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"Water is the driving force of all nature.” 

 –Leonardo Da Vinci

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Join the Planet Stewards March Book Club Meeting

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Join us at our next Book Club meeting on  

 Monday, April 19th at 8:00 pm ET

to discuss:

Tales of Two Planets

by John Freeman

In A Tale of Two Planets John Freeman draws together a group of writers from around the world to help us see how the environmental crisis is hitting some of the most vulnerable communities where they live. This is a literary all-points bulletin of fiction, essays, and poems about the most important crisis of our time.

Find all upcoming Planet Stewards books and Book Club meeting dates here.

The discussion is open to all. To join, just dial 866-662-7513 (toll free!), then, use the pass code: 1170791#

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Community Resilience to Climate Change: A Virtual Workshop for All Educators from NOAA Planet Stewards

July 5 - 29, 2021 (Live panel discussions on July 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th)

NOAA Planet StewardsArtist Boat and the NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary welcome you to join us during the month of July, 2021 from anywhere you can Zoom for an interdisciplinary 70% independent learning/self-paced virtual workshop; The event is meant for all educators. It will focus on climate change impacts to human and natural communities, and the actions you can take to build resilience in light of these impacts. Find out more here and register.

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 What is aquaculture? It's a method used to produce food and other commercial products, establish habitats, replenish wild stocks, and rebuild populations of threatened and endangered species. Find out more from the two articles (and video) that follow:


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Scientists in Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu have been successfully using sea urchins to combat Invasive algae on coral reefs in Hawaii over the past decade. Elementary students engaged in this project with Dr. Richard Jones from the University of Hawaii as part of a NOAA Planet Stewards-funded project. Read more about this exemplary program that highlights environmental stewardship, as well as place-based and experiential learning.

III. NOAA FOCUS: An App for Trash!

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Check out Trash Trip, a new video all about the free NOAA Marine Debris Tracker App just added to the Emmy Award winning Trash Talk video collection from the NOAA Ocean Today team!


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Three Notable Webinars from NOAA ONESeminar Series: 

The OneNOAA Science Seminar Series is an effort by over 40 NOAA seminar coordinators to produce and distribute a comprehensive list of NOAA-hosted, publicly accessible presentations. Check out the OneNOAA Seminar Series website, and register to attend one of their upcoming webinars listed below:


March 24, 3-4pm ET: Cephalopods of Hawai`i. 

For this talk, Heather Ylitalo-Ward, discusses her experience working with these fascinating creatures, and why she continues to be enamored with them to this day.



March 25, 1-2pm ET: An Overview of Hurricane History, Hazards, and Forecasting.

The presentation will show highlights from past  hurricane seasons, provide a broader view of tropical cyclone climatology, cover how tropical cyclone forecasts are made, and the recent progress in this arena.

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March 31, 12-1pm ET: Coastal Marshes: Protec- ting Communities from Storm Surge & Flooding

How can coastal communities safeguard themselves from increasing storm risks and maximize the protective powers of their natural features such as coastal wetlands? Find out what one community found out.

Educator opportunities

Renewable Ocean Energy: Voices from the Field and the Lab

Tuesday March 23rd, 4:15-5:45PM ET 


During this webinar, attendees will hear from researchers and engineers working to advance renewable ocean energy and prepare students for relevant careers. Attendees will gain insight into the ocean’s potential to power our demand for clean energy, learn about technologies being investigated to harness energy from ocean currents and waves, and discover the environmental implications being explored by researchers. This webinar will be recorded.

The webinar is brought to you by North Carolina Energy Literacy Fellows Program

Register for this webinar here.

Climate Generation's Talk Climate Institute Workshop

March 23-24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

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Climate Generation's The Talk Climate Institute will deepen your understanding of climate change in an era of disinformation. This two-day experience will take you beyond your computer screen for intentional reflection and active listening, tapping into creativity and community building. All are welcome! Registration is $200 Full and partial scholarships are availablewith priority given to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Register here.

Climate Generations' Teach Climate Network connects teachers with experts who work and live at the intersections of climate science, climate justice, and climate change education. Check out their Ask an expert! program, watch their Fall Workshop Series, and jump into The Hub to get more resources about the intersection of gender equality and climate change.

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Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Jennifer Doudna (featured in the film Human Nature and biochemist co-inventor of CRISPR Technology), Dr. Eva Pietri, and scientists featured in Picture A Scientist, and will welcome your questions at this live online panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM. The discussion will focus on:

  • the experience of each panelist as leaders in their field
  • the journey and obstacles each overcame to get here
  • what they identify as positive solutions that will allow for continued equity and inclusion within the scientific community and beyond.


Register for this live event!

The Picture a Scientist film is now available to watch in Academic Video Online  The film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists.The film will be an integral part of our live conversation on March 24thLearn more.

Three Miles from Safety: USS Conestoga 100th Anniversary

March 25, 7-8:30pm ET


On March 25, 1921, USS Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay's Mare Island en route to Pearl Harbor and vanished with 56 sailors. One of the top unsolved maritime mysteries in U.S Navy history, Conestoga's final resting place was unknown for 95 years. 

This webinar is presented by NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the U.S. Navy History and Heritage Command.

Register for the webinar here.

Free American Meteorological Society 2021 Summer Courses!

Special Sumer 2021 Teacher Professional Development Opportunities via the American Meteorological Society! Apply by March 26th!


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 2021.

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!

Check out all the AMS K-12 Teacher Programs and apply now!


April 6 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET


Understanding structural racism and the climate crisis is key to shaping urban governance and the future of America’s cities. The co-authors of a recent study correlating redlined neighborhoods and urban heat islands will discuss their research on the unequal distribution of climate impacts in cities. Featured speakers are Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia, and Dr. Vivek Shandas, Portland State University.


Social Media, from the chat room to the classroom! 

Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm ET

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Join NAGTNESTA and AGI's Center for Geoscience and Society to find out how scientists and educators are harnessing the power of social media as an educational tool to teach students critical thinking; how to be conscientious and responsible consumers of information; and expose them to new concepts.

The presenters will be collecting data from webinar participants to form the foundation for their presentation and use it to inform discussions after the webinar about the use of social media in education. All data will be collected anonymously. Follow this link take the Survey

Register Here by April 6th!

Harbor Scholars Workshop for Baltimore Maryland 5th Grade Teachers 


Learn how to facilitate a new Save the Bay! curricular unit and deliver effective Meaningful Watershed Environmental Experiences (MWEEs) to your students. Towson University Educators will provide support throughout the school year as you teach the new unit. You'll also receive a free field trip to the Inner Harbor, Save the Bay! class materials, and funds to buy supplies to create action projects.

Teachers who complete the program are eligible to receive CPD credits, plus either AU credits or a $900 stipend. Applications are due by April 15, 2021Reserve a spot. Apply today!

Virginia Scientists & Educators Alliance Lesson Plan Expo

Thursday, April 22  from 6:30-8:00 pm ET

This Expo will feature classroom-tested lesson plans developed by science graduate students from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Join via Zoom as the students demo their lesson plans. After you register you'll receive more information about the meeting.

to register for this FREE expo, go to:


Free self paced course: Integrating Sustainable Development Across Curriculum and Education Spaces


This course provides a framework and roadmap for how education can help drive achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, a sweeping set of global goals agreed to by all United Nations member countries in 2015. The course takes the framework and its vision and looks to see how educators from K-12 and beyond can operationalize it through curriculum design, lesson planning, community connection, and monitoring.

The course especially focuses on Climate Change Education, Environmental Education, and Education for Sustainable Development with a keen eye towards preparing our children for a more sustainable and regenerative future. Enroll to take this free, asynchronous course here.

STEM Mentoring Resources

Whether you’re a K–12 teacher looking for STEM mentors for your students or a STEM professional interested in serving as a role model or mentor for students, you'll appreciate a new web page from NAPE (National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity) that provides a comprehensive source for mentoring information.  Find out more.


Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources  

Deadline to apply: May 16th

The Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources is seeking nominations for 2021! The Award recognizes the outstanding and exemplary leadership by individuals, agencies, businesses (and even students and youth) to reduce effects and advance adaptation of the Nation's vital natural resources in a changing climate.

Learn More Award FAQs | Eligibility & Criteria | Past Winners

Student opportunities

2021 Marjot Scholars Program for New England 9-11 Graders


The 2021 Marjot Scholars Program supports high school students pursuing independent projects in environmental science. All students in grades 9-11 from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York are eligible to apply. All details can be found at The deadline is April 20, 2021.

NOAA Live! Webinars from Alaska and Elsewhere 

Tuesdays, 3pm ET; and  Wednesdays, 4 pm ET

NOAA Live! and NOAA Live! Alaska are weekly series of interactive webinars aimed at students in grades 2-8 (but of interest to all ages!). Join events to ask questions of presenters and learn more about weather, oceanography, marine life, fisheries and more! Upcoming events include:


View Recordings from all previous NOAALive! webinars here.

Webinar: Land of Icebergs, Humpback Whales & Adventure

April 7th, 5:00 - 5:45pm ET


Take an adventure to explore the wonders of Ilulissat, Greenland, the impacts there of climate change, and have a glimpse of the fun and exciting adventures of Ezzy and Luke Skylar in a new book "Escape Greenland". Dr. Ellen Prager will share incredible images of the area and preview the Real vs Made-Up section of the book to see who can tell what’s based on real science and what’s pure fiction. Come join in some frozen fun.

Register: HERE by April 5, 2021 

NASA Solar Week Webinar: Full Spectrum for 6th grade & Up

March 26, 2pm ET

The popular image of a scientist is a white man in a white lab coat. In the 20-minute documentary “Full Spectrum,” meet scientists changing this notion, and learn their perspectives on the challenges of diversity in the sciences. Join the NASA Solar Week team for a special screening of the NASA-funded short film, followed by a discussion with several of the scientists featured in the documentary. Click here to register. If registration is full, the event will be livestreamed on the Multiverse YouTube Channel

Chill for Climate Change, Earth Day Event for 5th-8th Graders

April 22nd, 1:00 PM ET (and asynchronously)

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Join Dr. Ellen Prager, glaciologist Jim White, and The Weather Channel meteorologist Paul Goodloe for this exciting discussion about climate change.
Hear why Ilulissat, Greenland and climate change were chosen for the backdrop and address what’s based on real science versus pure fiction. Jim White will talk about what it’s like to conduct climate change research on Greenland’s ice sheet and glaciers, and Paul Goodloe will help everyone to understand how climate change impacts our weather. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

To learn more and register go to:

Corteva Agriscience H2 Grow Challenge


Get involved with #STEM by taking on Corteva Agriscience's latest challenge! All people need food to survive, but food security is a problem around the world and at home. Students get creative as they design a sustainable living environment for aquatic life while growing food in this season’s Purple Plow Challenge!
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3/22-26 IS SOLAR WEEK;



Water, Water, Everywhere!

Water is the most abundant and important substance on Earth. It is essential to life and is a major component of all living things. This NOAA National Weather Service classroom demonstration illustrates the amount of water stored in various parts of the Earth system. Check it out here.


The Value of Water from UCAR

All people need clean freshwater to survive. Because Earth's climate is warming, freshwater availability may change in the future, impacting human health. In the spirit of World Water Day, UCAR is sharing some its water-themed resources and invite you and your students to celebrate all of the ways water benefits our lives. Check out the following:


A Scientist Shares Experience Traveling with the Water Cycle

Adriana Bailey - a National Center for Atmospheric Research atmospheric scientist - shares her experience studying clouds, rain, and the moisture in our air from a flying laboratory. Find it on YouTube here.


From Woods Hole Sea Grant: Explore Marine Study Units


Explore marine and coastal topics with second graders using A World of Water and Plant and Animal Habitats, two weeklong marine-themed units developed by elementary educator Michael Irving via a collaboration between the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network and Woods Hole Sea Grant. The units include supporting materials such as lesson plans, activity sheets/handouts, learning standards, and resource lists. Find the units here.

NSTA Daily Do Playlist: Natural Resources—Water


In the Natural Resources - Water playlist, middle school students coherently build the science idea that fresh water resources are limited and are distributed unevenly around the planet. They are introduced to a novel solution for collecting water (nets!) and consider how their own water use to propose solutions which can help ensure we all have enough fresh water for drinking and irrigation. View the playlist!

Celebrate Solar Week, for Grades 5-9

March 22-26th


What do you know about the ocean? Solar Week provides a series of online educational activities focusing on the star of our solar system, the Sun. Students can explore solar careers and learn about sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. The website features scavenger hunts, games and an online, interactive  discussion board where students can submit questions to solar scientists. Students are invited to attend a 30-minute webinar, and solar scientists will be hanging out in a virtual meeting space throughout the week to answer questions.

Honoring Women of Science


The American Association for the Advancement of Science has put together a collection of K-12 resources honoring the work and achievements of women in science, and showcases notable contributions from scientists and researchers in STEM fields. 

Also for grades 6–12, a series of online booklets were produced by Science magazine and the L’Oreal Corporate Foundation: Women in Science: Forging New Pathways in Biology; Women in Science: Forging New Pathways in Green Science; and Young Women in Science: Forging New Pathways.  And audiences of all ages (K–12) can appreciate the contributions of women in science through the 6-minute video The Women Who Saved the U.S. Space Race (And Other Unsung Scientists) produced by the American Chemical Society, 

Find all their educational resources to celebrate Women's History Month here.

Sharing Seal Space by the Seashore: Introduction to NOAA's Greater Atlantic Marine Mammal Stranding Network

This story map shows seal strandings in the Greater Atlantic Region and highlights the organizations that provide emergency response and rehabilitation for stranded seals.

Find more info >

Conference Reports

Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference

June 28 - July 1, 2021; Session Proposal Deadline: April 13, 2021


Spring is here! That means that it's time to think about submitting a proposal or registering to attend the virtual 2021 Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference, June 28 - July 1, 2021

Full attendance to the conference is $20. Visit the Registration page to learn more and register. Visit the Call for Proposals to learn more and submit a session idea by April 13, 2021. Be sure to join us at MACCEC 2021!

2021 National Marine Educators Association Conference

July 14-16, 2021 (Virtual)


Are you interested in presenting at the NMEA 2021 Virtual Conference? The theme for 2021 is "Your Connection to Water," and focuses on our personal connection to water. Consider submitting a presentation to support the conference theme or the mission of NMEA. Presentations will be virtual, using Zoom.  Session lengths are set at 30 or 12 minutes long, and a poster session option may be available.  

Use this form to submit your presentation for consideration by April 15, 2021. Presenters will be notified if their presentations are selected and when they are scheduled to present by May 15, 2021.  

Learn more about the NMEA 2021 Virtual Conference here.

From Yale & George Mason Universities Climate Change Communication Programs Comes the Report:

Climate Activism: A Six Americas Analysis


Prior research found that Americans can be categorized into six distinct groups - Global Warming’s Six Americas - based on their beliefs and attitudes about climate change. Read the new report Climate Activism: A Six Americas Analysis. This study found that three in ten Americans would join or are already participating in a campaigns to convince elected officials to take action to reduce climate change. 

The report includes data including public willingness to reward or punish companies for their climate actions, and perceptions of the efficacy of activism across Global Warming’s Six Americas. Read the report here.


  • The MiSTEM Network is offering $100,000 in grants to Michigan K-12 science, technology, engineering and math educators to participate in its MiSTEM Playbook pilot. Learn more >

Career Webinars

  • NOAA Careers Panel Webinar. Tuesday, March 30 5:00-6:30pm ET. Register here to attend.  Are you an Undergraduate or graduate student interested in knowing about some of the exciting careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)?

  • Navigating USAJobs Announcements: A Hiring Manager's Perspective on 25 March 2021 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET. You will learn how to search for job vacancy announcements and compare your experience against the requirements of the announcement. We will talk through different types of job postings as examples. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to interpret an announcement and craft your resume/CV in response.


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