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News You Can Use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

Fall is in the air and the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the bend! But before you fill up with turkey and thanks, here is news you can use before the holiday.

Don’t forget! A webinar will take place, tonight, Tuesday, November 20th, to discuss the NOAA Planet Stewards 2019 Stewardship Community and application process. Learn more >

The 2019 PSEP Stewardship Community Application deadline is December 2nd at midnight. We appreciate you sharing the opportunity with your networks. Learn more >

Last but not least, don't miss Book Club this month on Monday, November 26th, with author, Lisa Gardiner, as we discuss her book, Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us about Climate Change.

Happy Thanksgiving to all from Bruce, Molly, and your regional Planet Steward lead!



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Podcast: Uncovering the Mystery of Harmful Algal Blooms 

Have you heard the term "harmful algal bloom" lately?  Listen at your leisure to a podcast that uncovers the truth about these somewhat mysterious natural occurrences, and what you can do to avoid their effects. Learn more here >



Free UN Climate Change eCourses

Courses on the basics and more about climate change are freely available through the UN, including a course entitled Children and Climate Change. Each module taking about 2 hours to complete in the 6-part intro course, and you need to pass a quiz after each module to receive your certificate.  Learn more >



Nature Days in K-3 Classrooms Webinar

What does nature-based learning look like in public K-3 classrooms across North America? Tune in to NAAEE's monthly webinar series on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:00 pm EST to find out with three expert panelists. Learn more >


OneNOAA Seminar Series of Webinars - Ongoing

Contributors from Line Offices across NOAA  bring you the most comprehensive summary of NOAA-hosted environmental science across the nation. For the latest seminar information, check the OneNOAAScience Seminar Calendar here. 

Upcoming webinar on 11/26/18: Preparing Your Winter Toolbox:
Drought & Climate Outlook for California-Nevada 




Project Kindle Expedition Fellowship for HS Educators from the Earthwatch Institute

Project Kindle Fellowships train teachers to organize and experience an expedition before leading one, and includes  the
ull cost of your assigned expedition.  Fellows also receive a
travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket travel expenses to and from the expedition site. Travel award value varies by project location.
Find out more here >



The Chesapeake Bay Trust Request for Funding 

The Chesapeake Bay Trust recognizes that the future health of our environment, economy, and communities depends on an environmentally literate and engaged citizenry. The Trust provides grants that build and/or expand pre-K through 12 environmental literacy programs using the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) model. See RFP for details and deadlines. Read more >



Subscribe to the Digital Magazine, Anthropocene

Anthropocene is a digital, print, and live magazine in which the world’s most creative minds explore how to create a sustainable human age. Its mission is to curate a global conversation that leads to solutions to the persistent environmental challenges of our time. Anthropocene is an initiative of Future Earth, a global science consortium. Subscribe and learn more >



Free Research Library on Nature-based Education 

Find peer-reviewed scientific literature and research about or in support of nature-based education for children in the research library from NAAEE and Children & Nature Network.  The library provides detailed summaries and citations for peer-reviewed research articles as well as links to those that are publicly available, or to publishers’ websites when not publicly available. Access to the library is free. Find the resource here >


New Report Says "Citizen Science" Can Support Both Science Learning and Research Goals

Citizen science offers people the opportunity to participate in authentic scientific endeavors, encourages learning through projects conducted in real-world contexts, supports rich social interaction that deepens learning, and engages participants with real data. Read more in this Report issued last week by the National Academy of Sciences, and watch this short video.


In America's Science Classrooms, the Creep of Climate Skepticism

Conservative groups are working hard to challenge the teaching of mainstream climate science in schools. In Florida, they have found a winning strategy. Read the article featured in Undark magazine.


Yale Climate Connections Article Seeks Educators' Voice; Add Yours!

An article on Yale Climate Connections is presently being written and the author, Karin Kirk, seeks your input on how you respond to people who have genuine doubts or misunderstandings about anthropogenic climate change due to its complexity or controversy. Email Karin your observations and provide her with your phone number if you are interested in adding your voice and experience. Email Karin here.




One Earth Award for Students 

The One Earth Award provides four students In grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) with $1,000 scholarships for creative works
that encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, human-caused climate change. Special awards are also available for students (and educators) from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  
Deadlines vary by region, with the earliest deadlines falling in December 2018. Learn about guidelines and deadlines here >


Ocean Awareness Student Contest

Middle and high school students from around the world can compete to communicate the science of pressing ocean issues through art, poetry, prose, film, or music. The 2019 theme is Presence of Future: Climate Change and the Ocean. The Contest is free to enter and award scholarships of up to $1,500. Submissions must be received by June 17, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET).  Read more >



EPA P3 Program for College Students

College students can benefit people, promote prosperity, and protect the planet by designing environmental solutions that move us toward a sustainable future. This year’s P3 Phase I application request is open until Dec. 11, 2018. For the first phase, student teams compete for $25,000 grants to research and develop their design projects during the academic year. Phase II grants are then awarded to student teams through a competitive process based on their Phase I projects. This final award is an opportunity for grant funding up to $100,000. Learn more >





GLOBE Urban Heat Island Student Campaign

The purpose of this investigation is to discover how the land cover of the ground affects its surface temperature. Students can look at the difference between paved and unpaved areas or investigate how surface temperature changes at elevation, latitude and longitude, urban versus rural, proximity to water, etc. To join the GLOBE Urban Heat Island Student Campaign or other GLOBE campaigns, learn more here >



Climate Change Kahoot! Quizzes

Columbia University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) joined forces recently to bring you a series of Kahoot! quizzes to test your knowledge of climate change. (Kahoot! Is a game-based learning platform that you can use to create quizzes.) Take the climate challenge and explore the social, economic, and environmental aspects of climate change here >




Coral Comeback? Video Series from NOAA’s Ocean Today Every Full Moon

Corals are amazing, but we have lost 50 percent of the world’s coral reefs. Can corals make a comeback? Watch this inspiring series of videos to find out.
Learn more >


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