The Watch - 24 September 2020

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“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest,

except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the earth

and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”

—John Paul II

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Planet Stewards Bookclub Returns in October!
Affecting Change Through Education, Collaboration, and Action


Join the 2020-2021 Book Club with books of thought-provoking topics. to be discussed at monthly meetings online or via phone. First up in October and November:

Check out the archives with previous discussion questions,  find the entire book schedule here for 2020/2021 and and more information on how to join us. You're always welcome!

Cathy Techtmann Wins AFW's Climate Leadership Award

NOAA Planet Stewards congratulates Cathy Techtmann, one of our program alumni and an Environmental Outreach Specialist at the Community Development Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison, on receiving one of six national 2020 Climate Leadership Awards for Natural Resources from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Cat is the driving force behind the G-WOW Changing Climate Changing Culture Initiative and many other climate education and outreach projects for over two decades!  Congratulations Cathy on the well desired honor! 

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FIVE: 50 Candles for NOAA's Birthday Next Month

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Next month we celebrate NOAA's 50th birthday -- the agency was established five decades ago and has been changing what we know about the world ever since.  Check out our new story map, NOAA at 50, to get a glimpse of NOAA's unique heritage of science and service, and learn how that history has helped shape some incredible achievements.

                          Happy Birthday, NOAA! 

FOUR: NOAA's Office of Education Presents Education at Home!
Upcoming and Archived Webinars

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NOAA has an incredible library of live and archived webinars, especially for educators and students! With themes like satellite monitoring, hurricane hunters, and deep-sea dives, NOAA webinars have you covered from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the ocean. Bookmark your favorite series because new videos will be added as they are available. Find Education at Home webinar resources here.

THREE:  Virtual Sharktobervest: Celebrate the annual return of white sharks! Sept. 26th, 10-1:30 PT; 1-4:30 ET


Join NOAA for an online celebration of sharks to raise awareness of the importance of elasmobranchs in our marine ecosystem and the arrival of white sharks to the San Francisco area. Tune in for fun and educational activities for all. No registration necessary. Find more event info here via video.

TWO: Explore Deep-Sea Coral Communities off the West Coast in Real Time without Going to Sea, September 29, 2020 at 3pm PT / 6 pm ET


The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. In this series, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is partnering with Ocean Exploration Trust remotely aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus to seek out new discoveries on little known regions of the deep sea along the North American West Coast. You can visit the archives of the webinar series to catch up on presentations you may have missed here.

Register for the event to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The Webinar ID is 281-102-739. 

Also, tune in for live video of dives from the expedition on the Nautilus Live website during the last week of September anytime. There, you will see areas where microbes harness the leaking greenhouse gas, methane, as a source of food!

ONE: It's Estuary Week at NOAA – CELEBRATE!

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Join NOAA in commemorating its 29 estuary sites across the U.S. and territories covering over 1.3 million acres and used for long-term research, education, and stewardship!  Check out #EstuaryHeroes on social media, learn what about the estuary reserve nearest you has to offer, and by all means, go visit them! This Roadmap to Resources complements NOAA's Estuary Tutorial by directing you to online resources from NOAA and other sources. 

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Love to learn about NOAA, its science, and programs? Check out these upcoming webinars from the OneNOAA Seminar Series - the most complete and integrated summary of NOAA science and climate seminars across the nation. The OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar can be viewed here.  All seminars are posted in Eastern Time and subject to change without notice; Seminars are open to the public via remote access.

Register for the weekly list of upcoming NOAA science webinars here. Future seminars include, but are not limited to:

Seminar recordings, and sometimes PDFs of the PowerPoints are available thru the point of contact listed for each seminar. 

Educator opportunities

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Announcing the CLEAN Ambassador Program  

Funds are available for teachers to present about the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network at professional development workshops and teacher conferences - virtually, too! Teachers familiar with CLEAN and interested in helping market the resources are encouraged to fill out an application.

CLEAN Webinar Series

Take your teaching about climate and energy to the next level with the CLEAN Webinar Series. Click here to register for each free webinar. The series begins on October 5th at 6 pm ET / 9 pm PT with an introduction and overview of the CLEAN network!

Teach Climate Workshop: Science & Other Ways of Knowing

Five Wednesdays: September 30-January 20, 12pm CDT/1pm EDT

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Join the Teach Climate Network’s first of our five-workshop series demonstrating the five best practices of climate change education and featuring the most popular resources, tips, and tools from our Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education. Explore the full series and join the Network!

Sign up for Science & Other Ways of Knowing, September 30 |  - Jan. 20, 2021

From National Geographic: 
Free online professional learning courses for educators starting 9/30

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Follow National Geographic Explorers as they uncover how deforestation in Peru impacts glaciers in Iceland. The course "Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom" integrates scientific content and pedagogical practices that are important for teaching global climate change at the middle school level. Learn how scientific modeling can be used to help your students' understanding of climate change. Educators enrolled in this course can opt to sign up for graduate extension credit hours from the University of San Diego.

Student opportunities

Student Resources from Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science 

Explore RSMAS and its many resources for students!


Webinar: Hurricane Dorian - Impacts Below the Surface,
Sept. 30, 6pm ET


In September 2019, powerful Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Abaco and Grand Bahama islands as a Category 5 storm. The Bahamian government estimates that more than 200 people lost their lives in the disaster, and the hurricane caused catastrophic damage on land. The storm also affected nearshore marine habitats like coral reefs and seagrass beds.

Join the ANGARI Foundation and South Florida PBS as they chat LIVE with experts from the Perry Institute for Marine Science, the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization and Friends of the Environment about Dorian’s impact on the marine environment and marine life in The Bahamas. Audience questions are encouraged!  Register here.

Exploring Sustainable Seafood Lecture Series;

Series begins October 13, 1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET

Aquarium of the Pacific will offer a Virtual Lecture Series featuring scientists and experts who will discuss the big picture of sustainable seafood and its role in and relationship with climate change, nutrition, livelihoods, policy, society, and more.Educators and students can learn more about the series on YouTube and the Aquarium of the Pacific site.

Appropriate for post-secondary and secondary students. 

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Science@Home Series from CIRES and NOAA

Join the next live stream on Oct. 6th


The CIRES/NOAA Science@Home speaker series is excited to launch again this fall semester after a successful ad-hoc spring series to connect middle and high school students and classrooms that are now in the virtual/remote learning landscape with scientists. Each webinar features a 10-15 minute presentation by a scientists about how they got into science, what they do as a scientist, and what it is that they research, followed by 10-15 minutes of live Q&A.

 For the full schedule and for the exciting addition of monthly presentations in Spanish, visit the CIRES website, Overarching themes each month include:

  • September: Natural Hazards and Resilience
  • October: Climate (from the atmosphere to the oceans and anything in between)
  • November: Polar Science
  • December: Science Communication

All webinars will be live streamed and links will be posted to the CIRES website,  Please register if you'd like to be notified by email, here. Questions? Please contact: Amanda Morton.

"BLUEprint: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization" 

Available Now!

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This week on World Ocean Radio hear part five of the multi-part BLUEprint series, that discusses the lopsided outcomes born out by government subsidies and other tax-payer incentives that have, over time, driven consumption toward depletion, the outcomes of which we are dealing with today. Global industry on land, driven by unlimited growth, is now playing out similarly on the ocean through oil and gas exploration, deep sea mining, lack of fisheries catch limits, coastal development, and much more–leaving us poised to repeat the demonstrated failures of our past. The series outlines a new and sustainable path forward, with the ocean leading the way. This series will run through the end of 2020.

2021 Science Without Borders® Challenge, Due: 5/1/2021


The 2021 Science Without Borders® Challenge is now open! The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Mangroves Matter.” Participants should use their artistic talents to create a piece of artwork that illustrates how mangroves are important. The Science Without Borders® Challenge is open to all students worldwide who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). College and university students are not eligible for this contest. Work will be judged in two categories based on age, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded for each: 

  • Students 11-14 years old
  • Students 15-19 years old

Students can win up to $500 in this international art contest.All entries must be received by Monday, March 1, 2021. Learn About the Theme on this webpage.

Conference Reports


STEM Teacher Conference: The Rainforest Connection, Oct. 3, 2020, 9-12:30pm ET

Please join Mercy College for their virtual STEM teacher conference, taking place the morning of Saturday, October 3rd. The keynote speakers, Drs. Willis and Macht will share The Rainforest Connection, an interactive virtual program connecting classrooms with rainforest ecosystems and diverse scientists.

The cost is just $20.

Learn more and  register here.

NAAEE Conference & Research Symposium Online this October 


Join the North American Association for Environmental Education’s 2020 Virtual Conference (October 13-16) & Research Symposium (October 8-10), and Workshops (October 5-13). View the detailed schedules for the Conference and the Research Symposium, packed full of exciting content and speakers to help us build a just and sustainable world.  NAAEE has put together a promotional toolkit to make it as easy as possible to do so! 

Best of all, the conferences' fees are based on a "pay what you can" model with $25 as the low fee. Our goal is to make this as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. (And all the recordings will be available on demand for the next year.)

EarthxConservation coming October 19th - 21st, 2020


This three-day virtual event is designed to raise awareness about conservation and responsible resource use, and create understanding about how appropriately managed hunting, fishing, and agricultural activities around the world are critical to further conservation resulting in environmentally protective use of the biosphere. Join us for this live-steamed event! Find more information below:

Day 1: Current State of African Conservation & Wildlife
Day 2: Current State of US Agriculture, Ranching, Forestry, and Land
Day 3: Current State of US Hunting, Fishing, and Wildlife

Ed Resources

Data, Data Everywhere

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Data is everywhere and it's only multiplying so dive in with your students, but first, explore and build your own competencies with these two NOAA resources:

Earth.Org Global Wildlife & Natural World Photography Competition 2021

This is your opportunity to have your work showcased to the world, and win one of three prizes worth $1500. Earth.Org invites explorers, professional photographers and photographers working on the front line of wildlife conservation across the world to submit their photographs for the following categories for monetary prices:

  • Overall Best Environmental Photo
  • Wildlife in Peril
  • Human Impacts on the Environment

All entries must be received by April 4th, 2021. Find out more here.

DigitalCoast from NOAA Ocean Service

Use this crowd-sourced web application to report and view water levels and study the impacts of high tide flooding. Find the NOAA NOS resource here.

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From the Concord Consortium: High Adventure Science

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With High Adventure Science, Students consider evidence and earth system models that ask them to think critically about the data they find to “arrive at answers even when 100% certainty isn’t possible.” Consider asking your students what questions they have about the science that impacts them now or in the future and allow them to journey with you into the unknown. Unprecedented challenges face this year, but perhaps this can also be an opportunity to raise some big questions and encourage students to investigate cutting edge science. High Adventure Science provides such an opportunity!


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