THE WATCH – News You Can Use for 26-March-2019

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

It's spring! Winter is behind us and new beginnings lie ahead. Here are a few resources, opportunities, and deadlines to help you bloom wherever you are planted!




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Planet Steward's Next Book Club: April 15

Henry Huntington says it best about The Archipelago of Hope, to be discussed this April 15 at 8pm ET: "Gleb Raygorodetsky presents his personal and professional experiences and insights in a lively and compelling set of stories from around the world. Much has been written about climate change, but little that displays the conviction, passion, and depth that he brings to this task. His message: there is still time to act, if only we can show the patience and commitment to listen and learn from those who have taken the time to earn their wisdom." – Henry Huntington, Co-author of The Meaning of Ice and contributor to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment

Join us! Find out how on the NOAA Planet Stewards Website.

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NOAA PSEP Workshop in Charleston, SC 

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"! Learn more and register to attend. 






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Two NOAA Webinar Series to Sign Up & 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.



NAAEE: Inspiring Conservation Action

Please join the North American Assoc. for Environmental Education (NAAEE) on April 17 at 3pm ET for their April installment of their monthly webinar series presented in partnership with the US Forest Service. Featuring Nicole Ardoin (Stanford University) and Judy Braus (NAAEE), they'll take a deep dive into NAAEE’s Toolkit for Engaging People in Conservation Action, discussing how to plan a conservation education program, inspire a conservation ethic, and increase the impact of behavior change efforts. Register here.


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NOAA Ocean Podcast

Are you looking for NOAA's Making Waves, Diving Deeper, or Ocean Shorts podcasts? NOAA has combined these podcasts into one to streamline their offerings. The NOAA Ocean podcast is easy to remember and easy for people to discover.  Search for "NOAA Ocean" in your podcast player of choice. All of NOAA Ocean podcast episodes can be found here.




World Ocean Radio Podcast

Over 500 episodes exist of World Ocean Radio! For more than 10 years, World Ocean Radio has been engaging in dialogue about ocean issues, suggesting solutions to today's problems, and championing for the change required to conserve and sustain all natural resources for the benefit of all mankind. Originally broadcast through WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine, World Ocean Radio is now heard via college and community radio stations, podcast and Internet radio on five continents around the world. Check out the special 500th episode here.




Applications Open: Shelburne Farms Climate Resiliency Fellowship

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Shelburne Farms is accepting applications from inter-disciplinary teams of teachers working with grades 6-12 for the upcoming 2019-2020 cohort of their Climate Resiliency Fellowship. This opportunity focuses on incorporating climate change education and service learning into your school's curriculum. The Fellowship focuses on hope and resilience for both teachers and students across the Northern New England states and beyond.  The fellowship begins July 15-17, 2019 in Vermont and continues with in person and virtual gatherings through April 2020. Scholarships are available. Deadline to apply is April 1.

Visit the website for more information and to apply.


EPA Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The application period has been extended for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). Find out more here.

Applications are now due April 5, 2019.



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.

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.

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Calif. Bay Watershed Education & Training Proposals Due April 5th

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

Proposals for the B-WET Grants should support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara. The deadline is April 5, 2019. Visit the California B-WETwebpage for more information and to apply.



Sail Onboard the JOIDES Resolution this Spring or Summer

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in the U.S. is now accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution for 2 upcoming expeditions: Expedition 387: Amazon Margin (April 26, 2020 - June 26, 2020), and 388: Equatorial Atlantic Gateway (June 26, 2020 - August 26, 2020). Sail on board the ship, be a part of a 30-member science party, conduct live ship-to-shore events to classrooms around the world, and come up with creative educational & outreach products!  Applications from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts, and any who can make a good case for themselves are welcome! Deadline to apply is April 26th!



Climate Science on the Oregon Coast!

Wade into climate science on the Oregon Coast with South Slough! The Reserve provides hands-on, interactive trainings for classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators who work closely with schools. This is a 3-day summer workshop that will meet 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM June 19 & 20th, and 9 AM - 3:00 PM on June 21st, 2019. (Overnight housing is available upon request.) Deadline to apply is May 25. Register via Eventbrite and email to find out more.




National Estuarine Research Reserve Summer Workshop

The NOAA Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maine is hosting a free three-day Teachers on the Estuary workshop July 24-26, 2019. Applicants are due May 15. Attendance is free. The draft agenda and application instructions can be found here.


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Calling All Students 11-19 yrs. old!

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.



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NOAA Great Water Design Challenge 

The Challenge will be held in Aurora, IL on May 22nd and is open to teams of 3-4 high school students and their faculty sponsor(s). Student teams compete in research and design thinking to create innovative responses and solutions to address their selected water challenge. Teams receive access to research, prototyping, and presentation materials and experts who are available to them as they work. Teams must arrange for their own transportation & continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided. Space is limited! Find out more and register your team.


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Ocean Matters' Student Summer Opportunity

Join Ocean Matters for their Coral Reef Restoration, Whale Sharks, and Scuba Certification program that takes place on the island of Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras. Students will earn PADI scuba certification, do a coral restoration project on scuba and participate in whale shark, REEF fish and coral monitoring from July 27-August 3, 2019. Deadline to apply for scholarship is 4/1 - Hurry!. Learn more. 


Youth Ocean Conservation Summit for High School Students


The National Aquarium in Baltimore, has an amazing opportunity for any high school students that are interested in Ocean Conservation and helping the environment! The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (for high school students) is happening on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the National Aquarium-Baltimore and allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement conservation projects, gain career opportunities in marine conservation, and obtain opportunities they can take part in to help protect our planet's oceans and their inhabitants. Interested students should apply by April 15. For more information on the Youth Summit and to Register read more. 




Meet Us in St. Louis, April 11th - 14th

National Science Teachers Assoc. National Conference in St. Louis is fast approaching. NOAA Planet Stewards will be participating in various workshops, NESTA shareathons, and exhibits – some involving Planet Stewards from past and current cohorts of stewards.  If you'll be there too, let us know. We hope to see you there!


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Ultimate Guide to Creating Sustainability Changemakers

A 21-page guide from Outdoortopia is available via NAAEE to assist teachers, mentors, and others on how to engage children in environ-mental & sustainability issues and encourage action for positive real-world change. Obtain the guide here.



NAAEE International Conference: Call for Presentations is Open!




Earth Day Theme: Protect our Species for 2019

Earth Day 2019 is just a little over one month away on April 22nd. This year's theme is "Protect our Species" and the 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!  Learn More.


SERC's Portal to Higher Education Resources

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The Science Education Resource Center's (SERC) newest portal For Higher Ed provides integrated access to resources from multiple projects in an organization scheme that emphasizes current needs and interests in higher education. 


Data in the Classroom

NOAA's Data in the Classroom Resource

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. Learn More,



  • A University of Oklahoma-led project is showing how citizen science programs provide valuable data on rivers in southwestern United States. Read more.
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)  is embarking on a long-term, interdisciplinary investigation of marine microplastics to understand the fate of microplastics drifting through the ocean, gauge their impacts on marine life and human health, and engineer new technology solutions needed to push the science forward. A news story reports that WHOI feels greater standards involving microplastics are needed.
  • University of Colorado Boulder and Arizona State research shows higher CO2 emissions from alpine tundra permafrost. Learn more.
  • Two dead & hundreds evaluated as historic flooding swamps midwest. Read more.
  • NOAA warns of ‘unprecedented’ spring flood season that may become ‘more dire’ in coming weeks. Washington Post, 3/21/19.



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