The Watch, April 21, 2020

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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. 
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together… all things connect.”

 —Chief Seattle

Planet Stewards Education Program Links

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NOAA Distance Learning & Multimedia Educational Survey

If you’re using distance learning and multimedia resources now more than ever, help NOAA help you. We want to know the types of STEM multimedia and distance learning you’re using as an educator with your students, as well as your own professional development. Take this very short survey and let us know how NOAA can help you!



Planet Stewards Book Club: 

MONDAY, May 18, 8pm Eastern Time

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Join us in May for our final book club this academic year. We’ll be discussing RisingDispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush.

Water, Water Everywhere: Will There Be Enough to Drink?


Join Brian McInerney, senior hydrologist with NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City, Utah and learn about the observed impacts of a warming climate to water resources globally, and regionally in the United States. How can we adapt? Can we change the rate and magnitude of our warming? What can one person do? Watch the webinar here and other archived Planet Steward webinars.



FIVE: Online Resources from Woods Hole Sea Grant

Woods Hole Sea Grant has put together a website of live streaming events, webinars, videos, science games, and more for students and their families that they update daily. Access it here and check out the entire NOAA Live! SeaGrant series here.


FOUR: Coral Gardening - A National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series Thursday, April 23rd, 2020, 6 pm EDT

As coral reefs across the globe decline, the interest in “coral gardening” to restore reefs is increasing. Join Katie Lohr, PhD, Conservation Science Fellow for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as she reviews techniques for propagating and restoring corals, as well as identifying corals that can survive future ocean conditions. The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series supports ocean and climate literacy in the middle school - college classroom. Families are welcome as well. Register to attend the webinar.


THREE:  All About Science and Scientists – from Scientists

A 30 minute bi-weekly webinar series for children/families with NOAA and CIRES scientists talking about their work, how they got into science, what they are researching, and more! At the end of each presentation are lists of activities that can be done from home. See upcoming webinars and register here.



TWO: NOAA’s Exploring Ocean Today Education Resources

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This fun, fast paced 30-minute event attracted several hundred attendees a few weeks ago. If you missed it live, you can watch it now. Included are lightning tours of:

JOIN THE NOAA Ocean Today EDUCATION COMMUNITY and hear about future webinars. Subscribe to their mailing list HERE.

ONE: 6 Ways You Can Be a Citizen Scientist for NOAA

There are dozens of citizen science projects within NOAA that provide opportunities for people to engage in scientific investigation. At NOAA National Ocean Service, popular citizen science projects abound. Check out six ways NOAA engages people of all ages in citizen science.

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Love to learn about NOAA, its science, and programs?

Sign up to attend upcoming webinars online via OneNOAA Science Seminar Series. A few upcoming webinars of note include:

  • Title: Troubled Waters and Troubled Planet: 50 years Since the First Earth Day, Register to attend. April 22, 2:30-3:30pm
  • Title: The Allen Coral Atlas: A New Map for Coral Conservation. Register to attendThe Allen Coral Atlas partnership uses high-resolution satellite imagery and advanced analytics to map and monitor the world's coral reefs, creating unprecedented global coverage.
Educator opportunities


Incorporate Conservation and Design Thinking Into Your Teaching

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What is design thinking? Find out with resources from the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the Half-Earth Project. Find resources for the Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador Program here including their hands-on team-based map design challenge to save biodiversity and other resources. Also, be sure to stay informed regularly by joining their Facebook group.

Green Teacher FREE Webinars

  • Staying the Same, Yet, Totally Different: April 22nd, 2020, 1:00–2:30 p.m. EST. Learn how one residential outdoor education program is responding to a new and truly distanced learning community. 
  • Indigenous Arts and Sciences: Connecting STEM to Indigenous Science: April 29th; 7:30–8:30 pm EST

Learn more & register>

August Workshop on Field-based Science Inquiry

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Diack Ecology Education Program and Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School invite you to participate in a
free science teacher training
focused on field-based science inquiry: Aug18-20 at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center in Oregon. Attending teachers can apply for a $2,000 grant. Learn more & register.


Environmental and Sustainability Data for Decision-Making


In this archived broadcast Resource Watch and the Open Knowledge Foundation brought together a panel of global experts to learn about their experiences working with open data. You can hear what they have to say and get a demo of Resource Watch - which curates the world’s best data and maps on deforestation, coral reef bleaching, crops, fishing, fires and other natural disasters, population, poverty, power plants, and much more. Hear about the challenges members of the panel face, how they use data to influence decision makers and what they think the future of open data looks like. Watch the video here at your leisure.

30 under 30


EE 30 Under 30 Nominations Open

NAAEE continues the global search for 30 game-changing leaders under 30 years of age who are using environmental education to build a sustainable future for all. Read more >

Grant News

EPA Announces Grant Funding to Support Healthy School Environments

Class opportunities


Staying in? Thursday Night Science Talk Series Online

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Science Talk Series offers live webinars providing a wide range of current and emerging topics and issues in marine science that touch the everyday lives. Join them every Thursday evening for ~ 30 minutes with time to interact with the speaker. Each event is recorded so you can watch whenever it fits your schedule. You can find information on this week’s talk, as well as, future talks and links to recordings of past talks by clicking this link.


Webinar: Understanding the Marine Heatwaves in the Pacific
April 24, 2020, 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

heatwave Pacific

Join Dr. Jan Newton as she explains how marine heatwaves influence life in the waters off the Washington coast in the Pacific Northwest. This webinar is part of the National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series, providing educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training in support of ocean and climate literacy. This series is meant for formal and informal educators, students (middle school through college), and members of the community, including families. Register for the webinar.

Student opportunities

Appreciate the Natural World this Earth Day


The Recharge the Rain Project* is challenging youth and those that are young at heart to express their appreciation of the natural world through an original work of art. Show us new ways of seeing and appreciating the everyday by:  

  • Observing the natural world from your window, yard, driveway while observing safe distancing requirements.
  • Create an original work of art of any kind
  • Share your art with a photo or video on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) with the hashtag #CelebrateEarth2020 and #RechargetheRain.

Participation is open throughout 2020, not just during the month of April. Find out more.

Watch NOVA this April and Celebrate Our Polar Extremes


Join NOVA on two live virtual field trips in celebration of Earth Day. 

Celebrate Earth Day with Dr. Kirk Johnson, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 1 p.m. ET  Watch Here: NOVA Education Facebook,
Dr. Kirk Johnson is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and host of NOVA Polar Extremes. He’ll discuss why we study the Earth and what we can do to protect it as well as take your questions..

Surviving (and Thriving) in a Polar Desert, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, Watch Here: NOVA Education Facebook. Join Melisa Diaz to learn how we study Antarctica to understand how living things have survived there for millions of years.

In Honor of Earth Day, Join Earth Challenge 2020

earth Challenge

The Earth Challenge 2020 (EC2020) allows people to engage  in a global citizen science initiative demonstrating how small acts of science can add up to global change. Using a mobile app and open citizen science data, EC2020 empowers people around the world to help monitor and mitigate threats to environmental and human health. Learn more and sign up to start collecting valuable data on air quality and plastic pollution with the world’s largest ever coordinated citizen science campaign. 

EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council – Apply Today!

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EarthEcho International is now accepting applications for its 2020 youth leadership programs! The EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council unites young conservation leaders, ages 15-22 from around the world, and plays a critical role leading and developing EarthEcho’s suite of education programs, Applications are open until May 1, 2020. Apply today!

Passionate about protecting local waterways? Young leaders ages 14-22 from the US should consider applying for EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors. Deadline is also May 1, 2020. Apply here.

Ed Resources


The Ocean School’s New Onlline Multi-Language Week-Long Modules

Ocean School offers a FREE, innovative, inquiry-based learning experience for students in grades 6th-9th to explore their impact on the ocean and the ocean's impact on us. Three new, week-long virtual modules were created with more being released each Monday! Access their “Learn From Home” content here and find resources not only in English, but French and Spanish, too.

Wave Safe Collection


Online Educational Resources – The More the Merrier!

Educators with students of all ages are likely in need of credible and engaging online educational resources. Here are recommendations for virtual educational resources:

Paid Education Platforms Currently Offering Free Access!!!


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