The Watch May 28th, 2019

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 


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“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”

Bob Riley   

We hope everybody was able to enjoy Memorial Day weekend and reflect on the sacrifices made for our freedom
both in the past and in the present.


Planet Stewards Education Program Connection Links

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Join us at an upcoming Planet Stewards-Sponsored Workshop!

This workshop, "Becoming Estuary Stewards", is coming Quick in June! Learn more: Becoming Estuary Stewards - June 18-20, Charleston, SC

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"Teachers on the Estuary" Workshop Opportunity this July

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The North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve is excited to partner with South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and children's author Kevin Kurtz to offer a professional K-5th teacher development opportunity in Georgetown, SC July 23-24, 2019. The deadline for this NOAA 'Teachers on the Estuary' workshop is May 31st so don't delay. Find out more and apply here.

You can find a complete listing and descriptions of all the NOAA 'Teachers on the Estuary' workshops taking place around the country this summer on their workshop calendar web page.

NOAA Great Water Design Challenge for Students and Teachers

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The Challenge will be held in Aurora, IL in October 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.  Space is limited! Find out more and register your team.

From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!

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Join NOAA Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center( ALNC) on November 7th and 8th for a two day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM, and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Teachers will leave ready to coach their students in using satellite data to investigate weather and natural hazards. CEU credits and reimbursement of up to $200 per participant are available. Find out more and register today!

The Earth Scientist from NESTA

The Earth Scientist is the peer reviewed quarterly journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association. The 2019 Spring edition found here was sponsored by NOAA Planet Stewards and NOAA Planet Stewards educators Kottie Christie-Blick, Dr. Richard Jones, Jessica Lura, and Dr. Carlie Trott are prominently featured. 

What are you waiting for!?! Click on the link above and start reading about these four stewards, their stewardship projects, and so much more!

The Earth Scientist from NESTA






News and Resources from NOAA's logo

Interested in what parts of the U.S. have the highest chances for a soggy summer? Read more here.

Or might you be looking for a way to explain how global warming influences extreme weather? Then access the video from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and resources on the CLEANET website here.


Website Highlight – Wave Safe

Join NOAA's Coastal Safety Expert, Bruckner Chase, as he visits our nation’s favorite coasts to share expert tips and local know-ledge on how to ensure your visit to any beach stays fun and safe. Access the site here.


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Skincare Chemicals and Coral Reefs

Common chemicals used in thousands of products to protect against harmful effects of ultraviolet light threaten corals and other marine life. Learn more from this excellent NOAA website.


NOAA's Office of Marine Sanctuaries Photo Contest 2019 

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Now in its 5th year, the "Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo
Contest 2019"
 helps raise awareness about marine sanctuaries in a fun and informative way. Contrary to popular misconception, marine sanctuaries are not, "hands off," regions, but rather places where all kinds of activities including fishing, diving and boating are encouraged. Check out this photo contest, learn more about marine sanctuaries, and help spread the word about what marine sanctuaries are all about. The contest runs from May 25 through September 2 (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend). Find out more. 

Two NOAA Webinar Series Offered Throughout the Year

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.

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American Meteorological Society's Professional Development Site

Do you want to enhance your knowledge of Earth system science and earn graduate credit?  Over 22,000 teachers have boosted their STEM curriculum and impacted millions of students through involvement in one or more of AMS Education’s teacher professional development programs that are largely all-expenses-paid including DataStreme, the Maury Project, and
Project Atmosphere. Find out more here!

Underwater Robotics Summer Educator Workshops

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The MATE Center is co-hosting four workshops this summer.

Two Introductory Workshop with the PufferFish ROV Kit

  • Tucson, Arizona - July 9 - 12, 2019·     
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama - July 28 - August 1, 2019

 Two Intermediate Workshops with the TriggerFish ROV Kit

  • Tucson, Arizona - July 22- 26, 2019
  • Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon - August 5 - 9, 2019

You can learn more about these workshops on the MATE website here.

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2019 ESIP Summer Meeting July 16-19

Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information.  

For 20 years, Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders in Earth observation data, forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, educators and the public. Participants will learn how to put data in action in the classroom through using Jupyter Notebooks and other Earth science tools. Registration for teachers is $50, but those attending the meeting will receive a full refund plus a stipend of $200. A full registration will be given until June 10th. Register here.


AAAS Offers Three Free Summer Workshops for MS & HS Teachers

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Middle school science and high school biology teachers are invited to submit an application to attend a free one-day workshop presented by Project 2061, the science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The workshops will be offered at three locations:

Deadlines are approximately a month before the actual conference is to occur. Questions? Please call Barbara Goldstein at 202 326 6628 or email her at

Maine's Coastal Science Academy Offers Free Summer Workshop

Applications for the 2019 Coastal Science Academy are now being accepted from all K-12th grade educators, and is limited to 20 participants.  The 4-day workshop runs from July 23-26 in Maine and teachers participate in a school research project for the following school year. Read the full program description here. To apply, please follow this link to the Program Application Form.

Applications are due by June 21, 2019.



National Marine Educators Association National Conference this July


The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association is proud to host the National Marine Educators Association National Conference, July 21-25, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH. The Association's mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and its annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world, drawing 300-500 professionals for four days of learning, sharing, and networking. Hope to see you there! For more information and to register, click here.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in D.C., Aug. 5-7

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Climate Generation has a special professional development opportunity coming up for humanities teachers! Join them for their 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education in Washington, D.C. for three days of hands-on activities, field trips, and opportunities to see how climate change fits into your subject area. Registration is open, and they also have scholarships thanks to their Teach Climate Teachers Scholarship Fund! Learn more here.






K12 Youth Sessions Planned for the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting

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The 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be help from Feb.16th to Feb. 21st, 2020 in San Diego, California and a K12 youth session is planned for select students with abstracts due in October 2019. Contact Elizabeth Eubanks at if you'd like to learn more about oral and poster sessions opportunities for K-12 students.






Biodiversity Report Details Mass Extinction Event Now Underway

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Scientists at the United Nations' intergovernmental body focusing on biodiversity sounded alarms earlier this month with its report on the looming potential extinction of one million species. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its report on what it called nature's "unprecedented" decline. IPBES's report detailed how "The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever," the panel's chairman, Sir Robert Watson said in a statement.

Needs Assessment Survey Needed to Inform Educational Resources 

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Teaching about the Arctic, Antarctica, sea ice, ocean, glaciers, polar bears or penguins? Please take our anonymous, 12-min online survey and enter a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card if you complete the survey by June 3 and provide your email address. You can access the Survey here.

This research is being conducted through CIRES Education and Outreach program at the University of Colorado Boulder and is funded by the National Science Foundation in conjunction with a large Arctic research expedition (MOSAiC). Findings will inform the development of educational resources and educational activities for K-12 students around polar topics.

Survey on Teaching Climate Change (or Not)

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An educational psychology Ph.D. Candidate at Texas tech and former HS science teacher is conducting a survey to ask K-12 teachers of any subject about their experience of incorporating (or excluding) information on climate change into their classes. He developed a survey to help explain the barriers science teachers face when tackling tough political issues in the classroom like climate change. The survey is completely anonymous. Please take 20 minutes to help out science teachers in the United States!
Click here to go to the survey. 

Foodprints for the Future Campaign to be Launched

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, a new campaign called Foodprints for the Future is being launched to address one of the largest contributors to climate change facing us today: our food system. To learn more about Foodprints for the Future and how to get involved, visit, drop a line to, and join the digital conversation with the hashtag #JoinEatShare on social media.

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Climate Change Submissions Wanted!

Announcing an open call for submissions to EYEWITNESS, a collection of poems, stories, and art assembled with a diverse range of voices sharing their experiences of climate change. We invite you to join the chorus of voices by submitting a short story, poem, or artwork depicting your experiences and perspectives of climate change by October 20th, 2019. Learn more.



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Hurricane Season Begins: June 1st - November 30th 

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Want to learn how you, your students, and/or your family can prepare for a hurricane? The Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency provides step-by-step guidance at


June 8th is World Ocean Day! Toolkit Available

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The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council has released 5 new guides and toolkits to help you take action on plastic pollution during World Oceans Day and throughout the year. The new resources include:

Guide to Talking about Ocean Plastic Pollution
Plog for the Ocean Toolkit
Coastal and Inland Cleanup Guide
Plastic Pollution Lesson and Action Plan
Upcycling Guidebook also has a variety of promotional materialsresources for youth and more available for download.

Climate Change: Guidance for Managing Controversy from CLEAN


CLEAN has a new webpage being featured in the teaching guidance section of the CLEAN website. This page is focused on helping teachers manage the controversy that can arise when climate change is taught in the classroom. It has advice and links to resources and should be a good reference for your teaching on the topic of climate change. Find it here.


ATLAS Project Aims to Boost Ocean Literacy with Free Resources

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Dynamic Earth has partnered with an EU-research project ‘ATLAS’ to develop free educational resources which aim to increase ocean literacy.  Packs are available covering topics such as biodiversity & adaptation; ocean acidification and pressure in the deep. Find the resources here.

ATLAS involves people from across Europe, the USA and Canada. It is the biggest ever research project trying to find out more about life in the deep Atlantic Ocean.


Phenomenon-Based Learning Modules from NOAA's Science on Sphere

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Phenomenon-based learning is an educational approach that engages students in science. Check out Science on a Sphere’s phenomenon-based learning modules here, including: 

  • Can elephants sense Tsunamis?
  • Lightning Lake, and
  • Plastic in the Mariana Trench



Wildfire Prevention and More from Smokey Bear Live

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Find LESSON PLANS plans and other resources about Smokey Bear and wildfire prevention





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