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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

Don’t judge each day by the harvest that you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

– Robert Louis Stevenson


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NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club – 

Monday, May 18, 8pm Eastern Time; Dial Toll Free 1-866-662-7513 followed by passcode 1170791#

Join us for our final book club this academic year. We’ll be discussing  RisingDispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush. Discussion questions will be posted to our website prior to the event.

Planet Steward Archived Webinars: 
Climate and Ecological Forecasting: Predicting/Preventing Health Risks

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Ecosystems and ecosystem components are constantly changing in response to environmental drivers such as climate variability, extreme weather conditions, pollution, or habitat change. Being able to forecast these changes can provide information about how people, economies, and communities may be affected. Watch the webinar w/ NOAA scientist Juli Trtanj.


FIVE:  NOAA’s Interview Series w/ Postdoc Fellows/Alumni

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NOAA’s presents Katherine Allen, an assistant professor and scientist at University of Maine. Her career in ocean-climate studies was shaped by her childhood on the Maine coast. This is Climate.Gov’s third entry in its series of interviews with NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellows and alumni that is sure to capture and intrigue readers!

FOUR: NOAA OneHealth Lead Scientist Discusses Extreme Heat in Human Health and Well-Being with ASU’s School of Sustainability

Webinar: Tues., May 14 from 2-4pm EDT

extreme heat

Extreme heat is a hazard to human health and well-being. The health impacts of extreme heat are dependent on individual coping capacity, personal-to-city-level heat mitigation strategies, and access to cooling infrastructure. Current and future conditions of extreme heat disproportionately impact communities that are already facing inequities. This webinar will address current research and applications on human health and extreme heat at the individual, community, and city levels and provide climate action guidance to city leaders, practitioners, and the public. Panelists will assess additional burdens and risks resulting from COVID -19. Register to attend.

THREE:  Exploring the Sounds of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary


On May 8th at 12pm EDT, this live event will connect viewers with National Marine Sanctuary experts in research, education, and exploration. Kris Howard and Alison Soss study the sounds of fishes to better understand what is happening at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Also, learn what it's like to be a marine scientist living on NOAA's marine research ship, Nancy Foster, with no land in sight, spending three hours per day scuba diving. Register here.

Explore other NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries live events as they introduce you to the world of underwater parks encompassing over 600,000 square miles of pristine marine ecosystems! And make sure to check out videos that explore the nature world at Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants website.

TWO:: NOAA Ocean Podcast, Educational Resources Galore!

NOS Podcast

The NOAA National Ocean Service offers a wide variety of materials for educators, students, and kids. Discover free lesson plans, tutorials, hands-on activities, and other educational resources for anyone who wants to learn about our ocean and coasts in this 11 min. podcast. It’s all here!.

ONE: NOAA’s Every Full Moon Watch Party, Thursday,

May 7, 2020 2:00:00 PM EDT

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Join NOAA on for its first ever Ocean Today Every Full Moon Watch Party! This fast paced, lively webcast is for everyone (all ages) who loves the ocean and are curious about what lives in its depths.  We will:

  • Watch incredible footage of underwater creatures and habitats.
  • Participate in hands-on activities you can do at home

Find out about other Ocean Today video presentations and register for this event here!

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:

When available, recordings will be posted here.

Educator opportunities


Be an En-ROADS Climate Ambassador!

Take part in the En-ROADS Climate Ambassador training program and become skilled in learning about worldwide events on climate change and policy! 130 Ambassadors worldwide are already running their own En-ROADS events, delivering insights, and cultivating climate leadership globally. This free 8-part course will be held weekly on Thursdays and offered at two different time slots beginning on May 14. Learn more and sign up!


Become a Biodiversity Conservation Ambassador!

Sign up to be a Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador! Share their great resources,  a new food web tool, and information on how to make springtime observations. Even the smallest observations are needed! - for you, and our planet!

Half Earth

Save the Date!: Marine Science Day 2020


On Saturday, May 30, join the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) online, for Marine Science Day 2020! Marine Science Day provides an opportunity to engage and interact with VIMS faculty, staff and students while learning about the important research they conduct. This virtual event will feature videos and resources you can explore at your leisure as well as live-streamed talks, demonstrations, and Q&A sessions with scientists. Join them for a fun, educational, and engaging day for all ages. A schedule will be coming soon to Register here.

Gift Cards for Teachers from OpenSciEd

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Did you know that 94% of teachers spend a portion of their own money on classroom supplies? For Teacher Appreciation Week, OpenSciEd is giving away 10 $100 gift cards to science teachers as part of our #MyOpenSciEdStory contest. To enter:

  1. Tweet a picture/video showing your use of OpenSciEd materials
  2. Write a description of how these materials have impacted your classroom
  3. Use #MyOpenSciEdStory in your tweet

Two winners will be selected each night from May 4th-8th. For additional details, visit Also check out their free resources for online learning and their professional development series

World Ocean Radio

WORLD OCEAN RADIO is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects, presented by host Peter Neill. Available for RSS feed and for broadcast by college and community radio stations worldwide. Find World Ocean Radio at iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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World Ocean Observatory

WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY has been a major utility for ocean communication since 2003, advancing public awareness and providing educational resources about the health of the ocean. It believes that informed citizens worldwide can unite to sustain the ocean through mitigation and change of human behavior on land and sea. Subscribe online at The sea connects all things...

Respect the Ocean

Class opportunities

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Home Citizen Science Opportunities 

We're almost halfway through Citizen Science Month! If you're spending time indoors, check out these great ideas of ways
you can contribute to scientific research and outreach in the
future from NOAA.

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Diving into Science, Friday, May 8 at 10am

Come along with Texas Parks and Wildlife as they virtually dive into artificial reefs along the Texas Coast. Learn how to monitor these ecosystems and complete your very own fish survey! Best suited for students in the
5th-12th grades, but open to all participants. Register here.

NSTA Webinar Series hosts Hurricane & Education Experts from AMS


Join NSTA for their live webinar series event on May 13. The topic: Tropical Climatology and Hurricane Hazards – The Seasonality and Geography of Tropical Systems in the Atlantic Basin and an Early Hurricane Season Outlook. Presenters will be from AMS, which has enhanced K-12 teacher preparation and practice, through their DataStreme Project, Project Atmosphere and Project Ocean for more than 25 years. Register and join in the learning before hurricane season begins this June!

Ocean First Institute Resources for Educators and Students

Ocean First Institute has several upcoming LIVE webinars, recordings, activities, and ocean resources to check and enjoy. Content is available online here.

Student opportunities

Hurry! Register Now for The First Bronx Youth Climate Summit

Bronx Climate summit

High school students from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, NYC, are gearing up to host the first Bronx Youth Climate Summit.. The summit will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 11:30 am-3:45 pm with workshops including:

Registration closes on May 8! Registration is free and is open to anyone, anywhere. More information at 

NOAA Live! Webinars for Kids

Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 EDT through June 12th, 2020

Check out this great new webinar series for kids, NOAA Live! Each webinar features a different NOAA expert/topic and a question and answers session. Events are targeted to grades 2-8. Each session runs 45 - 60 minutes and is close-captioned in English and Spanish. The series is created and brought to you by NOAA, Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Archived NOAA Live! webinars can be found here.


Video Competition Awards Full Tuition Scholarship from the University of Nebraska for 2020-21!

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offering scholarships through a competition where a two-minute video of a student’s innovative ideas could turn into a full-tuition scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year! ! In addition to the full scholarship winner, eight $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to youth in 6th through 11th grades. Find out more information here.


Conferences, etc.

Florida Marine Science Education Assoc. 2020 Conference is Going Virtual this Week!

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From microplastic awareness to sharks in the classroom to marine pedagogy, there is something for everyone! Registration is REQUIRED for EACH Zoom meeting and is limited to the first 100 participants so don’t delay! - REGISTER NOW for any sessions, a few that follow:

Thursday, May 7 — 12:00 PM (ET)
The Great Shark Trek with Hannah Medd
Register now:

Thursday, May 7 — 4:00 PM (ET)
Sea Turtles with Jaymie Reneker
Register now:

Friday, May 8 — 12:00 PM (ET)
UF Marine Sciences with Grace Burmester
Register now:

Friday, May 8 — 4:00 PM (ET)
Sharks by Salinity with Dita O’Boyle and Jeannine Windsor
Register now:    

Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference

The Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference is Going Virtual

The first-ever Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference is going virtual on June 29 and 30, 2020. Registration is now open. The conference program and more details about speakers and session descriptions will be posted on the conference’s website in the coming weeks. For more information visit:!

Ed Resources


From NOAA’s, the Climate Data Primer and "What Exactly is An Ice Core?" Video

Climate Primer

The Climate Data Primer site will walk you through some of the basics to help you understand and explore climate data. On the site, you'll find information on:

  • instruments used to measure weather and climate
  • how weather observations relate to climate products
  • how climate scientists check the quality of observations
  • tools you can use for exploring climate data

Also, make sure to explore what ice core rings are and how they record the past in this informative and engaging 5-min. video from the University of Maine. 

 Watch it here.

Harvard University C-CHANGE Program Educational Resources on Climate, Health, and COVID-19

This five-part series of videos and curriculum resources explores the connections between climate change and public health. Meaningful and action-oriented, the content is designed to help teachers and students engage with these issues, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Content may easily be adapted for younger age groups. New content will be released to educators each week. All resources are free!

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Virtual Vitamin Z from Detroit Zoological Society

The Detroit Zoological Society is sharing exciting educational content daily through live Facebook presentations, recorded videos and written activities. Each dose of Virtual Vitamin Z highlights animals at the Detroit Zoo as they practice skills and explore science concepts, connecting to curriculum standards in science, math literacy and/or visual arts. Access the content here.

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Online Learning Opportunities from the Loggerhead Marine Center

For marine science and conservation digital resources, check out the Center’s Virtual Coastal Classroom featuring daily live lessons led by teaching scientists and highlighting home-learning resources for students and parents. Upcoming and archived lessons are at


Posters of Marianas Trench Freely Available

NOAA is pleased to share two new educational posters that provide an in-depth view of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. These posters provide a visual guide and species directory for the Monument and supplement recently developed 6th-12th grade lesson plans. Access the posters here.

Marianas Trench

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (CCES)

CCES offers excellent educational resources on climate and energy. Jump to…



Civic Innovation Challenge - A Research and Action Competition involving Community/University Partnerships


The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced the launch of the Civic Innovation Challenge, a national research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain. University teams will compete for awards of up to $1 million to support ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects that have the potential for scalable, sustainable, and transferable impact on community-identified priorities. Teams will include civic partners — such as local, state, and tribal government officials, and non-profit and community leaders — working together with technical and social science researchers. The Civic Innovation Challenge is funded with an anticipated $9 million in federal funding. Find out more about the Civic Innovation Challenge here or see the NSF solicitation. Planning grant applications are due on July 1, 2020..

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