providing
the local schools with educational programs, special events, and to promote the
solid conservation efforts of The National Audubon Society.
This spring we are hosting a few events that I think could be a wonderful opportunity
for you to get PTSB, or others to get your students out of their traditional
FEBRUARY: On February 26th, we will be hosting a teacher resource reception
at our Audubon Center at Garden Creek. This free reception will be hosted
by Audubon Rockies and the Casper Mountain Science School, and will have representatives
from Game and Fish, NRCS, and other educational resources in Natrona County. You
will get a chance to meet the folks who are willing to give presentations in your
classroom and who have local knowledge of the flora and fauna. Snacks and Drinks
will be provided. This informal reception will be a place to network with
other teachers, and local officials in order to further science education in Natrona
MARCH: In March, we will be hosting a FLYING WILD workshop along with
a MAPS Bird Banding Training for teachers of Natrona County FREEOF CHARGE!
This 7 hour workshop will get you .5 PTSB credits, and you will get the opportunity
to band live birds, participate in water quality testing, and become trained
in the FLYING WILD curriculum. Through activities involving real scientific research,
language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with FLYING WILD offers
practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting
real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based
classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged
through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding
festivals. This award winning curriculum generally costs over 50 dollars per participant,
but because of a grant that Audubon Rockies received, we are offering it, along with
PTSB credit for free!
MAY: On May 9th, we are looking for 5 or 6 elementary classrooms who would
like to participate in our annual International Migratory Bird Day Activities at
Edness Wilkins State Park. We will be partnering with the Game and Fish,
NRCS, State Parks, and of course local Audubon Chapter Members to provide hands
on, avian emphasized presentations. We hope to have some live raptors available,
as well as plenty of local knowledge. If you are an elementary school teacher and
would like to participate please contact Dusty Downey at email@example.com
ONGOING: This spring Audubon will be launching its CRANE (Career Resource
and Nature Education) program. Five to ten current sophomores and juniors will be
chosen to participate in this year’s program where they will get the opportunity
to participate in our MAPS Bird Banding Program, and to learn more about careers
in natural resources. The students will get a stipend and will be an integral part
of some local citizen science at our Audubon Center at Garden Creek. If you think
you have students that might be interested in this program, please contact me. Audubon
Rockies has a variety of ways to provide your class with local place based education.
Our Nature Center on Garden Creek is a 400-acre wonderland of nature that hosts
school groups and provides educational opportunities based around the outdoors.
Our Community Naturalists can lead field trips, bring a standard aligned conservation
program to your classroom on about any science related topic that you would like,
or provide you with a teacher training to help you develop your own science teaching
skills. We also provide teacher trunks, small nature centers in a box, free of charge!
If you are a teacher interested in any of the above opportunities, please contact
Dusty Downey using the contact information below.
You can be confident that this will enhance the educational experience for each
and every class of students that you teach. Your continued partnership with Audubon
Rockies will help us build a community of conversationally minded students.
National Audubon Society
Audubon Rockies Senior Community Naturalist
PUT CANS TO WORK FOR YOUR SCHOOLS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
It’s time for schools to register to win at cancentral.com/roundup for the 3rd annual Great American
Can Roundup School Challenge from America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) to Earth Day (April
22), 2013. Registration is required. At cancentral.com/roundup, you will find virtually everything
to run a successful Roundup from a tool kit to posters even curriculum.
The Can Manufacturers Institute is awarding $1,000 to the school in each state and
the District of Columbia recycling the most aluminum cans per student and an additional
$5,000 to the champion per capita recycling school nationwide that is on top of
value of the aluminum cans. New Hampshire is known as an environmental leader, yet
not one school sent in a recycling receipt in the 2nd Annual School Challenge. Show
your school’s green spirit and environmental leadership.
Announcing EPA's student blog, the Eco Student
The blog is a place where you can read about what kids are doing to
protect the environment. You will also read about contests and cool environmental
sites. Comment on our posts and tell us about all the great things you are doing
to help the environment. Teachers and parents visit the blog to find out about all
the great things kids are doing for the environment and how you can help them become
future environmentalists! From this blog you can check out our new student¹s site
which includes resources for both students and teachers.
Disney Educational Productions has EE DVDs
Disney Educational Productions has educational DVDs designed to help
your students be more environmentally-aware. Each DVD comes with public performance
rights, correlates to national standards, and contains downloadable teacher’s guides,
activities, and additional resources.
Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments
are pleased to launch the new "Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments."
This easy to use booklet focuses on affordable, sensible ways, to address some of
the most common areas of environmental health concerns found in schools.
In this era of budget tightening and unfortunate education funding cuts, the booklet
is designed to identify and address environmental health issues that school districts
can readily address with minimal cost and effort. It is a resource for facilities
personnel and school staff, providing:
- one-stop access to learn about a range of school environmental health issues;
many low cost/no cost, affordable measures, programs and resources available to
help prevent, reduce and resolve each of the highlighted environmental hazards;
voluntary Quick Assessment Checklist to identify those issues that school districts
and schools can address with minimal cost and effort; and,
- waste reduction and energy efficiency actions that will help you conserve valuable
Univsersity of Utah, Environmental Humanities Education
Center, Featured Workshops
The Environmental Humanities Education Center focuses the unique lens
of the humanities to enliven and deepen environmental study, enhancing and expanding
education for the protection of wildlife and wild lands. The Centennial Valley satellite
campus provides innovative educational experiences that dynamically initiate visitors
of all ages into the ecology, history, wildlife, and conservation value of the Centennial
Goldenrod Research, 2012-2013 YouthTouch grant
Goldenrod Research, creator of the YouthTouch Technology Integration
System for elementary students, is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 YouthTouch
grant competition. The grant competition provides an exciting opportunity to integrate
hands-on robotics and fluid power technology into elementary classrooms in an affordable
way. Goldenrod will award 1:1 matching grants for use toward the purchase of YouthTouch.
In exchange, the schools selected agree to serve as YouthTouch referral sites.
YouthTouch generates excitement in the classroom while comple- menting -not replacing-
your existing curriculum. Each school selected will receive all the tools necessary
to provide 3rd through 8th grade students with hands-on technology learning experiences
designed to impart a firm comprehension of ratios, estimating, coordinates, graphing,
plus over 100 other concepts integrating Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social
Studies through techn- ology. The comprehensive package includes equipment, accessories,
instructional materials and staff development. YouthTouch activities are mapped
to the US curriculum standards, and they emphasize critical thinking, problem solving
and teamwork. Best of all, kids love YouthTouch.
Classroom Activities with the Berry Center
The UW Berry Biodviersity Conservation Center offers a variety of science-based
projects and activities, both for those able to come to campus and those who prefer
to stay in the classroom.
click the read more link down below to determine which best fits into your class's
schedule and learning objectives!
Learn how to build, maintain and grow your own
School Gardening 101 is the best online course for introducing the practical knowledge
necessary for building and sustaining a school gardening program.
Developed by the National Teacher Institute for Garden-Based Learning,
the course is interactive, comprehensive, and will leave participants with tools
- The course is designed to:
Help you create a vision, theme, and design
Distinguish the best curriculum for classroom instruction
Assist you in developing a support network
Showcase the benefits of school gardening
read more ...
Motivate your students through filmmaking
Create classroom mini-documentaries - No media experience required!
The Take2 Youth Media Program takes advantage of today’s youthful fascination with
technology in order to motivate active learning in environmental science, English,
and media literacy. Working individually or collaborating in teams, students create
short documentaries or public service announcements that are designed to inform,
entertain, or advocate on issues illustrated by the footage provided. How-to videos,
worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, and other activities lead students step-by
step through the process of researching their topic, critically analyzing issues,
and creating logical and persuasive arguments and compelling conclusions. Upon completion
of their documentaries, students learn valuable leadership and public speaking skills
by presenting their projects to classmates or to the general public. The curriculum
is flexible and can be completed in as little as 5-7 classroom periods or (including
optional activities) over the course of several months. Assessment rubrics and other
teacher support materials are provided.
read more ...
Classroom Action Guide asks What’s On Your Fork?
Does what you eat really have impact on our planet? Could mealtime choices actually
help promote clean drinking water? What’s On Your Fork? is a new, free downloadable
action guide and collection of supplementary educational tools from EarthEcho International
designed to help educators and students explore the environmental and community
impact of daily food choices. This new resource is part of EarthEcho’s Water Planet
Challenge, a Web-based interactive program exploring a myriad of topics that engage
and empower middle and high school-aged youth to design, create, and implement service-learning
projects in their communities. Rich in academic connections, the What’s On Your
Fork? step-by-step action guide includes stimulating content, student organizers
for discussions and planning, and examples of youth taking action.
Visit the Web site to learn more about NEA Foundation Water Planet Challenge educator
grants and an upcoming What’s On Your Fork?Webinar hosted by Philippe Cousteau,
Wetlands Restoration Publication
Wetland Restoration and Construction-A Technical Guide, by Thomas R. Biebighauser,
is a new book designed to help individuals build attractive and functioning wetlands.
Its contents are based on the authors’ experiences restoring over 1,400 wetlands
in 18 states and two Canadian provinces. The reader will find practical, low cost,
highly effective techniques for building wetlands that will require no maintenance.
Of special interest to educators are the pages showing how wetlands can be built
at schools to provide for environmental education, wildlife and fish habitat, cleaning
run-off, and replacing groundwater.
Containing more than 650 color photographs and illustrations, the book is published
by The Wetland Trust in partnership with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Partners
in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), and the Center for Wetlands and Stream
Restoration. Visit the Web site to take advantage of the low introductory price
of $15.50 per copy, which includes postage.
M.S. in Ecological Teaching & Learning – Lesley
The Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning (ETL) is designed for
educators from private and public schools, museums, nonprofit centers, environmental
centers, government organizations, and other alternative teaching settings, who
want to deepen their understanding of ecology, sustainability, living systems, and
ecological education and to apply their learning to their professional contexts.
Teachers from across the disciplines – not just science teachers – complete this
program. ETL is an 18-month accelerated program that includes two Summer field experiences
and distance learning in the Fall and Spring semesters. The first Summer field experience
is in a beautiful wild place, and the second Summer field experience is in a dynamic
read more ...
Multicultural EE Acknowledges the Diversity of
Views/Values, Contributes to Solutions of Environment
Based on the literature review, Dr. Marouli argues that worldviews of marginalized
people have been underrepresented in EE and that "our understanding of environmental
issues and the proposed solutions are culturally limited to and by the perceptions
of the dominant group." Marouli, C. (2002). Multicultural environmental education:
theory and practice. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 7(1), 26-42.
read more ...
EPA Environmental Justice Eco-Ambassadors
The Environmental Justice Eco-Ambassador program is providing student internship
opportunities focusing on environmental justice. The EJ eco-ambassador focus area
aims to expand opportunities for graduate students to work collaboratively with
the EPA and support community-based programs, increasing the communities’ capacity
to address environmental concerns. This program will also help facilitate career
development opportunities for graduate-level students who have a strong interest
in environmental justice. The positions are available nationwide.
Project Learning Tree Releases New High School
Nine activities in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests guide
teach students about forest health, watersheds, climate change, who owns America's
forests, and more. The 176-page guide integrates teaching about forests into a multitude
of subject areas using hands-on classroom studies and outdoor field investigations.
High school educators and junior college professors can obtain a copy of PLT’s Exploring
Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests curriculum by attending a PLT professional
development workshop in their area. PLT’s 50-state network trains more than 30,000
preK-12 educators every year through 1,500 workshops held across the country.
read more ...
Online Journal for K-12 Teachers
The University of Florida will inaugurate a new online journal for K-12 science
teachers in Fall 2011, called Teaching Science. The journal will be an open, peer
reviewed, free online journal for K-12 teachers devoted to what works in the classroom.
All teachers are encouraged to submit an article.
read more ...
Interactive Earth Science Animations
These educational animations contain text, graphics, and video links on earthquakes,
volcanoes, and earth structure. Produced by Incorporated Research Institutions for
Seismology (IRIS) sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
CoCoRaHS, Community Collaborative Rain, Hail &
"CoCoRaHS is a
unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using
low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive
Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education
and research applications. It's easy to join, takes only five minutes a day and
is a fun way to learn about this wonderful natural resource that falls from the
sky. We are striving to have 30,000-40,000 active observers by the end of 2013.
COCORAHS is now in all 50 states (as well as the District of Columbia)!" Participants
must register and order a high-capacity (4" diameter) rain gauge, which they will
read and submit data from at approximately 7 a.m. each day.
The CoCoRaHS website is a great source for daily measurements of local rainfall
and snowfall in each community within your state or around the country; anyone can
log in and access the daily data. [Let me put in an extra plug for this project;
I participate, and it's a GREAT community effort! Please also check out their 2011
Rain Gauge Calendars—you can help the project by ordering one.]
read more ...
Project BudBurst: springtime (and fall too)
Anyone can participate. Familiarize yourself with certain native
plants from a list of those growing in your geographic area, then observe and report
dates you observe for first leafing or flowering of these plants. "Project BudBurst
has targeted 97 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses for you to monitor
throughout the year! With your help, we will be compiling valuable environmental
information that can be compared to historical records. By recording the timing
of the leafing and flowering of native species each year, scientists can learn about
the prevailing climatic characteristics in a region over time."
Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs
Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence is the newest addition to
the continuing series published by NAAEE as part of the National Project for Excellence
in Environmental Education. Hundreds of individuals and organizations representing
all aspects of early childhood education and environmental education reviewed working
outlines and drafts. Reviewers include classroom teachers, daycare and early childhood
education center staff members, administrators, environmental scientists, curriculum
developers, and natural resource agency and education department staff members.
Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
contains a set of recommendations for developing and administering high-quality
environmental education programs for young children from birth to age eight, with
a focus on ages three to six. These guidelines provide a tool that can be used to
ensure a firm foundation for new programs or to trigger improvements in existing
ones. The overall goal of these guidelines is to chart an appropriate and positive
process whereby educators can start young children on their journey toward becoming
environmentally responsive youth and adults.
Order your copy from NAAEE today:
eField Wyoming - The Wyoming Naturalist - Wyoming
Wildlife Photography & Video, Landscape Pictures, and Wild Flowers
Dan Lewis has just completed an electronic field guide to Wyoming
landscapes, fauna and flora. It is a very practical tool for those who teach or
are just interested in learning about Wyoming's plants, animals and geography.
eField WYOMING is a data driven software application created to display images and
video of the common Flora, Fauna, & Landscape of Wyoming.
More than three and a half years were spent in the field photographing and shooting
video with an additional one and a half years spent at the computer editing images,
video, audio, and writing this software. There are more than 3,600 unique photographs
and five hours of video detailing 260 plants, 250 animals, and 50 landscape components
- all found in Wyoming!
read more ...
NWF Report Links EE with High Performance
This new National Wildlife Federation report Back to School: Back
Outside! How Outdoor Eduation and Outdoor School Time Create High Performance Students,
by Kevin J. Coyle, links outdoor and environmental education with psychological,
cognitive, and educational outcomes.
read more ...
Interact with Leading Polar Bear Scientists and
Live from Churchill!
Interact with Leading Polar Bear Scientists and Climate Experts.
It's an arctic adventure you won't soon forget.
You can meet and talk with world-renowned scientists during our
exclusive, free webcasts from the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba--while they're
right in the midst of the annual polar bear migration. As arctic winds shake the
buggy and polar bears prowl outside, you'll have a unique opportunity to interact
with the leading experts in polar bear research
read more ...
Engaging Lifecycle of "Stuff" Lesson Plans
Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy is an interdisciplinary unit that includes
ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with national science and social
studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system
of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students
will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy; Extraction, Production,
Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the
sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies,
Learn more about Buy, Use, Toss?
Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Wyoming's Regional Community Naturalists!
As Audubon Wyoming's community naturalists, we would like to offer
ourselves as presenters or field trip leaders as a resource to Wyoming's classrooms
and communities. We are committed to providing Wyoming schools with effective State
Standard Aligned hands-on nature educational programs, special event organization,
and to promote the solid conservation efforts of The National Audubon Society. Using
monies Audubon Wyoming receives from donors and grants, we have the time and the
resources available to give your classroom a FREE high quality nature presentation
on about any topic that you are studying.
We were very successful last year giving educational programs for schools in Wyoming,
and we hope to continue that work this school year. Below is a copy of our brochure
that outlines what the community naturalist program is, and how it can be a resource
to Wyoming's Environmental Education movement. Please feel free to use us as a supplement
to Wyoming's EE.
Please feel free to email or call us with any questions. You can also take a look
at our website if you want to know more about what we do. http://audubonwyoming.org/CNE_Northeast.html