The Watch – March 5, 2019

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

Can you believe that spring is almost here? The weather is beginning to warm, daylight is lasting longer, the NSTA national conference is coming up, and NOAA Planet Stewards educators are working diligently on their projects. However, no matter the season, there are always environmental professional development, news, training opportunities, and educational resources to share. Here’s the news you can use!


Planet Stewards Education Program Connection Links



PSEP March Webinar, March 7th, Thursday


NOAA Planet Stewards welcomes Dr. Heather Coleman, coordinator of NOAA's Deep Sea Coral Research & Technology Program; Eva Barnett, Outreach Manager for Green Fire Productions, and curriculum developers Jennifer Buffett and Sarah Lockman to discuss Exploring Ocean Frontiers: Deep Sea Corals, Real Life Data & Collaborative Science on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30 pm ET Join us! 

Read more and Register here.


Planet Stewards Book Club: March 18th


Join us Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm ET for a discussion of Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and Rising Tide of Activities to Fight Plastic Pollution. The author tells the exciting story of his team’s fight to solve the problem of plastic pollution. Discussion questions will be distributed prior to the meeting and on the Planet Stewards’ website.  To join the discussion dial (toll free) 866-662-7513. Then, use the pass code: 1170791#. Contact Molly Harrison with questions.


Meet Us in St. Louis! NSTA, April 11th-15th


Planning to attend or present at the National Science Teachers Assoc. National Conference in St. Louis in April? If so, NOAA Planet Stewards wants to know! Email Bruce Moravchik at the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Program (PSEP) office. PSEP will be offering presentations, workshops and more, and wants to meet up with educators in the Planet Stewards network! More information about PSEP activities will be posted soon on the Program’s Upcoming Events Web page and in The Watch.


NOAA PSEP Workshop in Charleston, SC June 18th-20th


Join educators and researchers June 18th-20th from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, and the Clemson University Cooperative Extension for an exciting workshop, "Become Estuary Stewards"! Register to attend. 




NOAA Webinar to Celebrate Outstanding NOAA Women! Join us!

International Women's Day is celebrated across the world on March 8th. A two-part speaker series to honor the outstanding women of NOAA and hear their stories will take place on March 7th and 8th at noon ET. Join via webinar here!




Check Out CLEAN Webinar Series!

Register now for the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series to enhance your knowledge and teaching about climate and energy education! Check out the range of topics, and share this information with your networks. Next webinar is March 13th. Learn more >



Two NOAA Webinar Series to Check Out!

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Here are two NOAA webinar series you can sign up to follow. The NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Webinar series presents scientific and educational expertise, resources, and training in support of ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. The NOAA One Science Seminar Series presents new science from across NOAA.


NASA Earth to Sky Academy Accepting Applications

The application process for the Earth to Sky Academy is now open until March 31st. A 5-day course will be held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for teams of 3-5 people from Oct. 21-25 who are interested in strengthening their climate communication. Find out more >



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Apply for American Meteorological Society's Summer Learning


Enhance your knowledge of Earth system science and earn three graduate credits from California University of Pennsylvania via one of these two renowned summer professional development opportunities: Project ATMOSPHERE and the Maury Project. These courses are provided by the American Meteorological Society Education Program and their partners.

Project ATMOSPHERE:  Join fellow science teachers for a online and in-residence teacher professional development course with a one-week residence experience in Kansas City, MO at NOAA’s National Weather Service Training Center, 29 July - 3 August 2019. Learn from experts in meteorology while gaining valuable field experience. Travel, lodging, meals, and all materials are provided in addition to a $300 stipend. More information and the application are available online at  The application deadline is 1 April 2019.

Mauri Project

The Maury Project:  Explore the fundamentals of physical oceanography in Annapolis, MD, 14-26 July 2019 and gain valuable field experience. Travel, lodging, meals, and all materials are provided in addition to a $600 stipend. More information and the application are available online at The application deadline is 1 April 2019.





UL Innovative Education Award 


Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) are hosting an informational webinar on Tuesday, March 5th at 3:00 pm ET to answer questions about the UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) application. Join the discussion as past ULIEA winners Dr. Jenn Page of Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Quilen Blackwell of Chicago Eco House, and leaders from NAAEE and UL share their tips on what makes a prize-winning application. Learn more and register for the webinar here.


Students for Zero Waste Week – Fast Approaching!

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NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Guardian Program invites you to join their Students for Zero Waste Week where participants invite their local communities to join them as they “Go Green and Think Blue.” Register for the 2019 Students for Zero Waste Week campaign - for a week or more, from March 18 - April 26, 2019. An orientation webinar is available on Tuesday, March 12 at 1pm PT or at 4pm PT. Learn more here >


B-WET Grants Due April 5, 2019


California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grant Applications are Being Accepted NOW!

Proposals for California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grants to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara are due April 5, 2019. Visit the California B-WET webpage for more information and to apply.


Drawdown EcoChallenge | April 3-24, 2019, Webinar March 14th


Register for the Drawdown EcoChallenge this April by joining a team, creating a team, or joining a Community Team!  Dive into the solutions noted in the Drawdon book that will be guiding climate actions; and tune in to the EcoChallenge webinar happening Thursday, March 14th. Find details here and learn who else is participating in the Drawdown EcoChallenge. Rise!

Science without Borders Art Challenge Contest

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The theme for the 2019 Science without Borders® Challenge is “Connected Ocean: No Barriers, No Boundaries, and No Borders.” Students 11-19 years old are asked to illustrate how the ocean is connected. Scholarships of up to $500 are awarded to the winning entries. Deadline for entry is Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm. For more information about the contest, check out Contest Rules and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.




World Heritage Coral Reefs Study

Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs is an UNESCO update report assessing the historical, recent, and projected heat stress and bleaching at natural World Heritage properties with coral reefs.You can find the report here >




NMEA Presentations and Poster Submission

The 2019 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference will be held from July 21-25 at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. The call for presentations is open until March 15th. Find out more here.





NOAA's Data in the Classroom


With NOAA’s Data in the Classroom, students use real-time ocean data to explore today’s most pressing environmental issues, and develop problem-solving skills employed by scientists. Access online and classroom-ready curriculum activities with a scaled approach to learning and easy-to-use data exploration tools.

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What's Inside NOAA's MDMAP Get Started Toolbox?


Want to contribute to NOAA’s marine debris efforts through citizen science? Open up the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Toolbox and see what’s inside to help you get started!

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NOAA View Data Exploration Tool

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Users can visualizes numerous environmental variables at various depths and temporal  distillations across the globe using NOAA View Data Explorer. The tool uses data from NOAA’s vast archives of satellites, climate models and the NOAA Ocean Atlas. Watch a training tutorial here. Learn more and access the tool.


 Post-Secondary Learning Resources in Meteorology & More


The COMET Program and its MetEd library offer environmental science education for posto-secondary audiences primarily and training curriculum to disseminate and enhance scientific knowledge in the environmental sciences. COMET specializes in offering meteorology learning resources but also includes diverse areas such as oceanography, hydrology, space weather, and emergency management.


Earth Day 2019 is Almost Here


Earth Day 2019 is just a little over one month away on April 22nd. This year's theme is "Protect our Species" and Earth Day Network has gathered educational resources from primary to higher education levels to aid in your preparation for the big day. It's the 49th anniversary of Earth Day so let's celebrate the planet, our home!  

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NOAA Photo Library

Did you know that most of NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain and cannot be copyrighted. NOAA asks only that credit be given to NOAA and the photographer with his/her affiliated organization shown also. Access the NOAA Photo Library here.






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