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― Aristotle, Metaphysics

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Planet Stewards January 2021 Bookclub – Join Us!

  • Join us on Monday, January 18th at 8 pm ET to discuss 
         Blackfish City 
    by Sam J. Miller. The author will join us!

Blackfish City is a young-adult fiction book. This is a great opportunity for students to read and join in the discussion with the author, too. Mark your calendar for Monday, January 18!

Find the entire book schedule for 2021 here with information on how to join each meeting. 

Readers' Survey: Make Sure Your Voice and Views are Heard!


Do it now! Let us know what you want to see in future issues of The Watch! for 2021! We appreciate you taking a few minutes to help us help you.  Find and complete the survey here.



FOUR: "Tracking Ocean Acidification in Puerto Rico: A Video Journey"

Live showing 19 January 2021, 2-3 pm ET


Puerto Rico is home to vibrant coral reef ecosystems that supports a diversity of marine life and livelihoods. Join us as we share our journey in creating Spanish-language videos (with English subtitles) about ocean acidification, its causes, consequences, research and possible solutions for the Puerto Rican public and island visitors. A full length and short video (highlighting key messages) were created with NOAA and non-NOAA partners, and produced by a local videographer. View the full video on the producer’s YouTube channel prior to the live webinar. This live event is brought to you by the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program. Register here.

THREE: Diving into the Digital Coast: Great Lakes

Great Lakes

Join NOAA for an interactive webinar to learn about coastal resilience resources from NOAA's Digital Coast. You'll hear about resources for assessing coastal hazard risks and implementing nature-based solutions in the Great Lakes region, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Register here.

TWO: Webinar -Social-ecological vulnerability and climate adaptation in Northeast US fishing communities. 19 January 2021 from 12 - 1 pm ET

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After registering, you will get a confirmation email with a link to the webinar. 

NE Ocean in US

Ocean waters on the Northeast U. S. continental shelf have warmed rapidly and climate models project this warming to continue. Fishing communities face declines in traditionally-fished species. The local impacts of these changes depend on the nature and rate of ecosystem change, patterns of dependence on marine resources, and adaptation capacity and choices. Hear how climate projections are being used to drive species models and assess social-ecological vulnerabilities to climate-related species changes. This information provides a foundation for climate adaptation planning at community and regional scales, and provides insights into policy and institutional needs to support the resilience of fishing communities.

ONE: Webinar – NOAA's Action Plan on Coral Interventions. 14 January 2021 from 12 - 1 pm ET

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After registering, you will get a confirmation email with a link to the webinar. 


NOAA recognizes the deterioration of global coral reef ecosystems and is committed to intervening to mitigate these impacts where it has the authority to act, support, and promote the restoration of reefs worldwide. NOAA recently commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review its coral interventions. The reviews helped NOAA to develop a high-level plan of action to guide how the agency approaches coral interventions in the future.

See all OneNOAA Seminars here.

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

Educator opportunities


American Meteorological Society's 2021 summer courses: Project Ocean and Project Atmosphere


Hey teachers! You’ve faced tremendous challenges due to the pandemic, now it’s time for you to have a terrific experience learning more about Weather and Physical Oceanography! Do you need new ideas for using data and hands on experiments in your classroom?

The American Meteorological Society 2021 summer courses, Project Ocean and Project Atmosphere, are accepting applications through 26 March. These competitive professional development courses are open to K-12 teachers and include online and in-person components and field experiences. All travel expenses are covered and participants receive stipends and earn graduate credit upon successful completion of the courses. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the experts, connect with other outstanding teachers, and have the earth science experience of a lifetime!…/…/education-program/k-12-teachers/

Climate Generation's Teach Climate Network Hub


Jump into the Climate Generation's Teach Climate Network Hub, an online platform for educators to connect and learn! You will gain access to other educators in the Network, experts in a variety of fields related to climate change education, resources, and the recordings of our fall workshop series. The Teach Climate Network Hub is open to any and all educators! Sign up for the Network to get your unique username and password and start exploring!

Join the Teach Climate Network Hub also to participate in our “Ask the Expert!” Program! But who is an "expert?" Find out here!

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Podcast: “Good Guys” Supporting Women in the STEM Workplace. Listen Now!

In this SWE Diverse episode, Sandra Guy, Chicago-based journalist and SWE Magazine contributor, speaks with Brad Johnson, Ph.D. and David Smith, Ph.D., co-authors of “Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women.”

Learn More and Listen here


National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Webinar Series begins 13 January 2021, 4 pm ET

"Sea Ice: A Haven for Arctic Marine Life"

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This webinar series will focus on the 2021 NOSB competition theme of "PLUNGING INTO OUR POLAR SEAS." The purpose of the series is to provide teachers, and other interested individuals, with the opportunity to enhance their awareness and understanding of topics such as, but not limited to: the vital role the poles play in regulating climate; thermohaline circulation and deep-ocean currents; increasing levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; sea ice cover; permafrost; ocean warming; and unique polar marine life. More information about the theme is available on the NOSB website. Access the webinarr at 4pm ET here.

Towson University Center for STEM Excellence - Free Distance Learning

Since students (K-12) can't come to Towson, they are providing free virtual field trips. Instructors come to your remote classroom to complete a scientific investigation with field trips for elementary and secondary education level students. They'll give you a quick overview, answer questions, and provide assistance on utilizing the investigations with your students. Check out their current virtual lab offerings! 

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Discovery Education: Techbook - Remote Learning Survival Guide for Science Educators

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Meeting standards and expectations for science has only been made more challenging with the universal shift to remote and hybrid learning this year. Lead with Students First; Focus on Phenomena; Encourage Student Sense making; Bolster Student Agency; and Implement Formative Assessments. See how the all-new Discovery Education Science "Techbook" can help educators deliver 3D instruction in person or at a distance. Get Started

A Virtual Event: Stories to Watch 2021 from the World Resource Institute (WRI)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021,  9-10:30 am ET

You're invite to join WRI for the 18th annual Stories to Watch presentation, featuring WRI’s President & CEO Andrew Steer. This flagship event will highlight the big moments, trends, places, and people that will shape the world in the coming year. Register here.


Green Teacher Webinars

Green Teacher Webinars are dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Learn more & register>

  • Teaching Kids and Teens About Climate Change | 
         Jan 13
  • Flooding: Preparing to Protect Your School | Jan 20
OSEE Presents Earth Day Live Series:

We Throw It All Away – Food Waste and Loss, Responsible Practices,

14 January 2021, 12 pm - 1:30 pm EST

food waste

Global food waste is a far-reaching problem. Approximately 1.3 billion tons of food each year are wasted globally — that’s one-third of all food produced. In the United States alone, about 40% of food goes to waste annually. We need to start thinking about new and innovative approaches to address food waste and loss.  

EARTHDAY‍.ORG invites you to join another installment of our Earth Day Live series: We Throw It All Away, Food Waste and Loss, Responsible Practices on Thursday, January 14th at noon ET.  Join the live event for a discussion with a panel of experts who will talk about how food waste is caused, comprehensive strategies to address this issue and sustainable solutions. Join the live event here.

NGSS-ESS Working Group Webinar: Using an American Museum of Natural History Teaching Case to Analyze and Interpret Patterns of Ice Mass Loss in Greenland and Antarctica, 14 January 2021, 4 pm ET 

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The American Museum of Natural History has produced a series of teaching cases that use videos, age-appropriate readings, and data analysis tools to help students contextualize and draw conclusions from large sets of scientific data. In this session, look at a teaching case that tells the story of NASA's GRACE satellites with a focus on the effects of climate change on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. Please visit this link for webinar registration:

Webinar: Addressing marine debris in protected areas; Best practices and examples

Thursday, January 14, 2 pm EST; 11 am PST


Different types of marine debris have been documented to impact every level of biological organization, and many uncertainties about impact remain. This webinar synthesizes recommendations for protected area managers seeking to reduce marine debris. The recommendations are based upon review of research, case studies, and experience from government, academia, and non-profits. This webinar will also provide some suggested actions and current examples from protected areas addressing marine debris in the US and beyond. Register here.

FREE Professional Development: "Manta Ray Lessons for Distance Learning (Grades 3-5)": Saturday, January 16 2021, 9:30 am EST

The two hour Zoom professional development will start with a presentation by Jessica Pate M.Sc, Florida Manta Project Scientist. It will include NGSS alignment, lesson freebies, a raffle for art, an offer to have marine biologist zoom 1:1 with your class, and a certificate of attendance.

Register to receive your zoom link here:


National Geographic Professional Learning Courses


How do you express yourself through your lesson plans? Whether you enjoy mapping techniquesdata collection, or public service, there are many opportunities for you to continue sharing your passions with your students in the new year. Register today for National Geographic's free, professional learning courses! Explore them and sign up here.

Hurry! Many professional learning courses begin January 20th!

CIRES E&O Workshops: 

Using the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Decision Support Tool! –

20 January 2021, Wednesday 6pm ET  


Are you interested in exploring what strategies can help the world address climate change? Explore the impact of various strategies including reducing the use of coal, oil, and gas for energy and others using the En-ROADS decision support model. You will also explore the co-benefits and equity considerations of the various strategies and discuss & test  what suite of worldwide actions can help limit the increase of temperature to no more than 2 degrees C by 2100. Register here!

Workshop: Community Action and Problem Solving Process developed by Earth Force

January 29 or 30, 2021 (Date TBD), Half-day workshop


Join CIRES E&O to learn more about the Community Action and Problem Solving Process developed by Earth Force In this half-day workshop, A six-step model will be introduced that combines civic engagement, environmental education, and STEM to empower youth to make changes to environmental policy, increase community resilience to climate change, and develop civic leadership skills. Learn how the process can be used to compliment CIRES curriculum and programs, as well as how it can be used in a traditional science classroom. Learn more and register here.

4Hope Webinar Segments by Force Blue and Partners 

Thursday, January 21, 2021 11-3pm EST


Join Force Blue and partners on January 21, 2021 from 11:00AM - 3:00PM ET for 4Hope, a virtual event celebrating Florida's Coral Reef and efforts to conserve it. The 4HOPE Online Event features presentations and panel discussions with acclaimed individuals. You can register here for the event.

Four segments will occur:

Segment 1: Preservation Policy – NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program & Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Segment 2: Restoration Science – University of Miami Rosenstiel School, Rescue a Reef Program, Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science, & The Florida Aquarium

Segment 3: Partnership on Point – FORCE BLUE, NFL Green, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, and Tervis.

Segment 4: One Team. One Fight. – Live Panel Discussion

Virtual Workshop: Sea Turtle Exploration, Jan. 23, 2021, 9 - 3:30 ET

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents Sea Turtle Exploration, a workshop curriculum designed to help educators engage students in the fundamentals of STEAM through ready-to-use, standards-based lesson plans focused on sea turtles. Now you can join us from the comfort of your own home in a virtual edition of the workshop on Saturday, January 23, 2021. You will be sent a workshop kit beforehand to prepare you for a hands-on teacher workshop exploring our curriculum and activities. Register here.


Science Leaders Speak: The Unique Challenges of Science Education in a Post-Pandemic World 

Monday, January 25, 2021, at 4 - 5:00 pm EST


As schools around the country struggle with uncertainty, many states continue their efforts to implement three-dimensional science standards, a difficult process under the best of conditions. At this edLeader Panel, leading educators, including Tricia Shelton, NSTA Director of Professional Learning and Standards Implementation, will discuss how educators can highlight the value of science education and continue implementing next-generation standards while meeting the challenges brought by COVID-19. Learn more and register here.

2021 Sea Secrets lecture series at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Nikki Traylor Knowles, Ph.D. discusses “The Mysteries of Coral Ecoimmunity.” Dr. Traylor-Knowles uses cutting edge medical technology to study the immune systems of corals to discover the unique and surprising ways in which corals combat disease and identify friend from foe. Her work is contributing to the fight to save coral reefs and insure that we have these ecosystems in the future.

  • Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30pm EST 
  • Click here to register!

Oregon Natural Resources Education Program Professional Development Opportunities

Oregon Natural Resources Education Program Professional Development Opportunities are listed here and begin in late January. Learn more and register for these and other learning opportunities. Outdoor School Workshops will start with ODS in the title.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, Application deadline: Feb. 19, 2021


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for the 2021 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions will be selected to receive this award. Winners will receive a plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development. Awardees’ local education agencies also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs. Application deadline: Feb. 19, 2021.

Student opportunities


NOAA Live! Webinar: Bringing Weather Forecasting Down to Earth with NOAA's Satellite Service; 13 January 2021, 4 - 4:45 pm ET 


 NOAA’s Satellite Service operates the Nation’s weather satellites around the clock. With information from NOAA satellites, airlines can get back to the skies more quickly after foggy conditions, farmers learn when and how to plant crops for better harvests, and ships can navigate a course around dangerous seas or ice. And you know whether to bring an umbrella or sunscreen for your day outside! Join NOAA to learn what makes the spacecraft orbits for earth-observing satellites special, what it takes to build and launch a spacecraft, and what the future might bring! Register here.

National Children's Museum Virtual Field Trip

children's museum

Today, our friends at National Children's Museum launched their second virtual field trip, Climate Action Heroes! The free, 20-min video and bonus resources empower children to join the fight against climate change. This interactive learning tool is available to families, too. Read more about it here.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's President's Environmental Youth Award; Deadline: 19 February 2021

Epa youth award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions may include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public-interest groups and youth organizations. Winning projects have included activities such as creating videos, skits and newsletters about environmental issues, recycling in schools and communities, restoring native habitats and planting trees. Deadlline February 19. Apply here.

Towson University's STEM Excellence Center Science Explorers Club

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Join the Science Explorers Club, Towson University's STEM Excellence Center, for their weekly online program for students in grades 3-5. The program is designed so students can attend every session or drop-in when it fits their schedule. Students also have the option to follow along or participate in the activity! Sign up to take part.

Ed Resources


Old Weather Project with the US National Archives

old wx

There is a new Old Weather project now available on the Zooniverse. The aim of this project is to recover hidden marine weather data recorded in U.S. Navy ships’ logbooks during World War II, and they need your help – to uncover the source of a mysterious distortion in sea-surface temperature data collected during the war. At the end of this project, the objective is to be able to verify whether or not a warm weather anomaly during the 1940s was real or an artifact.

The project is being done with the U.S. National Archives led by an international team of scientists from the University of Washington, the University of Colorado, NOAA, the UK Meteorological Office, and the University of Reading. For more information see their blog post and join the project at to lend a hand. 

Two Courses & Travel Offered to Students 16+ about Forfar Field Station

earth science week

Visit the Earth Science Week Classroom Activities page for more than 200 free learning activities, most contributed leading geoscience agencies and Earth Science Week partners.

This  resource is ideal not only for supplementing a prepared curriculum, but also for generating activities that address in-the-news events. See Earth Science Week's Classroom Activities.

Cranky Uncle” Climate Change Game

George Mason professor John Cook just launched his “Cranky Uncle” game, a smartphone game that uses critical thinking and cartoons in the fight against dangerous climate change misinformation. The game is available for free on the iPhone (with the Android version coming soon). The development was possible thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign, with many donors supporting the development of a game to fight misinformation. Download the game on iPhone here

New Oregon Marine Reserves Data Dashboard Launched!


To increase the awareness of multitude of data being collected in marine reserves monitoring, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife launched a new Marine Reserves Data Dashboard. It provides simple-drop down menus to navigate through ecological monitoring data they have collected over the last 10 years. 

Climate Change Learning Modules

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The Education Development Center’s (EDC) Oceans of Data Institute has developed learning modules to study the effects of the Earth’s changing climate on the animals and plants of Maine’s diverse habitats. Targeted for grades five and six, the modules use authentic data from NASA and NOAA to explore climate topics. Each learning module has an overview of module content; a glossary; a series of data-based lessons and accompanying materials; and a summary of student learning outcomes. Find the learning modules here.

Switch Energy Alliance Web-based Videos

This web-based video series for grades 7–12 focuses on global energy issues. Produced by Switch Energy Alliance (SEA), an energy education nonprofit, each approximately 30-minute video focuses on a different energy-related topic in the developing world. The series can be viewed on YouTube or the Switch Energy Alliance website. 


Teacher and Student Resources to Support Remote Learning


The Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) presents more than a dozen high-quality resources and programs supporting remote STEM instruction. You’ll find science and math apps for preschool students as well as learning modules and simulations to deepen middle and high school students’ understanding of important issues. It includes links to tools to help teachers increase student engagement in distance-learning settings. Find the website resources here.

Conference Reports


Oregon's 2021 Environmental Education Conference

oregon conf

Oregon Environmental Education (EEAO) is excited to announce call for presenters for its 2021 Environmental Education Conference July 30 to August 1. EEAO is seeking proposals that explore new research, advances in practice, innovative ideas, or relevant case studies; are solution-oriented and include concrete takeaways; and target emerging, intermediate, or experienced professionals. Click here to learn more about the conference and the call for presenters.

Research Report: 

From the suites to the streets: Examining the range of behaviors and attitudes of international climate activists

Inspired by previous protest movements, climate activists began taking to the streets in the fall of 2018, revitalizing and reshaping the three-decade-old climate activist movement. To better understand this new and evolving landscape, social scientists surveyed self-identifying climate activists, obtaining results from 367 individuals across 66 countries. Their survey provides an overview of current climate activists, their attitudes, priorities, and actions. Despite its limitations, the study provides a glimpse into the demographics, behaviors, and attitudes of climate activists across the globe. Find the research findings here. 

Debunking Handbook 2020

The Debunking Handbook and the Conspiracy Theory Handbook from the Center for Climate Change Education

The George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Education recently published two handbooks that can hopefully help you cope with the events of 2020. Find the two publications here: the Debunking Handbook 2020 and the Conspiracy Theory Handbook.


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Educator Focus

  • Engaging Families With GLOBE Observer: Discover strategies to support successful family engagement with hands-on activities from GLOBE Observer, including exploring how clouds form and monitoring mosquitoes in your community.


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